Pennsylvania’s new Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Yablonsky was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on March 11
th , 2003.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Secretary Yablonsky has 27 years of management and executive experience.
He was founding CEO of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, a revolutionary model for focused technology economic development.
When the same successful business model was applied to developing the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth, Dennis Yablonsky was called upon to lead the newly formed Life Sciences Greenhouse of Pittsburgh.
Following his graduation from the University of Cincinnati, Mr. Yablonsky quickly launched his business career at Cincom Systems, an independent software company based in Ohio.
In the twelve years that followed, he worked through the company ranks, moving from sales representative to Director of Worldwide Sales and Service, from Vice President of Sales and Marketing to President and Chief Operating Officer.
During his tenure, Cincom Systems grew from a small domestic software company into a $125 million global IT organization.
In 1987, following his success at the helm of Cincom Systems, Dennis Yablonsky took the reigns as CEO of Carnegie Group, Inc., a small, unprofitable CMU spin-off company in Pittsburgh.
By 1999, he had not only turned it into a $32 million publicly traded software solutions company; he and his team had successfully completed its sale and integration into Logica North America.
The new Secretary of DCED is an accomplished and experienced veteran of managing and leading dynamic business growth – an ability he will put to good use on behalf of the Commonwealth.
Mr. Yablonsky will lead the Rendell Administration’s proactive efforts to revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy by investing in growth.
He will work to achieve a balance between community development and economic development, to respond effectively to the needs of our large urban centers and our small to medium sized cities and boroughs, and to fully develop the potential of Pennsylvania’s many diverse industry sectors.
Secretary Yablonsky is committed to working with the state legislature and with business and community partners to help enact an effective plan for a New Pennsylvania.