Community Development

Community development activities build stronger and more resilient communities through an ongoing process of identifying and addressing needs, assets, and investments. They may support infrastructure, economic development projects, installation of public facilities, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, micro-enterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance and other identified needs.

Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, federal support for community development encourages systematic and sustained action by state, county and local governments.

McKeesport is one of three entitlement communities in Allegheny County to directly receive an annual allotment of Community Development Block Grant funding. Within the city of McKeesport, a portion of CDBG funds are targeted toward low - and moderate-income areas defined by U.S. census data.

DISPLAY DRAFT: 2017 Action Plan

The City of McKeesport, as a Federal Entitlement, is required to complete an application for the use of the Community Development Block Grant funds to HUD. The Annual Action Plan is a guide for the City to allocate its resources for specific activities that support the Goals and Strategies of the City of McKeesport’s Five Year Plan.

A draft of the 2017 Action Plan is available here.

Business Resources


The Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development offers resources and guides for entrepreneurship and other business opportunities.
An Entrepreneur Guide for small business assistance is available online, as is Local Business Assistance.

Zoning Ordinance


The City of McKeesport formally adopted a new zoning ordinance in April 2017. The complete ordinance is available here.