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Community Gardens Continue to Grow

Tcommunity gardens 3he Venango Area Community Gardens have had a successful second year! For this summer, the group has placed 50 raised beds throughout the community, with a couple at the Venango Chamber and many at Chamber member locations, including:community gardens 1



  • Community Services of Venango County
  • Hand In Hand Christian Counseling
  • Oil City Housing Authority
  • Office of Representative R. Lee James
  • United Way of Venango County
  • Oil City YMCA Younger Days


Many community members and organizations have come together to make this initiative successful, including the Venango Technology Center, Bay Tree Farm, Penn State Extension and Master Gardeners, Mustard Seed Mission, UCIP, Franklin Gardeners Association, and the City of Oil City.

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To learn more about the community gardens, visit their Facebook page:

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



Congratulations to the VNA!

20180606_111118(0)Congratulations to the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Venango County on the groundbreaking of their new Hospice House in Rocky Grove.

Additionally, Representative R. Lee James visited with the VNA, where he had a tour and meeting at their office to gain a better understanding of the services they


Learn more about the VNA at vnurse lee

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

Yogi Berra – What does he have to do with Route 8 Reconstruction ?

197b1b4f9161e627350d0a75c0430d5c_144316141126In 1973, American Baseball Great and part time philosopher Yogi Berra uttered the famous quote “it ain’t over till it’s over.”  This March, after PennDOT announced they would no longer be considering two lane options for the Route 8 resurfacing project between Franklin and Barkeyville, the public uttered a collective sigh of relief.

This section of highway is the economic lifeline for Venango County, connecting towns from Franklin to Warren to Interstate 80.  Two elements led to this decision.

First, the cost of resurfacing the highway as two-lanes versus four-lanes is not significantly different.  If done, the traffic congestion would increase immediately upon completion of the road work.  When you consider that the life of the surface is from 25 to 40 years, this decision is a big one for the future of our region and would be a gamble that highway activity would not increase significantly over this period of time.  PennDOT wisely took this into account.

The second factor was the strong public outcry for maintaining this highway as a four-lane road.  Over 300 people attended the meeting at Franklin High School in February to show support and that definitely had an impact on the decision.

But back to Yogi Berra—PennDOT announced on March 28 that they would no longer be considering two-lane options in a press release, but the job is not over.  The official decision will be made by vote over the next month and then we will know for sure.  The process of approval will follow the path below:

  • 5/11 thru 6/11: The Draft TIP (Transportation Plan) will be on public display at the Northwest Commission office for those interested in seeing what transportation projects will be included in the 2019 – 2022 Plan
  • 6/11: A public information meeting will be held on the 2019–2022 TIP from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Northwest Commission office.
  • 6/26: The Northwest TAC (Transportation Advisory Committee) will vote on the 2019–2022 TIP at the PennDOT District 1-0 office at 1 p.m.  This is the key meeting where the decision for funding will be approved.  Later that day, a public comment meeting will be held on the proposals for the Route 8 project options but the decision for funding will have been addressed by that time.  The public is encouraged to attend either or both meetings.

Our community really stepped up to support the retention of four-lanes on Route 8, which was inspiring to see.  Your continued support is encouraged through the TAC meeting on June 26.  Remember—“It ain’t over till it’s over.”


Position Description: Executive Assistant

Chamber Hiring Executive Assistant 2018

Date: May 2018

Organization: Venango Area Chamber of Commerce

About Us

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization in Venango County, with a mission to build, serve and promote regional business.

About the Environment

We work hard for the business community we represent. The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce is a fast-paced, dynamic environment where ideas are heard and challenges are embraced. We’re an organization full of smart, talented, diverse people striving to do our jobs better each day. Working here requires commitment, energy, flexibility — and a healthy dose of creativity.

Reports To: President/CEO of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce

Summary of Position: This position is designed to assist the President/CEO of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the staff and Board of Directors. The position requires working with the Chamber in pursuing, securing, updating, tracking, coordinating, comparing, promoting and distributing information/data on our various activities.

Job Responsibilities: (including but not limited to)

Administrative Duties

  • Support the strategic plan of the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Assist in recruitment and retention of members
  • Welcome and assist members, visitors and tourists
  • Assist with preparation and distribution of monthly Chamber newsletter
  • Support updating of database of members and Chamber contacts
  • Maintain media contacts and mailing lists
  • Prepare meeting notices, make reminder calls and prepare meeting packets for the Chamber board and for committees
  • Maintain files digitally and hard copy for the Chamber
  • Manage correspondence as directedby the President/CEO
  • Maintain calendars of events  – Internal (Google) and Community (Website)
  • Coordinate special projects/events as assigned
  • Record minutes of board meetingsand distribute within three working days of meetings
  • Assist in maintaining inventory of Chamber store and making sales
  • Support the missions of FLEX and Be Here and assist as needed
  • Assist with the solicitation of sponsorships and advertising for special events and publications
  • Other duties as assigned

Event Coordination

  • Assist in planning and logistics for all on-site and off-site events and meetings
  • Assist with the assessment of events to determine if mission and financial objectives were met
  • Provide input about event schedulesand support the implementation of short and long-term strategies
  • Establish vendor relationships and identify preferred vendor pricing for events
  • Develop good relationships with members and volunteers to gain cooperation in assisting with events

Additional opportunities – based on interest, time and talents:

  • Design and lay out Chamber advertisements and publications
  • Assist in membership meetings
  • Attend meetings and engage in public speaking, representing the Chamber
  • Implement social media and website updates
  • Write for Chamber publications

Qualifications/Skills Required:

  • Superb customer service skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships
  • Excellent telephone skills
  • Professional appearance
  • Working knowledge of business as well as regional government and amenities
  • Professional and mature attitude; remains calm under pressure
  • Clear verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement events strategy
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and social media programs
  • Experience with standard office equipment – copier, Ipad register, phones and computer, with a willingness to become proficient in using new equipment and programs

Qualifications/Skills Preferred in addition: 

  • Demonstrated success in event management
  • Demonstrated success in sales
  • Experience with WordPress, Mailchimp, Google, Adobe Suite, Database management, Survey Monkey, Doodle Poll

This is a full time, hourly position.  No benefits are included.

Submit cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to by June 1, 2018.


Position Description PDF

Meet the Mayor–Sugarcreek

Charlie McDaniel - SugarcreekIn January of this year, Charlie McDaniel was sworn in as Mayor of Sugarcreek Borough, and he looks forward to continuing to serve and make a difference in his community.

“As a concerned tax-paying resident of Sugarcreek, my goal is to help preserve and maintain what we already have,” he said. “I was elected to do a job and I have a moral and fiduciary responsibility to our residents.”

Charlie’s vision is to work in conjunction with the experienced Borough Council to make the area a better place to live. One specific goal of his is to enhance the borough’s police department in an effort to improve overall public safety for residents.

“I’m not a politician and I don’t have a personal agenda; I’m a community member trying to make a difference,” said Charlie.

In the four months that Charlie has served as mayor, the borough has made some great accomplishments, including the reduction of the speed limit on Sugarcreek Drive.

Like any town, Charlie sees some challenges for Sugarcreek that he is ready to help tackle, such as maintaining and developing infrastructure, creating a better workforce, and pursuing more economic development.

Charlie is excited to not only work with the borough, but other community organizations and groups, such as the Valley Grove School District. “We are a unique area with small communities, and I find that we tend to work together better,” he said.

For his career, Charlie is the owner of McDaniel and Associates, an income tax preparation and consulting business located on Sugarcreek Drive. He didn’t always plan to be in the tax business; he was taught by his father upon returning home from serving in the United States Marine Corps for more than 20 years. During his service, he was based in North Carolina and traveled throughout the world, including 13 major deployments, five of which were in combat.

SugarcreekAt McDaniel and Associates, Charlie is available 24/7 and does all he can assist his customers—or “family” as he calls them.

Personally, he is happily married, has two children, and is a proud grandfather. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors hunting. He grew up in the area and is a graduate of Rocky Grove High School and told us: “I love it here.”

Whether it’s through his service to our country, his role as mayor, or his business, Charlie enjoys helping people in any way he can.

Learn more about Sugarcreek Borough at

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