Our Mission

The mission of the Oil Region Alliance is to manage the Oil Region National Heritage Area and to increase the prosperity of the Oil Region by enticing people to live, work, learn and play, in “the Valley that Changed the World,” through the preservation, promotion, development and support of historical, educational, natural, recreational, residential, commercial and industrial destinations.

Some of our accomplishments are as follows:

  • Develop and expand Industrial Parks
  • Market industrial and commercial sites
  • Coordinate the Keystone Opportunity Zones
  • Promote business retention, expansion and recruitment
  • Assist in I-80 development
  • Assist with Brownfield development
  • Monitor and assist workforce development
  • Pursue community development and downtown revitalization
  • Actively involved with the NW PA PREP (Partners for Regional Economic Performance)
  • Coordinate marketing for tourism, economic and heritage development
  • Promote the Oil Region as a travel destination to increase overnight stays, spending and visitation
  • Fulfill tourism information requests and distribute tourism materials locally as well as at PA - Welcome Centers and rest stops along the Interstate
  • Create and print an annual Visitor Guide which showcases the many tourist destinations in the Oil Region
  • Administer the Allegheny GeoTrail Project, encompassing ten counties in the state
  • Administer the Oil Region National Heritage Area
  • Rehabilitated the Coal Oil Johnny House, the Neilltown Church, and the Tarbell House, all historic properties owned by the Oil Region Alliance
  • Developed Murray’s Scenic View and Allegheny Overlook, both located in Oil City and the Kennerdell Overlook in southern Venango County
  • Developed and installed a Visitor Center in Oil City, Titusville and Emlenton
  • Developed and installed community gateways in Titusville and Barkeyville
  • Coordinate the Oil Heritage Region Historic Preservation Awards
  • Administer educational Mini-grant programs
  • Preserve cultural resources with the Oil Region National Heritage Area
  • Enhance and preserve the region’s recreational and natural resources
  • Administer the Historic House Plaques program for historic homes, churches and commercial buildings and other structures
  • Publish and offer for sale non-fiction oil history books and DVDs
  • Coordinated Oil 150, the celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the successful drilling for oil at Drake Well near Titusville
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