GROW THE ECONOMY

Our 2021-2023 goals include:

150

business investments

10,000+

jobs

$1 billion

in capital investment

Last year, we made progress toward reaching our three-year, “grow the economy” goals. Results included:

36

investment project wins

2,366

new jobs created

638

jobs retained

$331 million

in capital investment

MARKETING

Secured $2M Regional Marketing Grant

We were able to make our region’s biggest investment in economic development marketing in more than a decade with the support of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development, which provided a $2 million grant to supplement the support we receive from our Regional Investors.

The grant will make possible enhanced strategic regional marketing in 2022 to further raise the region’s profile – domestically and internationally – in support of building the pipeline of prospects and bringing more business investment, jobs and talent to southwestern Pennsylvania.

Leveraged a New Brand

We launched the Pittsburgh Region. Next is Now. brand at the end of 2020 to position southwestern Pennsylvania for long-term business investment and talent attraction success.

Supporting the region while exiting the pandemic from a place of strength, the brand tells a strong story about Pittsburgh – where what’s next is happening now – and brings to life examples of who the region is for: builders, creators, innovators and problem-solvers. It gives partners in economic development a unified voice for talking about the region to target audiences, primarily business decision makers and those who influence investment decisions.

External-facing brand properties – a website, a newsletter/blog, social media, digital advertising and earned media – signaled to the world that the Pittsburgh region is open for business and helped to support the PRA’s investment strategies, domestically and internationally, in 2021 and helped to underpin strategies on the horizon.

SOCIAL MEDIA BY THE NUMBERS

 

We engage on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels. LinkedIn is key to reaching our business audience with high-value content across the globe and especially in target metros like the Bay Area, Boston and New York.

 

Our LinkedIn performance is strong.

1 million+

impressions

400+

video views

20k+

total engagement

EARNED MEDIA

Media articles and broadcast coverage positioned Pittsburgh as a leader in AI/robotics, life sciences and healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and energy as well as a model for federal digital and physical infrastructure investment. We’ve been seen in Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Industry Week, New York Post, Reuters, Robotics 24/7, Site Selection, Wall Street Journal and more.

1.15 billion

estimated views

21

national media pieces

24

trade & industry pieces

56

regional pieces

101

pieces of coverage

INVESTMENT

Proof that our efforts to attract investment and jobs are working, this is a snapshot of a few 2021 investment project successes.

Nexii Business Solutions

This fast-growing, Canada-based green construction technology company chose the region as the site for its green manufacturing plant – only the second in the U.S.

 

  • Partnership with Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton and Pittsburgh-based Trinity Commercial Development
  • Identifying sites for the facility within Opportunity Zones or under-invested communities where the initiative can have an impact
  • Will be the first built exclusively from Nexite, a proprietary, sustainable concrete alternative

     

FilterBuy 

Alabama-based air filter manufacturer expands in Westmoreland County, reinforcing the region as a distribution and logistics hub with the company’s first operation in the northeastern U.S.

 

  • 120 new full-time jobs
  • 137,000-square-foot space leased from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington
  • Ideal location between major East Coast and Midwest population centers supporting company’s focus on overnight deliveries

Ibex  

Based in Washington, D.C., this global leader in BPO and customer engagement tech solutions expands in Parkway East Corridor following an initial presence in the Airport Corridor.

 

  • 400 employees to work at new customer care center
  • 33,000-square-foot facility represents $3.5 million capital investment

ON THE HORIZON

 

We’re laying the groundwork for future economic development efforts that coalesce around industry clusters where there are growth opportunities and competitive advantages for our region. These include energy and robotics/AI.

TALENT

Taking On The Talent Challenge

 

For regional employers, talent was an acute issue in 2021 – one broadened and exacerbated by the pandemic – but not a surprise. The Allegheny Conference identified the talent issue six years ago when it released a series of Inflection Point reports (2016 – 2018). These defined a growing shortage of talent regionally for key occupations, including in-demand tech talent, plus a mismatch between the education and training systems and projected workforce demands. The pandemic-driven “Great Resignation” has made the challenge even greater.

RETAINING COLLEGE STUDENTS

The Pittsburgh Passport – our signature program designed to expose more college students to the region and its live-work opportunities to retain more of them after graduation – continued to grow in 2021, despite the pandemic.

Since launching in 2019, the Pittsburgh Passport has engaged:

5,000+

college students

41

countries

39

states

40%

diverse talent

Going forward, the Pittsburgh Passport will become part of an intensified and comprehensive approach to engaging college students with employers and other key stakeholders, as well as cultural/recreational opportunities, from their first day on campus to graduation day. Development of this expanded approach began in 2021 with implementation slated for 2022.

Find out more at the Pittsburgh Passport website.

ATTRACTING REMOTE WORKERS, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND DIVERSE TALENT

We launched a remote worker attraction program focused on high-demand talent. Partner organizations came together to build a coalition of professional and community networks needed to retain talent.

ACTIVATING A TALENT COUNCIL

We grew an active Talent Council to 50+ members – a group of employers collaborating to sell the region to talent by sharing best practices in DEI, workforce shortages, recruiting and talent attraction and retention.

We connected 40+ Regional Investor Council member companies to three national talent organizations to improve access and connections to diverse workforce sources. And we’re managing a 20+ organization pipeline to improve professional and social networks for talent – with a focus on diversity. We also partnered with Vibrant Pittsburgh on its 2021 Vibrant Index, which provides a snapshot of regional employers’ DEI practices. Participation of regional employers in the Vibrant Index is on the rise – from 51 organizations in 2020 to 78 in 2021.

ON THE HORIZON

 

We are adapting the Pittsburgh Region. Next is Now. brand to resonate with a talent audience, from students to professionals; supporting promising minority-owned businesses; and addressing the geographic disparity that’s indigenous to southwestern Pennsylvania: the urban-rural divide.

Our Other Goals

INVEST IN THE REGION OF THE FUTURE

We set our sights on securing transformational public and private investment in our digital and physical infrastructure, our communities and in the growth of our most promising sectors.

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UNLOCK OUR MARKET POTENTIAL

We’re establishing a pro-growth framework and removing policy barriers to business investment to achieve our goal of attracting $1 billion in capital investment and accelerating job creation.

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