(WATCH) PRA Market Research Guru Jim Futrell Peels to Reveal Fresh Regional Economic Insights

by on April 21, 2017


Pittsburgh’s economy is a lot like an onion, and its not because it stinks!

Peeling back its layers and revealing economic insights beneath the surface is Pittsburgh Regional Alliance’s (PRA) Market Research Guru Jim Futrell in this week’s Pittsburgh Business Times column.  Futrell shares the importance of data in economic decision making and its use in the PRA’s annual Business Investment Scorecard event, which provides a snapshot of all announced business investment activity in the region and helps to guide strategy development for moving southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy forward. Take a deeper dive in the region’s manufacturing opportunity – which, for the fifth year in a row and eight out of the last 10 years, outpaced four other key sectors – as well as the emerging opportunity around information technology and robotics.

Read the article here

In addition, in the latest episode of “Take 1: A Pittsburgh Region Minute” – a series of 60-second (more or less) short video clips of “on the ground” interviews with key stakeholders here in the region and around the world capturing perspectives about the regional economy – Futrell shares insights on the region’s vibrant and evolving manufacturing sector which is making fresh investments into local communities, like Donora, Pa., and how Pittsburgh’s “coming into its own as a tech hub” with not just homegrown firms achieving success here, but Silicon Valley blue chip investments finding its way to our region to bolster this high-profile sector.

Watch the videos below: