Silver Linings

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Survey: Pittsburgh Region Optimistic as 2021 Enters Final Month

The Pittsburgh region is finding its way into a new normal as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and end of 2021 is in sight.  Perhaps it’s fitting now to take stock of how Pittsburghers — the residents of the 10-county region — are faring and what they are hoping for as they look to the future on the horizon.

Through the monthly regional sentiment tracker that we have conducted in partnership with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, we have been able to gauge, both quantitatively and qualitatively, how the experiences of 2021 have shaped Pittsburghers.  The themes that have emerged are both inspiring and encouraging.  Without a doubt, there is a silver lining. 

Most people feel vastly more optimistic now compared to the same time in 2020. Despite economic challenges, respondents feel positive about their personal financial and employment situations. People are helping each other in ways they hadn’t before. And they are supporting small businesses and trusting medical experts within the community when they offer guidance.

Moving toward 2022, there is every reason to believe that the Pittsburgh region will enjoy a prosperous and healthy new year.

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Former Steel Mill Reborn as Biomedical Manufacturing Facility

A former LTV Steel mill on the 178-acre Hazelwood Green property will undergo further transformation with the addition of a biomanufacturing facility run by the University of Pittsburgh, thanks to a $100 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

The new facility, which will be known as the Pitt BioForge, is meant to attract companies that produce cell and gene therapies to treat health conditions.

The grant is the largest in the foundation’s history for a single project. Earlier this year, the foundation announced a $150 million grant to Carnegie Mellon University, half of which will fund centers for robotics and advanced manufacturing at Hazelwood Green.

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“It’s incredible the transformation that has happened in the city over the past few decades. I will tell you, having spent a couple of days here, I’m a believer.”

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on her visit to Pittsburgh for the inaugural U.S.-EU Trade and Tech Council Meeting

Pittsburghers Feeling Optimistic in 2021