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Local broker named president of PA Realtors Association

Ron Croushore, owner and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, was recently installed as the 2015 president of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.

As a lifelong Pittsburgh-area resident, Croushore currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors and was president of the West Penn Multi-List and Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (RAMP). 

Croushore also was the first realtor appointed by the state Legislature to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) Board of Directors.

Learn more about the organization here.

Pittsburgh among top 5 small cities for filmmakers

Pittsburgh placed No. 4 in the best small towns to live and work as a movie maker, according to film industry magazine MovieMaker. This is hopeful news for local talent since employment in the film business has long meant a move to Los Angeles. 

 “The one-time steel capital has transitioned to become a hotbed of entertainment production with heavy emphasis on nurturing a crew base and creating opportunities for aspiring filmmakers,” noted MovieMaker.  

Pittsburgh Film Office Director Dawn Keezer credits the city’s local resources as well as state tax incentives, which have helped to increase the local talent pool. “We’re in the top 10 of the first places people call when they’re thinking of locations,” the article quoted Keezer as saying.

See the full list of film-friendly cities here.

Pittsburgh No. 11 for STEM employment

Pittsburgh ranked among the top regions in the country for STEM-related jobs, according to a new study by WalletHub.com. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields are those forecasted to rise nearly twice as fast as the rest of the employment fields through the end of 2020.

To help STEM professionals locate the best and worst markets, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, measuring data such as job openings per capita for graduates, annual median wage growth and the projected number of STEM jobs needed in 2018.

PBT ballerina blogs about balance for HuffPost

Among the roles she can step into with ease, Julia Erickson, principal for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, now blogs for the Huffington Post. In the website's Third Metric section, her first post, “5 Ways Thinking Like a Ballerina Can Bring Balance to Your Life,” offers pearls of wisdom such as, “discipline isn't negative or burdensome; instead it frees us” and “focus on the present moment.” 

Why take counsel from Erickson? Because she gets it. She understands not only how to rise to the physical and professional demands of her day job, but she also runs her online Barre business and attends to personal affairs -- all while taking time out to write HuffPost blogs on how to make it happen.

Read Erickson’s Balance blog here.

Marathon CEO receives national recognition

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon CEO Patrice Matamoros has been recognized in the March issue of Runner’s World. The article profiles Matamoros among female race directors nationally who’ve broken new ground in a traditionally male-dominated field. 

The article, “Women in the Lead,” highlights how Matamoros has not only revitalized the city’s springtime race event but has also grown the event, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 runners this year on May 2 and 3.

Read the full article here.

Eater blog profiles chef Kevin Sousa

Local celebrity chef Kevin Sousa, who will be opening his latest restaurant venture Superior Motors in Braddock this spring, was featured recently in the national online foodie magazine Eater.  

“Superior Motors isn't just a restaurant,” writes Eater’s Amy McKeever, “it's a major effort to bring Braddock back to a state of urban vitality.” 

Of course, that is the goal and the ultimate gamble. With all of the sweat poured and money raised by Sousa and supporters, many are hoping for just that. 

Superior Motors opening soon at 1211 Braddock Ave. 

Read the extensive profile on Sousa here.


Pitt pays you back, says The Princeton Review

The University of Pittsburgh has been profiled in The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.

The newly released book and online resource is a guide to the academically best and most affordable colleges that hold a high record of post-college employment by their alumni.

The profile praised Pitt as an “Academic Powerhouse;” The Princeton Review included it among the “Best Value” schools by measuring data points such as academics, graduation rates, cost, financial aid, incurred debt and alumni salaries.  

See how Pitt stacks up against comparable colleges here.

Pittsburgh among top 10 most creative cities

Real-estate brokerage site Movoto released its list of America's 10 most creative cities and ranked Pittsburgh at No. 9 based on business listings and census data. 

While Pittsburgh's artistic bent may have stirred some head-scratching over at Movoto, landing on the list comes as no surprise to keen observers of our city's creative class. 

Get inspired with the full list here

Men's Journal ranks E2 among best U.S. brunch spots

Weekend brunch at Highland Park eatery E2 recently ranked among Men’s Journal’s Best Brunch Spots in America. 

While the restaurant offers brunch standards such as French toast, polenta, eggs, and sausages in a range of combinations, E2’s “willingness to embrace fried dough” won special accolades from Men's Journal, as the menu opens with an array of doughnuts, zeppoli, and beignets.

Learn what other American restaurants made the list here.

Peduto appointed co-chair of National League of Cities' council

Among Mayor Bill Peduto’s copious duties, he also joins the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute of Youth, Education, and Families (YEF) as the newly appointed YEF co-chair. 

The mayor will serve as a national family advocate, campaigning before Congress and the Obama Administration for issues such as childhood development and education, violence prevention and economic success.

Read more about the work of NLC committees and councils here.

Uber, CMU pair up in quest for driverless cars

In the quest to make driverless cars a reality, Carnegie Mellon University has teamed up San Francisco-based ride-sharing service Uber to create a research lab in Pittsburgh, The Associated Press has reported. 

Read the full story as seen in The New York Times here.


Councilman Gilman tapped for National League of Cities committee

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. The committee is responsible for the development of NLC federal policy on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. 

As a member of the committee, Gilman promises to play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy and advocate on behalf of cities like Pittsburgh. “This is an incredible opportunity to continue bringing Pittsburgh to the national stage,” Gilman said.

Read more about NLC’s other committees and councils here


VisitPITTSBURGH gets kudos from national sporting events planners

SportsEvents Media Group, a national publication for the sporting event planning industry recently honored VisitPITTSBURGH with its 2015 Readers' Choice Award.

Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, recognized the growth of sports tourism in Pittsburgh, citing recent events including last summer's P&G Gymnastics Championships, the NHL's Winter Classic and the U.S. Open, set to return in 2016. 

See the complete list of award winners.

Dwell magazine features affordable Lawrenceville family home

Shelter magazine Dwell featured the Lawrenceville home of architect Andrew Moss and his wife, electrical engineer Michelle Yanefski, showcasing the salvaged materials, ingenuity and DIY ethic that built the home for $135 per square foot. 

In the article, writer Kelly Vencill Sanchez describes how the couple simplified and strategized to complete the three-bedroom house for a little over $310,000. 

Read the story here.


Highbrow Magazine calls Pittsburgh 'a foodie playground'

Pittsburgh's restaurant scene is attracting ambitious young chefs intent on creating the next big food town, according to a recent article in Highbrow Magazine. 

In "How Pittsburgh Became a Dining Destination," Pittsburgh native Beth Kaiserman details the evolution of Pittsburgh cuisine from smothered under French fries to full-blown foodie playground, thanks to an annual Restaurant Week and inventive hot spots in the Cultural District and beyond.

Read the full article here.
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