I recently had the honor of presenting Pittsburgh’s economic revitalization and transformation story to more than 100 leaders at the White House Forum on Urban Innovation. As one of only eight selected speakers, I was given the opportunity to speak about the ways that we, here in Pittsburgh, continue to create jobs, improve our economy and strengthen our neighborhoods through strong partnerships. I was also asked to speak about The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program and how it’s helping improve the City’s schools and enabling students to achieve the dream of higher education. As always, I was extremely proud to promote Pittsburgh, especially to our Nation’s leaders.
It’s opportunities like these that continue to draw in accolades from national and international outlets. Recently, a RealSTATS housing market analysis rated Pittsburgh one of the best housing markets of over 400 regions studied. The Economist ranked us 30th among 50 most livable cities in the world (and the only city in the continental U.S!), and Forbes.com names Pittsburgh one of “25 Best Places to Retire in 2012.” The list goes on, and the resounding message is clear – Pittsburgh is a growing city, a revitalized city, a thriving city.
Receiving these recognitions presents new opportunities for the City of Pittsburgh. On October 18-22, Pittsburgh will host the 2012 One Young World Summit. This premier global forum will connect over 1,000 young leaders from around the world, bringing together the youngest and brightest, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change. I couldn’t be happier to have such a prestigious and unique event take place in our City.
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Mayor, City of Pittsburgh