Economic Growth in Pittsburgh
Economic Growth in Our Area


Family-sustaining jobs and careers has been one of my top priorities since being elected to the House of Representatives.

This week, I was proud to participate in ground-breaking ceremonies for more economic growth in the Pittsburgh area.

Located next to Pittsburgh International Airport, the open land has 1.4 million square feet ready for development. It will include a mix of office space, research and development laboratories, an industrial laboratory and a town center that will feature restaurants, retail and other commercial businesses.

The location, called Innovation Campus, is an ideal opportunity for any company that wants to establish a presence in the Pittsburgh region. It is a perfect example of the public and private sectors working together to spur economic growth.

Full development of the site is expected to take about a decade, with construction of the first building taking place in about two to three years.

I will be working closely with airport officials, local and state representatives and the area’s colleges and universities to identify anchor tenants for the Innovation Campus.
Remembering President George H.W. Bush

Pennsylvania and the nation said our final farewells to former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday.

Prior to serving as our nation’s 41st president, Bush was a decorated naval aviator in World War II, a head of the CIA and vice president to President Ronald Reagan.

The 41st president laid in state at the United States Capitol Building prior to his state funeral, held Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
We are all grateful for the lifetime of service that President Bush dedicated to our great country. As a war hero, public servant, philanthropist, diplomat and statesman in every sense of the word, he dedicated his life to improving the lives of each and every American.

Through all of this, President Bush remained a loving husband, father, grandfather and role model for many of us in public office as to how we should conduct ourselves. We send our love and support to the entire Bush family as they celebrate the amazing life of our 41st president.

In honor of the former president, flags in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will fly at half-staff for the remainder of the year.
Thank You Sgt. McClary

We are forever indebted to Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary for his dedicated service to our nation.

My deepest sympathies go out to his family after he died as a result of injuries suffered during a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan last week. The 24-year-old, from Export, was transferred to the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he passed away.

Sgt. McClary was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Three other service members were killed in the explosion near Ghazni, and two others were wounded. It was the deadliest attack against United States forces in Afghanistan this year.

May the memory of Sgt. Jason Mitch McClary always be a blessing.
Keeping Infants Safe During Sleep

The House recently passed a resolution designating November as Infant Safe Sleep Month to help raise awareness about safe sleeping methods for infants.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation are the leading causes of death in babies 1 to 12 months of age. To help prevent these tragedies, parents and caregivers are urged to follow the ABCs.

  • Keep the baby alone in his or her crib and separate from where others sleep for at least the first six months.

  • Have the infant sleep on his or her back. Tummy time is safe only when the baby is awake and supervised.

  • The baby’s crib should be uncluttered with no loose bedding, comforters, quilts, toys, bumpers, pillows or other items.

Instead of layers, regulate the room temperature and consider a “Sleep Sack,” or footed sleepers. Learn more here.
Get Your 2019 Fishing License!

Fishing licenses for 2019 are now available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and its more than 700 issuing agents and county treasurers’ offices.

The price of a resident fishing license this year is $22.90. The most popular add-ons, a trout-salmon stamp and a Lake Erie permit, cost $9.90 each, or $15.90 for a combination permit.

Customers will also have the option of purchasing several new voluntary permits, with funds generated by their purchase being reinvested into their respective programs. The voluntary permits include: bass ($11.90); musky ($11.90); habitat/waterways conservation permit ($11.90); and wild trout and enhanced waters permit ($26.90).

Licenses are valid for up to 13 months, from December 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019. For more information about fishing in PA, and how to give the gift of fishing by purchasing a gift voucher, visit
Guard Against Fraud This Holiday Season

While the holiday season is often the most charitable, consumers are encouraged to be vigilant and watch out for scams aimed at taking advantage of their good will.

For your protection, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations maintains a publicly accessible online database which contains all legally established charities in Pennsylvania. Consumers are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any charity using this database prior to donating.

To learn more about an organization prior to donating or to report suspected fraud, you may also call the bureau’s toll-free telephone hotline at 1-800-732-0999.

For additional information about protecting yourself while giving, click here.
‘Tis the Season


The Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg is all decked out for the Christmas season. The 18-foot Douglas fir features more than 900 LED lights and more than 400 ornaments. The tree came from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Carbon County. Happy holidays!
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