Getting his first look as a journalist what makes Pittsburgh a Top Americas “City of the Future” (ranked as such this April by Foreign Direct Investment – or fDi – a publication of the Financial Times) was Michal Kaczmarski, who recently moved from his native Poland to London to join fDi’s staff as senior reporter/markets editor. Kaczmarski was in Pittsburgh from Oct. 15 – 19, hosted by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

The PRA planned a robust agenda for Kaczmarski’s time in Pittsburgh and introduced him to a number of companies, organizations and individuals that are defining Pittsburgh as a true “city of future.”  Among those were Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and ETC spin-out companies; Google Pittsburgh; Innovation Works and its AlphaLab young entrepreneurs; robotics company RE2; Precision Therapeutics; the Center for Connected Medicine; SnapRetail; and CareerImp, both of which are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Technology Council; AquaTech; and SEEGRID.

In addition, Kaczmarski had an opportunity, over lunch one afternoon at Lawrenceville’s Kaleidoscope Cafe, to talk with executives who represent two of the region’s top sectors:  information and communications technology, and health care and life sciences. These leaders – Matt Harbaugh, chief operating officer at Jibbigo, LLC and Patrick Daly, CEO of Cohera Medical, Inc.– were brought to the table literally by Innovation Works and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse respectively – organizations in the region that have many companies move toward successful commercialization of services and products that are putting Pittsburgh on the global radar as a hub of innovation … a “Silicon Valley of the East.”

Harbaugh talked candidly with Kaczmarski about why Jibbigo has found it easier to grow in Pittsburgh than in Silicon Valley. Daly offered thoughts about what Pittsburgh has to offer to “trailing” spouses or partners of new hires, both in terms of work and of finding a place in the community. You can hear more of what they shared with our international guest in the first video below. And check out Kaczmarski’s impressions of our “small big city” in the second link.