Pittsburgh - long maligned as a dying buckle of the Rust Belt - will bask in the world spotlight this fall as host of the next G-20 summit.
Also basking in that spotlight will be Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato - widely credited with leading the area's economic revival.
The event falls at a perfect time for Onorato, considered among the leading Democratic contenders for the gubernatorial nomination in 2010.
Of course, the meeting will also present challenges to local leaders given that the G-20 gatherings frequently draw large protests in host cities.
At a White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs - grilled by skeptical reporters asking why Pittsburgh - said President Obama was impressed with how the Steel City had successfully reinvisioned itself as a green city.