Phil Cynar
Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh, Pirates, baseball, MVP, PNC Park
Roberto Clemente / Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball legend Roberto Clemente would have turned 80 on Aug. 18. In honor of the batting champion and humanitarian who considered Pittsburgh his second home, Major League Baseball, the Buccos and are offering a sweepstakes for a first-class opportunity to enjoy the last home series game of the season. Enter for a chance to win four seats over the home team dugout for Saturday, Sept. 20′s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. From  “America’s Most Beautiful Ball Park” you can enjoy what will likely be a playoffs-deciding game.

The seats are up for grabs at until midnight Aug. 31 when the sweepstakes closes. Also up for grabs are 20,000+ open jobs – across all industries – at, the region’s LIVE, WORK, PLAY and LEARN gateway. Check out the site or tell a friend or family member about Great jobs … great life … great baseball: Pittsburgh’s got them all!

NOTE: this sweepstakes is for fans in the Pittsburgh region. But if you know an out-of-town Pirates fan, let him or her know about our “Baseball & The ‘Burgh Weekend” sweepstakes which offers one lucky winner and a guest the opportunity to spend the weekend of Sept. 19-21 in Pittsburgh – taking in the weekend’s baseball games and attending the premiere of the play, Clemente: Legend of 21. Travel, meals and hotel accommodations are included. Enter that sweepstakes at To be eligible, an individual must live at least 75 miles from downtown Pittsburgh.

Zersha Munir

Did you know that there are 25,267 open jobs in the Pittsburgh region as of today? You can see who’s hiring in your field on the job search engine, a one-stop aggregator of career postings across 10 counties from more than 900 corporate websites and job boards. It’s updated every night.

Check out some of our most recent job postings:

Internal and Leadership Communications Manager at Alcoa

Safety and Health Leader at ATI

Facilities and Maintenance Manager at MSA

Rehabilitation Nurse at The Children’s Institute

Assistant Director of Retail Foodservice at Eat’n Park

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Bill Flanagan

It’s getting easier and easier to see the changing demographics in our region. Yes, we’re still one of the “oldest” metros in the country, but on average we’re not aging as fast as we used to and the median age in Allegheny County is actually going down. The population in the City of Pittsburgh is getting younger fastest of all, with a median age that’s now below the national average. Not only that, we are among the top metros in the U.S. in terms of concentration of well-educated young people, especially those with advanced degrees.

You can see the change at lunchtime and during happy hour in Market Square, elsewhere Downtown, along the riverfront trails, and in the Strip where folks just seem to be younger than they used to be. And you see it in Pittsburgh’s East End, where Google has put down roots and entrepreneurs and innovators have begun to follow.

To build on that success and accelerate the momentum, a group of young people, natives and newcomers, have come together to organize the Thrival:  Music + Innovation Festival on the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14. A sort of hometown twist on SXSW,  the festival will feature 15 international, national and local music acts and more than a dozen innovation events … all of it packed into Bakery Square and the construction site across Penn Avenue that’s becoming Bakery Square 2.0.

In just its second year, Thrival has already outgrown Bakery Square 2.0, which is filling vacant land with new apartments and office buildings.  There will be a new location for the festival in 2015. With hard work and creativity it has the potential to become a signature event for our region to attract and retain young people.

The Allegheny Conference, through our ImaginePittsburgh talent attraction and retention initiative, is joining PNC and others as a sponsor of this year’s festival. Best of all, we’re able to offer limited-time discounts.  Click here and enter the coupon codes  10OFFSAT, 10OFFSUN, 10OFFVIPSAT and 10OFFVIPSUN for 10 percent discounts. Resulting savings could be as high as $20 per person, depending on the ticket option you select.

In addition to showing up, please help us spread the word about this emerging festival. Check out Thrival’s website, link up through Twitter and Facebook, and refer friends!

Happy, but never satisfied

It’s been great to see the reaction to #HappyinPittsburgh, the grassroots effort to counter recent research by the University of British Columbia and Harvard thank ranked Pittsburgh after New York as the second unhappiest city in America.  As noted in my last Note, the survey did seem to be a bit puzzling given all the positive momentum our region seems to enjoy right now.  All the more so because Pittsburgh was ranked as 5th happiest as recently as December by an iPhone app company called Jetpac.  (Quite a swing in six months from one of the happiest to one of the saddest at a time when our economy and quality of life have only been getting better.)

The dissonance may make more sense if you look a little bit closer at the research, in particular the question they actually asked people, “In general, how satisfied are you with your life?”

I’m not sure that satisfaction is the same thing as happiness. People can be happy and still want things to get better. In fact, that may be something both Pittsburgh and New York have in common. People move to New York because it’s the Big Apple, they’re striving for something better. As a result they might be more likely to be less satisfied with their present state, whatever it is. Pittsburgh’s been striving for something better for the past 70 years, from Renaissance One when folks set out to clean the place up to the past 35 years or so when they transformed the economy.

One thing about any place: no matter how good it is, it can always be better. None of us should ever be satisfied. But there’s no reason we can’t be happy, too – about our progress to date and about our potential for the future. At the end of the day, that’s how we’ll thrive.

See you at Thrival on Sept. 13 and 14 at Bakery Square.

And, as always, thanks for your commitment to our region and for you help in spreading the word.


Zersha Munir

Looking for a career shift as the summer winds down? You’ve come to the right place. There are 24,331 jobs open today on the job search engine, a one-stop aggregator of career postings from more than 900 jobs boards and corporate websites. So you no longer have to go to Monster, and then Career Builder, and then individual employers to see what’s happening in your industry. We’ve culled them all for jobs across the 10-county Pittsburgh region and update them nightly.

Here are a few on offer today:

Founding Director for Graduate Program in Professional Writing at Washington & Jefferson College

Assembly Technician at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products

Product Support Technician at Development Dimensions International

Auto Gas Detection Specialist at Industrial Scientific Corporation

Assistant Controller at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development

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Pittsburgh has been named the most livable city in America. Twice. But does that hold true for all Pittsburghers?
NEXTpittsburgh posed the question to a few grassroots activists in our midst — including Neighbor Carla Leininger of Global Beats. Learn more about efforts by Carla;  Larimer’s Betty Lane;  Justin Strong’s AVA Lounge & Cafe’s Justin Strong; social entrepreneur Majestic Lane; and children’s education advocate Jessie Ramey here.

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Justin Strong, owner of AVA Lounge and Café on Craig Street at Centre Avenue, North Oakland.
Justin Strong, owner of AVA Lounge and Cafe on Craig Street at Centre Avenue, North Oakland.
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Penn College's drill-rig simulator. Photo Copyright Andrew Maykuth /
Penn College’s drill-rig simulator. Photo Copyright Andrew Maykuth /

Training for work in the natural gas industry just got a lot easier at one ShaleNET location, thanks to the purchase of a new drilling rig simulator.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport recently unveiled the simulator, which allows students in ShaleNET’s noncredit, short-term roustabout and floor hand courses to practice skills and safety procedures needed in the field. This is one of only three rigs of its kind used for education purposes in the country and will also be used to train new short-service employees for private drilling companies.

ShaleNET is a multi-college program that has trained more than 5,000 for careers in the oil and natural gas industry, with 3,421 finding employment. Training is offered at Penn College in north-central Pennsylvania as well as at Westmoreland Community College and schools in Ohio and Texas.

“The rig simulator is a wonderful addition to the wide range of training resources offered here at the Energy Technology Education Center and reinforces our commitment to hands-on learning in real-world work environments,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour,

Students will learn proper use of rig fundamentals and such live fire “props” as a wellhead, separator, pressurized production-site setup, sand separator and more.

ShaleNET was created in 2010 by a coalition of stakeholders including the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the parent organization of It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training.

Learn more at