Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2013 (Revised October 2015)


by Eric Werker, Meg Rithmire, Benjamin Kennedy and Andrew Knauer


The case narrates the development of Pittsburgh from the 1940s to 2012. It analyzes the collapse of the steel industry in the early 1980s, the city's subsequent decline, and the city's later re-emergence as a hub for higher education, the tech sector, and the healthcare industry. Attention is given to the public-private partnerships that emerged in Pittsburgh, as well as the economic development and taxation initiatives pursued by different mayors.

Keywords: google; population; city growth; shale; PNC; Tom Murphy; Luke Ravenstahl; Public-private partnership; Tax increment financing; brownfields; Renaissance; Industry Clusters; Industry Growth; City; Business and Government Relations; Taxation; Giving and Philanthropy; Nonprofit Organizations; Higher Education; Technology Industry; Health Industry; Steel Industry; Education Industry; Pittsburgh;


Werker, Eric, Meg Rithmire, Benjamin Kennedy, and Andrew Knauer. "Pittsburgh." Harvard Business School Case 713-035, January 2013. (Revised October 2015.)