Mike Madison has done some admirable work trying to create a different view of "Pittsburgh." One aspect of that is connecting with people who have left the area but still consider themselves "Burgh" types in some fashion or another. The whole Pittsburgh Manifesto is here.
I bring it up because it seems that Madison & Co. might be part of a trend. Or maybe it's a trend-let. Or maybe... I don't know. But check this out:
It is the brainchild of Peter Panepento. He was a columnist at the Erie Times-News for six years, but recenty relocated to Washington, DC, where he's a senior reporter for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Anyway, as an Erie expat, he keeps running into other Erie expats. And he thinks that there s something to be made of it. Something that might actually be good for Erie.
Is it? We'll see. But in the meantime, you have dig the website's tagline: Putting Erie's Brain Drain to Use.
It's still in it's early stages and there is not a lot of content. But he promises some interviews with prominent ex-Erie people and some other interesting stuff. Give it a look.