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The Allegheny Conference leadership committeeEdit

It is a 32-member group of high-level executives and public officials headed by former U.S. Steel Chief Executive David Roderick and philanthropist Elsie Hillman. In October 2004, its members said the bailout should include a financial oversight board, $40 million in spending cuts and $46 million in increased revenue to erase the city's projected $80 million deficit for next year.

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Allegheny Conference replaces Langley with YablonskyEdit

Monday, March 23, 2009, by Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development announced that Chief Executive Officer F. Michael Langley has resigned immediately and will be replaced by Dennis Yablonsky, former state secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development.

In a news release, the conference said Mr. Langley will remain as a consultant through the end of 2009. It gave no reason why he is leaving. Mr. Langley has headed the local development agency for six years and was paid $398,000.

Mr. Yablonsky, a Mt. Lebanon resident, had served in Gov. Ed Rendell's cabinet from February 2003 until October 2008. Mr. Rendell praised the conference for choosing Mr. Yablonsky.

Mr. Rendell said Mr. Yablonsky is one of the main reasons that Pennsylvania was listed as fourth out of all 50 states in new business expansions and startups for 2008 by Site Selection magazine.

"He is a great choice and will do a great job for the conference," Mr. Rendell said.

Mr. Yablonsky was the first DCED secretary "to come from the new ecomony -- life sciences and information technology," Rendell said. "He had his own IT business which he sold. And then he was director of the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse when I chose him. He attracted a lot of venture capital to promote those type of new industries. As a result Pennsylvania is in better shape than almost any large state in the union."

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Allegheny Conference of Community Development chief financial officer John Medwin is no longer at the nonprofit economic development agency as part of a reorganization unveiled yesterday by conference Chairman James Rohr.

Mr. Medwin, who was close to conference Chief Executive Officer Mike Langley, arrived at the conference in 2004 from Florida -- where he held CFO jobs at a Westinghouse subsidiary and Link Express, a package delivery business in south Florida. Mr. Medwin was at Link during a time of turmoil -- its CEO was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for misusing $19 million in investor money.

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