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Mon River Town Summit

September 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a day of presentations and networking, as we celebrate the Mon River Town Program’s past, and look ahead to it’s future.

Speakers will include Director of the River Town Program Cathy McCollum, Executive Director of the National Road Heritage Corridor Donna Holdorf, PEC’s Lindsay Baxter, Jay Sukernak of Riverlife, and more.

Complete the downloadable registration form below before attending.

Launched in 2010, the Mon River Town Program aims to connect communities to the growing outdoor recreational market through a bordering river or waterway. Like land-based trails, recreational water trails are attracting a growing numbers of users: paddlers, motorized boaters, anglers, wildlife viewers, and those that just want to be near water.

In addition to offering increased quality of life to residents, waterways can also mean an economic boost from visitors and investors. The River Town Program offers technical assistance and additional capacity in grant-writing, riverfront planning, river related events and activities, infrastructure and amenity improvements, business attraction, and marketing.

The Mon River Valley Coalition developed as the River Towns recognized the value of working together to improve their riverfronts, encourage business growth, attract additional investment, and market the region. The Coalition meets quarterly and is co-directed by the River Town Program and National Road Heritage Corridor. This program is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and welcomes anyone interested in improving the Mon River Valley.


8 – 8:30 a.m.-Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.-The Mon River Town Program—The Successes and its Future: Cathy McCollom, Principal, McCollom Development Strategies, LLC; Donna Holdorf, Executive Director – National Road Heritage Corridor

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.-Waterfront Development Tax Credit – What it Means for Mon River Towns: Jay Sukernak, Vice President, CFO, Riverlife

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.-Greenspace, Recreation and Resilient Economies – A New Perspective: Lisa Brown, Director of Environmental Initiatives and Projects for Economic Development South

10:45 – 11:10 a.m.-River Towns: A Statewide Perspective, Lindsay Baxter, Program Manager, Energy & Climate, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

11:10 – 11:30 a.m.-The Improving Mon River – Locks & Dams & Sustainable Energy Opportunities: John Confer, Professor, California University of Pennsylvania


September 14, 2016
8:00 am - 11:30 am