Back in the 1980’s –
As steel mills closed –
And the region hemorrhaged jobs and people –
State and local officials stood in Oakland –
Within sight of CMU and Pitt –
To announce the creation of an “incubator” –
For tiny, start-up technology companies.
It didn’t seem very significant.
That was then.
This is now.
Pittsburgh is now home to hi-tech companies –
From the Golden Triangle to Larimer.
Boosters and developers –
Including Jeremy Waldrup of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership –
Say there’s a growing “buzz” –
About the city as a tech hub –
And it’s time to capitalize on that.
California has Silicon Valley.
Austin, Texas, has Silicon Hills.
So how about Pittsburgh’s “Silicon Strip?”
Waldrup admits he isn’t sold on the name –
But thinks it’s time to create a brand for Pittsburgh.
Whatever they call it –
It’s time to promote Pittsburgh for what it is –
A place where hi-tech companies can start –