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Focus Areas

Arts and Culture

Pittsburgh is rich in arts and culture, due to an incredible pool of talent and a foundation community that generously supports the arts. On any given day, you'll find much to do, from visiting world-class museums to live performances, concerts and gallery shows. Support the arts! Find at least one new thing to do every month. You'll be better off, and so will Pittsburgh.read on…

Education

The Pittsburgh region is known for its focus on schools (just look at the Pittsburgh Promise) and its many strong universities and colleges, from Pitt and Carnegie Mellon to Robert Morris and Point Park. With its large population of college students, Pittsburgh ranks among tops in the country as a College Town. Aside from the impressive institutions of higher learning, the research is world-class and keeps the region in the forefront of science and technology.read on…

Entrepreneurs

Why are entrepreneurs so vital to our region's economy? Without them there would be little to no job growth. In today's economy the big guys are no longer paving the way. It's the startups and small companies that are innovating and hiring. Check them out here in this new Focus area for entrepreneurs where we capture the news about what companies are growing, who's hiring, and what innovative ideas are going commercial.read on…

Environment

With Pittsburgh as host of last year's World Environment Day, groups all over the region organized outstanding events around environmental issues, putting us in the spotlight once again. Our city has long been a leader in sustainability, from green buildings to green parks and green spaces--and soon we might have the greenest building on the planet with the planned PNC Tower. The region's turnaround from an industrial town to a green city has caught the attention of national media and continues to be a driving force in our revitalization. read on…

Marcellus Shale

The Marcellus Shale industry in western PA is growing, not slowing, despite the dip in natural gas prices. Is it a boon for the region or a bust for the environment or can it be done right to protect our natural resources? As the industry and community attempt to figure it out, others are looking at us as a model, from job creation to water usage. read on…

Move to Pittsburgh

While we have always known what we have here, the rest of the world has not. Until now. After the G-20 and the torrent of publicity around the world about our remarkable transformation, Pittsburgh is on the map as a global comeback city. Now the word is out that our city is a great place to live, work and play. You can read about it here every week!read on…


Science and Technology

Known worldwide for its Eds and Meds, Pittsburgh is a hotbed of science and technology. From computer science--hello, Carnegie Mellon and Google--to robotics that's second to none, Pittsburgh leads the way. You'll see the innovation and technology and science everywhere, from the Carnegie Science Center to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and many places in between.read on…

Social innovation

Social innovation eXchange, otherwise known as SiX, is both an event series (brought to you by The Pittsburgh Foundation in concert with Pop City, The Sprout Fund and sponsored in part by the Buhl Foundation) and a topic we plan to cover more at Pop City. Who's leading the charge in affecting change for the public good? Social innovation requires us to think differently about how to solve tough social problems,: it's getting new people around the table, from techies and artists to those in business and those already working on the issues. It's not just coming up with ideas. It's putting good ideas to work. read on…

Talent

What makes Pittsburgh great? The people. How do we attract more? Keep moving ahead on many fronts and inspire others to join us. The many entrepreneurs and strong talent from all walks of life have made Pittsburgh a champion for decades. That same can-do spirit exists today stronger than ever. Each week in Pop City we profile the tremendous talent in our region.read on…

The Talent Dividend

The Talent Dividend is a calculation of how much economic impact college grads have on a city. By increasing the number of college graduates in our region by one percentage point of our population, $1.8 billion would be generated in personal incomes, or revenue. That's like attracting a billion dollar company to locate here. The best way to measure the economic success of a city is per capita income and the simple most direct connection of per capita income is college attainment, says CEOs for Cities, the group that created the Talent Dividend initiative. read on…
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