Meredith Fahey

As Neighbor and AlphaLab Director Jim Jen says, our region has a terrific entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’m looking forward to checking out some of it this Saturday at the Thrival festival. Part live-music festival, part innovation showcase, the event will bring together potential investors with companies from the Hustle Den, the East Liberty-based innovation incubator of the Thrill Mill.

The innovation showcase runs from noon to 2 p.m. at Google’s Pittsburgh office, followed by performances across the street at Bakery Square 2 by hip-hop pioneers De La Soul, Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit and Pittsburgh-based hip-hop/rock group Formula 412. Speakers range from national heavy-hitters like the Tech Shop’s Jim Newton to our own Kate Stoltzfus. Sponsors include ImaginePittsburgh Featured Employers PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Highmark, PJ Dick/Trumbull and Carnegie Mellon University.

 Read more about it at Pittsburgh City Paper or the Pittsburgh Business Times.



Are you a graduate of a western Pennsylvanian college or university and going to be in the U.K. on Sept. 29?

Join the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and to celebrate the Steelers and your Pittsburgh-area ties on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 5 -10 p.m. as Pittsburgh’s “Black and Gold” face the Minnesota Vikings for an NFL-sponsored game at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Watch the game with fellow alumni; win great prizes and enjoy good food and spirits at the Sportsbar & Grill, 19-25 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London.

While you’re there, find out how Pittsburgh has transformed itself into a great place to work, live and play as showcased on a new, virtual concierge to help you “advance your career and build a life you’ll love” – in Pittsburgh!

Click here to register to join us at the Steelers “pop-up’ bar. 

Can’t make it to London? Register for a chance to win a signed photo of Heath Miller, the Steelers’ veteran tight end by taking our “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh” quiz here. (Those who have already taken the quiz and not won other premiums are already registered.)

What: Steelers vs. Vikings
When: Sept. 29, 5 – 10 pm
Where: Sportsbar & Grill, 19-25 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London

Ben Kamber

The City of Play Best Games Festival returns to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Aug 31, featuring urban games that turn streets into a playground, fields and parks into game sites and transforms the idea of sports with original games that make Pittsburgh a more playful place.

This isn’t gaming, but analog, run-around-after-the-ball games; as one organizer puts it: “A lot of people play games when they’re younger, but then they get into video games… this is about playing and being playful in real life as an adult.” Says founder Adam Nelson: “All of the games do something to help people integrate with their urban environment, or have some kind of new interaction with other members of the city.”

Last year’s festival featured such new games as Beat the Dark, Super Secret Spies, Nashville and Love at First Site. The $25 ticket also includes an end-of-the-night party featuring new original games from some of the best designers in the world. Participants meet at the Arcade Comedy Theater at 811 Liberty Ave. downtown.

Check out this video from last year’s festival, and learn more at

The City of Play Festival: The Best New Games in the World from Sprout Fund on Vimeo.

Learn more at

Bonnie Pfister
Josh Stewart (right) with husband Chuck and son Thatcher at the 2013 Pittsburgh Pride festival.
Josh Stewart (right) with husband Chuck and son Thatcher at the 2013 Pittsburgh Pride festival.

Pittsburgh may not have as large or concentrated an LGBT community as some larger cities, but for Josh Stewart, that’s OK.

“ Pittsburgh is a welcoming city in general,” says Stewart, who lives in Baldwin with his husband, Charles, and son, Thatcher. They find the region to be friendly, with a strong sense of community. “Pittsburgh is great place to live and work for an LGBT family.”

Learn more about Stewart, one of the Neighbors at, a virtual concierge that highlights work, play and live options in the 10-county region. On the site you can look for a job among the nearly 30,000 gathered by our powerful job aggregator, sign up for updates about the region through our social media channels or RRS feeds and 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.



The number of jobs in the Pittsburgh region in July was up from the previous month, and showed year-over-year growth of 1.5 percent, Pittsburgh TODAY reported this week.

The regional indicator report, which compares Pittsburgh to the economic indicators of 14 other benchmark cities of similar size, noted job increases in energy and construction, financial activities, business services and leisure/hospitality from July 2013 from July 2012, while jobs in information,  retail and with governments declined.

Founded in November 2006, the PIttsburgh TODAY regional indicators projects is part of the Unversity Center for Social and Urban Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

Read the full report here, and also check out others about the skills gap in STEM jobsattitudes toward environmental concerns, arts as an economic engine and more.

To find the right job for you of the nearly 30,000 open positions in the 10-county region, check out the powerful, newly improved  job aggregator at

Bonnie Pfister

SarahAMBlogArticleCalifornia native Sarah Arimoto-Mercer has lived in cities around the U.S., and has worked at top schools in Chicago and at Yale. But when it comes to the place where she feels most supported on the job and in her work-life balance, she chooses the Pittsburgh region.

Find out why at, where Arimoto-Mercer is one of the the Neighbors — real people who’ve chosen the Pittsburgh region as the place to advance their careers and build lives they love. There you can learn more about Arimoto-Mercer through text, photos and a video sponsored by Duquesne University, one of the employer sponsors of Imagine

The site is virtual concierge that highlights work, play and live options, as well as a search engine for the nearly 30,000 open jobs in the 10-county region.