Known for coal and steel production, modern-day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is emerging as a “new center for innovation in American energy,” according to Kiplinger, which recently named the city to a top ten list of places to start a business.
Pittsburgh is the leading east coast city for small business according to The Business Journals. It is easy to understand why when considering city projects like Market Square Place. Through a private partnership, several disparate buildings in the heart of the downtown historic district were brought together into a single mixed-use complex. The award-winning result combines urban living with retail storefronts.
The state-sponsored Innovation Works provides funding and business advice for local entrepreneurs. Carnegie Mellon University houses a number of centers that help launch new start-ups in the area.
The area has invested heavily in human capital through 36 colleges and universities. That allows for a diverse and skilled workforce. The Pennsylvania Workforce Development system connects local businesses with trained workers.