7 Jun

Since being founded in 1988, PCRG has taken the time each year to recognize financial institutions, nonprofit groups, and individuals that positively impact their communities. That annual awards luncheon has now transformed into our two-day Summit. However, each year we still take the time to recognize individuals and groups from the Greater Pittsburgh Region who have contributed to growing our communities.

Neighborhood Leader Award In Memory Of Bob O’Connor

Each year, PCRG recognizes an individual who exemplifies the late mayor’s dedication to neighborhood improvement; the recipient is selected by the family of the mayor. This year, Sister Janice Vanderneck of Casa San Jose was selected.

After accepting the award, she said “I want to extend my gratitude to the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group for honoring me with the Neighborhood Leader Award.  I am humbled and so very grateful.  Please let the family of the late Mayor Bob O’Connor know of my sincere thanks to them.”

Sister Janice Vanderneck

Community Development Award

The Community Development Award  recognizes outstanding achievement in the revitalization of urban neighborhoods in Greater Pittsburgh. Any project or program that creates a positive, lasting impact on the physical, social, or cultural fabric of a community is eligible for an award. This year’s Community Development Award was given to Gordon Manker, Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation‘s Business Development Specialist. Since 2015, he has supported dozens of entrepreneurs from the community. Although he was not able to attend the award ceremony, Tracey Evans, Executive Director of Wilkinsburg CDC, accepted the award on his behalf.

One of the participants in his inaugural class had this to say: “The Wilkinsburg CDC’s Business Planning Workshop helped me to get things moving. I have since developed a solid business plan, which I had never done before. It helped me write my dreams down, and now I have clear goals for what I want to accomplish. Now, I am taking action to make my dreams come true. I am truly helpful for all the help I am receiving and look forward to my opening day.” Audrey White is planning to open her business, ChicKory Cafe, in Wilkinsburg within the year.

Pictured below is Gordon Manker, along with participants in his Business Planning Workshop.

 Gordon

Community Banking Awards

PCRG’s annual Community Banking Awards are determined by analyzing the amount and dollar amount of mortgage loans, made by financial institutions that operate in Pittsburgh. Pictured below are the bank representatives and individuals who received awards.

PCRG recognized Dollar Bank in the African American Lending Category, for making the largest number and dollar amount of mortgage loans to African American borrowers by a large bank in 2015.

PCRG recognized Allegheny Valley Bank in the African American Lending Category, for making the largest number and dollar amount of mortgage loans to African American borrowers by an intermediate or small bank in 2015.

PCRG recognized PNC Bank in the LMI Lending Category, for making the largest number and dollar amount of mortgage loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers by a large bank in 2015.

PCRG recognized Allegheny Valley Bank in the LMI Lending Category, for making the largest number and dollar amount of mortgage loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers by an intermediate or small bank in 2015.

Bank Award Recipients

Community Reinvestment Act Awards

PCRG also gives Community Reinvestment Act Awards to CRA officers who go above and beyond their job description. This is determined based on speaking with our members to see which individuals in the banking industry have made a difference in their neighborhoods. The following awardees are recognized as having significantly impacted the quality of life for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities.
Evan Zuverink of First Commonwealth Bank was presented with the 2017 Community Reinvestment Act Award in the Large Bank Category, in recognition of his dedication to the Community Reinvestment Act.

Jennifer Harris
 of Slovak Savings Bank was presented with the 2017 Community Reinvestment Act Award in the Small Bank Category, in recognition of her dedication to the Community Reinvestment Act. Although Jennifer was not able to make it to the awards ceremony, we ensured that she received her awards as well as our thanks for the work she is doing.

Sarah Slater

Program Coordinator, Land Use at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Having grown up in the Pittsburgh area, Sarah left to study Business Administration and International Development at Houghton College, located in rural Western NY. She is thrilled to be back in the City and is eager to work with PCRG members to foster the growth of the region. Sarah is a passionate cook and loves exploring the multitude of ethnic grocery stores and farmers' markets that Pittsburgh has to offer.

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