Jane Sheffield

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Jane Sheffield has worked in the field of community development for over thirty years.  She is the Executive Director of the Allegheny Ridge Corporation and the current President of Heritage PA (statewide association of twelve heritage areas).

Having earned a BA in Economics and Psychology from Duke University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture, Community Design Policy from NC State University School of Design, Jane launched a small business in downtown Durham drafting and passing local legislation, creating local historic district commissions and downtown historic districts, facilitating certified historic rehabilitations on commercial structures, initiating streetscape improvements, and securing National Register of Historic Places designations.

She relocated to PA serving as Altoona’s first Main Street Manager and then moved to New Hampshire to direct its statewide historic preservation organization.

Eighteen years ago, the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area was fortunate to welcome back Jane as Executive Director of the Allegheny Ridge Corporation where she has spearheaded several initiatives including public/private partnerships that create development and organizational sustainability, regional large landscape projects including the Main Line Canal Greenway™, and curriculum development and education outreach. These projects have received statewide and national recognition.

She is active in her local community serving as Chairman of the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corporation, Vice-Chair of the Hollidaysburg Planning Commission, President of Explore Altoona, Trustee of The Alleghenies Tourism Council, President of Holy Trinity’s Episcopal Church Women and member of church vestry.  She also served as a member of the Governor’s Travel and Tourism Partnership.

Jane’s efforts have earned a variety of public recognition including:

Inductee, Governor’s Keystone Society for Tourism, 2009
Award of Distinction for Excellence in Small Business, Blair County Business Hall of Fame, 2009
Tribute to Women Award, Young Women’s Christian Association, 2008
Top 100 People, PA Business Central, 2008
Altoid Award, Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau 2006
Grant Nicklas Award, Borough of Hollidaysburg, 2005 and 2008
Award of Distinction for Innovation, Blair County Business Hall of Fame, 2005
Bronze Award, 10,000 Friends of PA, The Commonwealth Design Awards, 2003
Award of Distinction for Community Service, Blair County Business Hall of Fame, 2002
Townie Award for Economic Restructuring, Pennsylvania Downtown Center, 2001
Signature Award, Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau 2000
Education Award, Preservation Pennsylvania’s first, 1998