By: Brent Sailhamer, Director of Government Affairs
Since the late 19th century, native Pennsylvanians have gathered in New York City to discuss politics and current events of their home Commonwealth. In the early 20th century, that gathering became more formalized and evolved into the Pennsylvania Society, an organization that meets annually to honor the distinguished achievements of a native Pennsylvanian. This weekend marked the 119th gathering of the Pennsylvania Society in New York City, honoring the Sheetz family, and offering an opportunity for prominent business groups and prospective political candidates to strengthen relationships and forge new bonds.
On Saturday, the five Pennsylvania chapters of ABC, along with industry partners including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA), held the 2nd annual Celebration of Pennsylvania’s Construction Industry, an afternoon event that drew hundreds and featured some of the Commonwealth’s preeminent construction professionals. Joining members of ABC and other associations were State Senator Scott Wagner, former U.S. Senate Rick Santorum, Congressman Keith Rothfus, and Congressman G.T. Thompson.
“Not only was the room packed, but it was even better to see the support of elected officials for Pennsylvania’s construction industry,” said Keystone chapter President-CEO G. David Sload. “This is an event that showcases one of the Commonwealth’s strongest and most stable industries and demonstrates that ABC always has a seat at the table when it comes to politics and policy alike.”
The Pennsylvania Society event is traditionally held in early December in the heart of downtown New York City.