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March 21, 2008

Call for Speakers on CBA at County Council

County Council Meeting on Community Benefits Agreement

Community members, Pittsburgh UNITED and representatives from local organizations including the PA League of Young Voters, ACORN and Sierra Club, will ask County Council on Tuesday, March 25th to pass legislation supporting Community Benefits Agreements.

The public will be provided with the opportunity to highlight the importance of community input on economic development projects and present arguments on two proposed pieces of legislation.
  • The Community Benefits Bill #3656-08 will take power away from the community being directly involved in the drafting of Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) with developers on proposed projects.
  • Pittsburgh UNITED recommends the passage of the Impact Analysis Bill #3657-08, which establishes process and criteria for considering the social and economic impacts of proposed major development projects.
  • Impact reports, completed by Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, will allow the public to learn about and make comment on projects and their anticipated effects on the community as well as provide information valuable to the creation of a CBA between the community and developer.

    To sign up to speak:
    Before 5 p.m. Monday, March 24th, contact John Mascio, Chief Clerk at jmascio@county.allegheny.pa.us or 412-350-6495 and provide the following info:
    - Name
    - Address
    - Phone Number
    - Affiliation/Association, if any

    MEETING DETAILS:
    Time: 5:00 PM, Tuesday, March 25th
    Place: Allegheny County Court House, 436 Grant Street, Downtown Pgh in Gold Room, 4th Floor
    Chair: Councilperson Bill Robinson, his committee is hosting hearing
    Format: Each person gets to speak for 3 min. max

    Check out the official notice with this info at http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/agenda/mar28/280325.pdf



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