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February 2017

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German-Based SAP to Build New Pittsburgh Facility, Plans to Add 242 Jobs

German-based software company SAP – who champions the cloud-based business management platforms, Ariba and SuccessFactors – recently announced its expansion in Pittsburgh with plans to build a new, 122,274-square-foot, five-story facility on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. The company’s $72 million investment includes 242 new jobs over the next three years and construction of an additional floor in the future, which will increase the company’s employee capacity in the building from 780 to 1,000. The new facility will serve as the headquarters for Ariba, plus support staff from across SAP and SuccessFactors. SAP received approximately $1.2 million in Job Creation Tax Credits and a $600,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

“We’re a company that continues to be positioned for growth, and we’ve identified Pittsburgh as a strong market in which to invest to attract and retain the talent critical to support that growth,” says Steve Collins, head of media relations for SAP North America.

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More Economic Development News


Carnegie Mellon University Awarded $250 Million to Establish Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute
“Carnegie Mellon University will receive $250 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and private organizations to start a new advanced robotics manufacturing institute in Pittsburgh.” Read more


Amazon Opens Corporate Office in Pittsburgh’s South Side Works
“Seattle-based online retailer, Amazon, will open a corporate office on Pittsburgh’s South Side with 50 employees, who will work on machine translation and products like Alexa, the digital assistant in Amazon’s Echo device, and Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud-computing arm.” Read more


Dura-Bond Industries Opens Former U.S. Steel McKeesport Mill; Plans to Hire 100
“Export-based Dura-Bond Industries has purchased equipment from an idled U.S. Steel McKeesport plant and hopes to revive it, hiring 100 workers and begin producing tubular products primarily for the energy industry within six to nine months.” Read more


Gordon Sinclair Expands in Indiana County; Creates 50 New Job
“Gordon Sinclair, a promotional products supplier, will expand operations with a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing and decorating facility in Indiana County and create 50 new jobs.” Read more


Iron Mountain to Expand Butler County Underground Data Center
“Boston-based information management company, Iron Mountain, is planning to expand its operations in a former mine by 11 acres to accommodate the growing digital storage needs of heathcare, insurance, financial institutions and tech companies.” Read more


Keystone Dedicated Logistics Plans to Double Employment; Purchases 37,840 SF Building
“Keystone Dedicated Logistics, a freight and truck fleet management company, has purchased a four-story, 37,840-square-foot building in Robinson Township along with nine acres of land and plans to double its employment over the next three years.” Read more


DocsCorp Opens New Eastern U.S. Headquarters in Pittsburgh, Plans to Hire
“DocsCorp, a pioneer of easy-to-use software and services for document professionals, announced the opening of its new U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh and plans to hire.” Read more


PwC, Carnegie Mellon University Establish $11 Million Risk Innovation Center
“PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and investing $11 million in establishing a new Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center within CMU’s H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy.” Read more


Allegiant Adds Florida Destination from Pittsburgh International Airport
“Allegiant Airlines will offer nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla. beginning May 31.” Read more


Officials Celebrate Reopening of $6.5 Million, Newly Renovated Westmoreland County’s Laurel Mountain Ski Area
“A group of public and private officials celebrated the official reopening and completion of a $6.5 million, multi-year overhaul of Laurel Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area in Westmoreland County.” Read more


Robert Morris University Plans $50 Million, 140,000 SF Events Center and Athletic Complex
“Robert Morris University is moving forward with plans to build a $50 million, 150,000-square-foot events center and athletic complex that will break ground later this year and be up and running by January 2019.” Read more


Rivers Casino Plans to Build $35 Million, 214-Room Hotel
“The Rivers Casino plans to build a $35 million, 214-room hotel on the east side of its North Shore property near the Carnegie Science Center. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.” Read more


Pittsburgh Bike-Sharing Program Gets $200K Grant to Expand
“Pittsburgh’s Healthy Ride bike-sharing program has received a $200,000 grant, which helps expand the program to 75 stations throughout the city. The program currently has 500 rental bikes at 50 stations in 11 of the city’s neighborhoods.” Read more


Columbia Gas Announces $11.5 Million in Infrastructure Projects
“Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania announced a combined $11.5 million in pipeline infrastructure replacement projects in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette and Washington counties.” Read more


$4.5 Million Expansion Underway at Allegheny Valley Hospital
“Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison has begun a $4.5 million renovation project that will provide new patient services and improve existing units. Improvements include a new inpatient rehabilitation unit, upgrades to the oncology and orthopedics units and updated nursing units.” Read more


Second Phase Construction Begins on $700 Million Southern Beltway
“Major construction will begin on a four-mile section of the Southern Beltway – a project which will cover 13 miles and cost approximately $700 million – between Robinson Township and Route 22 near Pittsburgh International Airport.” Read more


Pittsburgh’s Homewood Neighborhood Slated for Nearly $1 Million Street Upgrades
“With the help of the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission several streets in Homewood will get nearly a $1 million makeover.” Read more


Greene County Airport Project Receives Additional Infrastructure Funding
“The much-anticipated Franklin Township Airport Development and its three-phase infrastructure project – which includes a road from the airport entrance to three soon-to-be-developed commercial lots – is taking off thanks to two contract awards from the county commissioners.” Read more


University of Pittsburgh, Bayer Collaborate on Life Sciences Research
“The University of Pittsburgh and Bayer announced a master collaboration agreement to advance research for heart, lung and blood disease indications. Research will include early research studies and drug development and big data analysis.” Read more


Pittsburgh Private Equity Firm, Incline Equity Partners, Closes on $601 Million Fund
“Incline Equity Partners, a spin out of PNC Financial Services Group, has closed on a $601 million fund, marking the largest amount ever raised by a Pittsburgh-based private equity firm.” Read more


Community Elf Raises $2 Million
“Community Elf LLC, a social media and online agency specializing in content marketing, has raised $2 million in a Series A financing round led by Topanga Partners.” Read more


Pittsburgh Life Science Greenhouse Invested $1.4 Million in 2016
“The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invested $1.4 million into 14 companies in 2016.” Read more


Westmoreland County Heritage Trail Receives $1 Million Federal Transportation Alternatives Program Grant
“Westmoreland County’s Heritage Trail has received a $1 million grant from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program to begin work on the next section of the trail, the nine-mile stretch from Trafford to Export.” Read more


McKees Rocks CDC Receives $750,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant
“The McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation has been awarded a $750,000 Multimodal Transportation Fund state grant, which it’ll put toward the initial phase of a reconstructed commercial main street along lower Chartiers Avenue, as well as stormwater management infrastructure.” Read more


FirstEnergy Donates $5,000 to Mon Valley Career and Technology Center
“FirstEnergy Corp.’s charitable foundation donated $5,000 to the Mon Valley Career and Technology Center in Charleroi (Washington County) to expand a program that starts training high school students for jobs in the electrical industry.” Read more


Pittsburgh International Named “Airport of the Year” By Air Transport World Magazine
Air Transport World has named Pittsburgh International Airport as its ‘2017 Airport of the Year’ – the first U.S. airport to earn the distinction since the magazine introduced it four years ago.” Read more


U.S. Department of Transportation Named Pittsburgh Proving Ground for Autonomous Vehicle Testing
“The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that the City of Pittsburgh is among 10 designated proving ground pilot sites for testing automated vehicle technologies.” Read more


Pittsburgh: Seventh Best City for Active Lifestyle
“Pittsburgh is the seventh best city for people who want to live an ‘active lifestyle’ according to a survey done by WalletHub.” Read more


Pittsburgh Lands Fourth Spot in Smart Assets’ “Top 10 Cities for Foodies” List
“Pittsburgh makes the ‘Top 10 Cities for Foodies’ list by Smart Assets for its 43 restaurants per 10,000 residents; 5.5 community-supported agriculture and farmers’ markets per 100,000 residents; and affordable prices.” Read more


Pittsburgh among Top Five Global Destinations to Travel to in 2017
“Pittsburgh is in good company, ranking fourth – behind New Zealand, Canada and Finland – out of 17 in Harpers Bazaar’s best destinations around the world for getaways, adventures and retreats in 2017.” Read more


Travel + Leisure Names Pittsburgh Among Top 20 Most Charming American Cities
“Pittsburgh is among the ‘Top 20 Most Charming American Cities,’ according to Travel + Leisure, which ranked cities according to their interesting architecture, pedestrian-friendly streets, quaint bookstores, wine bars, and a sense of history and friendly atmosphere.” Read more


Aquion Honored as North American Company of the Year
“Aquion Energy, the Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of batteries and energy storage systems, has received the North American Company of the Year Award as part of its inclusion in the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech 100.” Read more


Carnegie Mellon University Second in Country for Online MBA Programs
“Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University placed second in the country – up from sixth place last year – for its online MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report.” Read more


California University of Pennsylvania Ranks High for Online Education
“California University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University were among the region’s educational institutions to rank in the top 10 for the best online bachelor’s degree programs, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.” Read more


Fay-Penn Economic Development Council Helped Create and Retain Jobs in 2016
“Various loans administered by Fay-Penn Economic Development Council to 12 businesses in 2016 has helped create 23 jobs and retain 118 existing jobs.” Read more


More Pittsburgh Tech Startups Received VC funding in 2016, Up 21 Percent
“More money was pumped into young Pittsburgh tech companies in 2016 – $233.7 million in 78 companies, compared to $193.5 million in 72 companies in 2014 – and a larger group has attracted investors than in previous years.” Read more


Pittsburgh International Sees Busiest Year Since 2008
“This past year was the busiest for Pittsburgh International Airport in nearly a decade. The airport ended 2016 with more than 8.3 million passengers — up 2.2 percent from 2015.” Read more


Pennsylvania Leading Increase in Natural Gas Drilling Across All Three Appalachian States
“Natural gas drilling increased in all three Appalachian states, with Pennsylvania remaining the unquestioned leader, as more signs emerge of a recovery in the energy industry.” Read more


Tri-County Workforce Investment Board Honors Armstrong, Butler and Indiana County Businesses
“The Tri-County Workforce Investment Board Inc. honored Armstrong, Butler and Indiana county employers that have significantly contributed to the workforce development system within the region with an Employer of the Year Award.” Read more


Free University of Pittsburgh Program Helps Displaced Coal Workers Become Small Business Owners
“The University of Pittsburgh’s Small Business Development Center is launching a free, six-course program to help displaced coal workers start their own small businesses. The free tuition is made possible by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Power Initiative.” Read more


“Fences” Film Shoot Generated $9.4 Million for Pittsburgh
“The filming of August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ in Pittsburgh generated $9.4 million locally, including the hiring of more than 900 local workers and the payment of $5.6 million in wages, according to Paramount Pictures.” Read more

 


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EVENTS

February 7Annual State of Beaver County
Join the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce for its annual State of the County event featuring County Commissioners Sandie Egley, Tony Amadio and Dan Camp. Held at the Fez from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., cost to attend is $30 for members, $50 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. For more information contact the Chamber office at info@bcchamber.com or 724-775-3944.

 

February 10Breakfast Briefing: The State of the County Address by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Join the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce for a breakfast briefing featuring Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Network with fellow business people over breakfast and participate in an informative discussion about county legislature that impacts Pittsburgh region businesses. Held at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.; cost to attend is $35 for members, $55 for non-members.

 

February 15Toss Out the Rulebook! Top Consumer Trends for 2017
Join the African American Chamber of Commerce for a workshop on 2017 consumer trends featuring special guest Alice Greene, vice president of research services at Campos Research Strategy. Alice will present the top 10 trends that will impact the way we need to motivate and manage today’s consumer. You will hear an overview of the genesis of each of the trends, how trends will affect the marketplace and insights to spark ideas on how brands and businesses can respond. Held at the Koppers Building from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; cost to attend is $10 for members, $25 for non-members.

 

February 16Corridors of Opportunity: Parkway West
Join the Pittsburgh Business Times for their Corridors of Opportunity event series highlighting Pittsburgh’s most important growth corridors with a panel discussion on business opportunities and current and future developments in Pittsburgh’s Parkway West. Panelist include Jim Scalo, president and CEO of Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services; Dan Adamski, managing director at JLL; and David Koch, executive vice president at CBRE. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Green Tree from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., cost to attend is $65 per ticket. Business Times subscribers receive a 10-percent discount through February 11. Reserved tables of 10 with priority seating reserved by your logo are available for $995.

 

February 16CIO Insights: Mark Sunday, CIO, Oracle
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present Oracle CIO Mark Sunday for its next installment of CIO Insights. He will provide his unique perspective on why embracing the cloud is one of the most critical decisions a company can make to remain relevant and successful. Mark will also share insights on how Oracle has moved its own internal IT platforms to cloud at a brisk pace. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown from 7:15 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for members, $175 for non-members through February 9. Registration costs after February 9 are $65 for members, $190 for non-members.

 

February 16Butler County CDC’s Bankers Breakfast
Commercial lenders and those in the banking and financial services industries are invited to attend Butler County’s Community Development Corporation’s Bankers Breakfast held at the Pittsburgh Marriot North from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. For more information and to register, visit butlercountycdc.com or email at butlercdc@butlercountycdc.com

 

February 16Building a Resilient, Building a Resilient, Smart, and Sustainable City: The Energy-Water Nexus
Presented by the Green Building Alliance. Join Carnegie Mellon University for an in-depth exploration into the connections between energy and water and their impact on the city of Pittsburgh. The evening event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Michael E Webber – professor, author and director of the Energy Institute – followed by insights from a panel of experts from around the country. Held at Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., the event is free to attend. View a full list of panelists including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

 

February 16NAIOP Pittsburgh’s Chapter Meeting: Market Update
Join NAIOP Pittsburgh for its monthly chapter meeting featuring a panel of the region’s most experienced real estate professionals discussing the current status of various property types. Moderated by Tony Rossi of CBRE Inc. panelists include Paul Griffith, Integra Realty Resources; Louis Oliva, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Jason Stewart, JLL; and Herky Pollock, CBRE, Inc. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel beginning at 8:00 a.m., cost to attend is $40 for non-members, free for members.

 

February 17-20Social Innovation Challenge Weekend
Organized by Innovation Works, AlphaLab, Repair the World, Kelly Strayhorn Theater and a host of other community groups. Participate in the multi-day Social Innovation Challenge by submitting an idea under the umbrella of art innovation, faith-based innovation, or innovation through technology. During the weekend, teams will be formed and will work on developing a product and a pitch with a corps of mentors. A full itinerary of activities can be found here. Tickets are available and all are welcome and encouraged to participate! Cost to attend is $75. Register early and get the early-bird rate of $50.

 

February 17African American Chamber PowerBreakfast Meeting
Join the African American Chamber of Commerce as it welcomes the new superintendent for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Dr. Anthony Hamilton, and hear his plans for the school district. Also featured at the event is a Freedman’s Bank exhibit. Freedman’s Bank is the first bank established to aid newly freed black men and women in their transition to freedom after the Civil War. This exhibit is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland & the Pittsburgh Branch. Held at the Rivers Club from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $20 for members, $30 for non-members.

 

February 21National Hardware Cup 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition
Returning for its third year, the AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup is a competition for tech startups to win a grand prize of $50,000 in investment funds and over $50,000 in software, cash and more prizes. Six teams of early-stage startups have been selected in each of the seven regional semifinal cities – Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, Ft. Lauderdale and Washington, D.C. – to give a four-minute pitch to judging teams made up of local VCs and Hardware CEOs. The Mid-Atlantic regional competition is taking place in Pittsburgh at the TechShop, and it’s free to attend.

 

February 21Community Power to Prosper Information Session
Presented by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The Community Power to Prosper Program is designed to target existing inner city businesses that are interested in entrepreneurship and growth. The program’s aim is to increase your revenue, profits and number of employees through a valuable six-month business education program. Topics include: access to capital, financial management, market access, strategic planning, sales strategy and employee management. The information session will be held at the Everyday Café in Homewood from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. For more information and to register call 412-648-1544 or email nhudson@innovation.pitt.edu to register.

 

February 22Annual Manufacturing Reception
Save the date! Catalyst Connection’s Annual Manufacturing Reception will be held at Heinz Field’s UPMC Club Lounge. This year’s theme is “Making a Difference.” Manufacturing is important to the southwestern Pennsylvania community, and a skilled and qualified workforce is key to a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector. This event will highlight employer engagement and workplace learning opportunities to showcase high-demand occupations and build a strong pipeline of young, new workers. Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by presentations and recognition program at 6:00 p.m. Cost to attend is $75.

 

February 236th Annual Washington County: State of the Economy presented by Community Bank
Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce for its annual State of the Economy event. Celebrate the successes of Washington County and gain insight into economic development initiatives for 2017. Held at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $40 for members, $75 for non-members.

 

February 28State of the Pittsburgh Economy
Join the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and PNC Bank for an in depth look into a national and regional economic forecast led by PNC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Stuart Hoffman. Hoffman joined PNC in 1980 after a six-year tenure with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, became vice president and senior economist for PNC in 1987 and assumed his current leadership roles in 1991. Hoffman is frequently featured in respected financial news media and is active in numerous economic organizations on a local and national level. The event will be held at the Tower at PNC Plaza from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. For event and registration details, please contact Tara Gerek at tgerek@innovation.pitt.edu.

 

March 4Beaver County Annual Gala
The Beaver County Chamber invites you to attend is 2017 Annual Gala and Auction held at the Club at Shadow Lakes from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Multi-level sponsorships are available. To secure sponsorship please contact the Chamber at info@bcchamber.com or by calling (724) 775-3944.

 

March 7Huntington Breakfast Briefing: Chairman & CEO, PPG
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present Michael H. McGarry, chairman and chief executive officer of PPG, for its Huntington Breakfast Briefing. Learn about Mr. McGarry’s plans to lead PPG into its next chapter of innovation. During his 35 years with PPG, he has served in a variety of key business and functional leadership roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. In recent years, he helped lead several strategic actions that have transformed PPG’s business portfolio. PPG has manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 60 countries around the globe and is the new brand of PPG Paints Arena. Held at Marriot City Center from 7:00 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 members, $175 for non-members. After March 2, cost to attend is $60 for members, $185 for non-members.

 

March 9Annual Awards Banquet 2017
Save the Date for NAIOP Pittsburgh’s annual Awards Banquet 2017 held at the David Lawrence Convention Center. The reception will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by the awards and dinner program at 6:30 p.m. and the networking after party at 9:00 p.m. Sponsorships are available. Visit naioppittsburgh.com for more information.

 

March 9VisionPIttsburgh Luncheon
Presented by the Business Times. VisionPittsburgh 2017 is a series of four exciting luncheons guaranteed to inspire, enlighten and inform you about the region’s most valuable commodity – the vision of its business leaders. Attend the first luncheon and join the discussion about the future of the Pittsburgh region with guest speaker Richard Harshman, chairman, president and CEO of Allegheny Technologies Incorporated. Held at the Duquesne Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., cost to attend is $65. Business Times subscribers receive a 10-percent discount through March 4th.

 

March 10Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series: The Art of Resilience in Business and Life
Presented by Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Adversity comes to everyone. What does it take to stand and keep moving through roadblocks? In this conversation, guest speaker Janera Solomon – executive director of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater – will share insights from her experience with artists and community producers about ways to reframe the problem, continue in the face of challenges, and rebuild after failure. Held at the James Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $25 per person, $12 for students and veterans.