Zersha Munir

ImaginePittsburgh.com pulls from more than 900 corporate websites and job search engines to bring you the 26,363 open job listings across the 10-county Pittsburgh region. It’s no longer necessary to go to Monster, then Career Builder, then US Jobs and on and on– we bring it all to you in one convenient place.

Radiologic Technologist at UPMC

Marketing and Development Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh

Graphic Designer at Howard Hanna Real Estate

Receptionist at PJ Dick Construction

Inspector at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products

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Pittsburgh has done it again.

The Economist has ranked Pittsburgh as the most livable city in the continental United States, squeaking in just under Honolulu.

Not bad, considering Hawaii is a vacation destination.

This marks the second time that the esteemed journal of global economies has ranked Pittsburgh at or near the top. The Economist first designated Pittsburgh as the most livable city in America in 2009. But you won’t find it online.

The news is buried in a report issued by The Economist Intelligence Unit that was the basis for the article–more of a graphic image really–reported in The Economist of the top worldwide cities. Melbourne tops the list, followed by Vienna, Vancover and Toronto. Pittsburgh ranked No. 30 out of 140 cities surveyed.

VisitPITTSBURGH uncovered the info and sent out a news release earlier today and, at our request, sent the actual report including a full listing of rankings for Pittsburgh.

“Pittsburgh has the goods,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “We have received so much buzz in the last 10 years and it has helped us tremendously. This kind of success begets more success. We’re riding a wave.”

The Economist defines the concept of livability as a “simple assessment” that determines “locations around the world (that) provide the best or the worst living conditions.”

The study notes that those cities scoring best “tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density. This can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.”

Here’s how Pittsburgh ranked in the following categories on a scale of 1-100, with 100 being considered “ideal”: stability rating 85; healthcare 92; culture and environment 91; education 100; and infrastructure 100.

Pittsburgh was four points behind Honolulu and ahead of Washington, D.C., Chicago and Atlanta and the rest of America.

While The Economist rankings definitely have “street cred,” it was the Places Rated Almanac that really put Pittsburgh on the map in 2007, says Craig.

Since 2000, Pittsburgh has made more than 200 “best” lists including “40 Prettiest Cities in the World” (Huffington Post), “Most Entrepreneurial City in the America (Inc.), “Most Livable City in America” (Forbes) and “Best Places in the World to Visit in 2012″ (National Geographic Traveler).

Pittsburgh is the only city in the country that has been twice named to Places Rated Almanac.


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Phil Cynar
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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 ImaginePittsburgh.com 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 ImaginePittsburgh.com/BuccosBrewers until midnight Aug. 31 when the sweepstakes closes. Also up for grabs are 20,000+ open jobs – across all industries – at ImaginePittsburgh.com, the region’s LIVE, WORK, PLAY and LEARN gateway. Check out the site or tell a friend or family member about ImaginePittsburgh.com. 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 Pirates.com/ImaginePittsburgh. 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 ImaginePittsburgh.com 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 ImaginePittsburgh.com 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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