Bonnie Pfister

As winter sputters to its rainy ending, there is a lot to look forward to. The days are getting longer and lighter, birds are chirping in the mornings again and jobs are popping up like crocuses. (Croci?)

Right now there are nearly 30,000 jobs open on ImaginePittsburgh.com across southwestern PA in finance, IT, healthcare, education, electrical utilities and much more. Here are just a few of the jobs offered by some of our Featured Employers:

Project Engineer at i+iconUSA (Joseph B. Fay)

Merchandising Analyst at Giant Eagle

Digital Product Manager at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Executive Assistant to the CEO at Peoples Natural Gas

Production Worker at ATI/Allegheny Ludlum’s Flat-Rolled Products facility in Monaca, Beaver County

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out our Neighbors page to see what kinds of jobs other young professionals are pursuing. You can reach out to the Neighbors for networking  via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles.

Bonnie Pfister

There are more 20,000 jobs open today across the Pittsburgh region, part of a vibrant economy with jobs in business and financial services, healthcare and life sciences, IT, energy and manufacturing. If you’re a Pittsburgher looking to advance your career, or have friends and colleagues elsewhere who’d like to move here, you should be checking out ImaginePittsburgh.com on a regular basis. Our 10-county jobs aggregator is updated nightly. For example, today you’ll find jobs like these:

Solution Center Technician at Seton Hill University

Strategic Product Manager at TeleTracking Technologies

Engineering Technician at EQT Corp.

Inventory Technician at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products 

Real Estate Agent at Northwood Realty Services

You can also reach out to our Neighbors – young and mid-career professionals who have chosen Pittsburgh — for networking ideas via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles. And stay up-to-date with new job postings and other news about building a great life in the Pittsburgh region via our monthly newsletter, our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Are you a military veteran looking for a job with good pay, benefits and opportunities to advance? Check out our sister website, ServiceToOpportunity.org. There you can register in just a few minutes to be connected directly with regional energy and manufacturing companies that are keen to hire returning military servicemen and women. Learn more  here.

Phil Cynar

Washington County Landscape

Without deserting its “country charm and green space” – as County Commissioner Larry Maggi puts it – Washington County continues to increase its leadership in terms of economic growth and job creation.

At a Feb. 28 breakfast briefing, organized by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington County Board of Commissioners were joined by more than 200 county business leaders to recap the robust economic development and tourism activity that occurred in 2012.

“Our business community announced $346,365,000 in new business investment which will account for an additional 2,530 jobs,” said Maggi. “This tremendous growth in business investment and job creation was driven by numerous sectors of our economy – energy, technology, commercial/industrial development, hospitality and manufacturing.” According to Dun & Bradstreet. Washington County has 280 companies involved in manufacturing.

“In an Energy Revolution”

Energy continues to be significant economic driver, with Washington County being ranked first the greater Pittsburgh region and fourth in the state in both natural gas wells drilled and drilling permits issued in 2012. The county’s booming energy sector’s reach extends far beyond drilling rigs, with the Southpointe mixed-use business park in Canonsburg as an example. It has become the epicenter of corporate activity that supports the industry – everything from regional headquarters to law firms.

“We are in an energy revolution, and Southpointe is in the middle of it,” said County Commissioner Harlan Shober. “Coal is anchored here with the world headquarters of CONSOL Energy, and more and more shale gas companies are arriving – nearly every month it seems.”

A sizeable energy-related tenancy at Southpointe has resulted in the Washington County Chamber’s opening of a second office location in Southpointe, a decision announced at the breakfast briefing by Chamber of Commerce Chairman Barron P. McCune, Jr.

“Many of our 1,100 members are located in Southpointe, and we wanted to ensure that they have closer access to our economic development programs, networking events and advocacy initiatives.” McCune said. “This is especially important with our natural gas and energy members as we work together on expanding energy opportunities and partnerships for our entire business community.”

Millions Make Millions [in Tourism Spending]

Tourism is creating energy of its own in Washington County, where that industry supports 5,740 jobs and generates more than $72 million in federal and state tax revenues, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development report. Tourism’s significant impact is seen in the Meadows Racetrack & Casino, which marked its five-year anniversary in Washington County in 2012. According to Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan, it is one of the county’s largest employers with 1,400 employees hosting 4.1 million guests annually.

“The Meadows parent company, CCR, has invested more than $535 million in property since 2006 and now The Meadows is spending $18 million on goods and services in Washington County,” Irey said.

Improvements to Washington County’s infrastructure, business parks and community development projects are funded by revenue received through the county’s Local Share Account (LSA) Program, officials reported. The LSA is Washington County’s share of gross revenues from The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Since 2008, county commissioners have directed more than $52 million in new projects which help to bolster the county’s economic development and tourism prowess.

Other major economic development investments highlighted during the briefing included Starpointe Business Park, Southpointe II, Alta Vista Business Park and the Washington County Airport.

“The successes we are experiencing in Washington County are not accidental,” said Washington County Chamber President Jeff M. Kotula. “While we did not foresee the tremendous positive economic impacts of the energy industry 15 years ago, the decisions made then to develop ready-to-go sites made our county uniquely positioned to take advantage of these economic opportunities.”

ImaginePittsburgh.com

Elliott Group may be 113 years old, but its new headquarters are anything but old fashioned.

The manufacturer opened a new $16 million administration building adjacent to its factory in Jeannette in 2012. The airy space features brightly colored furnishings, casual spaces for meetings and vibrant flags from the many nations where Elliott does business.

A unit of Ebara Corporation of Japan, Elliott supplies and services turbo-machinery used by the oil and gas, refining, LNG and petrochemical industries, as well as in process and power applications. While the regional shale gas boom has benefited the company, more than 70 percent of the products built at the Westmoreland County campus are sold overseas, as Elliott’s Tom Brown explains in the video below.

The company employs about 2,100 people worldwide, with about 1,100 in southwestern Pennsylvania. Some 400 people work in the manufacturing facility on Elliott’s 100-acre campus. The new headquarters, dubbed the Centennial Building, is home to engineers, draftsmen, programmers and administrative workers previously spread out across multiple buildings.

Get a look at the building in the video below, and hear Brown explain why Elliott is thriving – as well as his shout-out to Lawrenceville architects Kingsland Scott Bauer Associates and contractor Landau Building Company of Wexford.

You can read more about Elliott Group here.

Phil Cynar

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Oct. 24 featured the greater Pittsburgh region in the article, “Cheap Natural Gas Gives New Hope to the Rust Belt.” The article and a WSJ mobile video largely focus on our abundant supply of natural gas and the potential – beyond fuel – that this resource has as a feedstock for manufacturing, particularly for the petrochemical industry.

Earlier this year, Shell Chemicals announced that it is considering building an ethane cracker in Beaver County. The proposed plant would have huge economic impact. It would rank as the single largest investment in a generation in the region and would be the creator of potentially thousands of construction jobs, in addition to hundreds of full-time jobs needed to operate the facility.

The wet gas-rich Marcellus Shale concentrated in greater Pittsburgh is the catalyst. Because of this below-ground resource (alongside above-ground resources in human capital, innovation and R&D), Pittsburgh is poised to take the next step toward reviving manufacturing in America.

It’s an exciting time for the country and for greater Pittsburgh, and it’s exciting to have the region and some of its key companies benefiting from natural gas, including Allegheny Technologies, recognized in the Wall Street Journal, which reaches 3.5 million global readers daily.

The word is out – in print, broadcast and in the blogosphere – and it underpins three key messages about greater Pittsburgh and its booming energy economy. Pittsburgh is: advancing America’s energy security with innovation; investing in American manufacturing’s rebirth with its plentiful natural gas; and driving job creation and career opportunities to meet the ever-expanding needs of the energy sector.

You can read the latest “word” with a WSJ subscription (the article is behind a paywall) or you can view the mobile video here, which is available without subscription. It’s a solid summary of the print article, featuring lots of on-location footage in Beaver County and an interview with Jack Manning from the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Flanagan
Bill Flanagan (center, holding Best of World proclamation) and VisitPittsburgh’s Craig Davis (right of Bill) surrounded by City Council members on Oct. 16, 2012.

They’re back! Three years after the G-20 summit, leaders from around the world are converging on our region this week — only this time they are emerging leaders in town for the One Young World Summit. The global event is the latest in a year in which we’ve been celebrating Pittsburgh’s designation by National Geographic Traveler as a “Best of the World” destination in 2012. It’s also been a “year for youth” in our region.

Throughout 2012, the Allegheny Conference has joined forces with VisitPittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh and numerous other partners to deliver a message about emerging opportunity to more than 10,000 young people who have convened here for major conferences and conventions. The National Society of Black Engineers led the way in March, followed by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Now One Young World is bringing more than 1,000 delegates to Pittsburgh from almost every country in the world for a four-day summit designed to bring a youthful perspective to important global issues. Kudos to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for organizing the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership to host the event.

In addition to the enthusiasm of hundred of emerging leaders from around the world — who will have the chance to interact with their local peers at dozens of breakout sessions and community dinners around the region — One Young World is bringing global luminaries to guide their deliberations. Former President Bill Clinton kicks things off Thursday night.  Just yesterday, it was announced that former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be here as well. It’s a rare opportunity to showcase our region to truly influential people. And, unlike the G-20, when Downtown Pittsburgh was pretty much on lockdown, this time out all of these visitors will get to experience the region at its best – with the autumn foliage in full vibrancy as well. Hundreds of volunteers are helping out, many of them speaking foreign languages and pulled from local colleges and universities.
Pittsburgh City Council has recognized all the hard work everyone has put into our “Best of the World” effort with an official proclamation. I was very pleased to have the opportunity – alongside with Craig Davis of VisitPittsburgh – to accept the “Best of the World” proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday. Sponsored by Councilman Corey O’Connor, the proclamation recognizes the ongoing efforts of VisitPittsburgh, the Allegheny Conference and others to make the most of the best of the world designation.

The team effort has delivered results, both in terms of visits and media exposure. VisitPittsburgh expects hotels in Allegheny County to log more than 10 million overnight visits before the year is out. In addition to the conferences mentioned above, the region has hosted the three-month Distinctively Dutch festival organized by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Warhol Museum’s Factory Direct artists residencies, the National Association of Counties convention and iGEM, the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition, which this past weekend brought hundreds of undergraduate teams to Duquesne University from throughout the United States and Canada.

We’ve also leveraged the “Best of the World” designation to tell a wider, virtual audience about the ways in which our region has managed to thrive through uncertain times, and even emerge as a thought leader in the area of public-private partnership, R&D and business innovation. Increasingly we’re being called the new center of American energy, with nationally leading strengths in coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind, transmission and distribution, and intelligent building. There’s been coverage in USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg News, National Public Radio, La Croix and The Washington Post, as well as in multi-page spreads in Architectural Record and Site Selection among many more.

As the One Young World delegates begin arriving for Thursday’s summit kickoff, we look forward to continuing to get the word out. We’ll be posting stories, videos and photos about the gathering and its participants throughout the weekend here at the Allegheny Conference’s blog, www.ImaginePittsburghNow.com, at Facebook.com/PittsburghRegion and Twitter.com/ImaginePgh, under the hashtag #OYW.

Stay tuned. And thanks as always for your commitment to our region.