Ben Kamber

From orange juice to motor oil to steel, Esmark Inc. is back. This one-time Chicago conglomerate now focuses on steel services and oil-and-gas production from its headquarters in Sewickley, employing 400 people as one of the region’s largest private firms. Jim Bouchard, founder and CEO of the new Esmark talks about the lessons learned from Pittsburgh’s storied steel industry.

The Power of 32  has been described as one of the most geographically ambitious regional “visioning” projects ever attempted. Over the past few years thousands of people from 32 counties across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia have gathered to develop priorities across themes of economy, education, environment and transportation. Chesapeake Energy’s Scott Roetruck — a West Virginia native and a Power of 32 steering committee member — discusses a proposed regional “fund of funds” as well as site development fund.


CONSOL Energy is on a hiring roll, adding 1,000 new workers each year for the past six, with 1,400 more expected to join the payroll in 2012. While the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom is part of that, so is the retirement of Baby Boomers from the region’s still-strong coal industry. Men and women with little experience – but a willingness to show up on time ready to learn and work — can earn total compensation of more than $100,000. Nick DeIuliis, a member of the Power of 32 education committee and president of CONSOL Energy explains why working with K-12 educators is key to connecting Pittsburgh-area workers with those jobs.

Our Region’s Business airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV.  Hosted by the Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the 30-minute business affairs program is co-produced with Cox Broadcasting. The program is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. It also airs Sundays on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.

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In just 15 months, ShaleNET — a multi-state recruitment, training, placement and retention program for jobs in the gas industry — has graduated 65+ people. Many of these graduates have now landed good paying jobs in the burgeoning Marcellus Shale industry — an industry expected to grow steadily over the next several years. As CONSOL Energy’s Gary Slagel remarked on a recent episode of Our Region’s Business, his company’s natural gas division alone is estimating 500-750 new hires over the next five years. Slagel is joined by Byron Kohut, director of the ShaleNET Western Hub and Col. Grey Berrier II, deputy commander of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team to discuss the program’s progress and the value it can offer returning veterans.

Have you ever met someone, say a potential date or business associate, but weren’t quite sure if they were being completely truthful? Well, now there’s an app for that. Created by an Iowan inventor, “Docket in Your Pocket” allows you to perform a quick, comprehensive background check on just about anyone via your smart phone. Matt Haindfield, creator of “Docket in Your Pocket,” sat down to talk about his product and explain why he decided to launch it in Pennsylvania.

As the oldest Chevy dealership in the U.S. under continuous family ownership, Bridgeville’s Colussy Chevrolet is only 7 years younger than the Chevy brand itself. Tim Colussy, co-owner of Colussy Chevrolet, takes us through the dealership’s remarkable history, which started when his 17 year old grandfather began the business back in 1918.

“Our Region’s Business” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV.  Hosted by the Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the 30-minute business affairs program is co-produced with Cox Broadcasting. The program is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. It also airs Sundays on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.

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Dennis Yablonsky presenting at TEDx Pittsburgh, November 2011 / Photo Copyright Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

Late last year the Pittsburgh region hosted a TEDx conference. For more than 20 years TED conferences have brought together thinkers and doers across the fields of technology, entertainment and design (TED) to share ideas and collaborate on future possibilities. Since 2009, creative thinkers outside of TED’s home base in northern California have been hosting related events dubbed TEDx. In November 2011, Leadership Pittsburgh brought together presenters who included engineers, musicians, business leaders and writers from all over Pennsylvania and the tri-state region. Scholars and educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Pitt, Duquesne and WVU were among the presenters and participants at the gathering at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the Laurel Highlands, Fayette County.

We’ll highlight several of those presentations (most at a digestible five minutes each) here on the blog of the Allegheny Conference and its Affiliates in the coming weeks.  (You can also check out all of them any time at www.TEDxPittsburgh.com.) We begin with Allegheny Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky, who explains how the region went from 18 percent unemployment in the early 1980s to a diversified, robust economy thanks in part to innovative public-private partnerships. And we hear from Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Corp.’s North America headquarters, both located in Robinson Township, about how the United States can transform itself from a nation of consumers back to a nation of creators.

Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of Allegheny Conference on Community Development

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Greg Babe, CEO of Bayer Corp. North America and Bayer MaterialScience North America
Chair, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

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Wind Power: Energizing Our Economy

Windmills have begun sprouting across our region but the real story is the economic activity it’s generating not so much by operating windmills as by making the parts for them. It turns out that our region is a top 25 employer when it comes to wind industry jobs, one of seven energy-related industries in which we have significant strengths. Jim Spencer, president and CEO of Everpower Wind Holdings discusses how wind power is a leading sustainable energy solution.

Our Region’s Business” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV. Hosted by the Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the 30-minute business affairs program is co-produced with Cox Broadcasting. The program is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. It also airs Sundays on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.

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Pittsburgh is emerging as a leading national energy center, and we’re not just talking about the Marcellus Shale. America’s oil and gas business was born in our region, and our expertise with coal dates back more than 250 years. Our energy economy now includes more than 700 firms spanning extraction, supply chain and innovation for traditional and alternative energy resources, as well as energy conservation and management. Our energy-related sector directly and indirectly supports some 105,000 jobs and generates nearly $14 billion in economic activity.

Through the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh, a new model for collaboration across business, government and academia is being forged. It will maximize our region’s competitive advantages across energy-related sectors, and create jobs.  We’ll accomplish all of this with an eye to respecting the environment and advancing sustainability – both of which are the foundation of the Pittsburgh region’s transformation.

There are just a few days left to sign up for the June 28th EnergyMatch, a one-of-a-kind FREE event where participants create profiles and are matched with other individuals who have complementary needs. It will bring together the region’s growing energy sector companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and funders to connect, develop new products, form R&D teams, collaborate on grant opportunities and seek investment capital.

The event takes place at Phipps Conservatory from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. There is no charge, but participants must register to attend here before close of business on Tuesday, June 21.

A joint initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Innovation Works, the Energy Alliance is a strategic partnership of traditional and alternative energy companies, global leaders in materials science and intelligent building technologies, academic, corporate and government researchers, and supply-chain providers in 32 counties across four states. Our energy-related sectors include coal, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, water, transmission & distribution components and intelligent building technologies.

And speaking of intelligent building, our region is home to many innovators in this field. Their products are at work reducing energy and water consumption, improving efficiency and generating electricity in Phipps’ new Center for Sustainable Landscapes. On July 18, the Energy Alliance sponsors a free presentation and tour with facilities/sustainability director Jason Wirick to learn more about the innovative materials and methods in use.  Contact Kelly Dunbar at kdunbar@alleghenyconference.org by July 13 to register for the event, which runs from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free, but the number of attendees is limited.

 

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Pittsburgh is emerging as a leading national energy center, and we’re not just talking about the Marcellus Shale. America’s oil and gas business was born in our region, and our expertise with coal dates back more than 250 years. Our energy economy now includes more than 700 firms spanning extraction, supply chain and innovation for traditional and alternative energy resources, as well as energy conservation and management. Our energy-related sector directly and indirectly supports some 105,000 jobs and generates nearly $14 billion in annual economic activity.

Through the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh, a new model for collaboration across business, government and academia is being forged. It will maximize our region’s competitive advantages across energy-related sectors, and create jobs.  We’ll accomplish all of this with an eye to respecting the environment and advancing sustainability – both of which are the foundation of the Pittsburgh region’s transformation.

EnergyMatch, a one-of-a-kind FREE event on June 28, allows participants to create profiles and match up with other individuals who have complementary needs. It will bring together the region’s growing energy sector companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and funders to connect, develop new products, form R&D teams, collaborate on grant opportunities and seek investment capital.

The event takes place at Phipps Conservatory from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. There is no charge, but participants must register to attend here before close of business on Thursday, June 23. A joint initiative of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Innovation Works, the Energy Alliance is a strategic partnership of traditional and alternative energy companies, global leaders in materials science and intelligent building technologies, academic, corporate and government researchers, and supply-chain providers in 32 counties across four states. Our energy-related sectors include coal, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, water, transmission & distribution components and intelligent building technologies.

And speaking of intelligent building, our region is home to many innovators in this field. Their products are at work reducing energy and water consumption, improving efficiency and generating electricity in Phipps’ new Center for Sustainable Landscapes. On July 18, the Energy Alliance sponsors a free presentation and tour with facilities/sustainability director Jason Wirick to learn more about the innovative materials and methods in use.  Contact Kelly Dunbar by July 13 to register for the event, which runs from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free, but the number of attendees is limited.