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Connecting People to Opportunity

2016 Annual Report

Our Year in Review

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A Word from Our Chair, Richard Harshman
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Throughout the Pittsburgh region, the Allegheny Conference is dedicated to connecting people to opportunity. The Conference and our public and private sector partners share a vision for the future, and together we're making it a reality. In 2016, people across the 10-county Pittsburgh region collaborated to further three key strategies focused on improving our community and economic development, infrastructure and workforce. We thank our Regional Investors Council, leadership and stakeholders for their support in moving our region forward on these key issues. I'm proud to present last year's achievements in this annual report, and I look forward to continued success in 2017.

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.

Economy & Community

Jerry MacCleary, Chair, Economy & Community Strategy

Economy & Community

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The Allegheny Conference is helping place the Pittsburgh region in an enviable position: through unprecedented collaboration we're capturing business investment, creating jobs and revitalizing communities.

Jerry MacCleary

Chair, Economy & Community Strategy

President, Covestro LLC

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

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Strengthening Communities Partnership (SCP) focuses private sector resources on targeted communities - Connellsville, Homewood, McKees Rocks, Mt. Oliver/Knoxville, Sharpsburg, Washington and Wilkinsburg - that have been left behind despite the transformation of the Pittsburgh region's economy, positioning these communities for greater success in the future.


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:

PRA 36 wins
PRA 1,734 jobs
PRA 6 plus billion in investment

2016 included a signature investment from
Shell Pennsylvania Chemical

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

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Shell Site news report

Dennis Yablonsky p32 Site Development Fund
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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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Clinton Commerce Park

Clinton Commerce Park

Clinton Commerce Park's 100-acre second phase near Pittsburgh International Airport received a $5.7 million loan for infrastructure improvements, including storm water management and utilities



Almono, a 178-acre waterfront former brownfield located in the city's Hazelwood neighborhood, received a $9.5 million loan for site preparation, including construction of Pittsburgh's first fully designed complete street


Nick DeIuliis Chair, Infrastructure Strategy


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Whether better connecting our transportation infrastructure or people to opportunity, the Allegheny Conference and our corporate and civic leaders are creating a plan the Pittsburgh region is rallying behind.

Nick Deluliis

Chair, Infrastructure Strategy

President & CEO, CONSOL Energy Inc.

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

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

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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.

Nearly 400 companies respond to RTA's open feedback

Partnering on Air Service Competitiveness

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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19 new nonstop destinations in 2016
26 new routes in 2016
68 Total nonstop destinations from PIT


Bill Demchak Chair, Allegheny Conference


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The future of work in the region represents an enormous challenge for employers, but it's also an unprecedented opportunity for existing workers and our up-and-coming workforce found in K-12 and post-secondary education. The region's workforce will be undergoing a dramatic transformation.

Bill Demchak

Vice Chair, Allegheny Conference and Workforce Strategy

Chairman, President & CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

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

Identifying Challenges

Engaging Stakeholders

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

3,500 plus individuals, including CEOs and HR executives, educators and government and civic leaders - engaged in face-to-face meetings
8 Million impressions from news media and social media outreach

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

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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

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

Attracting Talent
  • 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.


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.

Capital Stock and Water Infrastructure
Improving Transportation Infrastructure: Federal & State Success

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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.

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Research & Analysis

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


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


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

Join Us

Leadership through Partnership

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“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.

Richard Harshman, ACCD Leader

Richard Harshman

Chair, Allegheny Conference

Chairman, President and CEO of ATI

Bill Demchak, ACCD Leader

Bill Demchak

Vice Chair, Allegheny Conference and Chair, Workforce Strategy

Chairman, President and CEO of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Kim Tillotson Fleming, ACCD Leader

Kim Tillotson Fleming

Treasurer, Allegheny Conference; Chair Audit Committee; Chair, Finance Committee

Chairman and CEO of Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.

Venkee Sharma, ACCD Leader

Venkee Sharma

Secretary, Allegheny Conference

President and CEO of Aquatech International

David Porges, ACCD Leader

David Porges

Chair, Personnel & Compensation Committe

Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation

Michele Fabrizi, ACCD Leader

Michele Fabrizi

Chair, Strategic Communications Committee

President and CEO of MARC USA

Bill Strickland, ACCD Leader

Bill Strickland

Chair, PA Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh

President and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Laura Karet, ACCD Leader

Laura Karet

Chair, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance

CEO, Giant Eagle, Inc.

Laura Ellsworth, ACCD Leader

Laura Ellsworth

Chair, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Partner-in-Charge Global Community Service Initiatives, Jones Day, Pittsburgh

Jerry MacCleary, ACCD Leader

Jerry MacCleary

Chair, Economy & Community Strategy

President, Covestro LLC

Nick Deluliis, ACCD Leader

Nick Deluliis

Chair, Infrastructure Strategy

President and CEO, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Morgan OBrien, ACCD Leader

Morgan O'Brien

Immediate Past Chair, Allegheny Conference

Chairman, President and CEO, People's Natural Gas

Our Members & Our Boards