Mon Valley Initiative

Mon Valley Initiative

Mon Valley Initiative

$15,000 to the Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) to support their workforce and business development program. Through this program, MVI works to increase the income levels and economic independence of local residents by delivering effective career development services, income supports and financial coaching, targeted to the unemployed and under-employed in the Mon Valley region.

MVI is a 501(c)(3) grass-roots coalition comprised of 10 Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and representing twelve municipalities in the Monongahela Valley. The coalition was formed after steel mills and related industries closed, leaving member communities with thousands of people unemployed and without the tax base of those major landowners.

MVI was formed with a three-part purpose:

  1. Provide staff to be shared by its member CDCs that would assist the all-volunteer boards of those organizations in identifying and implementing development strategies.
  2. Raise funds to support development projects.
  3. Join together for regional action and advocacy.