URA of Pittsburgh’s Tom Link on Growing Investment & the Economy in Pittsburgh; Part of a Bi-Weekly, 10-Part Series

by on May 11, 2016

Part 7 of a Bi-Weekly, 10-Part Series

NAIOPQuotesTomLinkNote:  The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) invited each of its economic development partners from the 10-county region to tell us about what is top of mind for them when it comes to marketing their counties – and the Pittsburgh region – for business investment.  We provided 10 questions and asked our partners to respond to some or all of them, providing fresh insight and perspective at the micro (county) and macro (region) levels. 

Here are some of the responses that Tom Link, director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, shared with us.

Q: What is the top accomplishment for your county in 2015 and what about it makes you most proud?

There are so many! It’s great that Pittsburgh is at the top of Zagat’s top food/restaurant ranking in addition to it having a record-setting year in terms of companies that raised VC in 2015.  Eighty-five companies (the second highest number in 20 years) raised $178 million.   I am proud of our work to attract capital and help populate the region’s pipeline of fast growth companies that fuel a diversified, dynamic, vibrant and sustainable regional economy.”

Q: In short, how would you characterize your county’s value add to package that is the 10-county Pittsburgh region?

The City of Pittsburgh is the economic and cultural center of the region (both the Pittsburgh region and I would argue the Midwest/Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.: south to D.C., east to Philadelphia and west to Chicago).  Pittsburgh’s also a global center.  Those seeking immediate access to world-class talent, R&D, academia, great urban neighborhoods, excellent quality of life, investment capital, markets and more should look no further.”

Q: Who or what is your inspiration for going into work each day and taking up the business of economic development?

I love working and living in Pittsburgh.  I want every person (including every Pittsburgh resident, recent local college grad, a boomerang Pittsburgh native, a global investor who is looking for valuable investment opportunities, a skilled laborer, and every person in between) who wants to invest in, work and live in Pittsburgh to have that experience.  To me that means innovation, jobs, quality/affordable housing and excellent quality of life.   The URA exists for this very purpose, and that inspires me every day.

Q: If you had one Tweet (only 140 characters!) to broadcast to the world what’s investment worthy about your county, how would that Tweet read?

@URApgh @Pittsburgh #Pittsburgh #investPittsburgh if you’re not investing in Pittsburgh, you’re opportunity cost is loss of talent, loss of capital and falling behind your competitors.

Read the complete article, “Take 10 [Questions],” featuring responses from all of the region’s economic development professionals.  The piece was originally published in the Pittsburgh Business Times as part of a supplement for the NAIOP Pittsburgh 23rd annual awards banquet in March.

Check back on the PRA Blog every Monday and Wednesday for the next installment of the #Take10Pgh blog series.