By Mark Nachman
 

June 24, 2017

As a local business executive, I’m pleased to call Pittsburgh home. Over the years, this city has proudly racked up coveted trophies and national championship titles in hockey, football, and baseball.
 
But Pittsburgh’s not just the “City of Champions” because of sports. We’re the City of Champions because of our people.
 
With roots deep in blue-collar manufacturing, Pittsburgh is home to some of this nation’s hardest working families and most resilient residents. Pittsburghers knew that our city could not sustain a thriving economy on the back of one single industry – steel. So we did what we’ve always done best – adapt.
 
From steel town, to the home of thriving industries that now include finance, healthcare and technology, today new industries have helped to transform our city. We’re lucky to have some of the best companies like Expedient, Wellbridge Health, Thermo Fisher, and organizations like the Pittsburgh Technology Council investing here.
 
This ability to reinvent ourselves is part of the reason Sprint made Pittsburgh its regional headquarters last year, and home to more than 900 employees. But, the question is, how can Sprint and other companies celebrate our city and the people who make it a great place to live?
 
To keep Pittsburgh moving forward, Sprint will continue to do its part to create more job opportunities with the addition of 14 new stores and hiring over 85 more people throughout the year. We also have plans to further build out important network and wireless communications infrastructure to improve coverage for wireless users in the market. And, we’ve made it our mission to invest in youth all across the country through initiatives like the 1Million Project which helps level the playing field for high school students without home internet access by providing them with free devices and service to do their schoolwork at home.
 
Businesses only survive with the support of their community and communities survive with thriving businesses and industries. Businesses like Sprint need to continue to be committed and trusted partners, working closely with state and local leaders on programs that can truly make a difference in improving the lives of Pittsburghers and contribute to the reinvention of Pittsburgh.
 
Like you, my entire team and I, live, work, shop and raise families in this great city. We know and see the champions every day – the coaches, teachers, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, athletes, civic leaders, firefighters, police, and so on. We want to celebrate these great people of Pittsburgh.
 
To kick off the celebration, Sprint is encouraging Pittsburghers to post a Tweet dedicated to their PGH Champ and using the #SprintPGHchamps hashtag, between June 25 and July 1, 2017. We will proudly donate $1.00 (up to $15,000) to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania for each.
 
We know, no better way to show our Pittsburgh pride than to celebrate champions everywhere across this city – in our stores, on television, and even on Mount Washington. Who’s your Pittsburgh Champion?
 
Mark Nachman is Sprint President for the Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia Region.