Governor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business District

first_img August 07, 2017 Governor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business District SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders today as his Jobs That Pay tour visited the Almono-Hazelwood Mill 19 redevelopment site, part of a massive revitalization of the largest remaining brownfield in Pittsburgh that has been made possible with significant state support, followed by a walking tour of the Hazelwood Business District.“The transformation from brownfield to a new opportunity at Almono will be a shining example of how state government, working with the private sector, non-profits, foundations, higher education and community groups, can lead on rebuilding communities and creating better opportunities for working families,” said Governor Wolf. “Once complete, this project will establish a new standard for urban riverfront property creating jobs and opportunities through high-quality design and sustainability.”The 178-acre LTC Steel Hazelwood site was purchased in 2002 by the Heinz Endowments, and the foundation of Richard King Melon, Benedum, and McCune. The project, named for the Allegheny, Ohio, Monongahela rivers, will transform the site into a vibrant job center with more than two million square feet of new office and research and development space.The cavernous Mill building, formerly Mill 19, is a centerpiece of the redevelopment, with an energy efficient structure constructed within the shell of the former steel mill building to house future research and development for advanced additive manufacturing and robotics research.“We are pleased to have Governor Wolf visit our site today, as we are preparing to launch one of the largest and most ambitious redevelopment projects in Pennsylvania,” said Don Smith, President of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC). “Our plan takes this Mill building which was the home of the last industrial revolution and positions it at the center of the next industrial revolution in robotics and manufacturing.  Critical funding from the Commonwealth allows us to reclaim and remediate this vacant industrial landscape and restore the family and community sustaining jobs it once hosted.”Redevelopment of the building is supported by a $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant, as well as investments through the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $5 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan and $562,500 from the Industrial Sites Reuse program.Following the visit to the Mill building, Councilman O’Connor lead a tour of the Hazelwood Business District with stops at several businesses.“Today’s tour is an opportunity to showcase the Hazelwood Business District and small business growth that has spurred from strategic collaboration between the public and private sectors,” said Councilman Corey O’Connor. “The redevelopment of the Almono site and the revitalization happening in the community have reignited excitement and hope throughout the community.”last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers prove their mettle with Game 7 win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error From the depths of an unfathomable controversy that emerged out of thin air, injuries, a willing opponent and even their own self-inflicted wounds.Knocked down like never before emotionally and physically and facing a double-digit deficit, they ignored fatigue and mental strain to somehow navigate their way to a 126-121 win over the Golden State Warriors in an epic Game 7 that sends them into the second round against the Oklahoma City Thunder.“This team needed this win,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought that our guys fought the adversity and found a way to win.”And in the process, exhaled a bit.“Just smile,” Rivers said. “Just enjoy it.” Nothing like a win-or-go-home Game 7 to get a handle on what someone is really all about.Or opening a window from which we can peek into someone’s basketball soul.We learned something about the Clippers on Saturday night, something deep and profound and poignant.A basketball team sidetracked by the dark side of life in the middle if a challenging series against a bitter foe had the wherewithal the find their way back.center_img They earned it.What they still have left in the tank for the Thunder is anyone’s guess, but after being pushed to the limit by off-court drama and a worthy on-court adversary only to find enough energy to prevail, the Clippers seem poised to keep this going a little while longer. And Chris Paul vowed the Clippers will find enough energy.“We have the best training staff in the league,” Paul said. “I truly believe that. We’ll be ready to play.”It took a gut-check performance to keep their season going, the Clippers overcoming more than any team in recent memory to move on to the next round.“We kept pushing and kept fighting,” Blake Griffin said.On and off the court after enduring a week from hell after owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist comments.“It’s been emotional,” Paul admitted.Said Griffin: “It just grew and grew each day, each hour.”But they couldn’t spare even a second to dwell on it Saturday, not with the Warriors planted firmly in front of them.“Moreso than getting through (the past week) it was just about getting through tonight,” Paul said.If was everything you would expect from a Game 7.And it answered a lot of questions.If Paul is the best point guard in the league, as many suggest, then surely he’d embrace the stage of a series deciding seventh game.A bum hamstring that’s been barking all series denied us Paul at his very best. He looked more like a decoy than a go-to star while struggling in the first half.Until he dug deep within and found enough push to navigate the Clippers through uncertainty, hesitancy and the hot-shooting Warriors to overcome a a double-digit deficit and put the Clippers in front in the third quarter.Then helped carry the Clippers over a dramatic fourth quarter to finally put the Warriors away – his two silly fouls to put Golden State’s Stephen Curry to the line notwithstanding – while scoring 22 points and dishing out 14 assists.If Blake Griffin is the emerging MVP candidate that his remarkable regular season suggested, he’d rise to the moment by hoisting the Clippers onto his shoulders and carrying them past the Warriors and into the second round.Griffin hoisted the Clippers up alright, and in the process blew the roof off Staples Center with a thunderous alley-oop dunk and by sinking a twisting, turning layup in traffic in which he did a back-flip off the ground as the ball fell through the hoop.Both plays came late in the fourth quarter as the Clippers clung to a slight lead, sending a sold-out crowd into a frenzy and keeping the Warriors at arm’s length.That’s what leaders do. That’s what All-Stars do.Griffin has emerged as both this year.If DeAndre Jordan is the best defending, rebounding center in the NBA, as his supporters claim, he would dominate the paint against undermanned Golden State and leave no doubt he is a growing force in the NBA.Jordan patrolled the paint and protected the basket while scoring 15 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking three shots.His electrifying dunk off a lob from Griffin with 22 seconds remaining helped keep the Warriors at bay.But there were other heroes.J.J. Redick, his back so out of whack there was concern late in the regular season he’d have to shut himself down, came up with 20 points and three 3-pointers, each one of them coming at a crucial moment.Jamal Crawford had 22 points off the bench while hitting 7 of 12 shots and Matt Barnes added 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.The Clippers don’t advance without the contribution of either.The last thing they wanted was to go to a seventh game against the Warriors.But a seventh game is exactly what they got.That they responded by digging as deep as they ever have to pull out an emotional, gutty win revealed something important about Clippers, whose challenge now is to keep it going.In the process, they learned something about themselves, too.And it left them beaming.“I’m just very proud right now,” Griffin said.He deserves to be.They all do.last_img read more