Sunday, December 16, 2007

Benchmarking The Real Pittsburgh

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and retired Alcoa CEO Paul O'Neill and former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editor John G. Craig Jr., among the founders of the Pittsburgh Regional Indicators Consortium, will give a detailed presentation on the need for area business and government decision-makers to better understand the dynamics of an expansively defined metropolitan Pittsburgh.

The December 18th Breakfast Briefing, titled "Benchmarking The Real Pittsburgh" and organized by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel downtown. (Details:

"We're delighted to be working with the Indicators Consortium to offer this important and timely presentation," said Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council president and CEO. "As Pittsburgh prepares for our 250th anniversary, Paul's and John's presentation will serve as a backdrop for fact-based decision-making that will be required in facing the region's future."

The PRI's Web site ( features detailed and continuously updated decision-support statistics on nine key components -- called "indicators" -- of the region's life: Arts, Demographics, Economy, Education, Environment, Government, Health, Safety and Transportation.

The group defines the metropolitan Pittsburgh region as the twenty-two counties surrounding the city, including those in West Virginia and Ohio. Traditional definitions of the Pittsburgh area do not include such an expansive geographical zone.

Elected officials and working media from the twenty-two county area are invited to attend the December 18th event as guests of the Technology Council.

Reservations may be made by contacting the Technology Council by e-mail to or by calling 412.918.4229.

MEDIA CONTACTS For the Pittsburgh Technology Council: Kevin Lane Director, Public Relations 412.687.0200 ext. 247 For the Pittsburgh Regional Indicators Consortium: John Buckman Buckman Communications 412.381.2900

CONTACT: Kevin Lane, Director, Public Relations of the Pittsburgh jbuckman@buckman.bizTechnology Council, +1-412-687-0200, ext. 247; or John Buckman of BuckmanCommunications, +1-412-381-2900, , for the PittsburghRegional Indicators Consortium

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