Category: Economic Development

Pittsburgh and 10 Other Cities Join Citizenship Initiative

Pittsburgh and 10 Other Cities Join Citizenship Initiative

PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 12, 2014) On Monday Pittsburgh and 10 other cities will formally join Cities for Citizenship, an initiative launched by Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago in partnership with Citi, the founding corporate partner, which aims to increase citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents to forge more inclusive and economically robust cities.

Mayor, Councilmembers Launch ‘Small Business Week’

Mayor, Councilmembers Launch ‘Small Business Week’

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 25, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto, Councilman Dan Gilman and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak today officially declared the week of November 24-30 “Small Business Week” in the City of Pittsburgh.

Remarks by Mayor William Peduto At Announcement of New U.S. Steel Headquarters At Former Civic Arena Site

Remarks by Mayor William Peduto At Announcement of New U.S. Steel Headquarters At Former Civic Arena Site

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 24, 2014) “As a Pittsburgh boy this feels really good. I told Mario [Longhi, U.S. Steel President and CEO], as we sat in the office, I will not be the Mayor that lost U.S. Steel. Not out of Pittsburgh. And all apologies to the Governor, it meant no where else in Allegheny County, nowhere in the state of Pennsylvania — U.S. Steel belongs in Pittsburgh, and it feels really, really good. And I know everyone around here feels the same way too.

Startup Weekend Pittsburgh: Let the Games Begin! (#SWPgh)

Startup Weekend Pittsburgh: Let the Games Begin! (#SWPgh)

This weekend, in cities across the globe, a battle has begun–the Global Startup Battle–a grassroots movement of entrepreneurs competing to pitch their best ideas, form teams around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), create a business model/code/design and make a final presentation. Categories include Developers, Designers and Non-technical. It all takes place over a 54-hour period.

Got a Great Startup Idea? Apply to Thrill Mill Now!

Got a Great Startup Idea? Apply to Thrill Mill Now!

Thrill Mill, Inc. is an incubator that provides funding, mentorship and office space for startups and and entrepreneurs that have creative ideas. Thrill Mill brings a creative and collaborative atmosphere to their nurturing of talent. They started as a non profit in 2012 to work with early-stage entrepreneurs; helping them to polish their ideas and then showcasing them at their Thrival Music and Innovation Festival.

Mayor William Peduto Announces Transformational Plans for Hill District

Mayor William Peduto Announces Transformational Plans for Hill District

Mayor William Peduto joined other officials today to announce historic agreements among the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hill District community and local government that will transform the entire neighborhood and provide tens of millions in financing for community improvements, jobs and housing.

Mayor William Peduto to Host Roundtable with Local Startups Wednesday

Mayor William Peduto to Host Roundtable with Local Startups Wednesday

Mayor William Peduto will host a roundtable Wednesday with local startup firm leaders, and discuss ways the city can better support their businesses.

It will be the Mayor’s fourth and final roundtable this summer on innovative technology initiatives, following others on the Maker movement, clean technology and accelerators/co-working spaces.

Moody’s Upgrades Pittsburgh’s Bond Rating, Cites “Positive Outlook” After First Meeting with Mayor

Moody’s Upgrades Pittsburgh’s Bond Rating, Cites “Positive Outlook” After First Meeting with Mayor

PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 8, 2014) – Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the outlook on Pittsburgh’s bond rating Thursday, following their first meeting with Mayor William Peduto and other administration officials.

Moody’s moved the city’s rating up from A1 (Stable Outlook) to A1 (Positive Outlook).

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable with Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable with Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 6, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto will host a roundtable discussion today on efforts to make Pittsburgh a hub for accelerator groups and co-working spaces.

Making Creative Connections

Making Creative Connections

Pittsburgh and the surrounding region has a wealth of creative assets. The question is how do we best take advantage of this to rise to the next level and compete with other creative hot spots like Austin, Boston, or Portland? How do we encourage creative growth and innovation in our creative industries? The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, in association with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Echo Strategies, is holding the event “Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives” to connect people in design, communications, entertainment, fine art, data science, software and hardware, and creative industry support services to delve into these questions and explore the state and potential of creative industries in our region.