About Redbank Renaissance, Inc.
Redbank Renaissance was formed as a charitable revitalization organization in 2007 following the main street program structure and guidelines. We hope to take advantage of some alternative funding programs if we can raise more in matching funds. We continue to strive for regional cooperation to benefit the entire Redbank Valley Area and to improve our chances of obtaining state funding. We work on projects for streetscape improvements, façade improvements, anchor building and downtown reinvestment grants, annual community clean ups, trail and tourism promotion including the Towns and Trails Regional Initiative with towns along the Armstrong and Redbank Valley Trails, promoting our history and art, among other efforts to help local businesses and the community. We are seeing progress. Your support is appreciated!
Our Mission Statement
The mission of Redbank Renaissance is to direct a revitalization program, using our assets – Redbank Creek, picturesque landscape, Route 28/66 corridor and central tri-county location to energize new and existing businesses and restaurants, add retail, improve infrastructure, create jobs and reinstate New Bethlehem and the Redbank Valley as an economic, cultural and recreational center that will create an even more attractive and wholesome place to raise a family, work and retire.
Our Vision Statement
New Bethlehem and the Redbank Valley area have a history and spirit of survival. This spirit runs deep in every individual, family, business and municipality. Redbank Renaissance has a vision that will capitalize on that spirit and history. We will form partnerships and collaboratives with area universities, businesses and community groups to promote the revitalization, growth and future of the area. This process will require improvement of infrastructure, continued improvement of buildings and streetscape, strengthening of existing businesses while encouraging the creation of new businesses, jobs and retail shops to sustain a strong economic climate. Redbank Renaissance will capitalize on the assets of the region, its wholesome environment, nature’s beauty, and transit on the Route 28/66 corridor, by utilizing recreational interests, commerce and tourism to maintain and energize the revitalization of the Redbank Valley area.
Our Area / Where Are We?
The Redbank Valley area is located about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Redbank Valley has a central tri-county location, about 20 miles from each of the county courthouses and hospitals of Clarion, Brookville in Jefferson County and Kittanning in Armstrong County. The downtown New Bethlehem area lies at the intersection of State Routes 28 and 66, with easy access to Interstate 80 via exits 64 and 78. The Redbank Valley offers business opportunities, great schools (Redbank Valley School District), private preschools and kindergarten, affordable housing, a talented art community, direct access to an award winning 51-mile non-motorized rail trail and plenty of recreational opportunities.
It encompasses the communities of:
- New Bethlehem
- South Bethlehem
- Cottage Hill
- Fairmount City
- Oak Ridge
- Redbank Township (Clarion and Armstrong Counties)
- Mahoning Township
- Porter Township
- Madison Township
Below are a couple of maps of the area to put it all in perspective.
Meet the Redbank Renaissance – Board of Directors.
|Sandy Mateer||President / Chairperson|
Chair Organization Committee
|Dr. Gordon Barrows||Vice President|
Chair Promotion Committee
Chair Economic Restructuring Committee
|Terry Mateer||Assistant Treasurer||814.275.1718|
| Eileen Conners||Director|
Garden Keepers Committee & Design Committee Chairperson
|Rev. John C. Philips||Director||814.275.2022|
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