Those who remember the economically battered Pittsburgh of the 1980s are in the best position to appreciate the revived, robust Pittsburgh of today. That difficult period is a cautionary tale that a region should not put all of its economic eggs in one basket, in this case steel.
The Pittsburgh of 2014 succeeds because of a diversity of industrial strengths — health, education, banking, energy and technology among them. But how does the region keep the opportunities flowing from not just one core business but several?
Leaders who played a role in Pittsburgh’s recovery will try to gauge the future when PNC presents a Post-Gazette town meeting Thursday, July 10, at 6 p.m. on “Leaders of the New Renaissance” at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel Ballroom in Downtown.
Moderated by Post-Gazette executive editor David Shribman, tomorrow’s event will feature Mark Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh; Jared Cohon, president emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University; Jim Rohr, former CEO of PNC Financial Services Group; and Esther Barazzone, president of Chatham University.
Admission is free, but attendees should pre-register for a seat at post-gazette.com/tmregister or 412-263-3850.
Although the region’s economic bad old days may well be over, it doesn’t hurt to hear expert advice on how to keep the wolf at bay.