Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Fall 2019

200+ Attend Annual Elected Officials Reception in D.C.

The Annual Washington, D.C. Reception, one of the Chamber’s three receptions annually, was held at Bullfeathers on Capitol Hill. The event was well attended by Members of Congress from across our region, their staffs, and a sizable number of our partners. We thank all of our sponsors of the reception. Without their support, these important events could not take place.
 
Check out a photo gallery from the D.C. Reception here.
 

Matt Smith and Port of Pittsburgh Commission Executive Director Mary Ann Bucci Draft Op-Ed on Inland Waterways Infrastructure


Long before the first road was built, rail line put down and runway developed, our rivers were flowing and helping to nourish our emerging country. The U.S. is fortunate to have this natural resource that continues to meet the growing demands of both our nation’s and the world’s economy.
 
Our inland waterways system is comprised of over 12,000 navigable miles and 240 locks that connect the heartland of America to the rest of the country and the world. However, like other modes of transportation, our river infrastructure continues to be inadequately funded.
 

Allegheny Conference CEO Stefani Pashman Participated in 23rd Annual Elected Officials Retreat

Stefani Pashman, CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development joined PA Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and former-PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed in a University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics panel to explore solutions that increase social and economic mobility and social cohesion of the people across Pennsylvania.
 
The panel shared efforts underway to grow our economy while also assuring that all communities have the opportunity to prosper. 
 
(The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development)

Representative Marcy Kaptur, U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Energy/Water Subcommittee Chair Tours Regional Water Infrastructure

Matt Smith joined U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb and Rep. Kaptur for a tour of vital water infrastructure, including the Montgomery Locks and Dams. Rep. Kaptur saw first-hand the importance of our rivers and learned about our infrastructure needs. The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce continues to emphasize the importance of our inland waterway system to the Pittsburgh region and the nation at large. We appreciate Congressman Lamb's leadership on this issue.

Allegheny Conference CEO Stefani Pashman Spoke at Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.

In a panel moderated by former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, Pashman joined other economic development organization leaders to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships for community development. At the end of the event, attendees had a clearer idea of the ways the private sector can engage in partnerships to create better and stronger communities.
 
(The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development)

Business and Building Trades Supporting Energy

Chamber president Matt Smith joined labor and business leaders at a press conference to support energy related economic development. These bills would address tax and regulatory issues, encourage development on abandoned industrial sites, and encourage use of this asset within the region.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance President Mark Thomas Participated in Panel on Intellectual Property and Rise of Innovation Economy

The Global Innovation Policy Center, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development with the US Patent and Trademark Office, hosted a panel discussion on the rise of Western Pennsylvania’s innovation economy. Our region has captured the nation’s curiosity, panelists discussed how to keep the momentum.
 
Featured speakers included Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley.
 
(The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance is an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development)

September First Friday with Katharine Kelleman

Many thanks to those who attended our First Friday with Port Authority of Allegheny County CEO Katharine Kelleman. We appreciate her leadership at the Port Authority and for sharing her vision on the future of transportation in the Pittsburgh region.
 
Check out a photo gallery from the September First Friday.
 
Check out recent coverage in the Pittsburgh Business Times on Port Authority of Allegheny Conference CEO Katharine Kelleman’s plan to extend bus service to 24-hours a day.
 
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


October First Friday
Jay Costa, Senate
Democratic Leader
October 4, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
11 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA


November First Friday
Holly Harris, Executive
Director of Justice Action Network

DATE CHANGE
November 8, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
LOCATION CHANGE
20 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh, PA
Electric Vehicles Workshop
Jenn Beer, VP of Government Affairs, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, participated in a panel discussion at the “Pittsburgh Region Workplace Charging Workshop” hosted by Duquesne Light. Jenn’s panel discussed why electric vehicle adoption is uniquely important to citizens in the Pittsburgh region and how they can contribute to our economy and quality of life.
Feel the Heat: Pittsburgh Firefighters Host Fire Ops 101
Jenn Beer, VP of Government Affairs, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, participated in the event hosted by Pittsburgh Fire Fighters in partnership with IAFF and MSA. Jenn and many elected officials spent the day getting hands-on experience into the life of a first responder.
GLMCC Immigration Policy Briefing in D.C
Larry Hailsham, Government Affairs Associate, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, and other leaders from the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) held a congressional staff briefing in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the New American Economy (NAE), a research and advocacy organization that promotes smart immigration policies that help grow the economy.
 
Place-based immigration policies are key to retaining and growing a talented workforce in emerging industries, especially in areas of the country – like those in the Great Lakes – that are experiencing population loss.
 
Read the latest research on immigrant impact in the Great Lakes region here.


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