SEDCO

Curb Appeal Mini-Matching Grant Program

The Swissvale Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) has an exciting opportunity to assist Swissvale home and business owners with exterior improvement projects to boost the curb appeal of their homes and/or businesses. SEDCO is accepting applications from current Swissvale home and business owners to receive up to 50% of the cost of an exterior project with a maximum payout of $150. 

SEDCO Mission Statement

The Swissvale Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) is a group of individuals living and working in Swissvale whose mission is to organize, direct, and coordinate economic revitalization projects in the Borough of Swissvale.

Officers

Gib Miller - President
LauraEllen Ashcraft - Vice President
Lisa Whitney - Treasurer
Mary Miller - Secretary
Email Address:  SwissvaleSEDCO@gmail.com

Brief History

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, U.S. Steel, Westinghouse Electric, WABCO, Union Switch and Signal and Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel all closed major manufacturing plants in the Monongahela Valley. Some sources indicate that as many as 175,000 jobs were lost in the region when these plants closed.  SEDCO was formed in 1989 as one of the first community development corporations (CDC) in the Mon Valley to counter this historic regional economic disruption.  Subsequently, SEDCO joined other CDCs in a coalition with Mon Valley Initiative (MVI) to coordinate programs and revitalization approaches.

Recent Projects and Activities

  • Through our partnership with MVI, numerous residential properties in Swissvale have been renovated for purchase by first time home buyers.
  • In coordination with SEDCO and borough officials, MVI purchased the former Deniston School in Swissvale using Allegheny County's Vacant Property Recovery Program. Following its complete revitalization, the building became the 18-unit Schoolhouse Condominiums providing high-quality, affordable housing in the east suburbs of Pittsburgh.
  • The Swissvale Farmer’s Market was initially sponsored by SEDCO and now has become an independent non-profit organization to bring affordable produce to Swissvale.
  • SEDCO sponsors Swissvale Borough litter clean-up days.

We are always looking to recruit new SEDCO members who are interested in making Swissvale an even better place to live and work.