Bona Fide Believes in Bellevue

We’re a group of energetic community builders who just want to see Bellevue as the best living environment we can all make it.  

This is Bona Fide Bellevue.

On behalf of our group of engaged citizens invested in bringing growth, business, and beauty to our borough, we invite you to come live, worship, and shop in Bona Fide Bellevue.

Bona Fide Bellevue is a registered 501c3 non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC). Our focus is to bring growth, businesses, and beauty to our borough of Bellevue, Pennsylvania.  Bellevue Initiative for Growth & Revitalization is the original founding name of our organization.

The organization includes the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the Bellevue Farmers Market.

History

In 2008, a group of enthusiastic citizens began meeting to envision how they could reinvigorate Bellevue and make it one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. In 2009 the group completed a strategic plan of how they could facilitate community involvement and begin the process of revitalization.  Thus, Bona Fide Bellevue was conceived!

The organization’s first project in 2010, Improve the Vue, focused on volunteer-led projects to enhance the borough’s overall image and safety. In the subsequent years Improve the Vue continues to lead projects that impact Bellevue’s growth and redevelopment. Most notably, Improve the Vue lead the development of The Memorial Park Bike & Hike Trail, which boasts two miles of trails along the Rails to Trails Network.

In 2014, the Bona Fide Bellevue was accepted into the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) and continues to collaborate with other Allegheny County CDCs to work on projects for economic development, business district restoration and land banking.

In 2020 the North Boros Suburban Chamber of Commerce became part of Bona Fide Bellevue. The original Bellevue Chamber of Commerce was started in 1916.

Board of Directors

Susan Stabnau (Chair)

Cindy West (Secretary)

Julie Helbling (Treasurer)

Leann Chaney

Katie Damico

Scott Herberling

Natalia Holliday

Sabreena Miller

Grant Saylor

Becky Smolens

Board Member Emeritus: Kathy Coder

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