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Pittsburgh featured as the Comeback City

In a special 16 page advertiser section in Delta Sky magazine this month, a series of articles titled "Comeback City," highlights Pittsburgh's assets and  advantages including jobs, a healthy real estate market, public and private innovation and investment and billions of dollars in natural gas.

The section is sponsored by the Allegheny Conference, Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh and VisitPittsburgh.

Read the full story here.

How did Pittsburgh do it? Cleveland wants to know as FitzGerald meets Fitzgerald

Cleveland's County Executive, Ed FitzGerald, came to town recently to meet with Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, to learn about Pittsburgh's remarkable turnaround.

Pittsburgh's Allegheny County has so far outpaced Cuyahoga County's efforts, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "in no small part due to a sleek reform government that replaced a slate of elected officials with one executive. Voters approved a county charter there in 1998, 11 years before Cuyahoga adopted its own.

"This is a one-stop shop," said Allegheny Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "When businesses are having trouble they know they can come here and get things done. This office has the ability to convene all the partners."

Read the full story here.

How to find meaningful work in Pittsburgh? Rework.

"ReWork, a startup that came out of the 2011 Unreasonable Institute, may be the first company that places young professionals directly with "disruptive, world changing organizations"--including non-profits and all manner of triple-bottom-line businesses," says fastcoexist.com. "ReWork currently works with 15 to 25 companies (for now, most are in Pittsburgh and Boulder, Colorado, but that will change). That’s a number that will expand greatly once ReWork brings on more job candidates. The startup has 130 candidates across the country in some stage of the screening process. That may not sound impressive, but ReWork just opened up for full-time placements February--and everything has been through word of mouth. ReWork expects to have its first five to six full-time job placements within the next three months."

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh among top 25 best places to retire

Thanks partly to tech, says Forbes, Pittsburgh is getting a second wind. Cost of living is low, the average house price is $121,000 and there's a bunch of universities providing jobs and contributing to vitality. Read more about why Pittsburgh was chosen among the top cities for active retirement.

Read about Pittsburgh and the rest of the cities here.

Google's Bakery Square offices named one of top cool tech spaces in the country

While Google has cool offices everywhere, the Pittsburgh office in Bakery Square was cited as one of the top 15 cool tech spaces in the country. Here's a tour in a photo slide show.

What Pittsburgh can teach Buffalo

Why has Pittsburgh been far more successful than other similar cities such as Buffalo? Two reasons, cites the author. "First, there is a serious, multi-entity commitment in Pittsburgh to stimulating, mentoring, and promoting new enterprises, and it has been going on for more than a dozen years. Second, there is total focus of new public inputs into the historic crossroads of the region, i.e., into downtown Pittsburgh."

For Pittsburgh, being a Wallflower to the economic party has its perks

President Obama arrives in Pittsburgh this week, for the fifth time in recent memory, and movies like "Perks of Being a Wallflower" film and go. Why is Pittsburgh always in the middle of filming a movie while everyone else in the country is worrying about jobs?

Read it in Neon Tommy, Annenberg Digital News.

Luke Skurman's Business Bout down to six finalists and the Baller BBQ XIV

The Business Bout is down to the wire, the final boxing match between six finalists at the BBQ Baller XIV this Saturday, Oct. 1st from  3 to 10 p.m. Live performances by Paul Luc, Guaracha Latin Band, and D.J. Zan.

Who will it be? Tickets are nearly sold out! Check out the final six. on  YouTube.

VIA Music & New Media Fest is coming, among the top 10 festivals in the world

The VIA Music & New Media Fest, which blows into Pittsburgh Oct. 5-9, moved up in the rankings as one of the best music festivals in the country to #5. 

Read it in Resident Advisor.

CMU receives $265 million, one of the largest pledges in history

Carnegie Mellon University received one of the most generous gifts ever bestowed upon a school of learning this week when William Dietrich, the former chairman of Dietrich Industries Inc., a supplier of steel building materials, donated 
$265 million to the Oakland university.

Read it in the Associated Press

White House names ModCloth's Susan Koger a Champion of Change

Ordinary Americans accomplishing extraordinary things is what "Champions of Change" is all about. ModCloth founder Susan Koger shook President Obama's hand this month at the White House, accepting an honor that recognizes Americans each week who are out innovating in their fields.

Read it on Above Average Jane and the White House Blog.

Three Pittsburgh firms make the Inc 500 fastest-growing list

Three Pittsburgh companies made the 2011 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies: Precision Therapeutics, Independent Catalyst and Urban Lending Solutions. 

Check out the Inc. 500 list.

DeepLocal wins Ad Age 2012 Small Ad Agency of the Year Award

It's not size that matters, but talent and intelligence, says Ad Age in describing the winners of the 2012 Ad Age Small Agency Awards. DeepLocal does it again, taking claim to the best small ad agency in the Northeast. 

"...this band of hackers, artists and musicians turn out projects for marketers and other agencies that are nothing short of mind-blowing," says Ad Age. We agree!

Read it in AdAge.

DeepLocal does it again with a bicycle that listens to your brain

Imagine a bike that can read your mind and shift gears automatically while you peddle. That's the idea behind the Prius X Parlee, a concept bicycle being built by a Parlee Cycles as part of Toyota's Pruis Projects campaign. Behind the thought-control interface, a helmet with neurotransmitters that picks up the thought waves of the biker, is none other that Pittsburgh's own DeepLocal. We're not surprised.

Read it in CNET NEWS.

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