Sportopia Fun and Fitness Summer Camps at The Iceoplex

Looking for something to keep your child active this summer?

Sportopia Summer Camps, conveniently located in Southpointe, is a 9 week summer camp series.  Our goal is to provide and create an atmosphere to encourage children to try new experiences, develop new friendships and enjoy fun and fitness along the way!

Each day of the week will have sports, games, activities, as well as crafts, movies, free time and snack. Each participant will have the option to pack a lunch or order their lunch ahead of time for additional fee.

Price for each day of camp includes: care of child, all supplies for crafts and activities, t-shirt and snack each day registered for camp. Any sports, games, activities include but not limited to; basketball, soccer, volleyball, ice skating, capture the flag, dodgeball, four square, board games, crafts and an educational "unplugged" hour each day.

Camper must be between the ages of 5 to 12 by June 12, 2017.

​Multi child discounts are available (5% off each child).  Contact the camp director for directions on how to sign up multiple family members for Sportopia.

Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing March 2017 Report

Read the full report below.


Watch the video above for the full breakfast seminar on Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing.

Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing Report

On April 19, 2017 The Southpointe Chamber of Commerce held an informative breakfast seminar featuring Denise Brinley, Assistant Secretary of Strategic Industry Initiatives for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, and Michelle Mcgregor, Senior Advisor of Energy Programs for The Nature Conservancy. The seminar focused on business opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing in Pennsylvania in relation to the new Shell Cracker plant as well as future developments. Below you will find a link to the full report that was referenced in the seminar.

IHS Markit is exclusively responsible for this report and all of the analysis and content contained herein. This report relies heavily on proprietary data collected on a regular basis by IHS Markit, by IHS Markit’s proprietary models and analysis, and by secondary data provided by various US government agencies supported by interviews with industry representatives and other experts. The scope of research was limited to the two primary components of NGL (ethane and propane), and how these two products could be used to enhance manufacturing opportunities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

US NGL supply and demand

As shown in Figure 2.1, NGL production is a by-product of crude oil and natural gas production and has end
use opportunities in chemical plant, refineries, and commercial distributors. Since 2008, production of
natural gas from tight oil and shale gas plays has increased significantly, resulting in rapid growth in the
overall NGL production in the United States. NGL are by-products of natural gas production and refinery
runs and most of the NGL production in the United States is sourced from natural gas.

Figure 2.2 shows the current and significant forecast changes in the NGL supply and demand balances through 2030. NGL production from natural gas processing and refinery operations averaged about 3.4 million b/d between 2010 and 2015. With growing natural gas production, the total NGL production is estimated to nearly double—to average about 6.3 million b/d from 2026 to 2030 solely because of natural gas processing. In contrast, NGL production from refinery operations is not expected to grow through the rest of the forecast period. Imports of NGL have been declining since 2005 and will continue to decrease to minimum levels (some level of imports are required to balance the markets).

The US demand for NGL is expected to grow, driven primarily by the feedstock needs of the petrochemical industry. Demand for NGL in other sectors is expected to be flat to declining over the long term. The total demand for NGL from the various sectors in the United States will still not be enough to consume all of the NGL production, resulting in increased exports of NGL to international markets. Total exports from the United States averaged 0.5 million b/d between 2011 and 2015 and it is expected to average around 2.3 million b/d between 2026 and 2030.

TRIPIL Capital Campaign 5K Run/Walk

Dear Friend of TRIPIL,

Please join us at South Strabane Community Park, 750 Floral Hill Drive, Washington, for the second annual Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living {TRIPIL) Capital Campaign SK Walk * Run * Roll on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. Registration will start at 8 AM; the event will begin at 9 AM.

This event helps fund the TRIPIL Capital Campaign's effort to renovate the old YWCA building at 42 West Maiden Street, Washington into a new, universally accessible headquarters and community center.  Personal and corporate sponsors' names and/or logos will appear on the fun run's web page at

For other sponsorship opportunities for this event ( course signage, t-shirt, main pavilion, etc.), please click here. The sponsorship deadline is March 31, 2017. Please make all donations and sponsorships payable to TRIPIL. You may contact Joann Naser ( at 724-223-5115 if you have any questions.

To participate in the SK Walk * Run * Roll, there is a $20 donation, which will include receiving a gift bag filled with a tee shirt, coupons, and other goodies. The day of the event registration is $25. Thanks for your interest in our event!

Southpointe Chamber Member Siegel Jennings has New Home for Pittsburgh Office

Property tax law firm and Southpointe Chamber member Siegel Jennings has a new home for its Pittsburgh office, according to Pennsylvania partner Sharon F. DiPaolo, Esquire.  “We had grown the Pennsylvania law practice to the point that we were adding employees and running out of space,” says DiPaolo.  The firm purchased a building on Freeport Road in Blawnox, next to Fox Chapel in late summer 2016 and after some renovations, moved to its new quarters in December 2016. 

Siegel Jennings is a boutique law firm that exclusively represents commercial taxpayers in real estate assessment issues.  Operating since 1976 and headquartered in Cleveland,  Siegel Jennings has experience in handling a client’s property tax needs not only in Pennsylvania and Ohio, but across the country.  “We find that many of our portfolio clients prefer ‘one stop shopping’ for all of their property tax needs, and in our 40 years of fighting for commercial owners, we have developed the expertise and network to handle cases in any state,” says Siegel Jennings Managing Partner, Kieran Jennings, Esquire.  The Pittsburgh office’s new address and fax number are:

Sharon F. DiPaolo, Esquire
Siegel Jennings
430 Freeport Road
Blawnox, PA 15238
(412) 486-2848
(412) 828-1069 (Fax)

How to get the most out of Southpointe Chamber networking events

How to get the most out of Southpointe Chamber networking events

If you’re going to attend a Southpointe Chamber event, make it count. The key is to have a plan before you leave the office.

  1. Determine number of contacts for your handshake
  2. Determine how and when you will follow up with people you meet. Phone, email, letter, etc.
  3. Bring extra business cards. (Of course.) Consider your picture on your business card to set you apart from all the others. This helps potential clients remember you.
  4. Gathering cards is more important than handing out cards. Someone doesn’t have cards? Jot their info on one of yours.
  5. Keep a felt tip pen with you and jot down what you talked about. (pens don’t write well on business cards).
  6. Tell people that you will follow up (and then do). Then they will be more receptive to hearing from you.
  7. As soon as you leave the event, take a moment to sort through the business cards; rank and categorize them.
  8. Enter them into your database and schedule contact dates in your calendar.
  9. Add each new contact to your LinkedIn network. (Face book and Twitter)
  10. Follow up with a quick email or phone call within 24-48 hours. Schedule this on your calendar.
  11. Share a resource with them–something helpful (e.g. a blog, article, book suggestion, or person they should connect with)—not a sales piece. Give first and expect nothing in return.
  12. Make it personal, “It was great meeting you at the Chamber event yesterday.
  13. Following up once may not work. Touch base on a regular basis. You’re simply staying connected.
  14. Invite your new contact to another networking event you will be attending.
  15. Continue to give and don’t expect reciprocity – it will come on its own. When you’re connecting with someone, you’re communicating with their network. The idea is to keep your name up front. Your product or service doesn’t have to apply to them, use the strength of that one connection to open many door
  16. Have a name badge made at an engraving shop and make sure you wear it on the right side.
  17. If budget allows, consider a pen, or novelty gift for special clients.
  18. Add to your opportunity by joining service groups such as Rotary, Lions, VFW,  
  19. Consider joining a public speaking class or forum.
  20. It takes 2-6 months to effectively market t an organization. Be patient.
  21. Be sure to reward anyone sending referrals. A $25 or $50 gift card to a local restaurant works great.

Networking is part of business growth, and two important aspects go hand-in-hand:

1) You’re creating awareness of your brand and your existence.

2) You must capitalize on that awareness through follow up. To put it bluntly, without follow-up, you’ve wasted the opportunity.

Southpointe Chamber 25 Year Anniversary Logo

Designing and engineering Shell’s new cracker plant

By R. Brock Pronko
Regional Business Analyst
Marcellus Business Central

Monaca, PA – After four and a half years of speculation, the “Shell game” is finally over. On June 7, Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC, a division of Royal Dutch Shell, announced its plan to go ahead with building an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The plant, whose cost is estimated at $6 billion, will consume over 100,000 barrels of ethane per day, which will be coming from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.

According to Ray Fisher, Shell’s public relations specialist for the project, the company has signed contracts with gas operators in the region to supply the ethane including Antero Resources, Ascent Resources Utica, Consol Energy, Eclipse Resources, Hilcorp Energy, Noble Energy and Penn Energy Resources.

The site will house the cracker, which includes storage tanks, pipelines, furnaces, quenching (cooling) towers, and three processing facilities to convert ethylene into polyethylene pellets. It will also have a railyard, two barge docks, a natural gas- fired power plant and a wastewater plant. Shell is keeping other details private due to “intellectual property concerns,” according to Fisher

Welcoming new member Thomas Smith, Smith-Grayson DOT Consulting LLC.

The Southpointe Chamber staff would like to welcome new member Thomas Smith!

Thomas Smith is the owner and President of Smith-Grayson DOT Consulting LLC, a transportation/safety consulting company with 35 years of experience in DOT regulations and PA State Vehicle Code from both an enforcement and compliance perspective. He served as a Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer for 35 years working the tri-state area for the Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania State Police. He was also recognized as Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2010 from the Pennsylvania State Police. Some of the services he provides are Load Securement, MCSAP & OOS Criteria, CVSA Inspection Procedure, DATA Q Challenges, CVSA Roadside Inspections, Oversize Load Regulations, Passenger Vehicle Inspections, School Bus Inspections plus many other services. The goal of Smith-Grayson DOT Consulting is to provide clients with expert advise, quality programs, regulatory requirements, transportation safety, and compliance expectations.

If you have any questions about Smith-Grayson DOT Consulting you can reach Thomas at 412-759-8191 or