Manufacturing is in the DNA of southwestern Pennsylvania. Generations of blue-collar workers have called western Pennsylvania home. The coal mined from its hills and the steel forged in its mills literally built this nation. The wages earned from that work helped to sustain families and built strong communities for many years.
Yet as the world changed, some saw traditional industries as relics to be left in the past. They forgot that a healthy and diverse economy requires “eds & meds,” emerging technology companies, and traditional industry.
The advent of shale gas and the emerging petrochemical industry are producing low-cost energy, creating family-sustaining jobs, and providing new opportunities for workers who otherwise would be left behind.
However, so-called environmental groups are leading the fight to kill energy and manufacturing jobs in southwestern Pennsylvania. Some politicians have chosen to join that fight at the expense of their long-time allies working in the building trades and manufacturing. And blue-collar workers have felt abandoned as groups promote a future economic vision of the region that does not include them. Simply put, they were under attack and no one was there to defend them.
Facing annihilation, nontraditional allies saw the need to work together. Recognizing they had no organization advocating for their interests, members of industry and the building trades turned to ColdSpark to help chart the path forward.
ColdSpark was engaged to help form a new entity. Our award-winning design team developed the name, branding and all collateral materials associated with the creation of Pittsburgh Works Together.
ColdSpark was engaged to help form a new entity. Our award-winning design team developed the name, branding and all collateral materials associated with the creation of Pittsburgh Works Together
The Goals are: