East will meet west – Pittsburgh and the Silicon Valley – next week when the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and ImaginePittsburgh.com 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, ImaginePittsburgh.com – 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 ImaginePittsburgh.com’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.