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The Night Market in 2013. Photo Copyright Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
The Night Market in 2013. Photo Copyright Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Hope to see you April 25 at the Gallery Crawl and Night Market Downtown and in the Cultural District!

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the quarterly gallery crawl means free entry – plus (usually) complimentary beverages and snacks – to dozens of galleries and performance spaces in the Cultural District proper (generally Penn Avenue downtown and its arteries) as well as along Liberty Avenue, where radio station WYEP 91.3 FM will set up a control booth and speakers. Things kick off at 5:30 p.m. and continue through at least 9:30 p.m.

There are lots of don’t-miss offerings, including Toby Fraley’s Secret Life of Robots show at SPACE on Liberty.

Also back in action is the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Night Market, running from 5:30 – 11 p.m. at the corner of 8th St and Penn Avenue. Unassuming parking lot by day, this locale tonight becomes a pop-up shopping market featuring music, food, jewelry, art, photography, crafts and more from more than 30 local independent vendors.

The Night Market will also feature “The Airmasters” aerial dance team performing a half hour aerial show full of breathtaking ticks at the top of every hour with performances at 7, 8, 9, and 10:00 p.m. The PDP will also be organizing free games of cornhole throughout the night and DJ Soy Sos will be on hand spinning a variety of American pop, soul, funk, Latin and reggae.

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Pittsburgh’s got jobs — plenty of them. There are 22,310 jobs open today on the job search engine, a one-stop aggregator of career postings from more than 900 jobs boards, corporate websites and search engines. 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:

Financial Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh

Customer Services Representative (French Speaking) at Industrial Scientific

Clinical Dietician at Cura Hospitality

Senior Accountant at Dominion/Peoples Natural Gas

Technical Specialist at MSA

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Venture Outdoors’ Adriane Harrison paddles the Ohio River, with Point Park’s fountain behind her.

With warm weather finally here, it’s time to get out and about with Neighbors like Adriane Harrison and organizations like Venture Outdoors.

Formerly an attorney with one of the world’s largest law firms and a denizen of Los Angeles, Harrison now is human resources coordinator for the unique nonprofit that offers opportunities that could prompt even the most lumpen couch potato to fall in love with southwestern Pennsylvania’s natural riches. Venture Outdoors has easy specialty walks that end with, say, soup or wine tastings, or in a microbrewery, as well as hikes and overnight camping for a full range of skill levels, urban bike tours  and its signature kayak rentals under the Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge.

Love is what brought Harrison to Pittsburgh, but the many amenities – both inside and out – are what has made it so easy to stay. From 5,000 acres of state parks, 43,000 acres of lakes and rivers, 142 golf courses and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to the Children’s Museum and the region’s many independent bookstores and record shops, Harrison and her young family always have something to do — often within a 20-minute drive of their Allison Park home. You can hear from her directly in a video you can watch on our YouTube page, on Harrison’s Neighbor profile or below.

We’re proud to have Adriane Harrison as one of our Neighbors at, a virtual concierge that highlights some of the great work, play and live options in the 10-county region. There job seekers can search thousands of jobs gathered by’s powerful aggregator, sign up for updates about the region through our RRS feed, Facebook, Twitter or other social media channels and take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh!” quiz to be matched up with Neighbors who may share interests and have tips on what’s fun and engaging to do in the region.

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Did you know that there are 22,766 jobs open in the Pittsburgh region as of today? You can see who’s hiring in your field on the career search engine. That’s a one-stop aggregator of job postings across 10 counties pulled from nearly 1,000 different corporate websites and search engines. It’s updated every night.

Here are just a few of the jobs open right now:

Accounting Manager at RTI International Metals

Process Improvement Engineer at Giant Eagle

Pipeline Operator at EQT Corporation

Interactive Web Developer at MARC USA

Diagnostic Solutions Group Intern at Development Dimensions International

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Audrey Russo is the president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. She recently spoke at the annual “Wins” day news conference sponsored by our colleagues at the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the business development arm of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Here is a post Russo shared on the PRA blog.

More and more, technology – one of the Pittsburgh’s key industry sectors for the last 15 or so years – is embedded just about everything we do here in the Pittsburgh region: advanced manufacturing, energy, financial and business services and healthcare and life sciences. Tech isn’t just nice, it’s necessary. It’s giving most, if not all, of the companies operating in the region competitive advantages and creating new business opportunities in the space where tech is converging with key industries.

I was happy to share my perspective on tech’s impact on the regional economy at the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance’s annual “Wins Day” – a media event at which an overview of the entire region’s business investment deals, across key industries during the previous year, is presented.

The PRA announced continued positive economic progress across southwestern Pennsylvania during 2013. With economic development deals up 12 percent and investment totaling $2.4 billion, the scorecard indicated information and communication technology as a primary driver of the region’s growth with 51 new deals in 2013 (the biggest spike in investment in this sector over the past seven years that the PRA has been tracking investment activity.) This has created numerous job opportunities throughout the region with more than half requiring technology skills.

Tech is creating a new workforce order in the region – spawning opportunities and challenges. I invite you to read more about it in “Innovation: the New World Order,” a recent article published in TEQ, one of the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s publications.

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FeatureRMorganFew places are as old-school Pittsburgh as Eat’n Park, which began as a single car-hop eatery during the Truman Administration. But there’s a lot more to the home of Smiley cookies than you may realize.

It’s a large regional employer not only through its restaurants but its Cura Hospitality, which caters for hospitals and senior living communities, and Parkhurst Dining Services, which serves corporations, private higher education institutions, and cultural centers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. It’s also an industry pioneer in sustainability, from building LEED-certified restaurants and using LED lighting to a commitment to locally sourced food that dates back to 2002.

In recent years, Eat’n Park has opened two hip, finer-dining individual restaurants, including the Cultural District’s Six Penn Kitchen and The Porch overlooking verdant Schenley Plaza in the heart of bustling Oakland. The newest concept is Hello Bistro, which focuses on juicy burgers and an extravagant salad bar with locations in Oakland and the South Side.

That’s where such people as Rob Morgan come in. A manager at the Oakland Hello Bistro, in his free time he is able to enjoy the best of both city and country living. A night out for this self-professed foodie and his wife could mean sampling the other venues in the city’s increasingly vibrant food scene, or star-gazing at Mingo Creek Park near his Washington County home.

Morgan is one of the Neighbors featured on, a virtual concierge that highlights live, work and play options in the 10-county region. Here you can check out the more than 20,000 jobs gathered by’s powerful aggregator, sign up for updates about the region through our monthly eNewsletter, RSS feed, Facebook, Twitter or other social media channels and take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh!” quiz to see which Neighbors share your interests, with tips on what’s fun and engaging to do in the region.