Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Pittsburgh Summit Update - September 8


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This communication comes from Bill Flanagan, the publisher of The Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership site.   His comments ring true about Pittsburgh and the people of Pittsburgh whose work ethic and the desire to change and grow to ensure success in the region continues.

Savor the moment and Enjoy!

The Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership

A note from Bill Flanagan
Over the Labor Day weekend it really hit me. What a remarkable three weeks Pittsburgh has begun. On Monday Vice President Joe Biden led the annual Labor Day parade. On Thursday the NFL kicks off its season with a blowout broadcast from Heinz Field accompanied by a free concert in Point State Park with The Black Eyed Peas and Tim McGraw. Next week brings President Obama -- not for the G-20 but to address the national convention of the AFL-CIO.  And, of course, the week after that is the Pittsburgh Summit itself.

Countless people across southwestern Pennsylvania have spent the past 30 years laying the groundwork for something like this. We built on the best of our past and invested in our future.  The cranes are still in the air, with more than $4.5 billion invested or committed in our urban core alone. We've created a world-class quality of life, with a thriving arts scene and unique outdoor experiences that begin just a few steps from Downtown office buildings. Our restored Point State Park and LEED-certified green convention center are appropriate venues for national events and global conversations. We even have jobs, more than 30,000 openings across the ten counties of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pittsburghers did not work that hard for all those years to impress the rest of the world. Mostly it was to make sure our children and grandchildren would have choices, choices to stay here if they wished. Yet it's nice to have somebody notice, especially when the "somebody" is the President of the United States.
Places don't get a more prominent position on the global map than Pittsburgh's going to enjoy over these three weeks. I'm pausing to enjoy the moment. It's unlikely our region will experience anything like it again.

In other summit-related news:

If you haven't already done so, please sign-up today for this Saturday's county-wide G-20 cleanup. This important work will take just two or three hours of your day to help ensure that key corridors of our city are clean, green and welcoming places for our international visitors. Click on the "Be A Volunteer" tab on the left side of our home page at www. PittsburghG20.org, and chose a project near you. Bring a friend! We hope to see you there.

    Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership communications. 425 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA

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