Senator Iovino joined her colleague, Senator Tina Tartaglione, on a tour of the University of Pittsburgh’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Here, the university’s leading scientists and clinical faculty push the boundaries of modern science in the areas of tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and artificial and biohybrid organ devices.
Senator Iovino participated in a roundtable discussion on the serious and tragic issue of veteran suicide. The event brought together federal, state, and local lawmakers, veteran service organizations, and foundations from our region for a conversation on prevention, intervention, and best practices to directly connect veterans with needed resources.
Senator Iovino toured the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)’s wastewater treatment plant, where they treat 250 million gallons of water each day for 83 municipalities throughout the region. She had a great discussion about upgrading our aging infrastructure and the future expansion at the facility that will more than double treatment capacity to meet demands from storm events.
Senator Iovino toured Pittsburgh International Airport, one of the district’s and region’s major economic engines. The airport is undergoing preparation for its Terminal Modernization Program and the Innovation Campus, a large-scale economic development project adjacent to the airport. The airport is also spearheading a number of innovative projects, such as their sensory room for people with autism, which was recently featured on the Today Show.
Senator Iovino joined Bridgeville Borough Council President Michael Tolmer for a tour of Bridgeville’s small businesses and commercial corridors. The tour showcases some of the district’s vibrant local main streets, which offer both new businesses and longtime establishments that are staples of the community.
Senator Iovino toured one of the 37th District’s great natural amenities, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, with Executive Director Keith Kaiser. This 460-acre site near Oakdale includes plant collections of the Allegheny Plateau and inspires visitors to value the natural world.
Senator Iovino toured Rinker Materials, a local manufacturer that makes culverts and concrete piping for the Turnpike, Southern Beltway, and other infrastructure projects throughout the region.
Senator Iovino planned to introduce 3 amendments to protect veterans from planned cuts to the General Assistance program. Unfortunately, her colleagues across the aisle prevented that by shutting down debate. But she’s not giving up on this fight to protect those who have served and are vulnerable.
Senator Iovino enjoyed touring Robert Morris University’s new UPMC Events Center, a multi-purpose regional amenity for sporting events, concerts, and conferences. Go Colonials!
Senator Iovino toured the 18th consecutive Pittsburgh Carpentry Skills Expo on May 10, 2019. The Pittsburgh Carpenters Training Center provides critical workforce development and building-trades apprenticeships that generate jobs and new opportunity for our communities. Senator Iovino will remain an outspoken advocate for these initiatives in Harrisburg.