PNC Awards Funding for Four Trail Related Projects Penn Soil Resource Conservation and Development Council in partnership with the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism (ORA) was recently awarded $105,000 from the Elizabeth S. Black Charitable Trust, of which PNC is trustee for four trail-related projects submitted in a joint application. Approved for funding under this application are the following: $31,000 for rehabilitation of the historic Downs Building in Oil City; $40,000 for design, materials, and equipment for the Oil City Main Street’s project to provide night-time colorful lighting of the Center Street Bridge in Oil City; $22,000 for “Imagining Squares,” a public participation arts project to make several ceramic tiles and install them along the walking trail in downtown Oil City; and $12,000 for planning, operation and coordination of the inaugural “Artists in the Outdoors Day” throughout three counties, a project of the Council on Greenways and Trails. Wes Ramsey, Executive Director of Penn Soil, stated that “all four projects funded are related to the recreational trails in Oil City and the surrounding counties. “ Oil City was designated a Trail Town in 2014 and is situated along the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail (EPT). This community functions as a hub for not only outdoor recreational pursuits but also for a growing arts community where professional and amateur artists are encouraged create, display, and make available for purchase their resulting works of art. ORA staff will serve as project managers for these projects. The grant period runs from July, 2015 through June, 2016. Penn Soil RC&D is a 501-c-3 charitable organization serving the residents of northwestern PA since 1964. Our mission is to provide the local leadership necessary to develop and implement a plan that will improve the economy, environmental and social well-being of the people through accelerated planning and development of the natural resources in the project area consisting of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties. “We are happy to partner with the Oil Region Alliance and PNC Trusts to help make these projects and improvements in Venango County for the benefit of the entire region of northwest PA,” said Ramsey. For more information contact Deb Lutz at the Oil Region Alliance in Oil City at 814-677-3152 ext. 115 or Wes Ramsey at Penn Soil RC&D at 814-726-1441.

July 15, 2015

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