In January 2008, the Bayer Center settled into a new office space in the Regional Enterprise Tower, where 85% of the 90 tenants are nonprofits. Being a part of this neighborhood has proven to be an invaluable resource. On the night before our big TechNow conference, the Bayer Center copier decided to unexpectedly take ill. The wonderful folks at Sustainable Pittsburgh on the 13th floor saved the day by welcoming us to use their copier for the afternoon. The kind staff of PPND on the 17th floor encouraged us to use their conference room free of charge to conduct meetings while our suite was under construction. Our friends on the 30th floor, Visit Pittsburgh, invited our staff to pick up our Good Apples packages at their office so we don’t have to venture outdoors in the cold.
French moralist Joseph Joubert said, “We shall always keep a spare corner in our heads to give passing hospitality to our friends’ opinion.” The Bayer Center has taken this one step further by also keeping a spare corner in our office to give passing hospitality to our friends. The Bayer Center hotel is open to anyone who comes to our neighborhood by offering a place to rest and catch up on work. A quiet workspace containing a computer, phone, and wireless internet is waiting for you whenever you need it. With this small gesture, we hope to mirror the same hospitality that Sustainable Pittsburgh, PPND and Visit Pittsburgh offered us.