PA Heart & Soul Profile | Ambridge

PA Humanities is currently working with cities and towns across the state to put people first in community development and planning processes through Community Heart & Soul®. The program’s innovative approach uses the tools of the humanities to creatively engage residents in planning and decision-making processes as a way to strengthen a town’s social, cultural and economic vibrancy.

In February 2020, PA Humanities officially announced its partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Beaver County Planning Commission, and the Orton Family Foundation to bring Community Heart & Soul® to Ambridge. This Beaver County community built its own local Community Heart & Soul® leadership team with regional coordination and support from the Beaver County Planning Commission.


Settled in 1824 along the banks of the Ohio River as the third and final home of the Harmony Society, the Borough of Ambridge was incorporated in 1905, named after the American Bridge Company. The 1.7 square mile community is home to 7,100 residents, 21 churches that represent the diverse ethnic fabric of its citizenry, four public parks, the Laughlin Memorial Public Library, countless unique specialty shops including antique stores, family owned restaurants, bed and breakfasts, a hotel, a National Historic Landmark District and Old Economy Village- designated a Preserve America Community. Strategically located off of PA Route 65 and having its own named exits on I-79 and I-376, Ambridge is readily accessible to enjoy the many public events held throughout the year within the community. Ambridge is truly a community worth visiting and exploring its “proud past and bright future.”

Ambridge Fall Festical of Churches. Photo by Borough of Ambridge

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