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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.

Youth Connection Seeking Mentors

BYOUTH CONNECTIONig Brothers Big Sisters of the Oil Region has become Youth Connection. After serving the community as an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the organization has decided to disaffiliate from the National Association. Assisting them in their new venture as Youth Connection, they have partnered with The Mentoring Partnership of Southwest PA who will provide support, training and technical assistance.

Youth Connection will continue to serve youth in Venango, Forest, Clarion and Eastern Crawford counties as a program of Family Service and Children’s Aid Society of Venango County and continues to be supported by The United Way of Venango County. Jessica Walters, program director, noted that there are many ways to become involved with Youth Connection, including volunteering as a mentor. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to make a connection with a local youth and empower them to be successful in every aspect of their life.

Another way to get involved is to join the Advisory Committee, which is always in need of dedicated community volunteers, or by donating to Youth Connection, where your contribution stays in the community. For more information, contact Jessica Walters at 814-676-9940 extension 28 or by email at


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