Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Former Rendell Official Joins Local Business Group

The new CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development says he thinks the energy sector may hold some of the region's biggest opportunities. Dennis Yablonsky began his new job at the helm of the local business group today. He says southwestern Pennsylvania has a lot of assets that fit with a surging interest in energy, from the knowledge base at local universities to resources like coal and natural gas.

From 2003 until last October, Yablonsky served as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Community and Economic Development. Before that, he led Pittsburgh's Digital and Life Sciences Greenhouses, two local business incubators. Yablonsky says he thinks his experience at the state level gives him a unique perspective on issues like workforce development, the legislative process, and regional consolidation.

To listen to more from Yablonsky in an interview with DUQ's Katherine Fink, click here.

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