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Amazon Narrows Field for Second Headquarters Location to 20

Amazon has said its preferences for the site include a metropolitan location with a population of more than 1 million, mass transit, proximity to an international flight hub and the potential to retain and attract technical talent.


(PITTSBURGH – Nov. 13, 2018) – On behalf of the regional partnership that submitted Pittsburgh’s proposal to host HQ2, we thank Amazon for considering us for its second headquarters and congratulate New York City and Arlington, Va. on being selected as the headquarters locations. We also congratulate Nashville, Tenn. on being selected as the location for a new Amazon Operations Center of Excellence.

Pitt to Launch Innovation Lab, Makerspace in Homewood

The University of Pittsburgh will open an innovation lab and makerspace in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood. The Manufacturing Assistance Center Makerspace, located at 7800 Susquehanna St., will feature small business development courses and will be equipped with a laser, 3-D printers, woodworking and a soft textiles area.

The Future Location of Amazon's HQ2 Is Perhaps More Obvious Than You Think

"Pittsburgh is also in the process of developing a strong technological base as the presence of Facebook, Google, Uber (its driverless car operations are there) attests. And owing to the grand industrial past of each city, there are impressive museums and other cultural aspects that will appeal to the well-educated employee demographic Amazon seeks."

Interstacks Raises $2.5 Million, Plans to Double Staff

Interstacks, a startup that evolved from a project at digital design and innovation lab Maya Design has raised $2.5 million from investors and plans to at least double employment.

Why Pittsburgh Is the Next Best Startup City in America

Uber, Google, Carnegie Mellon, and more have turned Pittsburgh in to a destination for top tech talent.

Amazon to Expand Office in Pittsburgh, Add 125 Jobs

Amazon has plans to more than double its tech-focused workforce at its Pittsburgh Tech Hub on South Side Works, adding 125 jobs in machine translation and speech science.

GeekWire HQ2 Revealed: We’re Heading to Pittsburgh to Cover its Post-Industrial Renaissance and Innovation Economy

GeekWire reporters and editors will cycle through their temporary HQ2 in Pittsburgh for the entire month of February, immersing themselves in a city that has reinvented itself from industrial powerhouse to technology hub.

CoLab18 Opens on Pittsburgh's North Side

CoLab18 - a 4,600-square-foot space inside tech hub, Nova Place - recently opened as a digital literacy laboratory and public resource for learning and collaboration among North Side's 18 neighborhoods.

New CMU Advanced Manufacturing Center in Pittsburgh to Put America on Top

“The technologies that emerge from this building will have the power to make things in a whole new way to trigger a major resurgence of economic development in the United States and to assert our global leadership in advanced manufacturing.”

Pittsburgh Airport Lands Nonstop Seattle flight, Bolstering its Amazon HQ2 Bid

Pittsburgh International Airport has secured a coveted nonstop flight to Seattle, one that not only fills a key gap in the market but bolsters the region’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

Pittsburgh Data Company, Niche, Expands; Plans to Hire 20 People

Niche expects to expand this year. The Pittsburgh data company announced it has raised $6.6 million and is planning to hire more than 20 people by the end of the year.

New Allegheny Conference Leadership Looks to Amazon Bid to Inspire Region's Goals

New leadership of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development introduced themselves at the organization’s annual meeting amid the imagination-capturing goal of Pittsburgh winning the bid to host Amazon’s HQ2 over more than 200 other North American cities.

Petuum Expands, Raises $93 Million and Aims to Hire 120 People

Pittsburgh-based software infrastructure and ecosystem provider, Petuum, is expanding after raising $93 million in a recent investment round. The two-year-old, early-stage tech company - whose machine learning platform is providing companies across various industries and sizes a way to create artificial intelligence (AI) products - has plans to quadruple the size of its operations and add 120 employees by the end of 2018.

Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

Mayor Bill Peduto traveled to Germany as part of an unofficial delegation of more than 100 Americans, American officials and business owners who say they are still committed to climate talks. One element of Pittsburgh's climate strategy has been encouraging innovation in a technology known as microgrids.

UPMC to Invest $2 Billion to Create 3 New specialty Hospitals in Pittsburgh

UPMC will spend $2 billion to build three specialty hospitals, bringing to $3 billion the total sum earmarked for new health care expenditures in Western Pennsylvania over the next five years.

A Hotel, Luxury Apartments, Even an Indoor Park: A Grand Future Awaits the Iconic Kaufmann’s Building Downtown

Through a partnership with Amazon, every new apartment in the $100 million rehab of the iconic Macy’s/Kaufmann’s building Downtown is equipped with Alexa, its voice-activated operating system, that allows residents to make coffee, raise or lower the window blinds, adjust the temperature and turn on the television — all without getting out of bed.

HiUp USA Opens Headquarters in Pittsburgh

“This is an app openly for working people and that’s the backbone of the culture of the City of Pittsburgh. Also, the colors that are chosen for the app just happen to be black and gold.”

As City Awaits Amazon HQ2 Answer, Peduto Says Growth Should Benefit All Pittsburghers

As Pittsburgh continues trying to grow its tech sector, including a bid for Amazon’s second North American headquarters, Mayor Bill Peduto said he's conscious about ensuring that rising tide lifts all boats.

Following the (Bike) Trail to Amazon’s Second Headquarters

Pittsburgh comes out on top based on the city's underutilized buildings, competitive costs, available tech talent, local universities, airport accessibility, and “community cultural fit” and “community quality of life.”

URA authorizes $51 million for Hill, North Side affordable homes

The Oct. 12 board meeting of Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh authorized $15 million in tax-free bond funding to renovate 75 affordable housing units in partnership with the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, and approved another $36 million for property improvements to Crawford Square.

Opportunity for Everyone

“I said earlier how Pittsburgh amazed me when I first arrived here. And I feel that more than ever today. I’m excited to see all the ways the people of this city will build a future that works for them, and for everyone.” – Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

Mayor Peduto pitches Pittsburgh's appeal to Oracle, Google, Amazon execs

“’Twelve hundred ... students coming out of Carnegie Mellon a year into a pipeline where many of them now stay here and don't go to the coast,’ [Peduto] said. ‘The University of Pittsburgh turning out engineers and people working in life sciences. Companies gravitate to where the talent is.’”

The 10 Coolest Neighborhoods in America Right Now

East Liberty and Lawrenceville neighborhoods of Pittsburgh were ranked the number one coolest neighborhood in America by MONEY based off of Lonely Planet travel experts’ recommendations and the cost of spending a week exploring the worthwhile neighborhood.

Greater Pittsburgh ranks No. 1 in arts and culture spending

With $1.06 billion in direct annual spending on the art, Allegheny County’s investment in its vibrant arts and cultural organizations continue to grow and position greater Pittsburgh as the nation’s leader in economic impact of the arts on the community.

Argo AI formally announces plans to move to 'Robotics Row' in the Strip

“‘A lot of the folks that work for us today in Pittsburgh, they live in the Strip District, they love new condos and residential areas ... and all the restaurant options,’ Bryan Salesky, CEO of Argo AI said.”

This Is the Best City in America for Finding a Job

With a median base salary of $44,000, and more than 95,000 jobs openings especially in civil engineering, nursing and project management, Glassdoor ranked Pittsburgh as the best city in the United States for finding a job.

Move To One Of These Cities If You Want A New Job You'll Love

“Between the Pirates, Steelers or Penguins, you'll have no shortage of major sports teams to cheer on here. Residents also enjoy community-friendly events and charming neighborhoods that boast their own attractions.”

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

“But perhaps the secret, underlying driver for both the economy and the cool factor — the reason Pittsburgh now gets mentioned alongside Brooklyn and Portland, Ore., as an urban hot spot for millennials — isn’t chefs or artists but geeks.”

Built on Steel, Pittsburgh Now Thrives on Culture

“What I found was a city that has transformed itself into a vibrant cultural and artistic hub, all while remaining true to its Rust Belt roots.”

These Are the Best Cities for First-Time Home Buyers

“This tech and health-care urban hub earned the honor thanks to its not-too-pricey housing stock and the city’s high loan funding rate — meaning that conventional mortgage loans have become more accessible.”

Tech firms keep expanding 'Robotics Row,' Pittsburgh's mini Silicon Valley

“Advancements in robotics, autonomous manufacturing, self-driving cars and more are taking place in the former warehouses, factories and foundries of Pittsburgh's Strip District and Lawrenceville neighborhoods.”

Why Pittsburgh Is America's Next Hot Food City

Pittsburgh was recently named America’s top food city in 2015 with new restaurants continuing to pop up and reinvent the city’s culinary scene.

A 'Silicon Strip' that's rising in America's Rust Belt

The Strip District is quickly becoming known nationally as the “Silicon Strip” with dozens of start-ups launching and staying in Pittsburgh – a city with that’s reinventing itself from a steel town to a tech town.

Pittsburgh’s Youth-Driven Food Boom

“No one can pinpoint whether it was the artists or techies or chefs who got the revitalization rolling, but there’s no denying that restaurants play a starring role in the story Pittsburgh now tells about itself.”

Rust Belt Romance: How the Ace Hotel Fell Hard for Pittsburgh

“Pittsburgh is not just a happening place to visit — increasingly, people, especially New Yorkers, are toying with the idea of moving here.”

Facebook Is Opening an Oculus Research Office in Pittsburgh

In the backyard of Carnegie Mellon University, technology companies like Uber, Apple and now Facebook are turning to Pittsburgh to find top-notch researchers.