Donald F. Smith, Jr., President of AC Client Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), pens year-end column for the Pittsburgh Business Times about how to improve the region’s building permit process.
For commercial real estate and government in 2021, let’s resolve to improve our permitting practices and work toward making our region one of the best to build in. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel to do it. We can learn from those who do it best.
AC client Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) was part of a celebration commemorating the first commercial radio broadcast. RIDC’s Keystone Commons property, formerly a Westinghouse complex in Pittsburgh, is the original site of KDKA’s 1920 radio shack that made that inaugural broadcast to Americans on Election Night and marked the birth of the broadcast industry.
But the significance of this centennial anniversary goes beyond that. The 1920 presidential election came at a time when, like today, the nation was recovering from a pandemic and experiencing social activism. The Harding-Cox election was the first in which women could vote.
“To commemorate the event, the National Museum of Broadcasting partnered with Westinghouse Service Uniting Retired Employees (SURE) and Duquesne University to re-enact the first commercial radio broadcast that covered the 1920 election between Republican Warren Harding and Democrat James Cox. Duquesne University will live stream the historic results from a re-constructed version of the original radio shack at the Regional Industry Development Corporation (RIDC) Park in Turtle Creek, just like it did 100 years ago.”
Pittsburgh Business Times article by Don Smith, President of RIDC, an AC client, can be read in full here.
The people of this region, and our future economic prosperity depend on our ability to retrain the workforce that is going to be displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic and economic disruption. We need to build a training system in the context of an overall economic vision and as part of a holistic approach to revitalizing our economy. Mobilizing large-scale workforce retraining as a boost to both workers and companies is both possible and realistic if we adequately incentivize business and local education institutions to take on the creation of demand-driven training programs.