23rd Annual Dinner Held on November 19, 2009 at Grand View Golf Club
The 23rd Annual Dinner of the Enterprise Zone Corp. of Braddock serving Braddock, North Braddock, Rankin and Swissvale was held on November 19th at the Grand View Golf Club in North Braddock. Enterprise Zone President William Pfoff welcomed approximately 45 members and guests including guest speaker Dennis Yablonsky. Mr. Yablonsky is the Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations – The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.
A native of the Mon Valley and former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Mr. Yablonsky is very familiar with the area and the economic development challenges and opportunities. Mr. Yablonsky discussed regional development issues, the benefits of the G-20 Summit, Allegheny Conference activities and opportunities in Pittsburgh energy economy. The discussion on energy was of particular interest to Enterprise Zone representatives as Green Development is an important part of the development strategy for the area.
Pictured left to right: Allegheny Conference Chief Executive Officer Dennis Yablonsky, Braddock Councilman and Enterprise Zone Board Member Matt Thomas, Swissvale Mayor Deneen Swartzwelder, North Braddock Councilman and Enterprise Zone Secretary James Reichert, Rankin Councilwoman and Enterprise Zone Board Member Lucille Rago and Enterprise Zone President and Rankin Councilman William Pfoff.