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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.

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Pittsburgh’s got jobs — 21,762 by more than 3,000 companies or organizations across the 10-county region. You can explore these listing at the career search engine, which aggregates — in one convenient place — job postings from more than 900 corporate websites and search engines.

Here are just a few on offer right now:

Technology Project Manager for BNY Mellon in West Mifflin

Production Workers at ATI in Leechburg, Armstrong County

Graphic Designer at PJ Dick

Sourcing Manager at Alcoa

Real Estate Associate at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

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The diverse, balanced and innovation-driven economy that made Pittsburgh a great American comeback story continues to deliver value by capturing 302 economic development deals during 2013 – a 12 percent increase in activity over the previous year.

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the 10-county Pittsburgh region’s economic development marketing organization, on March 25 presented its annual economic development performance scorecard – a snapshot of all of the deals, or “wins” announced in the previous year related to new facilities, expansions of existing companies, attraction/retention of companies and startups across southwestern Pennsylvania. [ is an initiative of the PRA.]

“The robust economic development activity in the Pittsburgh region in 2013, including a surge of wins in the information and communications technology sector, is a strong vote of confidence by business decision-makers in the future of this region and a leading indicator of future job creation,” said David J. Malone, PRA Partnership Chair and President and CEO, Gateway Financial Group, Inc.

Capital Investments of $1B+ for Seven Straight Years
The 302 regional “wins” of 2013 spanned both announced investment and development projects totaling $2.4 billion in capital investment – the seventh consecutive year that this total has exceeded $1 billion.

Investment projects accounted for $671 million in announced capital outlay and were dominated by five projects costing in excess of $40 million. They include a regional headquarters expansion for Chevron, a distribution facility for Gordon Food Service and a CSX Corporation intermodal terminal. Development projects totaled $1.8 billion in announced outlay – the second highest amount on record.

“Each county has benefited from investment, as has each of the five key industry sectors, the foundation of the region’s economy. There are investment ebbs and flows between sectors from year to year, but overall there’s balance,” said Dewitt Peart, president of the PRA.

Existing regional businesses that are expanding account for the majority of announced deals, which has been a trend for the region. In 2013, 60 percent of the deals (124) involved the expansion of existing companies. Attraction wins increased from 44 in 2012 to 48 in 2013 and represent one-fourth of all the wins.

“The deals of 2013 will enlarge the regional business landscape with new and expanded existing facilities, as well as new real estate developments. This is alongside an anticipated total job impact of at least 8,700 – 1,669 jobs retained and the expectation of 6,983 jobs to be created as announced deals come to fruition,” said Peart.

“Number One” Manufacturing Delivers 65 Wins to Bolster Regional Economy
Optimized by technology, advanced manufacturing is a key driver of Pittsburgh’s economy and the most active sector for deals in 2013,” Peart said. “There were 65 announced wins, an increase over the 59 recorded in 2012. “The Pittsburgh region still makes things: specialty metals, medical devices, robots and turbines – to name a few. We’re a manufacturer to the world.”

Information and Communications Technology Soars to Second Place; Tech Touches Everything
Seeing a dramatic increase from 33 deals in 2012 to 51 deals in 2013, the region’s information and communications technology sector saw its biggest growth spike since 2008 and took second place for number of deals. “The growth in this sector is impressive, but it’s an under-representation of information technology’s impact on the entire regional economy. Technology infuses just about everything for which we’re recognized – manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and more. Technology is integral to the successful operation of nearly every company in the region,” said Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

More than Half of Region’s Open Jobs Require Tech Skills
Proof of how integral information technology is to the overall regional economy is the number of available jobs with a technology component posted on – a web-based gateway to professional and personal opportunities in the region. Of the 21,824 available jobs now listed on the site, 57 percent require skills and experience with technology, with the majority of these jobs not with tech enterprises but in workplaces that include hospitals, banks, law firms, the chemical industry and energy companies.

Read the remainder of sector-specific highlights in the complete release here. Find the 2013 Wins-related spreadsheets here. News media contact pcynar AT pittsburghregion DOT org or at 412-281-4783, ext. 4573.

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Jim Judkis/Courtesy Washington Post Fred Rogers and an unnamed boy at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Institute, 1978.
Jim Judkis/Courtesy Washington Post
Fred Rogers and an unnamed boy at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Institute, 1978.

It may not feel much like spring today, but one thing that can always bring a lift to the spirit is remembering Fred Rogers. America’s favorite neighbor would have been 86 years old today.

Born in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Fred Rogers was a minister, an educator, a songwriter, an author and of course creator and host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which ran from 1968-2001 from public radio station WQED, based in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. He was beloved by children of all ages for speaking to them directly and without condescension. When he died at age 74 in 2003, The New York Times noted he had been one of the country’s most sought-after commencement speakers. “If college seniors were not always bowled over by his pronouncements, they often cried tears of joy just to see him, an old friend of their childhood.” is proud to be part of the place Mr. Rogers called home, so much so that when we decided to showcase real people who have chosen to move to – or move back to – the Pittsburgh region, we dubbed them our Neighbors.

Want to learn about and connect with them?  Take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh” quiz to be matched up with “Neighbor types” who may share your interests — be they Outdoor Enthusiasts, City Centrics, Family Focused and more — and have tips on what’s fun and engaging to do in the region. Use the powerful job search aggregator featuring more than 22,000 jobs open right now in the region, to consider your next career move, or check out our Featured Employers to find out what jobs they’ve got open and what they’re looking for in people they hire and promote. (Among those hiring are The Children’s Institute, where the much-shared photo of Fred Rogers, above, was taken in 1978.)


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Did you know that there are 22,264 open jobs in the Pittsburgh region as of today? You can see who’s hiring in your field on the job search engine, a one-stop aggregator of career postings across 10 counties from more than 900 corporate websites and search engines. It’s updated every night.

Here are just a few jobs open right now:

Case Worker at The Children’s Institute in Monaca, Beaver County

Electronics Assembler/Production Tech at MSA in Cranberry, Butler County

Customer Service Specialist at Northwood Realty in Belle Vernon, Fayette County

Physician Assistant Professor at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Westmoreland County

Senior Accountant at Peoples Natural Gas on the North Shore, Pittsburgh

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Phil Cynar
The Tower at PNC Plaza on Wood Street, downtown Pittsburgh, will open as the banking giant’s global headquarters in 2015.

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is a leading champion of energy-efficient construction. Since 2000 when it opened the doors on its first green building in Pittsburgh — PNC Firstside Center — the company has invested billions of dollars in structures that efficiently and attractively reduce the impact of the built environment on the natural environment. PNC continues that investment with its $400 million Tower at PNC Plaza, which will be the world’s most environmentally friendly skyrise, exceedingly LEED Platinum-certification when it opens in 2015.

Underscoring its dedication to intelligent building features and technologies, PNC recently brought to town one of the world’s leading contractors for manufacturing and installing building shells and interiors for assembly of the “skin” of the Tower. To win the contract with PNC, Italy-based Permasteelisa Group set up a local mobile factory. This created local jobs (with particular emphasis on hiring minorities and utilizing minority suppliers) while enhancing quality control and decreasing the carbon footprint associated with shipping.

Nearly 20 skilled individuals are working in an industrial park near Crafton to assemble five-by-11-foot panels featuring glass made by PPG Industries. Nearly 8,000 of these panels will be part of the glass facade of the 33-floor tower. Bypassers on Wood Street can already see the panels installed on several lower-level stories.

That’s more than just pretty packaging. The glass will enable the Tower to work in harmony with Mother Nature, heating and cooling the building with amazing efficiency, while allowing employees to bring fresh air in their workspaces — a benefit that’s rarely on the menu for those working in modern office buildings.

Read more about exactly how the Tower at PNC Plaza will deliver sustainability in synch with pleasing aesthetics in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article. Included is a video interview with PNC Director of Corporate Real Estate Gary Saulson and Roberto Bicchiarelli, senior vice-president and general manager of Permasteelisa North America.

Pittsburgh, once the poster child for a polluted environment, has been a pioneer and early adopter of green building innovation and practices in the U.S. – long before the green movement went global. As the new center for American energy, Pittsburgh has become a model for how industry and environmental responsibility can successfully co-exist. The region is home to 274 LEED-certified buildings, with more than 139 of them located in the city. Pittsburgh is ranked as the number one city in Pennsylvania for LEED-certified buildings.

A version of this story appeared on the blog of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

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