Learn more about business development in Pittsburgh, PA

We are the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

Behind Pittsburgh Region. Next is Now. is the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the nonprofit economic development marketing group representing the 10-county Pittsburgh region in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance works with and provides complimentary services to site selectors, business decision makers, companies and people from around the world. We meet business and personal needs as companies and people work through their decision process (no matter what stage) on where to conduct business and live. When a decision is made, we are here to help soften the landing into our community and continue to help with integration, adaption and growth in the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance is an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Our Focus Areas

BUSiness Growth & Attraction
  • We work with and provide complimentary services to site selectors, commercial real estate professionals, industrial real estate professionals, brokers, consultants and business decision makers.
  • We leverage regional assets across high-investment sectors [e.g. tech, life sciences, manufacturing, fintech, energy] to catalyze investment and local job growth.
  • We position the region as the location of choice for fast-growing, deep-tech, research-driven investments [robotics, AI, cyber, mobility].
  • We promote the region’s industrial, logistics, and production workforce capabilities to attract advanced manufacturing, with a focus on downstream opportunities and foreign direct investment.
Talent Growth & Attraction
  • We partner with the academic community and trades to develop initiatives to increase the pool of local talent in growth sectors.
  • We develop content and programmatic interventions to equip businesses and employers with the tools to attract new graduates, foreign and diverse talent, and high-demand talent.
  • We attract the leading organizations and companies that cultivate a vibrant, innovative and inclusive environment for professional talent to the region.

What we offer

  • The Competitive Case for Our Region
  • Site Visit Planning & Execution
  • Economic Research & Data
  • Access to Talent Partnerships
  • Development Funding Opportunities
  • Free-of-Charge Economic Development Services

Our Partners

Our vast network of partners offers access to a number of services. Get in touch with us today and we can connect you to the right person to

  • Real Estate & Sites
  • Funding
  • Talent
  • Local Business Networks


We’re Here to Help

Reach out to PRA team member below who is point person for your interest(s).

Matt Smith

Chief Growth Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

412.281.4783 x2032

Emily Baroffio

Director, Talent Attraction and Retention Partnerships

412-392-4555 x3130

Chelsey Brown

Business Investment Intern


Cody Gill

Manager, Business Investment

Tech & Innovation

Mike Harding

Vice President, Business Investment

Tech & Innovation
412.281.4783 x3117 | m: 412.290.4082

Deb Harshaw


412-392-4783 x4539

Mike Henderson

Senior Director, Business Investment

Advanced Manufacturing & Financial and Business Services
412-392-4555 x4536 | m: 412-527-7372

Molly Hobba

Manager, Business Investment

Industrial & Manufacturing

Sara Holzer

Senior Director, Business Engagement


Patty Horvatich

Senior Vice President, Business Investment

412-392-4555 x4543 | m: 412-491-2489

Jordan Jasper

Business Investment Manager


Rachel Leige

Manager, Business Investment

Tech & Innovation

James Myers

Senior Director, Business Investment


Katie Nagy

Passport Intern


Mike Palmer

Manager, Business Investment

Industrial & Manufacturing

Bob Shark

Special Advisor, Business Investment

412-392-1015 | m: 724-912-9710

Zivya Sutton

Business Investment Intern


Linda Topoleski

Vice President, Talent Strategy & Programs

Talent Attraction & Retention

Make sure you are a part of what is next in Pittsburgh!