Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

March 2020

Chamber President Matt Smith Responds to Governor Tom Wolf’s 2020-2021 Budget

“The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, commends Governor Wolf’s commitment to growing our Commonwealth’s innovation ecosystem in proposing a new PA Innovation Plan and removing barriers to enter the workforce for all Pennsylvanians.
New innovation funding is an important step in the right direction to create a comprehensive strategy to advance the commonwealth’s position as an innovation leader for years to come. We also applaud Governor Wolf’s call for an evidenced-based, statewide annual innovation report. The Pittsburgh region is proud of our higher education institutions’ role in driving our innovation economy and believe the Governor’s proposal will help position our region to build off this strong foundation.”
Read the full statement here.

Jenn Beer Joins State & Local Officials for Economic Development Roundtable

To assist Rep. Dan Miller in his annual economic development roundtable, Jenn Beer, Vice President, Government Affairs, joined Lance Chimka, Director of Allegheny County Economic Development, Jessica Walls-Lavelle, Governor Wolf’s Southwest Director, Ally Doyle, Southwest Deputy Director of DCED and Stephanie Spang, District 11 PennDOT. The event allowed for an interactive discussion around how the state and business community can work together to support entrepreneurs and spur development in our communities.

GPCC/Allegheny Conference Staff Attend AACCWP PowerBreakfast

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania hosted their PowerBreakfast Meeting which included a panel discussion with PA State Representatives Jake Wheatley, Summer Lee, Austin Davis and Ed Gainey.
Topics discussed included small and minority-owned business development, transportation access and business tax reform.
Jenn Beer, Diane Hughley - Government Affairs Coordinator, Larry Hailsham - Government Affairs Associate, Patriece Thompson - Investor Relations Manager, and Rhonda Walters - Vice President – Talent Management, attended on behalf of the GPCC/Allegheny Conference.

February First Friday with PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro

Even though we were snowed out earlier in the month, many thanks to Attorney General Josh Shapiro for being able to reschedule so quickly. We appreciate him discussing the issues we are facing here in southwestern Pennsylvania and his work as Attorney General.
Check out a photo gallery from the February First Friday.
Our First Friday series, presented by Peoples, 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.

First Friday
Speaker Series

March First Friday
Matt Bradford, Democratic Chair, House Appropriations Committee
March 6, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
11 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA
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Matt Smith Welcomed County Commissioners at BIR Reception
Matt Smith joined County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Managing Partner Joe Dougherty to welcome county commissioners from across the Pittsburgh region to a reception for those newly-elected to their position. We look forward to partnering with these officials to move our region forward.
Jenn Beer Attends Disability & Mental Health Summit Press Conference
Jenn Beer attended a press conference hosted by Rep. Dan Miller that announced his March 3rd Summit on Disability & Mental Health. Over 2,000 people registered to attend the event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This year’s event will focus on the 30th year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Speakers at the press conference included Rep. Natalie Mihalek, Mayor Bill Peduto, Councilman Corey O’Connor, Councilman Patrick Catena, Dan Onorato, Dr. Josie Badger and Nikki Dawson.

Please check out the 2020 sponsorship opportunities here or contact Patriece Thompson for more information.

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