About Pittsburgh

Mighty. Beautiful. Celebrated.

The AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference 2017 will be held in exciting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known as a premier meeting destination.

Travel + Leisure magazine recently named Pittsburgh as one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2016” and Zagat rate it as the “No. 1 Food City” in the U.S. Your conference trip will combine in-person learning and networking with a great location. Check out Things to Do for information on options that will enhance your time in the city.


The city is full of different and amazing restaurant options. Click here to see what Pittsburgh has to offer near and close to the conference hotel: Downtown Restaurants



Pittsburgh History
Located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers at the head of the Ohio River, Pittsburgh was referred to as the “Gateway to the West” from its early days as a frontier village. Easily navigable waterways with an abundance of natural resources, (coal, timber, natural gas, iron and limestone) helped Pittsburgh become the industrial center for a growing nation.

Most people recognize one thing about Pittsburgh’s history, that it was known as an industrial hub for coal mining and steel production.

Even though Pittsburgh faced rough times in the 1970s and 80s when steel production all but disappeared from its landscape, it has since re-invented itself as a hub for educationmedicine, small manufacturing and research. Of course, having extremely successful sports teams has enhanced the city’s reputation. The black and gold of all three of its professional teams, Steelers (NFL), Pirates (MLB) and Penguins (NHL) are synonymous with the pride local residents have in its sports teams and the city they represent.

Today Pittsburgh welcomes visitors from around the globe. Its strengths lie in its authenticity as an all-American city, and its genuine, hard-working and welcoming sense of community that has transformed it into one of the most surprisingly beautiful and progressive cities in the USA.