Leach, Folmer discuss medical marijuana law at MMJ expo in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh was the host of its first-ever medical marijuana conference this weekend, where cannabis leaders, physicians and patients gathered to learn more and get better connected to the industry.

State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Philadelphia) and Mike Folmer (R-Lancaster), champions of the  medical marijuana legislation that was signed into law last April, hosted a discussion on the first phase of the rollout of the law, and the potential timeline for when the program will be up and running. 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his three nominees Friday to fill vacancies on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

His nominees are: Debbie Lestitian, the chief administration officer and personnel director for the Mayor; Chaton Turner, Assistant Counsel to the Center for Fertility at the UPMC Physician Services Division; and Jim Turner who spent 10 years with the Pennsylvania Economy League and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and previously served as the City’s budget director, finance director and Chief Administrative Officer. He is now adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and international Affairs (GSPIA). 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Delegation votes and activity for the week of April 17

Allegheny County Delegation votes and activity for the week of April 17

The state General Assembly wrapped up session for the week of April 17 by sending a bill that will provide $15 million to fund operations at the state’s unemployment compensation call centers for up to nine months to Governor Wolf for his signature. 

In a vote 41-8 Wednesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 250 and what some call a short-term fix to how the Commonwealth has been funding technology and infrastructure improvements in the UC call center system. 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Penguins set to start residential development of former Civic Arena site, seek low-income tax credit from Commonwealth

Pittsburgh Penguins set to start residential development of former Civic Arena site, seek low-income tax credit from Commonwealth

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the St. Louis-based development firm McCormack Baron Salazar announced Thursday that they are ready to start development of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District, the former home of the Penguins.

The NHL team and developer submitted a letter of intent to the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to start the first phase of a 1,000-plus unit of residential development at the site that currently stands as a city commuter parking lot. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

Pittsburgh to adopt “Rooney Rule” for city hiring

In the wake of Steelers' Chairman Dan Rooney’s passing this week, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has issued an Executive Order adopting measures to promote diversity in hiring city employees, similar to an initiative backed by Rooney within the NFL. 

 

The “Rooney Rule,” created in 2003 when the late Chairman was the head of the NFL’s diversity committee, requires teams to interview minority candidates for all openings in head coaching and other supervisory roles. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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