Mercer Area Community Profile

Mercer County, PA

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It has been said that the Mercer area is "a land where people will come to play and eventually stay." the semi-rural area has easy access to metropolitan regions,

The semi-rural Mercer area, at the intersection of Interstates 79 and 80, has high quality of living, excellent schools, a low crime rate and many recreation areas.

The Interstate highway network has helped bring new business an industry, residential development, and tourism to the area. These highways provide access to the major metropolitan markets of Pittsburgh, Erie Youngstown, Warren and Cleveland.

In the summer of 1994, the first phase of the Grove City Factory Shops, a 400,000 square-foot factory outlet mall, opened in Springfield Township. The Factory Shops which employ 500 persons, is expected to attract 2 million visitors annually.

Recreational areas such as the Shenango Lake, Pymatuning State Park, Lake Latonka, and Goddard State Park, along with the low crime rate, ahvehavee inspired the saying, " the Mercer Area is a land where people will come to play and eventually stay." Those who enjoy watching professional sports can easily travel an hour and a half to either Pittsburg or Cleveland.

The Interstate highways also provide easy access to institutions of higher learning in Pittsburgh, Erie, Youngstown, and Cleveland. the Mercer Area itself has an excellent education system and a wealth of nearby higher educational facilities, including the Shenango Valley Campus of Pennsylvania State University, Westminster College, Slippery Rock University, Thiel College, Allegheny College, Edinboro University, and Grove City College. Money Magazine, in the evaluation of which schools provide the best education for the dollar, ranks Grove City College No. 11 in the nation.

According to the Herald (Sharon, Pa.), Mercer County's best asset is its people: "Nowhere could anyone find people who are are more diversified in work skills and professions; more friendly; more cooperative, and more willing to be good neighbors, especially to visitors or anyone moving in-be they businesses, industries, or residents."

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Mercer Borough - 1990 Census - 2,444
Mercer Area - 1990 Census - 11,649
Mercer County - 1990 Census - 121,003

Governmental Services
Mercer Borough - Mayor and 7 council members
Surrounding Townships - 3 supervisors and township secretary

Mercer Police Dept. - 3 full-time. 2 part time
Jefferson Township - 3 full-time
State Police

Fire Departments
East End Volunteer Fire Dept # 1
Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Dept
Mercer County has 911 service
Gold Cross Ambulance Service available

Community Service
Mellon Bank/North
Integra Bank/North
First Western Bank F S B

United Community Hospital, Grove City - 128 beds
Sharon Regional Health System, Sharon - 290 beds
Horizon Health System - 236 beds
Greenville Regional Hospital, Greenville
Shenango Valley Medical Center

Mercer Area Healthcare Facilities
Mercer Area medical Center/ Sharon Regional Health System
Mercer Medical Care Center
Mercer Osteopathic Clinic

Public Schools
1 K-6 schools with 920 students
1 7-12 schools with 759 students

Vocational Education
Mercer County Career Center

Advanced Education
Grove City College - 9 miles
Slippery Rock University
Westminster College - 9 miles
Thiel College - 15 miles
Penn State Shenango Campus - Sharon - 15 miles

12 protestant, 1 Catholic

The Herald, Sharon - daily & Sunday
Record Argus, Greenville - daily
Allied News, Grove City - weekly

Radio Stations
WWIZ - Stereo 104
The Breeze - 96.7 FM

Howard Johnson's Motel Lodge - 101 rooms
Colonial Inn - 21 rooms
Mercer Motel - 17 rooms

Bed & Breakfast Inn
Magoffin House - 9 rooms

Mercer Free Library - 20.000 volumes plus video & magazines

Interstates 79 & 80
Federal Routes - US 19, 62
Trucking - 20 motor freight carriers service the area
Air Service
Commercial Service
Pittsburgh International Airport - 65 miles
Youngstown/ Warren Regional Airport - 25 miles
Cleveland - 80 miles
Erie - 65 miles
Non- Commercial Service
Grove City Airport - 7 miles
Greenville Airport - 17 miles

Electricity - Pennsylvania Power Company
Gas - National Fuel Gas
Telephone - Bell Atlantic
Water - Mercer Water Company - private owner, source: Shenango Valley Water Company
Water - Shenango Valley Water Company
Treatment capacity - 19 MGD
Normal use - 10 MGD
Source - Shenango River
Shenango Dam
Flood control, water quality, recreation, fish & wildlife enhancement, operated by Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District
Summer lake elevation: 896 feet above sea level, summer lake volume 9,449,650,000 gallons, summer lake surface 3,650 acres
Sanitary sewer - Mercer Borough Waste
Water Treatment Plant
Primary treatment capacity - 1.04 MGD
Present normal flow - 400,000 gallons per day

Principal Industries
PA Regional Correctional Facility - 326 employees - Penal Institution
Reznor - a unit of Thomas & Betts Corp - 300 employees - Heating equipment
County Government - 275 employees
Mercer Forge - 200 employees - Iron & steel forgings
PennDOT - 133 employees
Ogelvee Mercer Inc. - 50 employees- Nursery
Pennsylvania Railcar - 50 employees
Tenneco - 33 employees - Natural Gas transmission

Total manufacturing employment - 54,200
Mercer County labor force - 54 000

Taxes (Millage Rates)
Mercer Borough - 34 Municipal - 97 School - 27 County - 158 Total
Coolspring Township - 8 Municipal - 97 School - 27 County - 132 Total
East Lackawannock Twp. - 3 Municipal - 97 School - 27 County - 127 Total
Findley Twp. - 3 Municipal - 97 School - 27 County - 127 Total
Jefferson Twp. - 14 Municipal - 97 School - 27 County - 139 Total
Wage Tax: 1% all Communities

Recreational Facilities
Mercer Borough
Brandy Springs Park - 40 acres
Baseball & softball fields
Swimming pools - 2
Tennis courts - 4
Picnic pavilions
Fishing pond
Playground equipment
Jefferson township
Jefferson Township Community Park

Golf Courses
1 public course
12 courses in the county

Principal Civic Organizations
Business & Professional Women
Chamber of Commerce
Eastern Star
Masonic Lodge
Women's Club
Business & Professional Women

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Data Compiled December 1994 by
Penn Power's Marketing Services Department
Mercer County Chambers of Commerce &
Penn Northwest Development Corporation

For Further Information Contact:

Randal J Coleman - Economic Development Consultant
Penn Power - New Castle PA - (724) 656-5399 or 652-5531

Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce - Mercer, PA - (724) 662-4185

Penn Northwest Development Corporation - Mercer, PA - (724) 662-3705

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