Thursday, March 11, 2010

GlobalPittsburgh Hosting Embassy & Consulate Reps for International Bridge Awards and Energy, Life Sciences & Education Showcase April 21-22, 2010

GlobalPittsburgh® will host the GlobalPittsburgh Energy, Life Sciences & Education Showcase, a two-day program of presentations, panel discussions and tours highlighting the Greater Pittsburgh Region’s leadership and centers of excellence in energy, life sciences and education for invited dignitaries from dozens of countries, many of which were represented at the G-20 Summit in September 2009. The event is scheduled for April 21-22, 2010.

GlobalPittsburgh has invited Embassy and Consulate representatives from more than 50 countries for this two-day event to highlight the continuing economic and environmental transformation that led to Pittsburgh’s selection as host of the G-20 Summit 2009, and to be North American Host City for World Environment Day 2010 by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Confirmed countries attending include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Oman, South Africa and Vietnam. Others are expected to confirm in the near future.

The centerpiece of the GlobalPittsburgh Energy, Life Sciences & Education Showcase is the International Bridge Awards reception in the Heinz Field East Club Lounge on the evening of April 21, which will bring together the area’s leaders in the fields of energy, environmental design & innovation, education, high technology, life sciences and advanced manufacturing to honor corporations, organizations or individuals whose efforts have succeeded in building bridges of understanding and communication between the Pittsburgh Region and other parts of the world.

The International Bridge Awards will take place on the eve of Earth Day 2010, and will help kick off the six-week period of events and celebrations leading up to World Environment Day 2010 on June 5. CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE INVITATION AND RESERVATION FORM.

“We are thrilled to be helping launch this exciting series of events, which further highlight the Greater Pittsburgh Region’s leadership and advancements in energy and the environment, life sciences and education,” said Roger O. Cranville, GlobalPittsburgh Chairman and President. “We know from experience that Pittsburgh’s reputation as an example of successful economic and environmental revitalization is known around the world.”

The inclusion of senior embassy and consulate representatives from these major international players at the International Bridge Awards will allow attendees to make important business and cultural connections that have the potential to lead to valuable partnerships and future economic development opportunities.

Since 1993, the Bridge Awards have been a unique recognition of the region’s global connections and a major networking event. In addition to honoring this year’s winners, this gala event will feature booths and interactive displays highlighting the Region’s leading companies and organizations in the field of energy, environmental and education.

The GlobalPittsburgh Energy, Life Sciences & Education Showcase will include:

• On the afternoon of April 21, visiting dignitaries will receive a presentation about the University of Pittsburgh's energy-related research programs, which cover energy diversification, nuclear power advances, clean coal technologies, renewable energy and environmental solutions. More information about Pitt's energy & environmental initiatives is available at and

• A half-day symposium will be held on the morning of April 22 focusing on the Greater Pittsburgh Region’s energy innovations, both in conventional fossil fuels and new energy fields.

• Opportunities also will be available on the morning of April 21 and the afternoon of April 22 for tours of several individual companies, organizations and facilities that represent the Region’s leadership role in energy, life sciences and education innovation.

Sponsors for the GlobalPittsburgh Energy, Life Sciences & Education Showcase include UPMC, Westinghouse Electric Co., First Niagara Bank, Bombardier, the Government of Canada, Fifth Third Bank and Vivisimo.

As a member of the National Council for International Visitors, GlobalPittsburgh (formerly the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors) works with the U.S. Department of State and other international organizations to arrange and coordinate visits by foreign individuals and delegations interested in learning more about Pittsburgh’s centers of excellence, including energy, education, technology, health sciences, green design and social services, and in studying the region’s economic and environmental transformation.

For 50 years, GlobalPittsburgh has welcomed volunteers and hosts to act as tour guides, dinner hosts, home stay hosts and drivers for visiting delegations and individuals. For more information about GlobalPittsburgh programs, visit, call 412-392-4513 or send email to

For more information about the GlobalPittsburgh Energy, Life Sciences & Education Showcase, please contact Thomas Buell, Jr., GlobalPittsburgh VP-Communications, at 412-392-4513 or 412-720-2218 or by email at


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