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.
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.
We are so happy to have Anne join the Wellington Strategies team. And congratulations on being featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette,
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:
The Mario Lemieux Foundation recently donated $5 million to construct an Immunotherapy Center at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Immunotherapy is a cutting-edge form of treatment that will help patients defeat cancer.
Last month, Congress reauthorized the Federal Aviation Administration and within this legislation, it allocated $5 million in funding to address problems within the aviation industry. This funding will be able to help trade schools like the PIA to train more students and have them enter the workforce in the aviation industry
The Baldwin-Whitehall School District recently completed its audit for the 2017-18 school year and the firm that conducted the audit stated the school district is in “a healthy position” for the future.
After the polls closed on Election Day, the Wellington Strategies team was hard at work tracking races across the state and compiling all of the results into a simple report.
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.
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
"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."
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--
"Comcast Corp will continue to offer 21st Century Fox Inc’s Big Ten Network, including all games on Fox’s sports channel FS1, the companies said on Friday.
The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between Fox and the Big Ten Conference, one of the largest college sports associations. The network shows college sports, including football, and has about 60 million subscribers across the United States and Canada.
Comcast will continue to offer the Big Ten Network in states such as Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin..."
CEO Joe Kuklis and Wellington professionals Luc Montminy and Jocelyn Sheppard presented to a group of more than 100 individuals on the art and techniques of grant writing and earmarking. The workshop was hosted by the Westmoreland Community Foundation in Greensburg and included nonprofits and government entities from across Westmoreland and Allegheny County.
"Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding for major renovations to the first floor of the Leland Center building in Baldwin Borough, Allegheny County, that will repurpose the center into a modern and innovative public library for the community.
“Public libraries are essential to quality of life and civic education in our communities and proud to work with Baldwin Borough and Senator Brewster to expand the offerings and size of this important part of their community,” Governor Wolf said.
Baldwin Borough Public Library was approved for a $500,000 grant for the project, which includes a new parking area in front of the building with accessible spaces; renovation of the restrooms and all designed spaces to become ADA-compliant; significant expansion of connectivity and public access computers for patrons who are utilizing online resources to assist with job searches and career development; and construction of a 1,000-square-foot addition dedicated to youth services..."
"Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics CEO Suzanne Markle hadn't even flown on a plane before starting at the aircraft maintenance school. Now an aviation nut, Markle pilots the nation's Top Two-Year Trade School." VIDEO LINKED
Not too long ago, if you wanted “a pop” it seemed like there were only the mega-brand corn syrup concoctions to choose from. You had to know where to look to find Natrona Bottling Company, which has been making sodas with pure cane sugar and natural flavors since 1904.
Now, it seems that you can’t open a bar, restaurant or coffee shop without stocking a few of their flavors: Plantation Style Mint Julep, Red Ribbon Root Beer, Red Ribbon Cherry Supreme, Jamaica’s Finest Ginger Beer...
The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics was recognized by Forbes as the #1 school in its second annual list of top two-year trade schools in the United States. According to Forbes, their ranking takes into account "academics, postgrad salary and debt loads" concluding that PIA is a "370-student gem" and the "Harvard of trade schools." Forbes notes that PIA alumni "out-earn students from two thirds of Forbes’ highest-ranked four-year colleges at a fraction of the price."
Please be sure to read the entire article, linked below, to learn more about PIA's stellar programs and statistics.
"StarKist Co., which is headquartered on Pittsburgh's North Shore, and its parent company, Dongwon of Seoul, South Korea, are proud to announce their long-standing commitment to the local Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Station Square, the company will host its annual luncheon to honor area Korean War Veterans who served so valiantly in what has been called "The Forgotten War."
Nearly 90 veterans and their families, along with local dignitaries and civic leaders, are set to attend the tribute to The Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) of Western PA, General Matthew B. Ridgway Chapter. A highlight of this year's program will be recognizing three distinguished members of the Korean War Vets of Western PA, who received a Silver Star including Private First Class Thomas M. Miller, Private First Class Victor J. Tomsko, and Corporal John E. Meyers. The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces and it is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States..."
Presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump took in Pittsburgh’s robotics scene Tuesday.
The president’s daughter visited Astrobotic, a space delivery company in the Strip District, talked with the Girls of Steel robotics team and met with leaders from some of the city’s top tech companies, said Brian Kennedy, senior vice president for operations and government affairs at the Pittsburgh Technology Council, which helped organize the visit.
Kennedy said Trump talked about the need to educate students and train workers for jobs in the high-tech economy.
“She’s very interested in supporting the full spectrum of developing the workforce,” Kennedy said, adding that Trump spent time talking about the need for training experienced workers at risk of being left behind. “It was good to hear her focus on the entire pipeline.”
Conversations with the White House started in June when the Pittsburgh Technology Council took a group of companies to Washington. They met with leaders in the House, Senate and White House to talk about Pittsburgh’s technology scene, STEM education and concerns they had with visa delays and immigration reform..."