The blogs you may have missed: Part II

The summer is nearly complete, but let’s rewind to the happy days of the past few months and take a look at what you may have missed on our blog while you were on your summer vacation. 

Here is part two of our two-part series recapping our blogs of summer.

The life sciences in Pittsburgh: the bright present building the future

Chris Molineaux, president & CEO of Life Sciences PA, writes on the evolving life sciences ecosystem in Pittsburgh and how the intentional development and building of the industry cluster has set the sector on the precipice of a breakthrough that competes with the major clusters in San Francisco, Cambridge and Philadelphia.

Empowering everyone to experience the benefits of electric mobility

In Pittsburgh, no idea is too outrageous. Sarah Olexsak, manager of transportation electrification at Duquesne Light Company, came back to Pittsburgh from Washington, D.C., to empower people in the region with electric mobility. With technology like electric vehicles being a tremendous opportunity, Pittsburgh is the perfect place to take the step beyond the cutting edge, just as the region is doing with autonomous vehicles, digital healthcare and much more.

The renewable energy opportunity in hydropower: generating power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow

Only about 3% of the over 80,000 existing dams in the U.S. are actively producing electricity. Think about that. 3%! Pittsburgh’s iconic three rivers provide an incredible opportunity to harness power from water, and that’s exactly what Rye Development – the leading developer of low impact hydropower energy generation and storage in the U.S. – is doing. Michael Rooney, vice president at Rye, writes about the underway efforts establish eight run-of-river hydroelectric projects in the region that will generate 600 gigawatt hours of 24/7 renewable energy for at least 50 years.

Embracing change, advancing Downtown

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the experience of downtowns across the world. It has reshaped thinking, work habits, priorities, businesses and much, much more. So, how do downtowns respond? Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, wrote about the creativity, resilience and commitment of the Pittsburgh community to collaboratively rethink the Downtown Pittsburgh experience. The moment is being seized to create a new and better Downtown.

Interested in reading more? Catchup on part one of our recap here.