Appalachia Partnership Initiative Founding Partners

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces, and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets, and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops energy resources, including biofuels.

Founded in 1944, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD), is one of the nation's leading economic and community development organizations, combining strong private sector leadership with commitment from public sector partners. The strategic focus is creating a more competitive economic climate and marketing the Pittsburgh region for investment, job creation and talent. As an API partner, ACCD is the economic development influencer and well-connected to issues, efforts, and regional business and policy leaders.

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has served West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania since it was established in 1944 by Michael and Sarah Benedum. A leader in the oil and gas business, Michael Benedum amassed a fortune, ranking him in his day among the 100 wealthiest Americans. This private foundation supports strong education and workforce programs in the API footprint.

The Grable Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Focused largely in Pittsburgh, the foundation awards grants designed to support high-quality early childhood education, play, and school readiness; school leadership, educator practice, and enhanced learning in public school classrooms (e.g., STEM and arts education); out-of-school time support (i.e., afterschool, mentoring, and summer learning); and community-based learning networks (that, for example, advance deeper learning and the pedagogies of STEAM; digital and technology-enhanced learning; and maker, hands-on learning).

Catalyst Connection is a private nonprofit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It provides consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity. Through active collaboration with clients and the manufacturing community at large, Catalyst Connection contributes to the growth, vibrancy, and ongoing robustness of manufacturing in the region. The organization is supported, in part, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Evaluation and Monitoring Lead

RAND Corporation

The RAND Corporation is the independent evaluation and monitoring lead for the API, providing objective evidence to help the initiative assess its progress. RAND is producing five annual, independent reports that document the region's STEM workforce, employment, and wages in energy- and advanced manufacturing-related industries as well as STEM education.

For more than six decades, RAND has used rigorous, fact-based research and analysis to help individuals, families, and communities throughout the world to be safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. As a nonpartisan organization, quality and objectivity are the two core values, and RAND is widely respected for operating independent of political and commercial pressures. Based in Santa Monica, CA, RAND has a significant Pittsburgh presence, addressing public policy issues of education, safety, health, and economic viability.

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