Why Pittsburgh

We are 10 distinctive, neighboring counties comprising one powerful region of opportunity – a place where there’s strength in numbers, literally.

Essentials for successful business investment – competitive cost of doing business; educated, skilled workforce; academic, corporate and government R&D activity; and energy resources, in particular ample Marcellus Shale natural gas supplies – are bundled here and are uniquely Pittsburgh plusses.

Five key industry sectors form a balanced, diverse and dynamic economic base that showcases southwestern Pennsylvania’s past, present and future-focused strengths in:

Advantages At-A-Glance

  • Three rivers I U.S.’s second largest inland port
  • 18 commercial railroad systems
  • Interstate highway access
  • Access to 50%+ of U.S. buying power within 500 miles
  • Pittsburgh International Airport I 500+ flights weekly, including seasonal transatlantic nonstop service
  • Eastern Time zone
  • Low risk of natural disaster

Take a look at some the recent investments that companies have made in the Pittsburgh region.

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Shell Chemicals

Up to 6,000 construction jobs; 600 permanent jobs when complete.

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Apple, Inc.

Expanding into 20,000 SF building in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.

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Leasing 20,000 SF for its Oculus virtual reality research center.

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General Electric

$39M investment in state-of-the-art Center for Additive Technology Advancement.

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Industrial Scientific Corp.

New Global Headquarters.

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Uber Technologies Inc.

New Advanced Technology Center.

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