PITTSBURGH RECOGNIZED AS RECESSION PROOF
The world keeps recognizing Pittsburgh’s comeback. Last week, The Brookings Institution named Pittsburgh one of only three U.S. cities that have fully recovered from the economic recession. There are more people employed in Pittsburgh today than ever before and our population is on the upswing. But there is still much more work to be done, and we cannot rest on our laurels. Instead, we must view these accolades as a challenge to keep improving. Through partnerships that nurture innovation and job growth, and balanced budgets that hold the line on taxes and invest in programs to keep our neighborhoods safe and clean, together we will make sure that Pittsburgh stays on top.
FIRST-EVER APP DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION WILL BENEFIT RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES
One of the ways we’re working to nurture Pittsburgh’s growing high-tech economy is through our PowerUp Pittsburgh initiative. Through PowerUp, we created government’s first Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and we’re working closely with the university community to drive more innovation and nurture start-ups. Recently, we partnered with Google, Carnegie Mellon University and others to launch the City’s first civic software “app” development competition, called Steel City Codefest. The first-of-its-kind event will challenge our best and brightest to turn government data into an app that benefits Pittsburgh residents, visitors or businesses. Coders will stay overnight at Pittsburgh Google offices where they will have 24 hours to create an app. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
'HOLLYWOOD OF THE EAST' HOSTS JACK REACHER HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE
Another economic generator that has recently become more prominent is Pittsburgh’s growing film industry. Our ability to attract feature films to Pittsburgh is one part of our Third Renaissance. Film and television production generates millions of dollars into the local economy, provides thousands of jobs to residents, and increases business for our hotels, restaurants and small businesses. This Saturday, Pittsburgh will host its first U.S. premiere of a Hollywood movie in decades. I am so honored to welcome Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise and the cast of Jack Reacher back to Pittsburgh. Tom Cruise and Paramount had such an enjoyable time in Pittsburgh that they chose to host the premiere at SouthSide Works Cinema before the movie opens nationwide next week. Hollywood directors are talking about Pittsburgh’s beauty and hospitality, and people throughout the world are seeing our great City on the big screen once again. We should all be immensely proud of this accomplishment.
'TIS THE SEASON...
I hope your holiday season is as enjoyable and full of Christmas spirit as mine has been. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to New York City for The Pennsylvania Society’s annual holiday dinner. While New York City is one of the most beautiful places to be, especially during the holiday season, Pittsburgh offers something especially unique. Market Square and Downtown holiday shopping and dining is in full effect right now, with many opportunities to celebrate the holiday season in the heart of our City. I encourage you and your family to take advantage of Downtown’s holiday festivities.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687