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Dividend FALL 2013 : Page 27

TRANSFORMING PITTSBURGH through a positive approach to food Three years ago, REGINA KOETTERS, MBA ’07 , placed her bets on Pittsburgh as the next big thing. Once an emblem of the collapse of the steel industry in America, Pittsburgh is now an up-and-coming hotbed of economic activity, and Koetters is a believer in its future. In 2008, with no ties to the city or region, Regina moved to Pittsburgh to be part of a movement to change not just the city of Pittsburgh, but the way of life in previously struggling Rust Belt cities. Today, as owner and CEO of Marty’s Market, Regina is a driving force for promoting economic growth, improving the region’s food system, and fostering community in this transforming city. Marty’s is a fully integrated, specialty food market and café that sources much of its products from local growers and artisans. Located in a rapidly evolving former warehouse district, the market occupies a 10,000 square-foot space. Two-thirds of its framing is open to the street, which she says is designed to create openness and accessibility. “Marty’s is a place where people are coming together, appreciating local, clean food, and promoting one another,” she says. “I am passionate

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