The city of Pittsburgh's skyline

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Doing Business in Pittsburgh

Why do so many companies choose to be headquartered in Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is an iconic city and region where next is now. It is not just a place, but a community of innovators, builders, and makers who are solving the world’s toughest problems. When it comes to doing business, our people are the difference-makers.

A Top Ranking City for Doing Business

 

#1

Metro for College Graduates
(Trulia & LinkedIn)

#2

for Business Expansion in U.S. Northeast (Site Selection Magazine)

#3

Most Livable City in the U.S.
(The Economist)

The Best

Most Livable City in the U.S.
(The Economist)

 

Top 10

City Living in the Future
(CNN Tech)

2.6 million

Population

$139 billion

GDP

1.29 million

Labor force

 

Why Pittsburgh Now?

Companies headquartered in Pittsburgh strategically inform the design of the city around them.
Shape the World.

Here you will work on solving the world’s toughest problems. Your creativity, passion, and individuality matter. Make a real impact on the issues you care about.

One of the companies headquartered in Pittsburgh where workers collaborate in open spaces.
Live With Purpose.

Enjoy your work and love your life outside of it in a safe and healthy environment. In Pittsburgh, you live uniquely and through experiences. No matter what you want to do with your life, you can do it here.

Employees at companies headquartered in Pittsburgh become a part of an inclusive community that values diverse ideas.
Be Iconic.

Authenticity is in our region’s DNA. Stay true to your unique identity and be embraced by a supportive and interactive community investing in a future for all.

Decades worth of experience helps manufacturing companies headquartered in Pittsburgh grow into successful enterprises.
Build It Here.

Pittsburgh is a place where you can make your mark, whether you are a large or small business. It celebrates ingenuity and plays on a global stage. It is a place where you can make your mark and leave the world a better place if you build it here.


Fast-growing, deep-tech and research-driven companies are planting roots in Pittsburgh. Our doors are wide open to a wide range of companies, including startups, nonprofits, private companies, and public companies trading on the NYSE. A wide range of industries can find a successful transition to the Pittsburgh region, including:

  • Aerospace
  • AI
  • Automotive
  • Cybersecurity
  • E-Commerce
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Creative Industries
  • Real Estate
  • Education
  • Robotics

 

Pittsburgh offers a deep talent and labor pool

11

Advanced industry sectors driving region’s talent growth
(Brookings)

5th

Top U.S. city for STEM professionals
(WalletHub, 2020)

21%

Increase in tech talent labor pool since 2013
(CBRE)

44K

Graduates from 88 academic institutions, including the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University

234K

Students in Pittsburgh region + Penn State University & West Virginia University

5th largest

Share of college-educated millennials among top metros

 

 

33.0%
Workers holding 4+ year degrees

 

Business Costs

When you look to build, build it in Pittsburgh.

Average Office Lease Rate (2021)

Per square foot

An office lease rate comparison of companies headquartered in Pittsburgh to other metropolitans.

 

Average Industrial Lease Rate (2021)

Per square foot

An industrial lease rate comparison of companies headquartered in Pittsburgh to other metropolitans.

Market Access

Get access to distribution networks, people and locations from Pittsburgh via highways, waterways, airways and railways. Any ways you need to move, we have an answer.

Companies headquartered in Pittsburgh have access to highways, waterways, airways, and railways.
New Terminal. Photo Credit: Allegheny County Airport Authority

Expansion Support

We’re here to help you. We’ll help connect you to the best resource for your needs.

We offer:

  • The competitive case for the Pittsburgh region
  • Site visit planning & execution
  • Economic research & data
  • Access to talent partnerships
  • Development funding opportunities

Our partners offer access to:

  • Real estate & sites
  • Funding
  • Talent
  • Local business network
A map of the city of Pittsburgh's location in relation to its surrounding counties.

Properties & Spaces

Make your mark here in the region. Check out the highlights of our development opportunities.

 

Incentives

Regional Programs (Cities, Counties)

  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Business Expansion Grants, Low Cost Financing and Loans
  • Bond & Tax Incremental Financing
  • Real Estate Tax Abatement Programs
  • Talent & Workforce Investments
  • Federal Opportunity Zones

Success STORIES: COMPANIES HEADQUARTERED IN Pittsburgh

Many successful companies headquartered in Pittsburgh have been headquartered in Pittsburgh for decades, including nine Fortune 500 companies. Historic Pittsburgh companies include grocery chain Giant Eagle, PNC Financial Services Group, and Westinghouse Electric Company, as well as its subdivision WESCO. Pittsburgh is also the home of PPG Industries Inc, Alcoa, GNC, Kraft Heinz, DICK’S Sporting Goods, U.S. Steel, and many more.

However, companies in a variety of industries have more recently chosen Pittsburgh as the location as their new home or for a new location. With an ideal location in western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh area has convenient market access to several large markets, such as New York, Ohio, neighboring Philadelphia, Northern Virginia, and more. Read on to learn more about companies that recently moved to Pittsburgh.

Affirm is one of many companies headquartered in the city of Pittsburgh.
Affirm

After a nationwide search for a second HQ, the San Francisco-based Affirm chose Pittsburgh. Affirm committed to creating 500 jobs in Pittsburgh. Founder and CEO Max Levchin, who also co-founded services company PayPal, said Affirm chose Pittsburgh because “it was important for us to be able to grow our workforce for many years to come with superb talent.”

 

Krystal Biotech is one example of a gene therapy manufacturing company headquartered in Pittsburgh.
Krystal Biotech

The rapid gene therapy manufacturer is building a 100,000-SF facility near Pittsburgh International Airport to advance first-ever topically applied gene therapy treatment to help children living with a rare skin disease called dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.

 

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