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PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES JOANN BELL AS DIRECTOR OF THE FIRM'S NEW PHILADELPHIA OFFICES

Joann Bell , former special projects manager for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, former Vice President of the AFSCME District Council #47 and current Vice President of the Board of WES Corporation, has joined the firm effective May 1st. In her capacity with the firm, she will manage the day to day operations of the firm’s new Philadelphia offices.

 

Rocco Pugliese , President of Pugliese Associates, stated, “Pugliese Associates is extremely happy to have Joann Bell on the team. Her breadth and scope of experience and relationships will be invaluable to us and more importantly, to our clients.  We have, as one of our firm’s short-term goals, been looking to establish an office in the Philadelphia area for several years due to the large concentration of our clients and potential clients; now, with Ms. Bell, we have finally accomplished that goal.”

PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF BOROUGHS BECOMES A NEW CLIENT OF PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES  

Pugliese Associates welcomes the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs as a new client in the firm. The Association is very much interested in the municipal pension fund issue and has directed the firm to monitor the issue during this legislative session.

  

THE NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM JOINS PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES

The National Liberty Museum , located in the heart of historic Philadelphia , was created to celebrate our nation's heritage of freedom and the wonderful diverse society it has produced. The Museum offers visitors eight full galleries featuring more than 100 contemporary works of art by world-renowned artists; and many special exhibits which address all of the Museum's inspiring topics: heroism, freedom, diversity, faith and much more.  In addition, the National Liberty Museum offers a wide range of programs and resources for students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY AND THE PITTSBURGH CONSERVANCY   

The additions of The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy as new clients of Pugliese Associates is a means for the County and the City to speak in one voice on the funding of parks within their respective governmental jurisdictions. Hence, the firm will be representing both entities in targeting funding to construct and enhance the park system in the County of Allegheny and in the City of Pittsburgh .

 

The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County was created in 1950, by the Allegheny County Board of Commissioners to assist in the generation, stimulation, and management of economic and community growth.  

 

The Authority is responsible for: administering Allegheny County's $50 million low-interest revolving loan fund that was established in 1995 to create and retain jobs in the region;  coordinating comprehensive plans with local municipalities for redevelopment projects to benefit the local tax base; managing tax diversion plans to finance public infrastructure improvements; and assisting the Department of Economic Development Housing Division initiatives with financing, business development, master planning and reclamation activities.

 

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing and restoring the city’s four great parks, was founded in 1996 by a group of concerned citizens. 

 

In 1998, the Conservancy formed a public-private partnership with the City of Pittsburgh to identify key projects and build momentum on behalf of park restoration. After three years of work, the City and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy released the Regional Parks Master Plan – a blueprint for park restoration over the next 20 years.

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY 

The Allegheny County Housing Authority, recognized as a "High Performer" by HUD for the fourth year in a row as a top provider of safe and affordable housing options, is now a client of Pugliese Associates.   The ACHA strives to change the negative image of public housing by promoting the positive aspects of public housing, involving residents in decisions that affect them, using innovative designs to change the traditional face of public housing, and implementing various programs that enable families to progress on the road to self sufficiency.  The ACHA currently owns and manages approximately 3,200 low income public housing units throughtout Allegheny County, and administrates approximately 4,600 Section 8 properties. ACHA's housing is available to individuals and families including special provisions for senior and physically challenged citizens. 

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES THE ARTHRITIS COUNCIL AND ACS AS NEW CLIENTS IN THE FIRM

The Arthritis Council and ACS have become the most recent additions to the firm's ever growing list of clients. Pugliese will be partnering with the Arthritis Council on appropriation matters and ACS on procurement projects.

 PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES THE PHILADELPHIA HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), one of the more innovating housing authorities in the nation, recently became a new client with Pugliese Associates. The Philadelphia Housing Authority, also known as PHA, is the biggest landlord in Pennsylvania. PHA develops, acquires, leases and operates affordable housing for city residents with limited incomes. Its funding comes primarily from the federal government. PHA also works in partnership with the city and the Commonwealth as well as private investors. Although PHA is a public agency, it operates in many ways like a private property management company.

PHA was established in 1937 and is the nation’s fourth largest housing authority. It houses over 80,000 people in the City of Philadelphia and employs 2,000 people to deliver services to its clients with a budget of $350 million.

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES CH2M HILL

Pugliese Associates welcomes CH2M Hill, an employee-owned, multinational firm providing engineering, construction, operations, communications, security, environmental, and related services to public and private clients in numerous industries on six continents. CH2M Hill offers integrated services that help its clients take an infrastructure project from concept to reality. CH2M Hill has a strong presence in Southeast Pennsylvania and is looking to increase its footprint in the region.

XWAVE JOINS PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES

One of the largest information technology companies in Canada, XWAVE a subsidiary of Aliant, has engaged Pugliese Associates for representation. For more information about the company, please visit

http://www.xwave.com/canada.shtml

XWAVE plans, designs, builds and operates complete business solutions for clients in target sectors such as telecommunications, energy, and the public sector. 

COMMERCE QUESTS HAS MERGED WITH METASTORM!

The new company will carry the Metastorm name and is the largest firm in the BPM space. In fact, Gartner has them rated as the only firm in the upper right quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant. For more information, please visit http://www.metastorm.com/

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES L. ROBERT KIMBALL & ASSOCIATES

L. Robert Kimball & Associates is made up of a unique group of professionals based in the eastern United States that serves as a benchmark by which quality, service and results can be measured in the architectural and engineering industry.

As a result of talent, dedication, unique abilities and hard work,  Kimball is ranked in the top architecture & engineering firms in the world by both World Architecture and Engineering News-Record magazines.  In an industry as highly competitive as architecture and engineering, such recognition must be earned.  Pugliese Associates was retained to provide Kimball with a strong presence in Southwest Pennsylvania.

PRECISION JET MANAGEMENT BECOMES A NEW CLIENT OF PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES

Precision Jet Management, of Syracuse, New York is one of the leaders in the general aviation management industry.  Pugliese Associates was recently retained to assist the company in potential aviation opportunities in the Commonwealth.

INFOTECH CONSULTING, INC. BASED IN CAMP HILL, PA HAS JOINED PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES

InfoTech Consulting has joined Pugliese Associates as an IT and Procurement client.  Ranked amongs the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies' five years in a row by the Central Penn Business Journal, InfoTech provided Business Systems Consulting, Technology Resource Fulfillment and Security and Infrastructure Services.  For more information please visit http://www.infotechpa.com/


CONTERRA ULTRA BROADBAND, LLC IS NOW REPRESENTED BY PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES

The newest firm to join the growing list of IT Consulting and Procurement clients is Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC (http://www.conterra.com/), a firm that pioneered the design, deployment and operation of carrier-grade wireless Wide-Area Networks (WANs) to provide broadband access to schools, government, healthcare, and small to medium size businesses. 

Conterra's ultra high-capacity, high-speed, digital WANs use state of the art microwave technology to provide scalable (20Mbps to 1 Gbps) Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint connectivity at cost points at or below that of conventional broadband platforms.  

Conterra currently provides its digital wireless WAN services to customers located in CA, KS, PA, NC, RI, SC, UT and VA.  Conterra is continuing to expand its operations on a national scale in 2005.


Pugliese Associates welcomes Robert Cranmer to the firm

Bob Cranmer is a native of Pittsburgh, growing up in the borough of Brentwood where he still resides with his wife Lesa. He graduated from Brentwood High School in 1974 and Duquesne University in 1978, upon which he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. Bob went on to serve nine years in the active army, several of which as a Company Commander in the 101st Airborne Division. He also served in the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Major during the Persian Gulf War commanding a Military Intelligence unit. Bob's employment has included positions with AT&T Bell Laboratories, AT&T Corporate Marketing, and Communications Technologies Group, LTD. He has been a Vice President with L. Robert Kimball & Associates for the past five years as a client relations specialist.

In politics, Bob was elected to Brentwood Council in 1991 where he initiated an economic development corporation, which generated over 30 million dollars of new development. It now serves several municipalities and is a model for other communities. In 1994, he was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Allegheny County and went on to be elected County Commissioner the following year. As a Commissioner Bob ushered in sweeping changes to county government, reducing county taxes in excess of 50 million dollars per year, reducing county personnel by 18%, reorganizing county government from forty-one departments to six, creating the position of County Manager, a county 911 system, and forming a city/county economic development organization which generated over five billion dollars worth of new projects and businesses.

He led the effort to establish home rule in Allegheny County, which created the position of County Executive and County Council. His other notable accomplishments include the formulation of Plan B with Mike Dawida and Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy, a watershed plan for the construction of two new sports stadiums and a new convention center. He was also a driving force behind the creation of the Allegheny County Airport Authority to manage the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Bobs hobbies are military history, genealogy, and canoe building. Bob is also the former President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.


RED OAK HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT SERVICES BECOMES THE FIRMS NEWEST CLIENT

Specializing in the assessment and outsourced management of nursing homes in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Michigan.  Red Oak Health Care has teamed with Pugliese Associates to help expand their operations base.   

THE PROFESSIONAL RECYCLERS OF PENNSYLVANIA BECOMES A NEW CLIENT 

The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) is a non-profit association of recycling professionals dedicated to promoting and enhancing the interests of recycling, recycling programs, composting, and composting programs in Pennsylvania through education, information exchange, technical support, applied research and coordination of recycling industry initiatives. PROP's goal is to establish and improve information networks among programs and between public and private sector recycling professionals.
 

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT AS A NEW CLIENT IN THE FIRM

Medical Transportation Management (MTM), which recently won the contract with the Department of Public Welfare to provide oversight on the transportation of Medicaid recipients in Philadelphia County, became the firms newest client. MTM, which provides this service in nine other states, is actively working with service providers, health care professionals and community and legislative leaders to improve the transportation service for Medicaid recipients and insure that the service is done in an efficient and cost effective manner.
 

CONGRATULATIONS TO IBM

Pugliese Associates extends congratulations to our client, IBM for being chosen as the Managed Services Provider (MSP) to host the states ERP system known as Integrated Enterprise System (IES).  In winning this 4 year contract as the chosen outsourcer, IBM will provide hands on management and operation on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis of  the massive collection of servers, storage devices and network and security devices that collectively are known as the ERP System.  This complex production system runs the states HR, payroll, accounting, procurement and budgeting systems as well as some additional Customer Relations Management (CRM) functions for the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System.  IBM is providing these services on a Service Level Agreement (SLA) basis to ensure that these mission critical systems work, work well, and work all of the time.

We are proud to have IBM as an accomplished partner with Pugliese Associates.
 

THE PENNHURST MEDICAL GROUP AND AVYSION IT ARE CHOSEN AS THE STRATEGIC SOURCING SUPPLIER OF MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE STATE 

A 3-year multi-million dollar contract to provide medical staff services to state agencies has been awarded to two Pugliese Associates clients The Pennhurst Medical Group in partnership with Avysion IT.  By marrying the national expertise of the prime contractor, Pennhurst  - who staffs a variety of health care facilities from Emergency Room physicians to mental health institutions, prisons and everything in between with the Information Technology resources of Avysion IT, an WBE/Enterprise Zone firm as a sub-contractor, the Commonwealth will not only realize a minimal annual savings of $2.7M, but will have a much more real-time managed health care delivery system to meet the wide range of needs    inside state government.  

Congratulations to both Pennhurst and Avysion.  For more information, visit this link: 

http://www.state.pa.us/papower/cwp/view.asp?Q=443257&A=11
 

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES IS AGAIN NAMED AS ONE OF THE TOP LOBBYING FIRMS IN PA

The Insider, a newsletter for legislators, legislative staff, business, labor, lobbyists and others involved in the political process in Pennsylvania, cited Pugliese Associates as one of the top lobbying firms in Pennsylvania. In fact, the firm, according to the publication, has the third most clients than any other firm. Pugliese Associates continues to grow with the addition of the firm's newest clients, Las Vegas Sands/Venetian, Avysion, Geographic Solutions, and CommerceQuest.

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES WELCOMES THE DELAWARE VALLEY CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL HEMOPHILIA FOUNDATION  

Pugliese Associates would like to welcome the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation as a new client in the firm.  The Foundation was created in 1950.  Their goal is to enhance the quality of life for everyone affected by hemophilia and related bleeding disorders.  They serve approximately 1,000 patients that reside in central Pennsylvania and the five county metropolitan area surrounding Philadelphia and Delaware.  The DVC provides financial support for physicians involved in long term research to develop a cure for hemophilia and other blood related disorders; provide patient and family support; publish information; serve as advocates; and host a number of special events to bring family and friends together encouraging community relations. 

The DVCs efforts led to the establishment of the Pennsylvania State Hemophilia Program in 1972.  This program created funding for eight hemophilia treatment centers across the state along with funds to cover the costs of blood products and the development of a team approach to hemophilia care. 

DAN CLARK, 14-YEAR VETERAN OF THE PA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, JOINS PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES  

Daniel F. Clark of Mifflintown, an attorney who served 14 years as a member of the state House of Representatives, is joining the prominent Harrisburg lobbying firm of Pugliese Associates.

Dan brings a wealth of experience to his new position and we are delighted he will be returning to Harrisburg on behalf of our more than 50 clients, said Rocco Pugliese, the president and founder of the firm. In addition, Dan is well respected across both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of the General Assembly. 

Dan Clark stated that I am not only happy to be back to the city where I spent 14 years of my professional life but to be joining a firm that I have known for a long time. I always liked how the firm engaged members of the Legislature and staff. Pugliese Associates does it in a credible and substantive fashion. I am very excited about joining the Pugliese Team.

Since leaving the state House of Representatives in late 2002, Clark has kept a hand in state government as a member of the Independent Regulatory Review Commission. IRCC is the state agency that reviews and has final say on regulations promulgated by the various branches of state government. House Speaker John Perzel appointed him to that position.

While serving in the General Assembly, Clark continued his private practice of law. In addition, he developed interests in commercial real estate developments in Juniata County. He also served as the countys district attorney from 1984 until his election to the state House in 1988.

During his tenure in the state House, he served on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Judiciary Committee. In 1994, he used his legal skills as one of the House managers in the successful impeachment trial of former State Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen.

Clark was instrumental in having improvements made to Route 22/322, the main highway artery through the 82nd House district, which led to easier travel for residents to State College and Harrisburg.

He received his bachelors degree in accounting from Lycoming College in Williamsport and he is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. A father of three, Clark resides in Mifflintown. 

COMMERCEQUEST IS NOW A PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES CLIENT!

Founded in 1991, CommerceQuest is the only enterprise solutions provider that enables its customers to rapidly turn business strategy into business processes by fully integrating the work that people do with software systems that optimize business performance. CommerceQuest delivers a complete set of scalable business process management (BPM) solutions that leverage existing IT investments to unite people, processes and technology in a service-based architecture that spans the extended enterprise, from the mainframe to the Internet and everything in between. More than 500 industry-leading companies rely on CommerceQuest to help them integrate heterogeneous workflow and IT systems, including many of the Fortune 500 companies such as The Home Depot, Coca-Cola Bottling, Ahold, and American Express. 

GEOGRAPHIC SOLUTIONS JOINS PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES

The latest client to join the expanding list of IT Procurement clients is Geographic Solutions, an IT company based in Palm Harbor, Florida which specializes in providing software solutions for Workforce Development, Labor Exchange, Employment and Training and Labor Market Information. These systems are currently in use in 30 states and growing throughout the country. 
 

THE VENETIAN BECOMES A NEW CLIENT IN THE FIRM

The Venetian, a global leader in the entertainment industry, recently became a new client in the firm. Pugliese Associates engagement will be to educate legislators on the breath of experience the Venetian has in the entertainment industry.  The Venetian, within the various jurisdictions it operates, has a tremendous commitment to diversity and an unparalleled compliance record.
 

AVYSION BECOMES PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES LATEST CLIENT

The newest firm to join the growing list of IT clients at Pugliese Associates is Avysion IT, a Middletown, PA based firm that is a DGS certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) and has been designated as an Enterprise Zone firm.  These certifications create a unique advantage for Avysion IT in competing for Commonwealth business and combined with their full range of IT services, makes Avysion an attractive addition to the firms stable of IT clients.  Avysion is qualified under the states ITQ Program and has an excellent track record in both public and private sector IT work. 
 

PUGLIESE ASSOCIATES IS AGAIN NAMED AS ONE OF THE TOP LOBBYING FIRMS IN PA

The Insider, a newsletter for legislators, legislative staff, business, labor, lobbyists and others involved in the political process in Pennsylvania, cited Pugliese Associates as one of the top lobbying firms in Pennsylvania. In fact, the firm, according to the publication, has the third most clients than any other firm. Pugliese Associates continues to grow with the addition of the firm's newest clients, Las Vegas Sands/Venetian, Avysion, Geographic Solutions, and CommerceQuest.