The McElhattan Foundation Commits $150K toward CCEDC Main Street Program in Knox

Knox, PA – The McElhattan Foundation has announced its interest in supporting the Clarion County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and has committed $150,000 towards the CCEDC’s Regional Main Street Program in Knox, PA.

The CCEDC is at the beginning stages of the Clarion County Regional Main Street Initiative, which is a countywide effort to facilitate and promote main street revitalization across Clarion County downtowns.  The program is set to begin in Clarion, East Brady, Foxburg, Knox, and New Bethlehem.

The McElhattan Foundation is a grantmaking organization based in Pittsburgh, PA. It awards grants in four program areas: ending death on the job, education, end-of-life planning and care, and economic development in the towns of Knox and Franklin, PA.

Sarah Pistella, Program Officer for the McElhattan Foundation stated, “By investing in the CCEDC’s Main Street Initiative in Knox, the McElhattan Foundation underscores its commitment to fostering vibrant communities and sustainable economic development. We believe in the power of collaboration and strategic investment to revitalize downtown areas, and we’re excited to be part of this transformative journey.”

The CCEDC is spearheading the initiative as part of its overall 2030 Economic Development Strategy.  The initiative will begin with an open-community revitalization visioning process, specifically toward the creation of a collaborative regional downtown revitalization vision statement and regional downtown revitalization action-strategy for the five communities in Clarion County.  The effort will include the identification of key partners, projects, and additional funding that can support a variety of revitalization and redevelopment opportunities.

“We were elated to learn of the McElhattan Foundation’s interest in supporting our program in Knox,” said Jarred Heuer, CCEDC Executive Director.  “The driver of the Main Street Initiative will be public-private partnerships with a laser focus on key capital projects that will foster community revitalization in our downtowns,” said Heuer. “I am thrilled that the McElhattan Foundation’s board sees this vision and has stepped up to the plate.”

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers grant programs, which the CCEDC plans to pursue to fund capital projects and improvements.  The McElhattan Foundation’s investment will go toward projects identified in the planning process.

About the Clarion County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC):

The Clarion County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic growth and development in Clarion County. The CCEDC supports a range of industry sectors including energy, manufacturing, food and beverage, logistics, and tourism to promote opportunities within the county. Through various initiatives and partnerships, CCEDC aims to create a thriving business environment and improve the quality of life for all residents and business owners. For more information, please visit