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Iowa-Based Involta LLC Breaks Ground on 40,000 SF Data Center in Armstrong County

Involta, LLC – a national provider of data center, technical and managed technical services – announced plans to build a 40,000-square-foot data center in Northpointe Business Park, located in Armstrong County, Pa. UPMC, a leading integrated healthcare provider and insurer, will be the anchor tenant. The high-security, concurrently maintainable data center – the company’s first center in Pennsylvania – will include conditioned data center space, additional storage space, mechanical and electrical infrastructure and additional office space for client and business continuity use. It will also house mission-critical computer systems and provide related managed services for other Involta clients from the vibrant Pittsburgh technology sector.

Officials and regional supporters recently gathered to celebrate Involta’s investment with a groundbreaking ceremony. “Northpointe and its proximity to the Pittsburgh marketplace make it very attractive to companies with a national brand, such as Involta, to invest, said Senator Don White, PA 41st. “The utility infrastructure the Armstrong County Industrial Development Council built in Northpointe is first class, and includes one of the most reliable electric systems and a world class telecommunications system with multiple sources of independent fiber connecting Northpointe with the entire Pittsburgh region. On behalf of State Representative Jeff Pyle, the Armstrong County Commissioners and Armstrong County Industrial Development Council, we thank Involta and UPMC for investing in Northpointe.”
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More Economic Development News

 

FNB Corporation Creates New Operations and Customer Service Center, Adds 100 Jobs
“FNB Corporation will add a new operations and customer service center and nearly 100 new jobs as part of its corporate headquarters expansion plan.” Read more

 

Pittsburgh International Airport Announces New Transatlantic Service, New Carrier
“Wow Air, a discount carrier based in Iceland, touches down at Pittsburgh International Airport – the airport’s first year-round transatlantic service since 2010 – bringing with it low budget fares to major European destinations like London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Germany and Dublin.” Read more

 

Iron Mountain Upgrades, Expands Western Pennsylvania Data Center Campus
“Iron Mountain Incorporated – a global leader in storage and information management services – announced expansion of its underground data center campus in western Pennsylvania, located outside of Pittsburgh. The expansion includes additional data center capacity and a new customer welcome center.” Read more

 

Amazon Opens Office in Pittsburgh’s South Side *scroll down
“The Seattle-based online retail giant, Amazon, has set up shop in a corporate office in SouthSide Works.” Read more

 

Keystone Containment Contractors Plans 30,000 SF Headquarters in Starpointe Business Park, Washington County
“Keystone Containment Contractors – an Imperial-based manufacturer of liners for spill containment and water retention ponds used by the natural gas and oil industry – plans to purchase an eight-acre site at Starpointe business park for its 30,000-square-foot headquarters, warehouse and shop.” Read more

 

Creekside Springs Investing $1 Million for Expansion in Beaver County, Creating 12 Jobs
“Creekside Springs – a local company that bottles, packages and labels water – is investing more than $1 million to expand its production capacity, creating a dozen jobs within three years.” Read more

 

Association for Iron & Steel Technology Expanding Headquarters in Allegheny County
“The Association for Iron & Steel Technology is expanding its headquarters at its RIDC Thorn Hill Industrial Park location to accommodate growth. The additional space will make room for 30 additional employees.” Read more

 

Waynesburg University Opens State-of-the-Art Data Center
“Waynesburg University recently opened a state-of-the-art data center within the newly renovated Paul R. Stewart Science Center. The data center will host the most critical information technology services, equipment and infrastructure for the main campus and all remote locations.” Read more

 

Power of 32 Site Development Fund Invests $9.5M in Critical Infrastructure at Almono Site in Hazelwood
“The Power of 32 Site Development Fund LP has made a loan of $9.5 million to help fund critical site preparation – including construction of Pittsburgh’s first fully designed complete street – at Almono, the city’s last big brownfield.” Read more

 

Cincinnati Developer, Al. Neyer, Readies Expansion at Clinton Commerce Park, Allegheny County
“Cincinnati-based commercial real estate agency, Al. Neyer, is ramping up for a major expansion at Clinton Commerce Park near Pittsburgh International Airport, extending its development agreement for three more pads totaling about 40 acres on which the company can build an additional 850,000 square feet of light industrial space.” Read more

 

Shell Set to Construct 92.3-Mile Pipeline to Beaver County Cracker Plant
“A 92.3-mile pipeline – the Falcon Pipeline, owned by Shell – will begin construction in late 2018 and connect its future ethane cracker with ethane from Ohio and Pennsylvania.” Read more

 

$40 Million FirstEnergy Substation Planned in Washington County
“FirstEnergy Corp. plans to invest $40 million in a transmission substation that will support two natural gas processing facilities in Washington County.” Read more

 

Chicago-Based Level Office to Turn Seven-Story Liberty Avenue Building into Co-Working Space
“Chicago-based Level Office plans to renovate the former, seven-story Meyer, Jonasson & Co. department store building into a co-working space after acquiring it for $3.8 million.” Read more

 

Officials Celebrate Completion of Lower Hill Infrastructure Project Connecting Hill District and Downtown
“Hill District residents joined federal, state, county and city officials to celebrate the completion of the Lower Hill Infrastructure Project, which included new roads to reconnect the Hill with Downtown.” Read more

 

Washington & Jefferson and Media Outlet, Observer-Reporter, Plan for Incubator
“A small-business incubator could be in operation in the heart of downtown Washington two years from now, according to plans announced by Washington & Jefferson College and the Observer-Reporter.” Read more

 

WCIDC Partners with Penn State New Kensington on Entrepreneurial Center
“The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation’s (WCIDC) Board of Directors approved an Agreement of Sale between the WCIDC and Swank Young Developers for the purchase of a building and property in New Kensington that will house Penn State New Kensington’s new Entrepreneurial Center.” Read more

 

Governor Wolf Announces $23 Million in Business in Our Sites Program, Includes Allegheny and Westmoreland County
“Governor Tom Wolf recently announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved nearly $23 million in low-interest loans to support five new Business in Our Sites projects in four counties – including Allegheny and Westmoreland – that are projected to create at least 1,156 new, full-time jobs.” Read more

 

Governor Wolf Awards $15 Million in RACP Grants for Local Projects
“Numerous regional projects – including an infrastructure project for Pittsburgh’s Strip District produce terminal and the Derry Business Park expansion in Westmoreland County – were among the projects announced by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf that received grants through the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).” Read more

 

Pittsburgh Receives $10.9 Million to Improve Traffic Flow
“The $10.9 million Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act grant from the Department of Transportation will help implement some of the traffic projects proposed in Pittsburgh’s Smart City grant application, including ‘smart spines.’” Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s $8 Million Loan to Help Renovate Former Sony Plant in Westmoreland County
“An $8 million state loan awarded to a company renovating the 2.8-million-square-feet former Sony plant in East Huntingdon will help create new spaces and, eventually, jobs in Westmoreland County.” Read more

 

University of Pittsburgh Receives $7.7 Million Federal Grant to Create Urology Research Center
“The University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine’s Department of Urology has received $7.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to create a new research center focused on studying enlarged prostate and lower urinary tract symptoms.” Read more

 

Startup Pharmaceutical Company, PennAlt Organics Inc., Raises $6 Million
“Pittsburgh-based – and newly formed – life sciences company, PennAlt Organics Inc., has raised $6 million in its first Series A financing round.” Read more

 

Days of Giving Raises $5.9 Million in Southwestern Pennsylvania
“Southwestern Pennsylvanians were generous this year as more than 15,700 made contributions to The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving – which garnered $5.9 million for nonprofits in Allegheny, Butler and Westmoreland counties.” Read more

 

Children’s Hospital Receives $5.5 Million from CDC
“Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has received a five-year, $5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to examine vaccine effectiveness and track communicable diseases in children.” Read more

 

LegalSifter Completes $2.75 Million Seed Round, Plans to Hire
“LegalSifter Inc. – a Lawrenceville-based firm that uses artificial intelligence to help companies read legal documents and organize data more efficiently – has completed a seed round of $2.75 million and plans to hire 20 employees by year’s end.” Read more

 

University of Pittsburgh Establishes $2.2 Million Richard S. Caliguiri Endowed Chair in Amyloidosis and Heart Failure
“The University of Pittsburgh – in honor of the late Mayor Caliguiri – recently established the $2.2 million Richard S. Caliguiri Endowed Chair in Amyloidosis and Heart Failure.” Read more

 

Westmoreland County Awards $1.1 Million Contract to Prepare Monsour Site for Redevelopment
“Westmoreland commissioners, acting as the county’s industrial development corporation, awarded a nearly $1.1 million contract to prepare the former, 6.5-acre Monsour Medical Center property for redevelopment.” Read more

 

Pittsburgh International Airport Named a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Magazine
“Adding to a growing list of recent accolades, Pittsburgh International Airport has been named a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2016 by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.” Read more

 

Arcadis Ranks Pittsburgh Among 15 Most-Sustainable U.S. Cities
“The 2016 Arcadis Sustainability Index recently recognized Pittsburgh’s work to reverse the environmental damages inflicted by the steel and coal industries by ranking the city in the top 10 of 100 sustainable cities worldwide based on important quality-of-life and sustainability measures.” Read more

 

Urban Land Institute of Pittsburgh Celebrates its 2016 Placemaking Award Winners
“Nearly 300 guests joined the Urban Land Institute for its 4th Annual Placemaking Awards for Excellence, celebrating outstanding projects, achievements and leaders in the City of Pittsburgh. Take a look at this year’s award winners.” Read more

 

Pittsburgh Region’s “Brand Has Never Been Better”
“At the recent Alle Kiski Strong Chamber Economic Development workshop, Allegheny Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky shared a forecast of the region saying: ‘[Pittsburgh’s] brand has never been better’” Read more

 

First-Ever White House Frontiers Conference Comes to Pittsburgh, Where Over $1 Billion in Research Annually Fuels Innovation
“Innovators from around the nation and the world gathered in Pittsburgh for the first-ever White House Frontiers Conference, where Pittsburgh took the global stage as a place that combines smart people, two centuries of experience on the forefront of innovation, and an unrelenting commitment to collaboration.” Read more

 

Pittsburgh’s Thriving Tech Sector Brings New Life to Post-Industrial City
“Last month, Pittsburgh opened its doors to show the world why it is so well positioned to be a new tech hub and Uber’s autonomous vehicle testing grounds. Pittsburgh’s capitalization on the infrastructure of the past is bringing new life to the city and economy.” Read more

 

Pittsburgh is Setting the Standard for Becoming a Tech Hub
“Pittsburgh is staking a claim as a center of self-driving car technology and many are in favor of the city’s bid to become a center of autonomous vehicle development.” Read more

 

A Look at Carnegie Mellon University’s Role in the Creation of the Self-Driving Cars
“For the past 30 years, Carnegie Mellon has been at the forefront of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology. Carnegie Mellon’s role in AV technology development is also what makes the arrival of self-driving car is so important to the city and the academic community.” Read more

 

(VIDEO) Growing Pittsburgh Tech Scene Draws West View Native Home from California, Google
“The growth of Pittsburgh’s technology scene and a chance to work at one of the city’s innovative startups, Duolingo, is what persuaded native Bob Meese to quit a high-profile gig at Google in California, uproot his family and begin anew.” Read more

 

(VIDEO) 60 Minutes Explores Labs at Carnegie Mellon on the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence
60 Minutes visited the Carnegie Mellon campus during its two-part feature on artificial intelligence (AI) and found that the old steel town was a glimpse into the future – a future where AI may enable robots to take on both the mundane and the extraordinary.” Read more

 

Curbed Magazine Highlights Pittsburgh’s Strip District Transformation in “10 Streets That’s Defined America” Feature
“After experiencing decades of population decline, Pittsburgh is undergoing a renaissance as a hotspot for first-time homebuyers and the redevelopment of the once epicenter of Pittsburgh’s wholesale produce industry will soon shape the Strip District’s future.” Read more

 

How Pittsburgh Became America’s Most Unlikely Cultural Capital
“The city has become not just a culinary and micro brewery hub, but a center for the arts as well. Quirky restaurants, galleries in converted warehouses and some stylish hotels are rising from the molten remains of this former industrial city.” Read more

 

London Business Matters Spotlights Pittsburgh’s International Strengths
“Ahead of her trip to Germany and London, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Global Marketer, Suzi Pegg, penned an article in London Business Matters, the publication of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on southwestern Pennsylvania’s strengths that’s fueling the next industrial revolution here and around the globe.” Read more

 

Wall Street Journal Ranks University of Pittsburgh among Top 100 Colleges
“In a new report on U.S. College rankings, The Wall Street Journal rated the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus higher than any other public school in the state, 59th out of more than 1,000 of the best U.S. colleges and universities.” Read more

 

U.S. News Ranks University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in Top 100 Global Colleges
“Two local universities, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, ranked in the top 100 of institutions from the U.S. and around 60 other countries excelling in 12 indicators that measure academic research performance and global and regional reputations.” Read more

 

Natural Gas Production Continues its Climb
“According to a report released recently by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania saw the biggest gain across the U.S. in natural gas production, a number that continues to climb.” Read more

 

New Regional Carrier, Southern Airways, is Adding Pittsburgh-DuBois Flight
“Starting November 30, regional carrier Southern Airways will be adding Pittsburgh-DuBois to its flight schedule.” Read more

 

JetBlue Adds Flight from Pittsburgh to Boston
“Beginning in March, JetBlue Airways will be adding a 6:00 a.m. flight that will arrive in Boston at 7:34 a.m. and a flight back to Pittsburgh that will leave Boston at 8:25 p.m. and land in Pittsburgh at 10:48 p.m.” Read more

 

OneJet Adds Service from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati
“OneJet recently announced that travelers are now able to book seats on its newest route between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Cincinnati joins a growing list of OneJet-served cities from Pittsburgh, including Hartford, Indianapolis, Louisville and Milwaukee.” Read more

 

Harrisburg International Airport Debuts Pittsburgh Commuter Flights
“A new era dawned for midstate Pennsylvania air travel when Harrisburg International Airport inaugurated commuter flights to the Steel City.” Read more


OPPORTUNITIES

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EVENTS

November 9Additive Manufacturing Conference
Catalyst Connection’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) Conference for Small Manufacturers brings together regional manufacturers, subject matter experts and service providers to share information and lessons learned on how AM technology is being used in product design and manufacturing. At the AM Conference, attendees will learn about current manufacturing applications of AM and hear how manufacturers are using this technology to gain competitive advantage. In addition, manufacturers will share their insights about how they began using AM and how they made the business case for adding AM equipment. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $99 before October 9th, after that date its $125.

 

November 9Corridors of Opportunity: East End
Join the Pittsburgh Business Times as it pulls together an expert panel to discuss the current and future developments, as well as where the business opportunities exist in the East End and Oakland areas. Panelists include: Kevin Acklin, chief of staff and chief development officer for the City of Pittsburgh; Ralph Horgan, associate vice president, campus design & facility development at Carnegie Mellon University; and Tad Imbrie, CEO, PenTrust Real Estate Advisory Services, Inc. Held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; cost to attend is $60 per person. Business Times subscribers receive a 10-percent discount. Reserved tables of 10 with priority seating reserved by your logo are available for $995.

 

November 9How Small Companies Can Build Brands without Big Budgets
The marketing landscape has changed significantly over the past few years. The rise of content and social media has leveled the playing field and is making it easier for small businesses to build their brand and do it cost effectively. Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) and featured guest, Paulette Duderstadt, CMO/CXO of C-leveled, for an informative session with some of the top industry experts in the region on what you can do to build your company’s brand without spending a fortune. Held at the PTC offices from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $45 for members, $175 for non-members. Contact Lindsey at lbradley@pghtech.org for special non-profit and freelancer fellowships, and special student rates.

 

November 10Manufacturing Expansion and Excellence Tour (MEET) @ Industrial Scientific
Join Catalyst Connection for a workshop and tour at Industrial Scientific Corporation (ISC) – a global leader in gas detection products and services that keep workers safe in hazardous environments. Learn about their recent opening of a new 200,000-square-foot building that serves as the company’s global headquarters located near Pittsburgh in Robinson Township. ISC’s business leaders will share their strategies and lessons learned that have resulted in significant growth for their company. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., followed by the program from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. The tour is free to attend.

 

November 14Perspective & Possibilities of Real Estate Development
Join NAIOP Pittsburgh at one of the newest additions to Pittsburgh’s skyline – JLL Center at Tower 260 – to discuss Perspectives & Possibilities of real estate development, site selection and the economic future the Pittsburgh region. A panel of national site location and corporate real estate executives will share insights into what the highest-performing regions are doing to attract investment, what the trends are in site selection and which strategies can increase investment in the Pittsburgh region. The event, free for NAIOP members and $35 for non-members, will be from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

November 15PVCA Luncheon: Bringing Growth Capital Back Home
Presented by Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. Join Pittsburgh native Mia Hegazy – a senior associate at New York-based growth equity firm Catalyst Investors – as she discusses recent trends in growth equity and how the asset class is contributing to job creation and innovation across the U.S. Growth equity is becoming an increasingly important source of capital for established companies to accelerate their growth, enabling maturing businesses to expand their sales and marketing efforts, enhance product development and establish the organizational infrastructure required to scale to the next inflection point. Held at the Duquesne Club from 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $50 for members, $100 for non-members.

 

November 15CREW Pittsburgh’s Tour of 3 Crossings: Walk the Crossings
Join CREW Pittsburgh for a tour of 3 Crossings, a 20-acre mixed-use development in the vibrant and eclectic Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Network and learn about CREW and its Pittsburgh connections to this development. Held at the Yards Apartments and adjacent buildings from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $35 for members, $45 for non-members.

 

November 16Winning the Talent War: HR Leadership Survey Release
Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) and a panel of experts as they react to the results of an HR Leadership Benchmarking Survey – done in partnership with BusinessForward and the PHRA. Panelists include Chris Haver, director HR systems & analytics at Highmark Health; Brenda Besket, head of people development at Covestro; and Michelle Buczkowski, vice president, senior talent manager at PNC. They’ll offer their own insight into the conversation about HR’s evolving role in the business.  The panel will be moderated by the CEO of Business Forward, John Huckle. Held at the PTC offices from 7:15 – 9:30 a.m.; cost to attend is $49 members, $175 for non-members.

 

November 16Estate Planning at the Park Inn by Radisson
The Indiana County Chamber of Commerce presents “Chamber Brains and Gains on Estate Planning.” Hosted by Brad Peterson of InFirst Financial, and Katie Haberl-Thomas and Robert Manzi of Holsinger, Clark & Armstrong, attend to learn about legal and financial aspects of estate planning and the estate planning process. A hot breakfast buffet will be available upon arrival. Held at the Park Inn by Radisson from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

 

November 17WLI/NLC Difference Makers
In collaboration with National League of Cities 2016 City Summit, you are warmly invited to meet some of our city’s most influential female placemakers. Celebrate Pittsburgh’s revival through a showcase of significant projects, both new and historically relevant. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel Terrace Room from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., attendance is free (limited to only 150 guests). Register at www.Pittsburgh.uli.org or call (724) 687 – 0707.

 

November 17Funding Your Innovation: SBIR/STTR Basics
Every year, the government offers more than $2.5 billion in small business funding for technology and science innovations. This seminar will cover the basics of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Learn about such topics as appealing to R&D funders, pre-qualification issues, steps for applying for federal SBIR research and more. The event will feature special guest Noah Snyder, CEO of Interphase Materials Inc. He’ll share his insights and experience as a recipient of SBIR award funds. Held at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; this seminar is free to attend. Questions? Call (412) 648 – 1544 or email iee@innovation.pitt.edu.

 

November 19TransportationCamp Pittsburgh 2016
If you’re into transportation, now’s the time to engage and the Transportation Camp PGH unconference is the place to do it. Bring your ideas and lead a session. Be a part of shaping the explosive pace of change in technology, shared use mobility, the integration of transportation and the built environment and a host of other issues. Held at Carnegie Mellon University’s Porter Hall from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $25 per person, $15 for students and an additional $15 for childcare (provided by Whetstone Workgroup). Register at pghtranspocamp16.eventbrite.com.

 

November 30African American Chamber’s Annual Business Luncheon
The African American Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend its Annual Business Luncheon at the Omni William Penn Hotel’s Grand Ballroom beginning at 12:00 p.m. The guest speaker for the lunch is Loretta J. Mester, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, November 26, 2016 by calling (412) 392 – 0610. The luncheon is sponsored by Allegheny Health Network and Pitt Ohio.

 

December 1Huntington Breakfast Briefing: President & CEO, Kennametal
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present Ronald (Ron) De Feo, president and chief executive officer of Kennametal Inc. for this month’s Huntington Breakfast Briefing. Join tech industry colleagues for breakfast and networking while you learn about one of Pittsburgh’s leading manufacturers. Held at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Center from 7:00 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for members, $75 for non-members. After November 28, its $60 for members, $185 for non-members.

 

December 1Washington County’s Annual Business Expo and Holiday Celebration
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites its members to an evening of networking and celebration at their Annual Member Business Exposition & Celebration presented by W.G. Tomko. Join one of the largest networking events in the region as it showcases the growing membership and businesses of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The celebration will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. There are two levels of sponsorship: $500 for expo booth, logo recognition and four attendees; and $1,200 for expo booth in prime location, logo recognition and eight attendees. For more information, please contact Debbie Sims at (724) 225 – 3010 or debbies@washcochamber.com.

 

December 72017 TRENDS Emerging Trends in Real Estate featuring Maureen McAvey
What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2017? What do industry leaders say about the outlook for U.S. real estate property sectors, metro areas, finance and capital markets and other real estate issues? The 38th Annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate, undertaken jointly by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, is based on insights from hundreds of industry leaders and is the most highly regarded and widely read forecast report in the real estate industry. Join the discussion and come hear from our local expert panel on how national economic and real estate trends are playing out in the Pittsburgh area. The event’s keynote speaker is Maureen McAvey, the Bucksbaum family chair for retail at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C. She concentrates on urban retail and has led several special projects around demographics and future urban development. Held at Rivers Club from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for ULI members, $75 for non-members.

 

December 7Doing Business with University of Pittsburgh
The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Small Business Development Center, and the Purchasing and Facilities Management departments of the University are sponsoring a program that will help you to better understand the overall purchasing process at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), how to qualify to become a potential supplier to the university and create awareness and market and sell within the university community. Come meet the purchasing powerhouses at Pitt from Facilities Management, Housing, Athetics, IT and Purchasing Services. Business owners who are currently doing business with the university but wish to increase their volume, or who offer products or services that they believe would be of interest to the university community, or entrepreneurs looking to target the university community with a new product or service should attend. Held at the William Pitt Union Ballroom on from 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.; the workshop is free to attend.