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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Community Development


Kathy A. Heilman, Program Manager
402 Market Street
Kittanning, PA 16201
Phone: 724-548-3720
Fax: 724-545-7050
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Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm



Our Community Development team provides support to municipalities, water/sewer authorities, and nonprofits in preparing and administering grant applications for projects that enhance the visitors’ experience and the quality of life in Armstrong County. Typical projects are designed to improve infrastructure, public facilities, public safety, and recreational facilities.  We provide assistance in pursuing and applying funds from various resources, including:

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Our CDBG Program provides local municipalities with federal grant assistance in various project categories. The primary components to the CDBG Program are entitlement grants and discretionary grants, also called competitive grants. Each year, our office submits Entitlement Applications for the County and its five entitlement communities. While these applications are usually submitted in late fall, Competitive Applications can be submitted at any time of the year for entitlement and non-entitlement communities.

For more information about eligible activities, contact a member of our Community Development team. CDBG funds are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), which is responsible for several other community development grant programs.

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Public Safety

From equipment purchases to training to facility and infrastructure upkeep, public safety comes at no small cost to municipalities and nonprofits in our community. Our Community Development staff can assist with public safety project development and grant application in a variety of areas.

 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grants, usually due in January, can be used to purchase firefighter protective gear, breathing apparatus, fire hoses, boots, nozzles, radios, flashlights, fire equipment and fire trucks. Office of State Fire Commissioner (OSFC) Grants often fund purchase, rehabilitation or improvement of apparatus, facilities and equipment. OSFC grant applications are usually due in the fall, as are applications for PA Department of Forestry Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant, which are available for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire or structural protective gear, mobile or portable radios; installation of dry hydrants; and wildfire prevention, mitigation and training.

Recreation Program Grants

Our office assists municipalities, nonprofits and municipal authorities with Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) Grant application and administration. Applications can include planning, acquisition, and development in project areas such as recreation, park and conservation facilities; rivers, corridors and resources; greenways and trails; heritage areas and facilities; and critical habitat, natural areas and open space. Applications to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) are due in early spring of each year. Several other grant programs are available for recreational projects. For details, contact a member of our Community Development team.


 Technical Assistance

Our Community Development team provides technical assistance to community organizations, such as the Freeport Leechburg Apollo Group, Inc. (FLAG), the Kittanning Revitalization Committee, the Kittanning Façade Design Committee, and the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Armstrong (RACA). Contact a Community Development Coordinator for details.

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