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Specter, Casey Honor Pittsburgh's 250th Anniversary

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Location: Washington, DC

Senate-Passed Resolution Recognizes Milestone; Details City's Rich History

The United States Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution authored by U.S. Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the city of Pittsburgh.

"Since the Forbes Campaign across Pennsylvania culminated in Pittsburgh in 1758, the city has been an integral part of our nation," Senator Specter said. "I am pleased to honor Pittsburgh's significance and contributions to our nation on the 250th anniversary of the city's naming."

"The city of Pittsburgh is rich in history and culture, both of which have made a huge impact on the development of this great nation," said Senator Casey. "From its part in the independence of the United States, to its role in the Industrial Revolution, to its leadership in developing technologies for the future, Pittsburgh has spent the last 250 years making America great and today we honor its contributions."

The Senate resolution provides a historical description of the first settlers who colonized the region and lists numerous contributions the city of Pittsburgh has made to the nation throughout its 250 years.

Several highlights in the resolution include:

*General John Forbes building the first road across the Allegheny Mountains, thus securing a pathway to the west;
*General Forbes and Colonel George Washington naming the location in honor of William Pitt the Elder;
*The city's strong contribution to the Industrial Revolution;
*Becoming a global leader in emerging fields such as: material science, regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, electro-optics, robotics, data storage, computer science, and commercial nuclear power;
*Being Named "America's Most Livable City," the only place in the country to earn this honor twice.

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