Events in Pittsburgh

Do you want to learn more about the development of different sports facilities and parks in Pittsburgh?  Please join us on September 21st at 11:30 a.m. at the Cambria Suites, PPG Paints Arena to hear Rifat Qureshi, Development Manager for the Sports & Exhibition Authority as he discusses the development of the North Shore and Riverfront Park along with other projects in the area.  Rifat will address how these projects will affect the city and what job openings might be available.  To register, click the link below


November 16th, 2017 for the Woman of Excellence Award Cocktail Reception.  This year we will be honoring Patrice Matamoros of P3R and The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.  Reserve your ticket by clicking the link below!

On December 8th, 2017, WISE Pittsburgh will be partnering with the NFL Players Association, Pittsburgh Chapter as we Kick-Off the Holidays with your favorite NFL Player.  Photo opportunities, autographs, dinner and live music are all part of the evening festivities.  Last year, we were sold out so get your ticket early.  This event is great early holiday present for any NFL and Steelers fans!  The event will be at the Sheraton, Station Square.



Please join us on Thursday, September 21st at 11:30 a.m. at the Cambria Suites Hotel, PPG Paints Arena as Rifat Qureshi, Development Manager for the Sports & Exhibition Authority shares an \ overview of the Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) and the Stadium Authority (SA).   He will share how they were formed, and how the mission and operations are related.  He will provide an overview of each of the SEA and SA facilities and projects (Convention Center, PPG Paints Arena, Lower Hill Infrastructure, Heinz Field, PNC Park, North Shore Riverfront Park, North Shore Parking Facilities, and North Shore Option Area), how they were constructed, the project costs, etc.  He will also introduce us to related projects / entities that the Sports Authority partners with (Continental Real Estate, Port Authority) and will share what else is going on in our area.

Rifat Qureshi assumed the role of Development Manager for the Sports & Exhibition Authority in May of 2007.
Rifat is responsible for facilitating activities related to the development of the North Shore option area and riverfront park; Lower Hill redevelopment project; SEA / SA parking facilities; fundraising for ongoing projects, SEA / SA retail spaces; workforce development; and research and reporting of economic activity related to SEA / SA facilities and projects.
Prior to joining the SEA, Rifat founded an educational start-up to help young people understand how government is organized from federal to local levels in the City of Pittsburgh. Prior to that, he was a business development & project manager for an international software firm based in Manchester, England, focusing on billing systems for the utilities sector. His responsibilities included strategic planning, financial modeling, competitive analysis and investor relations.  Rifat worked in business development and investor relations in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

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