Arrived2nd rotatorWelcome to Pittsburgh – the “new cool,” a city topping lists for hippest neighborhoods, great places to eat and outdoors fun in all four seasons. You’ve arrived, so settle in and get to know the campus. Make new friends. And when you’re ready, grab your friends and get off campus. There’s an entire city to discover with adventures that are nearby and easy on the wallet, if not totally free!

Ready to start exploring now? Check out some great upcoming activities and events at ImaginePittsburgh.com/Play and gear up for a life you’ll love … in Pittsburgh.

Click here to learn about Pittsburgh as the new cool, and whether our Lawrenceville neighborhood really is the new Brooklyn.

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ImaginePittsburgh.com is a hub for career exploration and the great LIVE-WORK-PLAY-LEARN options in the 10-county region. 

“Pittsburgh’s sounding awfully nice.”

That’s the assessment from Bloomberg News, citing the Graduate Opportunity Index. Newly created by Trulia and LinkedIn, the index places Pittsburgh at the top of 40 of the country’s strongest job markets based on these factors:

• the share of entry-level job openings for recent graduates
• the percentage of rental units affordable* to a median-income college graduate between the ages of 22 and 30
• the share of the area’s population age 22 to 30 that has a bachelor’s degree or more (a measure of how dense a city is with a college grad’s peers)

bloom EYEBALLEDYou can check out the Bloomberg News article and the Graduate Opportunity Index, or better yet get a jump on the competition at ImaginePittsburgh.com, a searchable index of every open job in the 10-county region. Want to hear from a real person about what it’s really like to to live in Pittsburgh? Check out our Neighbors — friendly people from around the corner and around the globe who have chosen to Pittsburgh as the place to advance their career and build a great life without going broke. See someone who shares your career interests? Ping them via their LinkedIn profiles and ask to chat.

*Rent is less than 30 percent of a recent grad’s monthly income

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Take this brief survey letting us know how interning with a local employer has shaped your thinking about whether to launch your career in the Pittsburgh region.

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The survey closes Monday, April 18, so click here quick!

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Pittsburgh Promise Scholar Brianna Smith
Pittsburgh Promise Scholar Brianna Smith

With the Pittsburgh Promise now beginning its sixth year of offering college and technical school scholarships to city students, the nonprofit is also looking to bring those newly minted college grads back home – and to help connect them with some of the thousands of jobs available now in the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently profiled efforts by the innovative program to assist its college and tech school grads with career fairs, interview trainings and networking opportunities, while the New Pittsburgh Courier highlighted a mentorship program of 150 African American male high school students interested in participating in the Pittsburgh Promise.  (Here’s another story about getting those students “Promise Ready.”)

In related news, scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific, headquartered in Waltham, Mass. but with about 1,500 workers in Robinson Township, just announced a $1 million commitment that includes scholarships for five high-performing students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (known as the STEM fields).

The Pittsburgh Promise began in 2008 to award scholarships to Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates with at least a 2.5 grade point average and 90 percent attendance. Funded with foundation and corporate support, it has provided, to date, more than $25 million in scholarship funds to 3,700 students.

You can learn more about it here. And find out more about jobs in the Pittsburgh region through the Allegheny Conference’s career awareness portal and job search engine, ImaginePittsburgh.com.

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“These folks [Pittsburghers] are inspiring. Check it out, ya’ll,” wrote Charleston, S.C.-based travel journalist Sharon Spence Lieb to end her article, “Pittsburgh Power,” published in the July 4 edition of the weekly Moultrie News. This full-page article – complete with five color photos of Pittsburgh – is yet another piece about Pittsburgh that resulted from the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance/VisitPittsburgh “Green Pittsburgh” media study tour in May. Spence Lieb was one of the journalists recruited by VisitPittsburgh to participate in the tour.

She recounts highlights of Pittsburgh’s rich history, its story of transformation and the region’s commitment to green business and sustainability – as captured in her paragraphs about the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes “Living Building” at Phipps Conservatory – a highlight of the May media tour and a structure that’s been called an example of “green Pittsburgh under one roof.”

Charleston, S.C.-based travel writer Sharon Spence Lieb at May 2012 green media tour reception, Reed Smith terrace, 3 PNC Plaza

It’s often said that a relocation of an individual or a family, college or university choice or a business investment decision begin with a visit. For individuals from the not-so-far-away East Coast lowcountry considering any of the above – or simply a summertime getaway – Spence Lieb makes a compelling case for Pittsburgh. She summarizes the region well in these lines, “the city’s recipe for success: mix determination, resilience and down to earth friendliness. That’s Pittsburgh Power.”

Yes, indeed, “check it out, ya’ll” – for a summer sojourn or maybe something longer.

Read the complete “Pittsburgh Power” article here. And click here to see more coverage from the green media tour, and here or below to see more photos of the opening reception for the tour at the Reed Smith terrace, Three PNC Plaza, downtown.

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