Newsmaker: Taris Vrcek
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.
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.”