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ALLEGHENY • ARMSTRONG • BEAVER • BUTLER • FAYETTE • GREENE • INDIANA • LAWRENCE • PITTSBURGH • WASHINGTON • WESTMORELAND




                              Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
                                                2004 ANNUAL REPORT
A L L E G H E N Y • A R M S T R O N G • B E AV E R • B U T L E R • F AY E T T E • G R E E N E • I N D I A N A • L AW R E N C E • P I T T S B U R G H • WA S H I N G TO N • W E S T M O R E L A N D




                                                                                                                                               SPC Mission Statement.

                                                                                                                                               The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission


                                                                                                                                               is the cooperative forum for regional


                                                                                                                                               collaboration, planning, and public decision-


                                                                                                                                               making. The Commission develops plans and


                                                                                                                                               programs for public investments; fulfills federal


                                                                                                                                               and state requirements for transportation,


                                                                                                                                               economic development, and local government


                                                                                                                                               assistance programs; and operates with public


                                                                                                                                               involvement and trust.




                     Working Together: Empowering the Region

                     O v e r 2 . 6 6 M i l l i o n C i t i z e n s > > > 7 1 1 2 S q u a re M i l e s > > > O n e R e g i o n > > > O n e Vo i c e
MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN AND CEO


For our region to succeed, we must                                                    As the largest metropolitan area in Appalachia, we have been at the epicenter
                                                                                      of a very large and extreme challenge as many of our young families followed
succeed as a region. In 2004, the value                                               opportunity elsewhere.
                                                                                            Our region weathered this adversity together, and it is together that our
of regionalism and a regional vision for                                              region will renew itself. Regional consensus and collaboration among the region’s
the future of Southwestern Pennsylvania                                               locally elected officials make it possible to plan and move projects forward.
                                                                                            Regional progress reached a number of milestones this year as our public
gained well-deserved attention. It is essential                                       officials agreed to come together at SPC to present a singular voice to the federal
                                                                                      and state governments through a new Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
for our region to have both a vision and a plan for the future,                       led by Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato as Chairman and Armstrong
and they must be created by and inclusive of the diversity of                         County Commissioner Jim Scahill as Vice Chairman.
                                                                                            The efforts to speak with a singular voice paid huge dividends to the region
all citizens and communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania.                            this year: for the first time in history we raised our region’s performance and
                                                                                      secured 19% of available statewide discretionary funds. In the past, our region
      Regionalism is not about sacrificing the individual identity of our
                                                                                      has seen less than 5% of this money. That’s $50 million this cycle alone as the
communities and becoming a single, vague, amorphous place; nor is it about                                                                                                              1
                                                                                      fruit of regional cooperation.
submitting to governance by autocratic central authorities.
                                                                                            The once idealized concept of Southwestern Pennsylvania speaking together
      Regionalism at its best is about both recognizing the different strengths
                                                                                      with one voice is not only happening, it’s working.
of our individual communities, and valuing the contributions these different
                                                                                            The only way for our region to succeed is to succeed as a region. The time
strengths make to our overall prosperity. Regionalism is about combining our
                                                                                      to leave behind old fears that our neighbor may only succeed at our expense is
unique strengths and speaking with a single voice on matters that transcend indi-
                                                                                      overdue. In this report, we’d like to talk about the progress we made in the past
vidual communities, like natural resources, the environment, and transportation
                                                                                      year as we continue to endeavor, through our actions, to tell the true story of
and infrastructure investments.
                                                                                      regionalism in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
      Recognizing that our own success is inextricably linked to that of our
                                                                                            Our region, like any living thing, relies on the health of all of its parts to
neighbor is critical for making progress in an increasingly competitive and
                                                                                      flourish. Each of our communities has much to gain from the success of another,
challenging world. In a time of globalism, regionalism must evolve from theory
                                                                                      and we must work together to move forward the vision that we be recognized
to practice.
                                                                                      undeniably among the best places anywhere to live, work, play and invest.
      The entire region—including all ten counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania
and the City of Pittsburgh—is working together and realizing an unprecedented
                                                                                      Dave Coder, Chairman
level of regional progress.
                                                                                      James R. Hassinger, President, CEO
      The region’s needs are large, and in reality, they far outweigh the available
resources. Southwestern Pennsylvania is working hard to recover from the
largest regional economic dislocation in American history: decades of industrial
obsolescence coupled with out-migration of some of our most important
industries to locations far and wide. Few have been immune from the direct
and lingering effects of the exodus of well over 150,000 manufacturing jobs.

                                                                                                           Dave Coder, Chairman                    James R. Hassinger, President, CEO
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    OFFICERS AND MEMBERS                                                                                                 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS                        SPC DEPA RTMENT
    OF THE SOUTHWESTERN                                                                                                  OF THE SOUTHWESTERN                           LEADERSHIP
    PENNSYLVANIA                                                                                                         PENNSYLVANIA
    COMMISSION FOR 2004                                                                                                  CORPORATION FOR 2004



    Chairman                            Greene County                        Pennsylvania                                Chairman                                      Finance
    Dave Coder                          Pam Snyder                           Department of                               Dave Coder                                    Vincent M. Massaro
                                        Dave Coder*                          Transportation
    Vice Chairman                       John Gardner                         Larry King*                                 Vice Chairman                                 Information Systems
    Bracken Burns                       Ann Bargerstock                      Richard Hogg                                Bracken Burns                                 Kirk Brethauer
                                        Robbie Matesic                       Karl Ishman
    Secretar y - Treasurer                                                   Joe Szczur                                  President/CEO                                 Planning & Development
    Eloise Hirsh                        Indiana County                       Larry Shifflet                              James R. Hassinger                            Lew Villotti
                                        Rodney Ruddock
    Executive Director                  Bernie Smith*                        Governor s Appointee                        Vice President**                              Transportation
    James R. Hassinger                  David Frick                          Bob O’Connor*                               Charles M. DiPietro                           Charles M. DiPietro
                                        Dana P. Henry
    Allegheny County                    Byron Stauffer                       Pennsylvania                                Secretar y - Treasurer**
    Dan Onorato*                                                             Department of                               Vincent M. Massaro
    C.L. Jabbour                                                             Community an d
                                        Law rence County
    David Miller                                                             Economic                                    Directors
                                        Daniel J. Vogler                     Development
    Andrew Quinn                        Steve Craig*                                                                     Tom Balya*
2   Charles Zappala                                                          Ellen G. Kight*                             Bracken Burns*
                                        Edward Fosnaught
                                        James Gagliano                                                                   Charles A. Camp*
                                                                             Port Authority of                           Dave Coder*
    Armstrong County
                                                                             Allegheny County
    Patricia Kirkpatrick                Pittsburgh                                                                       Steve Craig*
                                                                             Paul P. Skoutelas
    James V. Scahill*                   Thomas Murphy                                                                    Charles L. Gregory
                                                                             Henry Nutbrown
    Richard Fink                        William Peduto                                                                   Eloise Hirsh*
    Mark Snyder                         Eloise Hirsh*                        Transit Operator
                                                                                                                         William Hunt
    Gealy W. Wallwork*                  Susan Golomb                         Larry Morris                                James L. Kennedy*
                                        Margaret McCormick-Barron                                                        Dan Onorato*
    Beaver County                                                                                                        James V. Scahill*
                                                                             Federal Highwa y
    Dan Donatella                       Washington County                    Administration**                            Bernie Smith*
    Charles Camp*                       Bracken Burns*                       James A. Cheatham                           William Strickland
    Joe Spanik                          Larry Maggi                                                                      Vincent A. Vicites*
    Richard L. Shaw                     Anthony Spossey                      Federal Transit
    Joseph Widmer                       Michael A. Silvestri                 Administration**
                                        Norma Wintermyer                     Herman Shipman
    Butler County
    Scott Lowe                          Westmoreland County                  Federal Aviation
    James L. Kennedy*                   Tom Balya*                           Administration**
    Glenn L. Anderson                   Tom Ceraso                           Vacant
    David Johnston                      Michael O’Barto
    Dan Santoro                         Orlando R. Capretto                  U.S. Environmental                          * Member of SPC
                                                                             Protection Agency**                           Executive Committee
                                        Robert P. DeLotto
    Fa yette County                                                          Eric Carlson
    Angela Zimmerlink                                                                                                    ** Non-voting member
    Vincent A. Vicites*                                                      U.S. Economic                                  All voting members of the
    Joseph Hardy                                                             Development                                    Southwestern Pennsylvania
    William Piper                                                            Administration**                               Commission are members of
    James Saylor                                                             Vacant                                         the Southwestern Pennsylvania
                                                                                                                            Corporation.
                           R E G I O N A L E N T E R P R I S E TO W E R
                           W H E R E T H E R E G I O N W O R K S TO G E T H E R


                                                                                   Inside the Tower: CONTINUOUS
                           SPC is the owner of the Regional
                                                                                   INNOVATION AND QUALITY

                           Enterprise Tower, the nation’s first                         Shaping the Pittsburgh skyline
                                                                                   since 1953, the 410-foot tall
                           conversion of a major corporate                         Regional Enterprise Tower is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s hub for civic,
                                                                                   cultural, and economic development planning.
headquarters building to a 31-story public purpose                                      Visitors are greeted on the Tower’s first floor by Xplorion, a one-of-a-kind
                                                                                   tech tool for learning about the region’s abundant assets. Powered by SPC’s
center for regional collaboration and development                                  Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Xplorion enables you to view land
                                                                                   use, population, natural amenities, and more—an arsenal of data that is also        3
initiatives, dedicated solely to the economic, cultural,                           online at www.Xplorion.org. XplorionQuest is an intimate spherical theater
                                                                                   where you can take a simulated flight to anywhere in our region.
and educational development of its region.
                                                                                   Around the Tower: AMENITIES FOR DIVERSE NEEDS
      The Regional Enterprise Tower’s mission is to promote regional vitality
                                                                                         The Tower remains true to its vision of consolidating resources for a
in Southwestern Pennsylvania through a single address, which offers seamless
                                                                                   unified regional development effort, providing 360,000 square feet of premier
support for the creation, retention, expansion and attraction of business, and
                                                                                   office space with impressive facilities and services, like its conference center
to showcase the region’s vibrant quality of life.
                                                                                   with state-of-the-art technology. The Tower’s 31st floor offers dramatic meet-
      This year, SPC developed an interactive website,
                                                                                   ing and entertainment space with a panoramic view of the Pittsburgh skyline.
                    www.RegionalEnterpriseTower.org,
                                                                                         Today, approximately 90 businesses and non-profit organizations inhabit
an extensive resource where visitors can search for the Tower’s organizations
                                                                                   the Tower. Given the Tower’s unique mission, the comparison of non-profit
by name or building floor. Visitors can take a virtual tour of unique meeting
                                                                                   to for-profit tenants is 85% vs. 15%, respectively.
spaces from the extraordinary 31st floor to rooms available in the 23rd floor
                                                                                         The Regional Enterprise Tower is more than just an office building.
conference center, making it easy to explore room configurations and book
                                                                                   It is dedicated to serving the needs of its occupants in relation to our region’s
the perfect meeting space.
                                                                                   vision: for Southwestern Pennsylvania to be recognized among the best places
      At the time of its construction as the Alcoa Corporation’s world headquar-
                                                                                   to live, work, play and invest.
ters in the early 1950s, the Tower was a vanguard of modern architecture, made
                                                                                         The Regional Enterprise Tower, and the many resources it houses, are
almost exclusively from the economical and beautiful metal—aluminum.
                                                                                   made possible through the generous support of our corporate and philan-
      Today, the Tower has been reborn as a catalyst for regional cooperation,
                                                                                   thropic community working in partnership with the public sector.
a generous gift from Alcoa in 1998 to the Southwestern Pennsylvania
Corporation.
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    THE REGION S FORUM

                                                                                                                                           many organizations,     including governing bodies,
    SPC is the cooperative forum for regional
                                                                                                                                           road and transit agencies, community groups,
    collaboration, planning, and public decision-making.                                                                                   and the business and philanthropic communities.
    Members evaluate available resources and alternatives, and develop the most                                                                  To improve our region’s competitiveness

    effective and realistic approach to building the foundation for our region’s future.                                                   and to be more effective in obtaining additional

                                                                                                                                           resources, we seek consensus of leadership on

                                                                                                                                           regional priorities in a wide range of initiatives,

    The Commission develops plans and programs for                     and planner for the region by adopting the new                      including transportation, economic development,
    public investments; fulfills federal and state require-            Regional Transportation Improvement Program                         water and sewer infrastructure, transit-oriented
4   ments for transportation, economic development,                    (TIP) for Southwestern Pennsylvania,       a four-year              development, health initiatives, equity issues in
    and local government assistance programs; and                      program that is the mechanism for allocating                        discretionary funding, and more. In 2004, SPC
    operates with public involvement and trust.                        limited resources to implement the region’s most                    Commissioners expanded their role as the region’s
    In 2004, Commissioners reaffirmed their role as                    immediate transportation infrastructure priorities                  forum through two committees designed to focus
                                                                                                                                           on key topics that impact the region as a whole.




    planner for the region, doing planning that drives                 as presented in the region’s 2030 Transportation                          The Regional Policy Advisory Committee

    advocacy, and making the case for additional                       and Development Plan for Southwestern                               (RPAC), chaired by SPC Vice Chair Bracken Burns,

    resources for the region.                                          Pennsylvania, or the 2030 Regional Plan.                            met over the past year on important regional policy

         In 2004, SPC Commissioners acted on their                          The 2030 Regional Plan and the 2005-2008 TIP                   issues   including transit-oriented development,
    role as both the forum for regional consensus                      are implemented through a regional partnership of
THE REGION S FORUM

regional health initiatives, and water and sewer        convening the Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA)         and respond to changing economies, market
infrastructure. The RPAC serves in an advisory          Committee, chaired by Dan Onorato and                 demands, technological advances, legislative
capacity to the SPC Executive Committee,                vice-chaired by Jim Scahill. The Committee’s          directives, environmental conditions, shifting
discussing policy options and providing briefing        function is to continuously improve the regional      demographic patterns, fiscal realities, and
reports which may become action items for consid-       process and position in obtaining needed              priorities of the region’s citizens. Southwestern
eration and implementation by the Commission.           resources from state and federal funding sources;     Pennsylvania’s new regional planning process will
     The purpose of the RPAC is to engage in a          to develop funding goals and reach consensus          be more than a set of ideas and a list of projects;
more detailed discussion and review of information      on funding priority projects that implement           it will represent positive regional leadership,
than would be possible within the context of the        the regional plan; to coordinate strategies to        progress, and potential.
business meetings of the Commission.     It explores    maximize impact; and, through its membership              SPC continually evaluates and improves            5

major policy implications and recommendations,          and partners, to present Southwestern                 the regional planning process   by incorporating
aided by members’ expertise, judgment, and              Pennsylvania’s official funding priorities to the     new ways to engage the public, investigating
sharing of available information and research           state legislators and congressional delegation via    innovative funding techniques, applying the
in addition to staff support from SPC.                  a single, unified voice.                              latest advances in technology, analyzing economic




     Making the case for additional resources,               In the coming year, consensus will be the        and demographic trends, and most importantly,
whether at the state or federal level, is a challenge   key to empowering the region as we develop the        providing a framework that enables our region
common to regions across the nation.    In 2004,        next regional plan.   In their function as regional   to make today’s decisions with a better under-
SPC Commissioners met this challenge by                 stewards of the public interest, Commissioners        standing of where we want to be in the future.
                                                        will review, update and revise regional plans
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       TRANSPORTATION

       SPC members coordinate regional transportation
       planning in their role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
       In 2004, one of the members’ major responsibilities was developing the
       2005-2008 Transportation Improvement Program for Southwestern Pennsylvania.



       In June, SPC Commissioners adopted the                             •    Light Rail Transit Stage II (Overbrook)                             SPC provides members with data and analyses
       2005-2008 TIP, which evaluates the region’s                        •    Parkway West/Settlers Cabin Interchange                        such as population, vehicle miles traveled, bridge
6      long-term goals in the context of resources that                   •    Route 28/Frazer Interchange                                    condition ratings, and air quality impacts to aid in
       are known to be available today and applies those                  •    Route 68/US 422 Interchange                                    the decision-making process. TEA-21 management
       resources to a prioritized list of $2.5 billion in                 •    119 South (Indiana)                                            and monitoring systems, corridor and sub-area
       highway and transit projects programmed for                        •    I-79 Restoration                                               studies, and needs and feasibility studies are also
       advancement over a four-year period. Individual                    •    Findlay Connector (Southern Beltway)                           used to support decisions in developing the candi-
       project phases selected for the TIP are responsive                 •    US 22 Widening                                                 date list and evaluating project needs. Early and
       to a range of empirical data, specialized studies                  •    SR 28 Improvements                                             continuous public input is essential throughout
       and technical analysis.                                            •    Sony Ring Road (New Stanton)                                   the TIP development process.
            A sample of TIP projects that progressed                      •    Youghiogheny Dam Bridge                                             Priority is placed on projects which main-
       in 2004 include:                                                                                                                       tain, preserve and enhance the existing system
       •    Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnel (Outbound)                        PRIORITIZING PROJECTS                                               along established corridors, and which enhance
       •    East Busway Extension                                         Projects are prioritized through a technical                        economic competitiveness by relieving conges-
                                                                          advisory committee that utilizes the most current                   tion, eliminating mobility disconnections, and
                                                                          data available. Every year, many transportation                     focusing investment in locations responsive to
                                                                          projects are proposed for possible inclusion in the                 industry and market realities.
                                                                          TIP. The region’s transportation partners screen
                                                                          them to assure consistency with the regional plan,                  CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
                                                                          determine whether they satisfy relevant statutes                    SPC is committed to continually improving the
                                                                          and, where they do, arrange them into a priori-                     project evaluation and assessment process to ensure
                                                                          tized and fiscally constrained program.                             maximum return from limited resources, and to

        ALLEGHENY COUNTY
                                                                                                                    E M P O W E R I N G     T H E   R E G I O N
    www.county.allegheny.pa.us
TRANSPORTATION

                                                             analytical process used to demonstrate that a        develop detailed traffic forecasts for project design
                                                             transportation plan’s activities will not worsen     by implementing agencies.
                                                             air pollution. An air quality conformity determi-
                                                             nation for a transportation plan demonstrates        INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
                                                             that the need for transportation investment is       SPC utilizes the Regional Plan’s Early Options
                                                             balanced with the need for cleaner air.              Analysis element (EOA) to develop strategies
                                                                  SPC’s transportation modeling resources pro-    to improve the efficiency of the transportation
                                                             vide data to help the region make better decisions   system and reduce the need for costly investments
                                                             and prepare effective transportation plans, man-     in new public infrastructure. An EOA enables
assist capital programming decisions. In 2004,               age congestion and meet air quality standards.       SPC to address the unique needs of transporta-
these efforts included project evaluation/assessment                                                              tion corridors by examining strategies to link land
workshops with member planning departments,                  TRANSPORTATION DATA                                  use and transportation.                                    7
PennDOT, transit agencies and other regional                 In 2004, SPC completed its fourth year of a               Examples of studies that progressed during
partners. These workshops aided the ongoing                  multi-year effort to collect new information         2004 include:
refinement of a project evaluation process that              about different aspects of travel in Southwestern    •   Labelle Area Transportation Study. This study
gives citizens a clear understanding of the decision-        Pennsylvania. SPC Travel View is a multi-level           examined travel demand in the area of the new
making process; confirms that projects meet the              data collection program developed to study               State Correctional Institution in Luzerne Township,
goals of the regional plan; and ensures that public          regional travel patterns.                                Fayette County. Study outcomes included evaluations
funds are spent effectively and distributed equitably.            In 2004, SPC analyzed data collected from           of existing and proposed transportation infrastruc-
                                                             three major regional surveys: the Household              ture, and the impacts of proposed roadway improve-
AIR QUALITY/                                                 Travel Survey, Workplace Travel Survey, and              ments and land use patterns.
TRANSPORTATION MODELING                                      Regional Parking Users Survey. Survey data is        •   Cubbage/Prestley Street Access Study. This study
In June, SPC Commissioners also approved a                   being used to develop the next regional model,           analyzed traffic flow, safety, access, and community
financial plan update to the 2030 Regional Plan,             which will be enhanced by the results of a 2005
a resolution making an air quality conformity                Cordon survey to collect information from indi-
determination for the 2005-2008 TIP, and reaf-               viduals traveling into the region.
firmed conformity for the 2030 Regional Plan.                     The models improve forecasting the effects
     The Air Quality Conformity Determination                of transportation system changes, thereby allow-
report documents the process SPC used in 2004                ing the Commission to make better-informed
to make the transportation-related conformity                choices about advancing projects. Enhanced fore-
determination. Transportation conformity is an               casts are also continuously used by SPC to

                                                                                                                                                     ARMSTRONG COUNTY
                                     E M P O W E R I N G   T H E   R E G I O N
                                                                                                                                                  www.armstrongcounty.org
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    TRANSPORTATION

           impacts along Cubbage and Prestley Streets in                CITIZEN PA RTICIPATION
           Carnegie Borough and Collier Township, Allegheny             Public input is vital to effective transportation
           County. The study focused on reducing traffic vol-           planning, and SPC is committed to providing
           umes on Cubbage Street and improving access to the           easy access to information through public meet-
           Lane Road industrial area.                                   ings, citizen panels, our website, newsletters and
    •      Route 19 Corridor Land Use Study. This study                 e-newsletters. SPC brings regional planning
           was undertaken to identify ways to preserve the oper-        directly to citizens through Public Participation
           ational effectiveness of Route 19 from the Allegheny         Panels (PPPs), designed to reflect the diversity
           County line to Oak Springs Road in Washington                and perspectives in each county. In 2004, a PPP
           County, through various transportation and land              was formed in Lawrence County, SPC’s newest                         enhance regional economic competitiveness. SPC’s
           use management techniques.                                   member, involving more citizens than ever in                        Freight Forum works with the freight community
8   •      Indiana Multimodal Mobility Study. This study                regional planning.                                                  to coordinate strategies to support regional growth.
           analyzed traffic circulation patterns, bicycle and                 In 2004, the PPPs were active in the devel-                   The Freight Forum’s more than 100 participants
           pedestrian activity, transportation safety, and land         opment of the 2005-2008 TIP, engaging their                         include representatives from regional manufactur-
           use planning, and developed strategies to improve            citizens in public meetings throughout the region.                  ers, freight transportation modes, development
           access and mobility.                                         This year, we also developed a new database of                      agencies, PennDOT and other regional partners.
    •      Route 51 Land Use Initiative. This corridor study            transportation projects that can produce project                          In October, the Freight Forum hosted a
           began in 2004 to explore the relationship between            status reports—this makes planning information                      special meeting featuring Jim Runk, President
           land use and transportation safety issues along              easier to access and understand, and helps citizens                 of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association,
           18 miles of Route 51, south of Elizabeth Borough.            see the impact of their participation.                              who spoke about the Association’s Security Now
                                                                              SPC is committed to the continuous                            program, which will train 14,000 drivers to “add
                                                                        improvement of our public involvement activi-                       their eyes and ears to the security of the nation.”
                                                                        ties. This year, SPC surveyed the nearly 250
                                                                        members of PPPs on the role of the panels,                          AIRPORT PLANNING
                                                                        and on meeting times for public input, locations,                   In 2004, SPC’s airport planning program
                                                                        and accessibility. Survey results were used to                      conducted aircraft operations counts at the
                                                                        strengthen the role of the diverse panels, espe-                    Connellsville, Greene County and Rostraver
                                                                        cially related to the next regional plan update.                    Airports. Using an acoustical counter to record
                                                                                                                                            aircraft sounds, this program provides a reliable
                                                                        FREIGHT PLANNING                                                    count of aircraft landings and departures to
                                                                        Moving goods safely and efficiently is critical to                  monitor aircraft operations activity.

        BEAVER COUNTY
                                                                                                                  E M P O W E R I N G     T H E   R E G I O N
    www.co.beaver.pa.us
TRANSPORTATION

                                                            transit needs of commuters, employers, the elderly,   in developing a Regional ITS Architecture. The
                                                            the young, residents and businesses, and for          new Regional ITS Architecture identifies existing
                                                            determining how transit might enhance the com-        and planned transportation systems, possible tech-
                                                            munity’s quality of life. The study recommended       nologies, and information sharing standards to
                                                            a demonstration program that, if successful,          facilitate cross-agency communication to better
                                                            could be followed by a long-term service plan.        utilize transportation resources within the region.

                                                            COMMUTEINFO                                           JOB ACCESS REVERSE COMMUTE (JARC)
                                                            CommuteInfo promotes regional commuter                SPC is an active member of the region’s Access
HOMETOWN STREETS/SAFE ROUTES                                ridesharing by reaching out to employers, transit     to Work Task Force, a collaboration of stakehold-
TO SCHOOL PROGRAM                                           providers, professional organizations, and current    ers overseeing the Regional Job Access program.
In April, PennDOT kicked off the new Home-                  and potential ridesharers. CommuteInfo partners       The Task Force coordinates selection of regional          9
town Streets/Safe Routes to School Program,                 with other agencies to offer a range of services,     projects for the FTA Job Access and Reverse
which is intended to improve the quality of life            including a toll-free number (1-888-819-6110) for     Commute grant program, which provides fund-
in Pennsylvania communities by encouraging                  information and referrals, telecommuting resources,   ing for transit projects that promote access to
reinvestment in and redevelopment of downtown               vanpool/carpool rider matching, transit/biking/       jobs. Since 1999, this program has brought more
areas and establishing safe routes for children to          walking resources and park-n-ride lot maps.           than $24 million to the region.
walk to school.                                                  In 2004, SPC developed a website,                     In late 2004, the Task Force requested that
     A total of 19 projects in the SPC region               www.CommuteInfo.org, enabling commuters               SPC begin the administration of an assessment
received nearly $9.9 million in funding during              and employers alike to learn about the program,       of the Regional Job Access program in an effort
this first round of the program. Screening of               register online, take surveys that help improve       to further advance program performance.
candidate projects for the next funding cycle               the program, and much more. CommuteInfo also
is scheduled to begin in late summer 2005.                  partnered with PennDOT to replace 45 highway
                                                            signs promoting ridesharing, and registered 704
CRANBERRY AREA TRANSIT STUDY                                new commuters in the ridematching system.
The Cranberry Area Transit Study, completed
in December 2004, was designed to evaluate the              REGIONAL ITS ARCHITECTURE
needs and identify options for public transporta-           In December, SPC Commissioners approved the
tion for Cranberry Township and the surround-               Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
ing area. Citizen engagement was critical to the            Architecture for our region. SPC staff, PennDOT
study’s objective of considering the area’s broader         and stakeholders have worked together since 2003

                                                                                                                                                        BUTLER COUNTY
                                    E M P O W E R I N G   T H E   R E G I O N
                                                                                                                                                      www.co.butler.pa.us
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        PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

        SPC members promote regionally integrated,
        cooperative planning and development activities for
        communities throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania
        in their Local Development District role.

        SPC combines management of community assis-                        the state in return on dollars invested for member                  Appalachian Highway System Program and
        tance, financial assistance, export and government                 communities:                                                        industrial access improvements, water and sewer
10      procurement assistance, and special enterprise                     •    An attributable employment impact of 1,947 jobs                system construction, leadership development pro-
        development activities with delivery of other                      •    An attributable sales impact of $559.4 million                 grams, small business start-ups and expansions,
        state and federal programs to help our region                      •    A cost-benefit ratio of 1:38—every $1 invested in              and development of healthcare resources to meet
        become increasingly competitive in national and                         the program leveraged a return of $38 to the region            the area development goals.
        global markets.                                                                                                                             In 2004, the Area Development Program
             Results of the Pennsylvania Local                             STATE AND FEDERAL PA RTNERSHIPS                                     helped secure the following ARC and EDA grants
        Development Districts Economic Impact Analysis,                    SPC is designated by the U.S. Appalachian                           for the region:
        conducted by international consulting firm                         Regional Commission (ARC) as the Local Devel-                       •     $200,000 ARC grant for the Fayette County
        Lockwood Greene, indicate that in the last fiscal                  opment District, and by the U.S. Department                               Redevelopment Authority to continue the develop-
        year, SPC’s Enterprise Development Program led                     of Commerce, Economic Development Adminis-                                ment of the Fayette County Business Park in South
                                                                           tration (EDA) as the Economic Development                                 Union Township, which is expected to support an
                                                                           District for Southwestern Pennsylvania. SPC                               additional 294 jobs and leverage approximately
                                                                           members play a lead role in identifying priority                          $10.5 million in investment
                                                                           needs of local communities by working with their                    •     $100,000 ARC grant to Armstrong County for a
                                                                           citizens to foster economic development, to target                        street reconstruction project that is expected to help
                                                                           and meet the most pressing needs, and to build                            retain 195 jobs and support development in Ford City
                                                                           community unity and leadership.                                     •     $200,000 ARC grant for Indiana County and the
                                                                                 Through the Area Development Program,                               Indiana County Development Corporation for the
                                                                           SPC members seek to fund such projects as                                 Indian Springs Multi-Tenant Building project,
                                                                           education and workforce training programs,                                which is expected to create 300 jobs

      FAYETTE COUNTY
                                                                                                                     E M P O W E R I N G     T H E   R E G I O N
     www.fayettepa.org
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

                                                               to gain a better understanding of not only what       as a public partner to reduce risk for local private
                                                               funding is available, but also how to get it.         sector lenders. SPC works with industrial devel-
                                                                    This unique conference also featured a session   opment corporations and community based
                                                               for one-on-one discussion of project-specific ques-   development departments to create comprehen-
                                                               tions with state and federal representatives from     sive loan packages that encourage economic
                                                               the PA Department of Community and Economic           investment in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Small
                                                               Development (PA DCED), the Appalachian                businesses come to SPC to obtain low-interest,
                                                               Regional Commission (ARC), the USDA, the              government subsidized loans for working capital,
                                                               Economic Development Agency (EDA), HUD,               machinery and equipment, or real estate to
•   $67,000 ARC grant for Washington County for                the PA Department of Environmental Protection         increase business and employment opportunities.
    an access road at the Washington County Airport,           (DEP), and PennVest.                                       Currently, SPC’s loan portfolio contains more
    which will help grow the airport’s capacity                                                                      than 153 loans totaling a principal balance of            11
•   $2 million EDA grant for Washington County for             BUSINESS FINANCE                                      $22 million, and drawing on funds from 10 dif-
    the next phase of redevelopment at Southpointe,            2004 was a challenging year for SPC’s Business        ferent state and federal business finance programs.
    which will transform a former abandoned, contami-          Finance Program. Flooding that resulted from          Last year, SPC used these funds to leverage over
    nated site into a clean work environment designed          Hurricane Ivan devastated many businesses,            $19 million in new projects for the region, match-
    to spur job creation                                       homes and communities across Southwestern             ing investments with state and federal low-interest
                                                               Pennsylvania. SPC staff responded by developing       loans. SPC closed 56 loans this year and added
FIRST REGIONAL FUNDERS                                         information on all relief efforts available and       another $7.2 million to its loan portfolio.
CONFERENCE                                                     worked closely with the University of Pittsburgh
In an effort to help our member governments                    Small Business Development Centers to offer
identify and access potential sources of funding,              assistance and consultations to local businesses.
SPC organized a one-of-a-kind opportunity to                   Staff personally assisted in the completion of
bring several funding agencies together in one                 over 40 applications to the Small Business
place to talk to our region about what they can                Administration (SBA) for Disaster Relief loans for
do for us. The Regional Funders Conference was                 businesses affected by the flooding, and continues
tailored for the needs of SPC member govern-                   to work with the SBA and with the PA DCED
ments’ lead planning and development staff, with               Disaster Loan and Disaster Loan Grant programs
the goal of bringing our members together with                 to assist those eligible.
the agencies that provide grant funding in order                     SPC’s Business Finance Program helps entre-
                                                               preneurs create business opportunities by acting

                                                                                                                                                            GREENE COUNTY
                                       E M P O W E R I N G   T H E   R E G I O N
                                                                                                                                                         www.co.greene.pa.us
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            PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

                 In 2004, the Business Finance Program                         PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS RETENTION
            helped SPC members retain 652 jobs and create                      AND EXPANSION PROGRAM (PBREP)
            442 new positions in the region.                                   As the regional coordinator for the Common-
                 SPC carefully reviews every business apply-                   wealth’s Pennsylvania Business Retention and
            ing for assistance, analyzing 58 business plans                    Expansion Program, SPC coordinates and facili-
            over the past year. Where we spot cash flow                        tates the program objectives for state government
            problems, our Business Finance Renewal and                         to directly address the needs of businesses in the
            Turnaround Assistance program recommends                           region. This government-to-business outreach pro-
            solutions. This program offers companies afford-                   gram helps to enhance the state’s business climate
            able access to experts who can help them with                      at the local level by connecting business owners                    GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT
            strategic and tactical planning, reorganizations,                  with local economic development professionals.                      ASSISTANCE
12          debt restructuring and crisis management.                               Through on-site meetings with business                         SPC’s Government Procurement Assistance
                 SPC implemented a work/fee sharing arrange-                   owners, we determine which government-related                       program helps hundreds of companies in the
            ment with many of our county partners. In 2004,                    programs and agencies can best address the com-                     region market to and contract with federal, state
            a total of $27,000 was shared with our partners                    pany’s growing needs and concerns. Customer                         and local government agencies. We provide one-
            who met with the prospective client, discussed the                 Action Plans (CAPs) are then developed, provid-                     on-one counseling and training with an emphasis
            loan programs, assisted the client in submitting                   ing possible solutions utilizing regional economic                  on small businesses with minority, female or
            applications and worked with SPC to complete the                   development resources. In addition, the perspec-                    service-disabled veteran owners to facilitate their
            application process. This new process improves our                 tives of business owners in the region are formally                 participation in this market.
            productivity and keeps the overall program close to                collected and communicated for the development                           In 2004, staff actively participated in 19 pro-
            the member communities.                                            of future policies and programs.                                    grams at various locations to discuss opportunities
                                                                                    During the 2003-04 fiscal year, SPC’s                          for local business to increase sales through partici-
                                                                               Business Retention and Expansion Program                            pation in the government market. By collaborating
                                                                               completed 878 calls — 48 more than its goal of                      with other business development organizations in
                                                                               830 calls. For the 2004-05 fiscal year, the region                  2004, SPC was able to provide greater service to
                                                                               will complete 1,300 calls, more than any other                      individual businesses across the region.
                                                                               year that SPC has coordinated this program.                              SPC shares a DOD Cooperative Agreement
                                                                                                                                                   Grant with Indiana University of Pennsylvania
                                                                                                                                                   and the Private Industry Council of
                                                                                                                                                   Westmoreland/Fayette that enabled maximum
                                                                                                                                                   effectiveness with limited resources. This year,

         INDIANA COUNTY
                                                                                                                         E M P O W E R I N G     T H E   R E G I O N
     www.countyofindiana.org
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

                                                                      from 109 companies for specific information, or to     •   Co-hosted five in-bound trade delegations visiting
                                                                      evaluate the potential of the government marketplace       our region
                                                                •     Six businesses with no prior experience in govern-     •   Supported the Commonwealth’s nine international
                                                                      ment marketing began doing business with the               trade shows, missions, and conferences, which
                                                                      federal government in 2004                                 attracted over 40 companies
                                                                                                                             •   Supported three companies in our region who
                                                                EXPORT DEVELOPMENT                                               received the 2004 Governor’s Export Award:
                                                                In 2004, SPC’s Export Development program                        Applied Test Systems of Butler County; Kennametal
                                                                helped a total of 172 companies in the region                    of Westmoreland County; and Xodus Medical of
the following organizations assisted in our                     with state and federal program assistance ranging                Westmoreland County
Government Procurement Assistance Program:                      from export-readiness assessment; market identifi-           •   Awarded Market Access Grants to 10 small
•   Department of Defense                                       cation and access strategies; international market               companies in the region to attend international       13
•   U.S. Small Business Administration                          and industry research; trade show and event par-                 trade events, enhancing their competitiveness in
•   Minority Purchasing Council                                 ticipation; and other technical assistance to help               the global marketplace
•   Minority Business Opportunity Committee                     with every step of the export development process.
•   PA Department of General Services                                In 2004, the SPC’s collaboration efforts with           KEYSTONE OPPORTUNITY ZONES
•   PA Department of Community and Economic                     local partners in the Regional Export Network                SPC is the regional manager of the
    Development                                                 on behalf of its members brought many accolades              Commonwealth’s Keystone Opportunity Zone
•   Local Small Business Development Centers                    to the region from federal and state agencies.               (KOZ) program, which encourages businesses
•   Department of Energy                                             SPC enhanced its export assistance efforts              and residents to locate in economically distressed
•   PSU Electro-Optics Center                                   this year to stimulate the regional economy.                 areas by offering them a tax holiday until the
                                                                With the support of the Network team, we also:               expiration of the zone, which is 2010 or 2013.
    Benefits to the region included:                            •     Led a 12-member trade mission to China on behalf
•   Client businesses received 348 government contracts               of the Commonwealth, providing great opportunities
    with a value of $66.7 million                                     for the local businesses to sell their products and
•   102 businesses received individual procurement assis-             services to this fast-growing market; SPC, along
    tance that increased their understanding of the                   with other co-organizers, received high acclaim
    dynamics of the government marketplace and the bid                from all the participating members
    process to win government opportunities, and helped         •     Cosponsored seven educational seminars for
    in matching their products and services with govern-              125 business professionals
    ment needs; SPC also responded to initial inquiries

                                                                                                                                                                 LAWRENCE COUNTY
                                        E M P O W E R I N G   T H E   R E G I O N
                                                                                                                                                               www.co.lawrence.pa.us
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     PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

          SPC has identified almost 6,000 acres                         •    Coordinating seven training courses throughout the
     throughout the region where businesses can take                         region, including website development, Microsoft
     advantage of local and state tax abatements to                          Excel, GIS ArcView, and QuickBooks
     advance economic development and increase                          •    Conducting a regional technical needs assessment
     employment opportunities.                                               of local municipalities, with 64% reporting
          A highlight of SPC’s KOZ program last year                    •    Connecting 16 municipalities to the internet
     was the opening of the Mon Valley Care Center,                          through the Internet Connection Grant Program
     a 101-bed, long-term care facility built on the site               •    Assisting 17 municipalities with the development
     of a former high school in Washington County.                           and hosting of a municipal website
     This project is expected to create approximately                                                                                       of exemplary governance or management; improv-
     80 jobs.                                                           RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE                                              ing professionalism in municipal government;
14                                                                      The 2004-2005 winner of the Joseph A. James                         making a significant contribution to municipal
     MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE                                     Memorial Award is Richard DePietress, who                           government services; providing an outstanding
     PROGRAM (MTAP)                                                     recently retired from SPC after decades of local                    service or facility; or innovation, or outstanding
     SPC’s Municipal Technical Assistance Program                       government service to communities throughout                        leadership in a local government cause.
     (MTAP) provides training, tools and assistance in                  Southwestern Pennsylvania. Rich joined SPC
     areas ranging from computer purchases to website                   (then SPRPC) in 1985 and dedicated his efforts                      FARMERS MARKET ALLIANCE
     development to all of the region’s municipalities.                 to raising the standard of local governance in                      In 2004, SPC continued its management role in
     MTAP efforts in 2004 included:                                     Southwestern Pennsylvania, both for the elected                     the Farmers’ Market Alliance as it implemented
     •    Providing technical assistance to 98 municipalities           officials and the professionals who support them.                   its third annual Action Plan. The Action Plan
          in person or by phone                                         He was the primary driver behind the develop-                       provides for a collaboratively defined and collabo-
                                                                        ment of numerous training and assistance manu-                      ratively delivered set of services. These services
                                                                        als, including The Municipal Secretary’s Desktop                    reflect the markets’ real and current needs, while
                                                                        Reference Manual, The Standards for Effective                       meeting the Action Plan’s overall objectives. In a
                                                                        Local Government, and Financing Community                           region like Southwestern Pennsylvania with
                                                                        Development and Revitalization: TIF, LERTA,                         exceptionally large areas of farmland, these mar-
                                                                        State and Federal Programs.                                         kets could become models for connecting local
                                                                              The Joseph A. James Memorial Award                            resources with new market possibilities. In 2004,
                                                                        recognizes a municipal government elected/                          markets working with the Farmers’ Market
                                                                        appointed official in any local government,                         Alliance saw sales increase 25% over 2003,
                                                                        agency, or Council of Governments for a lifetime                    primarily due to increased patronage.

                                  PITTSBURGH
                                                                                                                   E M P O W E R I N G     T H E   R E G I O N
                           www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us
INFORMATION SYSTEMS

SPC members have worked together to assemble
an unparalleled data arsenal capable of highlighting
relationships and commonalities across the region,
as well as unique assets and opportunities.

SPC continues to build one of the most                      software for county and municipal staff, with           NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE
comprehensive sources of data for Southwestern              sessions on incorporating existing data, focusing
Pennsylvania to assist members with a multitude             on GIS analysis, and utilizing regional and                                                                         15
of planning and economic development activities.            statewide data resources.
The region’s data is especially vital to governments              SPC completed the development of regional         In 2004, SPC moved forward in representing the
in establishing inventories within local jurisdic-          orthophotographs, and distributed copies to all         region’s natural environment with full distribu-
tions, developing or revising comprehensive plans,          county partners and numerous municipal govern-          tion of data from the Natural Infrastructure
confirming past trends, and projecting future               ments. This high-resolution imagery aids with           Project. Inclusive information regarding natural
trends and development scenarios.                           parcel rectification, land use analysis, and detailed   features and geologic characteristics was analyzed
      The region’s Geographic Information                   municipal inventories, among other projects.            and distributed to county partners, along with a
Systems (GIS)-based information lends efficiency                  SPC’s data and GIS analysis were delivered to     detailed matrix for evaluating impacts at the local
to the transportation system through in-depth               more than 40 municipal governments across the           level. This data aids in assessing potential impacts
analysis throughout the planning process.                   region to establish multi-municipal comprehen-
In addition to powering Xplorion, SPC data                  sive, park, and recreation plans. As a PennDOT
is also used by private and public economic                 Planning Partner, SPC channeled detailed data
development groups to assist with site selection            regarding the region’s highway conditions, traffic
activities and to identify potential markets.               volumes and accident rates to county partners for
                                                            inclusion in comprehensive plans to address trans-
UNIFIED GIS PROGRESS                                        portation issues. With the addition of Lawrence
SPC’s Unified GIS activities built upon past                County, SPC’s data resources were extended to an
successes and expanded to new areas in 2004.                additional 360 square miles and 27 municipalities.
SPC hosted training sessions on the latest GIS

                                                                                                                                                        WASHINGTON COUNTY
                                    E M P O W E R I N G   T H E   R E G I O N
                                                                                                                                                      www.co.washington.pa.us
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     INFORMATION SYSTEMS

     of local programs against the multifaceted                              In addition, as Pennsylvania’s Department
     components of the region’s natural landscape.                      of Conservation and Natural Resources PA Map
     Applicable at regional, county and local levels,                   expands across Pennsylvania, data acquired and
     the analysis can be revised to specific needs by                   compiled by SPC will represent our region in
     incorporating recent and increasingly accurate                     the statewide picture. Imagery and elevation
     data and methods of analysis. SPC is also incor-                   data from SPC’s aerial photography program also
     porating this information into the regional                        supported state-contracted activities to address
     planning process to highlight relationships                        the impact of flooding resulting from Hurricane
     and commonalities across the region, as well                       Ivan in September. As a partner, SPC received
     as unique assets and opportunities.                                the mapping quickly and expeditiously dissemi-                      A CLICK OF A MOUSE
                                                                        nated it to affected local governments. By utiliz-                  SPC’s website, www.spcregion.org, has also
16   A COMMON APPROACH                                                  ing local, and often more accurate data, state                      grown to include the Data Library, which holds
     SPC held several forums in 2004 for GIS and                        agencies avoid duplicating efforts and increase                     detailed Census profiles for each of the region’s
     data users across the region. Efforts from the                     the value of shared GIS data between counties                       549 municipalities and a collection of other
     Commonwealth to increase efficiencies in collect-                  and state agencies.                                                 useful demographic data, reports and maps
     ing and providing GIS data at state agencies are                                                                                       previously unavailable on a single website.
     moving down the line to regional and county                        A CLEARER VIEW
     programs. The development of GIS standards                         With direction from county planners and other
     and the creation of a Strategic Plan for GIS                       stakeholders, SPC embarked on a comprehensive
     Coordination in the state moved further toward                     Land Use/Land Cover Inventory for the region.
     completion with support from direction and                         Using image processing software, SPC is combin-
     recommendations from GIS users in the region.                      ing satellite imagery with orthophotographs to
     Efforts to finalize the standards and apply them                   classify the region’s landscape into 22 different
     to SPC data and programs are ongoing and have                      categories representing the built and natural
     received strong support from planning partners.                    environments. The outcomes from the project
     With the continued development of the stan-                        will aid in calibrating SPC’s models and forecasts
     dards, data and programs at SPC will mesh with                     for improved future projections and tracking
     those of neighboring regions and state agencies.                   of changes, and will assist our planning partners
                                                                        with zoning, recreation, agriculture, and water-
                                                                        shed programs.



                                                                                                                                                                                WESTMORELAND COUNTY
                                             E M P O W E R I N G     T H E   R E G I O N
                                                                                                                                                                                www.co.westmoreland.pa.us
FINANCIALS

SPC s administrative arm is the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation,                        REVENUES
a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a staff o f 52. Its operations, based                Federal Grants                                                      $3,794,806.00
at the Regional Enterprise Tower, are funded through a combination of federal and state       State Grants                                                        $2,107,075.00
grants, SPC member contributions, in-kind service contributions and private foundations.
                                                                                              In-Kind Contributions                                                    $420,247.00
      The Corporation’s resources are applied to three core functions: SPC’s daily
administrative operations, management of the Regional Enterprise Tower, and agency            Member Contributions                                                     $362,013.00
Work Programs, which include numerous transportation planning and economic                    Special Projects & Other Contributions                              $1,057,814.00
development studies and projects.                                                             Regional Enterprise Tower Operations                                $4,973,129.00
      Federal and state government agencies are the largest sources of funding support        TOTAL                                                            $12,715,084.00
for SPC. Excluding revenues associated with the Regional Enterprise Tower operations,
SPC’s primary operating revenues totaled approximately $7.7 million in FY2004.
      SPC’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30; the accompanying financial          EXPENDITURES
figures are for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004. The financial records of the SPC        Unified Planning Work Program                                       $4,039,070.00
are recorded on an accrual basis, and the summary figures reported by major funding           Economic Development Projects                                       $3,048,923.00
sources and functions/programs have been audited by the accounting firm Maher                 Local Government Projects                                                 $82,467.00
Duessel, CPAs. The audit report for the reporting period expresses an unqualified             Regional Enterprise Tower Operations                                $6,462,602.00
opinion with no reportable findings related to the financial statements and federal awards.
                                                                                              Special Projects & Other                                                 $177,402.00

Regional Enterprise Tower                                                                     TOTAL                                                            $13,810,464.00
SPC owns and operates the Regional Enterprise Tower, a 31-story, one-stop center
for regional collaboration and economic development. As of June 30, 2004, the tenant
occupancy was at 88.5%, an increase of 1.4% over the previous year. The building
finances continue to be positive in relation to the building 1-year and 5-year business
plans. The building reported revenues from operations, net of amortization and                REVENUES
depreciation expense, of $128,500. Total amortization and depreciation expense
for the reporting period was $1,610,351. The building operations also include a
                                                                                                                                              29.8%   I Federal Grants
drawdown of $250,000 from the earnings of the Alcoa Building Endowment to
                                                                                                                                                      I State Grants
support capital improvements to the building. The total market value of the                                    39.1%
                                                                                                                                                      I In-Kind Contributions
endowment at June 30, 2004 was $5,229,901.
                                                                                                                                                      I Member Contributions
                                                                                                                                                      I Special Projects &
                                                                                                                                              16.6%
Special Thank You to Our 2004 Foundations                                                                                8.3%          3.3%             Other Contributions
The following foundations and organizations have generously provided support
                                                                                                                                                      I Regional Enterprise
                                                                                                                                2.9%
that helps make many of our programs possible. Thanks to all who have generously                                                                        Tower Operations
contributed time, money, goods and services to SPC.
                                                                                              EXPENDITURES
The Heinz Endowments
Howard Heinz Endowment                                                                                                            0.6%
The McCune Foundation                                                                                                                         29.2%   I Unified Planning
                                                                                                                                                        Work Program
Richard King Mellon Foundation
                                                                                                               46.8%                                  I Economic Development
The Pittsburgh Foundation                                                                                                                               Projects
TEAM Pennsylvania Foundation                                                                                                                          I Local Government Projects
                                                                                                                                              22.1%   I Regional Enterprise
                                                                                                                                 1.3%                   Tower Operations
                                                                                                                                                      I Special Projects & Other
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