2016 was an exciting and successful year for the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the advocacy arm of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. We advanced a number of priorities at the federal, state and local levels of government in support of the Conference’s agenda to Connect People to Opportunity and mission to improve the economy and quality of life in the 10-county Pittsburgh region.
We achieved a big win in Washington, D.C. with the passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), which authorizes a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment to rehabilitate our waterways infrastructure as part of the Upper Ohio River Navigation project. At the state level, we made significant progress in advancing legislation to reform our public pension system and expand the Pennsylvania Neighborhood Assistance Program, a key part of the Allegheny Conference’s Strengthening Communities Partnership. And locally, we worked with the City of Pittsburgh and African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania to launch a program to help retain more of our local talent in the workforce.
These are just a few of the highlights of the progress we made in 2016 by working alongside committed public and private sector partners. I encourage you to scroll down to learn more about our 2016 accomplishments, as well as our First Friday Speakers Series, three signature receptions and elected and public official roundtables. We look forward to working with you in 2017 and beyond to build off of this progress. And, as always, feel free to reach out to us to learn how you can get involved in advancing our region.
The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (GPCC), the advocacy arm of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, serves as the 10-county Pittsburgh region’s chief advocate at all levels of government to secure public sector investment and legislative and regulatory improvements to improve the economy and quality of life. The enduring contribution of the GPCC is its ability to bring people and organizations together around issues critical to the region’s competitiveness and, through a unified voice, effectively convey the needs and priorities of the region to local, state and federal decision makers.