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Pittsburgh possesses beauty, brains and a new economy

City of Pittsburgh from North ShoreSources: Pittsburgh Business Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Chicago Tribune travel writer Josh Noel described Pittsburgh as “one of our nation’s most underrated cities, with a beauty as breathtaking as it is obvious” in his January 4th article titled “New meets old in Pittsburgh.” While this is true to anyone who has seen the city skyline, Pittsburgh has much more to offer than just beauty.

With the steel-city persona and days of heavy industry over, the city experiences a “new Pittsburgh economy” more focused on growth rather than manufacturing.  In 2012, the Pittsburgh metropolitan market recorded 2.91 knowledge jobs per manufacturing job, compared with a 2.38 ratio for the country overall. Perhaps this transition is due to the growth of area universities, including Carnegie Mellon University who is ranked 23rd in the U.S. News and World Report’s most recent ranking of national universities.  In fact, Movoto deemed Pittsburgh “America’s Smartest City” in their 2013 ranking of the 100 most populous U.S. cities.

Between 2007 and 2012, the gross domestic product for the Pittsburgh area increased 4.6 percent, and in 2012, average employment was above 750,000. Not only are these individuals employed, they are happy in their workplace. In January 2013, the site Career Bliss ranked Pittsburgh in the top five cities with the happiest workers, based on more than 36,000 reviews.

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Colliers International | Pittsburgh Named to Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2013 Top 100 List

IMG_1895 - 3Sources: Pittsburgh Business Times

Colliers International | Pittsburgh has been recognized as the 29th fastest-growing company in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The locally-owned Commercial Real Estate firm experienced a 119.9% increase in sales and a 31.3% increase in employment from 2010 to 2012.

Gregg Broujos, Managing Director and Founding Principal at Colliers International | Pittsburgh, attributes the growth to strategic planning and the hard work and dedication of the staff.  Additionally, within the past two years, the company shifted from being managed by a committee to assigning one partner as managing director. Allowing one person to make day-to-day operating decisions increased productivity.  “There are a few strategic moves that we made to grow our firm over the last few years.  But it always comes down to the character of the people who make up our company.  Our employees are, plain and simple, good people who work very hard”, said Mr. Broujos. Read the rest of this entry