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August 2018

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British Airways Announces Nonstop Service from Pittsburgh to London

British Airways Announces Nonstop Service from Pittsburgh to London

In April 2019, British Airways will launch year-round, nonstop service from Pittsburgh International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport. The airline’s choice of Pittsburgh over a number of other potential U.S. markets is significant for southwestern Pennsylvania for a few reasons. First, with British Airways flying from Heathrow to more than 130 destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere, it puts Pittsburgh front and center on the map of many international businesses and travelers, and, second, the service significantly raises the profile of the region around the world.

“It’s a really big deal. It signals an important milestone for Pittsburgh. This is an airline that left [in 1999] and is coming back in a new economy. They recognize we have made big changes since they left,” said Christina Cassotis, CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority.

The authority estimates the annual economic impact of the flight at $57 million. “No other service has that kind of impact,” said Cassotis.

“What we see is a thriving city with sustained growth, and I’m talking about over the last five to 10 years,” said Simon Brooks, senior vice president for North America, British Airways. “We know this place is really happening now.

“What Pittsburgh offers British Airways, British Airways needs,” he said. “There’s too much value in western Pennsylvania for [the airline] to ignore.”

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Bombardier Takes 90,000 Square Feet in Pittsburgh
“Bombardier, the global conglomerate known for its business in a variety of transportation technologies, has leased 90,000 square feet at Waterfront Place, the 200,000-square-foot office building in the Strip District originally built for Seagate Technologies.” Read more

UPMC Enterprises to Expand at Bakery Square 2.0
“UPMC Enterprises, UPMC health system’s innovation and commercialization arm, has taken the former Autodesk space at Bakery Square 2.0, allowing it to expand within the mixed-use redevelopment where it already has an office within the original building at Bakery Square.” Read more

Electronic Health Management Company, Arcada, Hiring 30 in Pittsburgh
“The Burlington, Mass.-based electronic health management company has opened a development office in Pittsburgh and is embarking on an aggressive hiring plan.” Read more

MDS Energy Development Raises $31.5 Million, Opens Downtown Office
“A Kittanning-based company has closed on $31.5 million, which it will use to drill horizontal Marcellus Shale natural gas wells in Armstrong County. MDS Energy Development LLC has also opened a new office in downtown Pittsburgh so it can attract more staffers to help raise its next fund.” Read more

Monessen Distribution Center to Expand, Add Jobs
“MRC Global, a Houston-based supplier to the energy industry, plans to expand its regional distribution center in Monessen by 87,000 square feet, the company said.” Read more

Valley Tire Company Building 57,000-SF Facility
“In Cecil Township, Valley Tire Company is building a 57,000-square-foot facility on a seven-acre plot.” Read more

Accion Labs Expands into New HQ
“The technology firm cut the ribbon recently for its new headquarters in Collier Township, a 9,000-square-foot office. The firm plans to fill 10 new positions and aims to add more in the near future.” Read more

St. Clair Hospital Announces $142 Million Expansion
“The hospital’s president and chief executive officer announced a $142 million expansion project for the locally owned hospital. The major component is a 280,000-square-foot comprehensive outpatient center at the southwestern corner of the St. Clair campus, split between Mt. Lebanon and Scott Township.” Read more

Insprity, National HR Group, Opens Pittsburgh Branch
“National human resources service provider Insperity opened the doors of its 61st branch in Pittsburgh. The company currently employs six people at the Forbes Avenue location, and it aims to get that number up to 10 by the end of this year.” Read more

Lynch Law Group Adding Southpointe Office
“The 16-attorney firm will be add a location in Southpointe. The law group, based in Cranberry Township and founded in 2002, also has a satellite office in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.” Read more

Northwest Banchares Plants Regional HQ in Pittsburgh Metro
“The 13th-largest bank in the Pittsburgh metro wants to grow here and has planted its flag by establishing a regional headquarters.” Read more

Somerset Trust Co. to Expand in Uniontown
“An expansion-minded community bank plans to open its 36th location, aiming to debut next spring.” Read more

Pitt Establishing Big Idea Center
“This year the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, an organization focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, announced the establishment of a Big Idea Center, a space where students can translate forward-thinking projects into real-world enterprises.” Read more

AC Hotel Opens in Pittsburgh
“The 133-room, boutique hotel on Smallman Street opened with a celebration featuring a ribbon-cutting and tours, plus complimentary food from its new restaurant, Level 7.” Read more

Updated Development Plan for Hazelwood Green Built on Flexibility, Sustainability
“In a presentation to the Pittsburgh Planning Commission, the project manager for Hazelwood Green said the 178-acre development could be transformative for Pittsburgh.” Read more

Station Square Getting $30 Million Upgrade
“UPMC is moving in, five to seven restaurants are being added and the mezzanine level is being eliminated in Station Square’s Freight House Shops in a $30 million revitalization of the South Side entertainment, office and retail complex.” Read more

UPMC Planning to Build 200,000-SF Hospital
“UPMC took the wraps off plans for its newest Pittsburgh area hospital, a 63-bed facility the health care giant wants to build in Jefferson Hills Borough.” Read more

Company Receives Final Permit for Natural Gas Plant at Hatfield’s Ferry
“APV Renaissance Partners Opco LLC received the last environmental permit it needed to move forward with plans to construct a 1,000-megawatt, natural gas power plant at the closed Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Greene County.” Read more

Building Pads Being Constructed at New Industrial Park in Harrison
“Three building pads are being readied at the new Route 28 North Industrial Park in Harrison.” Read more

New Coworking Space Coming to Strip District and Downtown
“Two more coworking spaces are set to open in Pittsburgh – one in a 100-year-old renovated building in the central business district; the other in a mixed-used development complex in the Strip District.” Read more

FAA Grants $7 Million to PIT for De-Icing Pad
“The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is awarding Pittsburgh International Airport a $7 million grant for infrastructure projects.” Read more

Sport Fishing App and Hardware Company, ANGLR, Raises $3.3 Million
“Pittsburgh-based ANGLR, a digital network of sport fishermen that launched a mobile tracking app in 2016, announced today it has raised $3.3 million in funding led by KB Partners.” Read more

Wilkinsburg Train Station Restoration Receives $1.5 Million
“The historic Wilkinsburg Train Station will receive $1.5 million in commonwealth Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding with an eye on breathing life into the site.” Read more

Pitt Swanson School Gets $1 Million for 3D Printing Study
“The nuclear energy industry requires the manufacturing of complex components, but faces a problem in harnessing the power of cost-effective additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing.” Read more

CCBC Awarded $1 Million for Process Technology Program
“The Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded $1 million to the Community College of Beaver County for the second phase of its process technology program. The grant will support CCBC’s efforts to address petrochemical workforce needs, completing upgrades to equipment and technology for the program.” Read more

Penn State New Kensington Getting $75,000 for Revitalization Efforts
“The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund recently gave Penn State New Kensington $75,000 to assist in incorporating sustainability and best practices along the city’s Fifth Avenue stretch, known as the Corridor of Innovation.” Read more

Pittsburgh’s Tech Employment Growing Faster Than Other Cities
“Pittsburgh’s tech labor force continues to grow at a faster rate than in other small markets, according to the latest research from CBRE Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate company.” Read more

Seegrid Named a Top Robotics Company
“Seegrid, a leader in connected self-driving vehicles for materials handling, has been named one of the most noteworthy companies in the global robotics industry by Robotics Business Review.” Read more

Pittsburgh Ranked in Top 20 Best Big Cities to Live In
“WalletHub names Pittsburgh a top 20 on its list, The Best Big City to Live In.” Read more

Pittsburgh in Top 40 Cities for Banks’ Back Offices
“A study found Pittsburgh among the top 40 cities for operating administrative offices in the banking industry.” Read more

Pittsburgh Union Trust Building Honored for Restoration
“The Union Trust Building in Downtown Pittsburgh was awarded a 2018 American Architecture Award for building restoration, which was managed and performed by Boston-based The Davis Companies.” Read more


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August 14Implicit Bias Webinar
Join the Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable for an Implicit Bias Webinar, which will cover how implicit bias affects decision making in our everyday lives and how we can consciously transform our thoughts to be fair and equitable. Learn more here.


August 21Huntington Breakfast Briefing: Farnam Jahanian, Carnegie Mellon University
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present Farnam Jahanian, newly appointed president of Carnegie Mellon University. A nationally recognized computer scientist, entrepreneur, public servant and higher education leader, Dr. Jahanian has extensive leadership and administrative experience as well as expertise in translating research into technologies and practices that benefit society. Dr. Jahanian will discuss how academia and industry may partner and support each other to grow Pittsburgh’s competitiveness as a global leader in technology player. He will also discuss CMU’s strategy to impact society in a transformative way – regionally, nationally, and globally – by engaging with partners outside the traditional borders of the university campus.


August 29 Winning the Talent War Series: Brave New World of Performance Management
Performance Reviews, Appraisals, Audits. We’ve long known that these elements of performance management are not very effective. Managers hate to do them and employees find them of little benefit. But what to do about it? There is finally intriguing evidence, particularly from the realm of neuroscience, about what can and does make a difference. And we’re finally seeing companies revising or completely throwing out their old performance management processes. The next installment of the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Winning the Talent Wars Series explores the Brave New World of Performance Management. View the event page for more information and to register.


September 6 Health Care & Benefits Symposium
The Pittsburgh Business Group on Health’s 19th annual Health Care & Benefits Symposium, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the Pittsburgh Marriot City Center, “Accelerate the New Era of Health Care,” will assemble more than 450 professionals to hear from the nation’s foremost experts on the impact of health care cost, quality and transparency on both employers and employees. Keynote speakers include Melissa Harville-Lebron, Founder and CEO, E2 Northeast Motorsports – hear her empowering message as the first African-American woman NASCAR team owner and learn how you can overcome challenges and apply her principles within your organization, and, The Making of a Healthy City, presented by Dan Buettner, New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic fellow – he will take you on the journey of how people in a typical American city adopted 28 evidence-based ways to change their lives to live to be 100-years-old. Race to today to learn more and register.


September 19-21Thrival Festival
Join us in Pittsburgh on September 19-21, 2018 for the sixth annual Thrival Festival, where we will continue to explore “Humans X Tech” – the evolving relationship between humans and technology – through this year’s theme: LIFE.CODE. This unique conference experience will take place across multiple historic sites in Pittsburgh, drawing on the city’s strengths in automated systems, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and life sciences, to convene cross-sector dialogue around the impact that these fast-developing technologies will have on society, business, and culture. View the registration and event website for more information on the various events.


September 202nd Annual Appalachian Regional Conference
Join us in Pittsburgh on September 20th for the second annual Appalachian Regional Conference, hosted by the Appalachian Basin GPA Midstream (ABGPA Midstream), a professional organization committed to serving as a forum for exchanging ideas and knowledge related to the midstream industry and providing opportunities for social interaction with others involved in the industry in the local Appalachian region. ABGPA Midstream is putting together a lineup of speakers to discuss both market-related and technical topics. The keynote speaker will be Charlie Batch, former NFL quarterback turned tech entrepreneur, media personality/color analyst, community advocate and professional speaker. For more information and registration details, visit the website.


September 20CEIR Implicit Bias Training
Join the Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable for its Implicit Bias Training, which will cover how implicit bias affects decision making in our everyday lives and how we can consciously transform our thoughts to be fair and equitable. Learn more here.


October 2Pittsburgh Chemical Day
Pittsburgh Chemical Day is back! This is the premier event in the Pittsburgh region to network with professionals in the chemical, plastics and downstream manufacturing industries. The day will highlight Pittsburgh as a chemical industry center and to provide a premier, one-day forum for idea sharing and for insight into current key issues affecting the chemical industry. Those who should attend include sales, marketing, purchasing and other industry professionals. For more information and registration details, visit the Pittsburgh Chemical Day website.


October 21-24Rail~Volution
For over 20 years, Rail~Volution has been the place to engage in thoughtful discussions with change makers and influencers, the place to share ideas and breakthroughs, frustrations and inspiration, about building livable communities with transit. We provide learning opportunities to equip you with best practices. We connect and expand your network with leaders in the public transportation, transit-oriented development, placemaking and community development fields. We envision America’s cities and regions transformed into livable places – healthy, economically vibrant, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable – where people have transportation choices. The conference in Pittsburgh will provide 20 mobile workshops, an opening reception and a half-day regional session. Read more about the conference and sessions, including how to register, on the website.


October 25Tech 50
Annually, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and its member companies celebrate the most successful and innovative area companies by honoring the Tech 50. Now in its 22nd year, this is your opportunity to recognize and celebrate the successful and impactful technology companies of the Pittsburgh region. For more information and tickets, visit the website.


October 23-25Shale Insight
Celebrate the eighth annual Shale Insight Conference on October 23-25, 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Attend to connect and network with the nation’s foremost leaders in shale development and public policy. Visit with decision makers from the industries largest shale developers and supply chain companies showcasing their capabilities and technologies. Shale Insight will provide unprecedented access to timely national keynote presentations, executive and expert panel discussions, innovative technical and public affairs sessions, and a unique exhibit hall including new networking lounges featuring the major shale players. View the event registration rates and register on the conference’s website.