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Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
May 2018 

The Pittsburgh Region's Transportation Future

Last month, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce hosted county and city elected officials from across the 10-county Pittsburgh region at an event at the Roberto Clemente Museum to discuss shared opportunities to collaborate to move our region forward. The event served as an opportunity to underscore the work undertaken by the public and private sector leaders of the Regional Transportation Alliance to develop a framework and set of principles to guide future transportation investments. 

The Pittsburgh region's business community recognizes that a robust, well-maintained and well-connected transportation network is critical for the economic competitiveness of the region. The Allegheny Conference and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce continue to be focused on strengthening the region's transportation network to ensure a prosperous economy and superior quality of life for all who live and do business in the region. Leading transportation and mobility experts will be in Pittsburgh in October for Rail-Volution, a national mobility conference that we are proud to support. We look forward to learning from these experts. 

Carly Dobbins-Bucklad, senior policy analyst with the Allegheny Conference, recently authored a column in the Pittsburgh Business Times on the urgency to take charge of our region's transportation future and the commitment of the Allegheny Conference to convene the public, private and nonprofit communities to work together to identify high-impact transportation opportunities and develop plans to achieve them. 

You can read Carly's column in the Pittsburgh Business Times here

Improving Pennsylvania's Business Competitiveness  

To ensure that the Pittsburgh region remains a nationally and globally competitive region for economic development and job growth, it's imperative that we continue to make progress on our overall business climate. This will ensure we are able to continue to attract new employers to invest here and encourage those already here to expand their operations. 

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is closely tracking a number of policy issues in Harrisburg affecting the business climate of our region and state. A top priority remains the need to fix a recent tax policy change on the depreciation of business assets that puts Pennsylvania at a competitive disadvantage with every other state in the country. Legislation that fixes this issue continues to make its way through the General Assembly, having passed the State Senate last month. A few more hurdles remain as the bill makes its way through the legislative process. We will continue to advocate strongly for this legislative solution to the bonus depreciation issue. 

This recent tax policy change is just one issue facing the competitiveness of our business climate. The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce leads the statewide CompetePA coalition, which advocates for a number of state policy changes to encourage job growth and economic development in our region and state. To learn more about our business competitiveness agenda, read our column recently published in the Pittsburgh Business Times by Jenn Beer, vice president, government affairs with the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. 

2018 Pennsylvania Legislative Reception 

Once again, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to host the annual Pennsylvania Legislative Reception. The event, which is taking place in Harrisburg on June 4, brings together state lawmakers and the business community to celebrate the progress made to improve our region's and state's economy and quality of life. The reception is preceded by a joint public policy seminar featuring remarks by high-level state government officials.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please fill out our online sponsorship form here. Corporate and individual sponsorships are available using the online form.

Further questions on sponsorship can be directed to Brandon Mendoza at 412-281-4783 ext. 4552.

PHOTOS: May First Friday with Congressman Mike Doyle 

Our May First Friday event featured a federal policy update with Congressman Mike Doyle. We appreciate Congressman Doyle taking the time to provide an update on federal policy and legislative issues and thank County Executive Rich Fitzgerald for introducing the Congressman. 

View a photo gallery from the event.

Join us for our final First Friday before the summer break on Friday, June 1. The event will feature a local policy panel discussion with Jennifer Liptak, chief of staff for County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Dan Gilman, chief of staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. For more information and to RSVP, click here

Our First Friday series, presented by Comcast Business, 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.

Nominations Now Open for Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards and Scholarship

Do you know a woman in the Pittsburgh region who demonstrates excellence in her work and mentorship of other women? Or a younger woman who is emerging as a leader? Nominate them here by 5 p.m., Friday, June 30 for the Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards.

Named for the Greek goddess of strength and wisdom, the ATHENA Award 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.)

Applications for the 2018-2019 Barbara McNees Spirit of ATHENA Scholarship are also open.  The scholarship, a competitive award, pays the recipient's tuition for attendance to an executive education program at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business: the Carnegie Mellon Leadership & Negotiation Academy for Women. Click here for more information. 

Please also mark your calendar for the awards luncheon on Friday, Oct. 5 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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