The State of Allegheny County

The Allegheny County Economic Development (ACED) is a governmental agency that raises money primarily from federal and state sources to invest in various areas, including affordable housing, public infrastructure, commercial/ industrial development, brownfield reclamation, parks and recreation, and more.

To help promote Allegheny County and aid in government transparency, Elisco was hired to design The Allegheny County Economic Development annual report. The visually compelling and easy-to-read annual report provides Allegheny County residents, business leaders, and government leaders with the results of some of the key initiatives from the previous year.

Whenever ACED invests, it fulfills one or both aspects of its two-fold mission to — increase the regional economy’s diversity, growth, and competitiveness to ensure it’s opportunity-rich for everybody and create healthy and vibrant neighborhoods that meet the needs of the annual report includes some of the key initiatives from 2022 that ACED provided and supported. Through partnerships and teamwork, ACED’s mission of maintaining and enhancing the economic, social, and environmental quality of life for all residents of Allegheny County.  

The cover design showcases the multitude of projects accomplished over the year, incorporating black and white project photos arranged in imperfect circles. These circled images draw attention to specific elements of each project, gradually unveiling a key aspect that is prominently featured in the overall design.
Allegheny County offers a variety of choices when it comes to living. Of the 130 municipalities within the county, you have your choice of rural or urban communities, many that boast award-winning school districts, parks, recreation along the three rivers and several transportation options
The restoration of the National Aviary’s Wetlands exhibit has created its largest immersive habitat. The lush and light-filled space is home to flamingos, pelicans, ibises, and endangered birds like the Bali Myna and Scaly-sided Mergansers. New inhabitants include the critically endangered, Blue-billed Curassow, Pink-headed Fruit-Doves, Scarlet-faced Liocichlas, Black-necked Stilts, and Puna Teal. 
As part of a decades-long effort to help support Mon Valley redevelopment, Allegheny County purchased the long-abandoned Carrie Furnace site. The County later reached an agreement with the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) to develop the land. The Carrie Blast Furnace, a remnant of the legendary Homestead Steel Works, is a National Historic Landmark maintained as an attraction by the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation

Lance Chimka, Director, ACED