Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

*The Pittsburgh Region's Relationship to Innovation and Risk Continues To. [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

*The Pittsburgh Region's Relationship to Innovation and Risk Continues To. [Derived Headline]

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*The Pittsburgh region's relationship to innovation and risk continues to evolve as it makes strides in promoting a culture of entrepreneurship. 11

Profiles in Innovation

*20 Pittsburgh business people who embody innovation. 8

*Beechview's affordable housing and convenience to Downtown could make this the city's next hot neighborhood. 18

*Hazelwood pins its hope for a renaissance on the redevelopment potential of a Monongahela riverfront site. 20

*Carnegie overcame the Great Recession and Mother Nature to find rebirth in a combination of public and private initiatives. 26

*Uniontown wants to build on tourism to improve its image with the residents of Fayette County. 30

*Reading Is Fundamental Pittsburgh bounced back from a funding shortfall that jeopardized its existence and has reached new heights. 40

*Matthews International jumped at the opportunity to merge with Schawk Inc. and transformed its business. 44

*Clearview Federal Credit Union didn't play it safe when it was at a crossroads. 46

*SDC Nutrition combined passion and hard work to carve out a niche creating natural nutrition supplements. 48

*MSA Safety took the costlier, riskier path to develop a completely new respirator -- and it paid off. 50

*Edward Marc Chocolatier built on a history of risktaking to go all in to become a supplier to the mass market. 54

*Animal Nature is dedicated to creating a community for animal lovers. 58

*Industrial Scientific was already successful when it took a chance on a high-tech system that is fueling growth. 61

*Spand-Ice founder said the stars aligned for the timing of starting her business to help people's backs. 63

*FreshTemp founder's leap of faith and solid belief in his product has reaped rewards. 64

*HalenHardy tapped into the needs of the oil and natural gas industry by working with inventors. 66

*Cammuso's Hair Salon overcame the recession by tapping into the nursing home market. 67

*PixController's success with the eagle webcam project opened doors to the oil and gas industry. 74

*Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services trains lawyers to build their own practices and serves low- and middle-income clients. 76

*Cotton Bureau's innovative business model uses crowdfunding to decide which T-shirts to manufacture. 79

*The Fred Rogers Co. expanded on its icon founder's vision by breaking down barriers to enjoying math. 80

*Platypus' fleet of robotic airboats pushes the boundaries of environmental testing. 82

*Pittsburgh Party Pedaler is driven by a good idea and customers' legs. 84


*Len Boselovic: The wealth that public companies hold can be spent wisely -- or not. 85

TOP 50

*Ranking the region's best-performing public companies and measuring the success of top private companies, health care organizations and colleges and universities. 88


For a full list of all of the companies mentioned "In the Lead" (not including the Top 50), please see the index on pages 136 -137. …

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