Obama to Host G20 in Pittsburgh

Former steel capital showcases economic recovery: White House
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 28, 2009 3:12 PM CDT
Anti-G20 demonstrators protest outside the London meetings earlier this year. Pittsburgh had a peaceful protest during that conference as well.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Obama administration has picked Pittsburgh to host September’s G20 summit, where leaders representing 85% of the world’s economy will measure progress since the last meeting and discuss further action to curb the global crisis, the Post-Gazette reports. Hit hard by the steel industry’s decline, the revitalized city is committed to the president’s green economy, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.

“This is a chance for us to showcase our city, and our region, for the world,"” says a Pittsburgh official, who notes that the high-profile visitors will boost tourism revenue. “President Obama is a big Pittsburgh fan in so many ways, and we’re glad of it.”