November 2014 End of Year Celebration
Building One Pennsylvania thanks our sponsors (see below) and supporters who gathered November 20th for our end of year celebration where we celebrated our progress, honored our partners, allies and outstanding leaders, and re-dedicated ourselves to promoting an inclusive, stable and economically prosperous Pennsylvania.
Representatives Mike Vereb and Mike Sturla were on hand to receive the Unified Pennsylvania award for building bi-partisan support for a state transportation funding bill that will fix Pennsylvania’s aging and deteriorating infrastructure, create jobs and make our regions more attractive to private investment. As members of the Basic Education Funding Commission, they pledged to create the same bi-partisan support for a sound school funding formula.
David Rusk, founding president of Building One America, received a lifetime achievement award for his tireless consulting to regional groups around the state about strategies for overcoming the competition for tax base among municipalities and school districts that is weakening older cities and suburbs, concentrating poverty, and driving consumption of open space.
Click here to see the full list of honorees. Click here to read a York Dispatch editorial, and York Dispatch article discussing Rusk’s perspective in the context of tension between the school district and a state-appointed recovery officer over turning the entire school district over to a for-profit charter company. The editorial notes that the question — what do you do about a district that is bleeding money and failing its students — will be the same for Governor-elect Wolf, and suggests that he begin by changing the question to “What do you do about a system of government that concentrates poverty, automatically putting students and schools at a disadvantage?”
Building One Pennsylvania has been a voice for prioritizing our older cities and suburbs through regional planning, balanced housing, and investment in schools and infrastructure. You can support this work by making your tax-deductible contribution to Building One Pennsylvania. Contributions can be made on-line by clicking here, or by mailing your donation to P.O. Box 1246, Lansdowne, PA, 19050.
Construction Association of Western Pennsylvania Partners
Friedman Shuman Attorneys At Law
United States Steel Corporation
Wayne Presbyterian Church Sponsors
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Ann B. Barshinger
Brandywine Health Foundation
Bristol Township School District
Chapel of Good Shepherd
Clairton Lions Club
Community First Fund
Drexel Hill United Methodist Church
Housing Authority of the County of Chester
Laborers’ District Council Local Union 135
Richard Lattanzi J.P. Mascaro & Sons
Law Office of John P. McKelligott
McKinley Memorial Baptist Church
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
Partners for Public Education
Penn State Fayette Eberly Campus
Penn State New Kensington
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Quadel Consulting St. James Episcopal Church
The Garden Church
United Steelworkers Local 2227
Wayne Presbyterian Church
David White, Delaware County Council
Yeadon Borough Friends
Jane N Beatty
Senator Jim Brewster
Rev. Ed Crenshaw
Tom Donley Jamie Dycus Katie Scharf Dykes Rev. David Eckert Shireen Farr Sameera Fazili
Lin Floyd Jackie Foor Jane Gao
James Hannan Adam Gordon and Kari Hexem
Bill & Nancy Henderson
Commissioner Doug Hoke
Keith Williams, Esq.