Author Archives: Jim Futrell

Outgoing C2ER Board Chair Jim Futrell is Pittsburgh Proud; ‘Burgh’s C2ER Conference Left Lasting Impression on Delegates

by on June 24, 2014

As outgoing chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) – the professional association for community and economic research professionals like me – it was a special honor to welcome my industry peers to Pittsburgh for the 2014 C2ER Annual Conference & LMI Institute Annual Forum, “Pittsburgh: Discover the […]


Discovering the Keystones to Transformation, C2ER’s Annual Forum is Coming to Pittsburgh

by on March 17, 2014

Economic transformation doesn’t happen by accident.  The path to success is well-marked, strategic and deliberate – with good old-fashioned comprehensive research and analysis as a trusted guide.  Research uncovers problems and discovers challenges that could impede a region’s competitiveness.  A “voice of reason,” research helps fuel economic growth by addressing these challenges with market knowledge […]


I Like Robots Too, But They’re Only Part of the Pittsburgh Story

by on February 6, 2014

Written by Jim Futrell, vice president of market research and analysis, Allegheny Conference on Community Development. I love the great press we’re getting this week from POLITCO magazine. The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh highlights a region “that has developed into one of the country’s most vibrant tech centers, a hotbed of innovation that can no […]


Energy Industry Continues to Grow

by on October 10, 2013

In recent years, the Pittsburgh region has emerged as one of the nation’s energy hubs, not only due to the growth of the Marcellus Shale, but expansions by companies across a complete spectrum of energy sectors, in addition to natural gas.  These companies include Aquion, Westinghouse, Eaton and Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. According to […]