Best Place to Live in the Northeast is………

Pittsburgh.  According to Money Magazine, Pittsburgh’s two universities – University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon – help draw high technology companies. And that draw is exactly why people are finding Pittsburgh THE place to live right now.

Pittsburgh has focused on computer-related jobs. That field has grown twice the national average in the Steel City. And while unemployment rates are slightly higher than the national average, they are well below other industrial cities. With housing prices much lower than other big cities, Pittsburgh seems to have hit its stride.

What cities round out the top five? Check out Money Magazine’s article.

Pittsburgh – The Newest Hot Spot?

As we’ve discussed in past posts, Pittsburgh has been the focus of many news reports as the new “it” place for destinations. These aren’t just small unknown publications that have let everyone in on the secret.

The New York Times featured “36 dynamic hours” in Pittsburgh in a recent travel section article.  As we previously reported, The Washington Post suggested Pittsburgh is a great place for a road trip destination. Then, The Washington Post featured Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene. And, agreed that Pittsburgh could be the country’s “next destination food town.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette took a look at all of the attention, why Pittsburgh is the hot place right now and how that could affect the future. Why Pittsburgh? Maybe you should find out for yourself.

Pittsburgh Another Top 10 – Ranking High with Living Wage Jobs

According to, Pittsburgh has done very well over the past few years with high paying jobs.

Between 2010 and 2014, Pittsburgh ranked as one of the top 10 cities with the highest growth in “living wage positions.”  Federal standards, developed in 2013, defines “living wage positions” as those that can support a family of three.

More than 57 percent of new jobs in the region were above the cost of living. Only 28 metro regions had more than half of their new jobs paying a living wage.

What were the other top cities? Click here to read the entire Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Riverfront Parks and Economic Development – Pittsburgh Style

Sasaki Associate, a Massachusetts-based architectural and planning firm, recently completed a study that found the $130 million invested in the 13-mile Three Rivers Park in Pittsburgh has helped to produce nearly $4.1 billion in development.

The study also found that property values in the area have increased 60 percent since 2001 – compared to 32 percent in the rest of the city.

According to the report, the millions “invested in Three Rivers Park over that time helped to spur nearly $2.6 billion in riverfront development activity and nearly $4.1 billion when adjacent development was taken into account.”

What could this mean for future development?

Click here to read the entire Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.

Pittsburgh Places a Good Bet on March Madness

According to VisitPittsburgh, the city can expect to see $7 million in direct spending during March Madness.

The Consol Energy Center is hosting the second and third rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship games this weekend.

Approximately 18,000 people are expected to attend for each game Thursday and Saturday.

Click here to read the entire Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Have you filled out your brackets yet?

Looking to Work for a Startup? Look to Pittsburgh

According to the latest study from, a site that analyzes job and recruitment data, Pittsburgh is highly ranked as a great location for startup businesses.

Pittsburgh ranks at number 17 – ahead of other major metropolitan cities such as Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, etc.

What are the top five cities listed? Click here to read the entire article.