2 Fastest-Growing Towns in the State Are in the Pittsburgh Area
Also, why it's a good time to own a bed and breakfast in Pittsburgh.
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Slippery Rock Township in Butler County and Green Tree Borough in Allegheny County saw the biggest population growth between 2013 and 2014, according new Census Bureau estimates reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Slippery Rock grew by 15 percent; Green Tree was not far behind with a 13-percent increase.
The City of Pittsburgh lost population — by less than 1 percent.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto doesn’t expect that trend to continue.
"Looking at the numbers, it’s clear it’s not from population loss the way it had been before where people were leaving. We still have more people dying than are being born," he tells the Business Times."That’s going to phase itself out. Once it does, then we’re going to see an exponential jump in population. We now have young people who are coming to Pittsburgh. But we still have that gap where we have more older people than we have kids that are being born. That will take a little while to work its way, though."
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#Business: Pittsburgh ranks high on a list of B&B destinations
It’s a good time to own a bed and breakfast in the Pittsburgh area.
According to BedandBreakfast.com, Pittsburgh places sixth on its list of top 10 B&B destinations in North America.
"B&B travelers regularly seek out interesting B&Bs and inns that offer character and something out of the ordinary," Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com, told the Pittsburgh Business Times. "Our research shows they are also looking for hidden gems and inns that are off the beaten path."
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#Money: Will Pittsburgh International get a casino?
A state lawmakers wants to bring a bit of Vegas to the 'Burgh by trying out slot machines at Pennsylvania’s international airports, including Pittsburgh.
“At the minimum, if it generates some revenue to help the airport authority to entice airlines in, it’s a plus,” state Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Coraopolis, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Kotik thinks a partnership with Rivers Casino and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County could bring slots to Pittsburgh International.
Craig Clark, general manager at Rivers Casino, argued at a state House Gaming Oversight Committee that the state’s gambling market already was at a saturation point, and the addition of more slot machines in the area may do more harm than good to the industry.
“We’d just like to take a little extra time to go through all the different pros and cons associated with it to make sure that ultimately the net benefit is to the jobs that have been created here at Rivers,” he tells the P-G.