News & Events

Be Here Quarterly Session One–Community Conversation

While we spend a lot of our time promoting the positives of our area through the Be Here initiative, we know there are challenges we face here. Not one person or organization can create change; it takes the whole community coming together. That’s exactly why … READ MORE

No Place Like Home

Story by Judith O. Etzel, contributing writer at The Derrick & The News-Herald Photos by Richard Sayer It’s one thing to make the pitch that young people should seriously take advice to come back home to live and work. It’s quite another to have up-close … READ MORE

NEW Community Calendar

We are ecstatic to introduce our new community calendar of events, which can now be found at: beherevenango.org/events This calendar is open to the entire Venango County community to both view and post. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll see a … READ MORE

Be Here Quarterly

Wednesday, March 27 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Cranberry Topic: Community Development 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 … READ MORE

50 Cups of Coffee

What if we all tried to meet one new person a week? Think of the connections we’d make and the relationships we’d build. In a TEDx Talk called “The 50 Cups of Coffee Challenge,” the speaker encourages audience members to meet up with one person … READ MORE

Two Years of Be Here

Two years sure flew by! This month, we’re celebrating the second anniversary of the Be Here initiative. As we look back, we are excited for all we’ve accomplished and look forward to making more of a difference in our region. Changing the Narrative While we … READ MORE

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