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South Oakland hotel projects moving forward

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Downtown isn’t the only neighborhood experiencing a hotel construction boom. Add to the list Oakland, where two new hotels are poised to advance. City planning commission members will be briefed Tuesday on the projects — a 108-room Hotel Indigo to be built at Pittsburgh Technology Center in South Oakland and a 144-room Marriott Residence Inn on Forbes Avenue near Magee-Womens ...

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Push in Pittsburgh aims to put digital badges on resumes of the future


For around $300, an engineer with a few years of network administration experience can take the Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching certification exam and climb the ladder to a position that pays up to $118,830, according to PayScale.com. Substituting four-year computer science degrees with work experience and low-cost certification exams has helped thousands of IT workers advance to ...

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Grant requests to Allegheny County RAD authority increase

More than 100 organizations requested a total of $103.7 million in county sales tax money to strengthen and maintain their cultural and recreational offerings in 2016, according to documents released Thursday by the Allegheny Regional Asset District. The 109 asks are slightly higher than last year, when 106 groups requested $102.1 million and the authority distributed $93.1 million. Applicants should ...

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Fewer gas wells drilled in state’s forests

Marcellus Shale gas drilling and development in Pennsylvania’s forests slowed significantly in 2014, according to a report released Thursday in Harrisburg to the state Natural Gas Advisory Committee, reflecting market conditions. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources report shows 47 new wells were approved for drilling in state forests in 2014, down from the 79 new wells approved in ...

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Fay-Penn says county attracting operations, fostering start-ups

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There’s good news for businesses in Fayette County, according to officials from Fay-Penn Economic Development Council. On Thursday, the council held its quarterly board meeting, where officials reported that businesses are moving into the county and start-up operations are organizing here. Fay-Penn’s Dana Kendrick reported the organization is part of a new program, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership. “This July, ...

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Proposed Shell plant would generate own power _ a lot of it

MONACA, Pa. — A proposed petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania would use — and generate — a substantial amount of power. The Beaver County Times reports that Shell Chemicals’ ethane cracker plant proposed for Potter and Center townships in Beaver County would likely require more than 100 megawatts of electricity to operate. That would power 100,000 homes at any given moment, ...

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Update: Drilling in Pennsylvania forests

In 2012, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) conducted its first assessment on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania’s state forests and found development is “neither benign nor catastrophic.” On Thursday, the DCNR released an updated report of Marcellus Shale development in state forests that covers all the way through 2014.  Secretary Cindy Dunn commented on the department’s newest ...

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Profit falls at EQT on low shale gas prices

A 40 percent drop in natural gas prices is eroding profits at EQT Corp. despite continued increases in production. Net income at the Downtown-based company fell by 95 percent to $5.5 million, or 4 cents per share, during the quarter that ended June 30, compared to $110.9 million, or 73 cents per share, during the same period last year, EQT ...

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Gas and oil industry has rolling mill operating again in region

In a former artillery shell plant in Tanneryville, 7.5-ton cranes are moving again — heaving 5,400-pound steel sheets into a stack to be shaped into panels. With an investment worth up to $10 million, Environmental Tank & Container CEO Bill Polacek said Johnstown now has an operating rolling mill, shaping panels for proprietary tanks for the upstream oil and gas ...

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Pipeline group starts work


HARRISBURG – A state task force began work Wednesday to set policy for development of a network of natural gas pipelines during the next decade. John Quigley, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, headed the first meeting of the 48-member group drawn from the ranks of business, environmental groups, landowners and local, state and federal officials. It drew a ...

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