Pittsburgh Hosts Press Tours Beginning September 9, 2009 in Preparation for G-20 Summit – Tours Highlight Numerous Technological, Environmental and Cultural Achievements

In preparation for its role as host city for the Pittsburgh Summit 2009 (G-20), the region is hosting a variety of press tours intended to illustrate Pittsburgh’s remarkable transformation story and help reporters prepare for on-location coverage. The tours are scheduled from September 9-11 and September 21-23, and showcase numerous technological, environmental and cultural achievements spanning a variety of industry sectors and public and private entities.

Reporters from around the world are encouraged to explore how a city once described in the 1800s as “hell with the lid off” has been transformed into “America’s Most Livable City.” Tour highlights include medicine and robotics, higher education and culture, green building and advanced technology.

Bill Flanagan, spokesperson for newly formed Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership, says, “Corporate leaders, our university community, and cultural and political leaders are collaborating to welcome reporters to Pittsburgh. These tours are a community-wide effort to showcase the best and the brightest in Pittsburgh, and the many things which make the area unique.”

For tour details and to register, members of the media are encouraged to visit the organization’s online newsroom, www.g20pittsburghsummit.org. Special media rates for accommodations are available to reporters interested in advance G-20 stories. In addition, reporters are encouraged to call for interviews relevant to their individual areas of interest.

A sampling of the widely-varying tours (more than 15, in all) include “Robotics & Technology,” “Creative Industries,” “Outdoor Adventures,” “Life Sciences and Health Care Advances,” “G-20 Pittsburgh Summit Venues,” and many others. Tours are being organized by VisitPittsburgh, the official marketing and promotion agency for the Pittsburgh region, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, a private sector leadership organization with more than 300 regional investors.