COMMITTEES

The LACDC is helping the Leechburg area communities evolve through a broad range of initiatives.  

The LACDC supports these initiatives with a subcommittee structure outlined below. Each committee has a Board liaison and a committee chair.  The specific activities of each committee are designed by the members of that committee with the approval of the Board. 

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE COMMITTEE

To determine ways to improve and maintain the quality of residential real estate and to attract new residents.

BUSINESS DISTRICT & INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE

To support the business district and to assist in development of industrial sites.

PARKS & RIVERFRONT COMMITTEE

To develop the parks and riverfront areas to encourage tourism and to attract new residents.

PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COMMITTEE

To market the Leechburg area community and to encourage new and current residents’ participation and interaction.

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

To solicit financial support through private donations from current and past residents and grant writing.

DRUG DEPENDENCY COMMITTEE

To address the drug dependency issue in conjunction with municipal officials by identifying and implementing a broad base of best practices.

LEGAL / ACCOUNTING COMMITTEE

To review annual tax returns and to provide careful financial oversight is the main function of this committee.

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RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE COMMITTEE

Improve the residential housing stock.

Leechburg, like many Western Pennsylvania communities, has lost significant population. This means that there is excess housing which results in low property values and vacant homes. Poorly maintained property and abandoned property are not uncommon in the area and, these have a huge negative impact on the community. Also, much of the housing stock in the Leechburg Area is older, especially in Leechburg Borough, having been built in the early part of the last century or earlier. Many of these homes are small, with one bath and little or no off-street parking. Can these homes be upgraded for today’s family? Which houses should be renovated, released for sale and/or torn down? With funding and the use of the Derelict and Abandoned Properties Act, the CDC can gain control of some of this housing and improve it for the community.


This committee works with the marketing committee and real estate professionals to market available homes in the most effective way.

BUSINESS DISTRICT & INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE

Support the business district and to assist in development of industrial sites.

Leechburg has a small business district with well maintained buildings. The majority of the store fronts are occupied, but the trend is toward less occupancy. This committee is assessing the community needs and determining the best use for the buildings. It will then work with the marketing committee to locate potential businesses for the community. One of the current initiatives is to establish a co-working space to give residents who work from home access to an environment more conducive to work with all the amenities of a modern office.


Attracting new businesses is difficult. Retaining existing businesses is easier but is often neglected. This committee is serving as a resource to assist local businesses and to help market them to the community.


Leechburg Area has two large industrial sites owned by ATI, one of which has been idle since 2005 and the other since 2016. This committee will work with ATI to learn about the plans for these parcels and assist in any way it can to establish a use for them.

PARKS & RIVERFRONT COMMITTEE

Develop river front property to take full advantage of the river asset.

The Kiskiminetas River is one of the most gorgeous rivers in Western Pennsylvania. It has been transformed over the last 40 years from an industrial and municipal waste polluted river into one teaming with fish and avian wildlife. This asset needs to be exposed and utilized by the Leechburg Area communities and others in the region. The Kiskiminetas runs through all four communities represented by the LACDC. Various properties along the river have been developed including the Gazebo Park in Leechburg and the park and boat ramp in Hyde Park, but much more can be done. This committee is exploring funding opportunities and building a volunteer network to help develop and maintain the parks.

PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COMMITTEE

Market to potential residents and businesses.

Leechburg is a hidden treasure. Most people in Western Pennsylvania have never been to Leechburg, but those who have are impressed. To attract contributing members and businesses to the community, we need to inform Western Pennsylvania about Leechburg. This committee is in support of events that will serve to showcase the town. It also is taking every opportunity to get the message out through media coverage and other means.

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Solicit financial support through fundraising and grant writing.

It is the belief of the Board that we will be able to raise significant funds from past residents of Leechburg. Many of the graduates of Leechburg High School have done very well for themselves and attribute much of their success to the school and the nurturing environment of this small community. It is our belief that these graduates want to ensure that the positive aspects of this community are preserved and improved upon for current and future residents.


Materials are being prepared to reach out to those past residents.Using the raised money and in-kind volunteer hours as matching funds, we are able to apply for government and foundation grants. This funding is becoming more difficult especially with the financial strain created by COVID-19. One area of funding that still is readily available is waterway and trail improvement. One of our large initiatives is river front development, so this will be a main target for our grant proposals.

DRUG DEPENDENCY COMMITTEE

Work with town officials and others to address this problem.

The drug issue is not unique to the Leechburg Area.  It cannot be successfully managed by the police and the judicial system alone.  This committee is working with community officials and other experts to understand the extent of the problem and then to develop and implement best practices in remediating this problem.  The goal is to involve as many people as possible in this effort.

LEGAL / ACCOUNTING COMMITTEE

Manage legal and financial aspects of the corporation.

Annual tax returns and careful financial oversight is the main function of this committee.  This committee is important to sustain the corporation and will need volunteers who understand finances and business management.