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Our Region: The Secret’s Getting Out.

In addition to its inherent beauty and high quality of life, our region offers many advantages to living, working and playing in southwestern Pennsylvania. One of the nation’s leading centers for technology, health care, advanced materials, life sciences, homeland security and financial services, Pittsburgh ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities with a vibrant cultural district, as well as rivers and green space for an active outdoor lifestyle. The surrounding region is much of the same.

On a business note, the region’s technology industries, when taken in aggregate, have continued to increase their total annual payroll, now standing at $16.9 billion, which represents nearly 29 percent of the region’s total wages. When compared with the fact that technology firms employ about 23 percent of the region's overall workforce it is easy to see that the technology sector features a many high-growth, high-paying jobs. The total number of people employed by companies in the region's tech sector is now more than 292,000 people.
(Source: 2013 State of the Industry Report)  

Our Region

Living in SWPA

About.com: Pittsburgh

An online neighborhood of hundreds of helpful experts, eager to share their wealth of knowledge with visitors.

Avalon Exchange

With a vast assortment of vintage T's, sweaters, shoes, jeans, jackets and wacky accessories, it's no wonder why Pittsburghers have chosen Avalon as Best Clothing Store: It's fun, fast fashion you can afford.

Brazilian Community of Pittsburgh

Dedicated to Pittsburgh's Brazilian residents and all of those who are, in one way or another, in touch with the Brazilian way of life.

City of Pittsburgh

The official City of Pittsburgh Web site.

Citysearch - Pittsburgh

A leading online lifestyle guide with the most up-to-date information on businesses, from restaurants and spas, to hotels and retail.

Cool Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh's Living in Pittsburgh Resources Page.

Cost of Living Calculator

Convert your current salary to a comparable amount given the cost of living in Pittsburgh.

Craigslist - Pittsburgh

Craigslist for Pittsburgh.

Dozen Cupcakes

Dozen is Pittsburgh’s urban cupcake experience.

Duquesne Incline

Providing safe, reliable, rapid public transportation, via funicular railway, since 1877.

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills is home to many of your favorite retailers.

Global Pittsburgh

Connecting international communities in the Pittsburgh region.

I Heart Pittsburgh

This little blog hopes to be a resource to help you find more reasons to love Pittsburgh or remember some of the old reasons why you liked living here.

Lawrenceville, PA

Learn more about the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville and how you can connect with the Lawrenceville community.

LUX City Magazine

LUXcity Magazine covers the forefront of the emerging urban lifestyle with a focus on Pittsburgh.

Neighbors in the Strip

The official Web site for The Strip District.

Pittsburgh City Paper Backpage

Free classifieds by Pittsburgh City Paper.

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

The PDP has been marketing Downtown as the premier location to live, work, shop, dine, play, and visit.

Pittsburgh Firsts

A list of accomplishments that first occurred in Pittsburgh or by Pittsburghers.

Pittsburgh, America's Most Livable City

Everything you want to know about Pittsburgh.


Our region's neighborhoods and volunteer actitvities.


Learn how to speak Pittsburghese like a true native, complete with exercises, quizzes, a glossary and even a translator.

Point State Park

Point State Park is at the tip of Pittsburgh's "Golden Triangle" and commemorates heritage of the area during the French and Indian War.

Presenting Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh region's premier relocation and destination services provider.

Primanti Brothers

Pittsburgh's world famous sandwiches.

South Side

Informational site dedicated to living in and visiting the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Southside Works

Shop, dine, live, play and work all in the South Side's newest development.

Station Square

Station Square's 52-acre riverfront complex thrives with over 1.2 miles of the city's most unique dining, entertainment and boutique shopping.

Student Guide to Pittsburgh

An online city guide for college students to everything Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Channel

WTAE-TV -- local and regional news and information.

Visit Pittsburgh

Official site of the Pittsburgh Convention & Visitor Bureau.

Young Professional's Guide to Pittsburgh Living

Provides young professionals, who are living in or relocating to the Pittsburgh area, with resources and the opportunity to connect with businesses and services in the area.

Working in SWPA

African American Chamber of Commerce

Full service organization that continuously provides access and opportunity to over 475 African American business owners and professionals.

Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Work in collaboration with public and private sector partners to stimulate economic growth and enhance the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania.

British American Business Council (BABC)

An international business association that promotes trade and investment between the United States and the United Kingdom.


A coalition of businesses and organizations representing more than half the private sector employment in Pennsylvania that want to see the Commonwealth compete successfully for new jobs and investment.

Governor's Action Team (GAT)

A group of seasoned economic development professionals who serve as your inside guide to all the tools, advantages and opportunities available for businesses in the Commonwealth.

Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (GPCOC)

As the advocacy affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the GPCOC is the voice of business in the Pittsburgh region.

Green Building Alliance

The Green Building Alliance is a non-profit organization that advances economic prosperity and human well being in Western Pennsylvania by driving market demand for green buildings and green building products.

Idea Foundry

Idea Foundry is a non-profit organization that supplies the critical ingredients for transforming an entrepreneur’s business idea into a Pennsylvania-based, fundable startup.

Innovation Works

The single largest investor in seed-stage companies in the region. We also provide resources for manufacturers to adopt new technologies.

Japan American Society of Pittsburgh (JASP)

The region's premiere organization for educational, business and arts activities related to Japan and Japanese-American relations.

Keystone Innovation Zone - Central Pittsburgh

A consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, government agencies and community organizations led by Duquesne University and the Hill House Economic Development Corporation.

Keystone Innovation Zone - Greater Oakland

KIZ is focused on increasing technology company formation, location and growth in the region by leveraging the assets of the University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Carnegie Mellon.

Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ)

Provides grant funds to community/university partnerships to generate job growth through tech transfer and entrepreneurship.

Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

A nine month long program for high-potential young professionals, typically between the ages of 23 and 34.

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

Provides the commercial and industrial real estate industry with a visionary, beneficial and responsive association.

Olympus Connects Students

Links to regional student programs, resources and events from Carnegie Mellon University.

Our Region's Business (ORB)

A Sunday-morning business affairs program that aims to play a positive role in the Pittsburgh region by providing business news, information and commentary in a lively and entertaining format.

PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Whether you're a business, community, site developer or concerned citizen, newPA.com has the resources to help you.

PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

The state agency largely responsible for administering Pennsylvania's environmental laws and regulations.

Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA)

The statewide association of local, state, corporate and non-profit economic development professionals.

Pennsylvania Economy League (PEL)

The research affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, provides research and analysis on specific public policy priorities.

Pennsylvania Regional Alliance (PRA)

Your gateway to discovering why “America’s Most Livable City” is also the smartest place to locate and grow your business.

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG)

Provides capital investments and customized company formation and business growth services to our region’s life sciences enterprises.

Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

To provide regional business opportunities which allow economic growth, while simultaneously advocating, promoting, and facilitating the success of Hispanic businesses.

Pittsburgh Regional Compact

An employer-educator partnership designed to develop our region's workforce for 21st-century jobs.

Pittsburgh Regional Minority Purchasing Council (PRMPC)

To create and develop business opportunities for minority business enterprises between corporations.

Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP)

PUMP advances issues affecting young and young-thinking people in Pittsburgh, making the region a more dynamic, engaging, and diverse place in which to live.

Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC)

RIDC is a private, non-profit organization that focuses on a dynamic, regional approach to economic development.

Regional Investors Council

More than 300 of the region’s leading organizations come together to provide input, expertise and resources for economic and community advancement across the 10 counties.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)

Develops plans and programs for public investments; fulfills federal and state requirements for transportation, economic development, and local government assistance programs; and operates with public involvement and trust.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board

Informs decision-making on regional development to ensure that current and future market needs of businesses and job seekers are met.

Playing in SWPA

Allegheny County Parks

Allegheny County Parks are great for individual or family fun.

Aresnal Bowling Lanes

Voted "best place to bowl in Pittsburgh," this bowling center mixes retro atmosphere with a nightclub vibe.

Benedum Center for Performing Arts

Host to Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Pittsburgh Opera and Broadway Series.

Bike Pittsburgh, Inc.

Bike Pittsburgh is improving quality of life in our city by making riding to work, shopping and exercising by bicycle safe and fun for everyone.

Breathe Yoga Studio

Breathe Yoga Studio is dedicated to offering every individual the opportunity to enhance their physical, mental and spiritual well-being through the practice of yoga.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center, Carnegie Museum of National History, Andy Warhol Museum.

Carnegie Science Center

Recipient of the 2003 National Award for Museum Service, Carnegie Science Center inspires and entertains by connecting science and technology with everyday life.

Children’s Museum

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

City Theatre

City Theatre has been described as Pittsburgh’s most adventurous theatre, specializing in new plays that engage a diverse audience.

Cycling Routes in the Pittsburgh Area

Experience all that SW PA has to offer bikers!

Frick Art & Historical Center

The Frick Art & Historical Center is a fascinating complex of museums and historical buildings located on over five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh's residential East End.

Fun Fore All

There’s truly something for everyone here at Fun Fore All – one of the largest year-round family entertainment centers in the area.

Gateway Clipper Fleet

The current fleet of five riverboats sails year round offering a wide variety of dining, sightseeing and privately chartered cruises.

Heinz History Center

At the History Center, you can step inside a 1790s log cabin, discover how immigrants shaped this region, uncover the myths of the Underground Railroad, experience the thrill of our unmatched sports legacy and climb aboard a 1940s Pittsburgh trolley.

Kennywood Amusement Park

Kennywood remains one of "America's Finest Traditional Amusement Parks."

Laurel Caverns

A 435 acre geological park featuring Pennsylvania's largest cave.

Mattress Factory

Contemporary art museum that exhibits room-sized installations created on site by artists from across the country and around the world.

Montour Trail

The trail is paved with a smooth surface of crushed limestone, which makes it ideal for all forms of non-motorized use: bicycling, walking, running, cross-country skiing and nature appreciation.

Moraine State Park and Lake

Great recreation asset 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh.

National Aviary

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit bird zoo.

Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse

The hottest musical entertainment, from area favorites to national headliners.

Phipps Conservatory

Victorian glasshouse conservatory with 2 1/2 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens.

Pittsburgh CLO

Description Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region!

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of Pittsburgh's downtown Cultural District.

Pittsburgh Golf Course Directory

Post-Gazette's comprehensive listing of golf courses in the region.

Pittsburgh Neighborhood Walking Tours

Get to know Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods by following recommended itineraries.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Our two time Stanley Cup Champion NHL team.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Our World Champion MLB team.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Our five-time World Championship NFL team.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

This year-round facility presents more than 4,000 animals in their natural habitats.

Pittsburgh's Downtown Cultural District

Food, music, theatre in a fourteen-square block area.

Post Gazette Pavilion

Want to check out a live show, the Post Gazette Pavilion is perfect!

Sandcastle Water Park

Sandcastle is a waterpark located just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. It features 14 major waterslides, wave pool, hot tub, children's attractions, and bar area, all of which are located along a river-view, old-fashioned Boardwalk.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Lodging, golf, dining, entertainment and skiing.

Steel City Insider

College, NFL, MLB, High School and other professional team sports.

Stonewall Resort

Stonewall is a resort located in Roanoke, WV.

The Library

The Library's long copper topped bar plays host to over 70 micro beers and imports, a dozen drafts, and a variety of fine wines, all among a literature theme.

The Rink at PPG Place

Downtown Pittsburgh's ice skating rink.

Three Rivers Rowing

Three Rivers Rowing Association offers rowing, kayaking and dragon boating to individuals, schools and organizations.

Venture Outdoors

Venture Outdoors is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the outdoor recreation community a vibrant centerpiece of this region.

Start capitalizing now. For more information about us or our region, contact us at 412.687.2700.