January/February 2022 Edition
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We have an Infrastructure Bill -
What Happens Next?
Welcome to our first Airport Area newsletter for 2022 and I must say that there is plenty of news to report on here in the most significant growth corridor in Western Pennsylvania. As I look out our offices and see the streamlined cranes working feverishly over at PIT International on the TMP project I need to remind myself that we do have an infrastructure bill passed by the House of Representatives and Senate or the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs ACT (IIJA). America will begin a building spree larger than what happened during the New Deal.

Federal agencies now have the gigantic responsibilities to implement the law, standing-up new programs and finding a safe way to quickly get the money out the door. State and local officials carry an even heavier burden as they own and operate most of the infrastructure, build new assets, hire more workers, and mobilize their own financial resources.

IIJA is enormous! The roughly $1.2 trillion bill contains an estimated $550 billion in new spending above all baselines. So, what and how will this impact our Airport Community and surrounding areas? This spending touches every sector of infrastructure, from transportation (PIT International’s TMP project), waterways (Upper Ohio River Navigation project), broadband (5G networks throughout local municipalities) and the resilience and rehabilitation of our nations natural resources (power/grid/natural gas/clean water).

Our time is now as the work is just starting. Our country needs to invest in itself, to stay competitive today and into the future. This is why infrastructure advocates like me, economists, business leaders, community-based organizations like Chambers of Commerce and others have continued to call on Congress to pass such a significant comprehensive infrastructure package. Congress has now done their part and America is ready to invest in itself again. The legacy of this bill, of our legacy to work hard and to get the job done will mark this moment in history.

Chris Heck
Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
Company Spotlight
Airport Area Chamber member Eaton Achieves a Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, Certified as Best LGBTQ+ Place to Work in Mexico
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News From the Airport Area
Protect your people from themselves
Leading a remote workforce will certainly allow organizations to assemble the best talent available, regardless of location. While this will be a tremendous recruiting opportunity, if not managed effectively, it will lead to turnover and burnout.
Foundation for Free Enterprises
Comcast RISE Aids Six Small Businesses in Western Pennsylvania, Expands Eligibility to Women-Owned Small Businesses Nationwide
Comcast RISE has provided over $60 million in grants, marketing and technology services to more than 6,700 small businesses owned by people of color – including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian Americans – since it launched in November 2020, including 23 small businesses in western Pennsylvania.
BIPOC and women-owned businesses can apply for the next round of grants and services here by June 17.
Coraopolis Hardware: Honoring the Legacy They've Built
PIT Sees Busiest Cargo Year in Nearly 20 Years
Bigs in Blue Summit
April 26, 2022
We are delighted to announce our 3rd  Bigs in Blue Summit. Spend time with our keynote speaker, US Attorney, Cindy Chung, while learning more about BBBSPGH’s Bigs in Blue program.
Beaver County cracker plant more than 95% built as company prepares for operation
Krystal's new Pittsburgh gene therapy center to be operations in 2022
Good Relationship, Good Meeting, Good Event - What Does "Good" Mean?
Advocacy Corner
Update from Senator Devlin Robinson
It's All About the People
RMU President Chris Howard to Join Executive Leadership Team at Arizona State University
Toni Murphy Appointed to Board of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Insight From the Communicators
Flex If You Can
Written By: Tripp Clark
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