Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Summer 2019


Matt Smith Pens Op-Ed Encouraging Federal R&D Investment

Chamber President Matt Smith penned an op-ed that encourages robust federal investment in research and development in the Pittsburgh region.

While the Pittsburgh region is justifiably globally renowned for its energy-production and health care advances, we also are a world leader in innovation and technology commercialization, including in the fields of autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence. The federal dollars attracted to our hometown improve our local economy by creating jobs, drawing private-sector investment, encouraging corporate-university research partnerships and helping to retain and attract talent to our region.

Federal investment in our region provides an unrivaled return. Every dollar of NIH funding generates $2.63 in economic activity.

Read the full piece here..  

Clean Slate Act Becomes Effective

The Clean Slate Act went into effect on June 28th, beginning the process of automatically sealing more than 30 million criminal records for certain individuals with misdemeanor convictions. Such reform is a pathway to opportunity to many hardworking women and men who want an opportunity to move beyond their past and create better lives for themselves and their families.

The business community supports efforts to develop policies that move people toward gainful employment – not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because there is a direct impact on our economy by providing access to a full, competitive labor pool. To address our region’s workforce shortage, we must continue to tap into all the available talent in our region and develop smart policy that creates pathways for individuals convicted of low-level offenses who have remained crime-free. Smart policies like Clean Slate and the recently passed driver’s license reform bill will help create the strong workforce of tomorrow that our region needs.

June First Friday with U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb

Many thanks to those who attended our First Friday with U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb. We appreciate him sharing his vision and the work he has done to advance the Commonwealth in Washington.

Check out a photo gallery from the June First Friday.

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.

1000+ Leaders Look Towards Pittsburgh’s Next 75 Years

Last month, the Allegheny Conference held the Our Next 75 Summit, a region-wide initiative marking the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the organization and the first Pittsburgh Renaissance. The Summit was a part of the multi-year agenda-setting process for the Conference. Today’s and tomorrow’s leaders came together and compared notes on what they’re doing to move the region forward, found ways to better align their efforts, and committed to working together on transformational projects to take the Pittsburgh region into the future

Check out a photo gallery from the Summit and the Our Next 75 website to learn more about the initiative.

How To Retain College Graduates? Pittsburgh Passport Program!

The Allegheny Conference is wrapping up the inaugural summer of the Pittsburgh Passport Summer Internship Series, a pilot program that is working to attract and retain more top talent in the region. The program welcomed 1500+ students to the region, organized free activities to get them out and about enjoying the city, connected them to regional employers to explore future internship and job opportunities, and helped them meet other interns. We as an employer community are inviting students to stay here to live, work, play, and thrive after they graduate.

D.C. Reception

September 10, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

410 1st St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Sponsor Opportunities

First Friday
Speaker Series

September First Friday
Katharine Kelleman,
Port Authority CEO

September 6, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

11 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Covestro’s THINC30 Tank: Ensuring Inclusive Pittsburgh Neighborhoods
Jenn Beer, VP of Government Affairs, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, and other Allegheny Conference staff participated in the May 30th THINC30 program at the Energy Innovation Center. Jenn Beer acted as a table facilitator during the workshop. The program included engaging discussions and collaborative problem solving to work towards the goal of ensuring inclusive neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.

Improving Diversity in Our Region

Regional Vitality requires we take a close look at what is working in our region and where we have the opportunity for improvement. As such, the Allegheny Conference partnered with Vibrant Pittsburgh to develop the Vibrant Index to understand and identify best practices across our region in diversity and inclusion. To see if your company is participating, please email VibrantPittsburgh

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