Our region is no longer branded with stigmas of our industrial past, but celebrated for its attractive riverfronts, green initiatives, world-class universities, a thriving Downtown with its eclectic arts scene and much, much more. Pittsburgh stands strong, establishing a brighter future for generations to come.
Western Pennsylvania reformed its economy around finance, information, engineering and healthcare. The good news is that the most recent census and updates show that the median age of our residents is declining. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the economy of our region has recovered at the same time, providing jobs that young people previously had to look elsewhere to find.
Our city is also on the radar of those who look for places that are on the leading edge of technology. Pittsburgh is suddenly cool! The past efforts of many political administrations and civic leaders have paid off, as emerging technology companies and natural resource industries are creating demand for workers with the skills that well-educated and trained younger people possess.
Much was done to make the lifestyle of our region more attractive. The cleanup of our rivers and air quality – a result of dedicated individuals that improved our quality of life. Investment in our Cultural District created a destination in Downtown Pittsburgh, starting a wave of lifestyle amenities like housing and hip restaurants that put us in a very favorable league with other highly attractive cities. All of these incremental improvements helped with the attraction and retention of younger workers but in the end, the tipping point was the growth of jobs that required the skills that the 25-to-35 year olds possess.
2017 has been a very exciting time for Western Pennsylvania. As these major transformations enhance the Pittsburgh area, our region will continue to blossom. The people of the Greater Pittsburgh Region have a special bond with their community – a loyalty that many refer to as the city’s true identity.
We are proud to showcase the many assets that make our region so special. Welcome to the community we are proud to call home. We look forward to seeing you around town!
Kevin J. Gordon
President, Carson Publishing, Inc.