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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.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:58:00 -0500

    Supervisors urged to change trick-or-treating date

    A White Township resident came to the township board of supervisors meeting Wednesday night to “open a discussion” about moving the trick-or-treat aspect of Halloween from Oct. 31 in the township, and ultimately the neighboring borough of Indiana.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:59:00 -0500

    Plans for new ICCD building move forward

    Construction of a new home for the Indiana County Conservation District, the local office overseeing protection of waterways and preserving agriculture, could begin as soon as weather allows after county leaders signed contracts for the $2 million project.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:55:00 -0500

    'Dateline' to feature show on killing of Blairsville dentist

    For the second time this year, the 2006 slaying of Blairsville dentist John Yelenic and 2009 conviction of state police Trooper Kevin Foley for the killing will be explored on a national network television program.
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    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.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:54:00 -0500

    Gazette Photos: Train collectors preparing model train display in mall

    Tom Ott, a member of the Indiana Area Train Collectors, put the finishing touches on an exhibit as part of the 2019 Holiday Wheels and Thrills model train display on Wednesday at the Indiana Mall.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:54:00 -0500

    Gazette Photos: NAACP bestows awards at its annual banquet

    The Indiana County branch of the NAACP on Saturday saluted its members’ accomplishments and its community supporters in an award presentation during the annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:50:00 -0500

    Reading of security personnel policy OK'd

    PURCHASE LINE — The Purchase Line school board approved hiring armed security officers for protection at last month’s meeting.
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    Regional 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.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:50:00 -0500

    Supervisors project balanced budget

    The White Township board of supervisors is advertising a 2020 budget that would hold the line on earned income, realty transfer and local services taxes, and again would not include a property tax.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:47:00 -0500

    Community Guidance Center earns international recognition

    Community Guidance Center has been certified in the internationally recognized Sanctuary Model for trauma-informed care.
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    Major Issues Facing Healthcare in 2019

    The U.S. healthcare industry is look­ing less like a special case – a large seg­ment of the U.S. economy with its own unique quirks – and is beginning to behave like other industries, according to “Top health industry issues of 2019: The New Health Economy comes of age,” the 13th annual healthcare report from consulting giant PwC. Rather than focusing […]
  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Urgent Care Centers Have Become an Integral Part of the Health Care System

    (AP) Urgent Care Centers have grown in popularity in recent years. With their convenient hours and abil­ity to quickly treat acute conditions ranging from in­fections to fractures, these health care settings have become a common sight in many parts of the country. According to the Urgent Care Association of America, the number of urgent care centers in the U.S. grew […]
  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    How well is the commonwealth combating the opioid crisis?

    On October 1, Governor Tom Wolf launched his administration’s first Opi­oid Command Center Opioid Summit: Think Globally, Act Locally. The two-day summit, held in in Boalsburg, Pa. in Cen­tre County, gathered 200 Pennsylvani­ans who are helping their communities fight the opioid crisis in community or­ganizations, non-profits, schools, health care organizations, addiction and re­covery centers and in affected families. The summit […]
  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Health organizations trying to help with steep toll Alzheimer’s takes on Pennsylvania families

    Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of demen­tia, has become a major healthcare burden to Pennsylva­nians, with worsening trends forecast for the future. Last year, 280,000 Pennsylvania residents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – 38,000 were ages 65 to 74, 110,000 were ages 75 to 84 and 130,000 were over age 85. In 2015, 4,012 Pennsylvanians died of Alzheimer’s, which made […]
  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center opens in Lake Ariel, PAHEALTHCARE

    (AP) Seeds of Hope, a branded service line part of Onward Behavioral Health and specializing in the treatment of eat­ing disorders, has announced the opening of Seeds of Hope at Mountainside, a new residential treatment center at 272 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Seeds of Hope at Mountainside is a small, intimate program for adult women spe­cializing in the treatment […]
  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Senators Toomey and Casey debate the future of the Affordable Care Act

    Obamcare – either you love it or hate it, at least if you’re a member of Con­gress. House Republicans have voted to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act more than 50 times since it was passed in October 2009. On his first day in office, President Trump issued an executive order to “minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” […]
  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Pennsylvania Featured in New Report about States Moving from Federal- to State-based Health Care Marketplaces

    (AP) Pennsylvania is one of six states examined in an Urban Institute report published yesterday examining an in­creasing trend among states: a shift from federal- to state-based health care mar­ketplaces. Under the ACA, states may choose either a federal, a state, or a hy­brid model to operate their health insur­ance marketplaces. HAP supported Act 42 of 2019, which allows Pennsylvania […]
  • Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Overcoming Obstacles in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Care System

    Although Pennsylvania is the fifth most populous state, based on information from the United States Census Bureau from 2010 and 2018, it also is home to a signifi­cant amount of rural areas. According to the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, 48 of the 67 counties in the state are classi­fied as rural, and all but two counties have rural areas. Approximately […]
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    URBN celebrates plant opening

    (AP) Urban Outfitters would have a tough time selling a soft opening for the company’s new facility in White Town­ship. It’s what the company could have said in August when the first of 100 local employees came on board at the com­pany’s new fulfillment center at Windy Ridge Business and Technology Park. There is nothing soft about 720,000 square feet […]
  • Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:08:25 +0000

    URA board votes to enter into exclusive negotiations with JV for $79.6M South Beatty development in East Liberty

    The board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh voted unanimously to push forward with negotiations to sell two surface parking lots in the heart of the East Liberty business district to a joint venture of Midpoint Group of Cos., Walnut Capital Partners and Corcoran Jennison Institutional Services.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:27:16 +0000

    Pittsburghers who filed lawsuit against Uber will be heard in federal court

     A Pittsburgh federal court determined that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in June against Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER)— claiming that the rideshare giant fails to provide accessible transportation to people with disabilities—will have their claims heard in federal court rather than through arbitration, according to a news release.  The lawsuit aims to make Uber change its policies and practices to make wheelchair-accessible vehicles widely available throughout Pittsburgh, and it…
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:36:50 +0000

    SEA gives preliminary approval to Lower Hill development

    The Sports and Exhibition Authority signed off on preliminary approval for a parking garage, music venue and residential development.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:55:24 +0000

    Security updates causing headaches for some PNC customers who use third-party apps

    PNC cites recent security upgrade as causing access challenges.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:18:53 +0000

    Falcon Pipeline drilling briefly shut down over instrumentation

    DEP on Nov. 7 sent a letter to Shell Pipeline Co. and its contractor, Minnesota Ltd., after a routine inspection in October discovered instrumentation required during horizontal directional drilling of the pipeline wasn't being used.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:15:34 +0000

    Hike2, which opened this week, aims to help companies stay "future-proof"

    The "innovation consultancy" works out of Americus Club in downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:05:30 +0000

    84 Lumber secures $310 million loan

    84 Lumber Company secured a $310 million loan, allowing the company to push forward its expansion efforts and focus on investment in IT, according to Paul Lentz, CFO at 84 Lumber.  The company announced the seven-year Senior Secured Term Loan B Facility Thursday, along with a five-year $400 million Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility. The company reported in a news release that it would use the funding to refinance outstanding loans and have no debt maturities prior to 2024.  84 Lumber said…
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:47:02 +0000

    Peduto names new director of URA

    A Kansas City economic development leader is being named executive director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. Greg Flisram was announced during a news conference Thursday by Mayor Bill Peduto and URA Board Chair Sam Williamson; the full URA board will vote on Flisram's appointment later Thursday. Interim URA Executive Director Diamonte Walker is being promoted to deputy executive director. Flisram is interim president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City,…
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:22:03 +0000

    U.S. Steel says it will cut greenhouse gases by 20% over next decade

    United States Steel Corp. announced Wednesday that it was committing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 20 percent by 2030, based on 2018 baseline levels. The target will apply to the company's global operations. In a press release announcing the commitment, U.S. Steel said it planned to reach the goal by developing electric arc furnace steelmaking at Fairfield Works and Big River Steel. These furnaces use scrap recycling to produce new steel products. Further reductions are expected…
  • Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:19:12 +0000

    Pashman's Viewpoint: New assets are a win for Pittsburgh International Airport and the region's economy

    The microgrid and Neighborhood 91 exemplify a strong commitment to the triple bottom line that the Allegheny Conference has been using to measure regional progress: people, place, economy.
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