Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Long tail Pittsburgh economy news.....

Via the contributed content of is the latest in Pittsburgh hagiography: The Surprising Rebirth Of America's Industrial Centers.

The boom in Pittsburgh positivity runs in stark contrast with the news out of Milwaukee where they have finally gone and renamed their "Pittsburgh Street."  The new name: "freshwater street."  It really is interesting to ponder why they did it all.  The stated reason, at least early on, was that the name Pittsburgh did not connote what they wanted to for economic development. The new name, and a lot of their economic development focus up there is on the water economy. They didn't want their new Global Water Center to be located on "East Pittsburgh" street...  just does not work for the branding you know.  In fact, Milwaukee wants to brand itself the "Silicon Valley of water." Gotta give credit to their PR folks for getting so much earned media on that. Coincidental timing that this all comes out the day this article on water in Pittsburgh goes online.

I have to ask.  Do we sign a petition to send to City Council to have Pittsburgh's Milwaukee Street in the Hill District renamed to something else? 

Speaking of metro competition.  I have no idea what this will mean in the end, but Cleveland opens its half $billion dollar medical mart convention center tomorrow. Is there a new Cleveburgh convention gap?  But a huge public investment a couple hours up the turnpike has to mean something here? 

h/t to @sloaps for pointing out the most important shale gas news of the day.  Just one word: pipes.

On shale a more long form read comes from the Council of Foreign Relations: Energy Industry and the countryside.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

So I was going to note that one of the current advantages the Pittsburgh region has when it comes to "water economy" issues is that it is not beholden to coordinate with downstream users on quantity issues.

Accordingly, I was very intrigued to read this in the Pittsburgh Today article:

"Most of the watersheds that reside in southwestern Pennsylvania lack the regulatory oversight of a basin commission, such as those that govern the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers and their tributaries with the responsibility of protecting both the quality and quantity of water.

The closest the region comes is the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, which is based in Cincinnati and has regulatory authority over issues related to water quality in the Ohio River basin, which includes the Allegheny, Monongahela and Beaver rivers and a few other tributaries that flow through southwestern Pennsylvania. The commission is moving to expand its regulatory reach to include oversight of water quantity issues."

I know ORSANCO has been arguing for a long time that water quantity issues can impact water quality issues, which is a fair point as far as it goes. But from a Pittsburgh-centric perspective, we might be a little concerned about there being a regional water commission with a broad mandate when it comes to quantity management in the Ohio River watershed.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Pittsburgh care about what happens in Cleveland anymore? I don't think so.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 1:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Jack Lewis said...

Mr. President, we can't have a Cleveburgh convention gap!

Thursday, July 18, 2013 4:09:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I think we once had a brief mention of ORANSCO here:

Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:59:00 PM  

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