Press Releases

PA Chamber Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

December 5, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s Board of Directors has added new business leaders to the board and set in place its leadership team for 2020.  The elections took place at the PA Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting, which was held on December 5 at the Blue Bell Country Club in Blue Bell, PA.

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PA Chamber Pushes Back Against Mayor Peduto’s Anti-Jobs Comments

October 31, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s comments against another petrochemical facility and the natural gas industry:

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PA Chamber Statement on PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Revised Overtime Eligibility Proposal

October 17, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s latest proposal to dramatically alter overtime eligibility rules in Pennsylvania. 

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PA Chamber Statement on New Jersey Segment of Penn East Pipeline Project

October 16, 2019 | Tricia Harris

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that he will refuse to issue pipeline permits to the Penn East pipeline project:

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PA Chamber Statement on Governor’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Executive Order

October 3, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of an Executive Order to begin the process of entering the Commonwealth into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:

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PA Chamber Recognizes October as Local Chamber of Commerce Month

October 2, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is proud to join Gov. Tom Wolf in recognizing October 2019 as “Local Chamber of Commerce Month” in the Commonwealth. 

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PA Chamber’s 29th Economic Survey: Employers Report Record Sales Figures and Growth, But Concerns Over Skills Gap Remain

September 24, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Employers are feeling confident and positive about the economy, with many expecting to increase sales and grow their business over the coming months.  Yet, despite this positive news, there remains a very real concern among the Commonwealth’s job creators with the status of the state’s workforce; with employers overwhelming stating that the jobs skills gap was the biggest challenge facing their business.  These indicators were among the responses from the PA Chamber’s 29th Economic Survey, which was conducted in August 2019 by Susquehanna Polling and Research and was completed in partnership with The Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph’s University.   

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Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Reform Caucus Chairs Honored With ‘Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania’ at 35th Annual Chamber Dinner

September 23, 2019 | Tricia Harris

At tonight’s 35th Annual Chamber Dinner, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry was proud to partner with Allegheny College to present the third annual “Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania” award to the four chairs of the General Assembly’s Criminal Justice Reform Caucus – Senators Camera Bartolotta, R- Greene, and Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia, and Representatives Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, and Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia. The four legislators were presented with the prize for their efforts to build bipartisan consensus on reforms to the state’s criminal justice system; with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism and helping individuals who have learned from past mistakes re-enter into the workforce.

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National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director to Headline PA Chamber IT Security Conference

September 16, 2019 | Tricia Harris

With data breaches and malicious attacks from both external and internal sources continuing to be a top concern for information technology professionals and top management, the PA Chamber is proud to present its annual IT Security Conference on Wednesday, Sept 18.  This year’s program will feature a keynote address by National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina, who will discuss international cyber threats facing U.S. businesses.

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PA Chamber Applauds Trump Administration Repeal and Replacement of “Waters of the United States” Regulation

September 12, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it will repeal the Obama administration’s controversial “Waters of the United States” rule with a new regulation:

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ChamberPAC Endorses Judge Christylee Peck and Deputy District Attorney Megan McCarthy King for State Superior Court

September 12, 2019 | Tricia Harris

ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its endorsement of Judge Christylee Peck and Chester County Deputy District Attorney Megan McCarthy King for the Pennsylvania Superior Court in the upcoming 2019 General Election.

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PA Chamber: Thousands of Dollars in Scholarship Funds Awarded to Pennsylvania Students Pursuing Careers in the Skilled Trades

August 20, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The Pennsylvania Chamber Educational Foundation is proud to announce that 24 Commonwealth students have been awarded a total of $75,000 in mikeroweWORKS Work Ethic Scholarships. The selected students are attending technical schools located within the Commonwealth to pursue careers in the skilled trades.  As part of its ongoing commitment to address the Commonwealth’s job skills gap, the PA Chamber Educational Foundation has teamed up with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation for the past three years. 

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ChamberPAC Endorses David Rowe for Special State House Election

July 31, 2019 | Tricia Harris

ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its endorsement of Republican David Rowe for state representative of the 85th House District.  The special election for the House seat will take place on Tuesday, August 20.  The 85th House District comprises parts of Snyder and Union Counties. 

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PA Chamber: Patchwork Labor Policies Will Hurt Pennsylvania’s Business Climate

July 18, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision to overturn the Commonwealth and Allegheny County courts and uphold Pittsburgh’s controversial paid leave mandate. 

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PA Chamber Applauds Passage of On-Time Budget, Urges Lawmakers to Build on Positive Economic Momentum with Pro-Growth Policies

June 28, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the recently finalized 2019-20 state budget:

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PA Chamber Issues Statement on Closure Announcement of Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex

June 27, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the announced closure of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex:

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PA Chamber Issues Statement on Finalization of Trump Administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy” Rule

June 19, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s finalization of the Affordable Clean Energy rule.

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Workforce Development, State Budget Discussed at 2019 Chamber Day

June 4, 2019 | Tricia Harris

More than 90 state and local chamber representatives from across the Commonwealth gathered in Harrisburg today for the 2019 Chamber Day at the State Capitol.  The annual event is co-hosted by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals during one of the busiest times of the year in the Capitol, as state elected officials work to finalize the 2019-20 budget.  The event provides a forum for constructive dialogue between local chamber officers and policymakers on key issues important to the state’s business community and the best ways to improve the Commonwealth’s business climate.

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PA Chamber: Administration’s ‘Restore PA’ Initiative Threatens Pennsylvania’s Competitiveness

May 15, 2019 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to the Wolf administration's continued calls for an additional tax on the natural gas industry to fund the ‘Restore PA’ initiative.  This proposal would float a $4.5 billion bond in order to spend a few billion dollars in infrastructure related projects now, paid back over decades by higher energy taxes on businesses and consumers.

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PA Chamber Applauds State Supreme Court Dismissal of Appeal in Zoning Case

May 15, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today in response to the state Supreme Court’s dismissal of an appeal in the case of Dolores Frederick, et al, v. Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board. The appeal sought reconsideration of a Commonwealth Court decision that upheld a local municipality’s zoning ordinance to allow oil and gas drilling.  The PA Chamber had filed an amicus brief to the Commonwealth Court case representing the interests of its broad array of members.

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PA Chamber Hires New Workforce Development Executive to Expand Workforce Efforts

May 3, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The PA Chamber of Business and Industry is proud to announce an expansion of its far-reaching workforce development efforts with the hire of Allen Norton as the organization’s first workforce development executive.

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PA Chamber Applauds House’s Passage of Regulatory Reform Legislation

April 30, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry – the state’s largest broad based business advocacy association – today hailed the House’s passage of a regulatory reform package that aims to streamline and make Pennsylvania’s permitting process and regulatory environment more efficient.

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Senate Candidates Mastriano and Pittman; House Candidate Mustello Receive ChamberPAC Endorsement

April 22, 2019 | Tricia Harris

ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced three legislative endorsements for upcoming Special Elections.  The endorsements include: Doug Mastriano for the 33rd state Senatorial District; Joe Pittman for the 41st state Senatorial District; and Marci Mustello for the 11th state House District.  All three of the Special Elections will coincide with the May 21 Primary Election.  Additional information on each candidate can be found below.

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PA Chamber Urges DEP to Fully and Carefully Evaluate Cap and Trade Petition

April 16, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Following the Environmental Quality Board’s vote today to accept for further study a rulemaking petition that seeks to establish an economy-wide cap and trade program, the PA Chamber urged the Department of Environmental Protection to carefully evaluate the far-ranging impacts of such a program.  In early April, the PA Chamber joined more than a dozen business and industry groups in sending a letter  to the board raising a number of policy and regulatory concerns with the petition – including its constitutionality and the impact that such a program would have on the state’s economy.

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PA Chamber’s Lori Renne Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation's Education and Workforce Fellowship Program

April 4, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The PA Chamber is proud to announce that the organization’s Director of Marketing, Lori Renne, has been selected to participate in the second cohort of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s premiere business leadership program. The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers and builds their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

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PA Chamber: IFO Report Backs Up Concerns Over Mandated Minimum Wage Increases

March 28, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the recent publication of the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office’s analysis of a proposed minimum wage increase being pushed by the Wolf administration and certain lawmakers.  The plan calls for a wage increase to $12 - a 65 percent increase – as early as July 1, with incremental increases to $15 in the years ahead. Additionally, the plan calls for elimination of the tipped wage – which means many employers like restaurants would have only a few months to comply with an immediate 235 percent increase in labor costs and an increase of over 500 percent in just a few years.

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PA Chamber: Nuclear Mandate Legislation Would Increase Costs, Stifle Innovation

March 11, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding House Bill 11 – legislation that would alter Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act to require electric utilities purchase 50 percent of customer demand from nuclear energy, in addition to the existing 18 percent mandate for other types of energy resources:

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Report Reveals Startling Increase in Compound Cream Prescribing

March 6, 2019 | Tricia Harris

A report to the state legislature by the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council uncovered dramatic spikes in costs associated with non-FDA approved compound pain creams and the emergence of so-called “new pharmacies,” described as those beginning operation since 2013 and which appear to specialize in dispensing these questionable medications at staggering costs to employers.

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ChamberPAC Endorses D. Raja for Special State Senate Election

March 4, 2019 | Tricia Harris

ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, today announced its endorsement of D. Raja for state senator of the 37th Senatorial District. 

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PA Chamber Endorses Changes to Regional Electricity Market Pricing Rules

February 27, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding changes to the electricity market auction rules being proposed by the regional grid operator, PJM Interconnection. The proposal, addressing reserve pricing and procurement in regional energy markets, will soon to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for be sent for formal consideration.

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PA Chamber Educational Foundation, PA Bankers Association Annual Economic Forecast and Business Leadership Summit to Feature Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration

February 19, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The PA Chamber Educational Foundation and the Pennsylvania Bankers Association are again joining forces to present the Seventh Annual Economic Forecast and Business Leadership Summit on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey.  This year’s program will feature a “State of the Nation” address by U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.  As a member of President Trump’s Cabinet, McMahon advocates on behalf of 30 million small businesses across the country. 

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PA Chamber Unveils New Member Benefit to Help Companies Prepare for Critical Threats

February 12, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The PA Chamber is pleased to announce a partnership with Close Quarters Defense to provide a new member benefit offering comprehensive solutions to help employers protect their businesses and employees from critical threats.  From assessments and crisis planning to hands-on response training, CQD’s programs provide organizations with the ability to enhance their overall safety and security posture. 

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PA Chamber Applauds Governor’s Focus on Workforce Development, Warns Against Policies that Will Hurt State’s Competitiveness

February 5, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in regard to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget address:

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PA Chamber: Calls for Severance Tax Threaten Economic Growth

January 31, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to place an additional tax on the natural gas industry to help pay for a bond that would fund his new “Restore Pennsylvania” initiative:

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PA Chamber: Aggressive Mandated Wage Push Ignores Economic Realities for Pennsylvania Employers, Workers

January 30, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to a press conference by Gov. Tom Wolf calling for a government mandated minimum wage increase to $12 an hour in July with incremental increases to $15 and elimination of the tipped wage:

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Ambassador Nikki Haley to Headline 35th Annual Chamber Dinner

January 30, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is pleased to announce that Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2017-2019), will serve as the keynote speaker at the 35th Annual Chamber Dinner.

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PA Chamber Unveils New Member Benefit to Help Increase Business Profitability by Reducing Costs

January 29, 2019 | Tricia Harris

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is pleased to announce a new benefit for its broad-based membership – a free initial consultation with BottomLine Concepts – a no risk, contingency-based cost-savings company.

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PA Chamber Member Companies Step Up to Help Federal Employees Impacted by the Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019 | Tricia Harris

As the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history continues into its fifth week, businesses throughout the Commonwealth are rising to the challenge and offering various programs to help federal employees who are negatively impacted by the inability to work and receive their paycheck.  A wide range of industry sectors – including energy and utility companies; financial institutions and food banks – have announced various promotions or programs they are offering to assist federal employees until the shutdown is resolved.

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PA Chamber Foundation Unveils New Executive Leadership Training Program

January 22, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Every day 10,000 experienced Baby Boomers leave the workforce, creating a “silver tsunami” that will result in a shortage of executive talent, less-experienced workers transitioning into decision-making roles and high rates of millennial turnover.  As part of its multi-pronged workforce development effort, the PA Chamber Foundation is proud to partner with Solutions 21 and their “Next Leader Now” program to help companies address the “silver tsunami” by preparing their next generation of leaders.

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PA Chamber Expresses Condolences on Passing of Karen Coates

January 18, 2019 | Tricia Harris

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today following news of the passing of Karen Coates, chief of staff to House Speaker Mike Turzai:

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PA Chamber Urges Balance in Greenhouse Gas Regulations

January 8, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of an Executive Order calling for a reduction in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions: 

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PA Chamber Applauds Trump Administration Replacement of “Waters of the United States” Regulation

December 11, 2018 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it will be replacing the Obama administration’s controversial “Waters of the United States” rule with a new regulation:

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PA Chamber Fights to Protect Rights of Private Property Owners

February 7, 2018 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement today regarding the PA Chamber’s participation in the case of Dolores Frederick, et al. v. Allegheny Township ZHB v. CNX Gas Company, LLC. Arguments are being heard today before an en banc panel of Commonwealth Court in Pittsburgh in a case regarding, in part, how the state’s Environmental Rights Amendment influences local zoning decisions. 

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