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Since the colonial beginnings of our country, Allegheny County has been a center for business and commerce. Easy access to all the nation's major transportation facilities, an abundance of natural resources, and a plentiful and dedicated workforce fueled the area's growth and early ascension in industry, as reflected by corporate institutions such as US Steel, PPG and Westinghouse.

More recently, the workforce of Allegheny County has been transformed from one focused primarily on heavy industry to one relying on more specialized industries and services providers, including high technology, health care, education and finance. Roughly 42% of the region's workforce is employed in the service sector, while about 20% is employed in the manufacturing sector.

Allegheny County is home to at least seven Fortune 500 firms including Heinz, US Steel, PPG Industries, General Nutrition Centers, PNC Corporation, Mellon Bank and Alcoa. Newer, high growth companies which have cemented our reputation as a leader in technology ventures include FORE Systems, Medrad, Respironics and AEG.

Through the efforts of the Department of Economic Development, Allegheny County leads the effort to attract even more business and develop former mill sites for new uses, as evidenced by the Dick's Sporting Goods headquarters in Findlay Township, the addition of Italian steelmaker Marcegaglia in Munhall and the multi-faceted Waterfront development in Homestead.