Holiday Greetings from SPC Executive Director Vincent Valdes

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To our valued Members, Planning Partners and Colleagues:

As this year draws to an end, I must begin with a heartfelt thank you to our Members, whose communities comprise the region we at SPC are honored to serve. It is your unwavering support that enables and inspires us to do our best work every day, work that ultimately improves the quality of life for our region’s residents.

Thank you to our Planning Partners, without whose contributions our work would be impossible. It is your intimate knowledge of the needs of your communities and programs that informs and guides our commitment to keep southwestern Pennsylvania connected and moving forward.

Thank you to our Colleagues and the communities and residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. This region is your home, and we’re planning to keep it a great place to live. Each day in our work, we strive to advance our regional vision of a world-class, safe, well maintained and connected multimodal transportation system that provides mobility for all, empowers resilient and sustainable communities, and supports a globally competitive economy.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the SPC staff for their tireless work. Without their dedication and their collaboration with our Members, Planning Partners and Colleagues, the region would not have secured $24.8 in Build Back Better funds, completed the Broadband Connectivity Implementation Program (CIP), won the APA’s prestigious Award for a Plan for SmartMoves Connections, or adopted the 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

We look forward to 2023 with great anticipation as we will be moving into our new offices in the Strip District early in the year, leading the Regional Broadband Summit in February, planning the Expanding Career Pathways Summit and developing the long range plan update for adoption in June.

Thank you for being with us in 2022 and we look forward to even more success next year in 2023! May you and your families have a safe, healthy, and very happy holiday.

Regards,

Vincent Valdes