Recent News & Updates

Feb 14, 2017 People & Community

The Mon River: A Regional Recreational Asset

Years ago the Mon River Valley was dotted with bustling communities filled with the soot and fire of the coal and coke era. Today, the residents of the towns along the Monongahela River are looking at that water corridor with new eyes. River towns are offering residents and visitors access to this waterway for outdoor recreation and launching businesses that support the emerging river recreation. 

Leading the effort is the Mon River Valley Coalition (MRVC), an outgrowth of the River Town Program, launched in 2011 by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to help communities recognize the river as an asset for community and economic development.

Feb 14, 2017 People & Community

Passion for the Mon

The Aquatorium in Monongahela

There are dozens of communities along the Monongahela River who are working with the Mon River Valley Coalition to revitalize river towns as recreational assets. With dozens of ongoing projects stretching from Monongahela, PA to Fairmont, WV, the passion for the Mon is stronger than ever. Here are just two examples. Read about all of the projects in the MRVC’s Updated Agenda.

Feb 14, 2017 People & Community

New Opportunities for Waterfront Revitalization

Photo credit: Maranie Rae/Riverlife

The increasing revitalization of waterfronts in Pennsylvania has received a boost from the recent passage of the Waterfront Development Tax Credit (Senate Bill 282), which was introduced by State Senators Randy Vulakovich and Jay Costa.

According to Jay Sukernek, vice president and chief financial officer of Riverlife, who was instrumental in securing passage, the money made available through tax credits will be used on projects that provide amenities to the public and attract residents and visitors to waterfront areas.

Nov 16, 2016 Economy, People & Community, Transportation & Infrastructure

Pittsburgh’s First Fully Designed Complete Street at Almono

In 2010, the Power of 32 held 156 community conversations in 32 counties to create a shared vision for the region’s future. The outcome was a Regional Agenda, published late in 2011, outlining 15 initiatives. One of the key initiatives was to create better sites for business growth in the region. The goal was to launch a fund to assist development of high-quality sites, emphasizing redevelopment of brownfields, to support business relocations and expansions to the 32-county region.

In May 2015, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development announced the Power of 32 Site Development Fund LP, a nearly $49 million private, patient loan fund that helps close critical infrastructure financing gaps and increase the inventory of pad-ready sites in the 32-county greater Pittsburgh region.

Sep 22, 2016 Environment

The Future of the Headwaters

Photo Credit: Taber Andrew Bain (Flickr)

In a time when water shortage is a growing problem in the United States and across the globe, our region actually has an abundance of water. In fact, water is often considered our region’s greatest asset. 

However, according to Kathy Knauer, the executive producer of The Allegheny Front, an award-winning public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania airing on WESA in Pittsburgh and on stations throughout the region, the future of the region’s water resources is unclear.

Sep 22, 2016 Environment

Our Region's Water

Photo Credit: Mike Tewkesbury (Flickr)

An interview with Jeanne M. VanBriesen, Ph.D., P.E., the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water QUEST) at Carnegie Mellon University.

May 25, 2016 Economy, Education, People & Community

Tri-State Workforce Collaboration

Last fall, at the Tri-State Shale Summit, the governors of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania signed an agreement committing to work together to enhance regional cooperation and maximize opportunities for job growth in energy and manufacturing. The Cooperation Agreement called for the creation of four working groups —one of which was workforce development.

May 25, 2016 Economy, Education, People & Community

The Future of Work in the Region

The Pittsburgh region is ramping up to put itself on the leading edge of workforce supply and demand by 2025. According to a recent study commissioned by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the region's workforce will look dramatically different in the next 10 years as a result of a wave of retirements, occupational transitions and economic growth. Prepared by leading labor market analyst Burning Glass in collaboration with Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, the report, "Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region," provides insight into the occupations that will be in high demand in the region's future and the skills that workers will need to prepare to fill these jobs.

May 25, 2016 Economy, Education, People & Community

POWER Grants: A Game Changer for Coal Towns

A key to enhancing the region's economic stability and future prosperity is workforce development that helps communities and workers adapt to new industries with high-demand jobs.

One such initiative is the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Program, an integrated, multi-agency effort to invest federal economic and workforce development resources in communities and regions negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy.

May 25, 2016 Economy, Education, People & Community

Post-Gazette Editorials

Two recent editorials in the Post-Gazette stress the importance of preparing our region's workers for future jobs.

"The Pittsburgh Region will Need More Workers," by William S. Demchak, CEO of PNC Financial Services and Vice Chair of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, stresses the need to align our schools and skills training to fill the jobs of the future as the regional economy evolves and baby boomers retire.

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