PG Benchmarks is a project that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette began in 1996 in order to provide the Pittsburgh metropolitan area with a baseline of credible information about how the region stands in comparison with 14 other similar sized metro areas. Ranging from the economy to education and public services to quality of life, PG Benchmarks uses some 60 measures to give a broad and balanced view of many of the key aspects of life in these regions. Along with the statistics, the project provides analysis to give context and meaning to the numbers.
The newspaper publishes these reports in special sections each year throughout the year. The idea is to give the residents of these regions, especially those in Pittsburgh, a reliable and continuous source of good information that will help in efforts to improve regional quality of life.
|The Downtown Dilemma (12/31/2000)
In the final PG Benchmarks of 2000, we attempt to shed light on the issues surrounding the next step in developing Downtown. The articles examine Downtown living, retail and parking, three key ingredients in any recipe for reinvigorating what is already a thriving Downtown in comparison with similar-sized cities.
|The Public Sector (10/22/2000)
PG Benchmarks takes a look at the public sector in its Benchmark cities, in areas such as e-government, and how public money is spent on private projects.
|The Business of Pittsburgh (4/9/2000)
This special section marks the launch of the first of several new business section features this year: The Business of Pittsburgh. This looks at the best-performing publicly traded companies in Pittsburgh in five categories: return on equity, profit growth, stock price growth, market capitalization and revenue growth.
|A special report on Oakland (12/26/99)
The final PG Benchmarks of 1999 is a fascinating look at what Oakland could become. This edition includes 72 submissions -- and two winners -- in our competition to improve Pittsburgh's university center, once referred to by a historian as Pittsburgh's "shimmering alter ego."
|Quality of life and health care (11/28/99)
The November 28, 1999 PG Benchmarks is the 18th Benchmarks report since 1996, and the first edition that focuses on health care and efforts to improve its delivery and quality in Western Pennsylvania.
This is the first PG Benchmarks edition dedicated solely to education. The region's most prestigious universities -- Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne -- have earned Pittsburgh the distinction of being best among 14 other, similar-sized regions in university quality. This issue, however, mainly looks at the education system in the years before the young scholars head off to college, and to that end, PG Benchmarks has assembled a team of experts who address the topic of how to improve education in this region.
In this edition, we have surveyed the 15 PG Benchmarks metropolitan areas to find out how they compare on six measures of good government practices. Some of the practices simply show how effectively and efficiently the main city or county in the regions deliver basic government services. Other measures look at how progressive the governments are and how well the governments in an area cooperate with each other.
The PG Benchmarks Economy Edition looks at greater Pittsburgh's economy in the context of 14 similar regions. Given that this is the fourth year of revisiting these economic numbers, PG Benchmarks was also able to chart the region's progress over time.
This installment of PG Benchmarks looks at how 15 similar sized metropolitan areas compare in the broad category of "Innovation." From university-based R & D to patents and startups to high tech prowess, the regions are ranked and compared in this key aspect of what is often called "the new economy." This edition marks the beginning of the fourth year of publication of PG Benchmarks.
This edition on the economy marks the beginning of the third year for PG Benchmarks, the project that compares greater Pittsburgh with 14 other, similar-sized metropolitan areas. There are 17 statistical measures, including job growth, productivity, population growth, exports, new and expanded facilities, migration, unemployment and annual average pay.