This strategy focuses on maximizing business investment opportunities in sectors where the Pittsburgh region offers a significant comparative advantage to employers. It does so in alignment with programs to strengthen communities throughout the region, with a focus on those that have been left behind despite the region’s economic transformation.
Increasing Investment, Creating Jobs
The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the economic development marketing affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, works to attract new investment and helps existing businesses grow. It does so in partnership with leaders of the business community, elected officials and economic development professionals across the 10 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania.
Last Year, the PRA Helped Secure:
2015 Included a Signature Investment from JLL
We Also Made the Region More Attractive for Business Investment
The Conference was instrumental in the creation of an almost $49 million fund to provide patient mortgage loans to sites located within the 32-county, multi-state Greater Pittsburgh region that have potential for regional economic impact if they are made ready for construction.
The Conference led a partnership of economic development groups that convened the Tri-State Shale Summit and successfully negotiated a Regional Cooperation Agreement among Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor that pledges collaboration to capitalize on the economic opportunity for downstream manufacturing presented by Marcellus and Utica shale gas.
We Continued Investing in Communities to Create a More Livable Region
The Strengthening Communities Partnership (SCP) focuses private sector resources on targeted communities that have been left behind despite the transformation of the Pittsburgh region’s economy, positioning these communities for greater success in the future.
In 2015, Homewood and Sharpsburg joined five other SCP communities which include Connellsville, McKees Rocks, Mt. Oliver/Knoxville, City of Washington and Wilkinsburg.