Join Us in Pittsburgh October 17 - 1st Stop in the Heartland Tour to Rebuild Manufacturing Cities

Tom Croft to Open the Century Foundation Pittsburgh Summit as part of the Heartland Tour!

Heartland and SVA Director Tom Croft will open Manufacturing a Better Paying Pennsylvania, a half-day summit in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, October 17, that will bring together local and national leaders committed to renewing manufacturing, reinvesting in manufacturing cities and spurring economic development in the Keystone State.

The Summit will commence at 8:30 a.m. at the Steelworkers headquarters (60 Boulevard of the Allies, downtown Pittsburgh). This event is part of the "High-Wage America Project," a policy and research program led by The Century Foundation's Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative. A number of new policy papers will be released including one co-authored by Tom on rebuilding manufacturing cities. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

This participatory summit, which will feature an address by United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, will discuss how to bring back good jobs for all working families. Two panels, featuring leaders from government, business, workforce and community development, and labor, will lay the groundwork for a bold agenda to build an advanced and inclusive manufacturing economy-showcasing examples of economic growth already underway in Pennsylvania and similar communities across the country.

Summit panelist speakers include:

  • Ted Chandler, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

  • Harold Meyerson, the American Prospect

  • Dewitt Walton, Allegheny County Councilman, A. Phillip Randolph Institute,

  • Steve Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center

  • Bill Generett, Duquesne University

  • Madeline Janis, Jobs to Move America

  • Jeff Madrick, Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, and

  • Additional leaders from the government, business, workforce and community development, and labor sectors.

This event is supported by:

  • The Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at The Century Foundation

  • Steel Valley Authority

  • Keystone Research Center

  • Industrial Union Council of the AFL-CIO

  • Heartland Capital Strategies

  • National Call to Action

This unique "listening tour" is part of a prospective Heartland Tour to find ways to revive our industrial commons. The Century Foundation officially launched the new initiative on Tuesday, June 13 at U.S. Senate offices before a standing room audience of 150 Congressional leaders, staff-members and participants, and which featured Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) as keynote speakers.


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