The Partnership traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the 2018 Leadership Mission September 30 – October 3.

Orlando, Fla. –The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. for the 2018 Leadership Mission September 30 – October 3. Among those attending are Partnership investors and partners as well as volunteer leadership and key staff. The delegation of 80 is focusing on Pittsburgh’s economic renaissance from steel town to global tech hub and studying the city’s philosophy centered on creating broad-based prosperity through its economic and community development campaign, “If it’s not for all, it’s not for us.”

“This mission was built around the themes of innovation, sustainability, and resiliency as well as Pittsburgh’s ability to change its image and ultimately its course toward a better future by doing the hard work of looking at its challenges and coming up with smart strategies that are inclusive of its entire community,” said Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani.

Participants on the mission will visit Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the National Robotics Engineering Center, the Energy Innovation Center, as well as Google and The Warhol Museum. Throughout the mission, several leading scholars and experts will present information on venture capital and entrepreneurship, advanced models in transportation and community building, to name a few.

Among the attendees is Partnership Chair Yolanda Londoño, vice president of Global Social Responsibility for Tupperware Brands, Chair-elect Bill Dymond, president and CEO of Lowndes, and Vice Chair Daryl Tol, president and CEO of Florida Hospital. Additionally, other government officials, higher education representatives and leaders from local and private industry will be in attendance. They will have the opportunity to hear from Pittsburgh community leaders such as Mayor Bill Peduto and former Mayor Thomas Murphy, one of the architects of the revived Pittsburgh.

Past Leadership Experiences have included trips to:

  • Phoenix, Ariz. (2015) where explorations into how Intel developed the area of advanced manufacturing offered insights into how BRIDG in Osceola County could grow jobs in the industry. This city also boasts a downtown campus for Arizona State University and provided lessons on securing the University of Central Florida downtown Orlando campus.
  • Austin, Texas (2012) provided insights into how it became a major magnet for tech companies and talented professionals. This trip also marked the beginning of the regional branding concept. “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.®” to highlight the strengths of Orlando’s growing industries.
  • Denver, Colo. (2010) whose infrastructure, using sustainable energy and efficient transportation, demonstrated best practices in moving its people and its economy in 2010. And, after years of hard work, the Orlando region saw the approval of its first commuter rail system – SunRail.

“Through leadership missions, initiated by the Partnership, we can encourage community leaders to learn how other regions are tackling big problems and finding viable solutions, in a wider effort to build broad-based prosperity for all,” said Londoño.