Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Volunteers raise funds for area development by jumping into the Mon' River as part of the annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge.
Hundreds of Pittsburghers successively broke the world's 3-meter doggypaddle record on New Year's Day after braving 36-degree temperatures to jump into the Monongahela River. And nearly 30 of those record-breakers were community leaders and volunteers from Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall boroughs. The Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall folks, headed by John F. Slater—owner of the John F. Slater Funeral Home in Brentwood and the board chair of Economic Development South—accepted sponsorships of varying amounts to make good on their promise of arctic swimming. All told, over $4,000 were raised to be split between Economic Development South (EDS), the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, the Brentwood Business Owners Association and the…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Linda Book is pursuing travel options for—roughly speaking—the area between Caste Village and Brentwood Towne Square.
Considering the recent loss of a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus route along Baptist Road, Whitehall Borough Councilwoman Linda J. Book discussed an idea at Wednesday night's council meeting of an in-borough transportation service. "I don't know exactly the numbers of the folks that require bus transportation," Book said on Wednesday, "but it's a significant number of homes on Baptist Road that have been abandoned by Port Authority." Book said that she has spoken with Economic Development South Executive Director Greg Jones regarding that situation and has brainstormed with him "to see if we can get some transportation, perhaps, from one end—the Caste Village area—up to the Brentwood Towne (Square) area, where the large hub of Route…
Friday, June 8, 2012
'These funds represent a serious commitment to Economic Development South.' - EDS Executive Director Greg Jones
Ongoing efforts to redevelop commercial corridors in Pittsburgh's South Hills area have received a substantial funding commitment, as The Heinz Endowments has awarded Economic Development South (EDS) a $120,000 grant for organizational capacity building and general operating support. "These funds represent a serious commitment to Economic Development South, our member communities and our ongoing efforts to redevelop and revitalize our commercial corridors," said Greg Jones, EDS' executive director. "This grant is also testament to the dedication, passion and commitment of the EDS Board and of our member communities. "I'm delighted that these efforts have been rewarded." The Heinz Endowments, a nonprofit organization, supports efforts to …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Group is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission has been finalized. Brentwood Borough, as was expected on Tuesday night, joined the commission that already included Baldwin and Whitehall boroughs, according to The Penn State Center, of Pittsburgh, which was working alongside Economic Development South (EDS) to form the group. The B-B-W Commission is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. "We are thrilled about this initiative and look to this as a model for other municipal clusters to explore a collaborative effort to enhance our urban trees," said Dr. Deno De Ciantis, director of The Penn State Center. "These actions improve our air quality, mitigate storm water events and enhance the livability of our communities." …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Other notes from Wednesday's borough meeting include the adoption of a hazard mitigation plan and final change orders for the new Whitehall fire station.
Shade Tree Commission At Wednesday night's Whitehall Borough council meeting, Mayor James F. Nowalk discussed an ordinance that he will formally propose at the next borough meeting that would create a multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission with nearby Baldwin and Brentwood boroughs. "The commission we're proposing is advisory only," Nowalk said. Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall—along with the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook—are already part of a multi-municipal planning group for the Route 51 corridor, and the Shade Tree Commission would be an extension of that cooperation. Greg Jones, the executive director of Economic Development South, is working closely with the shade tree proposal and will be talking to Baldwin and …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Those Pittsburgh neighborhoods join Baldwin, Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs as part of an effort to improve the area's business climate.
Economic Development South (EDS), the nonprofit organization headquartered in Brentwood Borough, has added the neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook to its growing list of municipalities that have partnered in order to foster a competitive and healthy business environment in a large chunk of Pittsburgh's South Hills area. Carrick and Overbrook—officially part of Pittsburgh—join Baldwin, Whitehall and Brentwood boroughs—three municipalities that border the city—as EDS members. Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall also belong to the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, but EDS has a purpose that extends beyond that affiliation. As Baldwin-Whitehall Patch contributor Emily Leone reported in March 2011, EDS fills a role that, up until…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Newly sworn-in Allegheny County executive talks about county assessments, shale drilling and public transit.
"If we do this reassessment, it's going to draw the market away," said newly sworn-in Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald at a Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Thee Olde Place Inn along Streets Run Road on Thursday. Appearing as the most recent of the B-B-W Chamber of Commerce's monthly guest speakers, Fitzgerald spoke freely and on his own topics at the luncheon. He chose to focus on three areas: property assessments, Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling, and public transit. Fitzgerald reaffirmed his position on property reassessments in Allegheny County—that Allegheny is being singled out in Pennsylvania and that he will fight to halt the reassessment process. Fitzgerald called property tax "the worst kind…