Author Archives: Matt Minczeski

Pittsburgh Companies Are Driving the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution

by on September 29, 2017

  The Pittsburgh region is in the fast lane when it comes to autonomous car research, development and deployment. We’ve grabbed attention globally because of prominent self-driving car players like Uber, Argo AI, Ford, Delphi and Aurora Innovation opening offices here and hiring talent from local institutions like Carnegie Mellon University and the University of […]


(Watch) More Transatlantic Air Service is Taking Off in the Pittsburgh Region

by on July 12, 2017

  Within one week in June, two new nonstop transatlantic flights were launched from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), further enhancing southwestern Pennsylvania’s connectivity to Europe. Condor, a Germany-based airline, started seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt – the first connection to the German market from Pittsburgh since 2014. This is an excellent addition, but two new […]


(VIDEO) Lawrence County: Getting Out in Front of [Downstream] Opportunities

by on March 27, 2017

    Earlier this month, officials from Lawrence County announced to business decision makers (via an open letter signed by 55 Lawrence County business and community leaders) that the county is positioned to land investments related to Shell’s monumental cracker facility and the growth it could spur in manufacturing and petrochemicals, both of which have […]


Pitt-Bayer Collaboration Pumps Up Pittsburgh as Life Sciences R&D Hub

by on January 20, 2017

  How do you pump up a life sciences R&D powerhouse? Add more weight to the bar. The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and Bayer did just that in announcing a collaboration to advance research for heart, lung and blood disease through early research studies, drug development and big data analysis. Pitt’s professors and an existing […]


Host & Guest, PRA’s Suzi Pegg Asks – and Answers – Questions about Her Trip to Hannover Messe

by on April 22, 2016

Part performer (she’s been known for stage roles in her native England!) and 100-percent global marketer, Suzi Pegg, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance’s VP for global marketing brings all her talents to bear in this installment of “Take1: A Pittsburgh Region Minute” video about her Apr. 22 – 29, 2016 marketing mission to the Hannover Messe […]


PRA President David Ruppersberger: Three Reasons to Be Excited about the Pittsburgh Region’s Future

by on July 1, 2015

David Ruppersberger, the new president of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) – the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development – was recently the guest speaker at a NAIOP Pittsburgh meeting.  At that time, he shared with NAIOP members, most of whom represent the region’s commercial and industrial real estate community, […]


Introducing Pittsburgh Region Data: On Demand

by on October 22, 2014

It’s a fact: companies considering investing in the 10-county Pittsburgh region look to comprehensive data to guide their decision making. To make collecting this critical data easier than ever, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance has created an online tool that allows you to browse and select from our array of data and easily package customized reports […]


EVENT: Clean Fuels/Clean Rivers Consortium’s LNG Marine Forum

by on October 17, 2014

The Clean Fuels/Clean Rivers Consortium presents the LNG Marine Forum on October 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at CCAC’s West Hills Campus, just outside of Pittsburgh. The forum provides an opportunity to learn more about the movement toward conversion of tow boats, ferries and other similar vessels to compressed natural gas and liquid […]


Apple iPhone App of 2013 Creator Duolingo Receives $20M in Capital, Plans to Expand

by on March 4, 2014

iPhone App of the Year creator Duolingo, the Pittsburgh-based startup that develops language-learning software, recently raised $20 million in a Series C financing round. The company is planning to use the capital to launch a new app as well as add 50 employees by the end of this year. CEO and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) […]


CONSOL Energy Announces Plans to Invest $1B+ in Shale Gas in 2014

by on February 5, 2014

CONSOL Energy Inc. announced in January a $1.1 billion investment in its natural gas operations in the Marcellus and Utica shales. The expenditure will help CONSOL meet a 30-percent growth target that it has set for natural gas production in 2014. The investment is part of the company’s overall $1.5 billion drilling plan for the […]