Pittsburgh Welcomes City Summit Attendees

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In this guest post, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto personally welcomes city leaders to NLC’s 2016 City Summit.

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Pittsburgh’s Gilded Age sites, including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, speak to its history as an early-20th-century industrial capital. In the North Shore neighborhood are the modern Andy Warhol Museum, Heinz Field football stadium and PNC Park baseball stadium. (Getty Images)

On behalf of the City of Pittsburgh, I am deeply honored to welcome you to America’s “Most Livable City.” We are delighted that the National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Pittsburgh as the host city for its 2016 City Summit, and we look forward to showcasing our great city to this exceptional group of 3,500 city officials.

It’s wonderful that leaders from across the nation are meeting in Pittsburgh. During the 2016 City Summit, I know you’ll be learning through NLC University Seminars that will build your technical and leadership skills. Mobile workshops in and around Pittsburgh will also showcase collaborative solutions to issues facing local government. Finally, there will be a plethora of conference sessions spanning topics most relevant to your community, from economic development and sustainability to transportation alternatives and the impact of climate change on cities.

It’s fitting that the smartest ideas for city success will be shared here in Pittsburgh, one of America’s most innovative cities. I look forward to showcasing some of the innovative work that’s happening right here in the “City of Bridges.”

As you experience Pittsburgh, you’ll find that it is a revitalized city which has been transformed through job creation, impressive neighborhood development, and a thriving and innovative high-tech economy. Pittsburgh today is a growing city, a younger city, and an educated city. As we continue to celebrate the city’s Bicentennial, now is truly an exciting time to be in Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh is fast becoming one of America’s most celebrated cities. Travel + Leisure named it a “best place to travel in the world.” Zagat named Pittsburgh the “number one food city in the United States.” With a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly attractions, incredible professional and collegiate sports action, and beautiful riverfront trails and development, Pittsburgh is full of unique amenities that everyone can enjoy.

While staying in our great city, I encourage you to experience the many things that make Pittsburgh so exceptional. Venture out into our friendly neighborhoods. Take a ride on the historic inclines to see the breathtaking view from Mt. Washington – ranked among the most beautiful views in America. Visit our world-class museums, and see a performance in our Cultural District, where you can enjoy spectacular shows and cutting-edge art galleries.

Once again, welcome to Pittsburgh! I hope that you are as impressed with our city as I am proud of it. Best wishes to all 2016 City Summit attendees for a great conference!

About the author: William “Bill” Peduto is the 60th mayor of Pittsburgh. He previously served as a member of the Pittsburgh City Council from 2002 until 2014.