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Our Year in Review

 
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The Allegheny Conference and its affiliates – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – work together to improve the economic future and quality of life of the 10-county Pittsburgh region. With rigorous engagement and participation from our more than 300 Regional Investors Council members and key stakeholders from across the region, our 2015-2017 agenda, Connecting People to Opportunity, focuses on three strategies and uses the model of “Leadership through Partnership” to move our region forward.

 
 
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Economy & Community


Economy & Community

Economy & Community


Economy & Community

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Here’s How We Powered Progress for Our Economy & Community Strategy in 2016


The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, works to attract new investment and helps existing businesses grow.

In 2016, the PRA helped secure:

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2016 included a signature investment from
Shell Pennsylvania Chemical

Shell’s multibillion-dollar petrochemical complex – a once-in-a-generation investment for the region – will spur economic development.


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. 

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Infrastructure


Infrastructure

Infrastructure


Infrastructure

 

Here's How We Powered Progress for Our Infrastructure Strategy in 2016

 

The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) is Working to Improve Regional Connectivity

The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) is a public-private partnership of each of the 10 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh that was formed to imagine a new transportation future for our region.

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Partnering on Air Service Competitivness

We support the Allegheny County Airport Authority's efforts to improve air service. This regional partnership is yielding results.

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Workforce


Workforce

Workforce


Workforce

 

Here's How We Powered Progress for Our Workforce Strategy in 2016

Identifying Challenges


Engaging Stakeholders

The Allegheny Conference presented Inflection Point’s findings to regional stakeholders and through media outreach. Hundreds are pledging to help close the workforce gap.

Educators and companies are rising to the challenge in response to the report:

 
  • Actively engaging the Consortium for Public Education and The Pittsburgh Promise to connect with regional K-12 superintendents, principals, guidance counselors and classroom teachers to develop new career awareness tools for use in the classroom that build on the report findings

  • K-12 and post-secondary schools are re-evaluating programs to better align curriculum with high-demand occupations and employer-driven skill requirements

  • Regularly convening HR executives for feedback to better connect employers and educators for meaningful collaboration, creating ongoing partnerships

 

Here’s How We’re Bridging the Gap

Elevating Talent


The Appalachia Partnership Initiative (API) invests in programs that prepare students and the workforce with the education and skills needed to stay and thrive in the tri-state region. Launched in 2014 with a $20 million commitment from Chevron Appalachia, LLC, API is a public-private partnership guided by the shared visions of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Chevron, and The Grable Foundation, with support from RAND Corporation as the project’s research and analysis partner. By the close of 2016, API projects attracted an additional $8 million from partners and other regional companies and non-profits that share this vision.

 

Retaining Talent

 
  • The Conference hosted local college student tours of the Pittsburgh region to showcase southwestern Pennsylvania as a viable place to start a career
     
  • We provided key points about Pittsburgh as a place of opportunity to 15 of the region’s college presidents to deliver to incoming students at freshman convocations
 
 

Attracting Talent

 
  • ImaginePittsburgh.com continues to be enhanced as a career exploration portal
     
  • We’re targeting high-demand talent through digital advertising campaigns in key markets in the Northeast U.S.
 
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Advocacy


Advocacy

Advocacy


Advocacy

Through the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, We’re Advocating on Behalf of the Region

At the local, state and federal levels of government, we’re working to improve the economic future and quality of life in the Pittsburgh region.

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The Allegheny Conference: How We Work

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development brings together public and private sector leaders. Through the support of the Regional Investors Council, we are improving the economic future and quality of life of the 10-county Pittsburgh region.

Research & Analysis

The Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh provides research and analysis to drive solutions for our region’s greatest challenges.

Advocacy

The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce advocates at the local, state and federal levels of government for improvements that enhance our region’s competitiveness.

Marketing

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance markets the benefits of the region to talent and to companies that are relocating or expanding.

 

Leadership through Partnership

“Leadership through partnership” epitomizes the Allegheny Conference both in our work and in our members. More than 300 Regional Investors Council members – C-level leaders from across southwestern Pennsylvania – provide their time, energy and resources to improving the future of the region.
 
The Conference’s board of directors is comprised of leaders of some of the most widely recognized organizations in the country. And our Regional Investors Council members, many of whom participate on affiliate and program boards, actively play a role in shaping the Pittsburgh region.