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What is a Pittsburgh Impact Company?

A company in the 10-county Pittsburgh region that has been identified as "high growth" by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), using research sponsored by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This research tracks all businesses statewide and selects those companies that have experienced consistent growth over the previous five years. Read more about the Impact here.

Why Target Pittsburgh Impact Companies?

  • Expanding existing businesses are helping to build a better economy in southwestern Pennsylvania – fewer than 1% of companies are creating 74% of jobs throughout the state*
  • These companies have been found to have the greatest potential for sustainable employment growth, suggesting recession resistance
  • This special subset of companies can uniquely impact the economic vitality of southwestern Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Impact Initiative Aims to:

  • Communicate with Pittsburgh Impact Companies through active outreach and continued updates on the issues that matter to them
  • Connect these companies to the economic development resources, business development opportunities and talent needed for continued growth utilizing BusinessQuickGuide.com, a comprehensive guide of available non-profit and public business development resources in the Pittsburgh region. The Business Quick Guide serves the southwestern Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland, and has been developed to assist businesses of all stages and sizes in finding the resources they need to grow in the region.
  • Champion their success through existing PRA media channels, such as Our Region's Business and the ImaginePittsburghNow.com blog, and other opportunities to help raise the profile of Pittsburgh Impact Companies for both their business development and talent attraction efforts

Enhancing Opportunities for Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprises
The PRA is focused on enhancing opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses within the 10-county region. The Pittsburgh Impact initiative is working to advance that goal by applying the same strategy to regional MBE, WBE and MWBE-certified businesses.

This program is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Discovered & Developed in PA program.


*Dr. Gary Kunkle, CEO of Outlier LLC and Research Fellow at the Edward Lowe Foundation

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