Senator Vogel Announces Grant for Old Economy Village

funds to be used towards facility revitalization

Senator Elder Vogel Jr. announced today that The Friends of Old Economy Village will receive a $241,000 state grant to be used towards facility upgrades and operations at the Old Economy Village in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

According to Vogel, the $241,000 grant will provide a much needed financial boost to help Old Economy Village’s educational programs become self-sufficient.

“We were all very surprised when the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission decided to no longer fund the educational programs at Old Economy Village,” Vogel said. “The Friends of Old Economy Village have really stepped up to continue to provide these programs.”

This funding would be used for renovations and enhancements to existing buildings and infrastructure and for developing a comprehensive plan for site utilization and marketing of Old Economy Village. In addition, the grant would allow Old Economy Village to employ educational personnel for tours and other programs designed for visitors.

“This funding will help provide The Friends of Old Economy Village the necessary tools to develop and utilize the site in ways that allows them to fulfill their mission of sustainability. We want to make sure that Old Economy Village thrives so that future generations can learn about this hidden gem in Beaver County,” Vogel added.

“Senator Vogel stepped up to the plate when it really mattered for Old Economy Village and the Ambridge community,” said Friends of Old Economy Board Member Fritz Retsch. “Old Economy Village was placed in a very difficult financial position by the state, making it extremely difficult to carry out our mission. Through the combined efforts of increased fundraising and this grant obtained by Senator Vogel, we are in a much better position to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. We appreciate Senator Vogel’s efforts on our behalf.”



Joe Weidner, Senator Elder Vogel Jr
(724) 774-0444
Fritz Retsch, Friends of Old Economy Village
(724)- 242 0622
Lynn Popovich, Old Economy Village
(724)-266-4500 x119
Kevin Flannery, Old Economy Village
(724)-266-4500 x119

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