Millvale is a place of self-determination, where Millvalians are able to participate and shape their future as well as the future of Millvale.
For the first time in years, the Pittsburgh region is growing and the issues faced by Millvale and other nearby communities are growing more complex. As with many industrial towns, Millvale has seen the great economic shifts that have accelerated the decline of the blue collar workforce.
Equity in this context needs to address the evolution of opportunity for existing residents while anticipating the concerns of a new population. The Pittsburgh region pulls in national and international accolades for livability amongst massive development activity. As development builds and supports asset growth, new residents and stakeholders begin to enter the community bringing fresh ideas and resources. After a certain threshold is reached, the original residents and stakeholders that are the community’s backbone become priced out. The market shifts the population and community character. People move to a more affordable neighborhood that is often coupled with a lower quality of life.
With strong neighboring development markets, and Millvale’s continued asset development, the Borough has entered into a cycle of growth where Millvale’s guiding equity values of diversity, empowerment, education and healthcare become essential project considerations. Can we harness the power of the market to encourage investment, strengthen and grow community assets, and intentionally support mechanisms to ensure that Millvale’s quality of life increases for everyone?
Community pride runs deep in Millvale, with current and former residents feeling a sense of connection and commitment to the town. This is seen through tireless volunteerism taking place throughout Millvale, as well as the commitment of our family-owned small-business community. Actualizing the recommendations put forth in Pivot 2.0 will depend on listening and understanding established residents and entrepreneurs. This will also provide pathways to participation for new and previously disconnected entrepreneurs and residents.