Regional Challenge: Economic Development

Local and national economic development organizations

Western Pennsylvania
Beyond our region

Western Pennsylvania

3 Rivers Connect
3rc’s mission is to accelerate economic, social and educational development through innovative uses of information technology. To this end, we are building the pieces of the Information CommonsSM resource—a cyberplace where every resident and visitor to this region will learn, work and interact. This means that not only will you have access to a wealth of information affecting your daily life, but you will also be wired into the digital transformation currently underway in the Pittsburgh Region.

Allegheny Conference on Community Development
The Allegheny Conference is a private, nonprofit organization with the unique ability to convene corporate, government and community leaders to frame, discuss and implement civic initiatives.

Coro program participants learn about the real world in the real world by actively questioning, interacting with diverse constituents, finding resources and coming up with innovative solutions to the problems faced by their communities. Together, participants explore community dynamics, leadership and decision-making, while building the skills necessary for successful careers in business, politics, education, government and the nonprofit sectors.

Cyert Center for Early Education
The Cyert Center for Early Education's primary mission is to be a full-day early care and education program for 130 children ages three months through Kindergarten. The Department of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Department of Private Academic Schools license the Cyert Center, which was founded in 1971. The Center was one of the first 100 programs in the United States to receive national accreditation status in 1987.

Innovation Works
Innovation Works is a publicly funded venture capital organization that invests in technology startups in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to increase the new enterprise success rate by providing the highest potential technology companies with access to risk capital, business expertise and third party resources. Through a continuum of hands-on support, guidance and investment, we help companies to maximize their chances to attract additional capital and achieve commercial success.

Institute for Economic Transformation
IET is a not-for-profit, economic-development organization established in 1993 and associated with Duquesne University's Graduate School of Business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. IET program areas include executive education, business development, industrial networking, robotics and workforce development. Programs are funded through private foundations, government grants and/or client, fee-based income.

IssuesPA is a website covering state and regional policy issues.

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
LWV is a nonpartisan organization thhat provides information on voting and our government.

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is a multi-discipline, minority directed, center for arts and learning that employs the visual and performing arts to foster a sense of accomplishment and hope in the urban community. Its mission is to educate and inspire urban youth through the arts and mentored training in life skills; preserve, present and promote jazz and visual arts to stimulate intercultural understanding, appreciation and enhancement of the quality of life for our audiences; and, equip and educate leaders to further demonstrate entrepreneurial potential.

Mon Valley Education Consortium
The Mon Valley Education Consortium is a private, nonprofit, third party intermediary organization that works in 25 school districts in southwestern Pennsylvania. Established in 1987 as a Local Education Fund (LEF), its work is centered in three areas: school improvement and student achievement, public engagement and leadership/governance.

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Partnership for Regional Innovation in Manufacturing Education
Partnership for Regional Innovation in Manufacturing Education is an industry-driven, academic system delivering innovative manufacturing education and career development in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc.
The Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc., Western Division, is a nonprofit, civic organization whose mission is to provide the research and analysis for the business, civic and governmental leadership of western Pennsylvania in efforts to effectuate change to make our region a better place to live, work and do business.

Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse
Founded in 1999, the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse (PDG) is a strategic economic development initiative established to foster growth across a regional industry cluster that is developing and employing System on Chip (SoC) and related technologies for networking and multimedia applications.

Pittsburgh Gateways
We assist universities, communities and eligible individual entrepreneurs to start new business ventures and to accelerate commercial development of intellectual property.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
The PRA, a not-for-profit economic development organization, views the Pittsburgh region as a product in a global marketplace. Its mission is to generate and assist “customers” of the regional product by utilizing the resources and services of partner organizations and, where necessary, providing the services directly.

Pittsburgh Technology Council
Since 1983, the Pittsburgh Technology Council has been the principal point of connection for companies from four primary clusters of the technology industry that are represented by a critical mass of businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania: Information Technology; BioMedical Technology; Advanced Manufacturing/Materials; Environmental Technology.

Regional Internship Center
RIC works with employers to develop programs and connect them with potential interns.

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh promotes the global character of the Pittsburgh region.

Workforce Connections
Workforce Connections encourages increased quality and capacity of the region’s workforce.

Xplorion is a unique exhibition space devoted to highlighting the abundant assets of southwestern Pennsylvania. Xplorion offers visitors and residents alike an introduction to the economic, cultural, artistic and recreational opportunities that make southwestern Pennsylvania an exciting place to live, work, play and invest. Visit this site for hundreds of links.

Its mission is to develop internship and job opportunities for local youth, ages 16–25, who live in disadvantaged areas. YouthWorks offers job readiness training and other career development workshops to motivated young people who have been recommended by previous employers as well as teachers or other community leaders.

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Beyond our region

Council on Competitiveness
The Council on Competitiveness is a forum for elevating national competitiveness to the forefront of national consciousness.

FIRST—For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.

International Trade Administration
The Office of Export Trading Company Affairs (OETCA) was created by Congress as part of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982. Located in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, OETCA promotes the formation and use of export trade intermediaries and the development of joint export ventures by U.S. firms, including joint ventures by U.S. firms that are competitors in the domestic market.

Job Seeking Skills Web
The Job Seeking Skills Web is designed as a tool to help bring career education into the school curriculum for high school students. It is a cooperative venture between Burlington County Institute of Technology, Cinnaminson School District and Rowan University. It is designed in accordance with the Goals 2000 Act, as a means to provide teenagers with an opportunity to learn more about careers available for consideration as they get ready to enter their high school, college and graduate years.

National Association of Manufacturers
The NAM’s mission is to enhance the competitiveness of manufacturers and to improve American living standards by shaping a legislative and regulatory environment conducive to U.S. economic growth, and to increase understanding among policymakers, the media and the general public about the importance of manufacturing to America’s economic strength.

National Head Start Association
Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. More than 21 million pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation
Because innovation, creativity and enthusiasm are essential “tools of our trade,” the SME Education Foundation focuses on people. The Foundation provides leadership and resources that nurture the manufacturing leaders of tomorrow, working toward a future where manufacturing professionals have the resources they need to advance technologies and create better products, faster.

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