Cawley headlines Chamber’s annual Spring Luncheon

PUC Chair Powelson to share keynote with Lt. Governor at April 24 event

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley

AVONDALE — Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley is headlining the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Annual Spring Luncheon, April 24 at Hartefeld National Golf Club.

In addition to Cawley, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Robert Powelson will also be sharing the podium as keynote speakers for the event.

The event kicks off with a reception at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and presentations at noon. That will be followed by a question and answer session with Cawley and Powelson.

Cawley was elected as the commonwealth’s 32nd Lieutenant Governor in 2010. According to his official Website, he has worked side-by-side with Gov. Tom Corbett to deliver on their promises to restore fiscal discipline in Harrisburg and create jobs for Pennsylvanians.

In 2011, Corbett appointed Cawley to chair the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, which brought together representatives from the natural gas industry, environmental advocacy groups, academia and state and local government. The panel unanimously approved 96 recommendations to Corbett for the development of natural gas in Pennsylvania. These recommendations became the basis for the historic, comprehensive law known as Act 13 of 2012. 

In March of 2012, Cawley won national recognition for his work on Marcellus Shale when he received the 2012 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award from General Electric in partnership with the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).

Prior to serving as Lt. Governor, Cawley was a County Commissioner in nearby Bucks County. Prior to that, he served on the Board of Education for the Bristol School District. Cawley was also Chief of Staff to State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson.


The chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Robert Powelson.

Powelson serves as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

Powelson was first nominated to the PUC in 2008, by Gov. Ed Rendell to fill the remainder of an unexpired term.  Gov. Corbett appointed Powelson Chairman of the PUC in 2011, with a term to expire on April 1, 2014.

Shortly after being appointed as PUC chair in 2011, Gov. Corbett asked Powelson to serve as a member of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. The Commission reviewed the Commonwealth’s existing statutes, regulations and policies and provided recommendations to ensure that Pennsylvania “maximizes the opportunity that Marcellus Shale presents in the most responsible manner possible” according to Powelson’s Website.

Powelson was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors on March, 2011. He currently serves as chairman of NARUC’s Committee on Water and has been appointed to represent the Water Committee on NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy. He is also a member of the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure and a member of the NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal.

The Delaware County native lives in Kennett Square with his wife and two sons.

To register for this event, click here to go to SCCCC’s Website.

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