Shenango Valley community profile

Mercer County, Pennsylvania

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The Shenango Valley is made up of 8 communities from Northwestern Pennsylvania and 2 communities from Ohio. The communities are closely joined together, so the commuting time to work for most residents is between five and ten minutes.

Because of its location, at the crossroads of Interstates 79 & 80 and PA Route 60, the Shenango Valley has the unique position of providing easy and direct access to America's highly industrialized and commercially valuable Mid Eastern States. The Shenango Valley is situated midway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland (about 11/2 hour drive) and Chicago and New York City (about an 8 hour drive). One day's drive time reaches over half of the U.S. population, most of Canada's 16 "million-plus" metro centers and 24 top industrial markets that account for two thirds of all industrial output and employment.

Interstate 80 and Route 60 pass directly through the Valley while Interstate 79, just to the East, intersects Interstate 80 with access to both the Erie and Pittsburgh markets. State Route 60 leads south from the Valley to the Pennsylvania Tumpike and to the Pittsburgh International Airport which is just 54 minutes away. To the west, Interstate 80 connects with the Ohio Turnpike. The Youngstown Municipal Airport is just 20 minutes away.

Historically this area has been a major contributor to America's iron and steel industry. Although still active in steel production and heavy industry, the Shenango Valley has diversified its economic base to include light industry, high tech manufacturing, health services and tourism. Some of the largest employers are the primary metal, electrical equipment, health services and local transportation industries. Fabricators of metal products and non-electrical machinery manufacturers are also important. Three of the four manufacturers of steel pipe in the United States are located in the Shenango Valley.

The Valley has two hospitals, Sharon Regional Health System and Horizon Hospital System. Sharon Regional Health System is a teaching facility with an affiliated diploma school of nursing. Both attract top-quality physicians and contribute to the excellent medical care available in the area. Nine other hospitals are within a 1/2 hour of the Valley.

Our education system consists of nationally accredited public and parochial school systems with student/teacher ratios lower than the national average. Within the Shenango Valley is the Shenango Valley Campus of Pennsylvania State University and within a 30 minute drive of the Shenango Valley are five colleges and universities.

Real Estate prices here are far below the national average with many new and existing homes to choose from.

There is much to see and do in the area. The Valley has two main recreational areas including Buhl park which boasts America's only free golf course and the Shenango River Lake, a US Army Corp of Engineers facility, which provides boating, camping, swimming, water skiing and fishing. The Valley is also known for having several "World's Largest Attractions"; the World's Largest Shoe Store, the World's Largest Candy Store, and the World's Largest off-price Women's Clothing Store. America's largest Christmas & Easter displays are also located in the Valley. Within 30 minutes of the Valley is America's oldest operating forge and manufacturers outlet shops with over 100 stores. For those willing to drive 1 1/2 hours - not a long time by metropolitan standard - all that Pittsburgh and Cleveland have to offer in the area of cultural activities and sporting events are easily accessible.

A mix of the past and present, there is something for everyone in the Shenango Valley.

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Population 1990 Census
Shenango Valley -61,849
Sharpsville 4,729
West Middlesex-982
Shenango Townshlp-4,339
Pymatuning Township-3,736
South Pymatuning Townshlp-2.775
Lackawannock Township-2,677
East Lackawannock Township-1.606
Brookfield & Masury, Ohio-10.474

Governmental Services
Each municipality has its own.

Community Services Banking Principle Institutions
First Western Bank. F.S.B.
First National Bank of Pennsylvania
Integra Bank of Sharon
PNC Bank
Mellon Bank (North)

Regional Hospitals
Sharon Regional Health System-290 beds
Horizon Hospital System-236 beds
Greenville Regional Hospital
Shenango Valley Medical Center

Public Schools
13 K-8 schools with 5,177 students
5 9-12 schools with 3,456 students

Parochial Schools
3 K-8 with 604 students
1 9-12 with 400 students

Vocational Education
Mercer County Career Center. Mercer

Technical Education
Sharon Regional Health System School of Nursing, Sharon
Pennsylvania Business Institute, Sharon

Advanced Education
Penn State, Shenango Campus, Sharon
Thiel College, Greenville-15 mi.
Grove City College, Grove City
Westminster College, New Wilmington-20 mi.
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio 17 mi.
Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock-30 mi.

Shenango Valley - 107 churches

Radio Stations
790 WPIC and WYFM Stereo 102.9
WWIZ Stereo 104

The Herald, Sharon

Hotels and Motels
Five, with a total of 431 rooms

Buhl-Henderson Community Library - 48,500 volumes
Stey Nevant Library - 35,000 volumes

Interstate Routes - I-79, I-80
State Routes - PA 18, 60
Federal Routes - PA 62
Trucking - 11 trucking firms, 1 moving & storage firm
Rail - Conrail, Amtrak - 17 miles
Air - Commercial passenger service available at Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport - 20 miles
Bus - Bortner Bus, Shenango Valley Shuttle Service, Mercer County Community Transit (Senior Citizens. Handicapped)

Electricity - Pennsylvania Power Company
Gas - National Fuel Gas
Telephone - Bell Atlantic
Cable - Century Shenango Cable TV
Consumers Pennsylvania Water Co.
Treatment capaclty - 18 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 - 4 Municipal Sewage Treatment Plants (Sharon, Hermitage, Farrell, Shenango Township) Treatment capacity - 18.85 MGD Present normal flow - 7.583 MGD

Principal Industries
Sharon Regional Health System - employees 1,115 - Hospital
Arrnco, Sawhill Tubular - employees 625 - Steel pipe & tubes
Shenango Valley Medical Center - employees 450 - Hospital
Best Wings USA. Inc - employees 332 - Food products
Wheatland Tube - employees 365 - Steel pipe & tubes
Sharon Tube - employees 294 - Steel pipe & tubes
Dean Dairy - employees 200 - Dairy Products

Mercer County Labor Force - 54,000

Wage Tax:
1% Clark, Pymatunlng, Sharon, Sharpsville, Shenango Township. South Pymatuning, West Middlesex
1.6% Farrell
2.25% Hermitage

Recreational Facilities
Buhl Farm Park, 460 acres,
Sharon, Hermitage, Sharpsville,
swimming, exercise trail, tennis courts, pavilions, outdoor stage, baseball field, playgrounds
Bicentennial Park, Sharon
Shenango Lake - 3,650 surface acres
Golf Courses
2 private
7 public courses within 20 miles

Cultural Facilities & Organizations
Shenango Valley Chorale
Valley Arts Guild
Penn State Cultural Series

Principal Civic Organizations
American Business Women's Association
F. H. Buhl Trustees
Lions Club
Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce
United Way of Mercer County

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Compiled December 1994
by Penn Power's Marketing Services Department,
Shenango Valley Chamber 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
Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce
Sharon, PA
(724) 981-5880
Penn Northwest Development Corporation
Mercer, PA
(724) 662-3705
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