Dateline Pittsburgh: 5/19/2011

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New Business/New Offices

Bosch Research Technology Center relocated to the South Side to join Akustica, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff that was acquired by Bosch in late 2009. The two companies now occupy the top two floors in Building One of the SouthSide Works. Nearly 50 Bosch associates are housed there, working primarily in hardware and software engineering. The move enables Bosch to optimize usage of its facility in the revitalized South Side area of the city, as well as to promote further technological collaboration between the co-located entities. Akustica, makers of the world's smallest and only single-chip MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) microphones, was founded in Pittsburgh in 2001 and has been located at the SouthSide Works since 2004.

Rettew Associates Inc. and Rettew Flowback Inc. announced the opening of its Pittsburgh offices in Twin Towers, 4955 Steubenville Pike, Suite 305. Rettew is a comprehensive engineering firm that provides engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning and surveying services. RFI provides flowback treatment, frac support and construction services to natural gas exploration and production firms. Rettew was established in 1969 in Lancaster County as a single-person office and today employs more than 300. Besides its Pittsburgh office, Rettew office locations include Bethlehem, Lancaster, Mechanicsburg, Schuylkill Haven and Williamsport; and Liberty and Margaretville, N.Y. Call 412-446-1728.

Grants/loans

Variety the Children's Charity was awarded an $80,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support services for children with mental and physical disabilities.

The Highmark Foundation awarded a $350,000 grant to the Mel Blount Youth Home of Washington County Inc. The grant will provide continuing support for the "Back 2 Basics - Lighting the Path 4 a Healthy Future Program," which works with children and families who have experienced juvenile delinquency, economic hardship and violence and health issues. The grant will allow the Mel Blount Youth Home to continue its partnership with the Allegheny County Office of Children Youth and Families to identify and prevent at-risk males, ages 7 through 17, from going into placement programs or becoming incarcerated. The Back 2 Basics program incorporates three components during an eight-week period - physical fitness, nutrition education and self-esteem. The program also helps to improve participants' overall self-esteem by promoting life skills and teaching positive communication skills.

Awards/Honors

The Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, parent company of Eat'n Park Restaurants, Parkhurst Dining Services and Cura Hospitality, received the National Restaurant Association's 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award for its outstanding community service initiatives and fundraising support for children's hospitals across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The Eat'n Park Hospitality Group was recognized as the large business/national chain category winner among all restaurant chains nationally during the trade association's 2011 Public Affairs Conference. The NRA presented Eat'n Park with a $5,000 charitable contribution as part of the award program, which was established in 1999 to honor food-service groups that exemplify the industry's community support and philanthropic spirit.

The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission has awarded its 2011 Champion for Children award to James E. Rohr, chairman and CEO of the PNC Financial Services Group. The award recognizes a business leader who has made significant contributions to educating policymakers, community leaders and corporate executives about the enormous benefits that early childhood education programs provide to businesses. As chairman of PNC, Mr. Rohr provided the vision for PNC Grow Up Great, the company's 10-year, $100 million investment in school readiness for children from birth to age 5.

Pam Peters, president/ CEO, MarketSpace Communications, was named Best Business Woman in Pittsburgh by the Women's Small Business Association for 2011. MarketSpace is a certified Women Business Enterprise in Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh native William A. Seibel was named an outstanding engineering alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering. Established in 1966, the award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering. It recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. Mr. Seibel is founder and CEO of Mobiquity in Wellesley, Mass. Mr. Seibel is also executive chairman of LogMatrix, a provider of network management solutions


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