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CRE Client on Improving the Region’s Building Permit Process

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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.

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100th Anniversary Of First Commercial Radio Broadcast

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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.

The centennial celebration was covered in several Pittsburgh news outlets, including 90.5 WESA and TribLIVE.

 

“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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Pittsburgh Business Times: Boosting Future Economic Development

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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.

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AC Client Viewpoint: Stabilizing the Real Estate Market Post-COVID-19

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The president of AC client RIDC writes about how to encourage real estate development activities post-COVID-19 in an article for Pittsburgh Business Times:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and a lengthy recession looks like a strong possibility, real estate development is going to grind to a halt. We can begin creating the conditions that will facilitate its re-emergence now, but it will require government and developers to work together.

Nothing local governments do today is going to counteract a global recession, but they can use this time to implement technology upgrades and create new human processes, so that when market forces turn positive, there are fewer impediments to a robust response from the private sector.

Streamlining the current building permitting process is a crucial first step to encouraging development activities post-COVID-19.

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