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January 2018

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Germany-Based Hornetsecurity Chooses Pittsburgh for First U.S. Headquarters

Hornetsecurity – a German-based cloud security provider – has established its first North American U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh. The company plans to hire additional marketing, sales and technical support personnel for its operations, which serve more than 30,000 business customers around the world. The North American market plays a key role in the company’s plans for the coming years as it hopes to satisfy thousands of U.S. customers with its Germany technology-driven mail and web security solutions.

Hornetsecurity CEO Oliver Dehning explains that it was the people of Pittsburgh who validated the company’s decision to locate in Pittsburgh. “We were impressed with the hard-working and well-educated workforce, which is essential to continuing and evolving the high-quality standards of the solutions and services we offer. Also, Pittsburgh has recently become an IT industry hot spot in the United States attracting industry leaders including Google, Facebook and other major IT players.”

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Expedient Completes $14 Million Pittsburgh Expansion
“Expedient – which operates two data centers in Pittsburgh – has completed a third upgrade to its center located in Nova Place, investing $14 million and expanding 10,000 square feet.”
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Near Earth Autonomy Expands, Opens 23,000 SF Facility
“Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh autonomous drone and aircraft company, moved into a new, 23,000-square-foot facility in Point Breeze with room to double in size.” Read more

Oil and Gas Engineering Firm, Lake Superior Consulting, Opens Office in Canonsburg
“Lake Superior Consulting – the engineering, design and integrity management firm with clients in the oil and gas industry – is expanding its presence in Pennsylvania, opening its eighth office nationwide in Canonsburg.” Read more

Seattle-Based Tech Website GeekWire Selects Pittsburgh for Temporary HQ
“Technology news website GeekWire selected Pittsburgh for a temporary headquarters. The company will set up shop in Pittsburgh ‘to report on its tech scene and becoming the next great North American tech city.’” Read more

Our Region’s Business Investment Advantages

New Kensington Launches Business Incubator, The Corner; Opens Door for Entrepreneurs
“In a partnership with Penn State, New Kensington officials launched ‘The Corner,’ an entrepreneur training center and co-working space that anchors one end of the area’s Corridor of Innovation.” Read more

University of Pittsburgh Launches Life Sciences Business Accelerator in Pittsburgh’s Strip District
“Leveraging western Pennsylvania’s strengths in life sciences with private investors, the University of Pittsburgh celebrated the launch of a new startup business accelerator, LifeX.” Read more

Our Region’s Life Sciences Opportunities

Latrobe Community Revitalization Program Unveils Business Incubator
“The Latrobe Community Revitalization Program recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and the opening of the new Center for Entrepreneurship and Job Development.” Read more

Pittsburgh International to Get Nonstop Service to Sarasota, Fla. via Elite Airways
“Elite Airways will begin twice-weekly and year-round nonstop service to Sarasota, Fla., from Pittsburgh International Airport on Feb. 23.” Read more

OneJet Announces Three New Flights from Pittsburgh International Airport
“OneJet is adding service to Memphis, Kansas City and Palm Beach, Fla. from Pittsburgh International Airport.” Read more

Pittsburgh International Airport to Launch Service to Scranton in April
“Regional Sky will launch twice-daily, weekday nonstop flights from Pittsburgh International to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.” Read more

Other Nonstop Flights from Pittsburgh International

Bakery Incubator Coming to Mount Oliver
“In early 2018, the region’s first bakery incubator, The Bakery Society Pittsburgh, is coming to Mount Oliver, a neighborhood 10 minutes south of Pittsburgh.” Read more

Burns and Scalo Equities Plans Six-Story Office Building at Pittsburgh Technology Center in Oakland
“Burns & Scalo Equities has reached a deal with the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority to build a six-story, 155,932-square-foot office building at the Pittsburgh Technology Center in Oakland.” Read more

New, Mixed-Use Development Underway Near Station Square
“Officials recently broke ground on phase one of a new mixed-use development adjacent to Station Square. The name of the first building to be completed in 2019 is ‘Glasshouse.’” Read more

October Development Readies $17.5 Million, Six-Story Hotel for Construction in East Ohio Street, North Side
“October Development is ready to start construction on a six-story, 96-room Workingmen’s Square Hotel on East Ohio Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side.” Read more

Millcraft Investments Plans Ferris Wheel; 13-Acre, Mixed-Use Project on North Side
“Developer Millcraft Investments plans to construct a giant Navy Pier-like Ferris wheel with LED lighting as part of a 13-acre mixed use project on the North Side riverfront that would also include offices, housing and destination retail.” Read more

Lawrence County Community Action Partnership Awarded $2 Million Bid to Develop State-Owned Property, Create Jobs
“Lawrence County Community Action Partnership will pay $2 million to the state Department of General Services to revitalize the former Youth Development Center in Shenango Township. The project is expected to create 275 jobs once the work is completed.” Read more

Pennsylvania American Water Continues Work on New Plant to Serve Residents of Ellwood City
“With expanded access to water sources and room to grow, the new, $50 million Pennsylvania American Water plant in Ellwood City will greatly improve on its existing plant in Wayne Township.” Read more

Butler Transit Starts Commuter Service to Pittsburgh
“The Butler Transit Authority now provides commuter bus service to Pittsburgh, consisting of two morning trips and two afternoon trips between Butler and Pittsburgh via Route 8 to Route 228 to I-79 into Pittsburgh.” Read more

Rezoning Pittsburgh’s Riverfront to Bring More Development Activity
“Pittsburgh’s riverfronts host a vast range of activity: industrial, residential and recreational. That diversity lends vitality to the 35 miles of riverfront along the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.” Read more

State Awards $15 Million in Tax Credits to Transform Former Steel Mill into Tech Hub
“Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state will pitch in $15 million in tax credits to expedite construction at Hazelwood Green, the site of a massive abandoned steel mill that a group of nonprofits hope to transform into a bustling corporate hub for research and technology.” Read more

Carnegie Mellon University Receives Nearly $7.5 Million in Federal BRAIN Initiative Funding
“Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center have received close to $7.5 million in new funding from the National Institutes of Health to support innovative research and develop tools that will rapidly advance brain research.” Read more

Four Allegheny County Projects Receive $1.1 Million from State’s Neighborhood Assistance Program
“Four community investment projects in Allegheny County will receive a total of $1.1 million in funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program.” Read more

Chapman Properties Receives $1 Million State Grant for Business Park Development
“Chapman Properties will receive a $1 million state grant to develop the Chapman Southport Business Park in South Strabane Township.” Read more

Community College of Beaver County Receives $1 Million Gift from Allegheny Foundation
“The Community College of Beaver County has received a $1 million gift from the Allegheny Foundation that will be used to fund an expansion of its process technology program and the purchase of a custom-built pilot plant for the curriculum.” Read more

Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority Receives $800,000 Grant for Hays Woods Acquisition
“Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority is receiving an $800,000 state grant to help defray the costs of buying 660 wooded acres in the city’s Hays neighborhood and neighboring Baldwin Borough.” Read more

Local Communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania Benefit from $44 Million in State Grants for Parks
“Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced awards of $44 million for 266 projects across the state – including communities in southwestern Pennsylvania – for new recreational projects, the conservation of natural resources and revitalization of local communities.” Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Receives $220,000 State Grant; Plans 33-Acre Multi-Use Park
“A recent grant from the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority to Indiana University of Pennsylvania is aimed at creating a 33-acre multi-use Confluence Park within the 354 acres of IUP’s main campus that also is known as the Allegheny Arboretum.” Read more

Saint Vincent College Gets $212,000 Grant to Promote Female STEM Enrollment
“A $212,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will allow Saint Vincent College to offer scholarships to four female students majoring in computing, engineering science or physics.” Read more

Carnegie Mellon University Director, Jay Whitaker, Awarded $50,000 Energy Award for Eco-Friendly Battery
“Jay Whitacre, Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation director, received the bi-annual, $50,000 2017 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy for the Aqueous Hybrid Ion.” Read more

Why Pittsburgh Is the Next Best Startup City in America
“Uber, Google, Carnegie Mellon and more have turned Pittsburgh into a destination for top tech talent. Inc. lists three reasons why the city is the next best startup location in America.” Read more

Pittsburgh Named One of Four U.S. Tech Hubs to Watch in 2018
“Because of strengths in robotics, AI, autonomous vehicles and advanced manufacturing, Pittsburgh is one of four U.S. cities to keep your eye on in 2018.” Read more

Pittsburgh Among “Nation’s Top Cities and Regions for Driverless Tech”
“Famous for being the center of U.S. steel production, Pittsburgh is enjoying a comeback fueled in part by a burgeoning tech ecosystem and is becoming a key player in driverless technology.” Read more

Our Region’s Autonomous Vehicle Opportunities Across Industries

Pittsburgh Ranks High on List of Best College Towns & Cities
“Pittsburgh ranks high on WalletHub’s list of 2018 ‘Best College Towns & Cities in America.’” Read more

Pittsburgh Teams Dominating Global AI Competition
“With more teams than any other city in the country moving to the next round of the $5 million IBM Watson AI XPRIZE, Pittsburgh is proving itself as more than just a hotbed for artificial intelligence research and development.” Read more

Check Out Why Pittsburgh for Robotics

New York Times Profiles Pittsburgh International Airport: “In Pittsburgh, the Airport Is a Destination”
“Pittsburgh International has become the first airport in the United States since Sept. 11 to regularly allow non-passengers into secured areas – transforming the airport into a hotspot destination.” Read more

The Resurgence of Pittsburgh International Airport – By the Numbers
“In the last three years, the airport has added a slew of direct flights – Iceland, Montreal and Seattle to name a few – and announced a planned project to construct a sleek new $1 billion terminal.” Read more

Pittsburgh is Bucking the U.S. Trend on Transit Ridership Numbers
“Though public transit in the U.S. is struggling to grow, Pittsburgh’s managing to slow the downward trend and provide a strong rider experience that is keeping more riders with the service.” Read more

RIDC’s Donald Smith Talks Industrial Site Reuse in Revitalization News
“The Pittsburgh region is helping to turn old industrial sites into productive uses, creating jobs and increasing tax revenues through the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC).” Read more

RIDC is Putting “Development” in Economic Development
“A private non-profit, the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), is putting the needs of the community above its own bottom line, developing a successful 7 million-square-foot portfolio of office and industrial space in southwest Pennsylvania.” Read more

ULI CEO Highlights Pittsburgh’s Growth of Retail Sector and Development Opportunities
“At an event hosted by ULI, panelists and the organization’s global CEO Patrick L. Philips highlighted the city’s interesting architecture, relatively affordable housing in walkable neighborhoods, and its strong outlook in retail that’s driving development opportunities.” Read more


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January 11NAIOP Pittsburgh’s Chapter Meeting: State of the Economy Update
Brought to you by NAIOP Pittsburgh and Building Owners and Managers Association. Attend NAIOP’s January chapter meeting and get a “State of the Economy” update with Gus Faucher, senior vice president and chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel beginning at 7:30 a.m.; cost to attend is free for members, $40 for non-members.


January 12 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Goodwill “Power of Work” Awards
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is seeking nominations for its 21st Annual Power of Work Awards. The award ceremony – held March 20, 2018 – recognizes the extraordinary efforts of southwestern Pennsylvania businesses who hire people with disabilities (or other barriers to employment) or help people by going the extra mile to offer work-related support and experiences. Nominations are being accepted until January 12 and anyone can submit. Click here to submit a nomination. Tickets are now on sale for those interested in attending the award ceremony. Purchase your tickets here.


January 18CIO Insights: Manufacturing
Presented by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Pittsburgh’s CIO of the Year finalists from Arconic, Industrial Scientific (ISC) and Wabtec will discuss how they define success, current initiatives underway and what keeps them up at night. Panelists include Arconic’s Mark Husnick, ISC’s David DiLeo and Wabtec’s Richard Smith. Held from 7:15 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for members, $175 for non-members. After January 11, cost to attend is $65 for members, $190 for non-members.


January 192018 Annual Celebration of Excellence
The Pittsburgh Area Airport Chamber invites you to its signature “Annual Celebration of Excellence” (A.C.E.) event. The luncheon event includes the annual meeting, the Chairman’s inauguration, awards and recognition, a well-known guest speaker, and of course, lunch and networking. Save the date and stay tuned for the announcement of the guest speaker. Held at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $60 for members, $80 for non-members.


January 27Indiana County’s 2018 Chamber Business Expo
The 2018 Chamber Business Expo will be held this year at the Indiana Mall from 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. Attend this exciting event filled with great business-to-business and business-to-new customer interactions. With fresh entertainment that should fill the mall with people eager to learn about Indiana’s businesses, you don’t want to miss it. The expo is free to attend. The deadline to reserve a booth is January 15. Download the Business Expo 2018 Registration Packet and Expo 2018 Floor Plan.


January 31 CREW Pittsburgh Lunch ‘N Learn
CREW Pittsburgh invites you to attend its “Lunch ‘N Learn” focused on “Pittsburgh’s Hotel Boom: An Inside Perspective from Hospitality Lawyers.” Hosted by Eckert Seamans and Cherin & Mellot LLC at the U.S Tower from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., attend this event to learn who is behind the city’s recent hotel developments, what’s on the horizon and if growth will continue. Visit for more information. RSVP to Alicia Smith at Cost to attend is free for members, $25 for non-members.


January 31 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge
All businesses, nonprofits, colleges/universities and municipalities operating in southwestern Pennsylvania are invited to participate in the 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge ((formerly the Green Workplace Challenge) – a free and friendly competition that tracks improvements in energy, water, waste, air quality, transportation, social equity and employee engagement. Networking receptions, professional development and technical assistance are all benefits to participating. Use this competition to advance your organization’s sustainability and receive credit for your achievements. Sign up at by Jan. 31.


February 6Beaver County’s Annual State of the County Breakfast
Join the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce for its annual State of the County event featuring County Commissioners Sandie Egley and Dan Camp. Held from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., cost to attend is $30 for members, $35 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. RSVP by January 19 to the Chamber office at


February 15VisionPittsburgh – Nick DeIuliis
VisionPittsburgh 2018 is a series of four exciting luncheons guaranteed to inspire, enlighten and inform you about the region’s most valuable commodity: the vision of its business leaders. This luncheon will feature Nicholas J. DeIuIiis, president and chief executive officer of CNX Resources Corporation. As CNX branches off as a new company, join to hear his vision for the company, the industry and the region as a whole. Held at the Duquesne Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; cost to attend is $65


February 21Catalyst Connection’s Annual Manufacturing Reception
Catalyst Connection and its Board of Directors invite you to attend its Annual Manufacturing Reception & Student Video Contest Recognition brought to you by Bank of America. This year’s theme is “The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Cluster.” Held at Heinz Field’s UPMC Club from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $50 before January 22, $75 after that date.