PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) (“US Steel”) today, along with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and community partners including the Braddock Carnegie Library Association (BCLA ) and the Pittsburgh Penguins, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Carnegie One Capital Campaign to renovate the Braddock Carnegie Library.
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US Steel President and CEO David B. Burritt announces an additional donation of $500,000 to the Carnegie One Capital Campaign, bringing US Steel’s total donation to $1 million. (Photo: Business Wire)
David B. Burritt, President and CEO of US Steel and co-chair of the volunteer campaign, announced during the event that US Steel is committing an additional $500,000 to the renovation, in addition to an existing $500,000 pledge, which will increase US Steel’s campaign contribution increased to $1 million. The Carnegie One Capital Campaign’s goal is $18 million to fund major renovations and additions, including a performance hall, retail space, gymnasium, printing facility, ceramics studio, and children’s and youth areas.
In addition to Burritt, the ceremony was attended by speakers including Gov. Tom Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins President of Business Operations Kevin Acklin, Braddock Carnegie Library Association Executive Director Vicki Vargo, and Sylvia Fields, Executive Director of the Eden Hall Foundation.
“The Braddock Carnegie Library is the first of thousands of libraries that US Steel founder Andrew Carnegie has funded across the United States,” Burritt said. “This library, like US Steel itself, is part of the fabric of this region and it will take teamwork to breathe new life into the building. That’s why we doubled our contribution from $500,000 to a total of $1 million. Making this more than a library is an investment in our community – a shining example of what can happen when partners come together to strengthen communities and create a space that is best for all.”
The state of Pennsylvania has also invested $1 million in the project through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and $750,000 through a Keystone grant for public library facilities from the Department of Education.
“I am proud to support the Braddock Carnegie Library legacy with a $1.75 million contribution to the next chapter of growth for this building and community,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “After the renovation, this library will serve not only as a portal to knowledge and culture, but also a safe place for residents to gather for community and movement, creativity and curiosity.”
In addition to co-chairing the Capital Campaign, US Steel and the Pittsburgh Penguins will begin the second season of their Reading Champions partnership later this month. Reading Champions is a program designed to encourage elementary school students to read 20 minutes a day (the length of a hockey lesson). Last year, more than 200 students participated in the Reading Champions program, created to improve literacy rates in Allegheny County.
“On behalf of the Pittsburgh Penguins and our ownership at Fenway Sports Group, we are honored and privileged to work with US Steel and the Braddock Carnegie Library Association to assist in the restoration of this historic library critical to the economic and cultural rebirth of the… Community is so important to Braddock,” said Kevin Acklin, President of Business Operations for Pittsburgh Penguins. “We are proud to stand with the people of Braddock and look forward to Braddock Carnegie Library continuing to serve its children and residents in the years to come will continue to serve for decades,” said Acklin.
The Braddock Carnegie Library renovation plan will allow BCLA to better fulfill its mission as a responsive, essential place for community learning, development and enrichment for its neighbors.
“Braddock Carnegie Library has a proven history of providing dynamic and engaging educational resources to residents of the area while creating cultural spaces that visitors of all ages can enjoy. With the early support of Eden Hall, the Commonwealth’s RACP investment, and now the $1 million commitment from US Steel, we stand poised to solidify the library’s future for generations to come,” said Vicki Vargo, Braddock Carnegie Library Association Executive Director “This renovation will ensure that the magnificent building that Andrew Carnegie donated to the community will continue to evolve and be accessible and sustainable to serve the community for another 130 years.”
United States steel
Founded in 1901, the United States Steel Corporation is a leading steel producer. With an unwavering focus on security, the company’s customer-focused best for all® Strategy promotes a safer, more sustainable future for US Steel and its stakeholders. With a renewed focus on innovation, US Steel serves the automotive, construction, appliance, energy, container and packaging industries with high value-added steel products such as US Steel’s proprietary XG3™ high-strength steel. The Company also maintains competitive iron ore production and has an annual crude steel making capacity of 22.4 million net tons. US Steel is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with world-class operations throughout the United States and Central Europe. Visit www.ussteel.com for more information.
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