The party, catered by the Fluted Mushroom and emceed by WQEDs own documentary filmmaker, Rick Sebak, was a grand affair, bringing together some of the most influential business and civic leaders of the region and their spouses to share their accomplishments.
Of course, we didnt let the attendees go without getting them to record their thoughts. We asked them to complete the statement, Pittsburgh is a great city because ...
Over the coming months, well publish their responses. In the meantime, heres what some of them had to say:
World-class opportunities with a hometown feeling.
Richard Patton, CEO, Western Pa. Adventure Capital Fund
Great things are happening here.
Rock Ferrone, president, K-Cor, Rock-Built and Rock Airport
Rock Ferrone can fly into or out of the city to meet with Mario Lemieux, Kevin McClatchy and Dan Rooney about purchasing season tickets to world champion events, have his children educated by John Murray, fed by David Shapira, entertained by Rick Sebak, uplifted by the PSO, informed by Bill Flanagan, advised by Bill Newlin, informed and/or infuriated by Richard Scaife, provided for by Jim Roddey, inspired by Linda Dickerson, governed by Tom Murphy and kept apprised by SBN.
Dave McMaster, vice president and general counsel, Rock Airport
... Of the quality of its communities and the character of its people.
Bill Flanagan, money editor, KDKA-TV
People care about the people. Ask directions and someone will not only tell you how to get there, theyll actually take you there.
Terry Mohr, marketing manager, SMC Business Councils
I can live on my 69-acre farm, drive from my garage to the USX garage in 20 minutes with only two lights and drive to the airport in 21 minutes and only three stop lights.
Willem Thorbecke, president, W.H. Thorbecke Associates and retired president of Dravo Corp.
There are many different cultures that live and play in a great city.
Robert Turyan, senior consultant, Sabre Inc.
My wife lives there!
Glen Chatfield, president, Optimum Power Technology
You feel like family here, even if youre not a native.
Diane Wuycheck, vice president of communications, Desbrow & Associates
I always know Im home, and coming through the tubes is a hometown high.
Regis Maher, president and COO, Do It Outdoors
Its foundation is its people. Their rich traditions, core values, aspirations and work ethic combine to form community relationships and leadership necessary for achievement. Its a great place to live and raise a family.
John Turyan, executive director, Builders Guild
Pittsburghs people make it great.
Steve Linkowski, managing partner, New England Financial
... Of its people people from all over the world ... Of its neighborhoods some have three and four generations living close together. Great climate not too cold or hot.
Vince Neal, computer scientist, Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Not only does it have Old World charm, its on the move with a dynamic new feel. (Plus I live here.)
John Gatesman, vice president, Brabender Cox
Its full of committed citizens prepared for the new economy.
Barbara Mistick, director of Seton Hill Colleges National Education Center for Women in Business
... The beautiful rivers, the great skyline, the incredibly friendly people, the great working tradition and the burst of entrepreneurship. Pittsburgh rocks.
Tripp Clarke, director of marketing, Stargate Industries
Its a city of values: tradition, education, culture, commerce, innovation and family.
Joseph Smith, senior vice president-marketing, Dollar Bank
We have the friendliest people in the country living here. We have everything any other city has and will have a prominent place as one of Americas great cities just by continuing to work together to achieve the recognition we deserve.
Jim Longo, director of convention services, Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau
And our favorite: Because SBN is here!
Jerry Johnston, North Pittsburgh Telephone Co.