After more than a decade, college basketball’s top tournament made its way back to Pittsburgh. According to VisitPittsburgh‘s Craig Davis, the NCAA championship, which took place at the CONSOL Energy Center, was conservatively estimated to have a $7.1 million direct spending impact. And as Duquesne University’s (which hosted the tournament) Phil Racicot says, the NCAA chose Pittsburgh in part due to the city itself — its first tier accommodations were a significant factor in the decision.
ITRA Global — a global organization of real estate site location consultants — is holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh at the end of the month. Carrie Holstead of Carrie S. Holstead Real Estate Consultants helped to bring this significant conference to Pittsburgh which represents an enormous opportunity for the region. Since these site location consultants operate throughout the world, their being in Pittsburgh may bring the region to mind when advising clients on where to expand or relocate to.
Why is it so difficult to hail a cab in Pittsburgh? According to Jamie Campolongo, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Transportation Group (which owns Yellow Cab) it’s mainly due to a cultural issue – Pittsburghers and taxi operators simply aren’t accustomed to a system where hailing is preferred to calling. But that’s all about to change. Campolongo says that renewed demand will make Pittsburgh a “hail town” by mid 2013.
“Our Region’s Business” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV. Hosted by the Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the 30-minute business affairs program is co-produced with Cox Broadcasting. The program is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. It also airs Sundays on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.