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

Gillespie backs McNair to thrive

first_img Press Association Gillespie, who was speaking at the filming of the new Vauxhall Home Nations Football Show, told Press Association Sport: “He’s still very young, still has a lot to learn, but he’s done himself no harm in the (United) games that he’s played so far. “They’ve had injuries at the back and he’s taken his chance. “They’ve probably looked more solid in the games he’s played than they have in the other games when they’ve been conceding goals. “He’s done very well. There’s an opportunity for him there if he continues to progress the way he is.” McNair’s rise has, in part, been as a result of Jonny Evans’ ankle injury. Gillespie believes O’Neill will find a way to accommodate Evans when the defender is fit. The 39-year-old, who won 86 caps in a career which began at Old Trafford, added: “He’s a very important player for us. He’ll find a position for Jonny somewhere, whether he plays left-back or goes three at the back.” Northern Ireland have already beaten Hungary and Greece to top Group F by two points from Romania ahead of this week’s Bucharest clash. Paddy McNair has been backed to make an impression for Northern Ireland and Manchester United by former winger Keith Gillespie after his rapid ascent. The 19-year-old defender from Ballyclare made his United debut against West Ham in September after just 11 under-21s appearances. Gillespie, who believes Northern Ireland have a strong chance of automatic qualification for Euro 2016, hopes McNair seizes his opportunity after being called into Michael O’Neill’s squad for the first time for Friday’s clash in Romania. Gillespie is optimistic for the qualification campaign. He said: “When the draw was made I thought we could sneak third place; now I feel as if we could definitely get one of those top two places (and automatic qualification). “We’re in an ideal position, three wins out of three. One thing that’s really helped us is three of our first four games are away and they’re our hardest games. “To win our first three games has been an incredible start – Greece away, Hungary away. “We’re capable of beating anyone at home, so I really think we’ve a great chance. “If we were to qualify, it would be 30 years since Mexico 86. It’s a long time to wait for the people of Northern Ireland. “We’ve got such great support. I know they’ll be going in their thousands to France if we were to make it.” :: Check out the new Vauxhall Home Nations Football Show with Ian Wright, Keith Gillespie, Kevin Gallagher and Iwan Roberts go to last_img read more