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When we last spoke, I was muttering something about being remembered for what you do next, from one of my favorite philosophers, Johnnie Walker.

I was leaving one long-term venture for a new one and while it’s only been 3.5 months it seems much longer. At least four! It’s been quite a ride as I talked to one entrepreneur after another about their adventures and met with countless people in the community to assess this idea of a Pittsburgh-born, Pittsburgh-bred publication about the people advancing change in our community.

It culminated in an intense few months—especially the last week which felt like a month—working with a talented team from Mullen—Tyler Oberley, Brian Howe, Diane Walter and Matt DiGregorio– and our own talented editors, Deb Smit and Jennifer Baron—to create this site (check out the About section for others).

So it is with great pleasure and a huge, audible sigh of relief that we unveil to you now: NEXTpittsburgh.

In these virtual pages you will meet the dynamic and bold and headstrong people from all walks of life who are taking on projects both big and small that will make a difference in our city. While we will push out weekly—sign up now!—we will be publishing stories throughout the week, of collaboration, new thinking, cool projects, events and much more.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned on this recent journey it’s just how supportive our community can be. As one person put it, after seven years of writing about entrepreneurs, I’ve become one—and I have been warmly welcomed by others which seems to be the norm here. I’ve heard many entrepreneurs say it’s so. There’s a lot of talk about fostering entrepreneurship in this region so I’m happy to report that the support network on ground level is I-beam-strong.

As for the name, NEXTpittsburgh? It was on our minds even as everyone asked what was next for me back in November. We nabbed the url in December. But in a surreal moment, I woke up one morning while in Thailand in January to a bunch of texts with the subject title: Peduto’s Next Pittsburgh.  Turns out our newly inaugurated mayor decided to use the same phrase to brand the city as he takes over the reins.

Tracy Certo

Tracy is the founder and Editor at Large of NEXTpittsburgh which she started in March 2014 and sold in December 2020. She is passionate about making Pittsburgh a better place for all and connecting people...