Beaver Falls,


Project Overview

Local leadership, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private business owners are working together to establish 11th – 16th Streets along Seventh Avenue as an innovation corridor. Driven by collaborative energy from four catalyst projects and shaped by input and feedback from the community, the innovation corridor is being described as a destination to foster business development, entrepreneurship, creativity, and growth.

The innovation corridor will support development and growth of existing and future businesses, while introducing community-based projects, representing services and resources for economic and personal growth for the people of Beaver Falls. Some of the opportunities represented by proposed projects within the innovation corridor include:

  • Small business development
  • Workforce development
  • Placemaking (community-based programming and amenities)

Atlas Community Studios was engaged in the late fall of 2021 to work alongside the City of Beaver Falls and various key stakeholders in their ongoing efforts to define and establish an innovation corridor in the downtown district. Atlas’ role is to provide technical assistance and organizational development to the Innovation Corridor as a whole AND to four featured projects within the corridor: The Tribune Building, Museum of Play, Portobello Building, and the B-HIVE.

An Innovation Corridor Steering Committee, spearheaded by the Beaver Falls Community Development Corporation and in partnership with the City of Beaver Falls, is actively working to guide the planning and development of the corridor in a meaningful and community-informed manner.

Steering Committee

Wendy Whelply Chrstine Kroger Daniel Rossi-Keen
Jen Cushman Shawn Helisek Kristen Doerschner
Renee Suhr Jodi Blank Mike Jones
Joline Pinto Atkins Jan Jumet Lew Villotti
CG Clarke Rachel Crisci Rochelle Burks


If you have questions about this project or would like to learn more, please reach out to the project manager.

Kate Greene

Project Manager