Although there is an ever-growing cadre of economic development entities operating in Pittsburgh, [Project Olympus director Lenore Blum] acknowledged, "they're not all tied together." ...
... Catherine Mott, managing partner of Wexford-based BlueTree Capital Group LLC, said Olympus can help fill a gap in the market.
"What's missing is there's no central place for anyone to go to tap talent," she said.
I do think that Pittsburgh would benefit from one stop talent shopping, particularly when courting financial capital from outside of the region. Pittsburgh needs a cohesive vision that appeals to a broad constituency. Again, I'm reminded of Tim Zak's comment in one of Mark DeSantis' Pittsburgh Quarterly articles about the missing ingredient for an economically resurgent region: A "critical mass of like-minded people."
I know that CMU is pushing hard to establish itself as the key entity promoting innovation in Pittsburgh. But is what is good for CMU, good for Pittsburgh? I don't see much harm in trying. That CMU is even interested in promoting itself as a valuable regional asset is good thing. I figure that CMU could thrive without much Pittsburgh benefit. Still, I'd like to know if and how Project Olympus is aligning itself with the "ever-growing cadre of economic development entities operating in Pittsburgh."