"Where we are today took 30 years; it was not overnight," said Dennis Yablonsky, the Allegheny Conference's CEO. "I'm getting a lot of calls from Detroit these days."How did it happen? The Kentuckians were told that Pittsburgh's public and private sectors came together to reinvent the local economy by creating new business sectors in the region's core strengths: manufacturing, energy and finance. "We created a balanced, diversified economy," Yablonsky said.One key factor was long-term investment in higher education, especially the region's major research universities, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks in largely to that research, the region now has 1,600 technology companies and advanced manufacturing plants.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Detroit Calling Pittsburgh
There's already some press feedback from the Lexington-Louisville tour of Pittsburgh: