Pittsburgh Regional Partnership Responds to Denial of RTK Requests

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny Conference CEO Stefani Pashman released the following statement in response to numerous Right to Know Requests made to the county and city for information related to the Amazon proposal, which have been denied:

“As we stated at the press availability the day after the proposal was submitted, we are not going to show our playbook. This is a competition with more than 200 other communities nationwide.

We believe not disclosing the details of our playbook provides a competitive advantage. “We routinely meet with companies looking to invest in this region. Such meetings often include detailed discussions about economic growth and jobs, and proposals – if appropriate – are specifically tailored to what the economic impact of such a location would be to our region. Those companies
expect a candidness in the conversations that they have, and that those discussions will be kept private. Without that expected discretion, many would not even consider this region.

“We believe that Pittsburgh is a strong contender for Amazon’s HQ2. Our proposal defines why in detail, and in the midst of an unprecedented competition, we continue to believe that it is in the region’s best interest if those details – at this point in the process – are for Amazon’s consideration only.”