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pra post july 2018 Philips to Establish New Office

Philips to Establish New, 200,000-SF Office in Pittsburgh for Regional Headquarters

With an investment reinforcing the impact of the Pittsburgh region’s innovation economy on global technology companies, Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care Business will establish a 200,000-square-foot office for its regional headquarters at Bakery Square 2.0 in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty, joining Google, UPMC Enterprises, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and PNC’s fin-tech incubator, numo, among others. The six-floor office will be located in a new $30 million, nine-story building and will house 1,250 employees.

In a statement, the company said: “Philips has been actively seeking to strategically locate its associates in western Pennsylvania closer to universities, medical centers, research partners and other innovation leaders within the greater Pittsburgh region, creating opportunity to leverage the energy and growth of the Pittsburgh Innovation District. Working in close proximity to these organizations will enable Philips to incubate partnerships and, ultimately, accelerate its ability to develop new solutions to drive the future of health technology.”

The company maintains many other facilities in the Pittsburgh region for manufacturing, assembly and distribution, largely in Westmoreland County.

Tech companies have been attracted to the East Liberty neighborhood in Pittsburgh for the past 10 years, dating back to when the 20-acre Bakery Square development broke ground. Since then, other companies like Duolingo and accelerators like AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear and Ascender have located outside of the Bakery Square development to further the reach of Pittsburgh’s urban tech boom. What makes the neighborhood attractive? The answer is a unique proximity to downtown, Oakland, CMU, Pitt, Lawrenceville and the Strip District.

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Niagara Bottling to Build 456,000-SF Plant in Pittsburgh
“A California company is working to establish a 456,000-square-foot water filtration and bottling plant at the Findlay Industrial Park in what will likely go down as one of the region’s largest industrial development deals of the year.” Read more

Oregon-Based Agility Robotics Establishing 45,000-SF Office in Pittsburgh
“The Oregon-based Agility Robotics’ Pittsburgh office will be its first outside its home state. The company recently received $8 million in venture funding and will expand in a redeveloped 45,000-square-foot warehouse in Bloomfield.” Read more

Ford Partners with Pittsburgh to Address Local Mobility Issues
“A public-private partnership with the Ford Motor Company aims to help Pittsburgh identify and solve its most pressing mobility challenges through a City of Tomorrow Challenge.” Read more

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Amazon Inks Deal to Occupy 70,000-SF Distribution Warehouse
“Amazon is expanding again in Pittsburgh, but, no, it’s not HQ2. The company has inked a deal to occupy a 70,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in the 79 North Industrial Park in Aleppo, apparently for its Amazon Flex program.” Read more

Bosch Launches AI Center at CMU, Invests $8 Million
“Bosch announced it is establishing a Center for Artificial Intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University and investing $8 million in research at the school. The AI center is Bosch’s fourth worldwide and second in the United States.” Read more

Allegheny Health Network Breaks Ground for $20 Million Cancer Institute
“The Allegheny Health Network broke ground for a major new medical facility in Center Township, Beaver County. Officials said the AHN Cancer Institute – Beaver will be a $20 million state-of-the-art cancer facility and one of six community centers for cancer care it has planned in the region.” Read more

Prodrigo Solutions Raises $3.5 Million, Plans to Hire and Expand
“A new fundraising round by Prodigo Solutions positions the startup to increase staff by 28 percent by year-end. The Cranberry-based integrated supply chain company has raised $3.5 million and wants to hire 16 people, specializing in development, client services, tech support and systems, bringing employment to 74.” Read more

Hennecke Polyurethane to Open New N.A. HQ in South Fayette
“Al. Neyer is expected to build a 35,000-square-foot building for the German company. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of this year.” Read more

Titan Robotics Moving into 10,000 SF in South Side
“Titan Robotics – a maker of maintenance robots for work on jets, drones and other aerospace equipment – announced that it will expand into a 10,000-square-foot space in the South Side. The CMU spinoff, currently based in Lawrenceville, said in a release that it has recently experienced high growth, which precipitated the move.” Read more

NanoGriptech Expands in Lawrenceville
“NanoGriptech, a nearly six-year-old company which makes a gecko-inspired adhesive technology has signed a new lease for 6,300 square feet with room to grow at the Chocolate Factory at the Lawrenceville Technology Center.” Read more

Limbach Holdings Announces Headquarters Move to Downtown Pittsburgh
“Limbach Holdings, Inc., a leading national design/build mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor and services firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, announced the company’s relocation to a new office in downtown Pittsburgh.” Read more

Beaver County Bottling Company to Hire
“Creekside Springs in Pulaski Township with locations in Ambridge and a plant in Ohio will receive a $400,000 loan from the state and an additional $250,000 loan from the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development. The loan will help the company add seven jobs.” Read more

Chemstream Expands into State-of-the-Art Lab
“What was once a small part of Chemstream’s headquarters on Railroad Street has been expanded into a much larger state-of-the-art laboratory in the past year. Cutting-edge technology has enabled the Indiana County company to make major progress in the oil and gas industry.” Read more

Strong Demand Upgrades Pittsburgh-to-Paris Flight to Bigger Plane
“Delta’s Pittsburgh-to-Paris service last year had the highest number of passengers per flight since 2014, prompting the carrier to upgrade to a larger plane for the first time since the route began a decade ago.” Read more

Frontier Airlines to Begin Nonstop Service from PIT to San Diego
“Frontier Airlines will launch new nonstop service from Pittsburgh International Airport to San Diego, starting this summer.” Read more

New Charter Flights from Pittsburgh to Shanghai
“Pittsburgh International Airport is now offering charter flights to Shanghai. The Allegheny County Airport Authority has teamed with VisitPittsburgh and Idea Foundry to offer two China Eastern charter flights direct from Shanghai to Pittsburgh and back.” Read more

Old Pharmacy in Braddock Reborn as Incubator for Female Entrepreneurs
“It used to be a pharmacy, one of four in Braddock during the borough’s heyday. This summer, it will reopen as an incubator for female entrepreneurs to grow businesses as Braddock continues to find its economic footing after decades of decline.” Read more

Pittsburgh Investment Scorecard Shows Technology Strength
“IT and its impact and growth was a headliner on this year’s 11th annual Pittsburgh Region Business Investment Scorecard, recently released by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in partnership with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.” Read more

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Clean Slate Legislation Becomes Law in Pennsylvania
“Promising it will remove barriers to housing and employment for people who have been marginalized by a record of past minor criminal convictions, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed “Clean Slate” legislation into law.” Read more

PA Fixes Bonus Depreciation Decoupling
“Pennsylvania enacted legislation addressing the mechanics of its statutory ‘decoupling’ from federal 100-percent bonus depreciation. This legislation is a direct response to the Department of Revenue’s announcement that it would delay all depreciation deductions on 100-percent bonus depreciation property—for Pennsylvania corporate net income tax purposes—until the year in which the property is disposed of.” Read more

Locks, Dams to Receive $276 Million for Repairs
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved plans to spend $276.4 million on aging locks and dams in the region, including those in the Monongahela that have been authorized for the work since 1992.” Read more

$40 Million Project to Fix Flooding and Make Way for Shuttle System
“Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials expect to begin modifying Schenley Park by 2019 to address flooding in Four Mile Run, a section of Greenfield. The $40.1 million project sets the stage for a $10 million mobility plan that would send on-demand shuttles running between Hazelwood, Greenfield and Oakland via Junction Hollow and Schenley Park.” Read more

Opportunity Zones Approved in Southwestern Pennsylvania
“Qualified opportunity zones have been designated across Pennsylvania as a part of a federal program that defers or eliminates federal taxes on capital gains in certain low-income areas.” Read more

Natural Gas Production Jumps in Q1 in Pennsylvania
“Pennsylvania’s natural gas production rose 10 percent in the first quarter, driven in part due to double-digit production growth in Washington County. Washington County is now the leader in number of producing wells.” Read more

North Side’s Observatory Hill Begins $1.7 Million Renovation of Business District
“Located in the North Side neighborhood’s business district at the corners of Perrysville Avenue, Bayview Street, East Street and Mairdale Avenue, the historic Five Points property will undergo a $1.7 million renovation as part of an ongoing redevelopment effort.” Read more

McKees Rocks Business Park Underway
“Bob Luffy, the former CEO of American Bridge Co., is getting underway with a long-awaited industrial park in McKees Rocks. Luffy’s BrookTrout Development recently broke ground on the first building at his BrookTrout Business Park on a 23-acre site in the community with a plan to focus on new smaller industrial buildings to meet a niche demand for them.” Read more

Pittsburgh Robotics Company, Bossa Nova, Receives $29 Million in Funding
“A Pittsburgh robotics company with bots already roaming the aisles of Walmart will use its largest round of funding to date to ready the company for global expansion.” Read more

Westinghouse Awarded $5 Million for Nuclear Energy Research
“Westinghouse Electric Co. was awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to research nuclear reactors that use solid materials to self-regulate the rate of its reaction.” Read more

$3.6 Million Grant Lets Allegheny County Purchase 14 New Buses
“The Port Authority of Allegheny County received a $3.6 million grant today through the Federal Transit Administration’s competitive Bus and Facilities Infrastructure Investment program, which helps transit agencies nationwide replace and rehabilitate buses and bus infrastructure.” Read more

ARM Institute Announces $2.8 Million in Project Funding
“The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, known as ARM, announced four awardees for its first round of funding that totals $2.8 million. Teams will contribute $4 million in cost-share during this first funding round, adding up to a $7 million investment.” Read more

Honeycomb Credit Closes $1 Million Funding Round
“Digital crowdfunding platform Honeycomb Credit just secured a $1 million seed round, bringing total funding to $1.2 million.” Read more

Sharpsburg Earns $500,000 Grant to Transform Main Street
“Sharpsburg’s business corridor will transform over the next few years into a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with safer sidewalks, lighting and benches, thanks to a $500,000 federal grant.” Read more

Innovation Works Secures $150,000 to Connect Energy Startups with Manufacturers
“The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $150,000 to Innovation Works with the goal of helping energy-minded hardware startups forge partnerships with domestic manufacturers.” Read more

$50,000 in Google Funds to Boost Pittsburgh Minority and Immigrant Entrepreneurs
“A grant from Google will help minority and immigrant entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh bring their business ideas to fruition. Idea Foundry, an economic development organization in Oakland, won $50,000 from the search engine giant earlier this year in the Impact Challenge.” Read more

Duolingo Gets Employees Who Want to Work in Tech, But Not the Bay Area
“Pittsburgh does not have as extensive a tech network as Silicon Valley, but its growing scene is helping Luis von Ahn recruit talent for his language-learning app Duolingo.” Read more

Allegheny County Tops PA for Clean Energy Jobs
“Allegheny County has the highest number of clean energy jobs in the state, according to an analysis from Environmental Entrepreneurs.” Read more


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July 17The Power of Storytelling in New Product Development
On July 17th, PDMA Pittsburgh is hosting an engaging Innovation Forum: “The Power of Storytelling in New Product Development.” Don Marinelli, the co-founder of the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, will be sharing his experiences as an educator and innovator to discuss how stories can help unite product design and development teams, engineers, and innovators around a shared vision throughout the product development life cycle. View the event website for more information and to register.


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 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.


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 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.