Hej! That means hello in Danish.😁
We were surprised when we got a call from Jonathan Kersting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. The call was to see if we were interested in taking a meeting with a veteran journalist who has spent his career writing for a Danish news outlet. He was in Pittsburgh for one afternoon writing a story about the city, the impact the election was having on it, and some of the amazing companies that are helping Pittsburgh evolves from it’s blue collar roots to a thriving tech city. Since we’re a start-up we quickly made the decision to take the meeting.
The journalist came in to interview Eric Harvey our Founder & CEO about our technology and how we’re building an innovative job search experience built for the job seeker. The article in its entirety is below, but if you want to jump to what Eric had to say, feel free to jump down to the bottom and read the last two paragraphs. It was a fun time for us and we hope you enjoy.
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Link to the untranslated article – Another World: To byer – Danish Article about Pittsburgh by Ole
It is because of the atmosphere in cities like Monessen and the other dying coal and steel towns in western and central Pennsylvania that Donald Trump’s campaign apparatus had chosen Pennsylvania as picking ripe at this year’s presidential election, even though the state has voted for the Democratic candidate in the last six elections. Pennsylvania has much older voters than average (the fifth-oldest) and a larger share of the white voters, which should benefit Trump.
There are large parts of the traditionally Democratic labor
works class a strong skepticism about the trade and the globalization that Trump also has asserted itself strongly opposed. Besides winning the Democrats not with any great margin in The Keystone State: Obama did so “only” 52 percent of the vote in the showdown against Mitt Romney in 2012. Finally, a large number of members of the electoral college, 20, as a victory in Pennsylvania will provide, as well as crucial for Trump’s chances of reaching the White House. However, Pennsylvania has proven resistant to Trump to overtures of. At this writing gives the website RealClearPolitics’ average metering Hillary Clinton a lead of 5.7 percentage points in the state, slightly above her lead in national measurements.
This is not least that Clinton has great appeal among the more educated voters in, the bigger cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and their suburbs. 45km from the mayor Mavrakis’ ailing city, Monessen – Pittsburgh with 2.3 million inhabitants, including the suburbs – you meet a completely different world. Pittsburgh has had its own downturn, and here it was the US steel industry collapse in the fight against lower-wage competitors, which was the main reason. Alone 1980-1984 disappeared more than half – 55,000 100,000 – of working places in industry, and the impact hit, as always, the local small-scale production, trade, and government budgets. But unlike Monessen and the other smaller steel cities managed Pittsburgh to pull himself up by the hair.
The city council took a very active role for public-private cooperation to stand up, not least by drawing on the city’s two major universities, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Part of the new innovative economy pass- through to the city. It is almost symbolic that the food giant Nabisco factory, which closed in 1998, today is Google’s headquarters in the city. With the new activity in the high-tech enterprises-markets also followed a resurgence of craft and cultural enterprises, partly based in the former industrial area, The Strip. And of course it should be in Pittsburgh, the transport company Uber in September this year began its first experiments with driverless cars – 50 such cars are released into the traffic in the city center, in the first place without a human driver in the front seat who must observe and correct errors.
“I grew up in a steel town in western Pennsylvania and was a boy when we saw this sudden mass unemployment entity that crippled our city and did almost all our fathers unemployed,” says Eric Harvey.
He is the founder and leader of a typical start-up company, Imagine Careers gathering all available data on enterprises – on the skills required by employees, which work culture that prevails, and what benefits are offered – and make them available in an easily accessible search engine for workers. This allows you to search for jobs in the same way as you can search the hotel rooms, flights or accommodation.
“I came to Pittsburgh in 2002 and had seen how the city has been able to renew itself by relying on good universities, health safety technology, information technology, and financial sectors. We have been able to attract some amazing companies – Facebook, Uber, Apple, and Google – which means that the talent pool has been here instead of traveling abroad. This, in turn, has led to that is the basis for a thriving cultural life, what has made it even more attractive to stay here. The whole thing is a circular process.”