Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Win a Chance for Tickets to "Burn the Floor" Ballroom Dance Performance by Joining GlobalPittsburgh or Signing Up New Members

GlobalPittsburgh is raffling off two pairs of tickets for "Burn the Floor," the international ballroom dance extravaganza, to new GlobalPittsburgh members or current paid members who sign up at least two new members before December 27.

The tickets will be good for performances at Heinz Hall on either December 28th at 7:30PM or December 31st at 8:00PM. Each pair of tickets(two tickets) is worth $110.

Winners will be selected at random from new members and current paid members who are able to sign up two new paid members before December 27. Members will get one extra entry for each new paid member they refer after signing up two.

An annual membership is only $40 and provides a year of opportunities to meet Internationals and Americans for group activities, holiday dinners, cultural events, more free & discounted tickets, and more. It will be a gift to help them learn more about other cultures and customs while helping connect them to Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh to the rest of the world.

If you have an American friend who you think is interested in international connections, open his/her eyes with a gift of membership. If they know everything about other countries and cultures, sign them up to help GlobalPittsburgh welcome international leaders to Pittsburgh.

Here's how the BURN THE FLOOR raffle works:

Current Paid GlobalPittsburgh Members:
- One entry for the raffle : Sign up two new paid members (The people you refer must pay for membership for you to be entered to win the tickets)

- One more entry for raffle: Each time you refer a person who then pays to join after the first two paid memberships.

Example: If you sign up four new paid members, this is worth three entries to win the pair of tickets.

Note: Referrals must pay before December 27th for them to qualify toward your raffle entries.

New Members:
- New members will receive one entry each for paid membership.

They’ll then have the opportunity to refer more members to receive more entries to win the tickets.

Information and a video on the performance can be found at:

Years before Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance turned ballroom dancing into must-see TV, one sizzling show was setting stages ablaze around the globe. BURN THE FLOOR, the electrifying Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular that has thrilled audiences in more than 30 countries, brings the fire and passion of their live performance to Heinz Hall for one week only! Now featuring Dancing with the Stars champion Mark Ballas.

Please consider giving a GlobalPittsburgh membership as a gift this holiday season. A GlobalPittsburgh membership is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year and a way to create lifelong friendships.

CLICK HERE for a registration form. For more information, or to make a credit card payment, please contact Tim Allen at 412-392-4513 or by email at

Thursday, December 16, 2010

GlobalPittsburgh Honoring Urban Youth Action for International Program Taking Inner City Youth to China, Building Global Awareness

Urban Youth Action, Inc., the Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization that has taken groups of African-American teens to China for the past two years, will be honored by GlobalPittsburgh and its parent organization, the National Council for International Visitors, for building bridges of understanding and communication between the Pittsburgh Region and other parts of the world.

Representatives from Urban Youth Action, including Executive Director Ruthie D. King, will receive the NCIV's coveted Gold Star Award for excellence in citizen diplomacy at the GlobalPittsburgh Annual Dinner on Monday, December 20, 2010 at LeMont Restaurant.

GlobalPittsburgh President Roger Cranville said Urban Youth Action’s program exemplifies the type of grass roots citizen diplomacy that helps strengthen international relations at the personal level.

“Global awareness has become an essential part of any young person’s education, and Urban Youth Action is creating opportunities for international travel that might not otherwise exist,” Cranville said. “We want to honor Urban Youth Action and Ruthie King for their admirable efforts in expanding the horizons of the next generation of the world’s leaders.”

While in China, the group of 10 teenagers participated in service learning projects and culture immersion programs, including harvesting apricots and garlic, converting used cooking oil into body soap, and attending a calligraphy arts, jade, silk and tea exhibition.

Urban Youth Action is a youth education and development program founded in 1966 to emphasize the importance of education, employment readiness, and community service. Its programs are designed to encourage minority business ownership, supply life-skills information, provide work experience and career exposure through internship placements, build mentor relationships for students with specific career goals with professionals working in those career fields, provide information regarding post-high school education, and provide academic enrichment services such as tutoring and homework help.

For more than 50 years, GlobalPittsburgh, formerly known as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors, has forged relationships between the Greater Pittsburgh Region and the global community through citizen diplomacy – connecting people and institutions in the region with audiences around the world through a wide range of hosting, training, networking, educational and outreach programs and services.

GlobalPittsburgh also will present an International Bridge Award to Center Rock, Inc., the Somerset County drilling company that helped rescue the trapped Chilean miners in October.

In addition to honoring Urban Youth Action and Center Rock, the GlobalPittsburgh Annual Dinner will focus on the theme “Celebrating Chile – Connecting Countries, Cultures and Citizen Diplomats.” The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at LeMont Restaurant, 1114 Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington.

Since 1993, the International Bridge Awards have been a unique recognition of the region’s global connections by GlobalPittsburgh, which engages international delegations, groups and individuals by creating itineraries and facilitating introductions through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other international programming agencies in many fields, including energy and environment, life sciences and medicine, education, business and technology, clean/green design, advanced manufacturing, arts and culture, government and finance, social services and law, and other areas.

For more information about GlobalPittsburgh, go to or contact Thomas Buell, Jr., GlobalPittsburgh VP-Communications, at 412-392-4513 or 412-720-2218, or by email at

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Consol Energy President to Address "Global Energy Demand: Feeding a Growing Appetite" in Dec. 9 Lunch Program - Free Webcast Available

Global Business Dialogue and Webcast - Global Energy Demand: Feeding a Growing Appetite
J. Brett Harvey, President, Chairman and CEO, CONSOL Energy
December 9, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Registration for this event has closed. For information about this event, please call the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh at 412-281-7970.

The developing world comprises three-fourths of the world’s population, but consumes less than one-quarter of the world’s commercial energy. As these countries continue to develop, how will their increasing demand for commercial energy impact world fuel supplies and production?

J. Brett Harvey will discuss worldwide demand for energy in developing nations, traditional energy markets, the role of renewables, the enduring importance of fossil fuels, and the impact of environmental restrictions on the U.S. economy and energy production.

Harvey is President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CONSOL Energy and Chief Executive Officer of CNX Gas.

Harvey has held a number of senior positions within the energy sector throughout his career. Prior to joining CONSOL, he was president and chief executive officer of PacifiCorp Energy Inc., a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, one of the country’s largest electric utility companies. He also served as vice president of PacifiCorp Fuels Department and president and chief executive officer of Interwest Mining Company.

Harvey is a member of the International Energy Agency and Leadership Council of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Locally, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and a director of the Greater Pittsburgh Council of the Boy Scouts. Harvey also serves on the Board of Directors for Allegheny Technologies Incorporated and the Barrick Gold Corporation.

Live Webcast Link
CLICK HERE to watch the live webcast. Online viewers will be able to submit questions during the Q & A period.

Webcast Ready?
For more information about preparing for viewing the webcast, click here.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Zipcar Waives $75 Sign-Up Fee for GlobalPittsburgh Members and Offers Discounts on Hourly Rates. Another Reason to Join Today!

Zipcar is waiving its $75 sign-up fee for GlobalPittsburgh members and offering discounted hourly rates for Zipcar's shared vehicle service. Use a Zipcar for offsite business trips or personal errands anytime you like. Zipcar operates in Pittsburgh and dozens of cities across North America.

GlobalPittsburgh Discounted Weekday Rates for Pittsburgh:

Discounted Hourly Rate: $8.25 (That's $1.00 off the standard hourly rate for most vehicles)
Business Day Rate (7am-7pm): $51
24-Hour Day Rate: $62
Annual Membership Fee: $25

All rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles/day ($0.45/mile thereafter) for a $25 annual membership fee. These special rates cover all vehicles except BMWs and convertibles. Weekend rates vary depending on metro and length of reservation.

This offer is available to paid members of the GlobalPittsburgh Network, including hosts, supporters and members of the GlobalPittsburgh Connect program. If you're already a member of the GlobalPittsburgh Network, or have any questions, please contact Tim Allen of GlobalPittsburgh at 412-392-4513 or at

If you're not a GlobalPittsburgh member, you can also call Tim at the number above to register by phone, and he can give you details of how to get the Zipcar membership and discounts. Individual memberships in the GlobalPittsburgh Network cost $40 per year and $50 per household. CLICK HERE to register online.

If you're already a Zipcar member, you're still eligible for the GlobalPittsburgh discount. Just contact Tim at the number above and he'll help you make the switch. Sign up takes about 5 minutes. You’ll need your driver’s license and credit card. After you’re approved, your Zipcard will arrive at your billing address in 5-7 days. 

How it Works:

Once you’ve received your Zipcard in the mail, simply make a reservation online and use your Zipcard to access the reserved vehicle. Invoices are online and updated after each reservation (click on “my stuff” then “my bill” to view your invoice). Your credit card will be charged after the end of each reservation.

Learn more about Zipcar at