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Where in the world is Suzi Pegg? (Hint: she's with the Symphony)

Wherever she goes, Suzi Pegg, vp of global marketing for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance,  finds a Pittsburgh connection. See what gets her heart racing in Lisbon as she travels with the world-class Pittsburgh Symphony.

Read her blog here.

CEO Michael Ressler of StatEasy featured as Founder in statewide pub Keystone Edge

'Central Catholic star running back Damien Jones-Moore played the game of his life against Woodland Hills High School, gaining 133 yards on 15 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Unfortunately, his parents were working and missed the game.
 
Not to worry. Pittsburgh startup StatEasy not only allowed his parents to relive the highlights the next day, but it gave them a great recruiting video with which to launch their son's career.  
 
StatEasy was founded by CEO Michael Ressler, a Carnegie Mellon computer science grad and former club volleyball coach who recognized the value in a good sports video software that integrates statistics compiled during a game with the video footage."

Read the profile here and then see the other Founders throughout the state.

900 women gather at Athena luncheon; winners announced

Missed the luncheon? Read about the winners of the Athena Awards here.


PNC named top company for women for 11th year in a row

"With titles like “Women, Money and Power,” “Negotiating Tactics” and “Networking Naturally,” the seminars offered by the women’s network at this financial services company attract mothers who want to improve their professional fortunes. Also grabbing their attention is the 18-month Mentoring for Leadership program, in which high-potential female employees are advised by top executives, who outline the company’s expectations and illustrate paths to success. The five-month Women’s Leadership Development Program provides executive coaching, mentoring and career planning and shows participants how to drive results. In 2011, 78% of the women promoted to positions at the manager level and above utilized flexible work schedules.

There's more. Read the full story here.

Kids + Creativity group hailed as Modern Day Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Once upon a time, two people met for coffee. From that one meeting sprang forth an entire movement based on Kids + Creativity, based in Pittsburgh. Read the quite amazing story and what this group has managed to accomplish so far.

Read the full story here.

Pittsburgh college student's poems featured

Allegheny College senior and Pittsburgher Mike Oliphant had two poems published in Carcinogenic Poetry that caught the eye of our poetry editor (ok, we wish). The poems are worth a look for their imagery and message, not to mention command of the language. To wit: 

The sun has a pulse—it has
a heartbeat so burdened
by the eventual end it brings
to the whole human race...

Read the rest of the poem along with another here.

Local author Sherrie Flick in the spotlight

Pittsburgh author Sherrie Flick offers an interesting glimpse into the writing life as she discusses books that have influenced her and how she stays creative and more in this interview in Necessary Fiction.

"I do feel I’m creating my best work when all of the components are on: walking-writing-gardening-cooking-reading. These activities encompass my creative process, not just the writing," she writes. We urge you to read the full the interview here.

The A to Z Guide to the Pirates (for the latecomer fans)

Yes, the Buccos are in first place for the first time in 20 years and Pittsburgh is loving baseball again. Feeling a little out of it? Here's what you need to know to catch Pirate fever in this A to Z blog guide.

Read the guide here.

Can runners have too many miles on the tires?

Can runners burn out if they start too young? Is there such a thing as having too many miles on the tires? The New York Times asked Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon and exercise researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. There are no definitive data on this question, but there are some suggestive findings, she said.

"Dr. Wright’s study of senior Olympians — athletes age 50 and older who participated in the National Senior Olympic Games, a track and field event — found what she considers a surprisingly small rate of decline in performance until age 75: just a few percent a year in their times. After that, though, the athletes slowed down considerably."

Read the full story here.

Rust Belt Chic: Young people moving in more than out in Cle, Pittsburgh, Detroit

We knew that more young people were moving to Pittsburgh as opposed to leaving. This welcome trend is not only affecting our city but other so-called Rust Belt cities such as Cleveland and Detroit.

"What’s more, the majority of the growth occurred in the 22-to-34-year-old demo, those coveted “knowledge economy” workers for whom every city is competing," reports salon.com.  Pittsburgh, too, has unexpectedly reversed its out-migration of young people. The number of 18-to-24-year-olds was declining there until 2000, but has since climbed by 16 percent."



Read the full story here.

Brett Freund up for Emerging Artist of 2012 in Ceramics Daily

Selected as one of 14 finalists for the 2012 Emerging Artist award by Ceramic Arts Daily, artist Brett Freund returned to Pittsburgh a year ago following grad school and travel. He now he uses the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Pittsburgh Glass Center to fire and finish his work.

Read about him here and then take then vote for him.

Read more about Brett here and see his work here.

E2 gets some love from LA blogger

Anyone who knows E2 loves E2. The Highland Park restaurant recently launched a Kickstarter campaign which netted $12,000 from the post we saw on Twitter and now this LA blogger writes a loving profile.

Read the full story here.

Pop City's Mad Men feature picked up by Business Week

That Mad Men masthead photo we featured a few weeks ago, along with the guide to Mad Men-esque places throughout the burgh, was republished in Business Week online, aka, Bloomberg. Missed it the first time? See it here.

Kellee Maize video does a 360 in Market Square

Kellee Maize's latest video features a fast-rapping Kellee and a 360 degree view of Market Square. View it here!

Brain drain problem in Pittsburgh solved?

Graduating students prove what census numbers are starting to show: High-tech jobs, medical institutions, higher education and finance are motivating them to stay in Western Pennsylvania, reports the Tribune Review.

"Pittsburgh has so much to offer young people, from available jobs to high quality of life and affordability, and I'm happy to remind them that Pittsburgh has what they need and want after college," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. His "Pick Pittsburgh" initiative touts the region's benefits in a letter to graduating seniors at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and Point Park universities and Community College of Allegheny County.

"Pittsburgh is very friendly for young people just starting out," said Totten, 21, a Churchill native who will graduate from Pitt with an exercise science degree. She lined up a job in West Mifflin while she works toward a master's degree online from California University of Pennsylvania. "It's inexpensive, and I had no problem finding a job."

Western Pennsylvania began suffering an "inordinate" job and population decline when the domestic steel industry began to suffer in the 1980s, said Chris Briem, chair of Pitt's Center for Social and Urban Research and an expert on census data analysis. In 1980, the number of people ages 18 to 24 living in the city was 67,445, census figures show. By 1990, the number fell to 51,692.

"Specifically, the people who were leaving were the young, 20-something, professional and educated workers who we really needed to transform and move our economy forward," Briem said.

By 2000, the number fell to 49,461, but the 2010 census numbers show the first increase in 30 years: a 16 percent boost to 57,745 people ages 18-24 living in Pittsburgh.

The rebound over the past decade came from investments and growth in the high-tech industry, engineering, the medical field, higher education and finance, said Court Gould, executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh.
"It essentially took a generation, an entire career-span, to turn this around," Gould said.

Read the full story here.
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