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    Mark Anthony Thomas Named President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the Economic Development Marketing Affiliate of the Allegheny Conference


    As President, Mark will be responsible for creating, developing and executing the 10-county region’s economic development strategy, and advancing partnerships to drive job creation and business investment. Mark brings 18 years of experience crafting and executing economic strategies and cross-sector collaboration.

    In 2016, Mark was selected by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to serve as its first Senior Vice President of Partnerships, establishing teams to foster and manage industry and international relationships and business attraction.

    He played a pivotal role in Amazon’s selection of New York for HQ2 and the City’s investments to catalyze life sciences, cyber security, blockchain and tech inclusion. Mark launched the City’s partnerships with Startup Genome and Startup Guide, working closely with a network of incubators, accelerators and tech training organizations to grow and diversify the tech startup community. He’s led efforts to partner with New York’s international trade community to advance the City’s global startup attraction, an approach recognized as the #3 FDI Strategy by FDI Intelligence Magazine and honored by the New York District Export Council.

    Prior to NYCEDC, Mark served as the City of Los Angeles’ inaugural FUSE Executive Fellow, leading efforts to make the City’s neighborhoods more livable. He then served as Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, to spearhead reforms of the City’s procurement, real estate asset management and risk management operations. Before entering the public sector, Mark worked in the media sector, shaping content and investigative journalism on social impact, economic development and effective governance.

    He received his MBA from MIT, MPA from Columbia University and BA from the University of Georgia, and has served on several boards supporting college access, civic innovation and new media.

    “We’re excited to bring Mark aboard to lead the PRA and contribute to our shared regional vitality goals of a strong economy, thriving people and a high quality of place. With nearly two decades of experience driving economic growth, Mark is uniquely suited to advance the Pittsburgh region’s strategic economic development objectives – supercharging business attraction, including international marketing of the region, and doubling down on making sure that companies already located here have the best possible environment in which to grow and prosper. I’m looking forward to what should be a bright future for business investment in southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Chairperson Laura Shapira Karet, who is also president and CEO of Giant Eagle, Inc., a multi-state grocery retail operation.

    “I’m grateful to Todd Jorgenson of Jorgenson Consulting, Inc. for leading our national search for a new Pittsburgh Regional Alliance president. Todd’s expertise paved the way for a diverse search committee – made up of representatives of the Conference’s board of directors, regional economic development partners and other key leaders and stakeholders – to come to unanimous agreement on Mark as the candidate of choice – in spite of having many outstanding individuals from which to select. Having so many exceptional candidates interested in Pittsburgh and all of the possibilities here is a real testament to the region’s brand,” said Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Stefani Pashman.
  • Sun, 20 Oct 2019 19:00:00 -0400

    Despite Hurdles, Sunday Hunting Bill Could be Voted on This Year

    State Rep. Jerry Mullery, D-Luzerne, said he expects the bill to reach the House floor this year, but he’s unsure if there is enough support to pass the measure.
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    Gift program set to help those in need this holiday season

    As the holidays draw closer, The Indiana Gazette, in cooperation with ICCAP, has preparations for the Angels’ Wings Christmas program well underway.
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    It's Happening Here

    This information is provided by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau. Times and dates are subject to change. All events are held in Indiana, unless otherwise noted.
  • Sun, 20 Oct 2019 00:57:00 -0400

    Burrell Township: Supervisors OK grass ordinance

    BLACK LICK — As some homeowners are set to mothball their mowers for the season, Burrell Township is now requiring many of them to keep grass and weeds to less than 8 inches high.
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    Gazette Photos: Student musicians on center stage at Indiana

    The United High School marching band performed Saturday as part of Band Fest 2019, which showcased 12 local and regional high school marching bands and IUP.
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    Gazette Photos: Yarnick Farm festival draws families

    Jesse Brink, 6, picked out a pumpkin Saturday at the Fall Fun Festival hosted by Yarnick’s Farm in Armstrong Township.
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    Gazette Photos: Runners, walkers rally against cancer

    Simon Duncan, 7, ran in the Love of Life 5k race on Saturday in Indiana.
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    Chamber: Women's Summit a success

    The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly board of directors meeting on Thursday at the Indiana Country Club.
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    Indiana library lists free events for week

    The Indiana Free Library, Ninth and Philadelphia streets, will offer the following free programs next week:
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    ARIN board ratifies contract

    The board of directors of ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 has ratified a successor collective bargaining agreement with the ARIN Education Support Professionals for a five-year period beginning with the start of the 2020-21 fiscal year on July 1, 2020.
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Women Making A Difference 2019

    For the past eight years, Women Making a Difference has proudly recognized those women whose intel­ligence, ingenuity, skills and dedication have led to business success and com­munity involvement. As always, the 38 women feature this year were selected from nominations sent in by our readers. The nominations were submitted to the St. Francis Uni­versity Business Development Center for the final […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in pay

    (AP) The gender gap in pay has narrowed since 1980, but it has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years or so. In 2018, women earned 85% of what men earned, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of median hourly earnings of both full- and part-time workers in the United States. Based on this estimate, it would take […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    On this we can agree: We must eradicate breast cancer

    (AP) While American politics may feel more polarized than ever, there are still is­sues that unite people of all backgrounds. Breast cancer prevention is one of them. Many of us know a mother, daughter, sis­ter or friend with breast cancer. This dis­ease has united people from all walks of life in our quest to end it. Cancer does not discriminate; […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Women May Be Better Managers Than Men… Because They Tend to Have This Crucial Skill

    In a Gallup report based on over four decades of research, including the analy­sis of 27 million employees’ responses, female managers outperform their male counterparts when it comes to driving employee engagement. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are in­volved in, enthusiastic about, and com­mitted to their work and workplace. Regarding the day-to-day practical evi­dence, the study found that […]
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    DR. TRICIA MCFADDEN Dr. Tricia Giannone McFadden is an assistant professor of marketing in the Shields School of Business at Saint Fran­cis University and serves as the University’s Faculty Athlet­ics Representative. McFadden earned a Doctorate of Rhetoric from Duquesne University with emphasis in Integrated Mar­keting Communication and Communication Ethics, a Master’s in Strategic Communication from Barry University, as well as […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Alicia Harvey -Smith*

    President Pittburgh Technical College Alicia Harvey-Smith was appointed president of thePittsburgh Techni­cal College (PTC), formerly Pittsburgh Technical Institute on July 1, 2019. With nearly three decades of experience in academic leadership, Dr. Har­vey Smith was the unanimous choice of the College’s Presidential Search Committee and Board of Trustees. “Pittsburgh Technical College could not be more pleased to welcome Dr. Alicia […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Amy H. Marshall

    Shareholder Babst Calland, P.C. Amy H. Marshall is a shareholder with the law firm of Babst Calland, P.C. She is a member of the firm’s employment and corporate practice groups. Prior to joining Babst Calland she was with the Department of Labor, Bu­reau of Worker’s Compensation and spent seven years as general counsel for Uni-Marts, Inc., a public corporation, previously […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Davie Jane Gilmour

    President Pennsylvania College of Technology, Penn College Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour is the President of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Penn College, a special mission campus of The Pennsylvania State University, is a national leader in applied technology education. Dr. Gilmour joined the College in 1977 as an instructor and curriculum developer in the dental hygiene program. In 1983, she […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Elizabeth A. Dupuis

    Attorney/Shareholder Babst Calland, P.C. Betsy Dupuis has practiced law in Central Pennsylvania since 1997, and presently as shareholder with Babst Calland, a regional law firm. Her practice focuses on real estate transactions, business planning and forma­tion, commercial and contract litigation, estate planning and administra­tion. She is also a licensed title agent in Pennsylvania and conducts com­mercial real estate closings through […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Debra Dellaposta

    President and CEO Doing Better Business Debra Dellaposta is President and CEO of Doing Better Business. De­bra’s leadership has helped grow DBB into the largest, local, women- owned, family-owned and operated business technology services compa­ny in our four-state servicing region with six offices and four warehouses. Debra believes in giving back to the communities in which we work, and with […]
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 23:21:46 +0000

    URA board votes put Penguins near brink of building anew on former arena site

    Kevin Acklin, senior vice president and general counsel of the Pittsburgh Penguins, put into perspective what the votes meant after a debate-heavy special URA meeting that was a follow-up to a tabled vote from the week before.
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 20:10:53 +0000

    URA votes to green light former Civic Arena site redevelopment

    The vote gives the Pittsburgh Penguins power to start with two projects on the long neglected site.
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:54:56 +0000

    Pittsburgh International unveils microgrid project that will power entire airport

    The Airport Authority issued the final approvals for Pittsburgh International to move forward with a project that will provide power for the entire airport using resources located on-site.
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:51:49 +0000

    Citizens CEO on retail banking wars, extending Pittsburgh region into New York

    'If there’s market share to be gained, they’ll take it from other banks, not us.'
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:37:02 +0000

    UPMC moving forward to make former South Side hospital into an IT hub

    UPMC is formally pushing forward to bring a new use to its shuttered UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center. Located at 20th and Mary Streets on the South Side, the facility was closed last year by UPMC, which opted to move its surgical department elsewhere within its system of hospitals. Oxford Development Company, working with UPMC, is scheduled to brief the Pittsburgh Planning Commission on Tuesday, on the health system's proposal to rezone the three-building complex from educational/medical/institutional…
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:36:30 +0000

    ATI CEO looks ahead to growth in its jet engine business

    Robert Wetherbee spoke at the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Breakfast Briefing Friday.
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:08:10 +0000

    The wait's almost over —here's when Clark Bars return

    Good things come to those who wait, and for folks who have been craving a Clark Bar, the chocolate covered peanut butter crunch bars first developed in Pittsburgh will be available in November. The maker of Mallo Cups is very close to rolling out Clark Bars at its plant in Altoona, the first to be produced in western Pennsylvania in decades. Anthony Forgione, CEO of Boyer Candy Co., said via email on Friday that Clark Bars will be available in its outlets and online within the next three weeks…
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:34:46 +0000

    Tree of Life congregation reveals vision for future of synagogue

    The three congregations who lost members in the anti-Semitic attack that killed 11 people last October, have not yet returned to their synagogue.  However, the Tree of Life congregation revealed a plan for the future of the Squirrel Hill site Friday, according to a news release. Tree of Life said it intends to return to the synagogue to stand against discrimination.  The planned vision for the synagogue on Wilkins and Shady Avenues is complete with “a cooperative and collaborative space that…
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:11:08 +0000

    ArcelorMittal Monessen plant manager updates community on consent decree improvements

    The plant was required to make several improvements following an agreement with the state Department of Environmental Protection in December 2017.
  • Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:09:39 +0000

    As first 100 days near, here's where the transformation of EQT stands

    Of course, EQT has been anything static since July 9.
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