Oil City, PA offers working artists a number of incentives for relocating, including:
Affordable housing and studio space
Possibility to work, display, and sell within your own home, as well as rent affordable studio space
Easy access to urban markets in Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo, as well as a thriving community of local artists, galleries, and events
The beautiful natural setting that enjoys all four seasons
Low cost of living in a safe, low crime community
100% fixed-rate financing on the purchase of residential live-work space is available for first-time homebuyers relocation to Oil City, contingent on mortgage pre-qualification by the lending institution.
100% financing through USDA mortgages may be available to artists who are not first-time home buyers.
Funds toward down payment and closing costs on residential property are available through Venango County. First-time homebuyers and moderate-income guidelines apply. Program available for as long as funds last.
All properties zoned as R-2 Residential are zoned by ordinance for live-work-gallery space, as long as 50% of the items sold are created by the artists on the premises. In-home businesses must be approved by the Zoning Board.
The Main Street Program grants 50% of the cost of exterior improvements, contingent on an approval process and availability of funding.
The Main Street Program Mural Project provides funding for outdoor murals on commercial buildings in the downtown business district.
Commercial properties along Route 8 and Route 62 corridors may be eligible for state-funded rehab loans through a revolving loan fund administered by Oil Region Alliance. Funding is contingent upon the availability of funds.
LERTA tax abatement may be available for commercial property rehab.