Growing Companies Choose Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s top-tier talent, affordability, quality of life, accessibility, and key industry clusters make it a valuable fit in the growth playbook of expanding companies. Pittsburgh’s history of innovation plus it’s world-class Universities have given it’s robotics, AI and software firms a leg up.






Argo AI

“I did not have to convince anyone at Unbabel about the value and opportunity of starting a location in Pittsburgh
—Alon Lavie, VP of Language Technologies at Unbabel.

Top Companies have thousands of employees in Pittsburgh

Top Computer Science Programs (Carnegie Mellon/Univ. of Pitt)

Top research investment: Over $2 billion in R&D annually2

Top-Ranked Hospitals and a leading health-care ecosystem

“One of the most powerful innovation ecosystems in the world.”
—Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution

:Top-tier talent

Pittsburgh’s pool of young, educated professionals is growing fast. Our metro area has the second-most computer science graduates in the U.S., while our low cost of living means the region’s average tech salary is 21% less than the national average.

45,000+ Students Graduate from 60+ Regional Universities Every Year.2

Carnegie Mellon: Home to the #1 Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence programs in the U.S.4

4,400 annual tech graduates, many of whom stay to access employment opportunities and quality of life.

#1 Metro for College Graduates
—Trulia + LinkedIn

:Growing Companies Choose Pittsburgh


280K ft2
500+ employees and 280K ft2 engineering office in Larimer


140K ft2
Expansion for web services, machine translation and Alexa


20K ft2
Expanded into 20K ft2 space in the Strip District


20K ft2
For its Oculus virtual reality research center


24K ft2 + 100 JOBS
Acquired Avere Systems focusing on cloud-based high-performance computing


R&D hub for driverless car technology—partnered with Carnegie Mellon


$72M + 242 JOBS
Expanding into a new, 122K ft2, five-story facility on North Shore


200k ft2 HQ
Regional HQ for 1,250 employees in East Liberty


52K ft2
Expanded Advanced Technology Center in the Strip District


$32M + 50 JOBS
New Center for Additive Technology Advancement for development & training


Invested in Pittsburgh startup Argo AI for autonomous vehicle R&D


600 JOBS
600 permanent jobs with completed petrochemical complex

Pittsburgh is headquarters to 13 fortune 1000 companies.

$8.7 billion total inbound M&A of Pittsburgh Companies 2008–2017.

More than 350 of the world’s most innovative companies have partnered with Carnegie Mellon.

The Best City to Start a Business
—Inc. Magazine

:Quality of Life

Pittsburgh has a legacy of investment in our parks, trails, libraries, museums, arts, education, services, and infrastructure.









#2 Most Livable City
The Economist’s Global Liveability Index 2018


Centrally located and easily accessible, Pittsburgh is a smart destination for connected businesses

Pittsburgh is within 500 mi. of 48% of U.S. Businesses.2

74 direct flights with more added every year.

1.5 hours or less to N.Y., Chicago, D.C. and Boston.

PIT: 2017 Airport of the Year
—Air Transport World

:Pittsburgh is World-Class

and Affordable

Pittsburgh has room to grow.

  • Built Capacity: 650K
  • Current Population: 300K

One of the Most Affordable Places to Live in the U.S.
—U.S. News & World Report

:Strategic Sectors

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Electrical equipment
  • Industrial machinery
  • Nanotechnology
  • Precision machining
  • Specialty chemistry
  • Specialty metals


  • $1B in energy-related R&D funding
  • National Energy Technology Lab
  • Marcellus Shale Coalition (PA-OH-WV)
  • Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh

Financial & Business Services

  • Corporate support

  • Legal services

  • Mortgage servicing

  • Transaction processing

  • Employing 230,000 people at approximately 15,000 firms

Information Technology

  • Robotics

  • Artificial intelligence

  • Cybersecurity

  • FinTech

  • Machine learning

  • Big data

Health Care & Life Sciences

  • Medical devices

  • Regenerative medicine

  • Tissue engineering

  • Diagnostics

  • Transplants

  • More than $750M spent on academic Life Sciences R&D annually

Need more convincing?


1. CBRE Scoring Tech Talent 2018 (mapping.cbre.com/maps/Scoring-Tech-Talent-2018/Analyzer)
2. ACCD Market Research, 2018
3. Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, 2018
4. U.S. News & World Report