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May 28, 2019

Metro21 Presents to Atlanta's Leadership Involvement Networking Knowledge Group

From May 15 – May 18, 2019, The Leadership Involvement Networking Knowledge (LINK) from the Atlanta Regional Commission visited Pittsburgh to learn about new ideas and approaches for dealing with the issues and challenges facing metro areas.

During their visit to Pittsburgh, they discovered how the city is driving innovation through city/university partnerships and much more. Metro21: Smart Cities Institute’s Executive Director, Karen Lightman, joined a panel entitled "The Urban Laboratory: University and Government Partnerships"  to present to the LINK team how Metro21 and the City of Pittsburgh are using these partnerships to solve metro area problems.

The panel included:

  • Audrey Russo, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council
  • Dan Gilman, Chief of Staff, Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office,
  • Tom McGough, Jr., EVP and Chief Legal Officer, UPMC
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman, CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County

Mayor William Peduto said in response to LINKs visit that “Pittsburgh is committed for the city to be a testing ground for innovative ways to make government for effective and improve people’s lives”.

Metro21 is honored to have been part of the event and looks forward to sharing best practices on city-university partnerships with more cities.

To learn more about Metro21 projects with the City of Pittsburgh, visit our projects page here.

Learn more about the Atlanta LINK visit to Pittsburgh here.