Maybe its the Primanti sandwiches, the colleges, or the affordability of the region, but Pittsburgh has become a much more attractive destination for Millennials. I spoke on the subject for Millennials in Pittsburgh in the region and the workplace for NPR Affiliate WESA.
Ironically, the best reason why Millennials should move to the region is the demographic shifts that benefit Millennials. According to a recent report by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Boomers will be acquiescing jobs to Millennials soon, and that the region will have an 80,000 job shortfall in the next decade. As someone who is on the Millennial cusp, I recognize the value that moving to this city brings to younger workers. I moved to the region nearly 6 years ago and have found the city open to my professional development.
The top resources for Millennials in the city are:
- Top educational facilities. The region boasts 11 colleges and universities, with additional branch campuses from Penn State and IUP for graduate studies. Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh are ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. For blue collar workers, they can train at the Google TechShop in 3-D printing, design, or other futuristic musing of technology and machines. If traditional machining is more interesting, New Century Careers offers training and apprenticeship. Both programs have been recognized by President Obama. The city is also one of the most educated cities in the country.
- Fellowships and Jobs- The Greater Pittsburgh area is a great place to get your start in politics. The Coro Foundation and Public Allies programs offer Executive non profit training and alumni network for work.
- You can actually afford to live here. Pittsburgh is one of the last affordable cities in America, and arguably the world. You can get an education at a university, make a decent income, and become a homeowner while you’re in your 20s if you want to do it.
Learn more about trends that benefit local Millennials by listening to the NPR segment.