September 2021 Edition
This newsletter is underwritten by Burns Scalo Real Estate.
“Board or Bored” – Where do you see your board members?

Like many of our Chamber member companies, I report to a board of directors who reflect our community here in the Airport Area. But unlike corporate boards, board members for nonprofits have a unique quality. The question faced with many small companies is your board engaged to the point where they are not “bored” with the duties and time that have been committed to.

We recently went through a new group of BOD candidates and elected a new class of board members that any organization here in the Airport Area would be jealous of obtaining. Three individuals representing three organizations who are pillars of who we are in this neighborhood. In both nominating and selecting these new members we asked ourselves this question: Does the prospective board member have a passion for the mission of our organization? If they’re not willing to give their time and resources, they’re not a good fit. Board members should also have some business skills and be willing (and able!) to help make financial and sometimes operational decisions if needed. It can be tempting to seek wealthy or prestigious names to join your board, but if they are not people of action and enthusiasm, they will be a detriment to the organization. It should go without saying that board members should have integrity and value compliance and transparency.

Those three companies have the faith and optimism that their newly elected Airport Area Chamber board members will not only serve well but represent those individual companies who are dedicated to our community. So, Heritage Valley Health System, Coraopolis Community Development Corporation and Eaton Corporation, thank you for Laurie Clemens, Cara Mason and Brittany Ramos as we look forward to a continued healthy and productive Chamber mission. Lastly, we thank all of our Chamber board of directors who can be found at

Chris Heck
Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
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News From the Airport Area
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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, W&J College to Dedicate Pennsylvania State Marker Honoring Charles Fremont West, M.D.
Building Your Workplace This Fall by Using Staffing
Fall is quickly approaching, and as we enter the final few months of 2021, companies will be looking to bolster their workforce to meet the production needs for what is generally the busiest time of the year. One way to ensure your company has the workers necessary to navigate the fourth quarter is to build your workforce by utilizing staffing firms.
Pennsylvania Energy Progress: What We Have Built and What is at Stake
Airport Chamber partner Cabot Oil & Gas presents Pennsylvania Energy Progress featuring Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO.
October is Chamber of Commerce Month!
Advocacy Corner
5G Infraastructure Bill Signed into law
It's All About the People
Organizational Depth Adds Value
We have interviewed dozens of private equity firms, financial buyers, and bankers to determine the “magic” behind valuing a business. What we have found is that there are very few hard and fast rules, but there were certainly similarities across the board. Every single one looked at financials and then asked about leadership.
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