Member Spotlight Archive

Grove City, Pennsylvania

A beautiful place to visit and live
Published October 2014

Unique and resilient town
The Borough of Grove City is located in the heart of scenic Western Pennsylvania. Its history began in 1798 when Valentine and Margaret Cunningham settled along the banks of Wolf Creek, then built a gristmill the following year. The small community, then known as Pine Grove, began to thrive with the connection of rail service and booming coal mining operations in the region. The community was renamed Grove City in 1883 when it became a borough.

Grove City would see continued growth throughout the next several decades, only slowing down because of a massive fire in the downtown district in 1890 and a national recession in the early 1980s. The borough undertook a revitalization of the downtown business district in 2001.

Numerous employers of various sizes currently call the Grove City area home, including the General Electric Diesel Engine Plant. Educational opportunities are found at the Grove City Area School District, Grove City Christian Academy and Grove City College. Numerous churches are found within the Borough as well.

Celebrating arts and recreation
Grove City is an active and artistic community with a current population of more than 8,300.

The borough has an extensive system of parks and neighborhood playgrounds. The Grove City Memorial Park features the borough’s honor roll and war memorials to commemorate those who served during various U.S. wars. The park system also features various ball fields, walking and biking trails, and a disc golf course.

Olde Town Grove City in a nonprofit organization committed to creating a better downtown Grove City through economic initiatives, promotional efforts and physical improvements. Some of the many events include First Friday Gallery Openings, Winter Wine Walk, Autumn Art Walk and Downtown Sounds. Olde Town Grove City has received a grant through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to bring young artists and students into the community to create public art. A recent project was a 24-by-46-foot mural celebrating historical events and people from Grove City’s past.

Grove City Arts promotes the borough as an arts destination and has many initiatives, including art and theater camps and productions.

Other annual borough events include Strawberry Days, Fall Fun Fest, Canine Carnival, garden and car shows.

Reliable and local service
The Borough of Grove City Electric Department was founded in 1908 and currently serves about 2,900 meters.

As a member of AMP, Grove City participates in AMP programs and projects that assist in providing reliable energy and other benefits to the community and its citizen-owners. These include:

  • Mutual Aid, a network of municipal electric systems that assist each other when utility emergencies occur that are too widespread to be handled by one system alone
  • PASG (Pennsylvania Area Service Group)

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