Chamber Update: Dec. 2022
From: Gina Grone – Executive Director, Northside North Shore Chamber of Commerce
Photo: Gina Grone
The Northside North Shore Chamber serves the business community in and around the Northside and has been doing so since 1897. We currently have 250 member businesses, and we serve them by promoting, connecting and supporting.
Here are some of our recent activities and updates.
Renewed Members: The following six companies or organizations renewed their membership in the past month: Allegheny City Brewing, Faros Properties, Light of Life Rescue Mission, Mattress Factory and Priory Hospitality
New Members: We were pleased to welcome the following 18 companies or organizations as new members in the past month: Affordable Elegance Catering, AmSpirit Business Connections, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, DittoHQ, DX Performance, Enspra, Fedora Intertech, Fineview Inn, Good Deed Closings, Hamma Jack Foods, Haus.Media, Helping Hands Home Health, Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore, Joey Studios, North Shore Kitchen Design Center, Providence Engineering, The Government Center and Union Fitnessings.
Public Safety Update
The chamber has been heavily representing the business community in conversations about public safety. We’re collaborating with a wide variety of contacts and focusing on the drug markets, tent encampments and gun violence. We have had numerous meetings with chamber members and communicated regularly with the Deutschtown businesses.
Recent activity centered around conversation with Mayor Gainey:
• In September, chamber board members met with Mayor Gainey’s staff, to better understand the city’s plans and activities.
• In October, the chamber joined four Northside community organizations to send a letter to the mayor expressing our thoughts and requesting a meeting.
• In early November, that smaller meeting with the mayor occurred. The mayor and several of his staff and public safety personnel attended. We focused on solutions and accountability; it was a fairly constructive meeting.
• Later in November, there was a public meeting to hear updates on the city’s Plan for Peace and specific information related to the Northside.
In addition to conversations with the mayor’s office, we are also in regular communication with the Zone 1 police force, the county, and several social service organizations. We have been learning about opportunities to address public safety issues and we have been relaying thoughts and experiences from the business community to the appropriate agencies.
The Northside North Shore Chamber prides itself on being approachable and genuine as we promote, connect, and support our members.