The accolades continue to roll in for Pittsburgh. The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank, recently cited Pittsburgh as being among the top Eight Digitally Inclusive Tech Cities in the country. What does digitally inclusive mean? We all know that our workplaces have become more tech based and our work has become more digitalized. But you may not know that the representation of women and minorities working in those areas is generally underrepresented in those occupations and fields.

However, Pittsburgh is doing much better in attracting women and minorities into those careers and industries than the rest of the country. The Brookings findings show that “to the region’s credit it has tried to be proactive about fostering inclusion in tech starting with an earnest ‘Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation’ initiative launched in 2015. Now under the auspices of Inclusive Innovation PGH, Pittsburgh hosts an annual Inclusive Innovation Week offering free events on the myriad private and nonprofit efforts to make inclusion and diversity a priority in tech entrepreneurship and hiring.”

The other seven cities making the list were Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Greenville, S.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; St. Louis, Mo.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.


By Janice Lane Palko