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FLEX Member Highlight: Ashley Sheffer

Ashley pictured with Co-Owner Shaun Alcorn

Congratulations to FLEX member Ashley Sheffer, owner of Core Goods in Oil City. Core Goods was awarded a $5,000 grant through the Get on the Trail Business Plan Contest, sponsored by the Oil Region Alliance.

Core Goods is a store that sells bulk foods, produce, grab and go items and more. 

Ashley wrote a concept paper and business plan, and presented her ideas to a panel of judges before being awarded the grand prize in the contest. Ashley’s plans include expanding the number of bulk bins in the store, as well as installing a filtered water station and adding a supply of reusable containers, all to offer more for trail users.

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) November 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Oil Region Guide Advertising Opportunities

The Oil Region Alliance has partnered with publisher Lunar Cow to create the 2020 Oil Region Guide and is currently seeking advertisers. This premier publication introduces our area to travelers and educates locals and out-of-towners on the events, attractions and services offered here.

The Guide is available throughout the region, distributed across the state at Welcome Centers, and sent to thousands who call the office. Lunar Cow will create a digital version, that will be accessible from the ORA website and allow users to click on links to go directly to the websites of advertisers, increasing web traffic. Lunar Cow will also design the ads for no additional cost. Once designed, the advertiser will be able to keep the file for unlimited future use in any other publication.

Advertising rates and sizes are available on the ORA’s website at The current issue is available online at Questions can be directed to Emily Altomare at or 814-677- 3152 x110. Make sure your business is included in this powerful marketing piece!

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s August 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

ORA Publishes 2019 Visitor Guide

The Tourism Promotion Advisory Council, a committee of the  Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism (ORA) has recently published the newest version of the Oil Region National Heritage Area Visitor Guide (pictured right). This magazine style guide is full of area amenities and historical information.

Following a “trails” theme, the guide takes you through the region touching on heritage, recreation, and attractions as well as culture, food and drink, and shopping. There are also detailed maps of local cities and descriptions of local parks.

It’s packed with activities, events, and things to do in our region as well as great photos and information. A PDF version will be available on the website in the coming weeks.

Grab your copy at the ORA office, located at 217 Elm Street in Oil City, or at the Chamber.  If you’d like a larger amount of copies to have at your business, call Emily at (814) 677-3152.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s April 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Four New Faces at the Oil Region Alliance

ORA FINAL LOGODESIGN2010The Oil Region Alliance (ORA) is an economic development and tourist promotion agency serving the Oil Region—comprised of Venango County, the City of Titusville, and Oil Creek Township. The Alliance works to increase the prosperity of the Oil Region and they have recently added four new staff members to their ranks.

Bringing a new energy to the organization are: Stewart Armstrong, Jennifer Burden, Emily Altomare, and Juliet Hilburn. All four are sure to bring new ideas from their previous roles and be great assets to the ORA and the region.

Stop by their office located at 217 Elm Street in Oil City to say hello, and follow the ORA on Facebook at


Stewart Armstrong
Marketing Coordinator & Artist Liaison

Jennifer Burden
Historian &

Emily Altomare
Communications & Tourism Manager

Juliet Hilburn
Analyst &

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Christ Episcopal Church Receives Historic Preservation Award

The Oil Region Alliance held a Preservation Workshop in Pleasantville on May 19.

ChurchThe Oil Heritage Region Historic Preservation Awards have been awarded since 1997 and were created to recognize projects that represent preservation, restoration and rehabilitation; acknowledge initiatives, services or commitment to the preservation of historic structures; create an advocacy for historic preservation through a greater public awareness of the built environment; and enhance a region-wide preservation ethic in both the public and private sectors.

Christ Episcopal Church, located at 16 Central Avenue in Oil City, received an award for Preservation Stewardship. This Gothic Revival masterpiece was constructed in 1886. Work done on the church over the past 40 years includes the chancel area, altar, flooring, Rose window, slate roof, window, and an addition of a handicapped lift.

Recently, the church embarked on a façade improvement that included repairs to the wood louvers on the bell tower, damaged wing wall, front main entrance door & threshold, door at ADA entrance, and stone window well.

Recent work was completed by  Gustafson General Contracting.  The Oil City Main Street program provided funding through its façade grant program for  work  on the bell tower, louvers and front entrance doors.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s June 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.