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Pittsburgh ranks #2 nationally in venture capital growth

Innovation Works’ Matt Harbaugh saw it coming. In fact, he predicted it.

The national figures for venture capital investment in 2007 are in and Pittsburgh is the second fastest growing region in the country, according to The Money Tree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and The National Venture Capital Association.

The analysis focused on the ten-year growth rates for regions across the country and ranked the fastest growing areas based on number of companies funded, excluding areas that had under $100 million in investment in 2007.

Pittsburgh ranked right behind the state of New Mexico with total investment in 2007 of $198 million compared to $32 million in 1997. Its growth rate of 513 percent beat out other cities like Seattle (211 percent), Los Angeles (155 percent) and Washington, D.C. (130 percent). (For the analysis, click here.)

“Pittsburgh is starting to show some real maturity and momentum. It’s a sign that a lot of things are happening,” notes Rich Lunak, president and CEO of Innovation Works. “The region is bringing in more research dollars and organizations like Innovation Works are putting more seed money into companies.”

Sixty-six percent of the companies receiving investments were seed and early stage companies, according to the NVCA report. The top industries in Pittsburgh receiving funding were life sciences, software and clean technology. The investments that topped the chart in 2007 were Millennium Pharmacy, Logical Therapeutics and BPL Global.

“The numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Pittsburgh isn’t as large as the other regions being recognized here,” adds Matt Harbaugh, IW chief investment officer. "We’re well on our way to achieving that critical mass of entrepreneurial companies that feed on themselves, becoming a real engine for growth in the region.”

With the fastest growing VC regions now outside of the Silicon Valley, California is coming here. For this week’s Pop City story, click here.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Rich Lunak, Matt Harbaugh, Innovation Works


Businesses invest $4 billion in the Pittsburgh region in 2007

Despite news of a looming economic stall, 2007 proved to be a “golden year” for businesses in the Pittsburgh region.

An “unscientific survey” compiled by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development reveals that the job market here is healthy and strong. Jobs and investments in the manufacturing, information and communications technology and life sciences sectors are growing and Pittsburgh export trade figures are higher than the national average -- 20 percent compared to the national average of 8 percent.

“This is the first year we attempted on a regional scale to collect successes across our 10-county region,” explains DeWitt Peart, executive vice president of economic development for the Allegheny Conference. “This survey, which by no means is comprehensive, helps us to understand our economy, understand our competitive advantage and tell the world our story.”

Highlights of the tally reveal the following about 2007:        

·    308 corporate investments and development projects were announced.
·    215 companies added or retained jobs.
·    13,000 new jobs were created and 11,000 jobs were retained.
·    On the investment side, companies committed to $2 billion in                      investments and another $2 billion in development, a total of $4 billion in investment overall.
·    The three largest-growing sectors out of 308 projects were manufacturing, 112, information and communications technology, 42, and life sciences, 18.

The largest investments were made by PITG Gaming, $450 million; Westinghouse Electric at $200 million; and Meadows Racetrack & Casino at $200 million.

Other companies that made major investments in the region last year included: NorAM Biofuels, $115 million; BNY Mellon, $70 million; Johnson Matthey, $43 million; Perryman Company, $40 million; and St.Clair Hospital, $37 million.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: DeWitt Peart, Allegheny Conference

NYC Publicolor plans to color Pittsburgh public schools in many hues, hiring director

There’s nothing quite like color to lift the spirit and convey a mood. That’s the idea behind an innovative New York City program that will launch its first pilot opportunity in Pittsburgh.

Publicolor has been changing lives and breathing new life into some of the toughest New York City public schools since its inception in 1996. More than 88 schools and 200,000 students have benefited from the program, which uses the power of color, collaboration and an after school paint club to engage at-risk students by teaching them to paint their schools, catalyzing a lasting change.

The Pittsburgh School District recently gave Publicolor the lime green light to bring its palette of Benjamin Moore donated colors to Peabody High School in East Liberty this April. The students will work with a team of community volunteers on the weekends to turn the school’s walls shades of Hibiscus, key lime and plum.

“What is amazing is what happens when the students are confronted with the opportunity to succeed,” says Dana Bishop-Root, who moved to Braddock from NYC where she worked with Publicolor. “It’s going to be amazing to watch what happens in the school.”

The Alcoa Foundation has given a generous grant to launch the program in two schools and Publicolor hopes to hire a director to run the program here, “someone who understands Publicolor, has roots in Pittsburgh, cares about the organization and wants to build it from the ground up. It’s an awesome opportunity,” says Bishop-Root. Publicolor plans to replicate the Pittsburgh model and take the program across the country.

“Getting the students to color the environment they work in with our help just has to be a huge win for them and the school system.” says Henry Thorne, a local entrepreneur who was instrumental in bringing the program here. “I look forward to grabbing a paint brush."

To learn more about Publicolor opportunities in Pittsburgh, email Dana Bishop-Root at dana@pubicolor.org

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Dana Bishop-Root, Publicolor, Henry Thorne

Image courtesy Publicolor

Regional Climate Change forum explores sustainable business innovations

Three Pittsburgh organizations have joined forces to convene a one-day regional conversation about climate change and possibilities for businesses.

Climate Change Uncertainties: Opportunities for Business Innovation? brings together local business, engineering and professional organizations to ponder innovative approaches to meeting the challenges of sustainability.

The event is the first in a series of solutions that are being presented to the region as part of Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Champions for Sustainability (C4S), a network for that will convene six times a year and aspires to be the nation’s largest and most effective region-based collaboration of leaders accelerating the practice and policy of sustainability in business and civic circles.

C4S brings together a new network of companies, large and small, from many different industries and includes entrepreneurs, community leaders, university researchers, educators, and other social ventures.

“With so much interest, confusion and uncertainty in this area, we hope to begin a dialogue,” says Matt Mehalik, program manager for Sustainable Pittsburgh. “There needs to be some kind of response that advances the innovation and interest in this for our region.”

The event will be held on Thursday, March 27th at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, PA. The cost is $100 per person and there is a special student rate of $35.

The seminar is sponsored by local chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE), and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) in association with the Allegheny Mountain section of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) and Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Champions for Sustainability (C4S).

For more information on the event and Champions for Sustainability, click here.

Pittsburgh region schools outrank the rest of state in math and reading

Pittsburgh region schools are doing a better job of meeting proficiency goals in math and reading than the rest of the state according to a new report.

The report, Proficiency by 10: Annual Report on Fifth-Grade Proficiency in Reading and Mathematics in Southwestern Pennsylvania, assesses each school in the 10-county Pittsburgh region based on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) scores of fifth graders taken in 2007. The report was released by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

PSSAs are used by the state to gauge if students, schools and school districts are meeting or exceeding proficiency levels in both reading and math.

Among the findings:
  • Fifth-graders in southwestern Pennsylvania are consistently outperforming their statewide peers. They scored four percentage points higher than the state as a whole in both math and reading.
  • Some demographic subgroups—such as students with disabilities, low-income students, and African-American students—still face achievement gaps.
  • Test scores in mathematics have consistently improved since 2002, but reading scores have remained relatively flat over the same period.
Math scores have consistently been higher than reading for the past few years, perhaps because teaching reading is more complicated for districts than math, offers Paul Leger, senior vice president, workforce quality programs for the Allegheny Conference. “It’s good news for our region and in keeping the Allegheny Conference objective of having every 5th grader proficient by 2010.”

“Imagine the possibilities that will exist when we prepare today's students to succeed in tomorrow's workforce and ensure the vitality of our Pittsburgh region," adds Michael Langley, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Paul Leger, Michael Langley, Allegheny Conference

The Hispanic Center publishes Pittsburgh’s first Spanish Services Directory

The Hispanic population in Pittsburgh is growing steadily and has its first Spanish directory to prove it.

The Hispanic Center/El Centro Hispano launched its 302-page Directorio de Servicios Para la Comunidad Latina (Spanish Service Directory for the Latino Community) and it’s now available to Pittsburgh residents and businesses.

The directory was written as a guide for new Spanish-speaking residents, human resource managers and anyone wishing to learn more about the Spanish-speaking community in the region.

“The directory is very comprehensive. It’s one way of helping our community to connect,” says Pedro Paulo Bretz, executive director of The Hispanic Center. “We’ve also distributed it to human resource managers so they can provide it to their employees to help them find services in our region that are available in Spanish.”

While Pittsburgh’s population has steadily declined during the past 10 years, the Hispanic population has grown. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Hispanics living in our nine county region rose from 15,734 in 2000 to 23,947 in 2006, a 34 percent increase.

The directory provides 20 chapters with listings that include information on financial, legal, health, education, social, and restaurant businesses. “It’s a go-to guide for all new residents and international students and businesses, as well as for human resource managers seeking a more diverse, Spanish-speaking workforce,” says Bretz.

The Hispanic Center in Pittsburgh serves the Pittsburgh Hispanic community through services offering career development, job training, and job referral. LAst year the center helped 200 Spanish-speaking and bilingual people to find employment, which in turn helped to give back to the local economy, Bretz says.

For more information on the directory or to view a copy online, click here.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Pedro Paulo Bretz

Image courtesy of The Hispanic Center

Pittsburgh tech sector reports flourishing activity and jobs, hiring

A gathering of CEOs and local and state leaders assembled in the Innovation Works lobby on Technology Drive this month to celebrate the strength of its portfolio and announce new companies and hiring.

IW invested in its 100th company last year and attracted more than $100M in follow-on investment from private and other sources in 2007. Since its inception in late 1999, IW has invested more than $35M and its portfolio companies have gone on to raise $425M in follow-on financing.

“Pittsburgh was once a flyover for executives from other cities,” noted Rich Lunak, president and CEO of IW. “No more. Fifty-five out-of-town VC firms have invested in local companies in the last three years.” The phone is ringing as well as executives from cities like Cincinnati, Cleveland and St. Louis call to learn more about IW’s successful model for tech-based economic development.

While jobs and the economy may be lagging locally and elsewhere, the region's venture capital sector is the fastest growing in the state. “Jobs are created by entrepreneurs who take risks, work late at night and get up every day and make it happen,” said Dennis Yablonsky, secretary of the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development.

Yablonsky also announced that the state has helped to lure an IT company to Pittsburgh and another will expand operations here, creating 152 jobs thanks to state grants and loans of $907,200.

Technology consultant TechAssist of Washington, D.C., plans to move its national operations center to 11,000 sf at the National City Bank Building, Downtown. The move will create 96 positions in engineering, sales and marketing and administration.

Credit/debit card manager CardWorks considered moving to New Jersey but instead was coaxed by the state to stay and expand 57,500 sf in Station Square's Commerce Court. CardWorks will hire an additional 56 people in the next three years.

Another IW company and Pop City 2008 Tech Company to Watch, Knopp Neurosciences, received $10 M in a series B funding round from out-of-town investors Saturn Management of Boston. The money will help with clinical trials as the firm grows its staff from 14 to 18.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Dennis Yablonsky, DCED, Rich Lunak and Terri Glueck, Innovation Works

Thar Technologies receives unprecedented $1.9 M to develop a greener biodiesal

Harmarville-based Thar Technologies received a significant $1.9 M federal grant for the development of a greener biodiesal production process that, if successful, could set a new standard for biodiesal production across the country.

A world leader in the development of supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) systems used for pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food and electronics, Thar will use its SFC technology to develop a more environmentally-sound, less costly biodiesal that avoids the use of toxic hexane.

The EPA classifies hexane, which is used to extract oil from oilseeds, as a hazardous air pollutant. “Cost-effective biodiesal for mass production is finally on the horizon,” says Lalit Chordia, Thar CEO. “This process will set multiple standards for zero to little pollution in the environment.”

Chordia also says that because the process will use less energy than the current biodiesal production processes and have a greater yield, Thar’s biodiesal will ultimately stand on its own without the need for a government subsidy. “That says a lot,” quips Choridia.

“This is a really significant investment in our region. The federal government rarely ever gives a grant out this large,” notes Nathaniel Doyno, executive director for Steel City Biofuels. “This technology presents significant opportunities to overcome some pretty big barriers to biodiesal development.”

The Advanced Technology Program of the National Institute of Science and Technology is funding the research. If all goes as planned, Thar will construct a biodiesal plant to pilot the new development process prior to bringing the process to full commercialization.

This is good news for the state, which has lagged behind other states in providing more incentives for biodiesal production.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Lalit Chorida, Thar Technologies; Nathaniel Doyno, Steel City Biofuels


Recession or growth stall? Either way Pittsburgh is inching up

While the country may be heading into a “severe growth stall” or a recession, Southwestern Pennsylvania may avoid the downturn completely and see small but positive growth in the coming year.

PNC Financial Services Group chief economist Stuart Hoffman and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. chief economist Richard Hoey both stopped short of calling for a full blown national recession but warned that the signs of a serious downturn are there. Their comments came during an Economic Forecast Luncheon at the Omni William Penn downtown Tuesday.

"There's a 40 percent chance that we'll have a recession, but if we have two or three months of job losses, we're in a recession," says Hoffman . The slump, however, may be short lived and the second half of the year may see more robust activity than the first. Southwestern Pennsylvania will stay the course of slow growth although that growth may continue at a somewhat slower pace in certain sectors.

Global and national economic indicators suggest that falling housing prices and credit concerns will take its toll nationally, while Asia and China will continue to grow but at a slower pace, reports Hoey, who offered a general outlook on the global picture.

“By 2009 the U.S. will be back recovering and Europe will be weaker,” Hoey adds. "We're in the 8th inning because of weakness in our economy and other economies (like Europe) will be weaker later."

In Southwestern Pennsylvania, where housing prices never ballooned to outrageous levels and job growth remains well below the national average, the outlook is brighter comparatively, Hoffman says. Unemployment last year fell slightly to 4.4 percent from 4.9 percent and employment should hold steady in the region at 1.14 million.

Pittsburgh should benefit in residential construction, healthcare services, technology and financial services, Hoffman says. Commercial property markets should grow due to several downtown condominium projects and office demand will ease through 2008 allowing the office vacancy rate to creep back and take the pressure off rent growth.

For PNC's economic forecast for the region, click here.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Richard Hoey, The BNY Mellon Corp.; Stuart Hoffman, PNC Financial Services

First virtual law firm in the state opens for business on the web

Two Pittsburgh attorneys have opened the first virtual law firm in Pennsylvania, having developed a unique business model that makes it quite unlike any other virtual model in the country.

Delta Law Group was developed by Karl Schieneman and Brian Walters, a Monroeville-based firm that focuses on consumers, innovative project management, web-based legal technology and the use of contract attorneys.

It’s an idea Schieneman has worked with and expanded on since his days as co-founder of one of his faward-winning ormer companies, Legal Network, an attorney-owned legal staffing agency. The biggest benefit of virtual law is that clients can keep close watch on their cases, he explains. “You can go online and use a password to see the work that’s going on, the filings, the strategy, the documents.”

Delta Law Group draws on a network of 20 solo practitioners who specialize in different areas of the law. A client who is looking for help with estate planning, family law or bankruptcy can connect with an attorney who prefers to work in that area. “And we’re extremely efficient and paperless. Everything is done through technology so we’ve been able to substantially reduce the client’s bill,” says Schieneman.

Delta Law uses video streaming for client interviews and online case management tools, a system that helps attorneys who are in court to manage their case load and stay connected with clients.

“There’s no phone tag and clients love it,” says Schieneman.    

Delta Law opened its virtual doors in the fall with five employees who handle the administrative details of the daily operation. And while “virtual” may imply no office space, Delta Law has four locations in Wexford, Greentree, Monroeville and downtown Pittsburgh.

To hear Scheineman's Talkshoe progrm "Making Law Easy," click here.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Karl Schieneman, Delta Law Group

Pittsburgh company supports a tiny Himalayan country through a unique CD-ROM stamp

The Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the heart of the Himalayas between Tibet and India, is a bucolic, peaceful nation that has abided under the modern radar for centuries.

A predominantly Buddhist country whose national creed is “Gross National Happiness,” Bhutan is preparing for a major political transition this year as its leader, King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, abdicates the throne in favor of his democratically elected son, a 27-year-old Oxford graduate.

What makes this all the more compelling is that a Pittsburgh-based company, Creative Products International, is helping to support this tiny country’s economy through the innovative development of a mini CD-ROM stamp to be released this spring, sure to be another sought after collector’s item for philatelists worldwide.

Bhutan has had a long, colorful history of exotic, prized stamps, explains Frances Todd Stewart, president of CPI. It was her late father, who formed a close friendship with the Bhutan queen-to-be while he attended Oxford University, who suggested stamps as an economic development project for the country.

The late Todd helped the country create several beautiful stamps, including a vinyl talking and 3-D stamp. Todd Stewart is following in his footsteps with a CD-ROM stamp that attaches to an envelope and includes pictures, music and the history of the country, developed and designed by CPI, new product developers and an international custom manufacturer.

The stamp has already attracted national attention, having been featured on "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" on the NBC Today Show earlier this year.

“I feel very honored to be part of an experience to carry on my father’s legacy,” says Todd Stewart. “It’s wonderful to think that through this documentary there is a connection between the past and what is happening now as Bhutan moves into a democracy.”

To view the CD-ROM stamp, click here.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Frances Todd Stewart, Creative Products International

Image courtesy Creative Products International

$7.5 M economic package from state will create 540 local jobs

Allegheny County has received $7.54 M from the state for 11 economic development projects that promise to create some 540 jobs in the region in the next three years.

The funds will enable three companies to relocate here from out-of-state, says Janel Miller, a spokesperson for Gov. Ed Rendell. The assistance for the 11 projects comes in the form of loans, grants, job training and technical assistance coordinated through the Governor’s Action Team.

The three companies that will move to the region include:

GiftCards.com will create at least 53 new jobs by relocating operations from North Carolina to suburban Pittsburgh. The leading provider of prepaid Visa debit cards has moved its customer service center to a 20,000 sf building in Greentree.

Hussey Copper Ltd., a leading global producer of electrical copper bar for rolling mills, is relocating a production line from Kentucky to Leetsdale, a $1.2 M expansion that will create 25 new jobs. 

Knepper Press Corp. is expanding its local operations and creating 40 new jobs. The commercial printing company is moving its 38,000 sf facility in Oakdale to a new 100,000 sf facility on 11.9 acres in Clinton.

Voyager Jet Center, a leader in private aviation services, will receive the biggest slice of the pie for a $17.7 M, 30,000 sf expansion of its Allegheny County Airport operations that will create 50 new jobs.

The new jobs arrive on the heels of a marginal rise in local jobs in the region for November. The U.S. Dept. of Labor reports that the region added 3,000 new jobs compared to the same period last year, posting a .26 percent growth rate.

For the complete list of local economic development projects, click here.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Janel Miller for Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S. Dept. of Labor

First green pediatric office in the region opens in East Liberty

Pediatricians in the East End hope to inspire a green movement in healthcare, having opened the first sustainable medical office in the region for their young patients.

Children’s Community Pediatrics has moved to a new, 5,180 sf office on Penn Avenue above Trader Joe’s, a bright, inviting space that features low-emitting laminate adhesives, a carbon dioxide monitoring system that maintains indoor air quality, a ventilation system that controls office airflow and minimizes exposure to indoor particulates and chemical toxins, high performance insulated windows that let in sunlight and conserves energy and plant and aquarium ecosystems in the waiting room.

The idea was initiated by Keith Somers, a pediatrician who saw the alarming rise in the childhood incidents of asthma, cancer and other environmentally related illnesses and felt it was imperative to promote a sustainable practice.

“As a family we saw the ‘Inconvenient Truth’ and it got us all to be a little more pro-active,” admits Somers. “It allowed me the latitude to pursue this option. My hope is to show the rest of the world and the business community that there’s a lot we can do and ways to spend the money that are affordable and available. Prevention goes hand in hand with what we are doing.”

The office was designed by LEED-certified architects at Pittsburgh-based Designstream Architectural Studios and built by KJ Johnston Ltd. In addition, CCP is collaborating with green experts at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, soon to be one of the first LEED-certified children’s hospitals in the country.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Keith Somers, Children’s Community Pediatrics

Image courtesy Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Venture Capital Roundup: Nine funded Pittsburgh startups leap into the new year

Nine Pittsburgh start-ups received venture capital funding in the last quarter of 2007 and Pittsburgh’s Innovation Works celebrated a funding milestone of its own.

Eight of the companies are Innovation Works portfolio companies. “The breadth of technologies is indicative of what we see in general,” says Terri Glueck of Innovation Works. “This paints such a great picture of what’s happening and innovative here.”

Accipter Systems, Inc. received $300,000 to developing Wi-Hy, a next generation wireless system that will eliminate network dropouts and provide a more reliable network for the military, emergency crews, surveillance and public safety personnel.

Alertek was awarded $300,000. The new technology is a University of Pittsburgh spinout and will improve safety in the mines and on construction sites by providing an audible alert at the first sign of infrastructure under stress.

Cognition Therapeutics received $200,000 to help develop small molecule therapeutics targeting the toxic proteins that cause the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative diseases of the human brain.

Coventina Healthcare Enterprises received $320,000 as it continues to produce a therapeutic warming system used in the research, treatment, rehabilitation and management of pain related to injury, aging and disease.

Impact Games, makers of the internationally popular game Peacemaker, has received $250,000.

Pertuity received $300,000 to develop its product, Dare to Compare, an online financial comparison tool that helps users compare their financial status, plans and strategies with others.

ShowClix received $150,000 for development of a live music search engine and online ticketing company connecting musicians, venues and show promoters with millions of live music fans. The website combines an open, live music database with an online ticketing platform, giving show promoters, musicians and venues an easy, affordable way to promote their shows and sell tickets to music fans who search for, track and share live music on the site.

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse has invested $100,000 in ParentPlus. ParentPlus is positioning its first product, FertPlus(R), as a way to increase the efficacy of fertility treatments and at the same time provide a lower cost alternative to expensive and highly publicized conventional treatments.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Terri Glueck, Innovations Works, Tim O’Brien, PLSG

Community Connections Awards $1 M to Pittsburgh 250 Community Projects

Community Connections announced $1M in grants to 100 regional and grassroots organizations and artists as the city gears up to celebrate Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary.

Some 540 submissions were received from across the region and the competition was stiff as a panel of regional leaders, including representatives from all 14 counties, selected 12 compelling initiatives that received $50,000 each as Regional Community Connections Projects and 88 grassroots projects that received about $5000 each.

Four examples of projects that received $50,000 for activities in 2008 are:

  • Civil Rites: Oral Histories of Two Generations of Pittsburgh Artists: the August Wilson Center for African American Culture will collect the work and personal stories of local artists in a multimedia presentation that will coincide with the Center’s dedication.
  • Good Neighbor Days: Family Communications, Inc. will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the birth of Mister Rogers with an educational campaign and five-days of family-friendly activities at regional cultural and educational venues.
  • Roadside Giants: The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor will engage students at technical and career schools in Bedford, Somerset and Westmoreland counties to create enormous public art sculptures along the historic Lincoln Highway, a route that mirrors the one travelled by Gen. John Forbes and Col. George Washington in 1758.
  • With The Pittsburgh Signs Project, Pop City's own Jennifer Baron will
    create "Pittsburgh Signs: 250," a full-color book documenting and reflecting on signs from the fourteen counties in the region that will celebrate the
    unique visual culture of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“Regional Projects are indicative of the character of our unique region,” said Cathy Lewis Long, a co-chair of Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections. “From the expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities to mobile educational laboratories, these important initiatives planned for 2008 represent the hopes and desires of citizens in Southwestern Pennsylvania at this moment in time.”

Community Connections is a cooperative effort of The Sprout Fund, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization, the Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections committee, and Pittsburgh 250 Inc., the lead agency coordinating events and activities for the 250th celebration.

To see a complete list of funded projects, click here.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Cathy Lewis Long, Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections and Dustin Stiver, The Sprout Fund

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