February 2021 Edition
This newsletter is underwritten by Burns Scalo Real Estate.
I’m delighted to present the first issue for 2021 of our Airport Area newsletter, “From the Desk of Chris Heck”. The rising from the COVID-19 ashes is evident as you digest the exciting economic related news here in this issue. When the pandemic took hold of our lives, habits across the board were altered at an incredible pace. Those habits have turned into a new way of developing systems, techniques of maximum competition and yes keeping up with the demand for products and services vital to our economy.

Companies here in the Airport Area are at the forefront of innovation and are transitioning to a new economy such as Seegrid Corp, FedEx Ground and XBridge just to name a few. Educational shifts over at Robert Morris University and Pittsburgh Technical College are preparing our next generation for the future which will and can be witnessed as the Allegheny County Airport Authority focuses on infrastructure projects, Neighborhood 91, the micro grid for energy and the TMP project over at the airport itself. With the Southern Beltway connection scheduled for October, ConnectiveRx fully occupying two brand new Burns Scalo constructed buildings and the Royal Shell Cracker plant continuing to host over six thousand trades jobs we are back!
So, as we breath the vaccine filled breath of optimism after a full year of such a dark cloud, join us and learn what we are doing here in the Airport Area to move forward.

Click here to learn more about the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce and listen to our recent interview on WORD FM’s Biz-Burgh program.

Chris Heck
Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
Company Spotlight
xBridge Welcomes Partners from Pittsburgh Tech Community
Three homegrown tech firms have joined Pittsburgh International Airport’s xBridge innovation center, the latest additions to PIT’s innovation portfolio.
A Special Thank You
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News From the Airport Area
Toni Murphy Named Top Executive of Comcast’s Keystone Region
Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week – Preparing tomorrow’s workforce!
More New Data, More Good News for The Parkway West Corridor
New LANXESS North America CFO Arrives in Pittsburgh
Comcast Launching Eight WiFi-Connected “Lift Zones” in Pittsburgh
As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, Comcast today announced plans to equip eight different locations in Pittsburgh with WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” over the next few months.
Your leadership brand superpower - Solutions 21
In the 21st century, leaders must develop their leadership brands and know why people want to work on their teams. Interestingly enough, it is extraordinarily rare that people even think about their individual leadership brands. Most personal brands have developed organically—and unintentionally. Your goal should be to develop the image or reputation you desire. It should not develop without your intentional direction. Do not allow your brand to develop organically.
Allegheny Conference Reflects on 2020 and Look Ahead to 2021 at Annual Meeting
Airport Corridor Transportation Association study for PIT
Here in the Airport Area, ACTA and Gannett Fleming have recently completed their Multi-Municipal Multimodal Transportation Planning Study, a joint study of Findlay, Moon, North Fayette and Robinson Townships with support from PennDOT. We invite you to read the report with the objective to develop a multi-municipal mobility plan in order to broaden the spectrum of modal choices for those who live, work and shop in the airport corridor and to plan for the impact of future development of the existing transportation system.
PIT’s Terminal Modernization Program Ready to Move Ahead
Advocacy Corner
Senator Devlin Robinson outlines his priorities for a successful 2021.
Entrepreneurial Corner
Scott Baker - 5 Generations Bakers are Baking into the Twenty First Century
Insight from the Communicators
Meesha Gerhart, Redtree Web Design, LLC
When Google talks, we listen. The new search engine update in May could affect your business.
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