For decades, Pittsburgh's economy was directly tied to one industry: steel. But now, a new identity is taking shape. Investments in education and innovation-friendly policies have launched a growing technology and startup community. Uber, Facebook, Google and a number of other tech giants have planted their flags in the Steel City.
But despite this, Pittsburgh has had slow job growth since the recession, and many say that the economic benefits of the city’s urban revival have not reached its neighboring communities. How can Pittsburgh ensure that everyone has the tools to compete in the city’s 21st century economy?
The Atlantic gathered city officials and local industry and community leaders for a robust discussion about Pittsburgh's comeback and efforts to create opportunity for all who call it home.
Watch the full event
- Wednesday, May 17
- 5:30 p.m.Guest Arrival and Reception -
- 6:05 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
Chris Redd, Territory Sales Leader, Allstate*
Stacy Drumtra, Director, CEO Strategic Communications, Allstate Insurance Company*
- 6:15 p.m.InterviewMayor Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh
With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
- 6:40 p.m.Panel DiscussionPresley Gillespie, President, Neighborhood Allies
Kevin McMahon, President and CEO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Andrew Moore, Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Stefani Pashman, CEO, Partner4Work
With Ron Brownstein, The Atlantic
- 7:15 p.m.Closing Thoughts Margaret Low, AtlanticLIVE