Austin-Raleigh used to be the comparison made in #econdev circles. Increasingly I'm hearing Austin-Asheville.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Each year Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business attracts some of the brightest master's degree candidates in the country. But the admissions staff occasionally has to sway prospective students with their choice of top schools who wonder why they should relocate to Pittsburgh, Pa.
These are people without much detailed familiarity with Pittsburgh. Many have never even been here. But there is nonetheless some strong image of Pittsburgh in their mind, such that in order to explain why they won't even consider a life here, they think all they have to say is something like, "Yeah, but it's Pittsburgh."
Pittsburgh's strong university presence--the city has over a dozen colleges or campuses--helps bolster its livability. In fact, the key to finding the easiest places to live may be to follow the students. Most of the metros on our list--including Ann Arbor, Mich., Provo, Utah, and Manchester, N.H.--are college towns.
Working with the [Pittsburgh Technology Council], workforce developers, industry leaders and foundations, Pittsburgh’s economic developers aligned their efforts to reposition Pittsburgh’s universities and colleges as economic anchors. The goal was to steer an innovation-led transformation in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the 45 additional institutions of higher education in the region.
Health care and higher education account for the biggest number of job openings, but financial services also is strong, according to a Pittsburgh Business Times survey of the region’s 50 largest employers, which found at least 4,664 job openings. Employment giants the University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center combined make up 1,257 of the slots, but some small businesses also are reporting significant growth.
Robust hiring also continues at Westinghouse Electric Co., which has added 5,000 employees during the past four years, two-thirds of which were new positions, according to company spokesman Vaughn Gilbert. Westinghouse has international operations, but 60 percent of the new hires were from western Pennsylvania.The torrid pace of hiring at Westinghouse is expected to cool to around 750 people annually in a “year or two,” Gilbert said. Positions range from ones requiring a two-year degree to electrical and mechanical engineers, information technology specialists and project managers.
In only a few of our most livable cities does population growth match prospects for employment and inexpensive living. Provo saw an 8% population boom between 2000 and 2006, and the head count in Omaha rose by 7.2% over the same period. In most of the cities on the list, however, the population has shrunk, or grown only by meager percentages, suggesting that word about the quality of life there hasn't yet gotten out. Being a well-kept secret is just fine for some residents."I'm a big proponent of Pittsburgh," says [Wendy Hermann, director of student services for Carnegie Mellon master's programs and a Pittsburgh native. "But I don't want to spread the message too much."
Chances are you’ve heard it at least once or maybe even said it yourself: “I took a pay cut to come to Austin.” The labor market in Austin can be ruthless. The metropolitan area is adding 50,000-60,000 people per year–roughly the size of the city of San Marcos–and many of those moving here have both talent and multiple diplomas to hang on the wall. With relatively few large corporate headquarters and a business culture that celebrates bootstrapping, competition for good jobs with a career track is fierce. It’s the double-edged sword of an entrepreneurial region.
Since 2003, we have successfully helped match over 4,000 internship seekers with employers throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. We've worked with over 1,500 regional employers and over 70 regional universities.We also have an initiative called Internships to Jobs (I2J). Hiring individuals with internship experience can increase the efficiency of organizations and positively affect the bottom line by lowering costs associated with turnover. The goal of Internships to Jobs is to provide support to regional employers that recognize the value of internship programs and are looking to hire an intern full-time within the next two years.We also host the Interns Summer Program each year, which is a series of social, professional and cultural summer events in June and July for interns, which showcase some of the best amenities Pittsburgh has to offer. By creating a social experience that highlights the Pittsburgh area, the RIC hopes to encourage these interns to consider staying in or relocating to this area upon graduation, and adding their talent permanently to our regional companies.The Interns Summer Program 2010 will showcase the Pittsburgh region to interns as a dynamic place to work, but also a place to have engaging experiences outside of work.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
When World War II ended and the auto factories stopped making tanks and started making cars again, Appalachians fleeing life in the coal mines poured into town along what became known as the “Hillbilly Highway.”They showed up in droves, seeking work and settling together in older Detroit neighborhoods or in growing suburbs such as Taylor and Hazel Park, which sometimes still gets called “Hazeltucky” — a nickname that’s no compliment.The new arrivals were looked down upon, often considered backward. Their homes were called eyesores. Landlords sometimes refused to rent to them, fearful that dozens more would follow into the neighborhood. A survey conducted by Wayne State University in 1951 asked Detroiters to identify “undesirable people” in the city. “Poor Southern whites” and “hillbillies” were in a near tie with “criminals and gangsters” at the top of the list, well ahead of “transients,” “Negroes” and “drifters.”
5. Instead of being tied to the land, jobs in the towns tend to emphasize industry and services—important signs of a more diversified economy. However, aside from the major urban centers along its perimeter, the entire Appalachian region still suffers from population decline and the loss of younger residents to the cities.Towns closer to the major highways and nearer to the many larger cities fringing the region (Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati, Atlanta) are disproportionately better-off than rural regions in the mountainous interior.
Overall, the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget expects the population of the 10-county area of Northwest Georgia to add about 495,000 people by 2050. The growth would push the region's current population of 521,000 to more than 1 million.Dr. Douglas Bachtel, a professor of housing and consumer economics at the University of Georgia, said the area's scenic beauty, climate and proximity to both metro Atlanta and Chattanooga -- coupled with jobs and affordable housing -- will draw people to the area."You've got all of those factors drawing to North Georgia like a magnet," Dr. Bachtel said.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
National populations don't exhibit uniform demographic behaviours, with these instead varying according to such factors as ethnicity, region, class, or religion--East Germany within Germany is a perfect example of this. Migration is a notoriously "lumpy" phenomenon, depending critically on all manner of formal and informal links between sending and receiving areas, links which don't exist in the same way for different populations. One-third of the Mexican-born population in the United States was born in three west-central Mexican states (Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán) where only 15% of the Mexican population lives. A wildly disproportionate share of Japan's emigrants have come from the Ryukyu Islands, centered on Okinawa, virtually an independent state until the late 19th century. A disproportionate number of the Atlantic Canadian province of New Brunswick's Francophones (and perhaps Francophones elsewhere in Atlantic Canada) move to Québec. And yes, a disproportionate number of the immigrants to the United States from Muslim countries were professionals, while European countries which received immigrants explicitly recruited immigrants for unskilled labour.
Today, Pittsburgh is faced with a new challenge in terms of its workforce pipeline. A comprehensive workforce study completed by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board indicated that Pittsburgh has a 50-50 challenge. Basically, this means that Pittsburgh has 50,000 fewer younger works and 50,000 additional older works than its peer cities. All in all, Pittsburgh has been challenged and will continue to confront economic decline and stagnation; however the region’s willingness to face these challenges head-on has proven to be effective.
Great idea. Reach the decision maker in the family through a source of information they trust, their favorite mommy blogger.Some people may criticize this approach saying that the old way of marketing offers the potential to reach more people. They are right. You can print a million brochures and pay to get your community recognized by Google.But I’d respond to those critics by asking them to consider how I got to Galena twelve years ago, in the days before social media. I didn’t Google a website, I didn’t pick up a brochure at visitors center. A friend told me about it. Someone who’s opinion I trusted.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I buy what he's selling. And consider that Phoenix home values have declined 52% from their peak, are still off on a year-over-year basis, and declined in both January and February of this year. As Mr Sumner put it, now might not be the optimal moment to send out a signal to property markets that Hispanic immigration is about to slow sharply.
Most famously, all three Arizona House Republicans including current Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, voted against the bill in '83. The state did not vote in favor of recognizing the holiday until 1992, not only rejecting pleas from Reagan and then Arizona governor Evan Mecham but also losing the NFL's support when the league moved Super Bowl XXVII from Sun Devil Stadium, in Tempe, to California in protest.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Artists of yore made pilgrimages to Greece, Italy and Egypt to paint the remains of ancient civilizations. Touchstones of greatness past, those ruins were easy metaphors for the march of time, mortality and the transience of power.Apart from, say, the cliffside villages of Anasazi Indians and ghost-town relics of the Gold Rush, the New World was, well, too new for such things. We were busy looking forward anyway, so sure of our supremacy that even the deterioration of Rust Belt cities didn’t give us too much pause -- until the Great Recession let the air out of the balloon.Now we recognize those cities are our ruins, and Detroit, once an exemplar of American ingenuity, middle-class success and industrial might, is the biggest metaphor of all. Although the crown of the magnificent Fisher Building still gleams on the skyline, the streets down below are like a gap-toothed crone, pocked with empty lots and crumbling houses. Schools and offices are shuttered. Nature is reclaiming this once bustling metropolis.
Over and over, speakers pointed out that while cities are efficient, many of their urban centers are losing population. One city discussed has lost half its population since 1950, is a declining center of corporate headquarters, has thousands of largely vacant land despite the presence of a renowned children’s hospital, a famed symphony and a lively downtown restaurant scene. St Louis? No, Cleveland. ...... No conference about cities can ignore the enormous problems of Detroit and the efforts to revive or at least preserve parts of it. Rick Tetzeli, a Time Inc. editor, described his company’s purchase of a house in Detroit as a base for reporting all aspects of city life. He said Time Inc. paid $99,000 for a six-bedroom house in a neighborhood that still has the vacant, burned-out storefronts from the riots in 1967.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
After lunch we look for a church in Millvale that had been recommended to me as having interesting murals. Millvale is a few miles down (up?) the river, a former mining village nestled in a valley. There are lots of boarded up stores, but a great French bakery. I buy a cake, as it's my birthday.The church is Croatian and the murals, by Maxo Vanka, are spectacular. The Diego Riviera of Pittsburgh, I would say. They murals were done during 8 weeks in 1937 and they cover the interior of the church. Of course, there is the virgin holding the child, but below her, for example, on either side of what is now the altar, are Croatian people - on the left from the old world and on the right from the new. A steel foundry can be seen belching smoke behind them.But more amazing are the political murals that echo the crucifixion. Widows mourn over a coffin that contains a bleeding corpse, a soldier. Crosses cover the hillside behind them. Another wall depicts a corrupt justice in a gas mask holding scales on which the gold outweighs the bread. Clearly WWI had a big effect on Maxo.The virgin, on the verge of being bayoneted herself, separates two soldiers.On another mural an oligarch done as Death reads the stock reports while being served a chicken dinner by two black servants.One more: Jesus is stabbed, a second crucifixion.These are badly in need of renovation - years of coal dust have darkened them. But one can hope that these amazing things will survive and be cleaned soon.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Young, well-qualified workers living in BSG say they are frustrated with unaffordable homes, high stress levels, and increasingly uncongenial living conditions that include air pollution and traffic jams. Smaller cities, they are beginning to discover, might offer lower pay packages, but a higher quality of life- fresher air, bigger apartments, higher social status.'I used to think Beijing was the city of my dreams. I had to die in Beijing and my child had to be a Beijinger,' said TV news editor Li Hanjing, 33, who moved to the country's capital in 2004. But in a chance outing to Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, she fell in love with the eastern city. She now lives in Hangzhou and said the slower pace of life has made her feel less irritable.This great urban migration could spur further development of already booming second-tier cities and usher in for them a renaissance of sorts, experts said. Already, smaller cities, long troubled by the brain drain, are feeling the positive effects of the new incoming talent. Official figures show that second-tier cities such as Hangzhou and Tianjin, as well as Dalian and Shenyang in Liaoning province, posted growth figures higher than 16 per cent in 2008.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
In Silicon Valley more than half of Chinese and Indian immigrant scientists and engineers report sharing information about technology or business opportunities with people in their home countries, according to AnnaLee Saxenian of the University of California, Berkeley. Some Americans fret that China and India are using American know-how to out-compete America. But knowledge flows both ways. As people in emerging markets innovate—which they are already doing at a prodigious clip—America will find it ever more useful to have so many citizens who can tap into the latest brainwaves from Mumbai and Shanghai. Immigrants can also help their American employers do business in their homelands. Firms that employ many ethnic Chinese scientists, for example, are more likely to invest in China and more likely to do so through a wholly owned subsidiary, rather than seeking the crutch of a joint venture, finds Mr Kerr. In other words, local knowledge reduces the cost of doing business.
As Africans in the Diaspora gain more confidence in their ability to make a difference in their home countries, international donors will begin to adjust their views. The momentum behind the Diaspora is likely to grow because of the inevitable growth in European and American demand for African talent. Critical labor shortages in Europe will drive African migration; in the U.S., where today more than 1 million black African-born people live, "chain" migration will propel more Africans to leave their homes for the U.S.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
“In 1995, Pittsburgh was one of the first cities visited by the chamber after the launch of its intercity visit program,” Bert Mathews, vice chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a letter to delegates. “In the past 15 years, Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a ‘steel city’ to one that recently hosted the G20 Summit to international accolades and coverage. The evolution is due to innovation and reform — a major theme of the topics that will be addressed during our visit.” ...... The Nashville delegation is just one of several planning trips to Pittsburgh this year to learn more about the Steel City. The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce plans to welcome no less than seven chambers from across the country that are bringing leadership visits to Pittsburgh. The visits begin this month and continue through September.Many of these visitors are coming from across the Midwest, including Dubuque, Iowa; Cincinnati and Kansas City.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Rereading Geography and Trade, I realize that it has something of a retro – one might almost say steampunk – feel. I lovingly described the origins of the Dalton carpet cluster, which still exists but is hardly the cutting edge of economic change. I delightedly described the Bulletin on localization of industry in the 1900 Census, with its descriptions and histories of the concentrations of underwear in Cohoes, costume jewelry in Providence, detachable collars and cuffs in Troy, gloves in Gloverville, pencils from Pennsylvania, and tents from Tennessee. (OK, I got a little carried away there – but up through Gloversville it‟s accurate).
Compare Pittsburgh in 1950 with Atlanta today; one was a steel city, the other is a … what? In general, I would doubt that many people – even residents – could identify the export base of most major metropolitan areas other than New York, where financial services are the obvious driver. To some extent this lack of obvious differentiation reflects a rising share of non-traded services in employment, so that most people in every metropolitan area are doing the same things – retail trade, local medical services, etc.. But it also presumably reflects a shift in the nature of local specialization. The word I guess I’d use for regional specialization in the contemporary United States (and, to a somewhat lesser extent, in Europe) is “subtle.” There is still extensive specialization – there must be, or there wouldn’t be so much trade and travel between regions. But the specialization seems to involve relatively fine distinctions. There are medical equipment clusters in both Boston and Minneapolis; they‟re presumably not doing exactly the same things, but it would take close inspection to discern the differences.
“North America typically leads into a down cycle and leads out of a down cycle, and that’s exactly what’s happening now,” said Dan Pickering, an analyst at Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in Houston whose firm rates Halliburton shares at “buy” and doesn’t own any. “It’s coming on the back of all of the shale and shale-related activity, both gas and oil.”
"In Pennsylvania, you get handed one sheet of paper that's the entire brownfield program," said Lee Hoffman, a partner at law firm Pullman & Comley in Hartford, a member of the Town of Windsor's redevelopment authority and member of a brownfields task force the legislature put together in 2006."In New York, it's a single, solitary program...In Connecticut, you don't have that sense of assurance, so banks are reluctant to finance projects and investors are reluctant to provide equity," Hoffman said. "In Connecticut, nobody knows, and that's very unsettling for savvy real estate developers."
It is not a coincidence that Ohio, a neatly surveyed wilderness, quickly outpaced the more motley state of Kentucky. Land that could be neatly delineated was worth more: In 1830 an acre in Ohio cost $5, compared with 12.5 cents in Kentucky. Mr. Linklater quotes Abraham Lincoln's father, Thomas, to good effect: The family moved to Indiana, Thomas Lincoln said, "partly on account of slavery, but chiefly on account of the difficulty in land titles in Kentucky."
Sunday, April 18, 2010
"I know people who lived here for four years and didn't know that Charlotte beach existed," said Mollie Foust, a 2009 University of Rochester graduate.So how can we expect young people to feel connected to a community if they don't ever see it? Foust and others think we need to get in their face, tell them what Rochester has to offer and help identify career opportunities.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Entrepreneurs like Craig Newbold, a software developer who grew up locally in the town of East Liverpool along the Ohio River between Youngstown and Pittsburgh, are betting on the area's future. Newbold returned home after retiring from an information technology career in Seattle to found software development firm Newbold Technologies in 2003, with the aim of creating local opportunities."To me, areas like this have a lot of diamonds in the rough," said Newbold, whose father made his living running a local filling station in the area once known as the ‘pottery capital of the world.' "People that want to live here have the aptitude and the ability, but need to be developed."His 30-man operation, which specializes in enterprise applications for corporate clients, hires workers from rural areas and trains them alongside seasoned professionals. Newbold also founded a small technical school — NewLife Technical Institute — to provide certificate programs such as software development and medical transcription."We've created a domestic option to the Indian market," said Newbold. "What we're doing is creating an opportunity, at least in the technical field, for people to stay here."
Among the region's positive features are abundant natural resources, major transportation routes such as the Ohio River and easy access to cities like Columbus and Pittsburgh. Perhaps most appealing to cash-strapped entrepreneurs are the comparatively low costs for rent and skilled labor.
VXI, which just last October opened a inbound call center at 20 Federal Place, would need to be in its new space by August or early September to meet “some capacity requirements that are more immediate,” said Nick Covelli, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Los Angeles-based VXI. ...... VXI, which just last October opened a inbound call center at 20 Federal Place, would need to be in its new space by August or early September to meet “some capacity requirements that are more immediate,” said Nick Covelli, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Los Angeles-based VXI.
Burghard said area residents, including many skilled laborers, have long demonstrated ingenuity in the face of limited resources and capital, from Prohibition-era whiskey stills to quilting, pottery and homemade canned goods. "If you look at the history of the region, it's marked by entrepreneurism — the concept of working for yourself," said Burghard, whose organization has been coordinating with local institutions such as Ohio University and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to help foster entrepreneurship.Youngstown, often associated with the depressed U.S. automotive industry, has been recognized as one of the top-10 cities for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur magazine.
As a member of this city’s economic elite, Ms. Kollman-Moore is not unusual among immigrants who live in St. Louis. According to a new analysis of census data, more than half of the working immigrants in this metropolitan area hold higher-paying white-collar jobs — as professionals, technicians or administrators — rather than lower-paying blue-collar and service jobs.
... Cities with thriving immigrant populations — with high-earning and lower-wage workers — tended to be those that prospered the most.
“Economic growth in urban areas has been clearly connected with an increase in immigrants’ share of the local labor force,” Mr. Kallick said.
Surprisingly, the analysis showed, the growing cities were not the ones, like St. Louis, that drew primarily high-earning foreigners. In fact, the St. Louis area had one of the slowest growing economies.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
In fact, the percentage of college graduates in a city's population explains almost 60% of a city's economic success, as measured by per capita income. And the financial dividends that result from even small improvements in performance are impressive.If Milwaukee, for instance, could boost its college attainment rate in the metro area by just one percentage point, it would put an additional $1.2 billion in personal income into its metro economy. In fact, if the rest of the nation's top 51 metro areas could do the same, it would be worth an additional $124 billion in personal income every year. Call that America's Talent Dividend.
How does Pittsburgh’s level of educational attainment compare to other regions in the country? Workers aged 25-34 in the Pittsburgh region who had obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2009 ranked fifth among the 40 largest MSAs, following Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Austin (see figure 2). Conversely, Pittsburgh ranked lowest in terms of the proportion of the labor force with less than a high school degree or equivalent (see figure 3). In 2009, only 2.2 percent of workers aged 25–34 in the Pittsburgh region had less than a high school degree or equivalent.Finally, how does the Pittsburgh region fare compared to other places in the nation in regard to workers with a graduate or professional degree? In 2009, 21.5 percent of workers aged 25–34 in the Pittsburgh region possessed a graduate or professional degree, virtually tied with the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., along with Boston, were the only regions in the country to have at least 20 percent of workers in this age range with advanced degrees (see figure 4).
In November 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were over 1,300 civilian nuclear engineers employed in the Pittsburgh region. That represented over 8.4 percent of all nuclear engineers in the U.S., one of the highest concentrations in the country and one of the highest concentrations among engineering occupations in Pittsburgh.
They have partnered with a client in the oil and gas industry, which is looking to expand rapidly in the Pittsburgh area. They are positioned for a significant increase in drilling and production in the Marcellus shale next year. Within the next two months, the company is planning to hire up to 40 employees locally. All opportunities are direct hire, with excellent pay and benefits. Paid relocation is a possibility.
This position provides focused project support to the Conference’s energy workforce priorities while providing the incumbent with a working introduction to the economic development and civic sector arenas. This fellowship is 12 to 18 months in duration.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"The idea of tract housing, the idea of cookie-cutter houses on nondescript lawns — all of that is associated with Jersey, which isn’t quite fair," says Christopher Sharrett, professor of communication and film at Seton Hall University. "It’s become this symbol of the conformity of American life, of dead ends." ...... "The state is seen as a place where there are really no prospects for young people," Sharrett says. "It’s this kind of perpetual hangout — nothing is ever actually done."
Terry Cooke, president and CEO of the Hamilton Community Foundation, said concentration of poverty affects both social and health outcomes for a neighbourhood."Poverty's a bad thing anywhere in the community," said Cooke, the former regional chairman of Hamilton-Wentworth, "but when we put a lot of people in a small geographic area, all of whom have high needs and limited resources, it's a recipe for everyone to spiral downwards." ...... Cooke said that Hamilton's demographics more closely resemble a large U.S. rust-belt city than comparable Canadian cities."If you look at places like Buffalo or Cleveland or Pittsburgh or Youngstown, where there were heavy job losses in manufacturing and steel 30 or 40 years ago and the decimation of the middle class, I think you would see similar patterns," said Cooke.
Proximity to a dynamic economy is also a means to success. Location in the northeastern corridor, for instance, is quite lucrative, and a number of decaying industrial towns that might otherwise have met a Detroit-like fate are enjoying economic revivals thanks to the strength of the broader NEC economy.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Our findings indicate that place-based factors, in particular the beauty and physical appeal of the current location and the ability to meet people and make friends, explain more of the desire to stay than does community economic conditions or individual demographic characteristics.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is leading a delegation to the city in September. It is one of a series of trips that has plumbed the secrets of success in other areas, from Austin as the high-tech capital of Texas to the similarly situated Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. However, the BRAC trips also have looked at other cities with claims to fame in transportation (Portland, Ore.) and community redevelopment (Richmond, Va.).In Pittsburgh, the emphasis is likely to be both on economic renewal and redevelopment of neighborhoods. A newly formed Redevelopment Authority in Baton Rouge has looked to Pittsbugh’s inner-city projects as a model.
The Chinese demand for metallurgical coal prompted Consol to begin branding its coal for the Chinese market earlier this year."China is basically coming to us" for its coal needs, he said, adding that the sale of coal for export from Washington and Greene counties and throughout Appalachia means that the region's economy can benefit for years to come."The last time I checked, you can't move the coal deposits and shale deposits from where they are," DeIuliis said.
Range is now estimating its potential eventual recovery from the Marcellus at the equivalent of up to 27 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.The company’s returns from Marcellus drilling have been boosted natural gas liquids produced along with gas, along with the higher prices gas brings in the northeastern U.S. market, which includes New York City. In addition, Range has hedged a sizable portion of its 2010 gas production at prices well above current market prices.
We have chosen Pittsburgh as it is the center of attention for potentially the largest play of all, the Marcellus Shale formation in the northeastern US. Covering most of Pennsylvania and stretching into five states, the Marcellus has been estimated to contain up to 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas – enough to supply the entire US demand for almost two decades.With high-population areas like New York, New Jersey and New England just a stone’s throw away, the giant Marcellus exemplifies the opportunities available for steel and natural gas producers alike in shale plays throughout North America.
Westinghouse Electric Co. will retain about one-third of its space in Monroeville and keep 450 workers there for at least two more years instead of moving them to Cranberry, due to faster-than-projected growth. ...... Westinghouse in 2007 won a giant contract from China to build four nuclear power reactors. The first is due to come on-line in 2013 under the deal, worth $9.8 billion.In 2008 and 2009, Westinghouse landed nuclear-power contracts to build six reactors at power plants in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida -- the first in 30 years in the United States -- over the next six years or so."We're continuing to grow so that we can meet the increased demand for electricity in the years to come," said Tony Greco, senior vice president of human resources. "It's essential that we have the necessary staffing to support our employees."
Sunday, April 11, 2010
If you are seeking a lifestyle where you want to experiment and participate in a regional transformation – look no further, come to Pittsburgh. We are in need of executors – people who are not afraid to follow their vision toward a more gratifying life. Come and help us create our future.
Sipping a Jack Daniel’s milk punch—while pushing his 3-month-old daughter in a stroller—Nicolas Perkin, 38, stood by a turtle-filled pond in Audubon Park, in the Uptown section of New Orleans. A flock of wild Monk parrots flew over his head. “It’s like Star Trek here, some planet no one’s ever seen before. … I spent my childhood going to Central Park to escape the insanity,” he said. “This serves the same purpose.”He and his pals call JetBlue “the Jitney.” They can fly into Manhattan at 7 a.m., “do a meeting” and then fly home in time for a late-ish dinner the same day. “It actually takes a shorter time than going out to the Hamptons in the summer.”Mr. Perkin, who runs “an eBay-like marketplace for selling receivables,” went to Tulane in New Orleans, and the town never got out from under of his skin.
An increasing number of colleges and universities in provincial areas have introduced local studies programs to encourage graduates to live and work locally.Starting this academic year, for example, Fukushima Medical University in Fukushima will offer a course on the biographical study of historical figures from Fukushima Prefecture, including Hideyo Noguchi, an internationally known bacteriologist from Inawashiromachi, and Iwa-ko Uryu, of Kitakata, who is known as the Florence Nightingale of Japan.The medical college also plans to give students practical cooking lessons for local cuisine.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
In moving his family to Kansas City this summer, the Mexico City-born and raised [Julián] Zugazagoitia (pronounced SZU-ga-sa-GOY-tee-ah) will exchange a high-profile office on New York’s Museum Mile for one at this premier museum of the Midwest. For the past seven years, as director of El Museo del Barrio, he has been credited with increasing its attendance five-fold, doubling its budget and raising $44 million for renovations. ...... Zugazagoitia’s path to the Midwest first took him to the Sorbonne for his education, to a post as the executive assistant to the director at the Guggenheim Museum, as a curator of the 25th São Paulo Biennale in Brazil, and through serving as a cultural attaché in the permanent Mexican delegation to UNESCO in Paris, a consultant with the Getty Conservation Institute on European and African projects, and for two years as director of visual arts for the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He speaks six languages and is of Basque and German heritage.The news of the day will likely continue to move my pen toward different topics: U.S. Census figures of Latino growth and migration, the draconian slaps the Missouri legislature routinely attempts against immigrants falling in the category of illegal, struggles to raise the deplorable dropout rates of Latino children. By that topic list, one could argue that I’m a willing accomplice in twisting images of Latinos here away from the varied everyday lives that most conduct; existences that rarely generate headlines.
Recent calls to close highly productive coal power plants blithely ignore the problems associated with increasing our dependence on natural gas for power generation. With conventional natural gas production projected to decline more than 33 percent in the next decade, shale gas is the only significant viable source of new domestic gas production in the United States.The size of the risky bet we would be making on highly questionable sources is staggering.
The stats also confirm that Texas remains the nation's leader in wind power, with a total of more than 9,000 megawatts installed capacity -- though the Lone Star State is seeing new competition from Iowa, Indiana and other parts of the Midwest. In Iowa, 14.2 percent of the state-generated electricity is derived from wind. And Indiana added 905 megawatts of capacity last year -- a bigger 2009 addition than any other state except Texas (which installed 2,292 megawatts)."Indiana is probably not the go-to state you think of (when it comes to wind power)," acknowledged Elizabeth Salerno, the director of analysis for AWEA. After all, the state had "almost no wind installations in the ground" two years ago. "They went from zero to 100 almost overnight," Salerno said.