Future. Forged. For All.

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The Pittsburgh Region’s Amazon HQ2 Proposal

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:

Amazon HQ2 Pittsburgh Proposal

Letters of Support


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.

About Us

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.

Join us, and let us tell you a story about Pittsburgh.

01: Our Talent

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.

Universal Pre-K

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 Promise

Pittsburgh is committed to providing college scholarships for every Pittsburgh Public School student who graduates with a minimum 2.5 GPA and 90% attendance.

ReMake Learning

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.

Early Education

PNC Grow Up Great and others support Message From Me, a program helping to develop computer skills that strengthen family interactions.

Public School STEAM Curricula

True to Pittsburgh’s collaborative spirit, Pittsburgh region schools have paired with business and foundation partners to develop STEAM curricula, including makerspace labs.

STEM for Young Adults

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.

02: Our Quality of Life

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.

Top 4 Metro for STEM Professionals

WalletHub, 2018

Among Best Cities in the U.S.

National Geographic Traveler, 2018

Top 10 City Living in the Future

CNN Tech, 2017

Next Best Startup City in America

Inc. Magazine, 2017

1 of 4 U.S. Tech Hubs to Watch in 2018

VentureBeat.com, 2017

Among Nation’s Top Cities & Regions for Driverless Tech

Xconomy, Inc., 2017

Best City for Jobs

GlassDoor.com, 2017

Best U.S. Metro for Millennials

Apartment List, 2017

3rd Best Big City to Live

WalletHub, 2017

Top 10 City for Foodies

SmartAsset, 2017

3rd Best Sports City

WalletHub, 2017

4th Most Affordable City in U.S.

SmartAsset, 2017

Top Friendliest Cities in America

Travel + Leisure, 2017

Top 10 Best Place to Retire

U.S. News and World Report, 2017

Top 5 Best City to Raise a Family

Owners.com, 2018

Top 5 Global Destinations to Travel

Harpers Baazar, 2017

America's Best City for Global Trade

Global Trade Magazine, 2017

#1 Food City for 2015

Zagat, 2015

#9 of 15 Most Livable Cities in the U.S.

Forbes, 2015

One of the Most Affordable Places to Live in the U.S.

U.S. News, 2016

Best Places to Put an Engineering Degree to Work

Livability.com, 2017

Coolest Neighborhood in America

Time Magazine, 2017

Two of the Top Business Schools at Pitt and CMU

Forbes, 2015

#7 of Friendliest Cities in America

Travel + Leisure, 2016

5th Best City for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub, 2016

Top U.S. Cities for Apartment Living

ApartmentAdvisor, 2016

Top 10 Cities Techies Should Consider Moving To

Huffington Post, 2016

Pittsburgh’s Downtown Is Best in the United States

Livability.com, 2015

#1 Smartest City

Movoto Real Estate, 2015

03: Our Future

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.

04: News & Press Releases

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So come, tell us your story. What does Pittsburgh mean to you?