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Mon Valley Progress Council joins Pa. Energy Infrastructure Alliance

| Friday, July 17, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

The Mon Valley Progress Council recently joined a state organization that supports creating new energy infrastructure.

The Mon Valley Progress Council joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments.

The progress council will work with PEIA members to educate lawmakers, members of their respective organizations, and the public about the benefits of investing to modernize and create new energy infrastructure to secure Pennsylvania's economic future.

“Investments in pipelines and energy infrastructure have the potential to transform the Mid-Mon Valley,” Mon Valley Progress Council Executive Director Joe Kirk said. “These are exactly the kinds of projects we need to ensure a diverse economic base, create jobs, grow our regional population and make communities more livable.”

The progress council joins the Washington County Chamber of Commerce as partners in the coalition, which launched June 8.

Other founding members include the Laborers International Union of North America, which has more than 25,000 members in the state, and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66.

Other PEIA members include the Pennsylvania State Grange, the oldest agricultural and rural advocacy organization of its kind in the United States, representing about 9,000 Pennsylvanians.

Through media and grassroots education efforts, PEIA and its members aim to showcase how private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure can strengthen the state's economy, create jobs, and increase public safety when projects are properly designed, built and maintained.

The Mon Valley Progress Council was founded in 1965 by Mid-Mon Valley business leaders who saw the need for regionally-based actions to address the closure of the U.S. Steel Donora Works and related economic challenges.

Since then, the council has undertaken a broad array of economic development initiatives and continues to lead regional efforts to advance projects that improve infrastructure, generate jobs, enhance workforce skills and grow communities.

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