PCRG recently announced the hiring of Brittany Reno as the inaugural Executive Director for Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization (SNO). Reno, a Sharpsburg resident, holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh with specializations in marketing, communications, corporate and community relations, and development. She joins SNO after having spent several years working at Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and currently serves on Sharpsburg Borough Council.
Since 2015, PCRG has been working in Sharpsburg through its Reimagining Communities Initiative (RCI).
“When our Reimagining Communities team expanded into Sharpsburg, Brittany, from the start, was an integral part of the community engagement process. She not only supported the work of building capacity, but through her leadership was a coordinating force behind planning and promoting community projects and initiatives,” said Ernie Hogan, Executive Director of PCRG.
Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization will focus its efforts in a number of areas, including the advancement of accessible and responsible homeownership, sustainable neighborhood assets, and community-oriented economic development. Working with residents every step of the way, Reno’s first goal is to develop a cohesive and actionable community vision plan to closely guide the future work of the organization and other stakeholders.
“Sharpsburg is a beautiful, historic, unique little place right on the riverfront,” says Reno. “It’s a small town in a big city and it’s full of friendly, creative people who are passionate about the direction of their neighborhood. I’m excited every day to live here, and I’m honored to be able to dedicate even more of my time and energy to improving the quality of life for residents in this community.”
Furthermore, Brittany is excited to get to work done in Sharpsburg by utilizing PCRG’s member network. “The experience, dedication, innovation, and creativity represented throughout the PCRG member community network will make it a powerful resource as we expand our work in Sharpsburg,” says Reno. “Learning from the successes and challenges of other community groups has been and will continue to be an invaluable tool in navigating the complex dynamics of community development.”