Session Daze - November 2, 2012

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Jobs for Our Future 
Warrendale: Mon., Nov. 19

Please join PennFuture at one (or more) of our holiday parties!It's almost that time again — time for PennFuture's holiday open houses! Stay tuned for details on the party near you — or plan to attend all of them. We look forward to seeing you and expressing our thanks for your support.

  • Wilkes Barre
    Wed., Dec. 5
  • Harrisburg
    Thu., Dec. 6
  • Philadelphia
    Wed., Dec. 12
  • Pittsburgh
    Tue., Dec. 18

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You can raise money for PennFuture while you
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and select Citizens
for Pennsylvania's Future. 

Philly could soon be banking on innovative new law 
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the new land bank law (Act 153 of 2012), an innovative tool to help tackle the problems created by the 300,000 vacant and often blighted properties in Pennsylvania. Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, championed this legislation (House Bill 1682). The law allows counties and municipalities to establishland banks that will work to return these vacant and abandoned properties to productive reuse. Land banks acquire and maintain vacant properties, clear the titles, do site preparation, and package and market properties for redevelopment.

The City of Philadelphia, which has 40,000 vacant properties, is poised to be one of the first municipalities in the state to take advantage of the new land bank law. City Council member Maria Quinones Sanchez is sponsoring legislation to create a Philadelphia land bank once Act 153 becomes effective in December, and plans to hold hearings on the bill in the next few weeks.

With Halloween over, it's officially holiday season — Save the dates 
Mark your calendar now for our holiday open houses in all four of PennFuture's offices. With fine food, libations, and old and new friends, our parties are not to be missed. The dates are:

  • Wednesday, December 5: Wilkes-Barre
  • Thursday, December 6: Harrisburg
  • Wednesday, December 12: Philadelphia
  • Tuesday, December 18: Pittsburgh

More information will be on the way shortly, but we want to get on your dance calendar right away.

Yes, Virginia, there is life after Election Day 
And PennFuture staff and supporters are on the case! Just a few events in the near future are:

  • Allegheny County Board of Health meeting on Wednesday, November 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Clack Health Center, Building #7, First Floor Conference Room, 301 39th Street in Lawrenceville. On the agenda — the new guidelines on toxic air pollution. Join us to show support for this vital new air pollution policy.
  • Continued consideration and vote by Philadelphia City Council's Rules Committee on the city's plan to protect its rivers and streams on Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall, Room 400. Show your support for protecting our rivers and streams from bad development.
  • Jobs for Our Future event on Monday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Eaton Corporation's Power Systems Experience Center, 130 Commonwealth Drive in Warrendale. Join leaders from business, labor, public health, environmental and outdoors organizations, as well as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, as we discuss the great jobs we're creating right here — along with cleaner air, lower gas costs, healthier kids, and a growing and vibrant economy. And we'll be serving great food too. RSVP today.

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