The GPCC helped to convene a partnership between Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Promise to launch a program that incentivizes local hiring of Pittsburgh Promise graduates. The program will help to retain more local talent in the workforce, which will be critical to addressing the region’s workforce pipeline crisis. The GPCC will continue to provide support on public policy that helps link job-seekers with employers in the region.


In 2016, Shell announced its positive final investment decision to build a multi-billion dollar petrochemical complex, including an ethane “cracker,” on the former Horsehead Industries site in Monaca, Beaver County. The plant will be one of the largest of its kind in North America – the largest single “from the ground up” industrial investment in the Pittsburgh region in a generation – and the first major U.S. project of its type to be built outside the Gulf Coast region in 20 years.

The GPCC played an instrumental role in advocating to improve Pennsylvania and our region's competitiveness for petrochemical operations and worked with local officials to ensure ongoing coordination, planning and sharing of information.


The GPCC hosted a meet and greet reception for elected county and city officials across the 10-county Pittsburgh region at the Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville's neighborhood. 

(L-R) Butler County Commissioner Leslie Osche, Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan, GPCC President Matt Smith and Beaver County Commissioner Sandie Egley at the GPCC's First Friday Speaker Series event.

GPCC President Matt Smith joined AACCWP President Doris Carson-Williams, Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O'Conner and Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril to announce a joint initiative to retain more local talent in the workforce. 

GPCC President Matt Smith speaks with Allegheny County Councilman DeWitt Walton at the Roberto Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville. 

GPCC Manager of Government Affairs Brandon Mendoza joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and others at a press briefing announcing a report on the economic impact immigration has on the Pittsburgh region.