While Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as a national leader in education, technology, energy and medicine, once again the city finds itself at a crossroads. And once again, it is time for the city, as the economic and cultural nerve center of the entire region, to evolve.
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The Brookings Institution defines 10 traits of a globally-fluent metro area -- what we will refer to as a Global City -- which it says have a “critical relationship to the competitiveness, productivity and prosperity of cities and regions in the 21st century.”
1. Leadership with a Worldview - Local leadership networks with a global outlook have great potential for impact on the global fluency of a metro area.
2. Legacy of Global Orientation - Due to their location, size, and history, certain cities were naturally oriented toward global interaction at an early stage, giving them a first mover advantage
3. Specializations with Global Reach - Cities often establish their initial global position through a distinct economic specialization, leveraging it as a platform for diversification.
4. Adaptability to Global Dynamics - Cities that sustain their market positions are able to adjust to each new cycle of global change.
5. Culture of Knowledge and Innovation - In an increasingly knowledge-driven world, positive development in the global economy requires high levels of human capital to generate new ideas, methods, products, and technologies.
6. Opportunity and Appeal to the World - Metro areas that are appealing, open and opportunity-rich serve as magnets for attracting people and firms from around the world.
7. International Connectivity - Global relevance requires global reach that efficiently connects people and goods to international markets through well-designed, modern infrastructure.
8. Ability to Secure Investment for Strategic Priorities - Attracting investment from a wide variety of domestic and international sources is decisive in enabling metro areas to effectively pursue new growth strategies.
9. Government as Global Enabler - Federal, state, and local governments have unique and complementary roles to play in enabling firms and metro areas to “go global.”
10. Compelling Global Identity - Cities must establish an appealing global identity and relevance in international markets not only to sell the city, but also to shape and build the region around a common purpose.
Pittsburgh demonstrates many of these characteristics, but members of Global City economic development subcommittee share the strong belief that many more opportunities exist to increase Pittsburgh’s global fluency, with strong leadership from the Mayor’s office, which in turn can provide many economic and cultural benefits to everyone in the city. The Pittsburgh region already boasts these qualifications:
- More than 40 international communities represented, all with professional and personal networks spanning the globe
- More than 11,000 international students attend universities in the greater Pittsburgh region
- More than 400 international companies operate here creating more than 53,000 jobs
- Pittsburgh-based companies maintain more than 1,000 operations abroad
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE A GLOBAL CITY?
A Global City is more attractive to new and existing businesses, entrepreneurial individuals and new residents, creating greater economic growth, vitality, cultural diversity and long-term sustainability to benefit all sectors of the population.
WHAT CAN THE MAYOR DO TO MAKE PITTSBURGH A GLOBAL CITY?
The Mayor should engage with and actively encourage ongoing efforts to attract new businesses, industries and talent to the region, improve access to the city by land and air, and promote the region on an international scale, and use the bully pulpit of his office to ensure that the benefits of global connections are understood, embraced and enjoyed by all of his constituents.
To achieve these goals, the Global City Economic Development Subcommittee proposes the following actions, contained in the attached individual recommendation forms (click on each one to open PDF in new window):
- Form Global City Advisory Council
- Support Global City-to-City Trade Initiatives
- Apply to Become Welcoming City
- Invigorate Pittsburgh Sister Cities Program
- Call for Convening of Pittsburgh Future City Summit in 2015
Thomas Buell, Jr. - Chair