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Etna is a small bustling community covering one square mile along the banks of the Allegheny River, and is bordered on three sides by Millvale, Shaler Township, and Sharpsburg. Centrally located, Etna is just 10 minutes (non-rush hour) from downtown Pittsburgh and close enough for easy access to the shopping centers in North Hills, Fox Chapel, and Monroeville, the cultural opportunities in Oakland and North Side, and the nine local Colleges and Universities.

Once a mill town, over the past twenty years, Etna has re-emerged as a residential community with a highly diversified business base. Within its borders are over 160 businesses ranging from good-sized industrial firms to smaller, family-owned retail and consumer outlets.

Etna has an approximate population of 3924 and is growing younger each year as more couples with small children move into the community. These young families have a refreshing vitality and a dedication to get involved and work to make Etna a great place to raise children. Their efforts have been fruitful, as evidenced by the many youth-oriented activities that abound throughout the year. There's baseball, softball, and deck hockey leagues open to both girls and boys and active scouting troops from Cubs and Brownies to Seniors and Explorers. These activities, coupled with Etna's pool, playground, and sporting complex on Pine Street afford positive, close-to-home leisure time fun, not just for children, but for the whole family.

On the following pages we have outlined all the areas of community life that would be of interest and importance to all who live and work in our town.

Etna has adopted a Green Infrastructure Master Plan Demonstration Project. Click here to go to the Stormwater Management page to see the plan in its entirety.

Etna Celebrates Status as a Live Well Allegheny Community

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker and Council Member Ed Kress today joined elected and appointed officials, as well as residents of Etna Borough, at the Borough’s Community Day to formally designate the borough as a Live Well Allegheny community.

“Etna Borough has been working hard to make the best life possible for its residents, and by joining the Live Well Allegheny community they are just furthering that commitment,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Etna is a neighborhood full of life and I am certain that its residents will take full-advantage of all Live Well programs and opportunities that are presented.”

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 as a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Board of Health and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker.

“As someone with family ties to the borough, I applaud the efforts of the Borough Council and of Mayor Rengers on taking this important step to create a healthy environment for the residents of Etna,” said Council Member Kress. “Living well requires a behavioral change and through planned programming, events, and the coordinated efforts of Live Well Allegheny, the residents of Etna will have every opportunity to lead healthy lifestyles. I am proud to support all efforts to promote the health and welfare of Etna and of Allegheny County as a whole.”

The Live Well launch happened today at the Etna Pool and Playground during the Borough’s annual Community Day celebration.  Residents were able to learn about the Live Well program and take part in the planned activities and celebration.

“I am so proud of the way our local communities have taken to the Live Well Allegheny initiative,” said Dr. Karen Hacker. “Etna Borough offers a variety of ways for its residents to live a healthy, active lifestyle, from joining a sports league, swimming at the pool, or shopping at a farmer’s market. I am also excited to see that promoting smoke free parks, buildings and perimeters is a goal established in their resolution, as secondhand smoke can lead to serious health conditions including asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia.”

Etna Borough has committed to promoting participation in a voluntary wellness campaign for employees, developing outdoor wellness trails accessible to residents of all abilities, developing walking maps, encouraging multi-modal transportation, and promoting and supporting farmer’s markets, among other goals.  The Borough will also utilize its website and social media pages to provide information about physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and tobacco cessation.

“Etna will do all it can to further the goals of the Live Well Allegheny initiative in our community.  Our residents are the life blood of our community and are precious to us,” said Etna Borough Council President Pete Ramage. “We want to make every effort to ensure their safety and health and keep Etna a great place to live and work. We are grateful for this opportunity and partnership with the County.”

For more information on the Live Well Allegheny campaign, including how to become a Live Well Allegheny community, visit

See the article on TribLive; County recognizes Etna for efforts to promote healthy living.


Etna Art Tour

Dozens of artists opened their studios and invited the public to come in and browse their work on a beautiful autumn evening in Etna, and come they did! The Etna Art Tour sponsored by the Etna Economic Development Corp (EEDC) and held on September 26th was a great success. 448 Studios (behind the Tippin’s building) had over 20 artists with open studios celebrating the event and STORExpress laid out a fantastic catered spread of food and drink for the guests. The artists of 448 had everything from compelling photography, gorgeous jewelry, an innovative candle maker and many things in between. River Project’s studio at 388 Butler Street welcomed people in to peruse their work and discuss its relevance to the region and it was quite an enlightening experience. The Etna Studios, found above the Pittsburgh Aikido and Ideal Dance Studios at 401 Butler Street, had numerous studios on display with wonderful water color and oil paintings, photography and some amazing sculpture. To top it off, the locally housed Mac and Gold food truck set up shop by 448 studios to satiate the cravings of wandering art enthusiasts. We look forward to see what the artists have in store next time!


Solarize Allegheny

Etna Borough recently became one of just four communities to kick-off the first phase of the Solarize Allegheny campaign. Solarize Allegheny is a community outreach program that helps to reduce the barriers for home and business owners to install solar energy systems. The campaign, which is funded by the Heinz Foundation and managed by the non-profit marketing agency SmartPower, begins in February. Etna Borough leaders applied jointly with Millvale Borough to participate in Solarize Allegheny. During the 20 week campaign (which ends in June), Etna Borough residents and business owners can get information about the campaign and access an online platform to find out if their home or business is good for solar by visiting Having a copy of your electric bill handy when you visit the site will be useful in providing accurate information. If your home is a good candidate for solar, you can request a quote from local solar installers who are participating in the campaign and who have been pre-screened to assure that they are qualified, experienced and reliable businesses. The installers may call or visit the property owner to gather all the information necessary to create a quote. The customer will receive quotes from two to four installers. The online system provides a simple comparison of those quotes and assures that the customer is getting accurate information from installers, as well as quality equipment and warranties. As the cost of solar has dramatically dropped over the past few years, with zero down financing, people can pay for solar every month what they now pay Duquesne Light for their electric bill – and still save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the solar system. For the average homeowner, the cost of doing nothing (i.e., not going solar) is about $30,000.00 over the next 25 years, but installing solar could save a homeowner more than $15,000.00 even after paying off the system and it increases the value of the home or business. The other communities participating in Solarize Allegheny are South Fayette Township, Moon Township, Point Breeze neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh and our coalition – Etna and Millvale Boroughs.


Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program, Program Pricing Update

Etna Borough participates in the Allegheny County Vacant Property Program.  Attached
are the Program guidelines, application  and application instructions for this program.  Through this Program, you can obtain either a vacant lot or a vacant blighted structure that has at least three years of tax delinquency.  An applicant must be current on their own property for real estate taxes, water, sewage and refuse bills on any property they own in Allegheny County.  They must also have NO outstanding code violations or municipal liens on any property they own in Allegheny County.  This program has helped people acquire properties, including vacant lots,  in our community that were vacant, abandoned or blighted at a reduced cost and with a clear title at time of transfer.  PLEASE READ THE ATTAHCED INFORMATION IN ENTIRETY FOR COMPLETE ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS.  Because 51% of Etna’s households are low to moderate income,  the acquisition fees will be partially underwritten  subject to funding availability.


Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification

Etna Borough is proud to announce that it
is among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. Etna is recognized at the Silver level of certification for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. This Certification, developed by Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. In earning the Silver Certification, Etna is acknowledged for its progress in addressing such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, mitigating blight, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls, and internal management and operations. Details regarding how we are addressing these areas can be found on the certification
program’s website:

Etna has now been designated a Sustainable Pennsylvania Certified Silver Community.


Special Needs Registry

Allegheny County Emergency Management Agency launched the “Special Needs Registry” this past February. This Special Needs Registry allows residents with physical, mental health or intellec-tual disabilities to provide information to the De-partment of Emergency Services. This voluntary information may then be shared with those re-sponding to a home for a police, fire or medical emergency. The Special Needs Registry is intended only for those who live independently and not in a residential needs facility such as a nursing home or group home. The Special Needs Registry can be found at the County’s website at Information provided through the Registry will be programmed to appear on the screen when an emergency call is made from the home. This will allow dispatchers to alert emergency responders that there may be a unique situation in the home involving a person with special needs.


Zoning Ordinance Rehab

The Borough is working on a massive rehab of the current Zoning Ordinance, which dates back to 1984 with subsequent amendments. We received grant funding through Allegheny County for this complete update joining with Millvale and Sharpsburg Boroughs. This was the next logical step as the new Comprehensive Plan(s) for the three communities was completed. It is an exciting time for our community as we plan for our future and address much needed zoning changes for today’s real world. We thank all of you who have provided input during the process.


Floodplain Management Ordinance

Etna Borough adopted Ordinance No. 1353, Floodplain Management Ordinance.  This ordinance becomes effective September 26, 2014 and is in accordance with the new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for the Borough of Etna.  Please go to the Flood Information page for a copy of the Ordinance in it’s entirety.


Did you happen to notice the GORGEOUS benches recently installed at the Municipal Building? Those fabulous benches were donated to the community compliments of our great friend and neighbor, Forms and Surfaces located on Pine Street near the swimming pool. We are so very thankful to them for their generosity to their home community!

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