(PITTSBURGH) June 18, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and PLCM President Richard P. Vilello, Jr., Mayor of Lock Haven today announced exciting plans for the 113th Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities (PLCM). The Convention will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19 through Friday, June 22 at the Omni William Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh where more than 250 statewide municipal decision-makers and officials will share innovative ideas, discuss issues of mutual concern and attend educational and leadership development sessions centered around the convention’s theme, “Celebrating Community Renaissance.”
“I am honored and excited to roll out the red carpet for our mayoral leaders and managers,” Ravenstahl said. “While our City is experiencing a period of great excitement, Pittsburgh, like all other municipalities, faces challenges. We will discuss both how we have built key partnerships to ignite reform in our schools through the Pittsburgh Promise, to reclaim our riverfronts and to rebuild our downtown and communities - in addition to discussing our City’s greatest hurdles, such as pension reform.
Since 2006, Pittsburgh’s downtown has seen a record $5 billion in new and planned investment. Ravenstahl is working to create economic development opportunities in more neighborhoods by expanding downtown’s Golden Triangle and igniting citizen-service to impact neighborhood revitalization.
“I truly believe that Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance is not just about brick and mortar development. This Renaissance is about the amazing people in Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods who push themselves and others to revitalize their yard, their block or their street. It’s about the young people who are advancing themselves and changing their course for the better, so that they can give back to their communities. It’s about serving others and believing in Pittsburgh’s amazing potential.”
Convention delegates will kick off the annual convention tomorrow, June 19, at 8:30 a.m., by joining community volunteers to build a new KaBOOM! playground at Allegheny Commons Park, located in the City’s Northside neighborhood - building off of the Mayor’s successful servePGH initiative. Coordinated by PLCM, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and KaBOOM!, the playground has been made possible thanks to the generous donations of many organizations. Nearby elementary school students helped to create the park’s design and will also join delegates and community members during the build.
“I am looking forward to our convention in Pittsburgh. It is going to be a celebration of Pittsburgh's Third Renaissance and a coming together of leaders from both large and small Pennsylvania municipalities to work toward all of our own renaissances. From Edinboro to Philadelphia, from Scranton to York, we will be working not just on our survival but on our revival,” said PLCM president Richard P. Vilello, Jr., Mayor of Lock Haven. “Our Coalition for Sustainable Communities will be there and our chamber partners will be hand-in-hand with us working on Act 47, Act 111 and Pension reform. And for fun, PLCM will be leaving its mark on Pittsburgh with KaBOOM!, by building a playground!”
KEY SPEAKING EVENTS AND SESSIONS
Thursday, June 21
Scott C. Paine, Ph.D., University of Tampa, Department of Communication Chair, Associate Professor, Communication/Government and World Affairs, will present “Public Leadership in a Climate of Political Distrust: How to Lead Ethically;” Dennis Yablonsky, former DCED Secretary and current CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, will participate as a panelist on our Coalition for Sustainable Communities Session; and former Governor Edward G. Rendell, partner with Ballard Spahr LLP, will address delegates (via video).
Throughout the Convention, the League will recognize outstanding individuals. An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday during the Welcome Breakfast, where Karl Eisaman, former mayor of Greensburg, and Kirk Wilson, former mayor of Carlisle, will be presented with President’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. The City of Greensburg will also be recognized with the Easton Voting Award for having the highest percentage of voter turnout in 2011.
During the General Session Luncheon on Thursday, the Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Thomas McMahon, former mayor of Reading and immediate PLCM past president.
Friday, June 22
Friday morning at the U. S. Senatorial Breakfast, U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. will speak. Also, recent graduates Derek J. Detweiler, Freedom High School in Bethlehem, and Beth A. Gilbert, G.A.R. Memorial High School in Wilkes-Barre, will be recognized for their winning essays in the PLCM/Verizon High School Senior Essay Contest. Additionally, a certificate will be presented to Kutztown Mayor Sandra Green, recent graduate of the League's voluntary Elected Officials Leadership Training Program.
The Convention will conclude with the annual business meeting, where legislative priorities will be established for the coming year and officers and directors-at-large will be elected to serve on the PLCM Board of Directors.
In addition, PLCM is excited to announce that the Convention will be “green.” Through the generosity of Constellation Energy, the endorsed electricity provider for PLCM’s Municipal Utility Alliance (MUA) Electricity Procurement Program, the energy usage for this conference has been matched with 100% Green e-Energy Certified Wind Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs. An REC represents the environmental attributes of electricity generated by wind, solar or other renewable power facilities. The RECs donated for this event are 100% Green e-Energy Certified Wind RECs, and by matching the electricity used for our Annual Convention with these RECs donated by Constellation, PLCM offsets CO2 emissions from 5,346 gallons of gasoline, which is the equivalent of 109.8 barrels of oil consumed.
The four-day PLCM Convention offers a variety of accredited sessions under PLCM’s Elected Officials Leadership Training Program and the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management's Professional Development Program, which focus on this year's convention theme.
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The mission of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities is to strengthen, empower and advocate for effective local government. PLCM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities. Today, PLCM represents Pennsylvania’s cities, townships, town, boroughs, and home rule communities that all share the League’s municipal policy interests. The Board of Directors oversees the administration of a wide array of municipal services including legislative advocacy (on both the state and federal level), publications designed to educate and inform, inquiry and research, education and training certification programs, consulting-based programs, and group insurance trusts. For more information, please visit www.plcm.org.
Editor's Note: The media is welcome to all sessions, which will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel on Wednesday, June 20 through Friday, June 22. Press kits, which include an agenda and a press badge, will be available. For an advance copy of our convention agenda, please visit www.plcm.org, Annual Convention, Media Materials. The Bedford Room on the 17th floor will be the designated press room during the convention and will be open during the following hours: Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.