Monday, November 12, 2012

Pittsburgh Technology Council: Pittsburgh Pivot

What's the "Pittsburgh Pivot"? Ben Schulman has the best answer to this question:

The steel collapse decimated Pittsburgh and its region, taking with it nearly 1 out of every 10 jobs there. Entire towns surrounding the city became obsolete. But it is because of that failure, that absolute bottoming-out, that Pittsburgh has been able to cast aside its past and emerge as a unique showcase of what a small, bustling, connected American city can eventually become. The example of Pittsburgh is to fail on the failures and invest in the attributes- granted, of which the 'Burgh had many, in its beautiful architecture, old establishment money, intact communities and ethnic organizations, and cultural trusts and universities- that a place already has. It is a tale not so much for cities facing similar problems to the Pittsburgh of 30 years past, as it is for the country as a whole in this stage of national transmogrification.

Out of the collapse rises the Pittsburgh Technology Council and a new economy. If you want to pull a Pittsburgh, watch the video (below).

It is an interesting tale and I've been assured that there is more to come. Stay tuned ...

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