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The Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Corporation, serving the Boroughs of Homestead, West Homestead, Munhall and a portion of the 31st Ward of the City of Pittsburgh, is a private, non-profit local development corporation comprised of representatives from local government, businesspersons and citizens.


Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Corporation (SVEZC) President Kitty Lesko discussed economic and community development taking place in the Steel Valley communities of Homestead, West Homestead, and Munhall at the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Annual Breakfast on April 20, 2018 at the Westwood Golf Club.  U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive, and other State officials were in attendance.  The program was hosted by KDKA-TV's Jon Delano.

Ms. Lesko noted the many developments that have taken place in the Steel Valley Avenues area which now includes over 20 restaurants and eateries.  She distributed a list of developments and a map illustrating the location of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail and the proximity to the many attractions in The Avenues area.

Pictured above from left to right:  Host Jon Delano, KDKA-TV, State Senator Jay Costa, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Kitty Lesko, SVEZC President, Bill Pfoff, President, Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock, and Evan Indianer, EZCB.

Red Bandana Winery Receives Enterprise Zone Loan from SVEZC

The Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Corporation (SVEZC) closed on its 29th Enterprise Zone loan with Red Bandana Winery, LLC.  The $100,000 Enterprise Zone loan is part of a $250,000 investment to locate a licensed limited winery on the lower level of 207 E. Eighth Avenue in Homestead.

Red Bandana Winery is owned by Kathleen and Michael Hall.  They opened the business in 2012 in Leeper, Clarion County and have since expanded to Franklin, PA.  Red Bandana Winery is the number one winery in Clarion County and has become a destination for vacations in the Cooks Forest area.

Kathleen Hall said, “Red Bandana Winery’s wine is low in Sulfites and has over 17 different varieties of wine ranging from dry to sweet and red to white; all from local harvest and made at our main location in Leeper, PA.

Featuring live entertainment weekly, in our signature relaxed atmosphere, creates the embodiment of quality wine, art, music and cigars.”

She added, “Pittsburgh is my home town.  I’ve seen the great things happening in the Steel Valley Avenues.  I have a passion about wine without an attitude.  We’re family run and family welcome!”

Red Bandana is now under construction.  The target date to open is sometime in June.  Stay posted.  For more information go to www.rbandanawinery.com.

“We’re very excited about this addition to The Avenues area” said SVEZC President Catherine Lesko.  “The Avenues is becoming a destination for people looking for restaurants, refreshments and entertainment.  We now have 18 food and drink establishments in The Avenues with 2 more coming soon.  New and renovated housing has been created in The Avenues and nearby neighborhoods.   There is great interest on the part of developers and new businesses in our area.”

Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Expands

The Steel Valley Enterprise Zone Corporation has expanded the Enterprise Zone area for business financing in the entire municipalities of Homestead, West Homestead and Munhall; and a portion of the 31st Ward of the City of Pittsburgh.  This means that any for-profit business that is expanding and creating new employment or new businesses coming into the area will be able to access Enterprise Zone low-interest loan financing.

SVEZC President Catherine Lesko explains:  "Previously the State of Pennsylvania, which capitalized our Enterprise Zone Loan Fund, restricted the Enterprise Zone to certain census tracts.  We are now able to assist businesses throughout the three Steel Valley boroughs and a portion of the 31st Ward of the City of Pittsburgh. Great things are happening in the Steel Valley.  It's an exciting destination for entertainment, food, beverage, and the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail bringing in people from around the globe."

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