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

September 2015

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Pittsburgh Region Manufacturer Oberg Industries Investing in 80,000 SF Expansion, Adding Jobs
Pittsburgh Region Manufacturer Oberg Industries Investing in 80,000 SF Expansion, Adding Jobs

Oberg Industries – a globally diversified manufacturer specializing in the production of precision machined or stamped metal components and precision tooling – broke ground recently on a new building expansion project in Sarver, Pa. (Butler County). This expansion will provide the company with more than 80,000 square feet of additional precision manufacturing space to accommodate new product development. The expansion will also create excellent conditions for strengthening Oberg's competitiveness and is a testimonial to the company's long-term commitment to its employees and customers.

"This expansion project represents a measure of confidence in our talented employees; the continued success of our customer partners; the growth of our business and [the Pittsburgh] region in continuing to lead advanced manufacturing on a global scale," says Eric Oberg, chairman of Oberg Industries' board of directors.

The new facility is expected to open in the spring of 2016. Oberg is currently recruiting personnel for several open manufacturing positions to support business growth.

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More Economic Development News

Alcoa Announces $60 Million Expansion of Westmoreland County R&D Center for Additive Manufacturing, Adds 100 Jobs
"Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, recently announced that it is expanding its R&D Technical Center in Westmoreland County – the world's largest light metals research center. According to Alcoa, the expansion will accelerate the development of advanced 3D-printing materials and processes for aerospace and other high-growth markets such as automotive, medical and building and construction." Read more

Law Firm Burns White Announces New 80,000 SF HQ at Oxford Development's 3 Crossings
"Burns White has announced a new corporate headquarters and will serve as the sole tenant in Oxford's 110,000-square-foot Riverfront East building in the Strip District, downtown Pittsburgh." Read more

Mortgage Service Company, ServiceLink, Expands HQ Campus by 68,000 SF, Adds Jobs
"ServiceLink – the fast-growing mortgage servicing company – is expanding its headquarters at the Pittsburgh International Business Park, taking a new 68,000-square-foot building." Read more

Neptune Solutions Co. Expands, Set to Create 30 New Jobs in Washington County
"Neptune Solutions Co. – a water treatment technology startup serving the oil and gas industries – signed a five-year lease for a 13,500-square-foot site and plans to create 30 full-time jobs in Eighty Four, Pa., Washington County." Read more

Houston-Based MRC Global Opens New Distribution Center in Westmoreland County
"MRC Global Inc. announced that its subsidiary, McJunkin Red Man Corporation, has opened a new, 163,000-square-foot regional distribution center in Monessen, Westmoreland County. The new facility sits on 14 acres and will house MRC Global's fifth valve automation center in its U.S. Eastern region." Read more

Samuels and Son Seafood Company Selects Washington County's Starpointe for 25,000 SF Building
"Samuels and Son Seafood Company plans to construct a 25,000-square-foot building with the capacity to expand on 3.12 acres at Starpointe Business Park, Washington County." Read more

Allegiant Air to Open Base of Operations at Pittsburgh International Airport, Adds Jobs and Begins Nonstop Flights to Orlando
"By the end of the year, Allegiant Air will make the Pittsburgh International Airport a base of operations, bringing with it up to 40 jobs, a permanently-based, 156-seat Airbus A319 aircraft and twice-weekly flights from Pittsburgh to Orlando, Fla." Read more

Boston Real Estate Firm, Sperry Van Ness International Corp., Enters Pittsburgh
"Sperry Van Ness International Corp. – a Boston-based commercial real estate services franchisor – has opened a downtown Pittsburgh office." Read more

Center One LLC, Bringing 50 Jobs to Beaver County with Call Center
"A customer service call center, Center One LLC, is coming to [Beaver] and will bring up to 50 new jobs." Read more

Pittsburgh Ad Agency, Gatesman+Dave, Adding Jobs
"South Side-based Gatesman+Dave – one of the region's largest advertising agencies – has increased the number of employees since last year and plans to add more." Read more

UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, 185,000 SF Sports and Medicine Facility, Opens in Butler County
"The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Penguins and UPMC, officially opened and features the official training center for the Penguins, a UPMC sports medicine research facility and more." Read more

New $10 Million Westmoreland County Community College Latrobe Campus Opens
"Classes have begun at the newly opened, 30,000-square-foot, two-story Latrobe Education Center at Westmoreland County Community College's Latrobe campus." Read more

New 75,000 SF Office Building in the Works for Innovation Ridge in Allegheny County
"A 75,000-square-foot corporate office building is expected to be built by Innovation Center Associates, LP, which purchased the 9.04-acre site from the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania." Read more

Burns & Scalo Building a New $8 Million, 44,000 SF Office Project on Parkway West
"Burns & Scalo Real Estate Services Inc. is constructing an $8 million, 44,000-square-foot spec office building at 965 Greentree Road – a highly visible site along the Parkway West." Read more

New 32,000 SF Office Building to Rise on the South Side
"FirstSite Development is building a new 32,000-square-foot building, called 34th and Carson, which will include 80 surface parking spaces on a site within the SouthSide Works master plan." Read more

McCutcheon Enterprises Inc. Breaks Ground for Two New Buildings in Washington County
"Officials from McCutcheon Enterprises Inc. – which provides a variety of services to the region's oil and gas industry – broke ground on a 10,000 square-foot showroom for its rental equipment and an adjacent building for its maintenance operations." Read more

FirstEnergy to Build Coal Processing Facility in Beaver County
"FirstEnergy Corp. will build a coal waste processing facility that will help the operation of its Bruce Mansfield power plant in Beaver County." Read more

Owner of Downtown's Allegheny Building Plans Improvements
"King Penguin Opportunity Fund – the new owner of the 19-story, Allegheny Building in downtown Pittsburgh – plans to restore the building's amenities including air conditioning and heating, mechanical updates and its first-floor grand hall." Read more

Pittsburgh North Side's East Ohio Street Seeing Commercial Building Revitalization
"East Allegheny residents and civic organizations are working to rejuvenate the East Ohio Street business district in Pittsburgh, building by building." Read more

Bike Lanes Coming to Oakland
"Seeking to accommodate an increasing number of bicycle riders in Pittsburgh, the city will expand its network of shared and dedicated bike lanes in Oakland this summer." Read more

Pittsburgh Selected for Startup Global Pilot Program by U.S. Commerce Department
"Pittsburgh has been selected as the third city to pilot Startup Global, a new initiative announced by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker aimed at providing entrepreneurs with technical assistance on how to export. Members of the Pittsburgh effort include Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Pittsburgh's Innovation Institute, Innovation Works, Idea Foundry and Thrill Mill." Read more

Carnegie Mellon University Receives $35 Million: Largest Corporate Donation in its History
"Carnegie Mellon University has announced the biggest corporate donation in the school's history – $35 million gifted by Tata Consultancy Services, a global enterprise based halfway around the world in India. The donation will fund an approximately 40,000 square foot R&D facility." Read more

Carnegie Mellon, GE Ventures Bringing Robotics Accelerator Program to Pittsburgh
"Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center and GE Ventures – the investment arm of Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric – have teamed up to create The Robotics Hub, a new accelerator program and a $20 million venture fund." Read more

Life Sciences Tech Company, Cognition Therapeutics, Raises $12 Million
"Cognition Therapeutics Inc. – a South Side-based biotech/life sciences company that develops new therapeutics to improve the lives of those with neurodegenerative disorders – has raised $12 million in a Series B financing round." Read more

Rinovum Completes $9 Million Funding Round
"Monroeville-based Rinovum Women's Health, a maker of a home conception-aid kit, has raised $9 million in a Series C financing round." Read more

Pittsburgh International Airport Awarded $5.7 Million Grant
"Pittsburgh International Airport has been awarded a $5.7 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to complete the reconstruction of one of the airport's runways." Read more

Medical Device Company, Peca Labs, Completes $2.8 Million Funding Round
"Etna-based Peca Labs raised $2.8 million in a Series A funding round. The money will be used to continue work on a combined synthetic vessel and heart valve for children who have congenital heart defects." Read more

RE2 Nabs $2.7 Million Contract to Develop Robotic Arms
"Pittsburgh-based RE2 Inc. has been awarded a $2.7 million contract by the Office of Naval Research to develop manipulator arms for unmanned underwater vehicles." Read more

PNC Awards Bridgeway Capital $2.2 Million Equity Investment for Homewood Economic Hub Rehab
"Bridgeway Capital has obtained a $2.2 million equity investment from PNC Financial Services Group Inc. The investment will go toward continued rehabilitation of a five-story building that's intended to serve as an economic hub in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood." Read more

Pitt's Swanson School Receives $1.7 Million in Grants for 3-D Printing from America Makes
"Two separate University of Pittsburgh research groups have received a combined total of $1.7 million in funding from America Makes to improve design development for three-dimensional printing." Read more

EPA Awards $400,000 to Spur Brownfields Development in Allegheny County
"North Side Industrial Development Company received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess cleanup needs at area brownfield sites for development. The funds will cover 10 site assessments, most of which are in McKeesport and Clairton." Read more

PPG Industries Foundation Donates $103,000 to Support Engineering, Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh
"The PPG Industries Foundation has donated $103,000 to the University of Pittsburgh to support programs in the school of engineering and the chemistry department." Read more

DCED Awards Low-Interest Loans for Allegheny, Westmoreland County Development
"Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced more than $13.2 million in investments approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority for projects in many counties including Allegheny and Westmoreland." Read more

Pittsburgh Named One of the Five Best Big Cities to Live in the U.S., is Top in Northeast
"MONEY magazine's 'Best Places to Live in 2015' names Pittsburgh to its best big cities list calling it a 'rust-belt city transforming itself with homegrown, high-tech talent.'" Read more

Metropolis Magazine Rates Pittsburgh One of World's "Best and Most Livable Cities"
"National architecture and design magazine Metropolis has rated Pittsburgh as one of the world's 11 'best and most livable cities,' citing the city's preservation and renewal efforts." Read more

Pittsburgh Recognized as "A Perfect Family-Friendly Destination" by NOVAdventuring
"In its latest Weekending feature, the Virginia-based, family-focused travel blog, NOVAdventuring, falls in love with Pittsburgh and shares its contagious passion for Pittsburgh and why the city is a fabulous designation for families." Read more

Pittsburgh Region Enjoys Healthy Dose of "Brain Gain"
"A study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research found that Pittsburgh, from 2000 to 2013, gained 148,055 adults with at least a bachelor's degree, increasing the number of people here with that level of education by 37.3 percent." Read more

Reed Smith Named among 50 Best Law Firms for Women
"Reed Smith LLP is among the 2015 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers' 50 Best Law Firms for Women." Read more

Business Insider recognizes Carnegie Mellon University as Second Best Computer and Engineering School in the Northeast
"Business Insider recently published a list of the 50 best computer-science and engineering schools in America. Carnegie Mellon ranked second best school in the Northeast." Read more

Duquesne University's Pharmacy School Nabs National Honor
"Duquesne University is one of three awardees selected by the American Pharmacists Association for its 2015 Pinnacle Awards – a national honor underscoring the positive impact players within healthcare have on the health and well-being of its community." Read more

Duquesne University Ranks No. 2 in U.S. for Percent of Women in MBA Program
"According to a report by U.S. News & World Report, Duquesne University ranks second in the country for the percent of women enrolled in its MBA program." Read more

Why Corporate Investment in Pittsburgh Tech Companies is Rising
"Twice as many corporations invested in Pittsburgh tech companies so far in 2015 than in all of last year. If the pace continues, it will be the busiest year for corporate venture activity since 2001." Read more

President Obama Praises Pittsburgh's Astrobotic, Duolingo at White House Demo Day
"Pittsburgh-based startups, Astrobotic and Duolingo, were among 32 companies highlighted at the White House's first-ever 'Demo Day.' President Barack Obama held up both as examples of strong, innovative startups." Read more

PNC Financial Services President William Demchak Talks Workforce Development, Downtown's Revival and Pittsburgh's Transformation
"William Demchak – PNC's president, CEO and chairman and the chair of the Allegheny Conference's Workforce Strategy – addressed Pittsburgh's workforce and transformation at VisionPittsburgh, [one of] the Pittsburgh Business Times' quarterly luncheon series." Read more

Vacation Express Launches Nonstop Service to the Bahamas from Pittsburgh International Airport
"Vacation Express has launched a new nonstop service to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island from Pittsburgh International Airport." Read more

Pittsburgh Airport Improvements Noted as CEO Expands Activity
"Christina Cassotis took over as CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority in mid-January. Airport observers say they sense change: from new niche airlines to quick-fix improvements." Read more


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September 11 – Women's Breakfast Series
Hosted by Chatham University's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of progressive business topics. This month's topic is "Fast & Furious: Innovation for Low-Tech Companies." Learn from guest speaker Meredith Meyer Grelli, co-founder and co-owner of Wigle Whiskey, as she shares the methods that Wigle has implemented to breed innovation; fill its new product pipeline with compelling services, products and programs to meet consumers' needs; and grow the business each year. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., the event will be held in the James Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University's Shadyside Campus. Cost to attend is $25. The non-student and veteran rate is $12.

September 11 – PAACC Legislative Breakfast
Hosted by the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, this premier breakfast event is your opportunity to meet and greet with the government officials whose local, state and federal work affects your business. Raise questions and exchange ideas. Special guests include State Senator Camera Bartolotta, State Representative Jim Christiana, State Representative Nick Kotik, U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy, State Representative Mark Mustio and State Senator Elder A. Vogel. Held at the Montour Heights Country Club from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m., cost to attend is $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Please note that this event sells out each year so make sure to register if you plan to attend. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

September 16-18 – Living Product unExpo
Presented by the Green Building Alliance, join the International Living Future Institute at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for its inaugural three-day trade show and conference on revolutionizing the product industry. The Living Product unExpo is a groundbreaking new event that will bring together leading minds in the product industry and ignite a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered. Sustainability directors from the world's leading design firms, prominent manufacturers and sustainability consultants will gather to learn about game-changing innovations in product design. Click here for more information on pricing.

September 17 – NAIOP Chapter Meeting
Join NAIOP Pittsburgh's September chapter meeting on finance held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program at 8:00 a.m. This month's meeting features a panel discussion with David Tetrick, senior vice president and commercial real estate region manager at Huntington Bank; Dan Puntil, senior vice president and office manager at Grandbridge Real Estate Capital; Brian Walker, CFO of Millcraft Investments, Inc.; and Denise McGee, director of servicing at PenTrust Real Estate Advisory Services. Cost to attend is $40 for non-members and free for members. Visit www.naioppittsburgh.com for more information.

September 17 – PVCA's 4moms Behind-the-Scenes Reception
Join the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association for its kick-off of the 2015-2016 season with a cocktail reception at 4moms, one of Pittsburgh's hottest, fastest-growing companies. Rob Daley, the company's CEO, will share some behind-the-scenes information about the company that he co-founded with Henry Thorne in 2005 that has since revolutionized and redefined the juvenile products industry. The company's pioneering products, powered by robotic and electronic technologies, have garnered worldwide praise and prestigious awards for innovative design and safety features. Hear from Rob, tour the company's downtown headquarters and reconnect with PVCA members and friends. Held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the 4moms offices, cost to attend is $45 for members and $100 for non-members.

September 17 – CIO Insights: Cyber Security Expert Chris Roberts
Join the Pittsburgh Technology Council in welcoming Chris Roberts – a world-renowned cyber security expert on counter-threat intelligence. Chris's resume includes work both in-house and as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies in finance, retail and energy as well as for various government agencies on issues of national importance. The program will be held at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Center from 7:45 – 9:45 a.m. Cost to attend is $45 for members and $175 for non-members.

September 17-19 – National Construction Leadership Development Conference
The Master Builders' Association and Constructors Association of Western PA will host the annual Construction Leadership Development Conference at the Westin Convention Center. This three-day event will unite emerging construction leaders from across the country and from various construction sectors to network, learn and share. The event features a keynote address from four-time Super Bowl Champion Rocky Bleier, six educational seminars, a building tour of Carnegie Mellon University's Scott Hall and two evening receptions (one aboard the Gateway Clipper and the other on the terrace of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center). This conference is an excellent opportunity for young construction leaders to meet their peers and gain valuable insight into career development. For more information visit Construction Leadership Development Conference or contact Jon O'Brien of the MBA.

September 18 – African American Chamber's PowerBreakfast Meeting
Join the African American Chamber of Commerce as it hears from its corporate sponsor, the Pittsburgh Pirates. President Frank Coonelly will update attendees on procurement opportunities within the Pirates organization. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club, cost to attend is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. RSVP by September 16. For more information call (412) 392-0610 or email information@aaccwp.com.

September 21-27 – Thrival Innovation & Music Festival
Take part in a wide variety of interactive panel discussions, cutting-edge demonstrations and engaging presentations at this year's Thrival Innovation & Music Festival. Monday's events will be held at City Theatre and will focus on 21st Century Cities and Global Leadership. Work Hard PGH in Allentown will host on Tuesday with a programming focus on new media, gaming and information sharing. Wednesday's Educational Frontiers and Engagement sessions will be held at the Energy Innovation Center in the Hill District. The festival will return to familiar territory at Bakery Square for Thursday's Health & Wellness Revolution programs to be held at UPMC Enterprises, Google and TechShop. Friday moves to Thrill Mill's home offices on Broad Street in East Liberty, but will expand events to building neighbors AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear. Saturday's Creative Reuse, Sustainability and the Arts will convene at the concert site in Hazelwood, while Sunday wraps up with an open-house back at Thrill Mill's offices in East Liberty. For additional information on each session, concert listings and registrations, visit www.thrivalfestival.com.

September 22 - October 22 – Energy Efficiency Incentives Seminars from FirstEnergy PA
The Energy Efficiency Incentives from FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utilities are entering their last lap – offering seminars on Act 129 energy efficiency rebates at 15 locations in Pennsylvania. Join them for lunch to learn what energy efficiency is and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be energy efficient and why it's so important. Also learn about funding options available for energy-efficient improvements from guest speakers including the Sustainable Energy Fund and The PA Department of Environmental Protection. Fifteen seminars are planned in Pennsylvania from September 22 – October22, 2015. Register for one here.

September 24 – Power of Southpointe's Financial Forum
Presented by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, join POWER of Southpointe's 3rd Annual Financial Forum sponsored by Community Bank. The forum will feature a panel of distinguished guests discussing this year's topic: women and finance. The moderator for the event is Honorable Diana Irey Vaughan, Washington County commissioner. Click here for a full list of panel speakers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a mentee with them to the event. Mentees will be complimentary on behalf of Community Bank. Registration must be done online here. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Place at the Meadowlands, cost to attend is $30 for members and $50 for non-members.

September 25 – Breakfast Briefing Presented by General Industries
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce invites members and their guests to the September Breakfast Briefing and Last Swing Golf Outing. Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) President Dr. Quintin B. Bullock will be the keynote speaker at the briefing. President Bullock began serving as CCAC president in March of 2014 and has years of experience in higher education. Immediately following the briefing, the Last Swing Golf Outing will tee off. Ten foursomes are available for this outing and are first come, first serve. Cost is $90 per golfer, which includes 18 holes and breakfast. For breakfast only, cost is $30 for members and $50 for non-members. To register, please contact Kara Stanek at 724-225-3010.

September 25 – FortyX80 Investor Round Robin
FortyX80, Innovation Works and accelerators AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear are joining the Thrival schedule. From 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. an investor round-robin session will be held. Entrepreneurs will be pre-selected to meet with individual investors in 10-minute time slots to build their networks, discuss their companies and to get advice and inroads to funding. If you are an entrepreneur interested in participating, please email info@fortyx80.org for an application. The round-robin session will be held at AlphaLab Gear and is free to attend.

September 30 – A Presentation by Ms. Petra Mitchell, President & CEO of Catalyst Connection
Hosted by the Armstrong County Manufacturing Consortium, Ms. Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection will provide a presentation about the current state of manufacturing in our country and the region. She will also discuss key strategies for continued growth, including resources available to manufacturers to implement continuous improvement initiatives. Click here to read Ms. Mitchell's biography. This after-hours event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Kittanning Country Club. There will be a cash bar. Appetizers will be provided. There is no cost to attend.

October 1 – Corridors of Opportunity: Butler
Join the Pittsburgh Business Times as it continues its event series highlighting Pittsburgh's most important growth corridors with a panel discussion on business opportunities in Butler County. The event will include networking, lunch, a panel discussion and a Q&A with the audience. Panelists include Steve Forde, public and government affairs manager of XTO Energy, Inc.; Dr. Cheryl J. Norton, president of Slippery Rock University; and William McCarrier, chair of the Butler County Board of Commissioners. Held at the Pittsburgh Marriot North in Cranberry from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., tickets are $55. Business Times subscribers receive a 10-percent discount. Tables of 10 are available for $550 and $495 for subscribers.

October 1 – Additive Manufacturing for Small Manufacturers
Hosted by Catalyst Connection, this impressive gathering of knowledge leaders concerning the latest technologies and practical applications in additive manufacturing is open to all manufacturers. Catalyst Connection is hosting this technical conference in partnership with America Makes, Carnegie Mellon University, NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Pittsburgh. Keynote speaker is Greg Morris, General Electric Aviation's general manager for additive manufacturing. The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Continental breakfast and registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Cost of the conference is $125.

October 2 – Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series
Hosted by Chatham Universities Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series features prominent regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of progressive business topics. This month's topic is "Moving Past the Mega Hub" with guest speaker Christina Cassotis, chief executive officer at the Allegheny County Airport Authority. As the first female leader of the organization that manages Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, Cassotis is challenged to move PIT past the mega-hub structure which collapsed 15 years ago, to a successful origin and destination facility that meets the needs of the region. Held in the James Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University's Shadyside Campus and beginning at 8:00 a.m., cost to attend is $25.

October 6 – Pittsburgh Chemical Day
Pittsburgh Chemical Day is the largest, premier one-day event held for the Pittsburgh region's chemical industry and focuses on ties between the chemical and energy industries. Attend and get a chance to generate new network connections and to capitalize on industry relationships. Also, optimize opportunities to reinforce the best solutions for your business, listen to industry experts to broaden the vision and scope that may be critical to future growth and gather information to stay ahead of the evolving industry. This year's keynote speaker is Michael McGarry, president and COO of PPG Industries Inc. Held at the Heinz History Center, the event begins with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and is followed by a program from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A networking reception will be held afterwards from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Early-bird registration before September 15 is $250. Registration after September 15 is $295; and $320 the day of the event. Registration includes access to all daytime program speakers, including the keynote speech and network mixer. Contact info@pittchemday.com for more information.

October 7 – Cyber Security: Protecting Your Business Workshop
Presented by the African American Chamber of Commerce's Business Institute. Attend to hear from nationally recognized cyber security workforce expert, Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. Dr. Burley is co-PI and research director for the National CyberWatch Center, as well as a full professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. She has also published extensively on public sector IT use, knowledge management and information sharing. Held at the Manchester Bidwell Corporation from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., cost is free to attend.

October 8 – Launch CMU
Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Launch CMU is a technology startup and research showcase – putting a spotlight on entrepreneurship at CMU and cutting-edge research and innovations from students, alumni, faculty and staff – while bringing together the investment community, regional business leaders and CMU alumni. The schedule of events generally includes featured presentations and pitches, an entrepreneurship Demo & Poster session, tours of CMU research centers and a networking reception. The event will be held on campus at the Jared L. Cohon University Center. Click here for a full schedule of events.

October 8 – MBA / NAIOP Joint Program
Presented by NAIOP Pittsburgh in partnership with the Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania, save the date for the discussion topic "Mechanics Lein." Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program at 8:00 a.m. Cost to attend is $45 for non-members and $25 for members. Visit www.naioppittsburgh.com for more information.

October 13 – 10th Annual Think BIG Forum
Chatham University's Center for Women Entrepreneurship is celebrating its 10th anniversary of serving women entrepreneurs in the greater Pittsburgh region, and part of that celebration is highlighting women business owners in the Pittsburgh area who innovate for women in their products or services via its 10th Annual Think BIG Forum: By Women, For Women, Celebrating 10 Years of Entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. From 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Eddy Theatre. Cost to attend is $45 for general admission, $25 for non-Chatham students and free for members.

October 15 – ULI Pittsburgh 3rd Annual Placemaking Awards for Excellence
The Urban Land Institute in Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Placemaking Awards for Excellence with special honoree: The PNC Financial Services Group. The evening will again celebrate extraordinary Pittsburgh places and recognize outstanding projects, achievements and leaders in the city. Held at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; individual tickets are $75 for ULI members, $100 for non-members. For event and table sponsorships, view 2015 Placemaking Awards Sponsorship. Click to view the printable event registration form. For more information, contact the District Council Office at 724-687-0707.

October 15-16 – Platts 8th Annual Appalachian Oil & Gas Conference: What Are the Most Effective Strategies for Marcellus/Utica Gas and NGLs in This Uncertain Market and Price Environment?
With the dramatic impact of falling oil prices on gas and NGL prices, Marcellus and Utica players are looking for answers to the above question. At Platts 8th Annual Appalachian Oil & Gas conference, on October 15-16, 2015, in Pittsburgh, industry leaders offer some knowledgeable answers. To register or for more information, visit www.platts.com/appalachian or call 800-752-8878 toll free or +1-212-904-3070 (outside the US and Canada).

October 18-20 – APA-PA 2015 Annual Conference
Presented by the Green Building Alliance, join the American Planning Association PA Chapter for its exciting three-day conference at the Westin Convention Center featuring a keynote speech by internationally renowned livable city expert Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities and Pitkin Luncheon speaker James Brasuell, editor of Planetizen and more. If you would like to be a sponsor or an exhibitor at the conference please click here. For more information and to register, click here.

October 20 – American Middle East Institute's 8th Annual Business Conference and Mid-East Health-Tech Forum
The American Middle East Institute's 8th Annual Business Conference, at the Omni William Penn Hotel, is a high-level gathering that will bring together dignitaries from Algeria, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE with U.S. business leaders and decision makers. Emerging trends in health and technology will be showcased including the latest in pharmaceutical research and development, telemedicine, best practices in hospital management, insurance and infrastructure, medical devices and a special panel on "Doing Business in the Middle East." Tickets are $295, which includes a ticket to Dr. Fareed Zakaria's evening lecture, held at Carnegie Music Hall.

October 20 – American Middle East Institute Presents Fareed Zakaria Lecture
The American Middle East Institute presents its 8th Annual Conference featuring Fareed Zakaria – host of CNN's flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, which airs Sundays worldwide and is broadcast in more than 200 million, homes in nearly 190 countries. He is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, a Washington Post columnist and a New York Times best-selling author. He was described by Esquire magazine as "the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation." In 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers. Individual tickets for the Fareed Zakaria lecture only are $75, $50 and $25. For more information on additional conference events, VIP tickets and sponsorship, please visit www.AmericanMEI.org or call 412-995-0076.

October 20 – Entering the Shale Gas Supply Chain for Manufacturers
Presented by Catalyst Connection. Are you a manufacturer interested in becoming a part of the supply chain in the shale gas industry? This one day workshop is focused around addressing the needs of this dynamic industry and identifying the opportunities it holds for the region's small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. The workshop is devoted to understanding the ins and outs of this industry's supply chain and to learn what the recommendations are for entering as a small manufacturer. Topics covered include an overview of natural gas development processes, a breakdown of the supply chain and supply tiers, industry challenges and opportunities, emerging trends and technologies and supplier requirements. The workshop will be held Catalyst Connection's Century Link Training room from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost to attend is $249 and includes all training materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

October 22 – NAIOP Chapter Meeting
Save the date for NAIOP Pittsburgh's August chapter meeting held at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program at 8:00 a.m. Cost to attend is $40 for non-members and free for members. Visit www.naioppittsburgh.com for more information.

October 27-28 – 2015 Eastern Oil and Gas Conference and Trade Show
Presented by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, this long-running event is organized by the exploration and production industry and is held at the Monroeville Convention Center. Save the date and visit www.pioga.org for more information. Interested in exhibiting? Click here for exhibit information or email Debbie Oyler at Debbie@pioga.org to be placed on their contact list.

October 29 – 2015 Pittsburgh Technology Council Tech 50 Awards
The Pittsburgh Technology Council's Tech 50 Awards honors southwestern Pennsylvania's most successful and visionary technology companies. The awards represent transformative technology centers of excellence with tech companies at all stages of growth. Mark your calendar and plan to celebrate the success of Pittsburgh's technology community. The awards program will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Registration and the tech showcase will begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:00 p.m. Cost to attend is $165 for members, $345 for non-members, $725 for a group of five and $1,395 for a group of 10.

November 3-4 – Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference
Presented by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the 2015 Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference is the region's premiere ed-tech conference focused on leading the conversation about what's next in educational technology. The conference is attended by educational leaders from K-12; school CIO's, superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, media coordinators and, of course, cutting-edge teachers. This year's conference will feature an Ed Surge Leadership Summit in addition to the full conference programming. Registration is now open. Cost to attend is $99. For more information please contact Justin Driscoll at the Pittsburgh Technology Council at 412-918-4281 or jdriscoll@pghtech.org. For information on sponsorship, contact Carolyn Candebat at 412-918-4244 or ccandebat@pghtech.org.

November 19 – Corridors of Opportunity: Strip District
Exciting things are happening in Pittsburgh's Strip District these days, with both commercial and residential real estate booming. The Pittsburgh Business Times and its sponsors return to the Strip for a discussion of business opportunities. The event will be held at the Heinz History Center from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and will include networking, lunch, a panel discussion and a Q&A with the audience. The panelists featured are Shawn Fox, vice president of business development at Oxford Development and Chris Dirr, vice president of development at The NRP Group. Tickets are available at $55 per person. Business Times subscribers receive a 10-percent discount. Tables of 10 are available for $550 and $495 for subscribers.

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