Millvale is located at the confluence of Girtys Run and the Allegheny River and is bordered by the City of Pittsburgh to the southeast (across the Allegheny River), Reserve Township to the west and north, and Shaler Township to the northeast.
Millvale Borough was incorporated from parts of Shaler Township and Duquesne Borough and named after its industry and location—mill and valley. Much of the borough is on a floodplain and has been subjected to extensive flooding during its history. It quickly expanded after the Civil War and grew after being connected with Lawrenceville, via Ewalt Covered Bridge and the trolley system. Millvale underwent a boom after the Civil war, expanding the police force and fire department. The national energy downfall of manufacturing and steel industries hit impacted Millvale greatly and the population has declined since then.
After a solid decade of grassroots led, small-scale efforts, Millvale has collectively developed the Millvale Ecodistrict community-wide sustainability plan, with evolveEA. The plan is designed to understand the relationship between the existing work, while creating a plan to increase Millvale’s community resiliency through the lenses of food, water, and energy. Thanks to these efforts, Millvale is well positioned to take part in the tremendous growth and investment that the Pittsburgh region has been seeing the past 5-10 years.