The Top 11 Reasons Pittsburgh Leads
1. The Economist Magazine (June 2009) ranked Pittsburgh as #1 Most Livable City in the United States
2. Foreign Direct Investment Magazine named Pittsburgh one of the Top Ten Major Cities of the Future.
3. President Obama selected Pittsburgh to host the G-20 Summit September 24-25, 2009, because Pittsburgh symbolizes economic renewal and has transformed itself into an economy that embraces new and green technologies.
4. Pittsburgh is recognized worldwide as a leading center of high technology and life sciences. The Pittsburgh Technology Council has 1,400 member firms.
5. Leading industries include energy, software engineering, computer science and information technology, healthcare delivery, advanced manufacturing, medical device technology, robotics, and green innovation.
6. Pittsburgh’s great research universities include Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
7. The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, which represents more than 300 major companies, has identified Pittsburgh’s energy economy, including sustainable energy, as a key strength of the region.
8. Centers specializing in sustainability include the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (University of Pittsburgh), the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education & Research (Carnegie Mellon University), Sustainable Pittsburgh, the Rachel Carson Foundation, and the nationally recognized Green Building Alliance.
9. Energy-related and green companies include: Flabeg (solar thermal technology); Veolia (low energy desalination); PPG (wind energy, and energy efficient window coatings); Serious Materials (High R value windows); Tegrant (High R value insulated concrete building components); BPL Global (smart power grid technology)
10. Pittsburgh has been a leader in the energy industry since oil was first discovered in 1859 near Pittsburgh. The Mellon family then organized Gulf Oil Corp. The region was built on fossil fuels: oil, coal, and huge deposits of natural gas.
11. There are 700 energy companies in the region, including leading corporations such as: Westinghouse (nuclear energy), Consol (coal), and Equitable Gas. The National Energy Technology Laboratory is located in Pittsburgh.