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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Ned Schano (left) with xxx
Ned Schano (left) with Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski

George Washington’s peace pipe. Mister Rogers’ television set. World Series-winning baseballs. As director of communications for the Heinz History Center and co-director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Ned Schano spends his workday helping to tell the story of the Pittsburgh region. In his spare time, he’s active with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and plays tennis on a U.S. Tennis Association league team that includes players Italy and Colombia.

Schano is a Neighbor at, a virtual concierge that highlights the great live, work and play options in the 10-county region. Like the dozens of other Neighbors, he helps newcomers and natives alike find their way in the 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 tens of thousands of 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.



Ben Kamber

From costume parties to haunted hayrides to trick-or-treating, if Halloween is your favorite time of year then Specter Studios in Pittsburgh might have just what you’re looking for. The Sharpsburg-based studio designs, manufactures and distributes an entire line of custom costumes, masks, props and more to serve the needs of even the most discriminating customer.

Mark Marsen, owner of Specter Studios, models his favorite mask on “Our Region’s Business.”

If you’re in need of a Krampus full mask, polar bear rug, satyr pants or a flying monkey costume (and really, who isn’t), Specter has you covered. The company, which employs just seven people, cranks out more than 10,000 items a year – all of which are handmade and shipped from the Pittsburgh headquarters.

And it’s not just Halloween aficionados that have taken a liking to Specter Studios’ creative designs. A slew of Hollywood film and television productions have featured Specter products, including AMC’s Breaking Bad, which featured a foam axe prop in its season four finale.

Most recently (and quite unexpectedly), heightened demand has caused wolf half masks to fly off the shelves, with dozens of orders being made every day. It’s all thanks to the popularity of a viral music video out of Norway called “What Does the Fox Say.” According to company owner Mark Marsen, the increased sales of the fox mask came pretty much out of nowhere, which illustrates the challenges in anticipating the popularity of any particular design.

Marsen and Specter Studios’ Business & Operations Manager Eanna Holten were recently featured on WPXI’s Our Region’s Business. Check out the interview below to learn more about the company and the unusual Pittsburgh connection that one of Marsen’s favorite masks has.

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Megan Worbs still loves Lawrenceville, but she recently moved to Shadyside.
Megan Worbs still loves Lawrenceville, but she recently moved to Shadyside.

Michigan native Megan Worbs has made helping individuals with disabilities her focus, both on the job and in the community. As equal opportunity services projects coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University, she works on compliance issues for faculty, staff and students, and coordinates resources for students. She’s also a board member of Life Transitions Plus and its subsidiary, the Alberts Foundation, which help individuals with mental or intellectual disabilities transition into living in the community.

But it’s not all work and no play. Worbs enjoys relaxing with friends over good food and drinks at places like the Round Corner Cantina and Picolo Forno. A recent relocation from Lawrenceville to Shadyside has her exploring the tastes and sights of her new neighborhood.

Worbs will be talking about that and more on Oct. 17 on WRCT 88.3 FM’s La Rumba Live, the bilingual radio program hosted by fellow Neighbor Cindy Fernandez. The show airs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.

You can check out Worbs’ profile and those of all 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.

Bill Flanagan

1385027_1419535931597934_1486915443_n-1Kudos to Don Carter of CMU and Joel Mills of the AIA Center for Communities by Design for convening the 25th anniversary Remaking Cities Congress, which got underway yesterday in Pittsburgh. About 300 thought leaders on “post-industrial” cities are in town from across the U.S., Canada and Europe. As a reporter, I covered the first and only previous conference in March of 1988, when Prince Charles visited Pittsburgh on a very snowy day. (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently wrote about it.) I enjoyed seeing the pre-recorded remarks by Prince Charles last night. He agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of the 25th anniversary event, although he was unable to be here in person.

Remaking Cities is a capstone of a global month in Pittsburgh, with the Carnegie Museum of Art bringing cutting edge art from around the world to Pittsburgh as part of the Carnegie International and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust providing U.S. and world premieres through the International Festival of First, which, of course, featured The Rubber Duck, now spending its final few days at Point State Park. Fortunately, the Carnegie International will continue to add a global flavor to the region’s cultural scene through March 16.