Since its inception six years ago, change has been a byword for the Mon Valley Alliance - and its mission.

Renewal and revival are major focuses of the organization, which serves a Mid-Mon Valley that has been wracked by the dissolution of steel and other heavy industries over the past 40 years, and continues to struggle.

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Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won eight individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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