Community Application Process
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Allegheny Together endeavors to encourage well-planned, well-designed and geographically-focused investment in the established, urban commercial districts of Allegheny County while respecting the unique history, character, and built environment of each. The program aims to help organize and empower each community to fulfill its collective vision.
This innovative program will enable selected downtown-based communities to complete a multi-year strategic plan followed by technical assistance. Allegheny Together is founded on the principal that municipal involvement is essential to the strength and vitality of any business district initiative. Each program year will have a specific focus as well as identified objectives.
Participants will receive a comprehensive package of services that can be broken into two main components:
Downtown Planning Services:
Each Municipality will go through a process to establish a multi-year strategic plan for the community’s business district. As part of this process, action plans and Business District Advisory Councils will be developed to help communities turn their vision into a reality.
After establishing a vision, consultants will support priority activities to help Municipalities carry out their vision for the business district. These activities may include specific studies (e.g. market analysis, bicycle and/or pedestrian plans, business retention and attraction strategies) or may include added capacity for grant writing or organizational planning.
Ongoing Organizational Support:
After initial planning and technical assistance, ongoing support will be provided through quarterly meetings with Business District Advisory Councils.
Business district must be within Allegheny County
Business district is not within the City of Pittsburgh
Only one application per municipality
Communities should have a distinct and Identifiable Business District or Main Street
Within 30 days of acceptance into the Program, new communities will be required to:
- Review and approve the Allegheny Together participation acknowledgement via a resolution
- Provide copies of any past downtown planning documents
In order to continue to participate in the program beyond year one, communities will be required to:
Establish and adopt multi-year strategic plans
Adopt and effect a written downtown action plan
Evidence substantive program accomplishments
Provide financial participation as may be required by the Allegheny Together Program
Selection Criteria and Process
Allegheny County Economic Development will review all applications and communities will be selected based on eligibility and demonstrated interest and capacity to fully participate in the program. The application process is complete for 2020, but will open again in the Fall of 2020 for the following year.
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