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November 2018

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Affirm to Open Pittsburgh Office

Affirm to Open Pittsburgh Office

Affirm – a San Francisco-based alternative lending provider – has announced plans to establish an office in Pittsburgh. The fintech company intends to hire operational and back-office personnel for its operations, creating 100 jobs by the end of 2019. Affirm anticipates to grow the Pittsburgh workforce to 500 employees within the next five years.

Affirm CEO and co-founder Max Levchin explains that it was Pittsburgh’s tech talent that drew the company to the city. “It was important for us to be able to grow our workforce for many years to come with superb talent.”

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Facebook Gives the Strip a Like, Signing Up for Office Space
“The Menlo, Park Calif.-based tech giant confirmed that it has signed a lease to occupy space in District 15 — the four-story, 105,000-square-foot office building under construction at 15th and Smallman streets in the Strip District.” Read more

Elliott Group Officially Announces Intention to Expand Manufacturing in Jeannette
“Elliott Group announced its intention to build a test facility at the former Jeannette Glass site in Westmoreland County.” Read more

RE2 Robotics Looks to Increase Staff in 2019
“RE2 Robotics in Lawrenceville announced it’s looking to increase staff by 25 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2019.” Read more

UPMC to Invest $2 Billion into Hospital System
“Since UPMC Horizon Shenango Valley joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system 20 years ago, staff at the Farrell location have been working on strengthening ties to the main facilities in Pittsburgh.” Read more

UPMC Gets Planning Go Ahead on New Uptown Specialty Hospital
“The Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the building of the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital on the UPMC Mercy campus in Uptown.” Read more

Ralph A. Hiller Company Opening Facility in McKeesport Industrial Park
“Ralph A. Hiller Company, a Westmoreland County distributor and manufacturer of equipment used in the nuclear power and mining industries, is opening an office in McKeesport.” Read more

BelleFlex Technologies Leader Reflects on Plan to Expand to Ford City
“During a Ford City Borough Council meeting, representatives of Ford City-based BelleFlex Technologies, LLC, spoke regarding the company’s desire to build in the 42.5 acre land tract next to them known as ‘the brownfield.’” Read more

412 Food Rescue to Open 100 Cooking Schools in Allegheny County
“The organization, which ‘rescues food’ by preventing it from entering the waste system, announced a goal to launch 100 cooking schools to ensure that everyone has access to food and nutrition education.” Read more

Wilbanks Consulting Group Expands Services to Pittsburgh
“Holly Patteson Wilbanks, founder and principal of the Wilbanks Consulting Group, is now offering services in the Pittsburgh area following Wilbanks’ relocation from Houston, according to a press release.” Read more

Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream Setting Up New HQ, Doubling Space
“Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream is moving from Point Breeze to Homestead, more than doubling its space as the a four-year-old artisan frozen treat purveyor and retailer readies for growth.” Read more

Tree Pittsburgh Opens New $2.6 Million Campus in Lawrenceville
“Tree Pittsburgh is firmly rooted along the Allegheny River in Lawrenceville and is preparing to open its new $2.8 million solar-powered campus that includes an education center and large nursery.” Read more

Oil and Gas Firm Breaks Ground on Regional HQ in Alta Vista Park
“Nine Energy, an oil and gas company, broke ground with the Mon Valley Alliance at Alta Vista Park for a new facility.” Read more

Westmoreland County Officials Break Ground on Sewickley Township Industrial Park
“County officials broke ground at the Commerce Crossing at Westmoreland industrial park off of I-70 in Sewickley Township.” Read more

Allegheny Health Network Breaks Ground on Brentwood Hospital
“Allegheny Health Network broke ground on the last of four neighborhood hospitals it plans to open next year.” Read more

Duquesne University Announces $45 Million Renovation of Palumbo Center
“A huge expansion and renovation of Duquesne University’s Palumbo Center will bring a new name to the facility to honor Chuck Cooper, an iconic African-American Pittsburgh athlete.” Read more

CMU Set to Build New Scaife Hall for Engineering
“A $30 million grant from the Allegheny Foundation will kickstart the construction of the building, which will stand in the same footprint on Frew Street after the current Scaife Hall is demolished.” Read more

New Round of Grants will Help ‘Coal Impacted’ Communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania
“The federal agency [POWER] announced $26.5 million in funding — 35 awards in nine Appalachian states — to support education and workforce training in communities hardest hit by changes in the coal industry.” Read more

Pittsburgh Company to Play Major Role in NASA’s Return To Moon
“NASA awarded Astrobotic a $10 million grant to create a precision landing system for their spacecraft, Peregrine.” Read more

McKeesport Awarded Grants to Fix Trail, Parking Garage
“Parts of the Great Allegheny Passage trail in McKeesport and a parking garage that’s been closed for nearly two decades will benefit from a $2.9 million Pennsylvania Multimodal Transportation Fund grant the city of McKeesport has received.” Read more

Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces $2.5 Million Award to Help Pittsburgh’s Environment
“Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to announce Pittsburgh as a winner in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, a $70 million initiative expected to accelerate the city’s efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents.” Read more

Pitt Gets Funds for Study on Reducing Fracking Wastewater
“Pitt’s team of researchers from the Swanson School of Engineering was awarded a $1.76 million grant by the Department of Energy to conduct pilot tests of a membrane distillation technology.” Read more

Bridgeway Receives $1.75 Million Grant to Make Loans to African-American-Owned Businesses, Health Food Investments
“Bridgeway Capital said it has received a $1.75 million grant from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund to make small business loans in western Pennsylvania, with $1 million earmarked for loans to African-American-owned businesses.” Read more

Regional Workforce Development Partnership Gets $1.6 Million in Gifts
“The Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Consortium received a total of $1.6 million in gifts from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Chevron, and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to help continue to address critical shortages in energy and advanced manufacturing careers.” Read more

Tech Met Grant to Fund Technology and Expansion
“Donora’s newest manufacturing business, Tech Met, has received a $1 million grant from the Commonwealth to fund new technology investment and production expansion.” Read more

Medart in Ellwood City Receives $1 Million Grant for Expansion
“The state has awarded a $1 million grant to Medart Inc. to expand its manufacturing plant.” Read more

$1 Million Inaugural Magee Prize Goes to Team Investigating Cause of Pre-Birth Heart Defects
“The first-ever $1 million Magee Prize for innovations in women’s and reproductive health was awarded to a team led by a Magee-Womens Institute professor that will investigate the origins of pre-birth congenital heart disease.” Read more

Wolf Approves $1 Million Grant for Additive Manufacturing Training
“Governor Tom Wolf approved a $1 million grant to support more training programs at the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, Inc.” Read more

Over $600,000 Secured for Development in Greene County
“Two Greene County projects – the Greene River Trail and the Wisecarver Recreation Area – received $603,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation of Natural Resources.” Read more

Waynesburg University, Chevron Launch Corporate Social Responsibility Center
“Waynesburg University and Chevron Corp. unveiled the Chevron Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, thanks to $250,000 in initial funding from the oil and gas company.” Read more

Mini-Grants Awarded to Schools for Workforce Development
“The State Department of Labor & Industry and Team Pennsylvania announced $180,000 in Career Readiness Mini-Grants to 41 school districts across Pennsylvania, including one in Indiana County.” Read more

Giant Eagle Leads the Way for Pittsburgh Companies on Forbes Private Company List
“Giant Eagle Inc. led the way for Pittsburgh-area companies on Forbes‘ annual list of American’s Largest Private Companies.” Read more

Pittsburgh Has Big Edge on Cleveland in Tech, Philanthropy
“Pittsburgh’s Rust Belt recovery is the result of a decades-long effort to create new high-tech industry in the city.” Read more

Pittsburgh is No. 1 in America for Jobs in 2018, Glassdoor Says
“Pittsburgh was named the best city in America for jobs in 2018 by the website Glassdoor.” Read more

Covestro Wins 3M Polymer Supplier of the Year Award
“Covestro LLC, a global provider of high-tech materials, received a 2018 3M Supplier of the Year Award.” Read more

Pittsburgh named one of the “Best Places to Retire”
“Pittsburgh is one of the best places in the country to retire to, at least according to U.S. News & World Report.” Read more

The Contagious Charm of Pittsburgh
“A contagious charm permeates the city that is palpable from the moment you arrive until you decide it’s time to leave.” Read more


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November 29NAIOP Holiday Party
NAIOP invites guests to join them on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Duquesne Club from 5:30pm – 7:30pm for the NAIOP Pittsburgh Holiday Party. This event is complementary to NAIOP members and $50 for Non-Members. Due to recent events in our city, NAIOP is fundraising on behalf of the “Fund For Victims of Terror” through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. NAIOP encourages folks to bring a check with them to the event, made payable to Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Click here to register.


December 3RoadTrip 2030
Leading materials supplier Covestro will host its first-ever automotive mobility summit, “RoadTrip 2030: Designing today for the passengers of tomorrow.” This half-day event will bring together the innovative players that are leading the charge toward a driverless future – from automakers, suppliers and ridesharing companies to research, engineering and design institutes. These diverse perspectives will converge to ignite a conversation around the future of mobility. For more information and to register, click here.


December 6PVCA Holiday Party
Once again, the PVCA is combining its annual holiday party with friends from ACG Pittsburgh, CFA Society, Financial Executives International (FEI Pittsburgh), Financial Industries Network (FIN), National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD Three Rivers), and Turnaround Management Association (TMA Pittsburgh). This event will take place at the Fairmont Pittsburgh from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an unparalleled networking opportunity. Click here to register.


December 11Beaver County Chamber of Commerce Annual Holiday Party
Join the Beaver County Chamber for a holiday mixer that will showcase a variety of foods from Beaver County restaurant members along with a sneak peek of Lincoln Park’s “The Nutcracker.” Click here to register.


March 21, 20192019 CIO of the Year Awards
Each year, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group gather to honor the region’s top information technology executives at Pittsburgh CIO of the Year. This is your annual opportunity to recognize and honor the hard work of CIOs and CISOs for their accomplishments at the biggest celebratory event of the year honoring these unspoken heroes of the IT world. Cocktails, dinner, and networking round out the night to make this the not-to-miss event for your IT department. Click here for more information.


April 2-3, 20193 Rivers Venture Fair
The 3 Rivers Venture Fair is the premier venture conference in the Ohio Valley region. Every 18 months, thousands of investors, entrepreneurs & top-tier service providers from around the world gather in Pittsburgh for this two-day meeting of ideas & money. Click here to learn more and to register.


May 10, 2019 Nominations Open: Carnegie Science Awards
Each year, Carnegie Science Center honors and celebrates inspiring science and technology innovators whose achievements have led to significant economic or societal benefit in the region and inspire the next generation of innovators. The Carnegie Science Awards have honored the accomplishments of more than 575 individuals and organizations whose contributions in the fields of science, technology and education have impacted our region’s industrial, academic and environmental vitality. Nominations for the 2019 Carnegie Science Awards, presented by Eaton, are now open and close Nov. 30, 2018. All awardees will be honored at the Carnegie Science Awards Celebration on May 10, 2019. For more information, visit the website.