Bonnie Pfister

The job aggregator is more powerful than ever, scraping thousands of corporate websites and job search engines to find tens of thousands of jobs open now across the 10-county region. Here are a few of them:

Senior Director, Digital Business Technology @ Giant Eagle

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 1, Magee-Womens Hospital @UPMC

Senior Trade Analyst @ PPG Industries

Financial Manager II @ PNC Financial Services, Inc.

Mechanical Engineer (Principal I) @ MSA, The Safety Company

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Phil Cynar

FeatureFuturePerfectPghEast will meet west – Pittsburgh and the Silicon Valley – next week when the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and team up for a tech-centric business development/talent attraction trip to the west coast, Nov. 11 – 12.

Future focused, Pittsburgh takes tech to the edge. It’s a significant hub for IT among east coast cities. Driving this is the presence of world-class universities such as Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, both of which fuel an ever-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in addition to providing a large talent pool for global tech brands. Google, IBM, ANSYS, Intel are just a few that have made a home in Pittsburgh. Cybersecurity, interactive entertainment, robotics, e-commerce, big data and SaaS are a sampling of the areas where Pittsburgh has made a mark.

While in California, the PRA will be doing what it does best – economic development marketing – by talking to west coast tech leaders and business investment influencers about Pittsburgh as the perfect place for an east coast IT satellite. The region’s top-rate talent pool, safe-from-natural-disaster location, Eastern Time Zone and years of experience in providing tech-driven global business support services are among the strengths the PRA will highlight. For California-based companies, Pittsburgh is a complement, not competition. And did we mention cost-effective? (We’ve got Boston, New York and D.C. beat in that category, hands down!)

At the same time, – the region’s “virtual concierge” for Pittsburgh’s plentiful live-work-play opportunities — will be telling tech talent in the Valley about the soft landing that the region can provide for those looking to make a career and/or life change. Money goes a long way here (yes, you can actually afford to buy a home in Pittsburgh), and talented individuals can go farther faster in their careers and advance within region’s famously supportive entrepreneurial environment. As’s tagline says, this is a place to “advance your career and build a life you’ll love.”

If you’re in the Silicon Valley or know tech types who work/live there, there’s a fun opportunity to learn more about Pittsburgh in person at a Nov. 12 “Future Perfect Pittsburgh Party” at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, 655 Mission St. We’ll be showcasing a sampling of Pittsburgh in this quirky venue – one of only three in the U.S. and a sister of the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh – from 6 – 8 p.m. Luke Skurman, CEO and founder of  Niche (one the U.S.’s largest online content startups) will share why Pittsburgh has worked for him. A San Francisco native, Pittsburgh stole his heart when he came here to attend CMU, and it’s proven itself a fertile ground for “living the dream” – professionally and personally.

Free food, drink, tech types and geeks. What’s not to like? Be there: Future Perfect Pittsburgh, Nov. 12, San Francisco! RSVP here.

Bonnie Pfister
Abby Bolton and husband Matthew Bolton are deeply engaged in Pittsburgh's creative scene. Credit Birchtree Photography.
Abby Bolton and husband Matthew Bolton are deeply engaged in supporting Pittsburgh’s creative scene. Credit Birchtree Photography.

Young entrepreneurs, artists and innovators are increasingly choosing the Pittsburgh region as a supportive, hip place where they can launch dream ventures and still afford to pay the rent.

Helping them and other young professionals to leverage their experience into regional leadership is the New Pittsburgh Collaborative. As NPC Board Chair Abby Bolton puts it, this active coalition of diverse, young-minded organizations creates a forum for partnership among groups, engagement around civic and policy issues, while building professional and community leadership skills for the young professionals involved.

“The New Pittsburgh Collaborative is a one-stop place to connect with diverse people and organizations and find your community engagement fit,” she says. She invites all to attend the NPC’s 10th anniversary party on Nov. 9 at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. From 5-7 p.m., participants will discuss and prioritize what policy issues matter most to them as young leaders, then connect with others who share those priorities and interests. From 7-9 p.m. is party time with free food and drink to mix, mingle and celebrate 10 years of innovative collaborations for a better Pittsburgh. While admission is free, attendees should RSVP to

To learn more about Bolton, check out her Neighbor profile at, a virtual concierge that highlights the region’s great live, work and play options. Like the dozens of other Neighbors, she helps newcomers and natives alike find their way in the region. Surf around or take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh” quiz to be matched up with Neighbors who may share your interests and have tips on what’s fun and engaging to do in the region. Use the powerful job search aggregator featuring an annual average of more than 25,000 open jobs across the 10-county region to consider your next career move. And check out our Featured Employers to find out what jobs they’ve got open and what they’re looking for in the people they hire and promote.

Bill Vidonic
Sunset from River Vue by Bill Vidonic, October 2013.
Sunset from River Vue by Bill Vidonic, October 2013.

It’s tough to say goodbye to a place that I’ll see next week.

There’s no doubt, however, I’ll miss living Downtown. My social experiment of one month in the River Vue apartments has come to an end.

Thanks to Imagine Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development for an amazing opportunity and to Millcraft Investments and CORT Furniture for providing some great accommodations.

As I’ve been telling folks, when you work in town, you never have the chance to simply stop and look around at your surroundings.

After living in western Pennsylvania for 45 years, there were many new things to see and do Downtown while I lived in River Vue. I’ve never had the opportunity to go see a show at the Benedum or Heinz Hall and walk home, which I did. Nice not battling traffic.

It was also nice last weekend walking to Sharp Edge and then to Bricolage for an entertaining evening of a recreation of the “War of the Worlds” broadcast.

Several friends who stopped by the apartment were very jealous of the view from my seventh-floor window overlooking Point Park. It gave me a great vantage point to see all the activity surrounding the 40-foot inflatable duck. (Yes, I need to get over the duck. I miss it.)

I really lucked out being a resident in October. There was an energy and excitement Downtown that I haven’t seen in years with the duck and the Bucs. There were so many people here a couple weekends ago for the duck and Penguins and Pitt games people were dialing 911 to report they couldn’t get out of Downtown parking garages for the traffic. How often does THAT happen?

With my time in Downtown at an end, I’ve noticed that I’m falling into some old habits of suburb living.

I’m walking less. There are fewer things to distract me while walking/jogging/wheezing. (Yes, I’m an “Oooh, shiny!” kinda guy.) There’s always something to look at in the city, from the architecture to new construction to the skyline to the residents, workers and visitors.

It’s also so easy just to say at the end of the workday, “Oh, I’m tired, I’m going home.” There are plenty of things to do here after work and I urge folks to take advantage of them.

Many have already asking me whether I’ll be moving Downtown soon. Let’s just say it’s a definite possibility at the moment. I miss its energy. Anyone who says there’s nothing to do Downtown simply isn’t looking.

In celebration of the launch of the re-designed, re-engineered, Millcraft Investments made available a month of rent-free living in its new downtown apartment tower, River Vue. Vidonic’s name was selected at random from nearly 500 people who, through July 31, took the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh” quiz, which matches participants to ImaginePittsburgh Neighbors with similar interests.You can read Vidonic’s early post here.

Bonnie Pfister

The job aggregator is more powerful than ever, scraping thousands of corporate websites and job search engines to find tens of thousands of jobs open now across the 10-county region. Here are a few of them:

Manager, Digital Creative @ Giant Eagle

Application Services Manager @ BNYM

Software Engineer @ Carnegie Robotics

Industrial Maintenance Tech @ Dairy Farmers of America

Energy Analysis Outreach Manager @ Leidos

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