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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.
  • Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:45:00 -0500

    'I Am King' rescheduled for March

    “I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience,” scheduled for Saturday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, has been postponed to March 29, with two performances at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. The postponement is due to lagging ticket sales, according…
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    Campaign 2020: Sen. Pittman running for first full term

    State Sen. Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, has announced his intention to seek a full term serving the residents of the 41st Senatorial District, which includes all of Armstrong and Indiana counties as well as portions of Butler and Westmoreland counties.
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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.
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    Former PEMA director, IUP trustee Cannon dies at 71

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania Trustee and former Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Glenn M. Cannon, 71, died Monday.
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    Board weighs addition of after-school club

    Marion Center school directors discussed the possibility of the district becoming a member of the Evergreen After School Club during its work session Monday.
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    Water extension in works for school campus

    MARION CENTER — An extension of a public water system is in the works for Marion Center Area Senior High School and McCreery Elementary School.
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    Democratic Women of Indiana County to hold dinner

    Officers of the Federation of Democratic Women of Indiana County are planning the group’s upcoming annual spaghetti dinner on Feb. 9 at the Eagles Club, 420 Philadelphia St., Indiana.
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    A community activist, empowerment advocate and teacher brought words of celebration and reflection to an audience of about 150 people at a Martin Luther King Day observance Saturday in Indiana.
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    Gazette Photos: STEM Day challenges children to try new activities

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    Saving For and Maximizing Your Retirement

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    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

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  • 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

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  • 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 […]
  • Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:36:41 +0000

    Owners announce Legume's closing and plan for replacing it

    Trevett and Sarah Hooper are set to retire their "beastly baby" of a restaurant Legume to replace it with a new approach. The couple announced to the email list of Legume that they were closing the restaurant after a run of more than 13 years, with the final day of operation to be Leap Day, Feb. 29. To replace it, they plan to combine and "mash up" Legume with their two companion ventures, Butterjoint and Pie for Breakfast to open on a day to be determined in the spring. They're decisions that…
  • Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:00:41 +0000

    PNC targets Denver for westernmost branches

    The bank's national retail digital strategy executive recently visited Denver to scope out possible branch locations.
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    State funding to help this Pittsburgh robotics company create jobs

    Pittsburgh-based Gecko Robotics Inc. is set to receive $120,000 in state funding to expand its local operations, according to a news release from the office of Governor Tom Wolf.  The money comes from the Job Creation Tax Credit program and was approved by Wolf. Gecko Robotics said it would invest $16.1 million in the project and bring on 120 new employees, according to the release.   The funding will go towards research and development, expansion into new markets, talent attraction and hiring,…
  • Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:13:43 +0000

    U.S. Steel, other local companies get top marks in corporate equality index

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  • Tue, 21 Jan 2020 20:05:08 +0000

    $180 million Westinghouse HQ sale to unknown buyer avoids deed transfer taxes

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    Cleveland office furniture dealer to expand into Pittsburgh

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  • Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:42:53 +0000

    This robotics company's $263 million funding round points toward growth in Pittsburgh

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    CMU spinout taps DeSantis as CEO

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    Two partners join Reed Smith from Cohen & Grigsby

    Lawyers specialized in insurance recovery work for decades.
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    F.N.B. talks tech tactics after posting record profit in 2019

    Pittsburgh-based bank made good on goals it outlined a year ago including growth of fee-based businesses.
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