Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

January 2020

Governor Wolf Announced Innovation Investment Plans

Previewing next week’s budget address, Governor Tom Wolf announced new strategic investments to help propel our innovation economy forward. Wolf said, “A strong community and entrepreneurial network are crucial for success. This holds true for start-ups, as well as established businesses,” said Gov. Wolf. “I’m proposing a strategic statewide innovation investment plan that will help get us on the right track to making Pennsylvania an innovation leader.”

The Pittsburgh region has a long history of leading the world in innovation. Our innovation economy is important to our success as a region. This type of investment is critical to ensuring our competitiveness. It will allow us to build on our tremendous assets and to drive our economic growth going forward. The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce welcomes this important proposal and looks forward to working with the Wolf Administration and legislators of both parties on this vital issue.

To see the full announcement click here.

Matt Smith Joins Key Public and Private Sector Stakeholders at Regional Transportation Meeting

Matt Smith, President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, addressed key leaders including labor representatives, state and local elected officials, and transportation organizations such as the Port Authority of Allegheny County at a meeting convened by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Mt. Lebanon). The meeting was held at the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters’ on January 8th. The discussion focused on the need for continued and increased transportation investment in our region.
“Transportation infrastructure is a competitiveness issue for the Pittsburgh region – we are competing every day for business investment and we are competing to attract talent and both are dependent on a strong, robust, and future focused multi-modal transportation network. The cost of inaction far outweighs the cost of action.” – Matt Smith

Larry Hailsham, Government Affairs Associate with the GPCC took our message of support to the organizers of the 2020 Juneteenth Celebration

“We are thrilled to support the 2020 Juneteenth Celebration. The Allegheny Conference and Chamber are committed to partnering with you to work towards more inclusive, diverse opportunity. We want a regional vitality where a thriving people – regardless of background or zip code – benefit and enjoy a strong, inclusive, globally competitive economy while living the highest quality of place.”  - Larry Hailsham

The Chamber on Our Region’s Business

The WPXI Sunday morning show Our Region’s Business hosted by Bill Flanagan invited Matt Smith on to discuss important issues impacting the business community in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
On January 12th, Matt Smith and Morgan O’Brien, President and CEO of Peoples to discuss the progress our region has made and how public and private sector partners can work together to make our economy and quality of place even better. Check out the episode “Tapping Our Region’s Potential”.
On January 19, Matt Smith joined Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council President Darrin Kelly to discuss collaborative work on transportation, energy and economic development in the Pittsburgh region. Check out the episode Labor and Business.

First 2020 AACCWP Power Breakfast

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania hosted their first Power Breakfast Meeting of 2020 with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Larry Hailsham and Diane Hughley attended on behalf of the GPCC.

2020 First Fridays

First Fridays are back! Coming up we have:
  • February - Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General
  • March - Matt Bradford, Democratic Chair, House Appropriations Committee
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.

Big News: Neighborhood 91 Will Create over 6k Jobs

Our partners at the Allegheny County Airport Authority just released a white paper on the economic impact of the new Neighborhood 91 project. The project will create over 6,000 jobs and create nearly $7 billion in total business impact, generating $43 million in direct city, state and federal tax contributions.
We congratulate Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive and Christina Cassotis, Chief Executive Officer at Allegheny County Airport Authority as well as the entire airport authority team for this great work.
Read Full Report Here

First Friday
Speaker Series

February First Friday
Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General
February 7, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
***Please note a slight start time change from our usual start time***
11 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA
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

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

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