Pittsburgh to host ESX 2010

City's convenient location, unique entertainment options to sustain strong growth

About Pittsburgh and its Convention Center

• Travel. Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population and less than a 90-minute flight from 50% of North America's population. It is under six hours by car or train to nine states, Washington, D.C. and Canada. J.D. Power & Associates recently rated Pittsburgh International Airport number one in the United States and number two in the world.

• Setting & Feel. Rugged hillsides shelter a new wave of high-tech and service industries, along with pioneering health systems and universities. Befitting its reputation as one of America's most livable cities, Pittsburgh boasts a low crime rate and abundant tax-free shopping at great prices. The city offers a wonderful combination of big-city amenities and small-town feel.

• Easy Access to Fun. Pittsburgh's riverfront trails lead visitors on a scenic path that connects the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with the Cultural District, Point State Park, PNC Park and Heinz Field, and the Strip District, a marketplace and nightlife hot spot. Only two miles in diameter, the city's size makes it easy to walk to hotels, retail stores, theaters and restaurants. From upscale downtown department stores to suburban shopping malls and eclectic neighborhood boutiques, visitors find plenty of places to exercise their spending power. For dining, Pittsburgh's diverse ethnic heritage inspires and influences the flavors found at a wide range of restaurants running from casual to five-star. Fine neighborhood pubs, comedy clubs and popular hot spots dot the South Side, Strip District and Downtown.

• Cultural Attractions. Few cities of any size can match Pittsburgh's cultural attractions. A world-class symphony, elegant ballet and renowned opera mix with adventurous installation art and the classic collections at the Carnegie, Frick and Andy Warhol museums-not to mention a unique look into Pittsburgh's past at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center and Sports Museum.

• The Convention Center & Staff. With a swooping roofline embracing its riverfront setting, the light and bright David L. Lawrence Convention Center is a remarkable building - and the perfect setting for any meeting. Located in the hub of Pittsburgh's cultural, business and entertainment district, the Center is the first and largest certified "green" convention center in the world and is the only meeting venue to be awarded the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. The $375 million facility is the cornerstone to western Pennsylvania's hospitality industry and truly a design and engineering gem.
The staff of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to its customers and has garnered numerous awards, including Meetings & Conventions magazine's "Gold Service Awards," Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine's "Award of Excellence," and "Pinnacle Award." Pittsburgh also received a "2004 Top Destination Award" from Facilities & Destinations magazine, based on such criteria as quality of convention center, accessibility, attractiveness of destination and professionalism of staff.

Industry Leaders Weigh In

"We are thrilled to be steering ESX to Pittsburgh in 2010," said CSAA president, Bud Wulforst. "For those who don't know, Pittsburgh has transformed itself into a green, high tech haven, filled with interesting attractions. We are particularly pleased to be connecting with local leaders of the security and other industries to create a uniquely valuable and memorable education experience in 2010."