2013 Award Winners
Community Development Awards
McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation’s Strategic Plan
McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation’s (MRCDC) strategic plan encompasses the Borough of McKees Rocks and the Township of Stowe which are just three miles from Downtown Pittsburgh on the Ohio River. The median household income is $24,767, less than half of Allegheny County’s median, and the population is 30% of its 1930 peak. This economic environment—along with an unprecedented volume of public and subsidized housing—has led to a concentration of poverty that continues to promote disinvestment and destabilization.
To revitalize and create a sustainable community, the strategic plan identifies several key development initiatives: commercial/main street development, industrial development, neighborhood stabilization, and youth development. The efforts of MRCDC to implement that plan has led to reframing our neighborhood in the eyes of outsiders, and increased community involvement while transforming the physical landscape.
Neighborhood Leader Award
Randy affectionately refers to his famous bright yellow houses on the corner of Jacksonia and Arch Streets as “my art work,” but neighbors refer to this corner as “Randyland”. In addition to the homes, there are the many gardens, streetscape projects, and portable greenspaces he has planted and placed throughout the neighborhood during his long tenancy in the Central Northside. Randy acquired the three-lot parcel in 1996 for $11,000. Since then, he has invested over $100,000 in the property and transformed the area into the city’s most colorful buildings. He has been written about, interviewed on television, photographed, and generally recognized as a vibrant and eccentric character.
Despite his fame and recognition, Randy is an extraordinarily humble and down to earth person. His dedication to preserve the neighborhood is purely selfless; he simply wants to give and celebrate beauty. However, his unrelenting generous spirit and artistic vision is worthy of all the praise and recognition he has received. Especially for this award, an honor that recognizes his true colors – a neighborhood leader in his own right and in his own way.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Library in Your Neighborhood, Community, and School
CLP-LYNCS (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Library in Your Neighborhood, Community, and School) opened a “pop-up” location in the Southern Hilltop Community of Allentown. Services began in October 2012 and will continue through March 2014. The pop-up is located in a recently renovated storefront in Allentown’s primary business district near the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Warrington Avenue. Services include: staff provision of information services and computer assistance; a high-interest collection (books and audiovisual) tailored to community needs; technology – laptops, iPads, free printing; free wireless internet access; regular programming for adults, teens, and children to promote community building, literacy and learning. Their presence in this community enables the Library to build relationships with community groups, social service providers, and, most importantly, residents, to recognize the Library as an essential resource.
Outstanding Service Awards:
Honoring his dedication, contribution, and commitment of service to community development during his career at the Bank of New York Mellon.
Honoring her dedication, contribution, and commitment of service to community development during her career at Dollar Bank.
Mary Ellen Sullivan
Honoring her dedication, contribution, and commitment of service to community development during her career at PNC Bank.
Financial Partner Awards:
Community Banking Award – Large Bank
Most originations of home loans to LMI borrowers and to LMI tracts based on originations made in 2011
Allegheny Valley Bank
Community Banking Award – Small Bank
Most originations to LMI borrowers and to LMI tracts based on originations made in 2011
Community Banking Award – Large Bank
Most originations of home loans to substantially minority census tracts made in 2011