Monday, October 31, 2011

Power of 32 Caps Visioning Process With Interactive Town Hall Meeting Outlining Future Plans on November 3

The Power of 32 – a four-state regional visioning process that has collected thousands of ideas to build a stronger future for the Greater Pittsburgh region -- will culminate with an interactive Town Hall meeting, available by streaming video at or on WQED-TV, this Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

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The Town Hall meeting will announce the Agenda for a Thriving Region by 2025, which contains 14 projects developed by public, private and nonprofit leaders in response to the Regional Vision defined in more than 150 Community Conversations last summer and fall.

“The thousands of people that participated believed we could do more by working together, and these projects are the first steps toward making the ideas generated by residents become reality,” according to Selena Schmidt, Executive Director of Power of 32. “More than 300 leaders have worked together this year to develop aspirational yet achievable projects that leverage the strength of our region in response to the public’s concerns,” Schmidt said.

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to participate in the Town Hall meeting, during which the organization’s goals and solutions will be discussed, and steps for accomplishing those goals will be developed, Schmidt said. The goals fall under the categories of Economy, Transportation/Infrastructure, Education, Environment, Government and People & Communities.

At the Town Hall meeting and on the Power of 32 website – - members of the public from across the 32 counties are being asked to indicate what projects will make the region more competitive globally, stronger collectively and which ones they are willing to help with. Following the Nov. 3 Town Hall meeting, Power of 32 will continue to use its website and social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to publicize activities, engage the public in ongoing projects, and provide updates on progress on its goals.

The Power of 32 is the largest visioning project undertaken in the US. Started in May 2009, the P32 process included thousands of people across a 32-county, four-state region with Pittsburgh as its hub. Bridging borders, the project unites a region of 4 million people with economic output of $178 billion, so together they can leverage their rich natural and human resources to address their common needs.

To date, the Power of 32 has accomplished these three phases:
1. Community Conversations: A listening phase of 156 Community Conversations launched in Summer 2010, which identified strengths, challenges and possibilities facing the region.

2. Framing Solutions: Beginning in Winter of 2011, policy options that build on the region’s assets and opportunities were developed and vetted to address the top challenges identified in the Conversations.

3. Regional Prioritizing: In Spring of 2011, leadership committees prioritized the policy options and committed to 14 projects that best addressed the top regional challenges and took advantage of opportunities.

For more information, contact Selena Schmidt at 412-648-9474 or

GlobalPittsburgh Coordinating Local Itineraries for International Leaders from Eastern Europe, Middle East, Indonesia and Other Countries

Groups of international leaders coordinated by GlobalPittsburgh through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and other agencies include:

Visitors at a shale gas drilling site.
October 5-11, 2011 – "The Spirit of Volunteerism: Honoring 50 Years of Peace Corps.” - Visiting leaders from Botswana, the Gambia, Guyana, Uganda, and Vanuatu examined the impact of volunteerism in U.S. communities and how volunteers, particularly young people, are inspired to help foster a culture of service and civic responsibility. They visited Avonworth High School, Brother’s Brother Foundation, Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Global Links, Pittsburgh Cares, Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh, and were honored at GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays networking event on October 6, and joined GlobalPittsburgh host families for home hospitality dinner. (IVLP)

October 9-13, 2011 - "NGO Management" - Thirteen leaders from Saudi Arabia came to Pittsburgh to learn about women’s rights in the United States They met with representatives of the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, Chatham University, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Robert Morris University; League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh and other local non-profit organizations, universities and companies, and joined GlobalPittsburgh host families for a home hospitality dinner. (IVLP)

October 26-30, 2011 - "Global Shale Gas Initiative" - The purpose of the project was to introduce Latvian, Estonian, and Lithuanian policymakers to legal, economic, policy and technical issues related to shale gas exploration, regulation, concessions, and development. The leaders met with Group Against Smoke and Pollution (GASP), University of Pittsburgh Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chesapeake Energy, Leech Tishman, and Duquesne University's Energy, Policy and Research Group. (IVLP)

October 31, 2011 - Ahmadkhon Yusupkhanov, Open World program alumnus. Mr. Yusupkhanov is a Consultant to a Member of the Parliament, Kyrgyz Republic. His supervisor is the Chairman of the Human Rights Committee who mainly deals with human rights issues, the protection of women, children and other vulnerable social groups, and the promotion of the rights of ethnic and other minorities. Mr. Yusupkhanov is currently studying conditions at detention centers throughout Kyrgyzstan. In June 2011, he participated in the program “Accountable Governance: Kyrgyz Parliamentarians” sponsored by Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress and hosted by GlobalPittsburgh. Mr. Yusupkhanov returned to visit his homestay hosts from June.

November 8-11, 2011 - Silvio Gonzato of Italy, who is the Head of Secretariat, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament, is visiting Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Pittsburgh. Themes for the Pittsburgh segment of the program are local government elections, the operations of House or Senate district office, political party activities and museum operations. (IVLP)

November 9-11, 2011 - "Promoting Civil Society Through New Media" - In Pittsburgh, the five young leaders from Belarus will be studying the role of digital media in civil engagement, new media and advocacy, blogging and other forms of media on behalf of the community. (IVLP)

November 10-15, 2011 - “Outstanding Students for the World," - A project for Indonesia sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Jakarta. The 22 students participating in the program are some of Indonesia’s highest achieving students and represent winners or finalists in national and international science and technology competitions, including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the International Exhibition for Young Inventors, the International Biology Olympiad, the International Robotic Olympiad, and the World School Debating Championship. In a program jointly funded by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Indonesian embassy and Meridian International Center in Washington, DC, participants will visit Washington, New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco to examine science and technology education in the U.S. at both the high school and college levels and the role of advanced and entrepreneurial technology companies in the U.S. and global economies. They will also discuss their research with U.S. student peers.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Duquesne Small Business Development Center Offers Workshop Series in November on Export Development

Five Export Sessions for Only $175 - (November 3, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011)

Learn how your company can increase profits by entering world markets you never imagined before and all in just five sessions!

96% of the world’s consumers live outside the United States?....Have you contacted them lately?

This exclusive training program has been carefully designed to educate dynamic business leaders and businesses who are committed to maximizing their companies’ exports. GO GLOBAL: THE WORLD IS YOUR MARKET!

The course is for companies who show the following 5 characteristics:
1)      management commitment,
2)      financial capacity,
3)      product qualification (including sales history),
4)      market potential, and
5)      production capacity. 

This Export Certificate Program will prepare your company to:
·         Discover new opportunities and customers thru new markets
·         Develop an Internal Export Plan
·         Open Global distribution networks
·         Comply with U.S. Export Regulations

Session 1: - Nov. 3. Export Market Opportunities, Strategies and Export Plan. Resources & Grants. $45.00
Identify if your product or service has export potential. Learn about exporting statistics and find out what your competition is doing in the global marketplace. Find out about resources available to penetrate your chosen market. It includes an international marketing workbook to assess your company's export readiness, business goals, and commitment.

Session 2: -Nov. 8. HTS Number, Letters of Credit, Export Financing, Payment Methods. $45.00.(EXIM BANK LUNCH RECEPTION. FREE.)
Learn how to classify your product (HTS number). Use the export financial services of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export Import (EXIM) Bank and private sources. See how public programs help when commercial banks are unable to assist your firm. Become knowledgeable in letters of credit, documentary collections and use of open account terms.

Session 3: -Nov. 15. U.S. Export Regulations, ITAR, CE Mark & Free Trade Agreements. $45.00
Learn about U.S. exports licensing and controls, various types of classifications and what you need to know about end use of your product to stay out of trouble. Comply with European Regulations such as the CE Mark which is legally mandatory. Comply with Environmental Regulations and Maximize the U.S. Free Trade Agreements with other countries.

Session 4: -Nov. 22. International Logistics, Incoterms, Quotes, Shipping Insurance, AES. $45.00
This session focuses on moving goods overseas, including packaging and labeling. Have you learned the role of a freight forwarder? This course will take you through a step-by-step process of filling out certificates of origin, bills of lading and other important documents for export. Learn about incoterms, and the services provided by freight forwarders.

Session 5: -Nov. 29. Legal Issues: Contracts, Patents, Internet Webpages, Global Marketing and Translations. $45.00
Become familiar with the legalities of exports. Learn about agent and distributor agreements, and international contracts. How to locate agents, distributors and develop joint ventures? What is the legal system in the country you want to export? Do the same laws apply to the internet and online sales? Learn how to do global marketing and trade missions.

In order to receive the certificate attendees need to register and attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions. Each workshop is $45 but if you pay for all five you get a discounted rate: $175

Registration Form or Register Online Payment: $175.00 (or $45.00 for individual sessions)

Name _____________________________________ Title_____________
Company Name_________________________________Website_____________________
City_______________ State__ Zip ______ Phone_______________ Fax________________
Check payable to Duquesne University (Include participant’s name and seminar date) or pay with Visa___ Mastercard ___Discover ___
Cardholder’s Name_____________________________________________
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Credit Card # ___________________________ Exp Date ___/______
Mail to:  Duquesne University-SBDC, Rockwell Hall-Room 108. 600 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15282.
Time: All sessions are from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

All executives who successfully complete this training course will receive a certificate of Export Training from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Duquesne University Small Business Development Center.  In addition, your company will be ready to benefit from a “Pennsylvania Market Access Grant”, “the Pennsylvania Overseas Business Offices” and the “Gold Key” service package to your export country of choice.

Sponsors: Global Business Program at Duquesne University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) -Center for Trade Development (CTD), Center for International Regulatory Assistance (CITRA).



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Year-Long Countdown Begins For Planning of 2012 One Young World International Leaders Summit in Pittsburgh

The co-founders of One Young World, the premier global forum that brings together young leaders to discuss global issues and develop solutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century, officially passed the baton for hosting the 2012 Summit to the city of Pittsburgh Wednesday with a ceremony held in Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office.

Pictured from left: One Young World
co-founders David Jones and
Kate Robertson; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; 

Greg Babe, president and CEO, 
Bayer Corp.; Sy Holzer, president, 
PNC Bank Pittsburgh. (PRNewsFoto/One Young 
World Pittsburgh Partnership)
The baton passing event also kicked off the year-long planning count-down to the Oct. 18-22, 2012 Summit. Planning for the event will be spearheaded by the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership, a consortium of local companies, non-profits and community organizations that first worked together to secure Pittsburgh's designation as host city, and now will help ensure a successful U.S. event. Efforts will also be guided by a newly announced Corporate and Community Executive Committee and Young Leaders Committee, helping shape conference plans and secure support for the Summit.

"Pittsburgh is the right venue for the third annual One Young World Summit." Ravenstahl said. "There are a lot of lessons to learn here. We are a city transformed – re-making our steel region into a center of medicine, technology, science and finance."

David Jones, co-founder of One Young World and global CEO of Havas and Euro RSCG, said it has been clear throughout the bid process that "Pittsburghers are passionate about their city – from the world-class cultural and education institutions here – to the sports teams and community events.

"The city's reinvention reflects its energy and vision, and serves as an ideal backdrop for the passion of One Young World, which gives a voice to today's young leaders who are driving positive change for our global community."

Jones was joined by One Young World Co-founder Kate Robertson, group chairman of Euro RSCG, who had previously visited Pittsburgh during a scouting trip and commented on the passion of the city.

"The Pittsburgh community is full of heart and has a legacy of collaboration among groups to accomplish common goals," Robertson said. "This collaborative spirit is represented through Pittsburgh Partnership leadership committees, who are striving to make our world and local communities a better place by creating a world that reflects our youth's values."

Greg Babe, president and CEO of Bayer Corp., and Sy Holzer, president of PNC Bank Pittsburgh, were named as chairman and co-chairman, respectively, of the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership Executive Committee. The Young Leaders Committee will comprise many members of the Pittsburgh delegation who attended the 2011 Zurich Summit in early September.

"The Young Leaders Committee relies on the valuable learning and firsthand working knowledge its many members acquired at the second annual Summit," Babe said. "They've been sharing ideas since they returned about what inspired them and enhancements they can contribute to the summit next October here in Pittsburgh."

Holzer added, "Pittsburgh's vitality and young spirit will be reflected in next year's summit. In collaboration with One Young World, Pittsburgh starts planning today to welcome the world with open arms."

The Young Leaders Committee was represented at the Baton Passing event. Juli Kundu, staff associate for UPMC, who attended One Young World 2011, said, "The experience at the One Young World Summit was inspiring and life-changing, and it is a wonderful opportunity for Pittsburgh and the U.S. to serve as host to the diverse and dedicated young global community next year."

Founding members of the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership are: The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, VisitPittsburgh and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Bayer USA Foundation and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) are also members of the Partnership.

Information about the Partnership's efforts and opportunities for support of the 2012 Summit can be found by "liking" the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership on Facebook, following @OYWPittsburgh on Twitter and visiting the website at

Affectionately dubbed by CNN as the "Young Davos," One Young World is a global young leadership development forum, which convenes the best and brightest young leaders in their 20s from corporate and non-profit sectors around the globe to address and identify solutions to the same issues that world leaders tackle every day – including global business and health, the environment, a changing media landscape and interfaith dialogue. The delegates pass resolutions during the Summit, and return home with steps to implement them.

In September, during the second-annual Summit held in Zurich, Pittsburgh was announced as the host city for the 2012 event, and is expected to host as many as 2,000 emerging leader delegates and world-renowned counselors. Counselors at the Zurich event included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Norway Crown Prince Haakon, singer and songwriter Josh Stone, celebrity cook and nutrition activist Jamie Oliver, and Google Executive and 2011 Time 100 Most Influential People Wael Ghonim. For more information, visit

SOURCE: One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Conflict Free Pittsburgh Conference to Focus on Congo Conflict; Students Invited to Help Raise Awareness

The Pittsburgh Human Rights Network, along with the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, will be hosting a one-day conference on conflict minerals, consumer activism, and the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo entitled Conflict Free Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 19th, 2011, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Conflict Free Pittsburgh is open to all students in the Pittsburgh area and is dedicated to raising awareness of the civil conflict in Congo. The war has lasted over a decade and claimed over five million lives, making it the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II. At the heart of the issue are tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, minerals which are mined in eastern Congo and that eventually find their way into our everyday electronics.

Profits from the sale of these minerals are used by armed groups to brutally oppress local populations in efforts to maintain control over resources. Conflict minerals connect consumer decisions in developed countries to violence halfway across the world, sparking a growing consumer movement in recent years to demand accountability from electronics companies who trace back their supply chains to mines in eastern Congo.
Universities, as major contract holders with electronics providers, play a major role in the conflict-free movement. Students across the country have raised their voice to work with their schools to send the message to electronics companies that they are cognizant of the atrocities being committed in Congo and their connection to the violence.

The movement covers more than 60 campuses nationwide and is continually growing. Many universities, including Stanford University the University of Pennsylvania and the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College have released official statements voicing their solidarity with the people of Congo and their resolution to do what they can to bring peace to the region.
Conflict Free Pittsburgh aims to educate Pittsburgh’s college students using their leverage as the end users of electronics to raise their voice to ensure that their products are not fueling the conflict, and in this way to help bring about peace in the Congo.

The day will include workshops and a panel by members of the academic, advocacy, and student community who are active on the issue in Pittsburgh. Speakers include Alexandra Hellmuth, Student and Youth Coordinator for the Enough Project; Rebecca Cech, co-founder of Congo Story; D. Wes Rist, from the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law; and Dr. Annamore Matambanadzo, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Click here to view the schedule for the day. If you have any questions please contact Verna Krishnamurthy at or at 412-471-7852.


Monday, October 24, 2011

National Geographic Calls Pittsburgh One of the Best Places in the World for 2012, Thanks to Economic Turnaround, Cultural Offerings and "Quirky" Charm

With a "natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco, a wealth of fine art and architecture, and a quirky sense of humor," Pittsburgh qualifies as one of the best places in the world for 2012, according to National Geographic magazine.

National Geographic Photo
"On all counts, the Steel City’s transformation over the past quarter century qualifies as revolutionary," NatGeo said in an article on its website titled "Extreme Metropolitan Makeover."

"Its mourning for its industrial past long concluded, this western Pennsylvania city changed jobs and reclaimed its major assets: a natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco, a wealth of fine art and architecture, and a quirky sense of humor."

The world's authority on world travel and exploration included Pittsburgh in a list titled "Best of the World 2012" that also includes exotic and historic locations in Thailand, Croatia, Iceland, Canada and many more.

In addition to its economic and environmental revitalization, and its naturally beautiful setting, Pittsburgh is distinguished by it architectural and cultural landmarks, National Geographic said.

"Pittsburgh’s century-wide swath of architectural styles persuaded British film director Christopher Nolan to use downtown as a stand-in for Gotham City in this summer’s Dark Knight Rises," the article reads. "Sustainable design has transformed Victorian landmarks like the glass-domed Phipps Conservatory and created contemporary ones like the swooping waterfront convention center (see photo).

CLICK HERE to read the National Geographic posting.

Pittsburgh-Based Brother's Brother Foundation Responds to Earthquake in Turkey in Cooperation With Pittsburgh Turkish American Association

Following this week's 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey, Pittsburgh-based Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) will respond to the requested needs of the residents of Turkey working with the Pittsburgh Turkish American Association (PTAA). BBF and PTAA worked together after the August 1999 earthquake in Turkey.

PTAA was founded in 1973 in Pittsburgh PA, and is currently registered as a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania. It traditionally serves the tri-state area around Pittsburgh, including Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and West Virginia. PTAA is a member of the ATAA, Assembly of Turkish American Associations.

BBF, a 53-year old Pittsburgh-based international charity, has provided over $4 billion of medical supplies, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian supplies to people around the world in over 140 countries.

With the help of gifts from the general public, corporations and the U.S. government, in 2010 BBF sent product contributions to those in need in 52 countries including Cameroon, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Liberia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda. These shipments were the equivalent of 236 tractor trailer loads. Also in 2010, BBF provided supplies for 241 medical and humanitarian hand-carry mission trips.

Forbes Magazine, in this year's Investment Guide, once again noted BBF's efficiency with a 100% rating for fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment. The Better Business Bureau again gave BBF its “Wise Giving Alliance Standards” seal of approval.

Donations to assist with shipping costs are always greatly appreciated. Credit card donations can be made at or by calling BBF at 412-321-3160. Checks should be made to the Brother's Brother Foundation and sent to:
Brother's Brother Foundation / Turkey
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

For additional information about this press release or other media inquiries please contact Karen Dempsey, Vice President Development/Administration, or Luke L. Hingson, President, at 412-321-3160 or

Sunday, October 16, 2011

GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays - Nov. 3 at Mario's East Side Saloon - Great Networking Opportunities - FREE!

The GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays event for November will be held at Mario's East Side Saloon in Shadyside on Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of friends, music and good spirits with an international flair. This will be a great event for new students, internationals and globally-minded people from all over.

November's event will be held at Mario's patio deck and second floor bar area in Shadyside on Thursday, November 3 from 5:30PM to 8:00PM, and will include Pitt's Graduate & Professional Student Assembly (GPSA). Join us for an evening of friends, interesting conversation, good spirits with an international flair.

Mario's East Side Saloon is located at 5442 Walnut St. in Shadyside.

GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays is a regular monthly night of networking and socializing with different themes, different activities and different locations - but always with an international flavor - on the first Thursday of every month.

There will be free appetizers, bar specials, raffles and more. Admission is FREE (and there will be membership information if you want to sign up at the door).

For more information, contact Tim Allen at 412-392-4513 or by email at

GlobalPittsburgh Picked as Featured Organization for One-Day College Student Advertising Pitch Competition

GlobalPittsburgh was selected as the featured organization in a one-day competition among college students in advertising-related disciplines sponsored by the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation. Titled The Pitch: An Advertising Education Challenge, the competition took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.

Five teams of students got hands-on experience by working at a Pittsburgh advertising agency on a real-world project through the annual one-day competition, named for the advertising term describing the presentation made by an agency to win a new client or introduce a new product.

The college junior and seniors in advertising specialties including creative, consumer research, brand strategy, media planning and account management were assigned to one of five local agencies including Brunner, Chemistry, MARC USA, Mullen and Smith Brothers, where they spent the day gaining exposure to the field and professional experience responding to a challenge with the selected non-profit organization.

Participating students represented the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Point Park University, Geneva College, Grove City College, Penn State University and St. Vincent College.

The students studied GlobalPittsburgh's existing promotional activities and developed packages of recommendations to expand the organization's visibility and increase participation in its programs.

"These presentations and the great ideas that were developed in a short period of time will be very valuable for us," said Thomas Buell, Jr., GlobalPittsburgh's Director of Marketing. "For a non-profit on a limited budget, this information is worth its weight in gold."

GlobalPittsburgh is a 52-year-old organization formerly known as the Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors. It has spent the past two years expanding its core mission of working with the U.S. Department of State to create itineraries for delegations of world leaders visiting the region to include programs to attract and engage international students and professionals and connect local companies with global leaders and talent. For more information, go to

The Pittsburgh Advertising Federation, comprising over 250 local advertising and marketing professionals, is dedicated to meeting members’ needs through networking and educational opportunities, while celebrating the talent of Pittsburgh’s advertising achievements with extraordinary energy and passion.

“We are committed to advancing professional advertising education for college and university students,” said Pittsburgh Ad Federation President John Gatesman. “An important part of the Ad Fed’s mission is to help prepare students to enter the marketplace and to do our part in preparing the next generation of leaders in the field of advertising.”

For information about the Pittsburgh Ad Federation, go to