Recent News & Updates

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.

Mar 23, 2016 Education, People & Community

Remake Learning Council - A Strategic Focus on Innovative Learning

For close to 10 years, the Remake Learning Network has been a resource for the people, organizations, and ideas shaping the future of teaching and learning in the region. In that time, the network has grown from a grass roots effort to a network of 250 organizations and 3,000 educators and innovators across the Power of 32 region. With a broad range of programs and services being developed by network members, it became apparent that the network would benefit from a coordinated strategic focus.

Mar 23, 2016 Education, People & Community

Remake Learning Days - Celebrate Innovations in Learning

Remake Learning Days, being held May 9-15, 2016, is a week filled with events and activities designed for educators & innovators, children & families, and youth & teens, celebrating STEM, STEAM, maker and technology-enhanced learning across Southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Mar 23, 2016 Education

Remake Learning Playbook - A Model for Innovation

Through the efforts of the Remake Learning Network, learning is being "remade" throughout the region. Now, the Remake Learning Network has published a Playbook to help remake learning across America.

Created by The Sprout Fund as a digital and tangible product, the Playbook documents the process and outcomes of both the Pittsburgh region's efforts to create a community-wide learning innovation network and specific projects the network has catalyzed.

Mar 23, 2016 Economy, Education, People & Community

The Role of Innovative Learning in Workforce Development

The Power of 32 region has developed — and earned — a reputation for being a leader in innovative learning. There have been several successful programs launched that prepare todays' students to succeed in the future. And that's good, because according to a study initiated by the Carnegie Science Center, business leaders in the tristate region are counting on excellent innovative learning such as STEM education to develop the next generation of collaborative problem-solvers as a means of closing the large regional workforce gap of skilled workers.

Jan 19, 2016 Transportation & Infrastructure

Converting River Towboats to Natural Gas

Photo Credit: Susan Oliver

The Power of 32 Region is more and more frequently being recognized for its leadership role in a wide range of areas from STEAM education to regional trail development to real-time traveler information systems. Now, thanks to the efforts of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) —a U.S. DOE-funded regional nonprofit that supports the conversion of vehicles to alternative fuels —the region is distinguishing itself as a national leader in the development and use of alternative fuels for the inland waterways.

Oct 29, 2015 Education, Government

Tri-State Shale Summit Spotlights Regional Cooperation

Keynote Speaker Nigel Hearne, President Chevron Appalachia Business Unit

The most recent initiative of Power of 32's shared vision for a thriving region is to promote economic activity based upon shale gas.

That initiative gained significant momentum at the recent Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, W.V., on October 13, when Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor of Ohio and Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed a three-year agreement to enhance regional cooperation and job growth through the continuing development of shale gas in the Appalachian Basin. The agreement is built upon the understanding that ultimate prosperity flows to where value is added to a raw material, and that this region needs to maximize opportunities to develop modern manufacturing and other "downstream" activities related to shale gas.

Aug 19, 2015 Environment, People & Community

Working Together to Connect the Region’s Trails

Photo Credit: Mill Creek Metro Parks

In the fall of 2011, the Power of 32 regional visioning project identified initiatives to unlock the potential of the region and improve its future. A key initiative was to connect the regional trail system – to increase recreational opportunities, economic development related to trails, and a greater sense of regional connectedness.

Aug 19, 2015 Environment, People & Community

Grant to Expand Trail Town Program

The ultimate goal of The Progress Fund's Trail Town Program® is to establish corridors of revitalized communities by facilitating development of the 21 trail towns.

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