by Ashley Cowles

BE HERE Program Manager

By Ashley Cowles

It’s All About Perspective

Depending on the generation, each person has a different perspective of our area. For those who grew up during the “booming” times when large oil corporations were employing thousands of people, it can be easy to look at our region now and think negatively. The … READ MORE

Giving Thanks

The holiday season is upon us, which brings full schedules of family gatherings, work parties, and community events. During the busy next couple of months, it can be easy to get caught up in everything and forget to take a minute to recognize all that … READ MORE

Walking the Walk

For over five years, I have been employed by the Venango Chamber, where our mission is to build, serve, and promote regional businesses in the Venango Area. I spend my days advocating for our members, helping plan and execute events to bring business to our … READ MORE

Back to School—Communicating with Younger Generations

A new time of year has begun—Facebook is filled with back-to-school photos, families are getting into routines, and you may be delayed a few minutes on your way to work as you get stuck behind a school bus. It’s hard not to notice the joy … READ MORE

When Furious, Get Curious

“When furious, get curious.” This quote from Paul Saginaw, co-founder of Zingerman’s Deli out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, can be applied to multiple situations, including thriving in Venango County. What started as Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982, has become 10 different businesses over the years, including … READ MORE

Summer in Venango County

As the first official day of summer quickly approaches, the area is already buzzing with excitement of summer activities and events. A shocking comment that we often hear is: “there is nothing to do here.” Take a look at a community calendar or drive through … READ MORE

Introducing Be Here Quarterly

There are many steps to take when creating change, including research and discussion. Since the launch of the Be Here initiative, many topics have come up over and over again in conversation, such as community pride and development, workforce development, education, young professionals, economic development, … READ MORE

Become a Be Here Ambassador

We are excited to introduce a new Be Here Ambassador Program! We invite community members to help us spread the message of the initiative that the Venango Area is a great place to live, work, and play. We can’t be everywhere, talking to everyone, so we need the … READ MORE

Social Media Contest Entries

We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to those who submitted photos for the Be Here Social Media Contest. We appreciate your support of this initiative and your help spreading the word about the many great ways to live, work, and play in the Venango Area. … READ MORE

Be Here Celebrates One Year

Join us on Friday, January 26, at Karma Coffee Co to celebrate one year of the Be Here initiative (details at the bottom of this blog post) It’s hard to believe it has already been almost one year since we introduced the Be Here initiative … READ MORE