The Municipal Intern Program is a competitive grant program that funds half of the wages of a college student who has an interest in government or public policy to perform a special project for the awarded communities.
Phlegar decided to interview for the Ambridge because of the program presented by the borough. "I did community development at Geneva because they are very invested in Beaver Falls and I loved it" said Phlegar.
She is working to identify available properties either for lease or sale, and reaching out to the metropolitan area small business community, schools, developers, historic property preservationists and other programs to attract them to Ambridge.
"Everyone that I reached out to said how much potential Ambridge has to, not so much a better community, but a more involved community" said Phlegar.
"I want to help bring in businesses and fill up these vacate lots."
She is also spotlighting the successes and stories of many of our existing businesses.
Kauer added that her project is also in partnership with the Ambridge Historic District Economic Development Corporation as they are contributing 25% of her wages as well.