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Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Spring 2019


Great Lakes Metro Chambers Fly-In

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (GPPC) and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, which the GPCC is one of the coalition leads, met with members of Congress and their staff during a two-day fly-in to Washington, D.C. in March. The discussion focused on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and immigration.

The coalition met at the White House with staff from the National Economic Council and the Department of Energy to discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney to discuss USMCA, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA 19) on immigration and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on the Coalition’s comprehensive agenda.

For more information about the Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition, see here.  

CEO in the Classroom to Develop K-12 Policy Changes 

Nearly 30 CEOs and C-Suite leaders from southwestern Pennsylvania organizations, including the Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Stefani Pashman, Vice President of Workforce Operations & Programs Linda Topoleski and the Chamber Vice President Jenn Beer, shadowed a student for the day at seven schools around the 10-county Pittsburgh region – participating in all the student’s classes and school activities. The shadowing experience is central to CEO in the Classroom, an initiative created by the Allegheny Conference’s Workforce Steering Committee, chaired by David Malone, in partnership with the Grable Foundation.

The March 12th event was an outgrowth of the Allegheny Conference’s landmark workforce study, Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region, released in 2016 and updated in 2017. The Conference’s leadership identified a disconnect between regional business leaders and the K-12 education system. Now, with the initiative in place, we are making strides to better engage educators to develop solutions to regional workforce challenges.

Corporate leaders who participated in the shadowing experience will gather early this month to collectively consider how the regional business community might collaborate with educators for maximum impact around workforce preparation. They will also discuss advocating for any meaningful policy changes that could improve the K-12 system’s ability to prepare a thriving and highly competitive regional workforce.

For more information on CEO in the Classroom, please click here.
David J. Malone, president, and CEO of Gateway Financial, Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation, Stefani Pashman, CEO of the Allegheny Conference, and Bill Demchak, CEO of the PNC Financial Services Group pose for a photo with Elizabeth Forward Middle School students. 

Regional Advocacy Coalition of Chambers met with Governor's representative for Southwest PA 

On Thursday, March 28th the Regional Advocacy Coalition of Chambers met with the Director of Governor Tom Wolf’s Southwest Office, Jessica Walls-Lavelle. We had a great open conversation about our issues and discussed how we can work together to advance our region. Jessica is new to the position, but not the region, and is poised to hit the ground running. She offered an open channel to the Governor’s office and to work with us to address our issues.  

PHOTOS: February and March First Fridays with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and PA Budget Secretary Jen Swails 

Many thanks to those who attended our February First Friday with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and March event with PA Budget Secretary Jen Swails. We appreciate the County Executive and Secretary Swails for joining us at these events. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with them to improve the economy and quality of life in the 10-county Pittsburgh region.

Check out a photo gallery from the February First Friday with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Check out a photo gallery from the March First Friday with Secretary Swails.

Our First Friday series, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, brings together the region's private sector and public affairs community to engage with elected and other public officials on issues that are important to the region's economy and quality of life.

2019 Pennsylvania Legislative Reception 

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is partnering again with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to host an annual reception in Harrisburg. The April 29th event brings together state lawmakers and the business community to celebrate the progress made to improve our regions and state's economy and quality of life.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please fill out our online sponsorship form here. Corporate sponsorships ($700), as well as individual tickets ($100), are available using the online form.

Further questions on sponsorship can be directed to Patriece Thompson at 412-281-4783 ext. 3108.

What brought British Airways back to Pittsburgh? - Pittsburgh!

As our region’s economic footprint grows, infrastructure must grow with it. British Airways return to Pittsburgh is yet another sign that Pittsburgh is on the rebound. Our region’s infrastructure assets are crucial to its competitiveness and vitality, and the restoration of a year-round, four day per week air service to London Heathrow only strengthens both.

For more information check out the Post-Gazette article here.

Save the Date: Pennslyvania Legislative Reception

April 29, 2019 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Keystone Building
Harrisburg, PA

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

First Friday Speaker Series

April First Friday with U.S. Senator Bob Casey
April 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
11 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA ​

May First Friday with PA House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler  
May 3, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
11 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA 
Economic Development 

The Chamber participated in an economic roundtable with Representative Dan Miller and PA Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin on February 22 at the Scott Township Municipal Building. This was an important opportunity for our organization to hear from communities in our region related to their community and economic development efforts and offer feedback and assistance.
Chamber PAC hosts event with New House Republican Policy Chair 

The Chamber PAC attended an event on February 26 at the Rivers Club in support of the new PA House Republican Party Committee Representative Chair Donna Oberlander. We welcome Rep. Oberlander in her new position and look forward to working together to advance the Chamber’s agenda.

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