Congratulations to the 2016 Athena Award Finalists

Congratulations to all of the finalists for the 2016 Athena Awards Program of Greater Pittsburgh. The Allegheny Conference on Community Development created the award to focus on three attributes – professional excellence, contributions to the community and mentorship of other women.

The finalists for the traditional Athena Award are:

  • Audrey Dunning, CEO, Summa Technologies Inc.
  • Kelly Gray, senior vice president, Human Resources, FedEx Ground
  • Diana Reid, executive vice president, PNC Real Estate
  • Tracy Vitale, superintendent of schools, Seneca Valley School District
  • Yvette Williams, senior patient advocate/program manager, Allegheny Health Network/The Open Door Inc.

Finalists for the Athena Young Professional Award, presented to a woman age 35 or younger, are:

  • Marteen Garay, director of entrepreneurship programming, Urban Innovation21
  • Caitlin Green, vice president, PNC Bank
  • Katie Kopczynski, marketing analyst, Eaton Corp.

The annual luncheon ceremony will be held September 26.

You can read more about the Athena Awards by clicking here.

 

Starting a Start-Up? Pittsburgh Could be the Right Fit

According to DataFox, Pittsburgh is an ideal location to launch a start-up.

Universities are catalysts needed as they provide intellectual capital and successful alumni with financial resources. Ideal cities are also centrally located.

Of course, Silicon Valley and New York City are hubs for start-ups, but Pittsburgh ranks number six out of the top 15. The top five include Cambridge, Massachusetts; Santa Monica, California; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Boulder, Colorado; and Wilmington, Delaware.

Click here to read the Pittsburgh Business Times‘ blog post and see the entire list and metrics.

Pittsburgh is One of the Top Tourist Locations

According to TripAdvisor, Pittsburgh is one of the top 10 tourist destinations in the United States.

The site highlights 295 places to visit and says, “Steel and coal may have built this city, and you’ll see the names ‘Mellon’ and ‘Carnegie’ on an awful lot of things, but Pittsburgh has come a long way from its gritty, industrial past.”

What other cities made the ranking? And, is the number one location a surprise? Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette blog post here.

Pittsburgh is Hot for Millennials

According to Realtor.com, 2016 is anticipated to see Pittsburgh as the second most sought after real estate for millennials. This prediction was based on millennial population, employment growth and housing affordability.

Pittsburgh does not have one the nation’s largest population of those aged 25 to 34. In fact, only 12 percent of the region’s population represents that age group and that percentage is slightly less than the national average. However, job growth and lower housing costs make Pittsburgh exceptionally attractive.

According to Jonathan Smoke, Realtor.com’s chief economist, “The market ranked third out of the 100 largest markets for the 25-34 share of purchase mortgages in 2015, with 47 percent compared to the U.S. average of 36 percent.”

Only Atlanta slightly beat out the Steel City. What likely cities came in behind Pittsburgh? Read the Pittsburgh Business Times article now.

Pittsburgh One of the Best Cities for Homebuyers

According to Movoto Real Estate, Pittsburgh is the eighth best city in the United States for homebuyers with an “optimal buying climate.”

The Steel City was the only Northeast metropolis to rank in the top 10. Why the high ranking? Pittsburgh is sixth in the nation for favorable median income to home price rank.

In addition, the city ranks number 46 for number of homes per person, number 39 for crime ranking, and number 16 for quality schools.

What other cities ranked in the top 10? Read the Pittsburgh Business Times article now.

Worried About Identity Fraud? Maybe Pittsburgh is the Place for You

According to a new report from NerdWallet, Pittsburgh has one of the nation’s lowest rates for identity fraud. Only three other major metropolitan U.S. cities have less occurrences.

The Steel City had 105 complaints of the fraud per 100,000 residents.

What was the worst city for identity fraud? Read the Pittsburgh Business Times article now.

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, Eater.com 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.

We Still Have Some Summer Left….Visit Pittsburgh!

Recently, The Washington Post featured Pittsburgh as one of the top travel destinations to consider this summer.

Why? Natural beauty, urban quirkiness and proximity were the top reasons. If you haven’t visited Pittsburgh, you really should. We know it’s a great place for business. But, it’s also a great attraction for fun.

Read the entire The Washington Post article by clicking here.

Pittsburgh Another Top 10 – Ranking High with Living Wage Jobs

According to CareerBuilder.com, 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.