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Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
January 2019

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia 
Visits Pittsburgh

We were pleased to welcome members of our southwest and Allegheny County delegation for breakfast in early January. The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia joined us for a discussion on ways in which we can grow the economy across the Commonwealth. The Chamber is grateful for the partnership with our public sector leaders and colleagues in Philadelphia.  

Mark Your Calendar: First Friday Speaker Series Returns in February with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

The GPCC’s First Friday Speaker Series, presented by the 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.

The First Friday Speaker Series returns on Friday, February 1, 2019, for an event featuring 
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. This event will take place at 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.

Jenn Beer Gives Remarks at Gov. Wolf's Workforce Development Press Conference

Jenn Beer, Vice President of Government Affairs, gave remarks at Gov. Wolf's Jan. 7 press conference on workforce development. Jenn touched on the Allegheny Conference's Inflection Point report and the importance of post-secondary, specialized training.

Greater Pittsburgh Chamber Attends Pennsylvania Governor Inauguration

Our president, Matt Smith, poses for a photo with Darrin Kelly, President of the Allegheny/Fayette Labor Council at January's inauguration.

We congratulate Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. We look forward to working with the Commonwealth both to improve the economy and quality of life in the Pittsburgh region in 2019. 

Looking Forward to Working Together in 2019

We celebrated a productive year in 2018 – advancing priorities at the federal, state and local levels of government in support of the Conference’s agenda to improve the economy and quality of life in the 10-county Pittsburgh region. We look forward to partnering together to build off of this momentum in 2019 and beyond.

Thank you to our public and private sector partners for their leadership and support to advance these priorities:
  • A major legislative priority of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce became law in October 2018. Act 100 will increase the cap on the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credit from $18M to $36M, effective July 1, 2019. 
  • A critical step in support of the Allegheny Conference's economic inclusion agenda, HB 163, the driver’s license reform bill, became law as Act 95 on October 24, 2018. The bipartisan legislation removes certain non-driving related offenses from automatic driver’s license suspension.
  • The passage of Pennsylvania House Bill 1419 or “Clean Slate” legislation was another important step in addressing the Pittsburgh region’s workforce challenge. Act 56 expanded economic inclusion to all of our communities.
  • In July of 2018, President 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. This legislation represented an important step forward in training the current and future workforce in demand in the Pittsburgh region and nationally.
  • The passage of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1056, now Act 72, represented a significant achievement for the business competitiveness of the Pittsburgh region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The legislation corrects an uncompetitive tax policy change from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regarding the depreciation of business assets.
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