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July 2017

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More Transatlantic Air Service is Taking Off in the Pittsburgh Region

Within one week in June, two new nonstop transatlantic flights were launched from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), further enhancing southwestern Pennsylvania’s connectivity to Europe.

Condor, a Germany-based airline, started seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt – the first connection to the German market from Pittsburgh since 2014. This is an excellent addition, but two new nonstop flights to Europe – in addition to the Delta/Air France flight launched in 2009 – are better than one. Iceland-based WOW air now also provides nonstop service from PIT to Reykjavik, Iceland with easy connections to an additional 21 European cities including London, Dublin, Paris and Berlin.

These flights from PIT will add to the convenience of getting to Europe for not only leisure travel, but business travel, as well — case in point: the nonstop Condor service to Germany. One of the largest foreign investors in the Pittsburgh region, Germany has more than 75 companies operating 180 establishments and employing over 10,000 in the region, which creates plentiful opportunities for business-related travel between Germany and the region.

In recent years, the region has benefited from PIT — one of southwestern Pennsylvania’s most significant transportation assets and it’s nearly doubling of nonstop flights, increasing passenger traffic and adding new international service. “We’re pleased to see positive trends at Pittsburgh International Airport [such as] as new flights are embraced by our thriving region,” said Christina Cassotis, CEO, Pittsburgh International Airport. “The community is taking note of recent airport improvements, and airlines and airport stakeholders on a national level are responding. We know there’s more work to do, but we feel we have turned a corner.”

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Watch a special edition of Our Region’s Business a Sunday-morning business affairs program co-produced by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and WPXI-TV – on location in Germany celebrating the launch of nonstop air service between Pittsburgh and Frankfurt via Condor.

More Economic Development News

Ensinger Planning 214,000 SF Facility Expansion in Washington County
“Ensinger Inc., a German plastics manufacturer, plans to build a new, 214,000-square-foot facility close to its established North American headquarters in North Strabane, Washington County.” Read more

EQT to Acquire Rice Energy for $6.7 Billion and Become Largest U.S. Natural Gas Producer
“Pittsburgh-based EQT Corporation will become the largest natural gas producer in the United States by acquiring Canonsburg-based Rice Energy Inc. for $6.7 billion.” Read more

Highmark Health, Allegheny Health Network Expanding Partnership with John Hopkins, Investing $200 Million in Cancer Care Centers
“Allegheny Health Network and parent company Highmark Health are investing $200 million to build an academic cancer center with a hub and a half-dozen satellite facilities across western Pennsylvania as part of an expanding partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine.” Read more

Schell Games Adding More Space in Station Square
“Gaming company Schell Games is continuing to grow in Pittsburgh, adding 40 percent to its offices in Station Square.” Read more

O’Hara-Based TandemLife Inc. Doubles in Size, Expands to 36,000 SF Facility
“O’Hara medical products company, TandemLife Inc., is preparing to double its size – moving into a 36,000-square-foot facility – and increasing staff after launching its product line.” Read more

Desmone Architects Invests $7 Million, Adds Nearly 17,400 SF in Lawrenceville’s PA National Bank Building
“As part of the company’s decision to stay in Pittsburgh, Desmone Architects is investing $7 million for a nearly 17,400-square-foot expansion at its Lawrenceville offices in the PA National Bank Building.” Read more

Siemens Expands at Former Sony Plant in Westmoreland County
“German conglomerate Siemens Corp. plans to expand its presence in southwestern Pennsylvania, taking more than 230,000 square feet of space in the former Sony plant at RIDC Westmoreland and constructing a new 60,000-plus-square-foot building.” Read more

UPMC Prepares to Expand its Downtown Pittsburgh Footprint
“UPMC is expanding its presence in downtown, both at its U.S. Steel Tower headquarters and in the former Gimbels building. The healthcare giant will occupy an additional 85,000 square feet of space by the end of the year.” Read more

Excela Health to Open $40 Million Latrobe Outpatient Center, Explores Murrysville Location
“Excela Health intends to open its $40 million Excela Square at Latrobe outpatient healthcare center in mid-January and may build a similar facility in Murrysville.” Read more

Insomnia Therapy Startup, Ebb Therapeutics Inc. Establishes Headquarters in Strip District
“Ebb Therapeutics Inc., a medical device company led by former executives of Respironics, has reached a deal to establish a new 8,000-square-foot office in the Strip District.” Read more

139-Room Hilton Garden Inn Opens in Moon Township Near Airport
“The region’s latest hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Airport – with 139 guest rooms and 2,600 square feet of meeting space – has opened in Moon Township, near the Airside Business Park and Robert Morris University.” Read more

Additional Flight to Pittsburgh added from DuBois Regional Airport
“An additional flight to Pittsburgh International Airport from Jefferson County’s DuBois Regional Airport will soon be available for passengers via Southern Airways.” Read more

OneJet to Begin Flights from Pittsburgh to Albany, Providence, Nashville and Milwaukee
“OneJet, a small airline catering to business travelers, will begin service this summer between Pittsburgh International Airport and four destinations: Albany, NY; Providence, RI; Nashville, Tenn.; and Milwaukee, WI.”

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Spirit Airlines Plan to Add Service to Two Florida Cities from Pittsburgh
“Spirit Airlines is adding seasonal service from Pittsburgh to Fort Myers and Tampa, Fla., later this year.” Read more

Developer Purchases 100-Acre Parcel, Plans 1 Million SF Warehouse Space in Beaver County
“Developer Pat Nardelli has purchased 100 acres near the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 376, and he plans on building about a million square feet of warehouse space in the area.” Read more

AgriMed Industries LLC Plans $25 Million Processing Facility, Expects to Create 62 Jobs
“In eastern Greene County, AgriMed Industries LLC plans to build a grow/​processing facility on a 61-acre plot south of the small borough of Carmichaels. The company has said it plans to invest $25 million in the project and expects the facility will create 62 jobs.” Read more

Former Westinghouse Castle Will Soon Become 40-Bedroom Destination Resort Called The Castle Hotel
“Priory Hospitality Group is converting the 55,000-square-foot former Westinghouse Castle in Wilmerding into a 40-bedroom, destination resort and hotel known as The Castle Hotel.” Read more

Mycelia Development, LLC, Announces Plans to Build Two-Story Building in Downtown Beaver Falls
“Mycelia Development, LLC, a Beaver Falls-based development company, has announced plans to construct a new building in the downtown district to house retail, office and event space.” Read more

Community Space Planned for Former Johnston Elementary School in Wilkinsburg
“The former Johnston Elementary School building in Wilkinsburg will soon be converted into a community and small-business space.” Read more

Topgolf Announces 65,000 SF Sports Entertainment Complex for South Fayette, Allegheny County
“A sports entertainment complex known as Topgolf announced that it will be building a 65,000-square-foot facility at the Newbury Market development in Allegheny County. The facility will offer golf games, food drinks and other golf-related activities.” Read more

Carnegie Science Center Receives $7.5 Million, Largest Gift in Its History, from PPG for New Pavilion
“The Carnegie Science Center has received a $7.5 million gift from PPG and the PPG Foundation – the largest in the science center’s history. The donation will go towards the construction of the PPG Science Pavilion, which is scheduled for completion in June 2018.” Read more

$1.3 Million Grant Will Boost University of Pittsburgh Nuclear Grant Research
“The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and Westinghouse Electric Co. are part of a consortium on nuclear technology that is being helped by a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Energy grant.” Read more

Pittsburgh Opera Receives $1.2 Million Donation
“Pittsburgh Opera has received one of the largest gifts in its 78-year history, a four-year donation totaling $1.2 million from the Pat and Michele Atkins Audience Development Fund.” Read more

University of Pittsburgh Receives Office of Naval Research Award to Develop Steel 3D Printing Materials
“The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering will be researching and developing next-generation metals, particularly steel, for additive manufacturing thanks to a three-year, $449,000 award from the Office of Naval Research.” Read more

Allegheny, Indiana County Airports Land PennDOT Improvement Grants Totaling Nearly $450,000
“Allegheny County and Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Airports will each receive improvement grants from PennDOT, totaling nearly $450,000, as part of $10 million in state investments in nine airports.” Read more

Autism Center to Expand Thanks to $250,000 Highmark Grant
“A $250,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will help expand the Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism.” Read more

Penn State Fayette Receives $50,000 Grant to Help Entrepreneurs
“Penn State Fayette’s Eberly Campus is partnering with FayPenn Economic Development Council to jump-start prospective entrepreneurs in Fayette and surrounding counties with a $50,000 grant from its two-year-old Invent Penn State initiative.” Read more

State Grants Provided for Traffic Signal Work in Allegheny County
“Governor Tom Wolf announced the release of funds to support the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s ‘Green Light-Go’ program.” Read more

Pittsburgh-Based Startup Best4Baby Wins $2,500 at University of Pittsburgh’s Blast Furnace Demo Day
“The University of Pittsburgh’s accelerator, the Blast Furnace, crowned its winner at this year’s Demo Day. Alysia Tucker of Best4Baby took home $2,500 for her startup which connects soon-to-be mothers with local, affordable doulas.” Read more

Pittsburgh Among the Most Undervalued Real-Estate Cities in the U.S.
“According to a SmartAsset study recently released, Pittsburgh remains a bargain for real estate landing at No. 3 on the list of the ‘Most Undervalued Cities.’” Read more

Pittsburgh Makes Top 10 List of Best Cities for New College Grads
“A below-national-average cost of living and a high concentration of 20-somethings, Pittsburgh landed in the top 10 of SmartAsset’s list of ‘Best Cities for New College Grads.’” Read more

Pittsburgh Named a Top Spot for Weekend Vacation
“According to DK Eyewitness Travel, Pittsburgh is the ninth best city for a long weekend getaway.” Read more

Speaking of Pittsburgh and Paris …
“Pittsburgh has landed front and center in the national Paris Agreement conversation. Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Dennis Yablonsky reinforces how far we’ve come, where we are today and what it will take to maintain the position as a globally leading region.” Read more

Brookings: Pittsburgh Doesn’t Have an Uber Problem
“Uber’s bad year doesn’t mean trouble for Pittsburgh. The ride sharing company came because of the city’s reputation as a global powerhouse in robotics – a strength 40 years in the making with no sign of stopping.” Read more

Growing Robotics Industry Helps Drive Development in Pittsburgh
“Pittsburgh’s growing robotics industry is helping drive development and demand for space in the Strip District and other East End neighborhoods, accumulating $6.1 billion in investment according to a new report by the Jones Lang LaSalle real estate firm.” Read more

Pittsburgh’s Transformation Is a Model for Clean Energy Innovation
“Pittsburgh is at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, pioneering a renewable energy system that’s driving job growth and economic dynamism.” Read more

Several Pittsburgh Region Companies Made 2017’s Fortune 500 List
“Six Pittsburgh-region companies are among 20 Pennsylvania companies that appeared on the Fortune 500 list.” Read more

Royal Dutch Shell’s Ethane Cracker Tops Pennsylvania’s Top Construction Projects 
“ ranked Royal Dutch Shell’s petrochemical plant in Beaver County as its top development project in the Commonwealth.” Read more

Engineering Company, ANSYS, to Become Part of S&P 500
“Engineering simulation software company ANSYS will join the S&P 500, the sixth Pittsburgh region company to join the widely watched stock index.” Read more

Pittsburgh Startups, Aeronics and uTranslated, Named among 40 Best University Startups 2017
“Aeronics and uTranslated, startups developed at the University of Pittsburgh, are two of the 40 Best University Startups in 2017, according to the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.” Read more

Pittsburgh Biotech Firms Partner to Create Incubator, Bolster the Industry
“Biotech firm Helomics and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse will join forces to create a biotech incubator using space in the firm’s new headquarters in Lawrenceville.” Read more

University of Pittsburgh Sets New Patent Record, Ranks in Top Third of Universities Issued U.S. Patents
“The University of Pittsburgh has set a new record for the number of patents the government has issued to it in a year, and now ranks in the top third of universities issued United States patents.” Read more

Armstrong County Part of 10-County Coalition Aiming to Pinpoint Needs
“ACMH Hospital hosted a meeting between local stakeholders and the Regional Transportation Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RTA) – a coalition of public and private partners from all 10 counties and the City of Pittsburgh – to outline the results of a transportation vision study, Imagine Transportation 2.0.” Read more



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July 10Energy Forum: The Next Generation of Transportation
Presented by the Pittsburgh Business Times and sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas. Hear from the innovators and experts on advances in transportation technology, not just to get us where we want to go, but also to reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality and support the region’s economic development. Panelists include Richard Price of the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities; Costa Samaras of Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; Peter Rander, founder of Argo AI; Liisa Ecola, RAND Corporation; Miguel Guerreiro, founder and CEO of startup Blue Gas Marine; and moderator, David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Held at the Heinz History Center beginning at 6:00 p.m.; the event is free to attend.


July 12PVCA Reception
Join the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association’s Emerging Leaders Board for a networking reception at Reed Smith’s downtown offices, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Local entrepreneurs and university students interested in meeting key figures in the young Pittsburgh venture capital investment community should attend. Cost to attend is $40 for members, $60 for non-members.


July 13Huntington Breakfast Briefing: President & CEO ANSYS
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present Ajei Gopal, president and CEO of ANSYS, at its Huntington Breakfast Briefing. Gopal will examine how ANSYS, headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, became a global leader in simulation software. Interested in technology innovation? Join colleagues for breakfast and networking while you learn more about new possibilities. Held at the Rivers Club from 7:00 – 9:15 a.m.; cost to attend is $60 for members, $185 for non-members.


July 19Bike Tour of Hazelwood’s Almono Site
Presented by the Green Building Alliance. Grab your bike for a cool summer ride along the Almono site in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood. Rebecca Flora of ReMake Group and Almono’s Project Director will lead the group, providing insight into Almono’s sustainability goals and a few highlights of the site: the Mill 19 building, the Pump House, and the Round House. The bike ride will be about three miles in length. If biking isn’t your style, an alternate walking tour will also be available with a reduced 1.5-mile route. Food and drinks will be included. Cost to attend is $40 for members (and members of partner organizations), $60 for non-members and $30 for students. Renting a bike on site is an option. A map and descriptions of tour stops can be found here. Learn more about the Almono site here.


July 20Vacant Commercial Property Tour
Presented by Economic Development South and the Mt. Oliver/Knoxville Neighborhood Partnership. Enjoy networking opportunities between property owners, business owners, developers, and real estate professionals interested in commercial opportunities throughout Mt. Oliver and Knoxville and participate in a walking tour of the community’s business district highlighting vacant properties. Held at the Petshop Collaboration Space from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., the tour is free to attend.


July 20Caffeinated Innovation: Walking the Talk
Presented by Innovation Works (IW). This event will help Pittsburgh startups and businesses deliver on diversity and inclusion in their human resources strategy. IW’s Director of HR & Inclusion Kelley Benson will lead a panel of HR and culture experts in a discussion on best practices. Panelists include Tera Henderson, Director, Human Resources at Atrium Innovations; Deborah Lestitian, Chief of Human Resources and Administration; Don Charlton, Founder & Chief Product Officer at JazzHR; Bernice Boyden, Founder of the Boyden Group; and Kelauni Cook, Co-Director Beta Builders Coding Boot Camp & Founder Black Tech Nation. Held at IW’s Offices, Nova Tower 2, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.; this event is free to attend.


August 3Huntington Breakfast Briefing: CEO, Ampco-Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is pleased to present John S. Stanik, Chief Executive Officer of Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation for this month’s Huntington Breakfast Briefing. Mr. Stanik will discuss innovation at Ampco-Pittsburgh, challenges and opportunities in the global steel market and his company’s impact on the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Held at the One Oxford Center 7:00 – 9:15 a.m., cost to attend is $55 for members, $175 for non-members. After July 28, its $60 for members, $185 for non-members.


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. Please RSVP to or 724-775-3944 by August 3.


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.


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 12 NOMINATIONS 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.