Tourism, jobs, sustainability and more focus of Policy Committee tour, discussion at Kennywood Amusement Park

West Mifflin, July 28-- Today’s House Democratic Policy Committee tour at Kennywood highlighted the far-reaching impacts and boosts Kennywood and other state amusement parks have on the communities they call home. 

State Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Austin Davis welcomed chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the Policy Committee to Kennywood for a tour of the facility and round table on the jobs it brings to the region and further economic impacts on the tourism industry, trades and more. 

“Kennywood remains an economic driver for the Mon Valley, bringing in families from near and far,” said Davis, Vice Chair of the Policy Committee and chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation. “I continue to support efforts to boost tourism and recreational opportunities at Kennywood and other destinations like it across Pennsylvania, especially as they rebuild from the pandemic. Today’s discussion opened up pathways for solutions to boost our state’s finest attractions and keep them running for years to come.”

“As a member of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee, I’ve been touring several great attractions across Allegheny County this summer, including Kennywood,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny. “We know that many tourism sites across our state are continuing to recover from the pandemic, and we had a productive conversation about the best ways we can support them and help them thrive.”

Bizzarro said he was excited to see how the international management company decided to set up shop in the Pittsburgh region, “Our state has a wide range of geographical benefits and amazing resources. From tech innovation and education to a talented labor force, Pennsylvania is truly a keystone and it’s great to see how gems like Kennywood are helping us capitalize on these resources.” 

Also of note from today’s tour included the amusement park’s commitment to a $13-15 starting wage plus retention bonuses, sustainability and energy consumption. Legislators highlighted the need for Pennsylvania to invest in tourism campaigns both within Pennsylvania borders and nationwide to help bring awareness to the many offerings the state can provide to travelers. 

 

Additional information from today’s hearing and other House Democratic Policy Committee meetings, is available at www.pahouse.com/policy