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Making sure newcomers are welcome, connected and more diverse: Connecting PGH


"If you are new to the region or are considering moving here," says Melanie Harrington, "you want to know that you have a friend -- that there is a social network you can connect with that will support you after work, beyond work."
 
That's why the organization that Harrington heads -- Vibrant Pittsburgh -- is one of the co-presenters of the second annual Connecting PGH, set for July 18 at the South Side's AlphaLab Technology Accelerator.
 
Vibrant Pittsburgh works to grow the diversity of the local workforce in order to increase the economic competitiveness of region. The second Connecting PGH will aim to welcome diverse newcomers and connect them to groups and individuals already in the region who can aid them, including employers -- "in the hope that we'll expose them to what Pittsburgh has to offer and it will be an open invitation for them to stay," says Adriana Dobrzycka, community outreach and inclusion manager for Vibrant Pittsburgh.
 
Also partnering for the event are the New Pittsburgh Collaborative (an organization of organizations for the civic minded), as well as The Regional Internship Center (the local internship connector for interns and employers), ALPFA (the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting) and the Chinese Association for Science and Technology -- Pittsburgh (or CAST-P).
 
Featured speaker at the event will be Terri Glueck, director of communications and community development at Innovation Works, which invests in local tech start-ups, from entrepreneurs and small businesses to researchers, through both grants and business expertise. AlphaLab is Innovation works’ startup accelerator.
 
Harrington expects up to 200 people at the event, and hopes it will allow attendees to network with each other and with a large array of employers here. This is, she says, "the network that will be of most use to them, to get them on their way to their careers, and to facilitate these connections to the innovation, the creativity, the energy, the possibilities that exist in the region.”
 
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Writer: Marty Levine
Sources: Melanie Harrington and Adriana Dobrzycka, Vibrant Pittsburgh
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