I’ve been spending a lot of time lately meeting with clients and partners for various projects that YBC has in the works.

While I don’t think I have ever actually come out and said it, one of the things that keeps coming up in these meetings is that I can’t stand when people say that Beaver County is not a great place to live.

Providing a positive response to these types of comments was one of the main reasons I pushed forward with launching this site last September. And less than one year later, it seems like people are really getting the message.

So with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to break down seven reasons that I think Beaver County is a really exciting place to live in 2015.

The Cracker Plant

Not a day goes by when someone doesn’t bring up the progress Shell is making towards the construction of their crack plant in Potter Township where Horsehead used to be located.

Have you driven by there lately? The change is unbelievable. And from what I understand, they are just getting started.

I’m sure you’ve already heard plenty of people talk about how the influx of people spending money here during the construction of this plant would be huge for our local economy.

It’s going to be very exciting to see what happens down on Route 18 over the next few years.

Real Estate Values

Of course, one of the biggest things that could be influenced by the cracker plant is our local real estate values.

I have always felt that what you get for the money is better here in Beaver County than just about anywhere else in the country. (Have you watched House Hunters lately?)

The fact that I could buy a three bedroom house right on the river for about $100k is still mind boggling to me.

However, with the Shell plant coming to town there are plenty of rumors that real estate prices will be rising. That will be very exciting to watch in the coming years. I’m preparing for it….are you?

Amazing Restaurants

We’ve always had our iconic restaurants here in Beaver County, but it feels like some of the new kids on the block have really stepped up the county’s game over the past few years.

With options like Heirloom, Hollywood Gardens, Biba, Sakura, The Ball Joint, and The Palms all located in Beaver County, I’ve pretty much given up on fighting the traffic to get a good meal in Robinson or Cranberry.

Pittsburgh’s Transformation

As much as Beaver County has evolved in recent years, let’s be honest, we’re just following the lead of the big city to the south.

Pittsburgh has experienced a remarkable transformation over the past decade and continues to reinvent itself…and win awards like Most Livable City.

Since we live less than an hour away (and more like half an hour for you speed demons), we get to enjoy all of the benefits of the city without having to actually live there!

Downtown Beaver

While many areas of Beaver County are growing and evolving, downtown Beaver has remained the centerpiece of the entire community.

Since I do a lot of writing, I have been known to spend quite a few afternoons working in either Starbucks or Cafe Kolache in downtown Beaver….so I can vouch for the great vibe you get hanging out down there.

The people you see interacting with friends and clients in downtown Beaver are going to be leading this county in the prosperous times to come.

New Leadership

Speaking of leading in Beaver County…regardless of who you support in this fall’s election, we are going to have at least one new face elected as a County Commissioner.

I personally know some of the candidates better than others, but I do know for sure that every one of them is passionate about working every day to make Beaver County better.

From the looks of it, we are going to be in very good hands no matter who wins this fall.

Activities & Events

It’s a free country, so people are more than welcome to say that “there is nothing to do in Beaver County.”

But I like to think I prove that absolutely wrong every single Thursday morning when I send an email containing a full list of activities and events to the YBC email list.

Between shows at Lincoln Park, numerous 5K races in Beaver, events at the YMCA, dozens of different Churches, and all of the other community organizations there is almost never enough room to cover everything happening around the county.

From the cracker plant affecting real estate values to amazing restaurants, close proximity to Pittsburgh, downtown Beaver, new leaders, and all of the great events, there is an awful lot of reasons to be excited about living in Beaver County in 2015.

What is it that gets you excited about Beaver County?

Andrew is a professional freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County. He created Your Beaver County to promote and showcase all of the positive aspects of our incredible local culture! You can find more of Andrew’s professional information at Brooklyn Content, or you can also follow him on his personal twitter account, @theAndrewSelby.