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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.
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:00:00 -0500

    Magician wows students at Penns Manor

    Magician MichaelAngelo (Michael Gigliotti), of Punxsutawney, amazed Gabriella Brink, 6, left, and Kyra Falcone, 9, by producing a rabbit during a show Thursday for students at Penns Manor Elementary School as a reward for students who did well with a…
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:55:00 -0500

    Snowfall predicted for region

    What a difference a week makes.
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:50:00 -0500

    Winning $1,000-a-week-for-life ticket sold in Indiana

    A winning Cash4Life lottery ticket worth $1,000 a week for life (or a lump sum of $1 million) was sold Wednesday in Indiana.
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    Souper Bowl, blood drive, lanternflies, etc.

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    PASSHE, APSCUF sign agreement

    HARRISBURG — In brief comments on their respective Facebook sites Thursday, negotiators for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and its faculty union acknowledged signing a four-year collective bargaining agreement.
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:30:00 -0500

    Commissioners approve appointments of volunteers

    By The Indiana Gazette
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:20:00 -0500

    Steffee's office releases 2019 figures

    Homer City Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee’s office has released final figures for its 2019 activity.
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    Citizens' official touts membership to ambulance service

    Business picked up in the worst way for Citizens’ Ambulance Service in 2019.
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    First responders laud quick response to fire

    Indiana Borough police and firefighters joined with students and staff at Eisenhower Elementary School on Wednesday to recognize the value of fast awareness and reporting of a fire that broke out Nov. 1 in a house near the school in…
  • Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:54:00 -0500

    Indiana County Entertainment Center

    Every Thursday, get the Gazette's complete listing of concerts, films, theater, music, dance and other performing arts. It's all one click away in the entertainment center.
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    Saving For and Maximizing Your Retirement

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  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    Planning Ahead for the Second Half of Life: A Help to Your Family

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  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    Key Trends for Home Health Care in 2020

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  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    Sliver elected Vice Chairman of National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

    Steve Sliver, president and chief executive officer of Mutual Benefit Group, has been elected Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Mu­tual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). NAMIC supports regional and local mutual in­surance companies on main streets across America, farm mutuals through­out the country and many of the country’s larg­est national insurers. The Association’s mission is to […]
  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    PSECU Names Francis J. Pudner as General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Services

    “With a keen understanding of the banking industry’s legal environment, Francis Pud­ner will be a great asset in PSECU’s efforts to be rec­ognized as our members’ trusted financial partner,” said PSECU President and CEO George Rudolph. “In his role as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Services, Francis will guide his staff in their reviews of legal, reg­ulatory, and […]
  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    Ryan McNally Named Director of Miller Center Joint Venture

    Ryan McNally has been named Director of the recently announced joint venture that brings together Evangelical Community Hospital, Geis­inger, the Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness, and the Greater Susque­hanna Valley YMCA. In the role of Director of the Miller Center Joint Venture, McNally serves as the primary on-site leader. He is accountable for all aspects of the YMCA at […]
  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Geisinger

    Suresh Patil M.D., an orthopedic sur­geon has joined the staff of Geisinger Mus­culoskeletal Institute in Lewistown. Dr Patil is specialty trained in joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee. He is among an exclusive group of surgeons nationwide of­fering Anterior Approach to hip replacement surgery – a minimally-invasive approach that allows for more rapid recovery. Dr Patil also specializes […]
  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    Fulton Bank, N.A. Names VP, Commercial Relationship Manager

    Chad Feather, of Bellefonte, was named vice president, commercial relationship manager in Fulton Bank’s Commercial Banking De­partment. In this position, he will be responsible for developing and manag­ing commercial relation­ships throughout the North Atherton area. He has worked in the financial industry since 2001 assisting Individuals and Busi­nesses with their Financial Well Being. His area of expertise includes: Health Care, […]
  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    Award-Winning Orthopaedic Surgeon Appointed Director for Geisinger Western Region’s Musculoskeletal Institute

    Michael D. Sobolewski, D.O., M.S., a board-certified, award winning orthopaedic surgeon has joined the staff of Geisinger Musculoskel­etal Institute in State Col­lege and Lewistown. He is the recipient of the Don Joy Award from the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics in 2013 and the winner of the Golden Quill Award from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association in 2011, which were […]
  • Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    John Hanna Retires from Mutual Benefit Group

    John D. Hanna retires October 4, 2019, as Vice President – Commercial Lines for Mutual BenefitGroup, completing a 49-year ca­reer in insurance. “I am extremely fortu­nate to have had a long career in a great industry. Many changes have oc­curred over my tenure, including the for­mation of ISO, numerous market cycles, and catastrophes where our industry re­sponded to rebuild lives […]
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:43:50 +0000

    Clarion County sawmill lays off 87 workers after fire

    A devastating fire at a sawmill in Clarion County has led to the layoffs of almost 90 employees. According to a WARN notice filed with the state Department of Labor & Industry, Allegheny Wood Products Inc. has laid off 87 employees at its plant in Marble, Pennsylvania. The move was effective Jan. 7. The layoffs come after a catastrophic fire struck the facility on Jan. 4 at 2:30 a.m., according to a report by WJAC-TV. Officials told WJAC that the fire began inside the building, located in Washington…
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:22:50 +0000

    Kirkland's to close at the Block Northway

    Kirkland's, the national home decor retail chain, is poised to end a short run of operation at the Block Northway in Ross Township. Clerks of the store are notifying customers that the Block Northway is now slated to close and sales are starting to sell of merchandise to clear out the 8,000-square-foot location. A call to media relations of the Nashville-based company was not immediately returned. But Kirkland's announced on Thursday, January 16, that it had "mutually parted ways" with its president…
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:20:46 +0000

    Pittsburgh software company to offer HR solutions for small businesses

    Sentric will test its new benefits division in Western Pennsylvania before rolling it out to other clients.
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:16:50 +0000

    Davis Cos. affiliate closes on buying former Club One property in East End

    Closed fitness center site expected to become next redevelopment play along busy stretch of Penn Avenue
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:08:10 +0000

    One of Pittsburgh's biggest venture capital firms raises another $10M

    New infusion of capital a "topper-offer" for $50M fund raised in 2015.
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:22:31 +0000

    Hickton chairing Cleveland Fed board in 2020

    A veteran Pittsburgh executive was reappointed as chair of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for 2020. Dawne Hickton, now COO at Washington, D.C.-based Jacobs and president of its Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear business, led Cleveland Fed’s board in 2018 and in 2019 and had served as deputy chair in 2017. Hickton had been president and CEO at RTI International Metals for eight years prior to its 2015 acquisition and then was president and founding partner of…
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:20:13 +0000

    Pittsburgh Business Times' 2020 Power 100: The complete list

    Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Power 100, a guide to the region’s most influential business leaders. The Pittsburgh Business Times’ editorial team formally embarked upon this project in October, soliciting input from the public and spending hours debating and crafting the list.  The list is made up of the movers and shakers who are inserting themselves into the community conversation and making an impact on this region right now, at this one particular…
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:36:49 +0000

    U.S. Steel faces more fines from ACHD

    United States Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) once again faces fines from the Allegheny Health Department, this time for $743,625 in fines for Article XXI Air Pollution Control violations and permit violations, according to a news release.  Clairton Coke Works received the penalties for violations during the second and third quarters of 2019.  U.S. Steel will pay 90 percent of the fines to the Community Benefit Trust, created in response to earlier air quality violations by the manufacturer, and the other…
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:26:22 +0000

    ACHIEVA announces changes to leadership team

    ACHIEVA, a disability services and support organization based in Pittsburgh, announced Thursday that it was making a change in one of its subsidiaries. The organization announced that the president of ACHIEVA Support and senior vice president of ACHIEVA, Reid Wolfe, will be retiring on May 1. Succeeding Wolfe in both positions will be the current senior vice president, Shayne Roos. Wolfe has spent 17 years working with ACHIEVA, and previously worked for the Allegheny county Counseling Center and…
  • Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:25:36 +0000

    Sports betting fuels Pennsylvania casinos to record year

    Pennsylvania posted record high gaming revenue in 2019, bolstered by the state's first full year of legalized sports betting. Casinos have been spending millions to develop lounges and online betting products. Statewide revenue rose 4.5% year-over-year to $3.4 billion, with casinos taking in more than $84 million in sports wagering revenue, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The state is home 12 casinos. Valley Forge Casino Resort, just outside Philadelphia, saw…
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