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G-20 to Meet in Pittsburgh in Sept.

By Philip Rucker
The leaders of the world's biggest economies will gather this fall in a city that once was an icon of America's industrial strength.

The United States will host the next G-20 summit in Pittsburgh Sept. 24 and 25, the White House announced today. President Obama will host leaders from 20 countries who represent 85 percent of the global economy, who will gather to discuss way of recovering from the global economic and financial crisis.

At the Pittsburgh summit, Obama and other leaders will "discuss further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global economic and financial crisis," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The leaders previously gathered in London in April and in Washington last fall. The group decided during its London summit to meet this fall in the United States, considering world leaders would already be in New York in September for the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

The Obama administration selected Pittsburgh as host city to highlight the region's economic transformation following the decline of the steel industry during the 1980s, Gibbs said.

"It's an area that has seen its share of economic woes in the past, but because of foresight and investment is now renewed, giving birth to renewed industries that are creating the jobs of the future. And I think the president believes it'd be a good place to highlight some of that stuff," Gibbs said.

The summit will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, an environmentally-friendly facility that has received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Posted at 6:21 PM ET on May 28, 2009  | Category:  Economy
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