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Dear members, neighbors, and friends: This has been our Southpointe Chamber’s best growth year for new programs and newly opened and expanded offices. We have expanded our size so that you can read about two additional event articles in this publication. The magazine has been rebranded “The official Southpointe Marcellus Directory & Quarterly Report .” We have over 21,000 documented readers. In this issue, read our article announcing the Southpointe Aviation Club’s first partnership event with the Washington Flyers Club and Aero National Inc. $5,100 was raised and donated to the Wounded Warriors Foundation as a result of our Washington Fly Day. See page 40 for details We have upgraded and moved to our new offices and facility at the California University of PA ‘Southpointe Center for Innovation’ See page 27 for details We opened our new satellite office in Pittsburgh on Grant Street in partnership with the Canadian Consulate and Ana Maria Rodriguez, Trade Commissioner at the Consulate. See article on page 22 The Southpointe Chamber was founded as the original chamber and voice of Southpointe in 1993. We proudly continue to hold that title with new offices, members, events and added pages to this publication. We started with ‘social networking’ 15 years before anyone knew the scope and power of the internet. Oh, don’t forget our free app on your smart phone store. Look up ‘Southpointe’. You will have free access to events, calendar, company directory, videos and more. As always, we would like to have breakfast, lunch or cocktails with you to discuss your business and how the Southpointe Marcellus Shale Chamber can help you grow.
Letter from the Executive President.............................Page 06 Dr. Donald Ravasio, Orthopedic Surgeon and U.S. Army Physician Joins Canonsburg Hospital Staff...............Page 9 Southpointe development acts as region’s relief valve.................................................Page 14 Fight Climate Change with Natural Gas......................Page 17 Southpointe Lifestyle Section.......................................Page 19 Contact email@example.com or 724-873-7777 Rita Yunker Greeting...............................................Page 20 “Your Success is Our Business” Did you know these nine facts about the Southpointe Chamber............................................Page 20 Thank you, Southpointe Chamber Opens Satellite Office in Pittsburgh.............................................................Page 22 Over 50 Places to Eat in the Southpointe Area........Page 24 Panoramic View of Southpointe II.....................Page 26-27 Southpointe Chamber upgrades with new offices and venue partnership with California University of PA ‘Center for Innovation’............................................Page 27 Southpointe Map and Directory.........................Page 28-30 New Natural Gas Pipeline Planned for W.Va., Ohio....Page 37 Don Hodor Chinese Shale Gas Delegation Visits Southpointe.......Page 38 Executive President $5,100 Raised for Wounded Warriors at Southpointe Marcellus Shale Chamber of Commerce Washington County Airport.....................................Page 40 724.873.7777
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a manufacturer of steel parts. CEO Martin Beichner Jr. was looking for a place to consolidate plants in Arden and Chartiers. He said Southpointe gave the company an image: After years of trying to break into the development boom “When we bring customers into Southpointe, they can see we at Southpointe, Marc Kossman established a presence at have a first-class location. It helps.” the sprawling office park in Washington County. Kossman Trickle-down growth Development, his family's 60-year-old real estate business in Despite traffic backups during rush-hour commutes, the Pittsburgh that developed Parkway Center in Green Tree and economic benefits from the office parks are many. Omega Corporate Center in Robinson, bought two Southpointe is contributing to mushrooming property taxes as Southpointe buildings in March. “It's competitive, and we businesses and their employees move there. In Cecil, feel lucky to have been able to buy in,” Kossman, executive commercial and industrial property assessments grew 26 vice president, said of the Cecil complex. “We've been percent during the past 7 years to $4.65 million in 2014. making inquiries for a number of years, and properties there Bill McGowen, executive director of the Redevelopment don't come up very often. It's a very in-demand location.” By John D. Oravecz Authority of Washington County, which administered the sale Kossman's move highlights Southpointe's impact on the Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.of Southpointe I land to developers, said the state-surplus regional market for commercial and office space. Since land was not on property tax rolls. The county offered a tax opening in 1993, Southpointe has attracted 300 companies, abatement program that phased in taxes over five years. including headquarters of two on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. More than 70 buildings house The tax money enabled Canon-McMillan School District, which includes Cecil and two other municipalities, to an estimated 11,000 employees on more than 800 acres. consider new schools. The district has 5,200 students and “is With an 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse, growing, every year, by leaps and bounds,” said Joani Class A buildings, townhouses, condos and apartments
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plus accessibility to two interstates and Pittsburgh International Airport - Southpointe grew from vacant state land that once housed a mental hospital and gardens that its patients tilled. ‘The No. 1 park' Growth has accelerated since 2009 when Southpointe I, completed in 2004, drew companies for the Marcellus shale gas rush. Developers have invested $663 million into the two office parks, according to officials in Washington County, which purchased the land for about $800,000 in the late 1980s. “Companies migrate to Southpointe because opportunity is here,” said Don Hodor, Executive Director of the Southpointe Marcellus Shale Chamber of Commerce. “The tax base is lower. There's free parking for employees, a golf course, and homes are less expensive because of lower taxes.” Freedom from the hustle and expense of a big city typically makes a suburban location attractive. But at Southpointe, corporate rents are higher than in Pittsburgh, averaging $22.57 a square foot compared with $21.06 in Downtown, according to CBRE Pittsburgh, the region's largest commercial real estate broker. “Southpointe is clearly the No. 1 park in the region because of its size and the quality of its buildings,” said Jeffrey Ackerman, managing director of CBRE Pittsburgh. “... We have a dozen companies looking for space there now.” Southpointe's first company, in 1993, was Accutrex Inc.,
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been game-changing. The shale revolution is generating real-world consequences in the battle against climate change. For anyone concerned about the release of heat-trapping greenhouse emissions that are warming the planet, the switch from coal to natural gas is already producing a host of good effects. Here in Pennsylvania, coal accounts for 39 percent of the state’s electricity use, down from 48 percent in 2005, while the use of natural gas for power production has increased from 14 percent to 24 percent and is rising. Over the past decade, a reduction in airborne emissions of sulfur dioxide, mercury and other particulates from coal burning has improved air quality, with beneficial results for public health, especially the elderly and people with asthma and lung ailments. Nationally, the switch from coal to natural gas is the principal reason carbon dioxide emissions have dropped to 1990s levels, according to the International Energy Agency. Indeed, Continued on Pg. 34
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Area Growth relief valve Continued from Pg. 14 Mansmann, director of business and finance. “To have that growth is a blessing,” Mansmann said. “But I am cautious, because with growth, you also have more expenses down the road to accommodate it.” Nearby are other developments — Tanger Outlets, the Meadows Racetrack & Casino, hotels, restaurants and retailers. A 200-unit Ryan Homes development is under construction in Peters. “I don't think I could have predicted the growth,” said Jason Capps, owner and chef at Bella Sera, an Italian restaurant a few minutes east of Southpointe on Morganza Road. “My business has steadily increased, double-digits each year, as we attracted Southpointe clientele.” Capps said Bella Sera's revenue will top $2 million this year. He faces competition from Peters restaurants, such as Franco's
Trattoria, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Juniper Grill and Atria's. Region’s Relief Valve Early on, some worried that Southpointe would steal companies from downtown Pittsburgh. But the city “retained a remarkable amount of jobs,” said Chris Briem, an economist at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Social and Urban Research. “It's just under 300,000, remarkably the same as in 1960,” he said. “The general perception is the city has had dramatic population loss. But what Pittsburgh has retained is jobs different jobs, of course.” Jeff Burd, president of Tall Timber Group in Ross, sees Southpointe as “a relief valve for job growth that wasn't going to take place in Downtown.” “In any community, city or small town, there is a constant ebb and flow of jobs,” Burd said. “Southpointe gave emerging businesses who didn't have a pressing need to be Downtown a place with high-quality space.” Southpointe's low vacancy rate of 4.5 percent is topped only by 3.9 percent in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, a hotbed of universities and technology startups, CBRE recently found. By comparison, Downtown's business district, with 12 times the leasable space but more than double the vacancies at 10.2 percent, remains the busiest market by virtue of its size, experts say. Downtown has five Fortune 500 company headquarters. William Sember, director of operations at the Washington County Authority, said the last parcel of 10 acres at Southpointe II sold three weeks ago to Quattro Investments LP, led by Pittsburgh developer Jim Scalo of Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services. “We intend to begin a new five-story office building later this year, valued at $30 million,” said Scalo, who hasn't signed tenants. “We have more demand than supply.” John D. Oravecz is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Staff writer Sam Spatter contributed.
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LifeStyle: Updates Welcome to the latest edition of Lifestyles. Going forward, instead of dividing the section into various themes, we would like to focus on human interest stories. In addition, we are going to introduce a page called Business Card Directory. This page will display business cards of lifestyle themes that would be of interest to our readers. An example would be various Rita Yunker Southpointe Telecom boutiques in the area, hair salons, real estate offices, landscaping companies, Magazine Sales & garden clubs, spas etc. If you are Lifestyle Editor interested in displaying a business card ad, please reach out to me. The cost is very affordable. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we mentioned in my last editorial, one of my
business goals is to grow Lifestyles. At this point, it is not what we envision. Changing the direction is the answer that will help grow the size of the section. As we mentioned in my last editorial, we are very fortunate that our beautiful city is flooded with many top-rated educational systems, teaching hospitals, award winning fine art centers and the list goes on and on. Our goal is to connect you with as many establishments as possible in order to keep you informed both professionally and personally. Finally, please come to our monthly luncheons as well as our other activities that you can find on our web site www.southpointeevents.com. For example, we would like to see many of you at our newly formed jazz club. we realize that not everyone likes or appreciates jazz, but for those that do, what a better way to connect with like minded people than having something in common. A very relaxed atmosphere equates with a relaxed exchange of business cards and ideas. Growth comes from reaching out of your comfort zone and exploring other options. Happy Reading, Rita Yunker
Did you know these nine facts about the Southpointe Chamber 1. We are celebrating our 21st year as a chamber with 80% of our original board still active. 2. None of our board members or staff members (including the officers) draw an income from the chamber. 3. We now have a 501 (c) non-profit component and still maintain the profit corporate side as well. (The chamber founding name is “Southpointe Chamber” and the change to “Southpointe Marcellus Chamber” was made in 2007. (7 years ago) 4. We are recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Non-profit Organizations and are members in good standing. 5. We are listed and recognized with the Pennsylvania Chamber official listing. 6. The PA State governor’s office sends representatives several times each year to speak at our events and help coordinate our international programs. The SBA actively works with our organization.
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Southpointe Chamber Opens Satellite Office in Pittsburgh In addition to our satellite office in the George Washington Hotel on Main Street in Washington, we added a new satellite office at Oxford Center, Grant Street (42nd floor) Pittsburgh, PA. Our chamber membership in Pittsburgh doubled over the past year. Our Pittsburgh office is immediately across from the Canadian Consulate, and Zambelli Technology International who is a partner with us for shale related business. We have hosted four international events over the past year – including delegates with the UK, Ukraine, China and Canada. Watch for our next major event with Canadian delegates in November when a large group will be visiting Southpointe to promote trade between countries.
Did you Know Continued from Pg. 20 7. We are recognized by several Federal Trade Offices in Washington, DC & Pittsburgh as the ‘go to’ organization for hosting events for foreign counties including the recent Chinese, UK, Canada and Ukrainian delegations. 8. Our chamber is not built on the endorsement of a few companies but 21,000 readers of our magazine, 6,100 newsletter subscribers and 500+ active attending members. All the above are pulling together with a voice and networking opportunities. This represents 21 years of growth with hard work and attention to the detailed needs of each member. 9. We now have offices in Southpointe at the Southpointe Center of Innovation (California Univ. Building), in Washington, PA on Main Street and Grant Street, Pgh .
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Southpointe Chamber upgrades with new offices and venue partnership with California University of PA ‘Center for Innovation’ We are celebrating our 21st year as the original voice of Southpointe founded in 1993. Last month, we moved into our new office at California University of PA’s Center for Innovation. We, along with The Thrasher Group, share the 2nd floor (California’s Southpointe Center is on the 3rd floor). Our partnership venue with computer labs, teleconference meeting rooms and technology is a winning program available to all of our members. With 10,000 sq ft. we can accommodate over 100 in the larger teleconferencing lab with breakout rooms for smaller groups. California University of Pa. has rebranded and taken a new
direction offering new programs entrepreneurial and shale energy related for the Southpointe community and beyond. This is all under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Whitehead, Office of the Provost Academic Affairs and Chris Allen, Community Education Manager. Watch for our partnership ‘Breakfast Series’ with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and many other sponsors. www.southpointe.net
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Business Highlight Climate change continued from Pg. 17 the United States has taken the lead globally in cutting carbon emissions. Credit for this goes to the increased use of natural gas in power production. How so? For each unit of energy produced, a megawatt-hour of natural gas-fired generation produces less than half the amount of carbon dioxide emissions as coal-fired generation. Those who question whether the expanded use of gas for power production in the United States is sustainable, given the multiple demands on its use, should consider that natural gas resources in the United States are virtually inexhaustible. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the United States has more than 100 years’ worth of natural gas. What’s more, geologists have only scratched the surface of potential shale resources. Most of the gas is still trapped in shale after initial fracking, and engineers are trying to come up with a practical and cost-effective way to reach it. If replicated in other countries with sizable shale resources, fracking could stimulate a global shift from coal to gas. By making such technology available to countries like China, Australia and Argentina, which have sizable shale formations, further reductions in the world’s carbon emissions would become possible.
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Qing Yang received a birds-eye view of the Pittsburgh region and its many Marcellus Shale wells Friday morning, participating in a fly-over of the region with 10 representatives of the China Shale Gas Delegation. “The Pittsburgh we saw is a very beautiful city,” said Yang, who is director of the petroleum and natural gas department of China’s National Energy Administration. Friday’s event, sponsored by the Southpointe Marcellus Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, brought the 10 Chinese delegates to Southpointe to meet with U.S. shale operators to learn about U.S. technologies and the best approaches to shale gas development. Also attending, in addition to representatives from USTDA, were those from the U.S. Commercial Service and Wilfred Muskens, deputy secretary for international business development for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Speaking through an interpreter, Yang explained China already is developing shale gas wells in the Sichuan Basin and Yangtze River areas, but said the chance to study and learn about the U.S. experience with shale gas, especially at what has been described as the shale gas center of the United States, “is a very rare opportunity.” During a half-hour panel discussion at Bella Sera restaurant in Cecil Township involving representatives of several regional companies working in the Marcellus, delegates learned about natural gas distribution, water treatment and other technologies that have developed as the domestic shale gas industry has evolved. Yang and his delegation are at the forefront of their government’s determination to make shale gas development a priority. According to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration/Advanced Resources International, China has an estimated 1.115 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas in three basins.
The estimate places the country just behind the United States, which has 1.161 trillion cubic feet. But unlike North America, the EIA/ARI study notes China’s service sector is just beginning to acquire the necessary capability for largescale horizontal drilling combined with multi-stage hydraulic stimulation. To date, China has spent $1.6 billion to develop about 130 shale gas wells. The EIA/Advanced Resources study notes that while China’s government is making shale gas development a priority on legal, technological and commercial fronts, geologic and industry conditions are considerably less favorable in China than in North America. China hopes tailoring U.S. drilling methods to its conditions could be the key to opening the country’s shale potential. The group, which in addition to Yang and others from the NEA included delegates from National Energy Shale Gas Research and Development Center, the International Cooperative Department of the NEA, the Department of Geological Exploration of the Ministry of Land Resources, and the Department of Environmental Impact Assessment, heard from representatives from companies providing solutions for exploration and development companies in the Marcellus. Bill Pollock, a partner in Neo Gas N.A., described how his company has developed ways to bring natural gas to large industrial systems and vehicles not served by natural gas pipelines. Ron Pettengill, an executive vice president for start-up Epiphany, described how the company uses solar and natural gas to treat fracking production water, which flows back with salts and chemicals that can’t be put directly back into the watershed. It was also noted by Brian Hyita, an industry consultant, that there could be business opportunities in technology exchanges with Chinese companies. “The (U.S.) drilling industry uses drills that incorporate Chinese-built components,” said Hyita, who noted that technology exchange already exists between Chinese and U.S. companies. During a video presentation using Google Maps, Ernest Benchek of Boord Benchek Associates Inc. showed how his company helps drillers prepare large rural gas lease areas for everything from roads to pad sites. “If you don’t do this right the first time,” Benchek said, “the cost of trying to do it again could be prohibitive.” The Chinese delegation, which began the week touring the EPA and other agencies in Washington, D.C., will spend next week visiting oil and gas production companies in Houston and Dallas, Texas, before returning home.
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