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The PRA Post - The Pittsburgh Region’s Economic Development Newsletter

April 2013

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The 10-county Pittsburgh region has not only turned the corner, but it’s “fully recovered” from recession, says the Brookings Institution.  A steady, stable economy has carried the day for the region and made it a top business investment location.

Economic Development Deals of 2012 and the Last Five Years Deliver Sustainable Prosperity to Region

Despite a deep economic recession and a tenuous rebound globally, the 10–county Pittsburgh region has remained a top–performing U.S. region for business investment and job creation for the past five years, making it one of only three U.S. metros to be deemed "fully recovered from the recession" by the Brookings Institution.

Anchoring this five–year span of sustained economic prosperity and employment opportunity are the 269 announced economic development deals or "wins" tracked by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance during 2012 in collaboration with the region's network of economic development partners, as well as record–high employment last year and Pittsburgh's position as a national leader for job growth in high–wage industries.

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Pittsburgh Named a Top Ten Metro by Site Selection
"The booming gas drilling industry may have helped to seal Pennsylvania's position as one of the top states in the nation for the number of new or expanded corporate facilities. The state ranks No. 1 in the Northeast and third in the nation, with 430 new facilities in 2012, according to Site Selection magazine, which specializes in corporate real estate. Pittsburgh was sixth among metro markets of at least 1 million people, with 126 new or expanded corporate facilities." Read more

Ness Technologies Opens Center at Southpointe
"IT provider Ness Technologies has opened a development center at Southpointe. The Teaneck, N.J.–based company celebrated the opening of the center recently with a ceremony that included top executives at Ness and local officials, including from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Ness is located at 1000 Town Center Drive in Southpointe II. The center is expected in the future to employ about 200 people, according to the Observer–Reporter." Read more

4moms Opens Warehouse in the Strip
"Robotic baby products maker 4moms is continuing to put down its roots in the Strip District and has moved its warehouse operations in–house and into 19,000 square feet on Smallman Street. The new warehouse is just down the street from 4moms headquarters, making it significantly closer than the old location in West Mifflin. 'We're very excited to have our logistics team in close proximity to our main office space,' Mary Koes, vice president of operations, said. 'This will allow for more effective collaboration and a better team culture.'" Read more

Creps Writing New Chapter After Fire
"Creps United Publications and the Indiana County Development Corp. ceremonially broke ground on the company's new printing plant recently, marking the beginning of its rise from the ashes. 'To steal a line from the chairman of our board of commissioners, it's a great day in Indiana County,' said ICDC President Jim Wiley, speaking to the few dozen local business leaders, elected officials and Creps family members who attended the ceremony, held at the site of its future home at Windy Ridge Business and Technology Park. Creps United is rebuilding from a fire in October that caused an estimated $75 million in damage, destroying the company's plant along Christy Park Drive off Philadelphia Street." Read more

Avere Continues to Grow, Build Region's Storage Reputation
"Last summer Ron Bianchini's company Avere Systems raised a $20 million series C led by Lightspeed Ventures and including existing venture investors. The region, Bianchini said, has built a reputation for data storage expertise and people recognize that. Avere Systems, with 85 employees, is rapidly outgrowing its current space. By the end of the year Bianchini expects to have more than 100 employees." Read more

Neuro Kinetics Adds Software, Engineering Professionals as Push Continues for Improved Testing of Battlefield Concussions
"Medical diagnostic device manufacturer Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) said that it has added five software and engineering professionals to its staff as the company continues to develop new testing protocols for diagnosis of concussions and other brain injuries. The expansion comes as NKI recently was awarded contracts worth more than $2.5 million by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to further develop the company's I–Portal® oculomotor (eye–tracking) technology for battlefield testing of combat brain injuries." Read more

Adventurous Visitors to Allegheny County's North Park Will Soon Have Opportunity to Go Ape
"Visitors to North Park will have the chance to unleash their inner Tarzan starting in April. Construction should be finished next month on Go Ape North Park, a tree–top zipline course, said Dan D'Agostino, managing director of Derwood, Md.–based Adventure Forest LLC, which will build and operate it under a partnership with the county. Think of the tree–top course 'as a giant obstacle course up in the trees that provides a really unique outdoor experience,' D'Agostino said. 'We're very excited about these projects,' said Andrew Baechle, the county's park director. 'They're not only a welcome addition to North Park that we believe will draw people from outside the county, they are part of the effort to create public–private partnerships to improve our parks.'" Read more

Who's Hiring in Pittsburgh? Highmark, Mylan and Google (again)
"Google in Bakery Square reports three new job openings: partner operations specialist; partner technology manager and partner solutions manager. Pittsburgh–based insurance company Highmark has over 17 openings across several departments. Mylan, the Canonsburg–based pharmaceutical company, has six new postings: tax analyst, copy editor, executive assistant, internal audit staff, legal secretary and copy writer. Mylan also is looking for a market research intern to support the daily priorities of the global creative function within the marketing department." Read more

Who's Hiring in Pittsburgh? Co–eXprise, Mind Over Media, Flashgroup and More...
"Wexford–based software company Co–eXprise is expanding its team. The company hired 17 in 2012 and currently has three openings for a sales director of the western region, a junior software engineer and a system administrator engineer. CMU spinout Flashgroup, founded by two CMU professors, is exploring ways to facilitate a faster–paced social network. The company is hiring three: Python developer for NLP Analytics, a system administrator and a UI/UX designer. Mind Over Media, a Pittsburgh marketing strategy firm, is hiring a facilities technician, a key role that will support video and post–production needs." Read more

Who's Hiring in Pittsburgh? Rhiza Labs, Industry Weapon, and More...
"Pittsburgh tech company Rhiza Labs is hiring for four full–time positions and an intern: front end user interaction designer, front end developer, software engineer, junior software engineer and a software engineering intern. Rhiza has also announced a Data Visualization Contest, challenging anyone to take any public data and turn it into a map, chart or game. First prize is $350. Industry Weapon is hiring for six positions and has an opportunity for an intern." Read more

Who's Hiring in Pittsburgh? Omnyx Integrated, WQED, Compunetix and More...
"Omnyx Integrated, a division of GE Healthcare developing digital pathology solutions, is hiring 11+ for a variety of positions at its Pittsburgh corporate headquarters. ALung Technologies, a provider of advanced respiratory support solutions, is hiring an executive assistant/HR coordinator. WQED Multimedia is looking for a director of local and national on–air fundraising and production." Read more

Who's Hiring in Pittsburgh? BayerMaterial Science, Phipps, Kelly Strayhorn and More...
"BayerMaterial Science, a leading producer of polymers and high–performance plastics, is hiring a marketing communications manager. Phipps Conservatory in Oakland is hiring for four full–time positions: finance administrative assistant, retail/guest services management, building maintenance technician and a heavy custodial laborer. In addition, two part–time jobs and two internships are available. Kelly Strayhorn Theatre is hiring a production assistant, a part–time position to assist the production manager in coordinating and executing a number of live events." Read more

Allegheny Country Executive, Monroeville Officials and Partners Cut the Ribbon at 4350 Northern Pike: Modern Facility Renovations Bring New Class A Office Space To Monroeville
"Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, joined by partners Reit Management & Research LLC and Oxford Realty Services, Inc., cut the ribbon at 4350 Northern Pike in Monroeville, a 505,000 square foot office building set on a 138 acre, park–like campus. The newly renovated office space will be able to accommodate up to 1,500 new jobs for the Monroeville community. The property is owned by CommonWealth REIT and managed by Reit Management & Research LLC, Real Estate Services." Read more

Development in High Gear at Pittsburgh International Airport Site
"By late May, Continental Real Estate Cos. and Chaska Property Advisors of Cranberry are planning to break ground on their third office building in less than a year in Moon, adjacent to Cherrington Business Park. That's significantly ahead of the pace of starting one building every 18 months set for them by the Allegheny County Airport Authority." Read more

Downtown Pittsburgh Class A Office Market the Tightest
"Downtown Pittsburgh's Class A office market now has less than five percent vacancy, making it the tightest in the country. That's according to the new Pittsburgh Skyline Review for Spring 2013, an annual research report by Jones Lang LaSalle. The report sees a majority of the demand in the skyline buildings it covers, comprising 16 of downtown's best buildings, such as U.S. Steel Tower, the various buildings of PPG Place and One Oxford Centre, among others, as being driven largely by financial institutions, healthcare companies and law firms." Read more

Pennsylvania Commits $15 Million to Former Civic Arena Site
"The Corbett administration has committed $15 million – $10 million more than originally thought – for the construction of roads and utilities at the former 28–acre Civic Arena site, where work is expected to start this summer." Read more

Stadium Authority Approves North Shore Office–Retail Development
"The Pittsburgh Stadium Authority board cleared the way recently for a new three–story office and retail development on the North Shore near Heinz Field. Members approved the sale of 71,092 square feet of land across from Stage AE to North Shore Developers L.P. for the construction, which will feature 80,000 square of office space and 40,000 square feet of retail." Read more

Another Sign of a Healthy Real Estate Market: Hotel Addition
"With a new Hyatt House ready to start construction shortly on the other side of Baum Boulevard, the Courtyard by Marriott at the corner of Centre Avenue and South Aiken at the East End nexus of Shadyside and Bloomfield quietly sold a few weeks ago. Pittsburgh commercial real estate continues to draw interest from outside investors: The Marriott traded after for a healthy price of $29.9 million to Chicago-based real estate investment trust Carey Watermark Investors. Texas-based Moody's sold the hotel after only buying it in 2011 as part of a larger portfolio that included the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown as well. Michael Medzigian, chief executive officer of CWI, described the property as among Pittsburgh's best." Read more

Pittsburgh Office Building Earns Highest LEED Ranking in State, Fifth Best in World
"One of the Pittsburgh region's leading construction companies has a new headquarters that's now among the 'greenest' in the world. Sota Construction Services Inc. achieved LEED Platinum Certification recently for its own office building in Bellevue, earning the most LEED points ever awarded to a project in Pennsylvania, and the fifth–highest score in the entire LEED system worldwide." Read more

Nonstop PIT to Paris on Delta Airlines Resumes Saturday May 11
"The Allegheny County Airport Authority announces the fifth consecutive year of nonstop Pittsburgh to Paris on Delta Air Lines. The service returns May 11 and flights can be booked today at Delta.com. Nonstop Pittsburgh to Paris is the fastest way to get to Europe and beyond. At Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), passengers can connect to 100–plus destinations in Europe, Asia, India and the Middle East on Delta and their SkyTeam partners Air France/KLM. New this year, Delta has changed the return Paris to Pittsburgh departure time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., benefiting travelers with return connections to Pittsburgh. Travelers can depart from airports such as London Heathrow, Rome and Madrid and arrive at CDG in plenty of time for the 2 p.m. departure to PIT and arrive in Pittsburgh by 5 p.m." Read more

Looking Good Pittsburgh. PittsburghTODAY Report Highlights the State of the Region
"PittsburghTODAY released its 2013 Today & Tomorrow report and the news across many sectors is enlightening. With the economic recovery still underway in much of the country, Pittsburgh is the only benchmark region out of 15 that has experienced job growth and housing price appreciation. In addition, the labor force is at an all–time high and young people are returning and staying in the region. Southwestern Pennsylvania continues to be one of the most affordable places for moderate–income families to live. A Brookings Institution study says so too, listing Pittsburgh as one of three cities in the U.S. to have recovered from the deep recession that began in 2007." Read more

Washington County Touts Economic Development, Tourism Successes
"At a Feb. 28 breakfast briefing, organized by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington County Board of Commissioners were joined by more than 200 county business leaders to recap the robust economic development and tourism activity that occurred in 2012. 'Our business community announced $346,365,000 in new business investment which will account for an additional 2,530 jobs,' said Country Commissioner Larry Maggi. 'This tremendous growth in business investment and job creation was driven by numerous sectors of our economy – energy, technology, commercial/industrial development, hospitality and manufacturing.'" Read more

New Pittsburgh–area Residents Outnumber Departing for Fifth Year
"More people are moving into the Pittsburgh metropolitan area than moving out, the fifth year in a row the region has reversed its reputation of stagnation after decades of mass departure. According to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau to be released today, incoming residents to the Pittsburgh metropolitan area surpassed those leaving by nearly 4,500 between 2011 and 2012 in the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland." Read more

PNC Forecasts Strong 2013 for Pittsburgh Region
"The Pittsburgh regional economy, which snapped back from the recession early but stalled in 2012, is poised to head higher again this year, according to forecasters at PNC Financial Services Group. A reviving national economy will provide the oomph needed to reignite growth locally, PNC economist Kurt Rankin said in an interview." Read more

Rust Belt Renaissance: The Future American City
"Faced with deindustrialization and demographic decline, Rust Belt cities looking to reverse their fortunes need look no further than Pittsburgh." Read more

Pittsburgh Voted One of Top 30 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013
"One of the most important things you'll do when starting your business is to pick where to set up shop. You want to find a place that offers business resources but also the lifestyle and culture that you want. Thirty cities across the United States were grouped into three different categories based on the population of the cities. Then Under30CEO readers were asked to vote on the locations they thought were the best places for a new company to open shop based on local resources, culture, atmosphere and overall appeal to a young twenty–something. Read why Pittsburgh made the cut." Read more

Pitt Schools and Programs Score in U.S. News' Best Graduate Schools Rankings
"In the newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools, a number of University of Pittsburgh schools and programs have excelled in the guidebook rankings, according to the publication's 2013 edition. In medical specialties, Pitt moved up from No. 8 last year to No. 4 this year in women's health, and from No. 9 last year to No. 6 this year in pediatrics. And in best online options, Pitt was ranked No. 9 in nursing." Read more

PNC Park Tops TripAdvisor List of Best Ballparks
"PNC Park tops the list of top ballparks in the U.S. in a survey released by travel website TripAdvisor.com. 'PNC provides an intimate setting and spectacular views and sightlines from anywhere in the stadium,' TripAdvisor.com said." Read more

Pittsburgh's New Housing Boom Stays Strong
"A boom in new housing in the city of Pittsburgh continued in 2012. The city has been one of the highest producers of new housing in the six–county region in the past few years, according to Tall Timber Group, a Ross–based research firm that follows the construction industry. More than a decade ago, new housing in the city was stagnant until construction in 2001 of the 700–unit Summerset at Frick Park development in Squirrel Hill, which required a lottery drawing to settle who could buy homes first from a list of 400." Read more

Pittsburgh Region Home Values Up
"Pittsburgh's housing market continues to show sign of growth in a nationwide survey of home values. A report put out Thursday by online real estate firm Zillow finds Pittsburgh's home value index of $113,800 was up 3.7 percent in February compared to February 2012. The Zillow Home Value Index measures the median valuation for homes, condos and other residences on a given day during the month. Pittsburgh's home value index is one of the least expensive among the 30 major metro regions tracked by Zillow." Read more

Pittsburgh Companies Make 'Most Admired' List
"Alcoa, Bayer Corp. and PNC Financial Services Group were among the Pittsburgh companies that made Fortune magazine's 'World's Most Admired Companies List.'" Read more

Wombat Security Finishing $1M Round
"Anti–phishing firm Wombat Security Technologies is finalizing a $1 million funding round and has already closed on $815,000. 'We have been continuing to hire and expand both products and customer base and this gives us more capital to work with,' said President and CEO Joe Ferrara. The Oakland–based firm, which has firm roots at Carnegie Mellon University, is now more than 25 people and has hired five people in the last five weeks. The team is continuing to build its development bench as well as sales and marketing." Read more

CMU Researcher Lands $6M DARPA Grant for Cybersecurity Work
"Carnegie Mellon University Associate Research Professor Franz Franchetti landed a $6 million, 4.5–year grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop secure software for unmanned ground vehicles and high–end cars. Researchers at CMU are ground zero for a lot cyber security work through centers such as CyLab or the Software Engineering Institute, and this is just the latest. 'This is an extremely challenging project as we work to develop secure robotic systems that are resilient to cyber attack,' Franchetti said in a written statement. The project is funded through DARPA's High–Assurance Cyber Military Systems program, which is aimed at developing secure systems and systems resilient to cyber attack." Read more

$7M Grant Gives Birth to CMU Business Incubator
"Nitsan Shai strums AC/DC's 'Back in Black' on an electric guitar while he follows the notes on a website with his laptop. If he misses a note, the program stops and an online maestro offers tips. Shai, 18, a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, is a part–time programmer at Tunessence, a startup company founded by CMU alumni and faculty with the help of $50,000 from the McCune Foundation. The money came from a $7 million grant from McCune, its largest ever, and the first in a series of 'Big Ideas' grants, to provide financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students who are entrepreneurs and seed money for companies they and faculty establish. The grant started the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a goal to start businesses and jobs in western Pennsylvania. In the past, such companies and their employees often left for greener – as in, more money – pastures." Read more

Futurederm Raising $600K; Plans Launch of Full Beauty Products Line
"South Side–based beauty products startup FutureDerm has closed on $327,032 of a $600,000 funding round, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission." Read more

Penn State, Carnegie Mellon Get Slices of 3–D Research Funds
"The federal government is funding seven projects aimed at expanding the use of 3–D printing in manufacturing, including research to be done at Carnegie Mellon University and Penn State University. The Youngstown, Ohio–based National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, launched last summer, will provide $4.5 million in federal funding for the projects approved last week. Companies and universities involved will provide an additional $5 million. Hailed as the catalyst for the next industrial revolution, 3–D printing involves sending data from digital images to a printer that emits plastics, metals or other materials into a box. What emerges is a physical version of the digital image." Read more

CMU Further Aligning Entrepreneurial Programs
"Launch CMU is an initiative to bring in top venture capitalists to meet students and researchers. This program is slated for twice a year, according to a statement from CMU. It will rotate between the main campus in Oakland and the campus in Silicon Valley and the first event is planned for May 21 at the Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. It's also the latest formal program aimed bringing in VCs from out of town to see what the region has to offer. The Pittsburgh Technology Council has been holding events that it calls 'Venture In' where it invites VCs, many of whom already have a connection to the region through investments and are in town for board meetings, to talk to the community and meet with companies." Read more

Announcing Pittsburgh DataWorks: Establishing the Region as a Big Hub for Big Data
"A new consortium of companies in Pittsburgh is joining forces to establish the region as a major hub for 'big data' with the official launch of Pittsburgh DataWorks this week. In stealth mode since last fall, DataWorks surfaced two weeks ago at the MIT Forum held at IBM in Squirrel Hill. IBM initiated the idea and is joined by five founding members: Carnegie Mellon University, Google, Management Science Associates, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Medical Center. A long list of private companies and economic development organizations are on board as well. Bringing everyone together and unifying the effort to establish southwestern Pennsylvania as a leading region for this industry. By 2014, big data will gain an $81 billion foothold in the market and create 1.9 million jobs in the U.S." Read more

CWE's MyBoard, Helping Women Entrepreneurs to Grow their Companies to $1 Million and Beyond
"While many women in business today are successful, they often struggle when it comes to growing their businesses to greater profitability. A new program at Chatham University's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE) hopes to change that. CWE MyBoard is helping women entrepreneurs to not only succeed in the startup of their business but to sustain and grow it, which is often the hardest part." Read more

The Hardware Store, Mt. Washington's New Tech and Video Accelerator
"Announcing the newest accelerator for entrepreneurs, The Hardware Store, opening in Mt. Washington in a formerly boarded up – what else – hardware store. Unlike the other accelerators opening up around the city, this one is tailored specifically for media freelancers. It offers a space close to the city and is equipped with video–making technology, explains Jason Kambitsis, executive director of the Mt. Washington Community Developing Corp. (MWCDC)." Read more

20 Years In, Pitt Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Tenacious
"Twenty years ago, when the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence came together with a $300,000 grant, there was no way of knowing it would grow to reach an average of $2 million per year in resources or that it would gain $3 million in revenue, spawn 800 businesses, create more than 1,400 management and education programs and attract more than $300 million in funding to support entrepreneurs. Even today, after assisting businesses ranging from environmental clean–up to yoga studios, founder Ann Dugan remains surprised by the tenacity of the program." Read more

Pitt's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Creates 400 Jobs in 2012
"400 jobs impacted. $14.4 million of increased revenue for southwestern Pennsylvania young entrepreneurial companies. 39 startup businesses created. In its 2012 Community Impact and Benefit Report released today, the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence showed that entrepreneurship is thriving in southwestern Pennsylvania, and that the Institute is leading the charge toward greater business innovation. The release of the report also marks the launch of the Institute's celebration of 20 years of service to southwestern Pennsylvania businesses." Read more

The AIRMALL® at PIT Named "Best Overall Concessions Program" in the ARN 2013 Best Airports and Concessionaires Awards
"AIRMALL® USA, the leading airport concessions developer in North America, is pleased to announce that the AIRMALL at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) was named 'Best Overall Concessions Program (medium airport)' in the ARN 2013 Best Airports & Concessionaires Awards program. 'We've recently launched the first phase of a yearlong construction project that will result in a significant overhaul of the concessions program and add eight new retail units. This project is another testament to our desire to offer a dynamic concessions program to travelers, and we're honored that ARN has recognized our efforts to continually strive for excellence,' said Jay Kruisselbrink, vice president of development for AIRMALL USA." Read more

 

EVENTS

April 10-11 – 3 Rivers Venture Fair
Forty, capital-seeking technology ventures from six different states will take center stage at the 3 Rivers Venture Fair, April 10 -11 at PNC Park. The event also features Founder, Chairman & Former CEO of ePrize & New York Times Best-Selling Author Josh Linkner. More than 600 investors, entrepreneurs and business professionals are expected to attend to hear investment pitches, discover promising university spin-out technologies and participate in panel discussions. For details and registration, visit www.3RVF.com.

April 10-12 – NAPE East Expo
Make plans for the inaugural NAPE East Expo. Created as the North American Prospect Expo, NAPE is the world's largest exploration and production gathering of its kind and will be held in Pittsburgh. This event, set for April 10 – 12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, brings together in one location holders of oil and natural gas prospects, as well as oil– and gas–producing properties, with organizations providing capital, services and technologies to create a setting where participants can establish strategic alliances for doing business and can buy, sell or trade oil and gas assets.

April 11-12 – MADE In PA EXPO
The MADE in PA EXPO is a two–day supplier forum and trade show highlighting the capabilities of manufacturing firms in Pennsylvania. The EXPO will provide attending manufacturing firms "how to do business" seminars with large regional and national OEMs, as well as an opportunity for visibility and networking with other Pennsylvania firms. Located at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, Pa.

April 12 – MADE in PA Breakfast: Scott Pearson, CEO of Aquion Energy
Joining this year's Made in PA Breakfast, is Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, with keynote speaker Scott Pearson, chief executive officer of Aquion Energy. Aquion's aqueous hybrid ion batteries are the talk of the technology world as the company ramps up its manufacturing operations in Mount Pleasant for large–quantity production. Scott will speak to the technology, the company's growth, the path it has taken to get where Aquion is today and where it goes from here. The breakfast will be held from 7:00 – 9:30 a.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, Pa.

April 12 – MADE in PA Hire Up Event
Looking for technology talent? The Pittsburgh Technology Council presents Hire Up, your number one place to find technology talent from across the Pittsburgh region. For our next Hire Up we will join forces with our premier manufacturing event, Made in PA. If you are looking for engineering, front line workers, technicians and information technology talent the Made in PA Hire Up is a great option for recruiting. The Council is committed to helping technology companies and technology job seekers connect through these jobs fair style events. Come and meet with approximately 150 technology job seekers looking who will be looking for information technology, engineering, manufacturing and science careers. This event will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, Pa.

April 12 – Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series
Presented by the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at the James McLaughlin Music Hall, Chatham University, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Join and network with prominent regional women business leaders to discuss business topics such as innovative entrepreneurship and strategic business growth over continental breakfast. Cost is $25 per breakfast. Student rates of $12.50 are available with a valid student ID.

April 17 – From Battlefield to Boardroom: Deploying Military Experience in Business
Military training is critical for success on the battlefield but do these experiences translate to success in the boardroom? For many corporations, the answer is a resounding yes. While their rigorous training is nearly impossible to replicate in the business world, the invaluable assets that veterans bring to the table – integrity, discipline, leadership and grace under pressure – transcend the battlefield to improve corporate governance. Join the National Association for Corporate Directors for an informative discussion on the role of veterans on the board of directors and how organizations can leverage their unique skill sets for more productive, efficient and effective governance. From 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.

April 18 – Earth Day @ Ernie's
Celebrate Earth Day with Green Building Alliance! – Join GBA for a tour of Sota Construction's newly certified LEED Platinum office, one of the greenest buildings in Pennsylvania.  The Sota team will answer your questions and demonstrate their sustainable accomplishments.  Also, hang out on the deck and in the flower meadow for a spring outdoor barbeque! Event is from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

April 24 – PNC Park: Behind the Scenes Tour
By becoming a Green Building Alliance member or renewing your membership in March, you are invited to a "members–only" behind–the–scenes tour of PNC Park, where you'll learn about the Pirates' sustainable initiatives. GBA is offering free admission to this special tour as a way to show its appreciation for your new or renewed membership.  Are you already a member or not yet a member, but want to join this tour?  You can come too! Tour is from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

April 26 – Business Skills Development Workshops
The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) presents a business skills development workshop. This program is designed for those who have an ongoing business and may or may not have an existing business plan. This workshop examines the fundamental aspects of operating a highly successful business. It discusses proven strategies for using the major sections of a business plan including marketing, operations, financial management, plus managing/motivating a workforce. Participants learn to develop actionable plans to achieve measurable objectives in each of the key business functions. The event will be from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35.

April 26 – Financial Workshop
Presented by Lawrence Country Economic Development Corporation at Jameson Hospital South from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Learn from experts about Enterprise Zone Tax Credits, Business First Loans, Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, Governor's Action Team and financial restructuring and cost management. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for non–members. For more details and to RSVP by April 12, respond via email to orrico@lawrencecounty.com.

April 27-28 – Engaging with China: 2013 CMU China Summit
The second CMU Summit on US - China Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be held on April 27 and 28 in the McConomy Auditorium on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The forum aims to promote inter-communication and bilateral cooperation between the Pittsburgh region and China and to cultivate more potential partnerships. Leading scholars, industry leaders, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and policy makers from the U.S. and China will address issues related to energy, health care, information technology, biotech, innovation, entrepreneurship, finance and capital markets, art/interactive design, and real estate. For more information, please visit www.cmusummit.org.

May 1 – Venture In: Bain Capital Ventures
Venture In series, as it hosts three speakers from Bain Capital Ventures, the venture arm within Bain Capital, which has approximately $67 billion of assets under management worldwide. The firm's history of investing in early stage companies dates back to 1984 with over 125 venture investments since inception. Bain Capital Ventures manages approximately $2 billion of committed capital, has over 65 active portfolio companies and has offices in Boston, New York and Palo Alto. The firm has helped steer many ideas to success by working in partnership with management teams, pairing talented and passionate entrepreneurs with industry experts, opening doors to customers and collaborating on sound long–term strategies. This event will be from 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. Located at AlphaLab on East Carson Street.

May 10 – 15th Annual Entrepreneur's Growth Conference – "Start, Grow, Prosper"
Presented by Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center at the Union Building starting at 8:30 a.m. Participate in key workshops including "Make Your Move: Turning A Good Idea Into a Great Business," "Build a Better Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Guide To Writing A Great Business Plan" and more. Cost is $99 before April 15; $119 after April 15.

May 23 – 2013 Nonprofit Summit
Register for the 2013 Nonprofit Summit hosted by The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) in association with The Forbes Funds. Over the years the Nonprofit Summit has become a much anticipated event in the nonprofit community. It is an unparalleled opportunity for collaboration and the exchange of ideas. It is also a time to honor those who bring excellence to their work in this arena. Listen to keynote speaker Jeanne Bell, CEO of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and participate in various workshops on May 23 from 7:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. To register, visit www.2013nonprofitsummit–zvents.eventbrite.com/#.

June 23-29 – Trade Mission to Panama and Colombia
Presented by Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center and organized by Brent Rondon. The $5,000 GAP funding per qualified companies applies to this mission. Funds are limited. (Funds are provided by the STEP program from SBA).

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