Owner, Waldron Interactive
Where I Grew Up: West Mifflin, PA
My Neighborhood: Churchill Valley
Education: B.S. Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
Resident Since: 2004
Penn Hills is huge! There's more than 40,000 people here. ...I think if we all just start working together we can easily become a destination neighborhood like Lawrenceville or East Liberty.
Alan Waldron did not expect to find himself in Penn Hills. At least, not for long.
"Five years and we're out of here," he and wife, Melissa, agreed.
Now a resident over 11 years, Alan reveals what keeps him and his family here.
"We've put so much energy into this home and into this community, and we've shared so many good times with friends and neighbors that it's hard to think about leaving."
Alan grew up in West Mifflin and after graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, earned his first job at Kennametal in Latrobe. He and wife, Melissa, moved into a townhouse in Plum to reduce the commute.
"After we married, we knew we needed more space to raise a family and we fell in love with this house in Penn Hills that just had an incredible price for our new family. We didn't think we'd be here long, but our low mortgage is the only reason Melissa has been able to stay home to raise our daughter for 10 years, not many families can say that."
Alan and Melissa have spent parts of their years in Penn Hills as members of several community organizations, notably the Penn Hills Community Development Corporation (PHCDC), but are now active members of B.O.B. Project.
"There's a lot of passion in the people that want to make change in Penn Hills, and sometimes it seems these people have problems working together which is why these different organizations come and go."
Alan believes a little cooperation could make a big difference.
"Think about it, Penn Hills is huge! There's more than 40,000 people here. We have two main business corridors in Rodi and Frankstown where most small towns only have one. I think if we all just started working together, government and residents, and focused on these areas and made them great community resources not only for Penn Hills but for neighboring communities, we can easily become a destination neighborhood like Lawrenceville or East Liberty."