Stories from the Monongahela River Valley and Revitalization through Placemaking
This lecture highlights historic sites, communities, and events in the Monongahela River valley to help explain the resilience of the region in the context of industrial loss. We consider how various cultural resources and tools of historic preservation have been or could be used to spark economic rejuvenation in Mon Valley communities. Through consideration of the history of places like the Carrie Furnace, McKeesport International Village, or Elizabeth’s Plum Street, this lecture will gauge traditional and unconventional solutions to promoting and improving reinvestment opportunities in communities with limited resources or capacity to change the perception of “down and out” places in the Mon Valley and beyond.
About the Presenter: William (Will) Prince is the Main Street Manager of the Washington Business District Authority of Washington County. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Will completed a two-year stint of national service through AmeriCorps and the Student Conservation Association. He also managed and helped expand the nation’s first Trail Town Program at The Progress Fund connecting outdoor recreation and small-town revitalization. A former board member and president of the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh, Will is a graduate of the Master of Preservation Studies program at Tulane University. A native of the Mon Valley town of Elizabeth, Will continues to volunteer for his hometown’s Area Development Corporation.pittsburgh history and landmarks foundation