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August 2016

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Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Opens $19 Million Operations and Training Complex in Beaver County

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of NiSource Inc. and an industry leader in safety and training within the natural gas industry, recently opened a new operating facility and training center in Monaca, Pa. The $19 million complex is a direct response to the company’s goal of hiring and training highly skilled professionals to modernize and update its aging underground pipeline infrastructure. The investment comprises a 31,000-square-foot operations center and a $10 million, 22,000-square-foot training facility, which houses hands-on, high-tech service and simulation labs and is the first of four leading-edge training centers that NiSource companies will build and operate in its service territory by 2018.

“With a changing workforce and changing technology, training the utility worker of today is much different than training was just a few years ago,” said NiSource Vice President of Training Mark Chepke. “Building these new centers is one way we’re being responsive and evolving our training. Our single-best asset is our workforce, and this is an investment in their future.”

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Alcoa Opens New, $60 Million Additive Manufacturing Facility in Westmoreland County
“Alcoa has opened a 3D printing metal powder production facility – part of a $60 million expansion – at its Alcoa Technology Center in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County.” Read more

O’Hara-Based, Cook MyoSite Expands into 66,000 SF; Adding 50 Jobs by Year’s End
“Based on early success of its technology, Cook MyoSite is expanding its manufacturing capabilities in the RIDC Park from about 5,000 to 66,000 square feet to accommodate aseptic manufacturing practices and to create a global distribution center.” Read more

UPMC, IBM Watson Health Launches Independent Supply Chain Company, Pensiamo; Plans to Hire
“UPMC, in partnership with IBM Watson Health, announced the formation of Pensiamo, an independent Pittsburgh-based company which will assist hospitals in supply chain performance. The company plans to hire in tech support, human resources support, project management and other fields.” Read more

Heat Press Manufacturer, Stahl’s, Completes Expansion of Greene County Facility
“Michigan-based Stahl’s, a maker of heat press equipment for the garment industry, recently completed a 22,000-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility in Carmichaels, Greene County.” Read more

Green Tree-Based Industry Weapon Expands into 10,000 SF Space
“Green Tree-based Industry Weapon has moved to a new 10,000-square-foot-space and inked a deal with Cisco Systems Inc. to disseminate the firm’s digital signage platform to new and existing Cisco customers.” Read more

#1 Cochran Embarks on 80,000 SF Expansion in Pittsburgh’s Strip District
“Monroeville-based #1 Cochran has signed a lease for an 80,000-square-foot space in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The space will be divided into three business units, including an Audi dealership.” Read more


Nonprofit Opens in Greene County to Teach Computer Skills to Former Miners
“Mined Minds, a free software development/tech consulting nonprofit geared toward the unemployed and underemployed in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia, has opened in Greene County and will benefit former mine workers.” Read more

RIDC Breaks Ground on New $20 Million, 64,500 SF Facility in Lawrenceville
“RIDC has broken ground on a $20 million, 64,500-square-foot facility, the Tech Forge. The building is designed to accommodate robotics companies and will feature a flexible mix of office and high-bay space; high-quality, LEED Platinum design; and tenant amenities such as bike and car parking and a roof-top deck.” Read more

Community Bank Breaks Ground on New, 22,500 SF Operations Center in Greene County “Community Bank recently marked the official start of the construction of its new, 22,500-square-foot Operations Center in EverGreene Technology Park in Franklin Township.” Read more

Phase I of Dunbar Township Industrial Park (Fayette County) Open for Business
“Dunbar Township officials celebrated the opening and completion of Phase I of their new industrial park. The park will draw 1,100 permanent jobs once all three phases are completed and will cover nearly 300 acres.” Read more

CONSOL Energy, Airport Officials Commence Natural Gas Production at Pittsburgh International Airport
“Allegheny County, CONSOL Energy and airport officials announced the commencement of natural gas production at Pittsburgh International Airport, which will bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development activity to the region.” Read more

Atlas Development Co. Adding to Beechview Corridor, Including Hotel
“Atlas Development Co. plans to purchase three properties on Broadway Avenue in Beechview – two older buildings at 1601 and 1609 Broadway and an anchor corner building at 1600 Broadway that will include a boutique hotel, jazz club and diner.” Read more

Burns & Scalo to Build Second 150,000 SF Facility in Fairywood
“Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services is planning to build a second 150,000-square-foot warehouse facility on property owned by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh in the Fairywood neighborhood of Pittsburgh.” Read more

Officials Break Ground on Reconstruction of Allegheny Landing, Pittsburgh’s Oldest Riverfront Park
“Ground has been broken on a key piece of Allegheny Landing — Pittsburgh’s oldest riverfront park. The complete lower riverfront trail will be rebuilt and green infrastructure will be added, completing the renovation.” Read more

Two More Mixed-Use Projects Planned for Downtown
“Trek Development Group and Q Development are teaming up on ‘Eighth and Penn,’ a 135-unit, $35 million apartment complex to be built at Penn Avenue and Eighth Street. The project is one of two new residential developments in the works downtown.” Read more

Construction on Eastside Bond Nearing Completion, with Connection to East Liberty Transit Center
“Construction is nearing completion on Eastside Bond in East Liberty, which constitutes a major portion of the third phase of the Eastside developments along the border of East Liberty and Shadyside.” Read more

One Billion More a Year Going to Road Projects Than Several Years Ago
“Pennsylvania is spending about $1 billion a year more on road and bridge work than it did just a couple of years ago. Forty-six Act 89 projects expected to cost $625 million are under way in PennDOT’s District 11, which encompasses Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.” Read more

DCED’s Business in Our Sites Program Funds Three Pittsburgh Region Projects
“The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Business in Our Sites program announced three Pittsburgh region projects receiving funding: Southpointe Business Park, Chartiers Valley Industrial Park and Cheswick Shopping Center.” Read more

Greene County Receives $200,000 Economic Development POWER Grant
“Greene County will receive $200,000 in federal funding for economic and workforce development – half of a shared $400,000 POWER grant with Catalyst Connection.” Read more

University of Pittsburgh, UPMC to Receive $4.2 Million Grant through the National Institutes of Health
“In what’s described as a revolutionary advance in medicine, the University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with UPMC, will receive a $4.2 million grant – with more than $46 million in program funding available if successful – through the National Institutes of Health to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative.” Read more

National Science Foundation Awards University of Pittsburgh a Three-Year, $503,435 Grant
“Dr. Jörg M.K. Wiezorek, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials at the University of Pittsburgh, and his research group recently received a three-year, $503,435 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research that could have significant benefits for additive manufacturing and other industries.” Read more

University of Pittsburgh Receives $500,000 Grant to Conduct Research on Astronauts
“Rocky Tuan, a Pitt biology professor, recently received a $500,000 grant from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to conduct research on the accelerated bone loss of astronauts.” Read more

Pittsburgh, County Tout Economic Benefits of Immigrants
“Officials recently celebrated a new report that demonstrated the economic benefits of immigration in the region: $1.8 billion in spending power and, in 2014, a contribution of $6.8 billion of the county’s $89.6 billion GDP.” Read more

Indian Immigrants Drawn to Growing Sectors in Pittsburgh
“IT and technology workers from India living in western Pennsylvania now number in the thousands, an increase born of the business and education connection between Pittsburgh and India.” Read more

Pittsburgh Ranked Second Most Concentrated Millennial Market by CBRE
“Highly skilled workers are flocking to affordable markets with a growing tech presence, like Pittsburgh, according to CBRE’s annual ‘Scoring Tech Talent’ report.” Read more

Pittsburgh among Top 10 Metros in Site Selection‘s 2016 Sustainability Rankings Report
Site Selection‘s 2016 Sustainability Rankings report has identified Pittsburgh as a top metro redefining environmentally friendly ecosystems, factoring in clean tech and green industry activity, energy awareness, the built environment, redevelopment of polluted sites, policy and human well-being and quality of life.” Read more

Pittsburgh International: Eighth Best Airport in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure Magazine
“Pittsburgh International Airport is the eighth best airport in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure magazine, which asked its readers to weigh in on their favorite travel hubs across the world with regard to access, check-in/security, restaurants/bars, shopping and design.” Read more

Carnegie Mellon among Forbes‘ Top 100 Colleges and Universities
“Carnegie Mellon University is No. 63 on Forbes‘ annual ranking of the nation’s top colleges and universities.” Read more

Beaver Station Captures Statewide Award for “Creating Economic Vitality”
“The $2.7 million Beaver Station Cultural and Event Center has received a prestigious statewide community revitalization award for ‘creating economic vitality’ from the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Downtown Center.” Read more

Pittsburgh Region’s Economic Growth Remained Steady in June
“Economic growth in the region has been steady since May with gains in the housing market and commercial building.” Read more

Washington County’s Diverse Businesses Have Kept the County Growing through the Downturn
“Washington County has continued to grow despite downturns in both natural gas and coal according to Don Hodor, executive director of the Southpointe Chamber of Commerce, in a recent interview by the Marcellus Business Central.” Read more

“Indiana County Center for Economic Operations and county officials hosted David Ruppersberger, president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and his team of economic development marketing professionals for a familiarization (FAM) tour.” Read more

Homewood Business Expo Aims to Boost Neighborhood’s Entrepreneurs
“Community leaders are trying to recast Homewood’s reputation – a Strengthening Communities Partnership community – by highlighting local businesses and entrepreneurs at its first small business expo.” Read more

Clean Energy Jobs Up 15 Percent in Pennsylvania
“Clean energy-related jobs in Pennsylvania are up 15 percent with Allegheny County having the most clean-energy jobs and the Pittsburgh metro region clean energy jobs second only to the Philadelphia-Camden, New Jersey-Wilmington and Delaware metro regions.” Read more

From Red-Hot Steel to Red-Hot Tech: Reinventing an Old Industrial Site
“The Almono Site – a 178-acre industrial brownfield – will soon become the ‘cradle of innovation for the industries that will drive Pittsburgh, such as autonomous vehicles, robotics and the next phases of manufacturing.'” Read more

Pittsburgh International Airport Passenger Numbers Continue to Soar
“An extra 30,000 travelers used the Pittsburgh International Airport in May compared to the same month in 2015, the latest in a continuing trend of increased passenger traffic there.” Read more