PA Chamber Joins Legislative Panel on America250 Celebration & Tourism Planning

On April 14, Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs for the PA Chamber, spoke to the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee to discuss the organization’s support for infrastructure planning, both specific to increasing mobility during the 2026 Semiquincentennial celebrations across the state (which will commemorate the nation’s 250th anniversary) and to enhancing quality of opportunity to the state.

Sunday noted that the PA Chamber’s Bringing PA Back initiative has among its pillars modern and efficient infrastructure, which is necessary to expand opportunity and to extend William Penn’s vision of a state founded on tolerance and equality into a dynamic, 21st century economy. The House committee convened the informational hearing to hear about planning efforts for the 250th anniversary celebrations. Other speakers including Cassandra Coleman, executive director for America250PA, former Gov. Mark Schweiker, Dr. Daniel Wubah from Millersville University, James Mundy, historian for the Union League and several high school students from across the state.

The PA Chamber’s President and CEO Gene Barr serves on the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial (America250PA), alongside many leaders in government, business and the private sector, including Governors Wolf, Ridge, Schweiker, Rendell and Corbett. The Commission is funded by appropriations from the state, along with contributions from private companies and foundations.


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