Thursday 14 September 2017

Day 67 and Day 68 of Mentor on Road, USA

“Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.”
-Swami Vivekananda
Day 67 of Mentor on Road is a travel day from Detroit to Pittsburgh. Since we do not have any events lined up today, Mentor on Road has decided to take a diversion to Chagrin Falls on the way to Pittsburgh.

Chagrin Falls is a village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States and is a suburb of Cleveland in Northeast Ohio's Cleveland-Akron-Canton metropolitan area, the 15th-largest Combined Statistical Area nationwide. The village was established and has grown around a natural waterfall on the Chagrin River. The village was incorporated in 1844 from parts of three townships in two counties. Neighboring Chagrin Falls Township was established in 1845.

Chagrin Falls was laid out in 1837. The community takes its name from a waterfall on the Chagrin River in the middle of town.

After enjoying our visit to the beautiful and serene Chagrin Falls, we left for our next destination of the journey – Pittsburgh. 

We started driving on 4 June, 2017 from Boston and passed through states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Illinois and Michigan Driven 14,144 kilometres / 8788 miles till now and will drive 15,450 kilometres / 9602 miles in total. We have now entered the 36th state of our journey, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a total population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. 

Located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, Pittsburgh is known as both "the Steel City" for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, and as the "City of Bridges" for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclines, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.

Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, glassshipbuilding, petroleum, foods, sports, transportation, computing, autos, and electronics. For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U.S. stockholders per capita.

Today, Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy. The area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

The nation's fifth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, and six of the top 300 U.S. law firms make their global headquarters in the Pittsburgh area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, Nova, FedEx, Bayer and NIOSH have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.S. job growth.

Pittsburgh has adapted since the collapse of its century-long steel and electronics industries. The region has shifted to high technology, 
robotics, health care, nuclear engineering, tourism, biomedical technology, finance, education, and services. 

The largest employer in the city is the 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with 48,000 employees. All hospitals, outpatient clinics, and doctor's office positions combine for 116,000 jobs, approximately 10% of the jobs in the region. 

Education is another major industry in the region. The largest single employer in that industry is the University of Pittsburgh, with 10,700 employees.

 Fortune 500 companies call the Pittsburgh area home. These include: 

  • PNC Financial Services
  • PPG Industries
  • U.S. Steel
  • The Kraft Heinz Company
  • WESCO International
  • Findlay Township, Pennsylvania
A leader in environmental design, the city is home to 60 total and 10 of the world's first green buildings while billions have been invested in the area's Marcellus natural gas fields. A renaissance of Pittsburgh's 116-year-old film industry—that boasts the world's first movie theater—has grown from the long-running Three Rivers Film Festival to an influx of major productions including Disney and Paramount offices with the largest sound stage outside Los Angeles and New York City.

Pittsburgh has a rich history in arts and culture dating from 19th century industrialists commissioning and donating public works, such as Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts and the Benedum Center, home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Opera, respectively as well as such groups as the River City Brass Band and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Looking forward to a productive day tomorrow.

Jai Ho! (Let victory be yours)

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