Ben Kamber

The Regional Transportation Alliance of Southwestern Pennsylvania, a public-private partnership designed to facilitate a broad community discussion about the future of transportation in the region, was launched on Sept. 30  to improve connectivity across the 10-county region, and in doing so, to improve competitiveness, economic vitality and quality of life throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

“Our region has a unique opportunity to approach our transportation future in a new and dynamic way,” said Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the organization that is providing staff support to the RTA. “Act 89, the state transportation funding package passed in 2013, stabilized our transportation infrastructure maintenance situation. Now it’s time to look toward the future to imagine what is needed to create a better functioning, interconnected multimodal transportation network that benefits the entire region.”

The RTA will be led by a 22-person steering committee that includes a public and private sector representative from each of the 10-counties and the City of Pittsburgh.

The first activity of the RTA will be an “Imagine Transportation” crowdsourcing initiative to identify transportation priorities through community feedback. Through the end of the year, more than 700 regional stakeholder groups – from small nonprofits to large employers, from environmental groups to social service agencies – will be asked to identify their most critical transportation problems and their ideas to address them. These priorities could be as small as “complete the two-mile bike path that’s supposed to run along the riverfront in my downtown” or as big as “build light rail to connect all 10 county-seat communities in the region.”

The RTA steering committee will then review these community responses to develop a picture for what the future of transportation in the region could look like. In its recently approved Long- Range Transportation Plan, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission called for an “ongoing regional discussion” if the region wants to move beyond the status quo transportation system. Groups and organizations wishing to participate in the crowdsourcing exercise should follow the instructions at RegionalTransportationAlliance.org.

“Transportation is fundamental to economic development and vibrant communities,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a member of the RTA steering committee. “As a region, it’s critical that we take a visionary approach toward determining our transportation needs. And as a truly regional effort, the RTA will help facilitate this process and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

“Traveling to Denver, Colorado last year as member of a public-private benchmarking delegation, I saw what was possible when a region had a shared sense of vision to implement transformational transportation projects,” said Brian Heery, RTA co-chair, and president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., located in Warrendale, Pa. “Public-private partnership was critical to metro Denver’s transportation successes. And these partnerships will be just as critical as we envision how our own transportation future is defined.”

“Improving connectivity and mobility throughout southwestern Pennsylvania is a crucial issue facing our region,” said Steve Craig, RTA co-chair, and Lawrence County Commissioner. “The launch of the RTA and its crowdsourcing initiative is just the first step in a journey to redefine how the region’s transportation network functions.”

For more information, visit RegionalTransportationAlliance.org.

RTA Steering Committee

Co-Chair: Steve Craig, Commissioner, Lawrence County

Co-Chair: Brian Heery, President & Chief Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

Tony Amadio, Commissioner (Chairman), Beaver County

Alfred Ambrosini, Commissioner, Fayette County

Philip Ameris, President & Business Manager, Laborers’ District Council of Western PA

David E. Barensfeld, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Ellwood Group, Inc.

David K. Battaglia, Commissioner (Chairman), Armstrong County

Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County

Kim Geyer, Assistant to Commissioner McCarrier, Butler County

Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, President, Washington & Jefferson University

John Lewis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Armstrong County Memorial Hospital

Lawrence O. Maggi, Commissioner (Chairman), Washington County

Henry J. Maier, President & Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Ground

Jeffrey Marshall, Chief Clerk and County Administrator, Greene County

Greg McCloskey, Director of Public Works, Westmoreland County

Bill Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

Rodney D. Ruddock, Commissioner (Chairman), Indiana County

Art Titus, Chief Operating Officer, Elliott Group

Rodney Wilson, Manager-Business Development, CONSOL Energy

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.

Bonnie Pfister

Are you a veteran or do you know a vet looking for work? Scroll down to learn about our sister project, Service To Opportunity.

Did you know that there are more 20,000 jobs open today across the Pittsburgh region? Our dynamic economy features well-compensated careers with room to grow 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:

Global Manufacturing Health, Safety, Environment Manager at Elliott Group

Speech Language Therapist at The Children’s Institute

Continuous Miner Coordinator at CONSOL Energy, Inc. 

Global Security Systems Director at Alcoa

HR Vice President at Point Park University

You can 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. Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. (CAT) is seeking mechanics, industrial technicians and welders. Veterans may connect with CAT and other employers here.

it rotatorWhat is powering the Pittsburgh region’s economy in 2015?

We’re not the single-industry steel town we were at the dawn of the 20th century — although we still make plenty of things, and speciality metals and high-tech materials are dynamic sectors. Just ask ATI (Allegheny Technologies). Or Alcoa. Or PPG. Or Bayer MaterialScience.

Yes, we’ve got the “meds and eds” that helped the region regain its footing after the dramatic downturn in our then-still steel-heavy economy 30 years ago: see the Allegheny Health Network, Highmark, and the state’s largest private employer UPMC.

And then there’s energy — from the development of kerosene in a workshop on Grant Street in 1851 to the first successfully drilled well in world (in Titusville, 100 miles north, in 1859) the Marcellus Shale natural gas development of the past decade.

But IT jobs are in high demand across all of the companies and sectors just mentioned, and of course in finance and business services, which — surprise — are actually the sectors in the 10-county region with the highest number of employers.

Click on the image below to go to ImaginePittsburgh.com’s very cool infographic that spells it all out in easily digestible nuggets. And please: pass it on to the techies you know in other cities who complain about high cost of living and commuting nightmares. There’s never been a better time to stop imagining yourself in Pittsburgh and make it a reality.

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Kudos to our colleagues Keith Trageser, Phil Cynar and Linda Topoleski, who created this infographic for publication on top IT publications’ websites across the country.

 

Bonnie Pfister

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 jobs open today across the 10-county region? You can find them on  ImaginePittsburgh.com, where you can also explore Featured Employers, careers and and great places to live, play and learn.

Here are few of the jobs available right now from ImaginePittsburgh.com:

Oracle Engineer at Development Dimensions International

Paid Apprenticeships to Become an Electrician, Ironworker, Heavy-Equipment Manager or Sheet-Metal Worker

CAD Designer at EQT Corp.

Catering Director at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

Purchasing Agent at Elliott Group

And, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the parent organization of ImaginePittsburgh.com, is hiring for several positions including a web developer, market research analyst and a both a director and administrative coordinator for investor relations.

Not what you’re looking for? Check out our Neighbors page to see what kinds of careers young and mid-career professionals are pursuing. You can reach out to the Neighbors 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 feed, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Bonnie Pfister

It’s not easy for working parents to carve out time to break bread with their children. Often it’s far more expedient to throw together a quick “kids meal” after work, foraging for adult food later — maybe even after the little ones have been tucked in for the night.

To counteract that impulse, Nicole Ziccarelli is sharing recipes for meals that she’s created for her family that are simple but flavorful in hopes that more families can savor mealtime together – to benefit mind and spirit as well as body. She does this through a cheerful food blog Mediterranean Baby, where she posts recipes and food tips from her experience as a working mom of three toddlers, and from her own growing-up years in the kitchen of her yaiyai (grandmother).

Learn more about Ziccarelli, her thoughts on family mealtime, its role in helping kids thrive and more at ImaginePittsburgh.com, a virtual concierge that highlights some of the great work, play and live options in the 10-county Pittsburgh region. Ziccarelli is one of the site’s ImaginePittsburgh.com Neighbors, real people who explain why the Pittsburgh region works for them. Wonder what kind of Neighbor you are – or could be? Take the “Find Yourself in Pittsburgh!” quiz, or check out the 25,146 jobs open TODAY on ImaginePittsburgh.com’s powerful career search aggregator. Sign up for updates about the region through our RRS feed, Facebook, Twitter or other social media channels. 

You can also check out Ziccarelli’s video on ImaginePittsburgh.com or below.