Bonnie Pfister

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.

Sportsbar & Grill Farringdon 2Watch 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 football 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

Bonnie Pfister
Annie Ritchey and husband Spencer are mad for Pittsburgh's pro sports teams. Young Emma is a fan-in-training.
Annie Ritchey and husband Spencer are mad for Pittsburgh’s pro sports teams. Young Emma is a fan-in-training.

Annie Ritchey moved to a Philadelphia suburb in New Jersey to launch her career after graduating from Penn State. Her job was engaging and nightlife was great, but she and her husband despaired of ever being able to buy a home and build roots. “Back here, we knew there are great schools and a manageable cost of living. When it came time to start a family of our own, we wanted to come back to Pittsburgh.”

Now a Mount Lebanon resident and avid “T” rider, Ritchey works for Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors USA (i+iconUSA). You can learn more about Annie Ritchey, at her Neighbor Profile on, and learn more about careers at i+icon’ at its employer profile.

And from now until 5 p.m. this Friday, Sept.20, you can register to win a signed photo of Heath Miller, the veteran tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Register by taking our “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh” quiz here. (Those who have already taken the quiz and not won other premiums are already registered.)


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Exhibit at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Pittsburgh is a town built, to a large degree, on historical philanthropy when considering public assets around arts and culture. Many are the museums here – from the Heinz History Center and the Children’s Museum to the National Aviary and the Carnegie Museums, and more. When out-of-town guests come a-visiting or just for your own rainy day getaway, Pittsburgh museums are sure to please. The underwriting of these and other arts and culture assets by well-to-do Pittsburghers has proven to be good investments of their “green.” But today – as these facilities embrace the latest sustainable operations and practices to lessen their impact on the environment and reduce energy consumption – their value is multifaceted. And often, the innovation, parts and materials that are making such sustainability achievable are homegrown – coming out of the Pittsburgh region’s universities, entrepreneurial startups and companies firmly established in the sustainability space within the region’s broader energy sector.

Pittsburgh’s green museums and similar places of interest are highlighted in Part II of a series on these structures – old and very new – in Green News Update. Part I is available here. For a deeper dive on a dozen nifty green practices underway at our region’s museums, check out this sidebar.

If you already know Pittsburgh as the new “Emerald City” you’ll be even more impressed. If not, and you hail from elsewhere, you might find yourself green with envy to discover that Pittsburgh is where all this – and more – is happening.

Author’s Note:  Green News Update Editor Bobbie Faul-Zeitler writes from personal experience with Pittsburgh’s green assets. She participated in a May 2012 “green Pittsburgh” media study tour organized by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and VisitPittsburgh, in cooperation with a number of the region’s green champions.

Bonnie Pfister

BlogArticleABenzaquenJoin Alberto Benazaquen and many other ImaginePittsburgh Neighbors, members and friends of the region’s Latino community this Saturday, Sept. 14 at Kennywood for the historic amusement park’s first-ever Latino day. (Purchase tickets at and use the code Latino13 to send part of the proceeds to scholarships for local students.)

Meantime, check out the Neighbor profile of Benzaquen. As a child he visited the region from his native Caracas, Venezuela with his mom, an electrical engineer who did a training program with Westinghouse. He made a return visit as an adult and —  struck by the economic potential he saw — decided to stay.

You can hear directly from Alberto tonight (Thursday, Sept. 12) on La Rumba Live, a bi-lingual radio program founded and hosted by fellow ImaginePittsburgh Neighbor Cindy Fernandez. Tune in at 7 p.m. at WRCT 88.3 FM, the station run by student-run station on the Carnegie Mellon University campus.

For more information about Latino day at Kennywood, call 412-689-0611,

Phil Cynar
Pakistani journalist Waqas Banoori at PNC Park.
Pakistani journalist Waqas Banoori at PNC Park.

When Pakistani journalist Waqas Banoori first learned about Pittsburgh it was via a Google search, and beautiful images of downtown, bridges and the South Side were his introduction. Fortunately for Banoori, traveling some 7,000 miles from home for four months of work as a Daniel Pearl-Saleem Shehzad Fellow at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, first impressions were accurate ones.

Now back home, this young journalist considers himself an “honorary yinzer” and one who has come to love a region that he says has plenty of similarities with his hometown of Islamabad.

Read his reflections, published today in the Post-Gazette – another testimony to why Pittsburgh continues to be recognized as a remarkable place to “live, work and play” – often by those for whom this revelation was unexpected.

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a surprise!

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Brandi Bentrim chose Pittsburgh over eastern PA.
Brandi Bentrim, now of Franklin Park, chose Pittsburgh over eastern PA.

It’s not easy to be the “Relocating Partner.” Brandi Bentrim spent years building a private practice working as a licensed social worker in eastern Pennyslvania. When her husband was offered a job with the Federal Home Loan Bank in Pittsburgh, Bentrim had to think long and hard about leaving her extended family and contacts behind.

A year later, the family has built a life they love, with kids in North Allegheny schools, a home in the family-friendly Franklin Park, and an abundance of cultural options all within an easy commute.

Learn more about Bentrim’s transition at, a virtual concierge that highlights work, play and live options in the 10-county region. Bentrim is one of the dozens of Neighbors  profiled who can help newcomers and natives alike develop deeper connections in the region. Surf around our 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. There’s also a powerful job aggregator featuring tens of thousands of jobs open now in the region.