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Pittsburgh leadership summit sees full house as leaders discuss a changing future

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Writer: Joshua Andino

Southwestern Pennsylvania has been building momentum as companies continue to expand their operations in the region. Growth, quality of life and greater investments in infrastructure and technology are central themes running through the second annual edition of Capital Analytics Associates’ Invest: Pittsburgh. The official Invest: Pittsburgh 2022-2023 Launch Conference took place on March 23 from 8-11.30am at the Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown — next door to the PPG Paints Arena.

During the launch of Invest: Pittsburgh 2022-2023, local industry and community leaders came together to discuss the region’s business climate and how they are leveraging its inherent economic strengths to ensure long-term prosperity for all. The event featured three panel discussions that centered on the local market’s healthcare and higher education ecosystem, developing in a smart and sustainable way and relationship building between financial institutions and customers.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the release of our second edition of Invest: Pittsburgh, this time live and in person, to showcase the leaders adding to the region’s long-standing reputation for work ethic and collaboration,” Capital Analytics’ President and CEO Abby Melone said. “Few companies deliver the in-depth business analysis we do for the markets we cover, including Pittsburgh. We are proud to present the region’s unparalleled potential in our annual report.”

Check-in at the conference began at 8 a.m. with a breakfast networking hour. The opening remarks started at 9 a.m., followed by three robust panel discussions.

The first panel, “Healthy economy: How healthcare and higher ed are key to Pittsburgh’s growing innovation economy,” featured Kevin Snider, chancellor at Penn State, New Kensington, Paul Marden, CEO of New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Delaware at UnitedHealthcare and Mary Finger, president of Seton Hill University, while moderated by Lary Keyler, office managing partner at RSM. The panelists discussed ways to integrate emerging technologies into their respective fields in education and healthcare. Marden highlighted his team’s work in developing solutions for more affordable healthcare while Snider and Finger talked about the latest initiatives to address workforce needs in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

The second panel, “Built to last: How evolving building materials, tech and design are positioning Pittsburgh for a smarter, sustainable future,” included Carlin Campbell, PWCampbell Principal and COO, Amanda Markovic, market design leader, community development at GBBN, Sharon Novak, CEO of Shikun & Binui USA (S&B USA) and Dean Welch, vice president, Pittsburgh operations at McCaffery. The panel was moderated by James Caliendo, President & CEO of PWCampbell, who kept the conversation lively while addressing the greatest challenges across multiple disciplines in construction and property management, development and design.

The final panel, “Digital handshake: Growing relationships and building community in an increasingly digital financial world, featured Tony Rocco, President – WPA Market at WesBanco Bank, Inc., and Jordan Blask, office partner-in-charge of Frost Brown Todd’s Pittsburgh office. The panel was moderated by Capital Analytics’ own Regional Editor Ryan Gandolfo. Rocco and Blask spoke candidly about the balancing act between in-person and digital interactions and what it means for their respective companies.

Over two hundred high-level guests and officials from across the Greater Pittsburgh region attended the in-person conference. Click here to read our newest report.

About Capital Analytics & Invest: Pittsburgh 2022-2023
Capital Analytics is an integrated media platform that produces in-depth business intelligence through its annual print and digital economic reviews, high-impact conferences and events and top-level interviews via its video platform, Invest:Insights.

Invest: Pittsburgh 2022-2023 is an in-depth economic review of the key issues facing the Southwestern PA economy, featuring the exclusive insights of prominent regional leaders. Invest: Pittsburgh 2022-2023 is produced with two goals in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive investment knowledge on the Greater Pittsburgh region for local, national and international investors, and 2) to promote the region as a place to invest and do business.

The report conducts a deep dive into the top economic sectors in the region, including real estate, construction, infrastructure, banking and finance, legal, healthcare, education and tourism. The publication is compiled from insights collected from more than 200 economic leaders, sector insiders, political leaders and heads of important institutions. It analyzes the leading challenges facing the market and uncovers emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

Capital Analytics Associates