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Pittsburgh Remains a Top U.S. Location for 21st Century Tech and Innovation Business Investment

The following is a statement from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto; and Stefani Pashman, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development

(PITTSBURGH – Nov. 13, 2018) – On behalf of the regional partnership that submitted Pittsburgh’s proposal to host HQ2, we thank Amazon for considering us for its second headquarters and congratulate New York City and Arlington, Va. on being selected as the headquarters locations. We also congratulate Nashville, Tenn. on being selected as the location for a new Amazon Operations Center of Excellence.

In spite of today’s announcement, Pittsburgh is proud of the innovative “Future. Forged. For All.” proposal we submitted to Amazon and how far we progressed in the site selection process.

The region, more than ever, is confident in our tremendous assets that would benefit any business looking to build or grow. In particular, our thriving innovation-supportive ecosystem is advantageous to technology-based companies, many of which already call this region home. For all of our businesses across a diversity of industry sectors, Pittsburgh is growing in a resilient and equitable way.

This effort was not done in a vacuum. We are grateful to the over 400 individuals, representing our many regional stakeholders, who gave of their time, insights and energy throughout this process. Their participation has resulted in an end product that’s better positioned us for the future. This opportunity rallied many allies who are committed to helping this region achieve its full potential, refreshed existing strategic partnerships and enabled us to form new ones. We have grown even stronger through collaboration, showing the very spirit of collaboration that has long set Pittsburgh apart from other places, and together we’ve come to a new understanding of how our region can best compete for economic development now and into the future.

The county and city’s portions of the PGHQ2 proposal submitted in October 2017 will be publicly released in the coming days.* When that occurs, the community will see that there were only two local investment packages offered and neither included using any existing city or county tax money/revenues. Rather, the proposal included a strategy to make sure if Pittsburgh invested in Amazon, Amazon would have invested in us, to the benefit of all residents.

The Pittsburgh region offers incredible value through its world-class talent pool, high quality of life at a low cost, stable business environment, significant capacity to grow with a commitment to ensuring prosperity for all and an unparalleled spirit of collaboration. Although Amazon will not make a new investment in Pittsburgh at this time, our doors remain open to future investments as the company continues to grow, as well as to investments from other companies looking for a home.

As always, we stand ready to engage with domestic and international companies that have an interest in establishing or growing a business presence in southwestern Pennsylvania, and look forward to welcoming you to our community. 

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