“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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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.

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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.



Nobel Laureate (and Pitt grad) Wangari Maathai was to keynote the conference.

There are just a few more days to register for the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which from Oct. 9-12 will bring more than 2,500 people from around the world to Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

AASHE aims to engage university administrators, faculty, staff and students — as well as the businesses that serve them – in making sustainable practices the norm in higher education. It urges conservation of resources in campus building construction and maintenance, utility use, food purchasing practices, and more.

This year’s conference begins on a sad note following the Sept. 26 death of Wangari Maathai, who was expected to deliver a keynote address. Maathai was known around the world for her leadership on environmental and anti-poverty issues. She founded the Green Belt Movement to mobilize community consciousness using tree planting as starting point. She earned a master’s in biological sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966, and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

The conference also features a student summit. It aims to help students to collaborate on sustainability projects on their campuses and in their regions, and to learn best practices and innovations from experts and each other. Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots environmental campaign 350.org, will address the students.

To learn more, go to Conf2011.aashe.org.