What does the word BE mean to you?

To us, it means more than just a literal sense of place. It’s about having a sense of purpose, actively participating, and being present.


The Be Here campaign was created to inspire people to be HERE in the Venango area. We want you to do more than just exist here – we want to empower you to be involved, invested, and truly experience all that this amazing area has to offer!

We’re not here to claim that the Venango area is perfect, but we’re here to raise awareness about the amazing opportunities that exist and work towards making the area the best it can be. We acknowledge the challenges, but we won’t let them hold us back from progress and growth. The people of the Venango Area are determined to thrive, and it’s important to recognize the abundant opportunities available.

There’s a strong sense of community, affordable living, outdoor recreation, vibrant art scene, entertainment options, volunteer opportunities, quality education, breathtaking scenery, and much more.

Whether you’re considering relocating or already live in the Venango area, we encourage you to BE HERE. Explore our website to discover more about the opportunities and ways to live your best life here.

Contact us

Ashley Smith
Program Manager
Venango Area Chamber of Commerce
24 Seneca St. Oil City, Pennsylvania
(814) 676-8521
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