Media Advisory Senate & House Urban Affairs Committees to Hold Hearing on Future of Cities

For Immediate Release

The Senate and House Urban Affairs committees will hold the first of three statewide public hearings to examine the future of Pennsylvania’s cities, large and small. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, May 29 starting at 10 a.m. at the Allegheny County Courthouse (436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh) in the Gold Room.

The public is invited to attend.

Written comments will be accepted by the committee at

More information on the hearing can be found at

The agenda is as follows:

10:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Senator David G. Argall (R-29) & Senator Jim Brewster (D-45)

10:05 p.m. City of Pittsburgh
Bill Peduto, City Council Member

10:35 p.m. Allegheny County
Cassandra Collinge, Manager of Housing Division, Department of Economic Development

11:05 p.m. Third Class City Mayors
Phillip Krivacek, Mayor of Duquesne
Michael Cherepko, Mayor of McKeesport

11:35 a.m. Allegheny Institute of Public Policy
Eric Montarti, Senior Policy Analyst

12:05 p.m. Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Robert Rubinstein, Acting Executive Director
Senator Jim Ferlo, Treasurer of the Board of Directors

12:35 p.m. The Promise and Potential of Development
Andy Haines, S&A Homes
Larry Swanson, ACTION Housing
William Gatti, Trek Development Group

1:05 p.m. Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh
Brian K. Jensen, Ph.D., Executive Director

1:35 p.m. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Rona Nesbit, Executive Vice President

2:05 p.m. Office of Community & Governmental Relations – University of Pittsburgh
Dr. John Wilds, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Relations


Jon Hopcraft
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