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Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
August/September 2018

200+ Attend 2018 Elected Officials Reception in Washington D.C.

The 15th Annual Washington, D.C. Elected Officials Reception, one of the GPCC's three annual legislative receptions, was held on September 5 at Bullfeathers on Capitol Hill. The event was well attended by 200+ members of Congress from across our region, their staffs and a sizable number of our partners. We thank all of our sponsors of the reception. Without their support, these important events could not take place.

View a gallery of photos from the D.C. Elected Officials Reception Reception

Thank you to the sponsors of the 15th Annual Pittsburgh Region / Washington, D.C. Elected Officials Reception:

Mark Your Calendar: First Friday Speaker Series Returns in October with Allegheny County's New Economic Development Director, Lance Chimka 

The GPCC’s First Friday Speaker Series presented this fall by the UPMC Health Plan, 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.

The First Friday Speaker Series returns on Friday, October 5, 2018, for an event featuring the new Director of Allegheny County Economic Development, Lance Chimka. This event will take place at a new location: 20 Stanwix Street, which is directly across from 11 Stanwix Street. As always, networking and a continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m., with the program from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

RSVP here by October 1, 2018

Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act 

On July 31, President Donald Trump signed the reauthorization of the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education act, now known as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. The Act updates the original legislation in line with the skills needed for the workforce of the future, including those in high-demand STEM fields. This represents an important step forward in training the current and future workforce in our region and nationally.

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce has been actively involved and engaged in supporting reauthorization of the Perkins CTE Act and, along with member companies and educators, helped to organize and participate in roundtables with U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s office. Above are members of the Chamber, American Chemistry Council and Rosedale Technical College with Senator Casey at Calgon Carbon Corporation’s Equipment and Assembly Plant. We thank U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Congressman GT Thompson for their tremendous bi-partisan leadership that moved this bill across the finish line.

Opportunity Zones Special Topic Briefing 

The Allegheny Conference, of which the GPCC is an affiliate, hosted a Special Topic Briefing on Qualified Opportunity Zones on August 1 to discuss the impact the program could have on our 10-county region.

Attendees heard from public, private and community partners how opportunity zones work and the program’s promise and potential drawbacks, and discussed as a group the possible roles of community organizations, including the Allegheny Conference, can ensure our region takes full advantage of this significant opportunity to drive economic and community development projects.  The proposed regulations are expected to release by the end of this month.

View a gallery of photos from the Opportunity Zones Special Topic Briefing

Jennifer Beer and Patty Horvatich: Panelists at Beaver County Chamber of Commerce Economic & Labor Development Breakfast 

Our Vice President of Government Affairs, Jennifer Beer, and Vice President of Business Investment, Patty Horvatich, recently presented at the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce Economic & Labor Development Breakfast. The breakfast provided attendees the opportunity to hear from a panel of regional labor and workforce development specialists, and engage in a dialogue on the county’s economic climate.

Forge the Future: Ideas for Action Summit

Representatives from the Allegheny Conference, including from the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce team, participated in the Forge the Future summit hosted in July.

Forge the Future is an initiative spearheaded by Peoples Natural Gas and Chevron. The discussion brought together leaders from commercial and residential heat and power generation, petrochemicals, advanced materials and manufacturing and export and infrastructure. Together the group defined potential action items to help Pennsylvania leverage its energy assets for economic opportunity.

To learn more about the Forge the Future Summit, click here.

Pittsburgh Emerging Leaders Head to Harvard 

A cohort of 10 leaders from the Pittsburgh region participated in the invitation-only Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program in June. We’re proud that our own Matt Smith was a part of the group from our region, which is noted as “having a remarkable track record of coming together to transform their hometown.” Harvard partnered with Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. and the Allegheny Conference on this initiative.

Additional participants from the region include: Brian Burley, YNGBLKPGH; Keren Gorban, Temple Sinai; Nick Grimes, Veterans Breakfast Club; Omar Khawaja, Highmark Health; Jennifer Liptak, Allegheny County; Erin McDowell, Range Resources; Sam Reiman, Richard King Mellon Foundation; Ralph Sicuro, Pittsburgh Fire Fighters IAFF Local No. 1; and Randy Vulakovich, Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney.

Tickets Available for Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards 

Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the ATHENA Awards Program recognizes women who demonstrate excellence in their profession, contribute to their community and help other women to succeed. The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader age 35 or younger. (Click here to learn about previous recipients.)

Mark your calendar for the awards luncheon on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh. Nearly 900 women and men attended last year's luncheon, which is one of the largest gatherings among the hundreds of ATHENA International-affiliated events presented around the world each year. Tickets can be purchased here.
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