This strategy focuses on maximizing business investment opportunities in sectors where the Pittsburgh region offers a significant comparative advantage to employers. It does so in alignment with programs to strengthen communities throughout the region, with a focus on those that have been left behind despite the region’s economic transformation.
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, works to attract new investment and helps existing businesses grow. It does so in partnership with leaders of the business community, elected officials and economic development professionals across the 10 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania.
“Pittsburgh is a great place for JLL to do business. In our favor are strengths such as talent, work ethic and the cost of doing business for growing the presence we have established here. Because of these, we’re pleased to be expanding, once again, in Pittsburgh. We expect that our new, modern office space at Tower Two-Sixty in the urban core will be a magnet for attracting and retaining top-rate, young talent to our firm and the region. Looking forward, we intend to further position our Pittsburgh office as critical to the global real estate and investment management services we provide to clients worldwide.”
— JC Pelusi, Market Leader and Managing Director, JLL Pittsburgh
The Conference was instrumental in the creation of an almost $49 million fund to provide patient mortgage loans to sites located within the 32-county, multi-state Greater Pittsburgh region that have potential for regional economic impact if they are made ready for construction.
The Conference led a partnership of economic development groups that convened the Tri-State Shale Summit and successfully negotiated a Regional Cooperation Agreement among Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor that pledges collaboration to capitalize on the economic opportunity for downstream manufacturing presented by Marcellus and Utica shale gas.
The Strengthening Communities Partnership (SCP) focuses private sector resources on targeted communities that have been left behind despite the transformation of the Pittsburgh region’s economy, positioning these communities for greater success in the future.
In 2015, Homewood and Sharpsburg joined five other SCP communities which include Connellsville, McKees Rocks, Mt. Oliver/Knoxville, City of Washington and Wilkinsburg.
This strategy focuses on improving systems and structures that enhance the region’s economy and sustain its population. To attract and retain talented individuals and employers to our region, we must provide a world-class transportation and infrastructure network, including transit, to better connect the region locally, nationally and globally.
We have worked closely with the Allegheny County Airport Authority for almost 15 years to improve air service. We congratulate the Authority on the significant progress over the past year.
Four airlines – Allegiant Air, Frontier, One Jet and Porter Airlines – began serving a total of 16 destinations from the region. Southwest expanded service. Service has been restored to St. Louis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and New Orleans, with other added flights providing more links to Chicago, Toronto and Denver.
The non-stop Pittsburgh-to-Paris flight on Delta Airlines announced expansion to seven days a week for six months. In 2009, the Allegheny Conference and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania put up a financial guarantee to encourage Delta to launch the service. The investment is paying off.
The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) is a coalition of public and private partners from each of the 10 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh and was formed to imagine a new transportation future for our region. Working together through a “crowdsourcing” initiative with hundreds of partner organizations across all 10 counties, the RTA began to gather ideas for projects that will enhance regional connectivity, competitiveness and quality of life.
The initiative is a direct result of a benchmarking trip to Denver, Colorado, which hosted almost 100 civic leaders from all 10-counties of the region.
The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (GPCC), the advocacy arm of the Allegheny Conference, advocates at the local, state and federal levels of government to improve the economy and quality of life in the Pittsburgh region. In 2015, the GPCC successfully advanced a number of priorities critical to achieving the goals of the Allegheny Conference’s 2015-17 agenda of Connecting People to Opportunity.
Elimination of the uncompetitive Capital Stock and Franchise Tax
Passage of $305 billion federal infrastructure investment package
Reauthorization of the federal Export-Import Bank
$61 million federal budget increase for the National Energy Technology Laboratory (FY 16)
“Whether we focus our energy on better transportation, strengthening communities, attracting business investment or developing our workforce, if we share a vision and work together, we can make it happen.”
– Rich Harshman, 2016-2017 Chair, Allegheny Conference on Community Development Chairman, President and CEO, ATI