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Newsmaker: Taris Vrcek |

Newsmaker: Taris Vrcek

| Wednesday, October 1, 2014 11:12 p.m
James Knox | Trib Total Media
Taris Vrcek will be honored by Focus On Renewal, which serves the needy and elderly, for his efforts to revitalize the Sto-Rox area.

Noteworthy: Focus On Renewal will honor Vrcek at a gala Oct. 11 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the McKees Rocks nonprofit that serves the needy and elderly. Vrcek is being recognized for his efforts to revitalize the Sto-Rox community. The event will be held in the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

Age: 44

Residence: McKees Rocks

Occupation: Executive director of the McKees Rocks Community Development Corp.

Background: A third-generation McKees Rocks resident, Vrcek worked in the IT industry for 12 years, founding and running Evolution Systems. After a two-year stint in Manhattan, Vrcek moved back to the Pittsburgh area in 1996 and worked for Federated Investors in database development. In July 2000, he helped organize a meeting of McKees Rocks leaders and stakeholders to discuss a community vision. By 2003, the group developed a 20-year strategic revitalization plan titled “The New Founding of McKees Rocks.”

Education: Degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

Quote: “To me, this is a validation of everything we’ve done together as a community. In 2020, you’re going to see a vibrant, exciting downtown area that has a unique niche in the Pittsburgh area.”

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