For Immediate Release
June 16, 2016
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Pennsylvania Business Council have announced that the two organizations intend to combine their respective operations this summer. The two organizations are working to finalize the transaction on or about June 30 of this year. Upon completion, all PBC operations, programs and events will fall under the purview of the PA Chamber.
“This combination will strengthen the PA Chamber’s government advocacy outreach, our political action operations and our educational efforts as we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year and enter into a second century of operation,” said PA Chamber Board Chair Gary Langmuir.
Under the terms of the proposed agreement, three members of the PBC Board of Directors will become board members of the PA Chamber. PEG PAC, the political arm of the PBC, will fall under the PA Chamber and will eventually become part of the PA Chamber’s political action committee, ChamberPAC. The PBC Policy Roundtable, which brings together senior executives and public officials for in-depth discussion of public policy challenges and works to craft public policies that are in the best interests of the state’s broad-based business community, will be organized within the PA Chamber. The foundations of the two organizations will merge with the PA Chamber Education Foundation continuing products and events for which the PBC Foundation was well known including the biannual PAC Trac report, pascorecard.com website; and Pennsylvania Business-Education Partnership.
“This combination is a great move for the Pennsylvania Business Council, its members and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. The combined organizations will be a much stronger player in defining business centric policies that will enrich the economic climate in the state," said PBC Board Chair Scott Rogers. Rogers will serve as chair of the Roundtable.
PBC President Dave Patti will leave the PBC once the combination is completed. He has not announced his future employment plans. PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr will continue to serve in his role and will oversee the combination of the two organizations.
“We are excited about this new chapter as we celebrate our Centennial anniversary and look forward to the next 100 years advocating on behalf of Pennsylvania businesses,” said Barr. “The PBC Policy Roundtable always brought another dimension to public policy analysis and advocacy. This combination will strengthen the PA Chamber’s efforts to improve the Commonwealth’s business climate, which will help lead to economic and private-sector job growth.”
The possibility of a combining the two organizations had been discussed on and off over the past 20 years; however, Patti renewed the conversation in earnest several years ago.
“The synergies were obvious,” said Patti. “There were some redundancies between the two organizations and wasted resources in marketing and sales seeking the same membership. More can be done as one organization with a single management team.”
The Pennsylvania Chamber was formed in 1916. PBC was created in 2007 from the merger of Pennsylvanians for Effective Government – which was founded in 1972 – and the Pennsylvania Business Roundtable – which was founded in 1979.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.