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  • A Story of Transformation: The Allegheny

    Conference on Community Development Barbara McNees, Executive Vice President, Allegheny

    Conference on Community Development and President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

    August 2, 2012

  • A snapshot of the Pittsburgh Region

    10 counties = 7,200 sq. mi

    Population = 2.6 million

    Gross Regional Product =

    $115.752 billion

    “Pittsburgh stands as a bold example of how to create

    new jobs and industries while transitioning to a 21st

    century economy. As a city that has transformed itself

    from the city of steel to a center for high-tech

    innovation... Pittsburgh will provide both a beautiful

    backdrop and a powerful example for our work.”

    -President Barack Obama,

    Pittsburgh (G-20) Summit

  • Renaissance City 1940s-1970s

    •Public-private partnership

    •Smoke control

    •Urban redevelopment

    A story of civic leadership

    The Renaissance began in the 1940s with the formation of

    the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a

    non-profit organization designed to bring together private

    sector leadership to work in partnership with government to

    improve the region. Together they cleaned the skies and

    rivers and transformed the city itself with the first urban

    redevelopment programs in the United States.

  • The Steel Bust

    •Foreign imports

    •Industry restructuring

    •National recession

    •Regional depression

    A big setback in the 1980s

    Pittsburgh‟s economy boomed and busted through

    much of its industrial history. But the mills always

    reopened, until the late 1970s, when many mills

    began to close for good. The collapse of its industrial

    economy in the early „80s was among the worst

    economic setbacks suffered by any region in the

    United States in the second half of the 20th century.

  • How do rebuild our economy?

  • The charge to Carnegie Mellon

    University President Mehrabian “Allegheny Conference leaders, noting that I was a relative newcomer to the region, asked me to take a fresh look at our civic infrastructure. The task was to recommend the forging of new and improved partnerships to enhance the region‟s economic performance.”

  • What President Mehrabian found…

    “…It became clear that the principal issue

    facing Southwestern Pennsylvania‟s

    economy is not the quality and organization

    of its civic agencies. A more fundamental

    ingredient for regional success seemed to

    be missing. This crucial ingredient is a

    consensus about the economic future of

    the region.”

  • The Conference’s challenge to our

    community

    “We need a new shared

    vision, new strategies

    and actions that can

    address the demands of

    a rapidly changing

    global economy.”

  • We organized regionally – 1990s

    • 10 counties; one state

    • Regional structures

    created: PRA, RASP,

    T-CAP and SWPA

    Growth Alliance

  • A great American comeback Total employment 1970-2011

    1,050,000

    1,100,000

    1,150,000

    1,200,000

    1,250,000

    1,300,000

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  • How do we take it to the next level?

  • Our organizational transformation

    • A collaborative planning process

    • Joint Venture agreements (1990‟s)

    • Affiliation structure (2000)

    – Integrated board leadership, administration,

    funding and personnel

    – More nimble structure that supports

    organizational innovation

    – Four branded organizations

  • Our model for 21st century civic

    stewardship The Conference is the parent organization for its three affiliates – the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the Greater

    Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania – that share a

    strategic vision and work together for regional improvement, setting the 21st-century standard for civic stewardship:

    Pittsburgh

    Regional Alliance

    Marketing

    Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern

    Pennsylvania

    Research & Analysis

    Greater Pittsburgh

    Chamber of Commerce

    Advocacy

    Regional Investors Council

    Providing time, talent and resources to

    advance the agenda

  • Economic Development Wins

    2002 - 2011

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    45

    2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

    Projects

  • Major accomplishments since 1990

    • Regional Asset District creation and funding

    • County government reform – Home Rule and

    Row Office

    • Brownfield and riverfront development

    • African American Chamber of Commerce

    formed

    • Business in Our Sites program

    • Business/tax climate improvements

    • Successful Pittsburgh 250 and G-20

  • Our core competencies

    • Leadership engagement

    • Convening and coalitions

    • Shared communications and capacity

    building

    • Advocacy, direct service provision,

    research and fact-finding, marketing

  • Today we are an integrated

    leadership organization

    • 314 Regional Investor Council member

    organizations (corporate & foundation

    leadership)

    • The Allegheny Conference Board of

    Directors and 3 affiliate boards (Chamber,

    Regional Alliance and League)

    • Committees & work groups as needed

    • Professional staff

  • ACCD Chair & Vice Chairs

    Allegheny

    Conference

    Chuck Bunch, Chair

    Enhance Opportunity

    Dave Malone,

    Vice Chair &Chair,

    Pittsburgh Regional

    Alliance

    Strengthen

    Communities

    Laura Ellsworth,

    Vice Chair & Chair,

    PA Economy

    League SWPA

    Energize Tomorrow’s

    Economy

    Greg Babe,

    Vice Chair &Chair,

    Greater Pittsburgh

    Chamber of Commerce

  • Conference Leadership

    Transportation

    &

    Infrastructure

    Committee

    Greg Jordan,

    Chair

    Secretary

    Michele

    Fabrizi Workplace

    Committee

    David Porges,

    Chair

    Treasurer &

    Chair,

    Audit Committee

    Kimberly Tillotson

    Fleming

    Personnel &

    Compensation

    Committee

    Morgan O‟Brien,

    Chair

  • 2012-2014 Agenda

  • Sustainable Prosperity: “Doing it right” Our region has achieved a remarkable comeback over

    the past 30 years. Yet our region is not the nation’s most

    livable for everyone here. People and places have been

    left behind by our region’s economic recovery.

    Our leadership and membership have asked us to do

    more to work together with our many partners to support

    job growth and a high quality of life that will lead to

    sustainable prosperity for everyone.

  • Strategic Priorities 2012-2014

    Enhance Opportunity

    Strengthen Communities

    Energize Tomorrow’s Economy

  • Lessons Learned

    • Transformation takes time

    • Take advantage of opportunities,

    timing and transitions

    • Continuous improvement is the goal

  • More information

    Barbara McNees Executive Vice President, Allegheny Conference on

    Community Development

    President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

    11 Stanwix Street – 17th floor

    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    412-281-1890

    bmcnees@alleghenyconference.org

    www.alleghenyconference.org

    mailto:bmcnees@alleghenyconference.org http://www.alleghenyconference.org/