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August 2017

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Evoqua Water Technologies to Expand Global Headquarters, Create 63 New Jobs in Pittsburgh

Evoqua Water Technologies, a water solutions provider to public and industrial water systems, will expand and establish its global headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. The expansion will result in the creation of 63 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. In an official press release, the company noted its confidence in Pittsburgh as a “viable business destination, which will help the company attract and retain more, high-skilled talent.”

Responding to the news, PRA President David Ruppersberger said, “We’re pleased that Evoqua has chosen to grow its corporate presence in the Pittsburgh region. As a company with a very sizeable domestic and international presence, Evoqua had choices, and it chose Pittsburgh for its global headquarters. The job creation that’s expected will add to the region’s already deep pool of financial and business services expertise – one of our long-standing strengths and critical to any HQ operation – with exciting opportunities with a global business.”

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More Economic Development News

Citrine Informatics, a Silicon Valley-Based AI Company, Opens Pittsburgh Office
“A Silicon Valley-based artificial intelligence company specializing in how chemicals and materials react in product development will open an office in Pittsburgh.” Read more

Utah-Based Solar Installation Company Expands Business to Pittsburgh
“National solar energy installation company, Vivint Solar, is now in the Pittsburgh region.” Read more

Lawrence County Manufacturer Expands, Adds 22 New Jobs
“New York Blower Co., which manufactures engineered fans and blowers for industrial uses, will add 22 jobs over the next three years and more than 30,000 square feet to its current 15,000-square-foot production space.” Read more

Royal Philips to Establish 14,000 SF, 100-Employee Office in Oakland’s Schenley Placee
“Royal Philips, a medical device manufacturer and one of the Pittsburgh region’s largest foreign-owned companies, is establishing a new office presence in Oakland, leasing 14,000 square feet of space in Schenley Place.” Read more

Duolingo Expected to Nearly Double In Size, Lands $25 Million in Funding
“After landing another $25 million in funding, the Pittsburgh language-learning company Duolingo expects to nearly double its workforce over the next 16 months, increasing its head count from 80 to 150 employees by the end of 2018.” Read more

U-Haul Storage Facility, Warehouse Established in Westmoreland County
“Arizona-based truck rental and storage company, U-Haul, has purchased half of the Montgomery Ward building in Lower Burrell and plans a 3,000-square-foot retail and showroom area, a 15,000-square-foot general warehouse and almost 70,000 square feet of climate-controlled self-storage units.” Read more

Hempfield-Based E-Waste Firm, Commonwealth Computer Recycling, Looks to Expand
“With at least 50-percent growth every year for the past three years, a Westmoreland County e-waste recycler, Commonwealth Computer Recycling, says it is poised to continue growing this year.” Read more

Delta Adding Nonstop Flights Between Pittsburgh and Boston
“Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to operate twice-daily nonstop flights – timed for business travelers – to Pittsburgh from Boston, starting on Oct. 1.” Read more

Chatham Launches Entrepreneurship Hub for Women Business Owners and Makers
“Chatham University recently announced the opening of its new 3,000-square-foot Entrepreneurship Hub located at its Penn Avenue Eastside campus. The Hub will provide a variety of valuable services for female entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh and throughout western Pennsylvania.” Read more

Allegheny Health Network, Highmark unveil new medical center near Greensburg
“Allegheny Health Network and Highmark executives, along with local public officials, unveiled the new, 23,000-square-foot facility located east of the Westmoreland Mall. An endoscopy center for gastrointestinal procedures will open in September.” Read more

Midland Concrete Plants Will Aid Construction of Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals’ $6 Billion Ethane Cracker Facility, Add 55 Jobs
“Two batch plants that will supply concrete for the construction of Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals’ $6 billion ethane cracker facility are up and running, and the plants are expected to employ up to 55 people at peak construction.” Read more

Walnut Capital Gears Up for Final, 225,000 SF Bakery Square Building
“Developer Walnut Capital is gearing up to erect a third and final 225,000-square-foot building, Bakery Square 3.0, at its thriving East End complex, home to Google and other high-tech tenants.” Read more

Chicago Developer Plans to Turn Former Art Institute’s 154,000 SF Building into State-of-the-Art Downtown Office Space
“M&J Wilkow has teamed with Philadelphia-based CenterSquare Investment Management to convert classrooms and chalkboards at the former Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s downtown building into a state-of-the-art office complex with the kind of top-flight amenities seen in larger cities like San Francisco and Chicago.” Read more

Retail Broker Herky Pollock Proposes $40 Million, Mixed-Use Project in Squirrel Hill
“Mr. Pollock is pitching a plan for a 10-story residential, retail and parking redevelopment at the intersection of Forward and Murray Avenues, sometimes referred to as the ‘Gateway to Squirrel Hill.’” Read more

McCafferty Interests Plans Revitalization, Offers Space in Smallman Street Warehouse near Produce Terminal
“McCaffery Interests has begun marketing the 140,000 square feet of office space in what it has been dubbed 1600 Smallman. The developer plans to revitalize the building in conjunction with its work on the Produce Terminal.” Read more

Schreiber Real Estate Plans New, Four-Story, 24,000 SF Office Building in the Strip District
“Schreiber Real Estate has plans to build a 24,000-square-foot building totaling four stories, called 3000 Smallman St., on an open lot at the corner of 30th Street.” Read more

University of Pittsburgh Spinout, Complexa Inc., Receives $62 Million
“A University of Pittsburgh spinout company has received $62 million in its latest round of venture funding, which will jumpstart the second phase trials of its first drug candidate.” Read more

Westinghouse Wins Nuclear Innovation Contract and Additional Funding
“Cranberry Township-based Westinghouse Electric Co. is part of $7.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to study nuclear innovation. It has received $380,000 to study radiation effects and will participate in other projects, including a $3 million grant with Penn State.” Read more

Arnold Palmer Airport Receives Federal Grants for Runway Rehab
“The Federal Aviation Association announced that the Arnold Palmer Airport will receive $2.46 million in funding for its rehabilitation project, including an entitlement grant of more than $1.7 million and a discretionary grant of $724,447.” Read more

Local Pennsylvania Airports Receive State Funding for Improvements
“Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that nine airports, including Allegheny County and Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart airports, will be receiving money to complete projects through a $10 million state investment.” Read more

Republic Food Enterprise Center Awarded $1.75 Million Grant
“The Republic Food Enterprise Center, a popular concept for food entrepreneurs and farmers to get their foods to kitchen tables, received a $1.75 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to help increase opportunity and jobs in the region.” Read more

$1.6 Million Grant to University of Pittsburgh Will Help Study Aging with Medical Devices
“A five-year, $1.57 million grant to a University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of bioengineering at the Swanson School of Engineering, Bryan Brown, will go toward studying the body’s long-term acceptance of an implanted medical device.” Read more

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Awarded Nearly $400,000 National Science Foundation Grant
“A National Science Foundation’s $397,706 grant will help support the Pittsburgh Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s efforts to research placental mammals and STEM educational programs.” Read more

The Pittsburgh Promise Wins $20,000 Grant
“The Fisa Foundation has given a $20,000 grant to the Pittsburgh Promise for outreach about scholarship opportunities for Pittsburgh Public School students.” Read more

WalletHub Ranks Pittsburgh as Third-Best Big City to Live
“A new study from online personal finance website, WalletHub, ranked Pittsburgh the third best big city to live in among 62 American cities.” Read more

Pittsburgh International Airport Makes Travel + Leisure’s List of Top 10 Domestic Airports
“Not all airports are created equal, but the best airports across the nation – those with easy access, a vast selection of restaurants and a unique design with a sense of place – include Pittsburgh International Airport.” Read more

Three Local Institutions Named to Forbes List of Top Trade Schools
Three western Pennsylvania schools – the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in West Mifflin, Triangle Tech Inc. in Greensburg and Wyo Tech in Blairsville – are among the nation’s top 30 in a Forbes Magazine ranking.” Read more

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
“Much has been made of the ‘food boom’ in Pittsburgh, and the city has long had a thriving arts scene. But perhaps the secret, underlying driver for both the economy and the cool factor isn’t chefs or artists but geeks.” Read more

Pittsburgh’s Tech Employment Grew 12-Percent in the Last Two Years
“When it comes to tech talent, Pittsburgh earns stellar grades. The city placed eighth and was named a ‘momentum market’ in a study of 50 small tech job markets in North America and Canada, according to Los Angeles, Calif.-based commercial real estate company CBRE Group, Inc.” Read more

Pittsburgh Downtown Real Estate Review Shows Rising Occupancy in Downtown’s Skyscrapers
“A recent report by commercial real estate company JLL finds rental rates and occupancy in downtown Pittsburgh’s office market on the rise.” Read more

Increased Passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport Break 10-Year Record
“The Pittsburgh International Airport had its busiest June in a decade with 832,781 travelers, with total passengers up 6.6 percent for the month, according to the Allegheny County Airport Authority.” Read more

Pittsburgh Reimagines the Business District
“Much like it reinvented itself after the collapse of the steel industry in many ways Pittsburgh has re-imagined the traditional business district as business hubs geographically concentrated in some of the city’s neighborhoods are merging with a swath of incubators and co-working spaces.” Read more

University of Pittsburgh’s Entrepreneurial Shift Gives Oxygen to Start-up Companies
“University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s three-year-old push to increase the commercialization of faculty research and speed small business formation may be bearing fruit. A flurry of new funding programs are showing early signs of success.” Read more

Fay-Penn Economic Development Council Focuses on Making County’s Workforce Competitive
“To gauge how Fayette County is meeting its workforce and economic expectations, Marcellus Business Central spoke with Bob Shark, executive director of the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council.” Read more

Rig Counts More Than Twice as Much as a Year Ago
“The number of natural gas rigs working in Pennsylvania have more than doubled from the same period a year ago with 34 rigs in the commonwealth, the most in the tri-state region.” Read more



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August 102017 Beaver County Local Government Conference
Presented by the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce. Attend the 2017 Beaver County Local Government Conference held by the Beaver County Regional Council of Governments at the Community College of Beaver County. Cost to attend is $35 for community members. Elected officials and Beaver County staff attend for free.


August 11Fayette Business to Business Expo
Attend a BUSINESS-to-BUSINESS EXPO, hosted by Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, in conjunction with Penn State Fayette. The expo is a great opportunity for business owners to expand their business networks by making face-to-face deals with corporate-level buyers, including Westinghouse, Penn State University, Uniontown Hospital and Commonwealth of PA COSTARS. The event will also include quick-hitting, interactive presentations on specific business topics, including financing and workforce. Registration is closing soon, so register today. Held at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus from 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; cost to attend is $15.


August 12Build Your Business Workshop
Chatham’s Women Business Center in partnership with SCORE Pittsburgh present a build your business workshop to entrepreneurs interested in starting or expanding their business. Business experts and seasoned entrepreneurs will discuss the following topics: business planning, marketing and sales, financing, legal issues and business lessons learned. A continental breakfast will be provided. Held at Chatham University’s Eastside Campus from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; cost to attend is $10.


August 22Doing Business in the Era of Shell
Presented by the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce. Mark your calendars to attend a breakfast briefing on “Doing Business in the Era of Shell” held at the Club at Shadow Lakes from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $50 for Beaver, Butler and Elwood City Chamber members and $65 for non-members. More details to come. RSVP by August 15 to or 724-775-3944.


August 23Corridors of Opportunity: Butler
The Butler County corridor continues to see incredible growth, so what can be expected moving forward? 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 this active corridor. Panelists include Mark Gordon, chief of economic development of Butler County; Kim Ford, founder of Found Advisors; and Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau. Held at the Pittsburgh Marriot North from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.; cost to attend is $65 per person, $240 for four tickets and $799 for table of 10.


August 28Virtual Hire Up Job Fair
Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council for its Virtual Hire Up job fair. This event is designed to replicate an in-person career fair without the logistical challenges a traditional job fair presents. Job seekers can connect and meet with companies from the comfort and security of the location of their choosing. Held from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., cost to participate as an employer is $399 for member companies and $599 for non-member companies. Job seekers, click here to register free. For any questions please contact Jill Huber at


August 29Appalachian Storage Hub for Natural Gas Liquids Workshop
On August 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe, the Tri-State Shale Coalition – a cross-border commitment between the Governors of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Lt. Governor of Ohio to promote the economic opportunities of the Marcellus and Utica Shales – will release the Appalachian Storage Hub for Natural Gas Liquids regional geologic study. This study, organized through the West Virginia University Energy Institute’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy, investigates the potential to develop subsurface storage along NGL pipeline routes, a critical step in the development of infrastructure and expanded industrial growth in the region to build a global petrochemical hub. The program will run from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with registration opening at 8:00 a.m. Fee to attend is $295. Please click here to register.


September 7Huntington Breakfast Briefing: LANXESS President & CEO Antonis Papadourakis
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present Dr. Antonis Papadourakis, president and CEO of LANXESS Corporation, for its Huntington Breakfast Briefing. He will provide attendees with an update on LANXESS in Pittsburgh and share his thoughts on key policy issues that impact the region’s growth, including the proposed border adjustment tax. This is a must-attend Breakfast Briefing for anyone interested in manufacturing and/or policy issues. Join your tech industry colleagues for breakfast and networking while you learn more about this global player with strong roots reaching as far back as 1863. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh – Downtown from 7:00 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $55 for members, $65 for non-members. After September 1, $60 for members and $185 for non-members.


September 8Legislative Breakfast
Join the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce for a premier breakfast event to meet and greet with government officials whose local, state and federal efforts affect your business. Participating legislators include Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker; State Senators Camera Bartolotta and Guy Reschenthaler; State Representatives Jim Christiana, Anita Astorino Kulik and Mark Mustio; and Beaver County Commissioner and Chair Sandie Egley. Held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $40 for members, $60 for non-members.


September 12VisionPittsburgh Luncheon featuring Dr. Chris Howard
VisionPittsburgh 2017 is a series of four exciting luncheons guaranteed to inspire, enlighten and inform you about our region’s most valuable commodity the vision of our business leaders. This luncheon will feature Dr. Chris Howard, the eighth president of Robert Morris University and one of the youngest college presidents in the United States. Held at the Duquesne Club from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., cost to attend is $65 per person, $995 for table of 10.


September 15PowerBreakfast Meeting
Presented by the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA. This PowerBreakfast Meeting is a follow-up to a special workshop held by the Chamber in regards to how to do business with ALCOSAN. Executive Director Arleta Scott Williams will update attendees on the status of ALCOSAN’s massive project and how you can engage in opportunities for your business. Held at the Rivers Club from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $20 for members, $30 for non-members.


September 182017 International Business Reception
The Pittsburgh Technology Council, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, is pleased to bring the world to you. Register today to meet and network with Pennsylvania’s Trade Representatives from some of the world’s hottest export markets as well as Joseph Burke, deputy secretary of the Office of International Business Development and staff. If you are interested in scheduling one-on-one meetings on Tuesday, September 19 with any of the trade representatives, please contact Rena Liu-Belshe at or Jackie Pacheco at from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. Held at the Pittsburgh Technology Council offices from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $30 for members, $175 for non-members.


September 20Breakfast Briefing: The Nexus Between Energy, Opportunity & Jobs
Presented by the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. Part III of its Breakfast Briefing on “The Nexus Between Energy, Opportunity and Jobs” will feature guest speaker Linda Topoleski, vice president of workforce programs and operations at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Held at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West – Green Tree from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.; cost to attend is $35 for members, $55 for non-members.


September 27-28Shale Insight
Shale Insight 2017 is the premier conference dedicated to shale gas development. Take advantage of engaging and educational keynote addresses delivered by industry leaders, leading-edge technical and public affairs panel sessions, an exhibition hall featuring industry products and services, a technology showcase, a natural gas poster session and numerous networking opportunities. The conference will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. To register or find out more on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, visit


October 12Nominations Open: 5th Annual Placemaking Awards for Excellence
The Urban Land Institute of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Placemaking Awards for Excellence honoring Oxford Development Company. This fall awards event will formally recognize outstanding projects, achievements and leaders in the City of Pittsburgh. Held at the Omni William Penn Hotel from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; cost to attend is $75 for members, $105 for non-members. After September 8, cost to attend is $90 for members, $120 for non-members. Submissions are now being accepted for the following special awards for 2017 Excellence in Placemaking: Catalytic Place, Transformative Place, Community Place, Healthy Place and Visionary Place.