Group to discuss lessons learned as G-20 Summit host, prior to mayoral visits to Shanghai and Seoul
The Mayor of Pittsburgh, the CEO of Pittsburgh-headquartered Bayer Corporation and the CEO of the Pittsburgh region’s economic development agency, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, discussed Pittsburgh’s transformation during a roundtable at the National Press Club. The group was joined by Dr. Anthony Cugini, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
“Pittsburgh is emerging as a national leader in energy-related solutions,” said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. “When we travel to Asia we will be putting our expertise front and center. We believe if the answers to the big questions around energy are going to be found in the United States, they’re going to be found in Pittsburgh.”
Pittsburgh’s transformation, much of it the result of a long-standing commitment to economic growth and environmental stewardship, caught the attention of the world one year ago this week, when U.S. President Barack Obama hosted the Group of 20 world leaders in the Pennsylvania city. In selecting Pittsburgh for the summit, the President said Pittsburgh “serves as a model for turning the page to a 21st-century economy.”
The Mayor of Shanghai, Han Zheng, invited Mayor Ravenstahl to share Pittsburgh’s story at the upcoming International Business Leaders Advisory Council annual conference in October. Pittsburgh’s Mayor will discuss “Building a City of Dynamic Innovation and Managing Transformational Change.”
A key to Pittsburgh’s transformation is collaboration.
"Pittsburgh's approach to collaboration is a reason why it's been recognized as a successful model for transformation," said Greg Babe, president and CEO of Pittsburgh-headquartered Bayer Corporation. "Government, business, academia and non-profits consistently reach out to work together to overcome the region's challenges and capitalize on the opportunities. The current collaboration among a number of usually competing energy-related industries is an example of how it can benefit everyone involved."
Babe is a member of the CEO Advisory Group of the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh. Sixteen CEOS representing seven energy-related industries, universities and government have come together to commercialize energy solutions.
“Pittsburgh and NETL share a rich history of intellectual exploration and technology innovation,” said Dr. Anthony Cugini, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory that is celebrating its centennial in 2010. “Today, we are at the center of important technological and commercial developments in advanced energy technology. NETL is proud to be part of both this region’s and the nation’s mission to realize a clean, affordable, secure energy future.”
The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, which co-founded the 2010 Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and VisitPittsburgh, is traveling with the mayor to Shanghai and Seoul in October, ahead of the next G-20 leaders summit in South Korea.
“Interest in Pittsburgh has never been higher,” said Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the economic development organization. “Pittsburgh is proof positive that the answers to the difficult questions about economic revitalization may not always be found in national capitals; regions that are willing to work together and work hard may be best-positioned to provide the solutions.”
Mayor Ravenstahl will travel to Asia between October 6 and 15, 2010. During his visit to Seoul, South Korea he will meet the city’s G-20 Summit Committee, share experiences and make this year’s G-20 host city aware of the opportunities to consider in doing business with a fellow G-20 host city.
About Bayer Corporation
Bayer Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, an international health care, nutrition and high-tech materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time Bayer creates value through innovation, growth and high earning power. The Corporation is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its role as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. Economy, ecology and social responsibility are corporate policy objectives of equal rank. In North America, Bayer had 2009 net sales of approximately 7.7 billion euros (about $10.7 billion) and employed 16,300 at year end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.
A bio for Bayer CEO Greg Babe is available here:http://bayerus.com/About/BayerInUS/Leadership/Babe_G.aspx
About the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory focused on developing tools and processes that can provide clean, reliable, affordable energy to the American people. NETL is a single organization with research facilities in Pittsburgh, PA, Morgantown, WV, and Albany, OR, and offices in Fairbanks, AK, and Sugar Land, TX. NETL manages and conducts energy and environmental research and development. The laboratory also studies complex energy systems and their interactions. The laboratory’s research portfolio includes more than 1,800 external projects, with a total award value greater than $20 billion and private sector cost-sharing of nearly $12 billion. For more information, visit NETL at www.netl.doe.gov.
A bio for NETL Director Dr. Anthony Cugini is available here: http://www.netl.doe.gov/about/KeyStaff.html.
About the Allegheny Conference on Community Development
The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Affiliates – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – work in collaboration with public and private sector partners to stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.alleghenyconference.org.
A bio for Allegheny Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky is available here: http://www.alleghenyconference.org/PDFs/BioYablonsky.pdf
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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