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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.

Talent Features

Maria Mangano signs her prints

Start With Art gives Pittsburgh newborns a baby step toward culture

More than 3,500 babies born throughout 2015 at local facilities will go home with an early appreciation of art, thanks to Start With Art: PGH. The project distributes signed, original photographs from local artists to newborns. 

The Frozen Bone collection

Art Institute student shows collection at New York Fashion Week

Romina Vairo, a recent fashion design graduate at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, will show her collection Frozen Bone at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City on Feb. 17. 

Pittsburgh author Ellen A. Roth

Local author pens enchanting fairy tale for adults

The bewitching adult fairy tale Ten Fingers Touching from Pittsburgh author Ellen A. Roth features illustrations inspired by children's literature.

The open, airy workspace of Schell Games

On the rise: 5 tech workplaces to watch in 2015

Five growing tech companies helping to shape Pittsburgh's future and attract new talent.

Shad Henderson, Talia Piazza and Sarah Dieleman Perry.

Mind the gap: Finding ways to boost Pittsburgh's middle-skills workforce

In order for Pennsylvania's economy to grow, the state needs to increase the number of middle-skills workers, according to many proponents of local economic revitalization. Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year university degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States.
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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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