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Pittsburgh hopes gas rush supports resurgence of middle-wage jobs

PITTSBURGH -- Here's one way to describe Connie Palucka's job: getting her associates into the club. The old boys' club. That club arrived in force about three years ago, when drilling in this area started to ramp up. The energy companies usually hailed from America's oil and gas heartland, places like Houston and Oklahoma City. They came to drill, and they came ready with supplier relationships they'd built up over years. Those relationships rarely traced back to Pittsburgh.

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