Pittsburgh Works Together named three local business leaders to its board of directors— Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority; Christopher Heck, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce; and Jeff Kotula, president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.
Pittsburgh Works Together works to promote economic growth in the western Pennsylvania region.
“As we continue to expand our message of an all-inclusive economic development program for this region, the addition of three successful business and public sector leaders sends a strong message about merging technology and tradition as the region rebuilds,” Morgan O’Brien, former head of Peoples Gas and a co-chair of the organization, said in a prepared statement.
Pittsburgh Works Together reported it placed Cassiotis in the role in part because she is also leading a proposed. $1.1 billion rebuild of the Pittsburgh International Airport and the development of Neighborhood 91, an advanced manufacturing center set to be located at the airport.
“These are all people who understand the importance of economic expansion and creating jobs and, in the case of Christina, are hands-on doing it,” Tom Melcher, business manager of the Pittsburgh Regional Building and Construction Trades Council and co-chair of Pittsburgh Works Together, said in a prepared statement.
Pittsburgh Works Together launched in March 2020, shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Pittsburgh. It set out with the mission to improve economic growth in the region, particularly through the industrial sectors. In recent months, the organization shifted its focus toward pandemic-related economic recovery in the region.