Pittsburgh Works Together New Board Members

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September 22, 2020 | Pittsburgh Works Together

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Three prominent business and public sector leaders have joined the board of directors of Pittsburgh Works Together, a labor-business civic alliance promoting economic growth in western Pennsylvania.

They are:

  • Christina Cassotis, the CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, currently spearheading a proposed $1.1 billion rebuild of the Pittsburgh International Airport.
  • Christopher C. Heck, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Jeff M. Kotula, president of the 1,100-member Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the second-largest chamber in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Works co-chairs Tom Melcher and Morgan O’Brien announced the appointments today.

“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,” said O’Brien, former head of Peoples Gas.

Melcher, business manager of the Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council, noted Cassiotis’ role in the airport reconstruction and development of Neighborhood 91, an advanced manufacturing hub 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 in doing it,” Melcher said. “They are a perfect fit for our vision and agenda.”

Cassotis joined the Airport in 2015 and was at the helm when Pittsburgh International was named Airport of the Year by Air Transport World magazine. The number of nonstop flights at the airport increased by 80 percent under her chairmanship and two new transatlantic flights will begin operating from the airport this summer.

She holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, and a bachelor’s from the University of Massachusetts.

A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Heck is a former petty officer with the United States Coast Guard Reserves. He has been employed by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Marsh USA, K&L Gates, Fifth-Third Bank, and the SMC Business Councils.

Kotula serves as both the chamber president in Washington County as well as Director of Economic Development for Washington County through a public-private partnership.

He joined the chamber in 1999 and has tripled membership threefold in the 21 years he has headed the organization.

Named one of the region’s top 40-Under-40 influencers by Pittsburgh Magazine, Kotula holds a bachelor’s in political science from Duquesne University and a Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

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