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Showcasing a 'New America'
The Pittsburgh region has survived wrenching economic change and emerged with a balanced, innovation-driven economy renowned for health care and life sciences, technology and robotics, higher education and research, financial services, advanced manufacturing and renewable energy.
A City Full of Diversity
As a city full of diversity, you will love exploring the culture, food, and atmosphere of Pittsburgh’s 89 unique and ethnically distinctive neighborhoods. Pittsburgh’s downtown is full of the city hustle and bustle, and Squirrel Hill has the quaint charm of a main street-like community. Meanwhile, Oakland, with its many universities, supplies a uniquely intellectual atmosphere. Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and the unique people in them are just waiting for you to come and visit!.
Pittsburgh Environmental Renaissance
This is the story of one of the most dramatic environmental transformations in the world. Over the past half-century, the Pittsburgh region has undergone the most extraordinary urban environmental transformation in modern history. The "Smoky City," now considered America's "Most Livable City," continues to rank among the top 10 cities in the United States for green certified building space.
And while much more work remains, the story of the historic public-private partnerships that transformed the environment of this region is an inspiring tale of an urban renaissance that saved a major American city from environmental catastrophe.
Pittsburgh was once the poster child of industrial pollution... "a scene so dreadfully hideous and bleak that it reduced the whole aspiration of man to a depressing joke," according to American journalist H. L. Mencken. In 1927, he reported the infamous line about Pittsburgh calling it "Hell with the lid taken off."
Since then, the community has eliminated its infamous smoke problem and has invested in our rivers and trails. We helped nurse our beloved three rivers back to health - so healthy that they are today home to the world's top professional fishing tournaments. We have created some of the most popular outdoor recreational amenities in the eastern United States. Western Pennsylvania has become one of the nation's best examples of rails-to-trails conversion, with hundreds of miles of rail trails, including the Great Allegheny Passage, which will soon link Pittsburgh with Washington, D.C., and will stand out as one of the country's great trail systems.
It's fitting that Pittsburgh, the birthplace of renowned environmentalist Rachel Carson, is today a national leader in the environmental movement and a green model for cities all over the globe. Pittsburgh has set an example by renewing, reclaiming and redeveloping its environment through a series of lasting public-private partnerships going back more than 65 years - from the first air quality legislation to robust reclamation of Brownfield sites and river cleanups during the past 25 years.
Today, we are the materials innovator and supplier for a greener global economy - leveraging our world-class manufacturing capabilities to create better-performing green products and building technologies. Pittsburgh is a "Top 10 Metro" for Green Jobs (Global Insight) and Pennsylvania has more than 5,000 green building product manufacturers employing 200,000 people.
Pittsburgh is proud to be home to more than 30 green-certified buildings, including the first green college residence hall and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is pursuing a net-zero energy and water designation as a "Living Building." This is a direct result of this region's green agenda and strong commitment to environmental stewardship.
Illustrating that commitment is the fact that the Pittsburgh Summit will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the world's first and largest green convention center. The facility is proud to have earned LEED® Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for leadership in energy and environmental design.
Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District sets the perfect stage for this international summit on economic recovery as it stands as a unique international model of urban revitalization. Once a blighted part of downtown, the Cultural District now includes six theaters, numerous galleries, scores of eateries, and has spurred the development of downtown, the North Shore and the riverfronts.