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'Pittsburgh basks in refurbished image'

Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, told the Associated Press that Pittsburgh is the 'overnight sensation' that was 30 years in the making.

The Associated Press article chronicles the transformation of Pittsburgh beginning in the 1980’s and points to Pittsburgh’s leaders and cultural development as contributing factors to the city’s success. The Steel City has witnessed the diversification of its economy into technology, energy, healthcare, education and finance.

The piece lists the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the Consol Energy Center and Rivers Casino among sites of Pittsburgh’s transformation.

"I don't know of anything on this scale, in any other American city, where we've gone from parking lots and forgotten roadways to beautiful riverfronts and significant stadiums, significant new buildings and a significant, world-class riverfront,” Grant Oliphant, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation, told AP.
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