June 12, 2012 |

Economic Development South receives grant to hire additional staff

Ongoing efforts to redevelop commercial corridors in the South Hills/South Pittsburgh area received a substantial funding commitment from the Heinz Endowments this month.

Economic Development South (EDS) has received a $120,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments for organizational capacity building and general operating support. The grant will be made over a two year period and will support the hiring of additional staff. EDS will be hiring a full-time project coordinator/manager to advance ongoing and planned projects and initiatives.

EDS, is a non-profit, community development corporation that takes a multi-municipal, corridor-based approach to economic development. EDS works collectively across city/county lines and builds consensus around a common interest in the redevelopment of the corridors, most notably: Route 51/Saw Mill Run Blvd., Brownsville Road, and Streets Run Road, that serve as neighborhood commercial areas and as the transportation linkages to the rest of the region.

EDS is a partnership of the Boroughs of Brentwood, Baldwin, and Whitehall; and the city neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook. It also includes representatives from local business organizations, including the Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and the Brentwood Business Owners Association.

EDS is staffed by a full-time executive director, Gregory Jones, and is governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives of our member municipalities and our local business community.

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