Author Archives: Philip Cynar

Phil Cynar is senior communications specialist at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. By trade and by choice, he is a proud promoter of the Pittsburgh region.

Just Released!  The New Pittsburgh Region Business Investment Scorecard

by on May 22, 2018

A wise statistician once famously said, “In God we trust; all others [must] bring data.” That’s what the Pittsburgh Region Business Investment Scorecard is:  a data-based annual snapshot of economic development activity and job creation across southwestern Pennsylvania.  Year after year, stability through diversity continues to define the Pittsburgh region: an economy built on five […]


A Week to Recognize, Celebrate Life Sciences in Pittsburgh

by on April 16, 2018

Today kick-offs Life Sciences Week 2018 in Pittsburgh – a week-long series of events designed to draw attention to one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s key sectors that’s a real lifesaver. Usually paired with healthcare when we talk about our regional economy (since the two are complementary, yet unique), life sciences puts Pittsburgh on the global stage […]


Pittsburgh – “a Place Where You Make Big Things” – is Among Top Northeast U.S. Metros for New Projects

by on March 7, 2018

Conway Inc., the parent company of Site Selection magazine – an industry-leading publication covering corporate real estate and economic development – has announced its Top Metros for 2017.  Pittsburgh took second place for the Northeast U.S., second only to the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro, with 53 new corporate location projects. Conway Inc.’s annual analyses are […]


Tri-State Shale Coalition Intelligence Report Highlights Shale Gas-Related Economic Development

by on January 22, 2018

Abundant natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in northeast Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania and the West Virginia panhandle has opened the door for opportunity to walk through.  Multi-billion dollar oil and gas-driven industrial development has done just that, and there’s room for lots more. Stacked opportunities in this tri-state footprint uniquely offer flexibility […]


(Tune In!) Special 12/17 “Our Region’s Business” Showcases Pittsburgh’s Life Sciences Hub: the South Side

by on December 14, 2017

Pittsburgh’s South Side: more than its industrial past and nightlife reputation.  This historic neighborhood is a life sciences hotbed! On either side of Carson St., the main drag of Pittsburgh’s South Side – and on plenty of streets to Carson’s right and left – no fewer than 21 life sciences companies have set up shop.  […]


“Evoqua Upgrades Corporate Image with Move to Downtown Pittsburgh” – The Podcast

by on November 27, 2017

Earlier this year, Evoqua Water Technologies, LLC, a global leader of drinking water and wastewater treatment products and services made the strategic decision to move its corporate headquarters to Pittsburgh’s central business district. Learn more about the “pros” surrounding this decision from two industry pros key to this move: Pittsburgh Regional Alliance VP of Business […]


Power of 32 Site Development Fund Announces Investment Loan of $6.9M in Beaver County’s Turnpike Industrial Park

by on September 26, 2017

With its latest loan, this private fund has invested nearly $25M in helping to get key commercial and industrial sites in the greater region shovel-ready for vertical development (PITTSBURGH – Sept. 26, 2017) – A loan of $6.9 million from the Power of 32 Site Development Fund Partners LP – representatives of the greater Pittsburgh region’s […]


PSO President & CEO Melia Tourangeau on Marketing the Pittsburgh Region for International Investment with a World-Class Orchestra

by on August 30, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony is heading abroad for its 2017 European Music Festivals Tour, and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, southwestern Pennsylvania’s economic development marketing organization, is joining forces with this group of remarkable musicians to put the Pittsburgh region on the radar for international business investment – an important contributor to our economy and a significant […]


Business Investment:  It, too, Begins with a Visit

by on June 16, 2017

It’s been said that attracting new residents, workforce talent and business investment all begins with a visit.  It’s the maiden voyage that presents the opportunity for more than armchair (or these days, virtual) exploration and the thrill that comes from discovering someplace new and its charms in person.  If there’s a certain synergy, a  “Wow! […]