The Economic Development Committee is devoted to examining public issues that impact economic growth and development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This work spans across several different disciplines, including but not limited to the examination of emerging industries and technology, as well as the development of a public climate that supports both small business development and provides a favorable environment for global companies to take root.
Summary of Current Initiatives
Small Business Development
In January 2017, the Economic Development committee discussed how best to develop and support small businesses, especially in distressed communities. During the discussion, the committee deliberated on the challenges surrounding workforce development for individuals with a criminal record, substance abuse disorder, and/or lack of marketable skills. The committee also addressed macro-level barriers, such as access to broadband or transportation systems. The committee reached determinations on how best to strengthen connections and collaboration between small businesses, entrepreneurs, and anchor institutions to drive business development.
Ongoing and/or Completed Projects
Between 2011 and 2013, the Economic Development Policy Committee, along with the Environment Policy Committee, devoted its efforts to the work of the Shale Gas Roundtable. The Roundtable was comprised of high-level, diverse membership including 26 individuals from relevant, interested constituencies throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. In August 2013, two years of study and dialogue culminated in the release of a report setting forth recommendations for the improvement of unconventional oil and gas development in Pennsylvania, including development in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. The recommendations promote increased research, modernization of state regulations, and the building of relationships across sectors to support environmental protection, quality of life, and economic development goals for the region.
The Economic Development Policy Committee is co-chaired by the Honorable Steve Craig and Mr. Richard Taylor.
Click here for a complete list of committee members.
Our committees are carefully crafted to be balanced and represent a variety of stakeholders. However, we occasionally have spots available for members in certain sectors who may be underrepresented on the committee. Please contact Briana Mihok at 412-624-7792 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest in serving as a member.
The following publications issued by the Institute are related to the focus areas of the Economic Development Committee:
- Karlie Haywood, Urban Agriculture: A Guide for Municipalities (University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics and the Allegheny County Conservation District, 2017)
- Clarke Thomas, The Cabin Faces Wal-Mart: Planning, Environmentalism, and Market Forces on Pennsylvania's Suburban Frontiers (University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, 2000)
- Elizabeth Beck, Urban Redevelopment Authority: Executive Directors Discussion (University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, 1998)
- Bruce Barron, A Hope and a Future: Regional Development in Southwestern Pennsylvania (University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, 1998)
- Clarke Thomas, State Mandated Services (University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, 1996)
- Clarke Thomas, Getting the 'Jobs' Done (University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, 1993)