Former Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl's next step is consulting firm
Former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl plans to use the connections he made during seven years in office to build his new business, Ravco Consulting, into a success.
“The broad range of dealings in that office has really created an opportunity for me to use that in my firm,” he said.
Ravenstahl, 33, of Fineview established Ravco Consulting, LLC, on Jan. 13, state business filings show. He said he has several clients but would not identify them. Some are in the oil and gas industry, he said.
He said he plans to focus on developing relationships among clients with similar interests.
“Right now, what I'm focused on is really business-to-business development, creating introductions and opportunities to add value to companies I'm representing,” Ravenstahl said on Thursday.
He's interested in working for several of the biggest drillers in the region — Range Resources Corp., Chevron Corp. and possibly EQT Corp. — and has talked with an executive at the pipeline and processing company MarkWest Energy Partners LP, said state Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg. Solobay recently met with Ravenstahl, who asked for help arranging meetings with prospective clients.
“We're just looking to get some face time for him so they can hear what he's trying to do,” Solobay said, adding that he wasn't clear what the former mayor would offer. “To tell you the truth, I don't know. … But these companies are always looking for big guys they can call up.”
The drilling industry has hired a number of former government employees as it has expanded across Pennsylvania, with most coming from the Department of Environmental Protection. Many have gone into lobbying, law and communications at energy firms.
As mayor, Ravenstahl supported the growth of the natural gas industry in the region. He opposed a ban on Marcellus shale drilling in the city that council passed in 2010. The following year, he made a push for natural gas-powered garbage trucks, citing environmental benefits and cheaper operating costs.
Ravenstahl's last day in office was Jan. 6. He chose not to run for re-election, citing the strains of office. But he left under the cloud of a federal investigation that sent several members of his office before a grand jury.
Before leaving office, numerous companies approached him about his future, Ravenstahl said. He felt starting his own firm would be “the best opportunity” for them, and himself, he said.
Ravenstahl is the sole employee of Ravco, working mostly in the field or from home, he said. The company is registered at his home address in Fine-view, according to Department of State records, and Ravenstahl said he plans to remain in the city.
In the future, Ravenstahl hopes to use his company to engage in volunteer work with Pittsburgh's youths.
“I'm looking to give back,” he said, “and use my experience in office as mayor to hopefully create some opportunities for young kids, as well.”
Staff writer Timothy Puko contributed. Melissa Daniels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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