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

JLL Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is a great place for JLL to do business. In our favor are strengths such as talent, work ethic and the cost of doing business for growing the presence we have established here. Because of these, we’re pleased to be expanding, once again, in Pittsburgh. We expect that our new, modern office space at Tower Two-Sixty in the urban core will be a magnet for attracting and retaining top-rate, young talent to our firm and the region. Looking forward, we intend to further position our Pittsburgh office as critical to the global real estate and investment management services we provide to clients worldwide.
— JC Pelusi, Market Leader and Managing Director, JLL Pittsburgh

We Also Made the Region More Attractive for Business Investment

Site Development Fund

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.

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Tri-State Shale Summit

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.

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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.

Jerome Jackson
Although Homewood is challenged in many facets, it is also one of Pittsburgh’s most promising neighborhoods. Over the past year and a half, Operation Better Block, Inc. has worked with residents, property owners, and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan for community revitalization in Homewood. As we begin our work with the new Homewood Community Development Collaborative, we appreciate the commitment of the Allegheny Conference to our efforts and look forward to [being a part of] the Strengthening Communities Partnership.
— Jerome Jackson, Executive Director, Operation Better Block, Inc.

Thank you to our current funders, and also to Conference members including The Forbes Funds, Covestro LLC and The Penn State Center for providing valuable technical assistance to our SCP partners | Get Involved at