MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY
IT’S TIME TO RE-ENERGIZE
The Leechburg Area, which includes Leechburg, Gilpin, West Leechburg and Hyde Park, has evolved over the last two and a half centuries.
It was a farm community until 1829 when it became a major canal and shipping center. Beginning in 1872, it transitioned to a major steel manufacturing and coal mining center with the construction of its first major steel manufacturing facility.
The closing of the West Leechburg ATI plant in 2005 and the Bagdad plant in 2016 ended that chapter of Leechburg’s history. Leechburg has thrived and prospered during its former history, and it now finds itself needing to evolve once again.
RESIDENT-DRIVEN IMPACT TO REINVENT OUR COMMUNITY
What will its identity be? What will best serve Leechburg and its current and future citizens? It can be left to evolve organically, or the community and its citizens can identify a path forward and work to follow it. The LACDC’s role is to help coordinate the collective actions of the community.
We need the entire community to come together and take action to effectively impact Leechburg’s future. The county, state and federal governments may help, but major change will only happen if we all get involved.