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Redbank Renaissance, Inc. is a group of area citizens who have incorporated to revitalize New Bethlehem and the Redbank Valley area by utilizing its assets. Our members include business owners, borough council members, bankers, the former school superintendent and teachers, nurses, doctors, ministers, retired folks and others who are concerned about the Redbank Valley. Our organizational structure follows the trademarked Main Street and Trail Town program structure that was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to address revitalization needs with a comprehensive, long-term approach.

The four committees and a brief outline of their responsibilities are:

Design – Downtown streetscape, buildings, infrastructure and appearance, sign and façade grants.

Promotion – Marketing, events and promotion of area image, community calendar, church directory.

Economic Restructuring – Assistance for existing businesses and recruitment of new businesses.

Organization – Legal, financial and reporting requirements, fundraising and volunteer recruitment and training.

The program has been successful in over 1900 other communities around the country, including Brookville, Ridgway, Lock Haven and Warren among others. See the National Trust’s Main Street Center for more information: http://www.mainstreet.org. Our goal is to follow this model to bring new life to the Redbank Valley for sustained economic health and the benefit of its residents.

Please enjoy and use this website and join us in our efforts!

To Donate to Redbank Renaissance:

Our Current Efforts:

  • Redbank Renaissance has been able to do a lot thanks to our supporters.  Pledges and donations are appreciated to continue our revitalization efforts.
  • Design Committee focusing on improvements of appearance of downtown New Bethlehem, including community clean ups, banners and a façade and signage improvement program. For more information on the FAÇADE GRANT PROGRAM see the following:
    • Façade Program Manual - PDF
    • RRI Grant Application - PDF | MS Word
    • Watch for the next round of our bike rack matching grant program.
  • We are now working with the new Garden Keepers group to help maintain all the public gardens around the New Bethlehem Borough area. These include the Bear Patch, the Gumtown Park Memorial Garden near the all purpose court, the Welcome Sign on 66 and the beautiful gardens in Redbank Creek Park along Liberty Street below the dam and above the bridge.

    To help maintain these gardens:


  • Promoting area artists through Keystone Council For the Arts. For more information visit: http://keystoneartscouncil.org or visit us on Facebook. For information call Gordon Barrows, Promotion Committee Co-Chair, at 814-275-6714. Interested area artists have met and are seeking additional participants and a possible location.  Anyone interested in participating should call Sandy Mateer at 814-275-1718 or send an e-mail to scmateer1@comcast.net OR Gordon Barrows at 814-275-6714 or at gordonvaillbarrows@gmail.com
  • Redbank Renaissance has purchased banners for the street poles on Broad Street to promote area events or groups, including the Redbank Valley Bulldogs, the library’s Art in the Park and the Chamber’s Peanut Butter Festival. The banners were custom designed and are of a good durable quality.
  • Renaissance was successful in obtaining a grant through Pennsylvania Wilds to install a Welcome to New Bethlehem sign as you come south on Rt. 66 at the Borough line. The sign was installed in May 2010 and was landscaped by the Clarion County Garden Club in September 2010. In the fall of 2013, Renaissance purchased and installed 2 more welcome signs at the entrances to the Borough on Route 28 on the South Bethlehem side of the bridge and near the high school. We hope to do the landscaping around the new signs in Spring 2014. Donations of barn stones or other materials would be appreciated.
  • 501(c)(3) IRS public charity exempt status approved so that contributions are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
  • Community Outreach & Fundraising
  • Business Assistance through Partnerships with Clarion University and The University of Pittsburgh – (Please see upcoming business seminars under “Business Assistance”)
  • Marketing & Promotion of the Redbank Valley and its Businesses.  See this flyer for things to do, places to eat and business opportunities.
  • Worked with Mackin Engineers on a Trail Town study for promoting New Bethlehem as a demonstration Trail Town for the water trail on Red Bank Creek and rails to trails. New Bethlehem Borough was awarded an $18,000 grant for trail town planning through the Northwest Commission and subsequently a $40,000 grant for trail development in cooperation with the Redbank Valley Trails Association. Trail Town Planning Presentation (PDF)   Work on the portion of the trail within Borough limits was completed in 2012. Renaissance contributed the bike rack in the municipal lot and helped install it before the trail dedication ceremony on June 1st, 2013. A town center development plan will be unveiled in the near future.
  • The first bike rack matching grant program had 2 participants. As a result a bike rack will be added at Subway and with the Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce’s participation, Renaissance installed a bike rack near the all-purpose court in Redbank Creek Park in late 2013. Watch for additional rounds of the 50/50% matching grant program to add more bike racks.
  • Working with the Allegheny Valley Land Trust and the Redbank Valley Trails Association, which formed in May 2010, to promote trail development.  The group is meeting on the third Monday of each even month at the New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church at 403 Penn Street at 7 PM and in odd months at the Brookville Presbyterian Church. New Bethlehem and AVLT were also awarded a $25,000 grant for a feasibility and planning study for the trail from Lawsonham to Brookville which was completed in July 2011.
  • Pursuing Route 28 access for Smuckers
  • Community Calendar


 

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
 


Projects for 2014

See Our Video: Welcome to New Bethlehem and the Redbank Valley!
Click Here for Video

Community Clean Up Day
April 26th, 2014 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
(rain date: May 3rd, 2014)

Meet us at Gumtown Park on Water Street in New Bethlehem to spread out over New Bethlehem and the Redbank Valley Trails to pick up litter, sweep, rake, clean out drainage ditches and get flower beds ready for spring.

Call 814-275-1718 or email redbankren@comcast.net for more info.

Day of Giving
Thanks to all who donated on the Day of Giving and to Northwest Savings Bank and the library who served as our donation locations.
More Info
We'll be participating in the Armstrong County Community Foundation Day of Giving next year on May 8th, 2014.


Arts & Crafts Show - Dec 6th, 2014
Registration Form

To Reserve a Table:

Facade and Sign Grant Program
Applications are still being accepted. See the following application form for our new bike rack matching grant program.
Application Form

Current Fundraiser - Pens made of wood from the 1883 New Bethlehem Dam.
Click here for info

Redbank Valley Trails Information
Click here for info

Groups looking for local mission projects and community service work are welcome to call 814-275-1718 or scmateer1@comcast.net for possible coordination of future projects.

2014 Initiatives

First Fridays in the Park
Enjoy music and food in Gumtown Park on 1st Fridays in June through September starting at 6:00pm
Click here for more

Trail Town Planning with New Bethlehem Borough

PA Wilds Initiative
Visit Trail Town page above for details
YouTube Video

High School Students:
Need an idea for a graduation project that will benefit both you and the community?
Click Here!

Area Information
Click here for printable brochure


More Info on Fundraisers and Events


 

   

 

 

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