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The Importance of Being Connected

Picture this: You’ve relocated to Venango County—maybe you used to live here and you are returning or you are completely new to the area. You purchase an affordable home, obtain a job where you’ll be using your skills and education, register your children at local … READ MORE

Rising Tides Lift All Ships

Oil City, Franklin, Cranberry, Emlenton, Barkeyville, Polk, Rouseville, Utica, Kennerdell—just some of the communities located in Venango County.  The only thing separating these areas is distance. There are no physical borders, fences, or anything of the sort. Why, though, does it sometimes seem like each … READ MORE

Is Venango County Your Home?

Home is more than a place you live. Home is where you grew up, made memories, spent time with family and friends, and where your roots will always be. When you think of home, do you think of Venango County or the surrounding areas? If … READ MORE

Be Here Email List

You can now sign up to receive emails from Be Here! We’ll occasionally send updates on the initiative, such as exciting news, upcoming events, contests, and more. If you’d like to join the list, please click the button below: JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST   Want to talk … READ MORE

Be Here Social Media Contest

Help us spread the word about the many great ways to live, work, and play in the Venango Area! How to Enter: Take a photo of the Be Here decal at a location in the Venango County Area Post the photo to Facebook and/or Instagram In … READ MORE

Hidden Gems in the Venango Area

Ever visited somewhere and thought “why don’t more people know about this?” Whether it’s a scenic area, unusual business, historic spot, or more, tell us what you think are the hidden gems in the Venango Area! Our goal is to create a list and continue … READ MORE

Appreciating Our Heritage While Still Moving Forward

A couple weeks ago, the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce held the 39th Annual Oil Heritage Festival in downtown Oil City, with entertainment, food, a parade, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and more. This was my fifth Oil Heritage Festival since working at the Chamber, … READ MORE

Gavin Fish, Kimberly Fish, Fred Fish, Josie Fish, Grace Fish and Jackson Fish (from left) gather in the family sitting room. Caroline Fish sits in her sister Josie's lap. Kimberly said the younger children have been tiring themselves out from running through the vast three-story house | Photo by: Richard Sayer, TheDerrick.com

California Family Picks Franklin After Extensive Search

This article was written by Marissa Dechant and published by The Derrick. & The News-Herald. Photo was taken by Richard Sayer. Find the original article here.  Late last month, Gavin and Kimberly Fish and their five children packed up their belongings and left Sacramento, California … READ MORE

Recognizing the Opportunities in the Venango Area | Be Here Initiative

Recognizing the Opportunities in the Venango Area

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with about 20 students ages 13-19 from the Venango Area at the Oil Region Youth Entrepreneur Program. These students spent two days learning about becoming entrepreneurs and hearing from local business owners and leaders. My presentation was … READ MORE

Love the message of Be Here? Here’s how YOU can get involved!

Since the launch of Be Here in January, we’ve been speaking to community groups and students, presenting at events, posting on social media, and talking one-on-one with community members about the message of the initiative. We often get positive feedback and are asked “how can … READ MORE