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Mission Statement

"To maintain a high integrity in the effort of identifying, organizing and implementing projects of civil and commercial importance for the revitalization of the Borough of Etna."

Etna Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Etna’s business district and supporting the Etna business community.  The EEDC administers two grant programs for businesses in Etna: The Façade Grant Program offers up to $3,500 in matching funds for to qualified business owners for renovations to their facades.  The newly implemented Sign Grant Program offers up to $1,200 for businesses located in the Central Business District to upgrade their signage and lighting.

The EEDC sponsors the annual Farmer’s Market, held from early June through mid-October each year, across from the Municipal Building, on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.  We encourage you to visit the Farmer’s Market which features fresh produce from Dillner Family farms.  Homemade jams, Italian food, select teas and honey products are also featured, all from local vendors.

The EEDC sponsors the yearly Etna Lottery Calendar sale – a great way to make sure you don’t miss any of those great Etna events and maybe win a few bucks while you are at it! Their other fund raiser is the annual Night at the Races held in March each year.

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for an application to become a member of the EEDC ($100 for a business and $20 for an individual). Your membership gives you access to numerous business leaders throughout the community and the ability to influence the work done by the EEDC. Please send your check payable to "Etna Economic Development Corporation", c/o 437 Butler St., Pgh., PA 15223. The general membership meetings are held at the Etna Municipal Building the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome, call the borough office to con­firm the meeting date at 412-781-0569.

  for more information about EEDC, our wonderful business district and the many opportunities here in Etna.

Etna Needs Your Help...

We're sure those of you who have lived and worked in this town share our concern for its future. We, of the Etna Economic Development Corporation, wanted to take this opportunity to share with you, the shareholders of Etna's prosperity, some of our vision of our town. Our hopes and dreams are for an Etna community that is vibrant, economically healthy, environmentally friendly and, in short, a wonderful place to live and work. A number of local business people and residents are working diligently behind the scenes to move the community in this direction, but WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We realize our Etna business community does not offer every product or ser­vice to meet every possible need. We do, however, believe that the businesses in the community provide many of the essentials of everyday life, and, in some instances, much more.

The vitality of our business community plays a major role in the quality of the community at large. Police and fire departments, road crews, recreational areas, and activities such as Light the Night, summer concerts, street fairs, local government pro­grams, education for our youth, environmental initiatives and much more, are depend­ent on the tax revenues collected from the local business community.

With this in mind, we ask you, the residents of Etna, to do what you can to patronize your local businesses. So doing will help ensure the long-term vitality of the community we call home.

Sign Grant Program

The EEDC has implemented a pilot program to encourage downtown business proprietors to participate in energizing the Central Business District with new and well-designed business signage and lighting. The program has been structured to make it simple to apply for, and the EEDC has infused $5,000 in funding for the initiative.  Business owners in the CBD can apply for up to $700 for signage or a lettered awning, up to $500 for signage lighting, or up to $1200 for a lighted sign. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply early, as funds for this program are limited and will be awarded (if approved) on a first-come/first-served basis with preference given to EEDC Members. If you have any questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Melinda at 412-781-0569.

Sign Grant Application

Facade Grant Program

Open to all business owners in Etna, the Façade Grant Program offers the opportunity for business owners to receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds (with a maximum award of $3,500) towards restoration and improvements to their building façades.  The Application period opens each spring with a deadline of May 31st.  For more information, contact Melinda at 412-781-0569.

E.E.D.C. News

Small Business Saturday

The EEDC is again sponsoring Small Business Saturday in Etna on Saturday, November 25. Small Business Saturday began in 2010 to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses. Small businesses are often overlooked by customers who are enticed by larger “big box” companies and this can adversely affect the local economy in more negative ways.  Come out and support Etna businesses on Saturday, November 25th and get some of your holiday shopping done! Celebrate your community with the small businesses that make your town unique!  SHOP SMALL!!!!

EEDC Business Breakfast and Christmas Party

The EEDC is hosting another Business Breakfast on Friday, November 10th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Fugh Hall (27 Crescent Avenue) for business and property owners in our business districts.  Come and meet members of the EEDC, have an appetizing breakfast, mingle with other business owners and share any ideas you may have.  Please RSVP by November 6th by calling Melinda at 412-781-0569.

The EEDC will be hosting their annual Christmas Party for members, business and commercial property owners in our community on Tuesday, December 12th in place of their regular meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building.  Invitations will be mailed during the month of November with RSVP’s due by December 6th.

EEDC 2018 Lottery Calendar Sale

Now in its fifth year, the EEDC has created an original fundraiser which combines both Etna Happenings on a daily basis and a Lottery Calendar to boot!  For $20.00, you can purchase a 2018 calendar based on the three-digit evening Pick 3 number drawn each night.  Prizes range from $20.00 to $300.00 a day.  Calendars can be purchased at the Etna Borough Municipal Building, Cop-Out Pierogies, Winschel Hardware, or from any EEDC member beginning December 1st.  What a perfect CHRISTMAS IDEA for those “hard-to-buy-for” friends and relatives who have everything and need nothing! A gift that is practical, entertaining and lucrative at the same time.  What more could you ask for???!!!

Etna Art Tour

Etna Economic Development Corporation hosted its third Annual Art Tour on Saturday, September 23. Butler Street was filled with activity as patrons created their own screen printing poster of Etna provided free of charge by Etna Print Circus.  There was a live painting by artist David D’Incau, a community canvas where everyone took up a paint brush and added a few strokes themselves as well as a dramatic performance by Cup-A-Jo Productions.  All evening there was free music provided by Andre Costello and the Cool Minors, Essential Machine and Etna’s The Mondaze.

Art lovers were able to visit Reneski Replications, Blue Hazel Studios, .5 Gallery and dozens of spaces located within 448 Studios.  Other participants in the tour this year included Jester’s Court, Pollak’s Candies, N.C. Hair Studio, Savvy Creations Design Studio, Quickhatch Coffee+ Food and Cop-Out Pierogies.  A great time was had by all!!!  Thank you to all the artists, volunteers, businesses and restaurants who participated!  We couldn’t do it without you!!!

Farmer's Market

The annual Farmer’s Market celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2017, and is open each Thursday, from June 1 through October 26, 3:00 to 6:30 P.M., across from the Municipal Building at 437 Butler Street.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at our Farmer’s Market, contact Mary at 412-781-7641.  We have crafters, bakers, chefs, gardeners and farmers are selling their locally made products!

2017 Farmer's Market Vendor Packet

2017 Farmer's Market Farmer Packet

Etna Farmer's Market
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