Can a city facing a tech boom keep its soul? What Pittsburgh’s mayor learned from GeekWire HQ2

Today, the challenge Pittsburgh and other growing tech hubs face is ensuring prosperity is shared, not concentrated among a small group of elites.

“We want to make sure that there’s a place, not just for the Ph.D. in this economy, but for the GED and that we’re being proactive in order to make that happen because it isn’t going to happen by itself,” Peduto said. “We want to make sure that there is an opportunity for everybody to be a part of that economy.”

In GeekWire’s hometown, Seattle, we’ve seen first-hand the rapid transformation a booming tech economy can have on a mid-sized, quirky city with blue collar roots. Seattle’s housing market is consistently scored the hottest in the country and at times it has been rated the nation’s fastest-growing city.