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Pittsburgh area rated No. 9

| Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006

The Pittsburgh region was ranked the 9th best site in the nation to locate a business by a Cleveland-based magazine that evaluates future locations for corporations.

In its 4th annual Mayor's Challenge ratings, Expansion Management Magazine listed the region among the top 10, obtaining its five-star ranking among 362 metro areas judged, based on the magazine's studies during the past 12 months.

In all, 49 categories are included in the decision, including livability and affordability that provide manufacturing companies a place to grow and prosper.

The Austin-Round Rock, Texas, area was listed as the top-rated site in the nation with Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington region second.

Robert Ady, an international site selection expert from Chicago, said that puts Pittsburgh in "great company because this is an awesome list of communities."

However, "that doesn't necessarily affect the decision of site selectors on recommending Pittsburgh to their clients because that decision is based on the company's needs and requirements," he said.

But it could affect the decisions of companies looking for a good place to relocate, he added.

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