Economy

Guide to Banks in Pittsburgh

Guide to Banks in Pittsburgh

All banks deal in numbers, but it’s the great banks that don’t treat their customers like one.  While everyone is familiar with the mega-banks in the area, you may not know about some of the smaller banking institutions, some of which have roots right in your own backyard. The following is a list of local banks with local ownership. Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh Founded

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Unions For The Trades: A Symphony of Craftsmen Have Constructed a Legacy in Pittsburgh

Unions For The Trades: A Symphony of Craftsmen Have Constructed a Legacy in Pittsburgh

My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.  ~ Julia Morgan Pittsburgh’s iconic skyline is as distinct as a human face.  Our cityscape features an eclectic mix of historic, functional, and state-of-the-art buildings and bridges that have been erected over many decades. But who are the masters responsible for creating this skyline, what amounts to Pittsburgh’s face?  They are

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Pittsburgh: Silicon Valley East?

Pittsburgh: Silicon Valley East?

By now, the story is well known of how the Pittsburgh area economy went from riches to rags, back to riches after the collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s, and then reinvented itself as a health care and service-based economy.  The impact of UPMC, PNC, BNY Mellon and a host of other health care, financial, and service-based businesses has been studied and touted for

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What to Expect When You Attend School in Southwestern Pennsylvania

What to Expect When You Attend School in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Congratulations! You’ve graduated from high school and will be furthering your education in the Pittsburgh area. You’ve been bombarded with collegiate brochures. There are dozens of questions bouncing around your brain: “What will my roommate be like? How hard will the classes be? Will I gain the cursed ‘freshman 15’?” There may be another question on your mind: “What is it like to attend school in the Pittsburgh region?”

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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

Helping Women to Seek Office If you’ve ever observed a car with a steering wheel locked in a turn, you know that the car will go nowhere but in a circle. Perhaps that’s why our government sometimes seems to be running in circles and getting nothing done; it has been turned in one direction. While the population of Pennsylvania is almost equally divided between women

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Pittsburgh’s Marcellus Shale 

Pittsburgh's Marcellus Shale 

Marcellus Shale: you’ve probably heard the name bandied about on the news.  So who or what is Marcellus Shale?  Well, it’s not a character from the Flintstones or the name of a Motown singer.  It is named for a town in upper New York and can be found in formations of varying thickness beneath about 60 percent of Pennsylvania.  Marcellus Shale is an enormous formation

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Chambers of Commerce in the Pittsburgh Region

Chambers of Commerce in the Pittsburgh Region

Often times, being in business can feel like a lonely pursuit, but you don’t have to go it alone. The Chamber of Commerce can be a valuable resource for you and your business. For decades, enterprising Americans have recognized the benefit of being a member of a Chamber of Commerce. The first Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseilles, France, and the United

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Guide to Greater Pittsburgh Networking Organizations 

Guide to Greater Pittsburgh Networking Organizations 

The old saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know,” still applies today, and may be more important to your success than ever before. Because the marketplace changes so rapidly, and technology seems as if it becomes outdated as soon as it is released, it is important to network. In addition to the obvious goal of increasing business, networking organizations provide an opportunity for

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It’s a Family Affair for Pittsburgh Businesses

It's a Family Affair for Pittsburgh Businesses

Ford, Walmart, Hershey, Kohl’s: these large American corporations are household names.  But that wasn’t always the case.  Each of them started out as a small or family-owned business.  Henry Ford founded The Ford Motor Company when he developed methods for manufacturing automobiles.  Sam Walton had one small discount store when he went into business in 1962 in Arkansas.  Milton Hershey began selling caramels before he

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A Game Changer: Marcellus Shale

A Game Changer: Marcellus Shale

Before 1848, the non-native population of California was approximately 1,000 people. After gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill that same year, fortune hunters known as ’49ers flooded into the California territory, swelling the population of non-native Californians to 100,000 by the end of 1849 and firmly establishing San Francisco as a banking, manufacturing, shipping, and trade center of the west, a status that it still enjoys

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