Pittsburgh is proud of the innovative “Future. Forged. For All.” proposal we submitted to Amazon and how far we progressed in the site selection process.
The region, more than ever, is confident in our tremendous assets that would benefit any business looking to build or grow. In particular, our thriving innovation-supportive ecosystem is advantageous to technology-based companies, many of which already call this region home. For all of our businesses across a diversity of industry sectors, Pittsburgh is growing in a resilient and equitable way.
A link to the PGHQ2 proposal submitted in October 2017 can be found below. There were only two local investment packages offered and neither included using any existing city or county tax money/revenues. Rather, the proposal included a strategy to make sure if Pittsburgh invested in Amazon, Amazon would have invested in us, to the benefit of all residents.
One proposal was for a fund that would have paid for needed improvements to affordable housing, education, transportation and infrastructure. Working much like tax increment financing (TIF), new wage and property tax growth created by the Amazon headquarters would have been used to pay for a bond that funded those four priorities. The other package was a traditional TIF paying for infrastructure improvements at the chosen Amazon development site.
Both local incentive packages would have been subject to public debates, hearings and votes by the County, City and Public Schools, just as all TIFs are.
The Pittsburgh region offers incredible value through its world-class talent pool, high quality of life at a low cost, stable business environment, significant capacity to grow with a commitment to ensuring prosperity for all and an unparalleled spirit of collaboration. Our doors remain open to future Amazon investments as the company continues to grow, as well as to investments from other companies looking for a home.
As always, we stand ready to engage with domestic and international companies that have an interest in establishing or growing a business presence in southwestern Pennsylvania, and look forward to welcoming you to our community.
View PGHQ2’s proposal:
We are PGHQ2 - the Pittsburgh region's collaborative partnership developed to coordinate the efforts of all local jurisdictions, businesses, universities and foundations that have volunteered their support for our region's Amazon HQ2 proposal.
PGHQ2 will serve as the Amazon welcome committee and the company's dedicated partner, ensuring a soft landing and support for long-term success should Pittsburgh be selected as the location for Amazon's HQ2.
PGHQ2 stays true to the commitment in the region's proposal - Future. Forged. For All. - to the region's future, along with assuring the collective effort will benefit the entire regional community. The partnership includes the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, The Hillman Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
For more information, watch the video or read the latest new release on Pittsburgh reaching Amazon's list of 20 locations that continued in its HQ2 selection process.
Our people make the Pittsburgh region great.
Pittsburghers have never been afraid to roll up their sleeves, work hard - together - and confront challenges head on. Carnegie. Salk. Warhol. With world-class talent at our doorstep, we embrace the unknown, strive to find solutions, and disrupt entire industries. From steel to glass to energy; no matter what the industry, we will always be committed to a Pittsburgh region for all.
The Pittsburgh region is home to the first Carnegie Library in the United States. We believe that access to knowledge and creating outstanding early learning environments is critical to the long-term vibrancy of our city. We are determined to provide learning opportunities for Pittsburghers, from cradle to career.
Pittsburgh is committed to providing quality early childhood programs for all families, including developing a universal pre-K plan aiming to start in 2018.
Pittsburgh is committed to providing college scholarships for every Pittsburgh Public School student who graduates with a minimum 2.5 GPA and 90% attendance.
Recognized by the White House, this network of Pittsburgh region education collaborators created a nationally used model for innovative, 21st century learning experiences to provide children with STEAM learning opportunities.
PNC Grow Up Great and others support Message From Me, a program helping to develop computer skills that strengthen family interactions.
True to Pittsburgh’s collaborative spirit, Pittsburgh region schools have paired with business and foundation partners to develop STEAM curricula, including makerspace labs.
Our public workforce development board, Partner4Work, created programs that include summer camps and internships designed to prepare young adults throughout the Pittsburgh region for STEAM careers.
Today our city is fueled by innovation. We have become an undisputed leader in software engineering, artificial intelligence, robotics, manufacturing, energy, and autonomous transportation. Our decisiveness, agility, and appetite for risk are why we are able to build an innovation economy. And why we continue to define the future.
Our arts and culture will surprise you.
Pittsburgh has 90 distinct neighborhoods, almost 3000 acres of urban parks for exploring, dozens of critically acclaimed restaurants, championship winning sports teams, and a thriving arts community. Annual events such as the Pittsburgh Arts Festival, the Three Rivers Regatta, and Light Up Night draw over a million visitors to the city’s downtown each year. Just beyond the city, you can explore classic American main streets, an amazing network of parks, and world class whitewater rafting and beautiful hiking trails. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy.
Zagat. Forbes. The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal. #1 Best Big City in the Northeast by Time Magazine. People are starting to notice what we have known for years. Pittsburgh is an amazing city to live, work, and explore.
National Geographic Traveler, 2018
CNN Tech, 2017
Inc. Magazine, 2017
Xconomy, Inc., 2017
Apartment List, 2017
Travel + Leisure, 2017
U.S. News and World Report, 2017
Harpers Baazar, 2017
Global Trade Magazine, 2017
U.S. News, 2016
Time Magazine, 2017
Travel + Leisure, 2016
Huffington Post, 2016
Movoto Real Estate, 2015
Pittsburgh is the epicenter of innovation.
Pittsburgh is the city that built America, and it is building the future. Our story is one of invention and reinvention: from steel to software, plate glass to robotics, and aluminum to autonomous technology. Guided by lessons from our past and a vision for the future, today our ideas are bigger and our communities are stronger than ever.
The City of Pittsburgh is spearheading a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable. The P4 initiative builds upon Pittsburgh’s global relationships with cities, innovators, universities, and globally renowned planners. Driven by our unwavering sense of innovation and collaboration, we will build a Future. Forged. For all.
People of all backgrounds receive social and economic opportunities and benefits through the advancing of a just and sustainable city.
Preservation and cultivation are top priorities as every sector in the region is involved in creating a green and healthy environment.
Place is not an afterthought, but an opportunity for promoting innovation in urban design.
Performance accountability and excellence are critical components of building an inclusive economy.
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“What I love about Pittsburgh is just how incredibly friendly people are here. I'd only lived in big cities for the majority of my life, (Chicago and DC; LA and NY for a short period). I'd never experienced strangers who were just so willing to help other strangers in those bigger cities. In Pittsburgh, if you need anything, there is someone around every corner who will help you out.”
“Over history, Pittsburghers are known to have the character of being the builders. The type of company and the work we do in the space of AI can also be characterized as builders.”
“We’re excited at the prospect of making our proposal – and this new partnership – a reality. Welcoming Amazon’s second headquarters to Pittsburgh would grow jobs, spin start-ups, advance research, leverage highly-skilled talent, and immediately enrich our city’s growing innovation district. This is what our universities are here to support. We welcome the opportunity to work with Amazon.”
“Pittsburgh has become a magnet for major companies who want to get ahead of the curve, and entrepreneurs who want to make a difference. The computing and data technologies that are shaping this century have their roots here, and the vitality and can-do spirit that gave the world artificial intelligence, driverless cars, and so much more make this an ideal environment for Amazon’s continued development as an innovative disruptor of consumer markets.
“Like Pittsburgh itself, CCAC continues to evolve—providing the region’s business and industry partners with the creative workforce solutions they need to successfully compete in today’s fast-paced and increasingly complex global economy. For innovative companies like Amazon, Pittsburgh offers a workforce skilled in the lexicon of the modern workplace—one reliant on problem-solving, advanced technological know-how and a solid commitment to sustainable growth and development.”
“This process, and bid, is about our region’s future. We don’t just talk about a future forged for all, we walk the walk. We know that the collaboration and collective effort put forth will benefit all those in our community. Having Amazon choose Pittsburgh will also mean other indirect investment and, just as importantly, opportunity for all of our residents, new and old.”