University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning

The University of Pittsburgh retained Tripp Umbach to study the future economic impacts associated with the development of an advanced shared materials manufacturing research, development, and production initiative in Western Pennsylvania- MAX MFG PA. The goal of this effort was to leverage existing engineering and material science strengths at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and other institutions throughout the Commonwealth with existing and expanded industry and governmental partnerships for the purpose of growing and attracting advanced research-based materials manufacturing in Western Pennsylvania.

This study presented economic, employment, and government revenue projections for 2025 and 2035 on Western Pennsylvania, based on the development of an advanced research and development campus with collaborative spaces for industry partnerships to grow and attract advanced materials manufacturing research, development, and production. Several key policy recommendations, if implemented over the next decade, can lead to dramatic economic, employment, and tax revenue from growth in research, development production from attraction of advanced manufacturing companies, and organic growth in existing companies in the advanced materials manufacturing sector.