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Astrobotic Awarded $5.6 Million NASA Contract to Deliver Rover to the Moon

Astrobotic was selected by NASA to develop and deliver an autonomous rover to the moon. The autonomous ‘MoonRanger’ rover will be developed by Astrobotic and Carnegie Mellon University and is expected to be on the moon’s surface in 2021 or 2022. The 13 kilogram rover is currently being developed to “provide high fidelity 3D maps of the Moon’s surface in areas such as polar regions and lunar pits. It will demonstrate transformational high-speed, long-range, communication-denied autonomous lunar exploration”.

For more information about Astrobotic receiving this NASA contract, click here.

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Adsonica Introduces Audio Display Ads Optimized For Political Campaigns

“Adsonica is the world's first patented ad unit that leverages both image and audio to help campaigns of all sizes to deliver engaging, high-performing ads. Audio offers better recall than text or video and enhances the messaging and sonic branding of the candidate. With Adsonica, campaigns can maximize their ad budgets by improving creative delivery to voters at a minimal incremental cost.“

To read the full article about Adsonica and their Audio Display Ads, click here.

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Joe Kuklis Offers Insight on Progress of State Budget

In a recent article, Wellington Strategies CEO Joe Kuklis offers his take on the progress being made on the state budget. Though Pennsylvania has a $800 million surplus and it seems as if the budget will be done on time, if not before, there are still stiff negotiations being made between the House, the Senate and the Governor’s Office. Some of the issues being discussed include raising the minimum wage, expanding the Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and instituting a severance tax on natural gas.

To access the article and to learn more about the current progress being made on the budget, click here.

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Astrobotic CEO is "thrilled" the lead Americans back to the moon

In a recent segment by Bloomberg, Astrobotic CEO John Thornton stated that he and Astrobotic are “thrilled to be leading America back to the moon”. Astrobotic was recently chosen by NASA as one of three companies to deliver payloads to the moon. In the coming years, Astrobotic will be delivering 14 NASA and 14 non-NANA payloads to the moon in the coming years.

To learn more about Astrobotic being chosen by NASA to deliver payloads to the moon, click here.

To watch the full Bloomberg segment, click here.

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Carnegie Library of Homestead receives $100,000 from PA Historical and Museum Commission

Today, Senator Jay Costa and Representative Austin Davis were happy to announce the award of $100,000 in state grate money to the Carnegie Library of Homestead. The award comes from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of its Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program. These funds will be used to upgrade the safety and historical components of the music hall that is a part of the Carnegie Library of Homestead.

http://www.pahouse.com/ADavis/InTheNews/NewsRelease/?id=107698

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Republican Fred Keller replaces Rep. Tom Marino and Sworn into the U.S. House

In January, Rep. Tom Marino (PA-12) resigned. Marino represented Pennsylvania’s 12th District, which is comprised of either all or portions of 15 counties. The district has a heavy republican majority which helped pave the way for Fred Keller to win the special election last month against Democrat Marc Friedenberg. Keller ran with the support of President Trump and was sworn into the House by Speaker Pelosi on Monday, June 3rd.

https://www.witf.org/news/2019/06/republican-fred-keller-sworn-in-as-pas-newest-congressman.php

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Astrobotic awarded $79.5 million contract from NASA

“We are proud to join NASA in returning America to the Moon" said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton after his company was awarded a $79.5 million contract to deliver 14 payloads to the moon in July 2021.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/astrobotic-awarded-79-5-million-contract-deliver-14-182200845.html

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RE2 Robotics receives $3 million from Office of Naval Research

RE2, a Lawrenceville-based robotics company, was awarded $3 million from the Office of Naval Research to develop an underwater robotic hand. The hand will be a component of the STARFISH Program. STARFISH, or Strong Tactile Maritime hand for Feeling, Inspecting, Sensing and Handing, will be used to develop the underwater robotic hand to “locate, identify and neutralize” both hidden and visible explosive threats.

https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2019/05/20/robotics-company-awarded-3-million-to-build-for.html

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Tamburitzans Appoint New Executive Director

The Tamburitzans, the longest-running live stage show in the U.S., have recently appointed Robin Rosemary Miller to the position of Executive Director. Prior to joining the Tamburitzans, she was the director of the Northside North Shore Chamber of Commerce for more than 18 years. On behalf of the entire Wellington team, we are excited to continue our work with the Tamburitzans under Robin Rosemary Miller’s leadership and expertise.

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/tamburitzans-get-new-executive-director/

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Mon Valley Alliance board appoints CEO

https://observer-reporter.com/business/mon-valley-alliance-board-appoints-ceo/article_327ab7f4-677c-11e9-9e40-33ecd9672826.html


Four months after joining Mon Valley Alliance, Ben Brown will be its leader.

Brown, an East Washington resident, will be the new chief executive officer of the Charleroi-based organization. He succeeds John Easoz, who had been acting CEO since the January resignation of Chris Whitlatch.

MVA’s board of directors, chaired by Easoz, unanimously selected Brown at its April meeting. He will assume his new duties Wednesday.

“I am excited about the . . . opportunity to become one of the leading organizations in our region creating economic development and jobs for the Mon Valley communities,” Brown said in a statement. “I look forward to what we can accomplish together.”

The alliance hired Brown in early January for the newly created position of director of operations, his current job. Before that, he was vice president of real estate for Beynon & Co., a commercial real estate firm based in Pittsburgh that is more than a century old. In recent years, he assisted MVA in its land sale at Alta Vista Industrial Park in Fallowfield Township.

Since mid-October, one company broke ground for a new regional headquarters and two other firms purchased lots at Alta Vista.

“We were very fortunate that we had such a qualified candidate already on our team,” Easoz said in a statement. “We are glad to be able to hand the reins to Ben.”

MVA was formed three years ago as a consolidation of Mon Valley Progress Council and Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association. Each of the latter organizations had existed for 50-plus years.

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CITF Grant and Loan Program

The Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund (CITF) grant and loan program application for 2019 opens on January 22, 2019. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. There is an estimated $6,600,000 available for grants and loans with a maximum amount of $250,000 for individual grants or loans. There is no match for the CITF grants and loans.

The CITF is available for municipalities, authorities, councils of government (COGs), for-profit businesses (loans only), and others, to carry out important infrastructure-related projects, or, for the acquisition and development of key sites for future use. Eligible projects include:

  • Acquisition of land and buildings, rights of way and easements

  • Demolition of structures and removal of abandoned foundations

  • Grading and site preparation

  • Environmental site assessment and remediation

The application and further details are available at:

https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development/authorities/citf-grant.aspx


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Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics featured in Pittsburgh Business Times Ranking

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) was recently featured in a Pittsburgh Business Times article that explained rankings of colleges* in Southwestern Pennsylvania and throughout all of Pennsylvania by comparing median salaries of graduates 10 years after admission. With PIA’s median salary of $57,200, PIA ranked 3rd in the Southwestern PA Region, behind only Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University, and then 18th in the state.

*Colleges ranked include four-year institutions, technical/trade schools and community colleges.

https://pia.edu/pia-featured-in-pittsburgh-business-times-ranking/?fbclid=IwAR06g0TTyTi1dh0uqurlGHRxPMd-wSdHrNj4GQLBYhJ_m4armZbDXT0mpv0



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House Majority Whip Scalise, Congressman Rothfus and State Senator Reschenthaler Tour Wellington Client, Energy Innovation Center

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House Majority Whip Scalise, Congressman Rothfus and State Senator Reschenthaler Tour Wellington Client, Energy Innovation Center

“The Center is a great asset for Western Pennsylvania, and demonstrates how our society benefits when the public and private sector work together. Technological innovation and continued workforce development are crucial for sustaining a robust economy now and in the future. The Center also provides a creative environment where entrepreneurs can thrive, and help grow America’s economy.”

- Congressman Rothfus

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Mario Lemieux Foundation Donates Big to Children's Hospital

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Mario Lemieux Foundation Donates Big to Children's Hospital

"Make Room for Kids” is an extension of the Austin’s Playroom project. Both are backed by the Mario Lemieux foundation to help families who have kids at Children’s Hospital.

Today, those families and their caregivers got an upgrade to the gaming technology that is there for the kids to use."

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Wellington Client, Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum, Featured on KDKA Tech Vibe Radio

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Wellington Client, Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum, Featured on KDKA Tech Vibe Radio

Members of the board of Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum (PennCEF), a Wellington Strategies Client, participated last Friday August 31st in KDKA's Tech Vibe Radio Show. The show, which aired at 7pm on 1020 AM and on radio.com, highlighted the accomplishments, mission, and people behind PennCEF. Give the broadcast a listen at the link below--

https://www.radio.com/media/audio-channel/tech-vibe-radio-8-31-18

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