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Capcara Elected PA Sports Vice Chair

MONROEVILLE, PA: Amy Capcara, Sales and Marketing Manager for VM Sports and Visit Monroeville, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of PA Sports, the lead agency for sports tourism in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her term will begin July 1.

Capcara has been with Visit Monroeville since 2010 and has played a key role in integrating sports marketing into her bureau’s strategy, including joining PA Sports in 2013. She previously served as secretary for the organization.

Also elected to the PA Sports Executive Committee were Chair, Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director, Erie Sports Commission; Treasurer, Travis Geiser, Sports & Events Sales Manager at Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau; Secretary, Danielle Vincenti, Regional Sales Manager for Sports, The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau; and Past Chair, Gregg Cook, Executive Director of Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority.

PA Sports works to attract and host international, national, regional, and local sporting events in order to showcase Pennsylvania as a viable sports event destination, fostering economic development and enriching the quality of life in the Commonwealth. The organization consists of 13 of Pennsylvania’s largest destination marketing organizations (DMOs) and sports commissions, offering sports event planners one-stop shopping from a wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities in Pennsylvania that offer easy accessibility, affordability, and leisure time attractions.

The mission of Pennsylvania Sports is to attract and host international, national, regional and local sporting events, and showcase Pennsylvania as a viable sports event destination for professional, collegiate, interscholastic, amateur, and youth sporting ventures, which will foster economic development, and enrich the quality of life in the Commonwealth, making it a better place to visit, live, work, and play.

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New 64,000-square-foot Veterans Administration outpatient clinic coming to Monroeville Mall site

By Tim Schooley  –  Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times

May 4, 2021, 9:50am EDT

CBL Properties has landed a major new draw likely to bring in an influx of visitors to Monroeville Mall.

Not to shop, but to get health care.

The General Services Administration has awarded Milwaukee-based Summit Smith Development a long-term lease to build a new 64,000-square-foot outpatient clinic for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be built on a 6.5-acre site on an eastern edge lot of Monroeville Mall, according to an announcement by JLL.

Following a trend of hospital systems developing new facilities in the suburbs to get closer to their patients, the new facility is expected to be easily accessible to the region’s population of veterans who live in the eastern suburbs, reducing their need to drive into the city for care.

With government bidding information online putting the budget for the project at more than $91 million, it’s expected to be a state-of-the-art facility providing primary and specialty outpatient care along with providing space for VA departments for physical therapy and an eye clinic among its various uses.

Sean Roberts, Vice President of Summit Smith Development who lives in South Fayette, sounded eager to bring a project to his hometown in a prepared statement, working for a firm that has developed other VA facilities throughout the country:

“As a resident of the Pittsburgh area, I am excited to combine our health care expertise with this premier location to improve access to high quality outpatient health care for the region’s veteran community.”

Construction is expected to begin in the fall of this year for a project that will need to get its local approvals for what is expected to be considered an approved use for the site.

Summit Smith and JLL expect the proximity to the mall and its mix of shops and restaurants will appeal to the facility’s patients and employees.

Jared Imperatore, JLL vice president of retail brokerage who represented the deal and has also worked with Allegheny Health Network on its suburban micro hospital expansions, indicated the project has met the approval of the mall’s retail anchors.

In a pandemic-altered business environment that’s done a lot of damage to regional shopping malls, the new VA facility is one of the most conspicuous examples yet of local malls recruiting in non-retail uses.

Chattanooga-based CBL, which opened a new casino in its Westmoreland Mall property last year, filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors last year and in March announced a full agreement to restructure its debts with its various lenders and note holders.

Imperatore, whose involvement in the deal reminded him of visiting his Navy veteran grandfather at the VA, expects the project will be a strong addition to the mall complex, based on Summit Smith’s experience developing nine other VA outpatient facilities.

“With their longstanding experience working with the VA, the new outpatient center will be an excellent facility for veterans looking for first-class care in the Greater Pittsburgh region,” he said.

The new facility is expected to be occupied and opened to the public in early 2024.


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VM Sports Hosts American Junior Golf Association

Just 30 minutes east of Pittsburgh, the VM Sports Preview at Westmoreland is the latest in the AJGA Preview Series. The 36-hole tournament will feature 78 of the top male and female junior golfers from across the country.

Westmoreland Country Club is hosting the event for the second time and will be a strong test for the field. The tournament will kick off with a practice round on Friday, April 30, while the tournament rounds will be May 1-2.

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How Evans City’s Living Dead Museum is rising again at Monroeville Mall

It’s no surprise that a museum dedicated to zombies couldn’t stay in its grave for long.

The Living Dead Museum, an institution dedicated to honoring the seminal 1968 zombie film “Night of the Living Dead” and its auteur, George Romero, had been a fixture in downtown Evans City since 2013. The film was shot in and around the small Butler County community that prides itself on being the birthplace of the zombie genre.

But in October, the museum closed its Evans City doors — only to rise again the following month at the Monroeville Mall, where the sequel “Dawn of the Dead” was filmed. And fans can rest easy.

“Be assured that everything that was in Evans City will still be available and represented in Monroeville, plus a lot of great new surprises,” said Kevin Kriess, the owner and curator of the Living Dead Museum.

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Gov. Wolf Initiates Transfer of $145 Million in Funds to Support Businesses Adversely Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that he has initiated a transfer of $145 million in funds from the Workers’ Compensation Security Fund at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to be appropriated by the state legislature into grants for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Business owners and employees have worked hard to protect their customers and their communities during this pandemic, and I thank all of those who have prioritized health and safety despite the hardship of the past several months,” Gov Wolf said. “Our business owners and workers have been forced to make sacrifices because of COVID-19 and they need and deserve our support.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that my administration will make funds available to help businesses whose operations and revenue were significantly adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The $145 million transfer from the fund into the state’s general fund requires legislative authorization to expend the money for the purpose of making grants to businesses. The legislature has the authority to establish grant agreements for purposes it deems appropriate, in this case, to support businesses adversely affected by the pandemic.

Gov. Wolf urged the legislature to follow his lead and allocate this funding as quickly as possible to businesses affected by the pandemic, among them restaurants and bars, gyms and entertainment venues.

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SERVPRO of South Hills Receives the CHAIRMAN’S Platinum Award at Recent Annual Convention

North Versailles, PA (Grassroots Newswire) July 16, 2019 – SERVPRO of South Hills received the CHAIRMAN’S Platinum award at SERVPRO’s recent 50th Annual Convention. The event, themed “Making History,” was held from June 24-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California, where the company was founded.

“It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business,” said Harold Katofsky, SERVPRO of South Hills Owner, “but it feels especially good this year. We are proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family as the company celebrates 50 years of franchising success. SERVPRO’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative tools, ongoing training, and an ever-evolving business framework gives entrepreneurs like us a roadmap for success. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO’s team of dedicated disaster remediation professionals, and to know that we have both the tools and the knowledge to serve home and business owners in our community should the need arise.”

The company’s 50th Annual Convention was a celebration of the company’s history and a showcase of small business best practices and cutting-edge restoration and remediation technology. The event featured a variety of workshops and group sessions ranging across 37 different topics. Attendees gained knowledge and hands-on experience to help them build and grow their businesses and strengthen ties with both residents and businesses in their local communities. Highlights of the convention included a keynote address by motivational speaker Jon Gordon and an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of top-performing franchisees.

“SERVPRO has come a long way since Ted and Doris Isaacson started the company as a painting business in Sacramento in 1967,” said Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of SERVPRO. “In 1969, they used their cleanup and restoration background to take their new company in a different direction and never looked back. SERVPRO’s professional services network now includes more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Our annual convention brings this diverse group of entrepreneurs together to learn from industry experts and gives us an opportunity to recognize our top-performing franchises. We are incredibly proud of each of these dedicated professionals and the world-class service they provide to their customers and their communities.”

For more information about SERVPRO of South Hills, please contact Harold Katofsky at (412) 831-3100 or or visit

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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