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Observer-Reporter: Commissioners expected to approve $1.6M contract with Washington Co. Chamber

The Washington County commissioners are expected to approve what could ultimately amount to an 11-year contract that pays a total of $1.6 million to the county’s Chamber of Commerce to promote economic development, although not everyone is on board with the arrangement.

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Pennsylvania Pressroom: Shapiro Administration Announces Additional Federal Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Funding, Community Engagement Sessions

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced additional conditional awards for Round 1 of the federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) funding. These awards further the Shapiro Administration’s work to address climate change, grow the Commonwealth’s economy and ensure that the future of Pennsylvania transportation is on track to be cleaner, safer, more affordable, and more reliable than ever before.

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PA Environmental Digest: PennDOT To Hold 6 Regional Outreach Sessions On Electric Vehicle Charging And How EVs Can Best Fit In Your Community

PennDOT wants to hear from you on your community and business needs for electric vehicle charging as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.

They have scheduled a series of six regional outreach sessions so communities and businesses can learn more about electric vehicle initiatives and funding opportunities and so participants can provide feedback on EVs and the needs of your community.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: People on the Move

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission hired Caitlin O’Connor as director of public relations and communication initiatives, and DJ Ryan as director of strategic initiatives and policy.

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Robotics 24/7: Engage with the Future of Robotics and AI at Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day

The Pittsburgh Robotics Network invites you to step into the heart of the Robotics Capital of the World at Pittsburgh Robotics Discovery Day. Taking place on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the event is a must-attend for anyone curious about the robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are revolutionizing our world.

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New Castle News: Frye gives update on paving, street lights in city

Those driving around New Castle, particularly downtown, may have noticed traffic lights are being installed on power poles.

According to city Administrator Chris Frye, the reason for this is simple — it’s the way of the future, at least according to PennDOT. Penn-DOT and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission are working to gradually replace all traffic lights over the next year with the lights on the poles.

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SPC Releases Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Climate Pollution Reduction Plan RFP

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, on behalf of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), is requesting Technical Proposals and Price Proposals (together, Proposal packages) for obtaining consultant services to assist with the development of the “Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Climate Pollution Reduction Plan.”

Read more » A year later, what progress has the Pittsburgh Digital Equity Coalition made?

The group made up of a dozen-plus nonprofits and institutional partners has been listening to residents’ feedback and making plans to gather more data. Next up: a five-year plan to close the digital divide.

In April 2022, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission reported that residents in Allegheny County have both some of the highest internet speeds in the region and areas with inadequate internet speeds or few service options.

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Post-Gazette: Lawrence County joined to Allegheny for federal funds and commuting patterns

In a surprise to officials, the county now is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area just got a little bigger.

Lawrence County, which includes the city of New Castle, recently was added to the MSA, joining Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

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Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh metro grows, thanks to addition of Lawrence County

For the first time in 20 years, Pittsburgh just got bigger. Well, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area, that is.

The federal government added Lawrence County to the Pittsburgh MSA, in its most recent updates by The U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The entire eight-county MSA is now Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

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