Selling Pittsburgh – The No-Glitz City!
When it comes to irony, nothing could be more ironic than what’s happening with the convention business in
Of course, over the years,
Now, strangely enough, our apparent lack of glamour has begun to work in our favor when it comes to the convention business. With the country being faced with economic chaos and suspicion being leveled at companies suspected of being greedy and good-time Charlies,
Currently, having a convention in
For years, people have loved going to
However, with the current economic crisis, criticism has been leveled at companies and organizations for spending too much money on luxury junkets and conventions. In addition to the glamour cities some convention bookers have loved to head for resorts in
But now, with money tight, convention bookers can’t be criticized for coming to
So with economic conditions the way they are and companies super sensitive to wasteful spending, it ,ay be “Goodbye Las Vegas” and “Hello Pittsburgh”!
And, who knows, our “white elephant” money losing convention center may, miraculously be metamorphosed into a “cash cow”!
Robert W. Dickey
Broadcast: April 3, 4, 5, 2009
In a report by the state recovery coordinators, responsible for guiding the city governments financial comeback, is recommending Pittsburgh exit distressed status under state Act 47 designed to help struggling municipalities steady their finances. The guidance comes after Mayor Peduto's announcement that he would seek to remove the designation by early 2018. The report said "The city has strategies in place to address its primary legacy costs — employee pensions, retired employee health care and workers' compensation — while maintaining its workforce and increasing the necessary investment in Pittsburgh's infrastructure."
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