I moved home to Pittsburgh four years ago from Detroit and continue to be awed by its resurgence. There was a time when my hometown, like Detroit, was in danger of declaring bankruptcy. But, with its “eds and meds” mantra playing up the city’s universities and health care jobs and the ever-growing energy sector, it has recovered. I frequently wow out-of town guests with a ride on the incline and the vista view of Downtown.
But there are other tangible examples that are even more impressive. I am amazed at how Pittsburgh’s corporations fund basic human needs and cultural interests. I recently attended the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, which is funded by Peoples Natural Gas. Proceeds went to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Dollar Bank funds the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of people Downtown for 10 days of free music performances and art exhibits. These are just two of many examples in which corporations support the area and its residents.
My hope is that as new companies move into Pittsburgh and the outlying region, they recognize how intertwined the corporate community is with our great city.