Pittsburgh is among four finalists and the lone U.S. finalist to host next year's One Young World summit, which brings together leaders aged 21 to 28 from around the world to brainstorm on challenges facing the globe.
Last year's inaugural summit, held in London, was dubbed the "Young Davos" by CNN, and if the city is selected this September, when One Young World's leadership will make its selection, organizers expect Pennsylvania's second-largest municipality to receive a major business bump, not to mention some serious international exposure.
Presently, the Pittsburgh chapter of One Young World is in the process of putting together a formal bid to host the forum, explained spokeswoman Katie McSorley. That bid would be comprised of logistics for where the city would host events and house delegates, likely around 2,000, and would include letters of support from major institutions in the city, like its universities, corporations, community development organizations and other constituencies, like the mayor's office.
Organizers are hoping that if Pittsburgh is selected, the city will not only enjoy a spot on the global stage, but also sway global businesses and emerging leaders to consider relocating here, as they are optimistic the conference can showcase Pittsburgh as a hub of vivacious problem solvers and ambitious, budding businesspeople.