Economic Develop.

Economic Development

The Armstrong County Department of Economic Development provides staff to the Armstrong County Industrial Development Council (IDC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit economic development corporation.  By providing tools such as financing, site selection, workforce development assistance and more, the IDC's goals are to improve Armstrong County’s business environment through retention and expansion of existing businesses and attraction of new investment. Click here for more Information.

Conservation Dist.

Conservation District

The Armstrong Conservation District works to restore degraded watersheds, promote sustainable farms, healthy forests, and growing vibrant and sustainable communities. The District will work with many private and public partners for the betterment of our natural resources and the citizens of Armstrong County. The District provides technical, administrative, and financial support through many programs such as the dirt, gravel, low volume roads program; the agricultural lands preservation program; the erosion and sediment pollution control program; the watershed protection and restoration program; and many other outreach efforts of the District



The Armstrong County Jail, which opened in August of 2003, has a capacity of 158 inmates. The facility grants a safe environment to the Armstrong County community by providing the care and control of the jail's residents.


Belmont Complex

For over 50 years, the Belmont Complex has been a recreational facility that draws over 40,000 residents and visitors alike to the arena, pool and banquet facilities yearly.

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Land Bank



Who We Are

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Armstrong Land Bank (RACA Land Bank) is a governmental body that focuses on acquiring, holding and transferring tax delinquent, foreclosed, vacant and abandoned properties within the focus area with the purpose of returning them to productive use.

Current participating municipalities include the Borough of Apollo. Moving forward, the RACA Land Bank would like to expand participation to include additional municipalities within Armstrong County.

Pennsylvania Land Bank Legislation was enacted in October of 2012 for any city, borough, county, township, or incorporated town with a population of 10,000 residents or more. Land Bank Legislation came about as a way to help municipalities eliminate some of the barriers regarding the return of problem properties to productive use.

The land bank may acquire properties by donation, transfer, foreclosure, or purchase from a number of sources including private owners, municipalities or tax claim bureaus. The types of properties obtained by land banks are typically unoccupied, foreclosed, vacant and abandoned.



• Facilitate the strategic acquisition of abandoned, tax-delinquent, unmarketable or other distressed properties for demolition, rehabilitation and transfer to new ownership. Temporarily hold and manage certain types of properties designated for reuse.
• Work in partnership with participating municipality(ies) and other appropriate agencies to identify potential properties for reuse.
• Promote healthy, sustainable neighborhoods within the targeted areas of Armstrong County.
The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Armstrong (RACA) Land Bank will strategically acquire distressed property within the focus area in order to deter the spread of blight and to promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties. The RACA Land Bank will support targeted efforts to stabilize neighborhoods and property values; stimulate residential, commercial and industrial development; and improve the quality of life for residents in ways that are consistent with goals and priorities established by the Land Bank Ordinance, and among its partners and other community stakeholders.
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Meeting Agendas

September 9, 2021
October 14, 2021
January 13, 2022
Board Members

       Dr. John K. Smith II, Chairman

       Fred S. Bowser, III, Vice-Chairman

       Philip E. Tack, Secretary

       Elizabeth A. Frederick, Treasurer

       David M. Page, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

RACA Office
Department of Planning and Development
402 Market Street
Kittanning, PA  16201
724-548-3719 - Brigid Beatty, Program Manager