Michael Langley, chief executive of the Allegheny Conference, the influential, business-backed policy group, acknowledged that his group's focus has been more on bringing companies to the region and encouraging ones already here to expand, rather than growing the tech sector.Not much there, either.
No more, he pledged. There needs to be a balance between fostering new industries and luring older ones.
"All this fabric of innovation and entrepreneurship needs to be melded more effectively together. And we're dedicated -- I'm dedicated -- to moving aggressively in that direction," Langley said. "But if all we do is small business development and growth, then we're doing a disservice to this region as well."
The best writing on Pittsburgh in yesterday's paper was via a letter to the editor from Jim DeAngelis.