News & Events

Selling Be Here Effort

Story by Rosemary Fielding, staff writer at The Derrick & The News-Herald Photos by Richard Sayer “Will the kids stick around?” has been a perennial question in homes and gathering places around the region ever since the Rust Belt began its manufacturing decline many years ago and … READ MORE

Be Here Internship Reflection

Written by Jessica Wilson, 2019 Venango Chamber/Be Here Intern What does it mean to Be Here? What kind of opportunities are there for a young professional in Venango County? Before this summer, I would have said there are jobs for engineers in our area but … READ MORE

Be Here Quarterly Session Two – Communication

What kind of community do you want to live in? What does communication look like in this community? These were some of the questions discussed at the second Be Here Quarterly held at the end of June at the Franklin Industrial & Commercial Development Authority … READ MORE

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

Upcoming events: Tuesday, March 10  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Klapec Auto Body, Cranberry (Upcoming events: June 9 & September 8) Be Here Quarterly is a series of discussions around these topics and how we can work together to create change and come up with … 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