The Oil Region Alliance
Board of Directors
Link to Oil Region
The Oil Region Alliance
of Business, Industry & Tourism is a private non-profit 501(c)(3)
corporation. While this name became effective in January, 2005,
the roots of this organization began with its incorporation in 1957.
Today, the territory served by the Oil Region Alliance includes
all of Venango County, borough of Hydetown plus Oil Creek Township and the City of Titusville
in eastern Crawford County in rural northwestern Pennsylvania.
The mission statement reads: Our mission
is to increase the prosperity and population of the Oil Region through
the preservation, promotion, development and support of destinations
within the Oil Region. Whether they are historical, educational,
natural, recreational, residential, commercial or industrial destinations,
we must entice people to live, work, learn and play in the
valley that changed the world. This ambitious and unusually
broad mission statement reflects the history and wide-ranging methods
of this recently restructured member-driven corporation.
Within Venango County, discussion of economic
development consolidation was sparked by the release of a consultant
study in early 2003. The studys conclusion was dire -- our
rapidly aging and declining population could not continue to carry
our ever-increasing tax burden. Our disparate and duplicative development
and promotion efforts were not yielding the growth we needed. Also,
the study concluded that all of northwestern Pennsylvania was invisible
in the highly competitive business of attracting new industry and
opportunity to our area.
Only by working together within the county
and the region can we change our future. Four well-established non-profits
merged early in 2005 to comprise the new Oil Region Alliance: Venango
Economic Development Corporation; Oil Heritage Region, Inc.; Oil
Heritage Region Tourist Promotion Agency; and Oil City Community
ORA has been designated by federal legislation
as the administrator of the Oil Region National Heritage Area. The
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has further designated ORA as the lead
economic development agency serving Venango County, the official
tourist promotion agency serving Venango County, and the administrator
of the Pennsylvania Oil Region Heritage Park. These dual designations
enable ORA to tap multiple public and private resources to package
assistance to achieve the corporate mission.
Today the functions provided by the Oil Region
Alliance through its Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, members,
and contractors are quite diverse. The activities and programs are
intended to offer flexible solutions while helping the areas
businesses, municipalities, and residents experience sustainable
development and enhancement, without losing sight of the unusual
legacy of being the birthplace of the worlds petroleum industry.
Please refer to www.oilregion.org for a more complete description
of current functions and opportunities available under the auspices
of the Oil Region Alliance.