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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.

Talent Features

Cecil with her son

Only in Pittsburgh: The new work of artist Ashley Cecil

Ashley Cecil could be a painter anywhere. It’s in her blood. But would she have still challenged herself to become a textile designer, seamstress and full-time entrepreneur if she hadn’t moved to Pittsburgh? She doesn’t think so.

Shopping al fesco

'Tis the season for shopping local: 6 can't-miss holiday markets

Support Pittsburgh's arts-and-crafts entrepreneurs on Small Business Saturday and every day through the holidays. With so many choices for locally made gifts, you're sure to find a special something for everyone on your list.

UIXDET video list

VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

Night of the Living Stout

Candy + local craft beer = Halloween heaven for adults

Pittsburgh brewers treat us to their tricks for pairing local craft beers with classic Halloween candy.

Lightwave International has designed laser sets for artists like Lady Gaga, Pink Floyd and Madonna.

Lightwave International designs laser sets for concerts all over the world

Lightwave International, based in Eighty Four, Washington County, travels the globe designing concert lasers for big-time performers like Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Pink Floyd. 
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Talent Founders

Bruce Freshwater of Sierra w/o Wires

Bruce Freshwater of Sierra w/o Wires

The company is expanding across Pittsburgh to Harrisburg and Philadelphia and adding more IT solutions for IT organizations and beyond.

Ivo Stivoric of BodyMedia

Ivo Stivoric of BodyMedia

His company that created wearable body monitoring was recently acquired by San Francisco-based Jawbone and is poised for even more growth in the future.

Sam Gupta of CMIT Solutions

Sam Gupta of CMIT Solutions

His plan for growth for his IT support and services provider includes helping more nonprofits and establishing more area franchisees.

Jason Wolfe of GiftCards.com

Jason Wolfe of GiftCards.com

He has gone from orphan to $100M in revenue largely because he is determined to make the best of any situation.

Francesco Trama of Viper Network Systems

Francesco Trama of Viper Network Systems

This Army man defends companies with global footprints from network attacks, especially those from foreign countries.

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