Business District Authority

The Beaver Falls Business District Authority (BFBDA) is an organization associated with the government of the City of Beaver Falls, and works to support and promote a healthy local business environment for the Core Business District (11th Street to 16th Street), and the businesses of Beaver Falls when able.

The mission of the Beaver Falls Business District Authority is to encourage and connect business leaders in the City of Beaver Falls. We cultivate a growing and vibrant economy through action, advocacy and education to create a thriving business district.

Currently the BFBDA is working on issues regarding public space (wayfinding & signage, sidewalk ordinances, green-space needs), downtown architecture (façade analysis, promoting design guidelines, reviewing signage ordinances), and working on issues affecting the downtown businesses (right-sizing the downtown business district area, maintaining a targeted incoming business list, improving communication with the local businesses via social media and newsletters, promoting available buildings and storefronts and recruiting new businesses). The BFBDA also seeks to support current businesses directly as individual issues arise

The Business District Authority holds regularly public meetings every third Tuesday of the month in the Council Chamber of the City Building at 6:00 p.m. 

Qualifications of Board Members

  • Must be at least 18 years of Age. 
  • Must reside in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Must have one or more of the following associations with the  City of Beaver Falls:  Own a business in Beaver Falls, own property in Beaver Falls, employed by a business in  the City of Beaver Falls, associated with or employed by non profit (including education, church affiliation, economic development).

Business District Authority Board Members includes:


Rick Crawford / Chairman
President, R. Crawford Enterprises Inc.

Marie Timpano / Vice Chair, Co-Chair Public Spacing
Director, Cornerstone of Beaver County  

Sue Fisher / Treasurer, Co-Chair Business Development
Manager,  Wesbanco Beaver Falls

Denise Molchen – Donnelly / Secretary, Co-Chair Business Development
Investor / Howard Hanna Licensed Agent

Jeff Bauman / Co-Chair Public Spacing
President, Bauman Office Equipment

Jodi Blank / Co-Chair Events & Marketing
Office Manager, Helisek General Contracting

Brenda Mellan / Co-Chair Events & Marketing
Owner, Chelsea Party Center


The BFBDA maintains several events throughout the year (Halloween Parade, Small Business Saturday, & assists with the Beaver Falls Car Cruise). Volunteers are always needed for all events and above listed work projects to make progress in significant areas related to the downtown core business district.

Please contact Rick Crawford at 724.510.0195 to get involved!

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