I found a Tribune-Review piece from early March of 2012 titled, "Foreign dollars fill funding gap in Pittsburgh region". As far as I can tell, the Trib deleted the story. (Update: Comment below that might explain the dead link.) Here is the cache file:
Encouraged by a federal program, Chinese and other foreign nationals are investing heavily in projects in the Pittsburgh region, including $71 million toward construction of UPMC East in Monroeville and $30 million toward the city's Bakery Square development in East Liberty.
The Immigrant Investor Program, known as EB-5, created by the Immigration Act of 1990, enables foreigners to invest private money in American projects in return for permission to live here and possible, but not guaranteed, interest on their investments.
UPMC's latest hospital, opening this summer, and the $110 million Bakery Square retail and office complex are among at least four developments that received or will receive millions in foreign dollars, said Lily Liqi Pietryka, managing director of Pittsburgh Regional Investment Center in Oakland, which finds foreigners interested in the program.
This kind of news tends to fly under the radar. Development good. Foreign investors bad. Don't excite the xenophobes. For the more opened minded (and pro economic development), check out this video:
How do you link capital heavy markets, such as China, with capital hungry companies here in the Pittsburgh region? Lily Liqi Pietryka, managing director for the Pittsburgh Regional Investment Center and Michael Matesic , president and CEO of the Idea Foundry unveil an innovative approach, using U.S. visas as the hook, to attract additional foreign capital into the region.