In the Know E-Newletter

In The Know is our monthly e-newsletter designed for street level businesses to keep you appraised of upcoming events and opportunities in Downtown. Occasionally, we also send special alerts.

Please click here for up to date Downtown construction information and updates including information on paving and milling

 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Saturday, September 21

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 21. Registration and the bulk of the walk is at Station Square, however it will involve some Downtown road closures from approximately 9:00 a.m. – noon. The closures will involve the following Downtown streets:

  • Smithfield Street Bridge (in and outbound)
  • Smithfield Street to First Avenue
  • First Avenue between Smithfield and Wood Streets
  • Wood Street from First Avenue to Fort Pitt Boulevard
  • Fort Pitt Boulevard from Wood Street to Smithfield  Street

To view the complete course map, please click here.

Garland Way Paving

Garland Way will be paved on Saturday, October 28. Garland Way runs between 6th and 7th Streets, near Hotel Monaco.

Paving and Milling
Several roads in Downtown have been milled and are scheduled to be paved in the coming weeks. As we receive updated schedules from the city, we will update the Downtown Construction page of our website.

 Downtown Safety Coalition – Making Downtown a Community for All Earlier this year, the PDP began working with a large group of stakeholders to discuss the way in which students and young people experience Downtown Pittsburgh, from transportation to and from local schools, to after-school activities and resources.  Among the stakeholders working on this issue  were the three Downtown schools: Pittsburgh CAPA, Urban Pathways Charter and City Charter High School, law enforcement representatives from the city, county and Port Authority, the Department of Justice, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, in addition to many other community representatives.

One topic that quickly surfaced from initial meetings was the need for an intentional strategy between law enforcement, community and business members, and students to develop relationships and regularly communicate with students.  The officers of Zone 2 at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Port Authority have risen to the occasion and in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools have initiated outreach efforts in schools throughout the City, participating in school assemblies and joining students for lunch to develop stronger ties with the students.  In addition, officers are also partnering with coaches, teachers, guidance counselors, and community leaders to talk with kids on the street during afternoon dismissals, reducing the anonymity of students, and hopefully leading to great behavior by teens in and around major transit corridors.

As a way to incentive good behavior among students, law enforcement and school officials were provided with coupons to local businesses that were given to students demonstrating strong leadership and good decision-making skills. Participating businesses include Social Status, Crazy Mocha, and Arnold’s Tea House. If you are interested in getting involved and supporting the incentive program, drop is a line at

We greatly appreciate the support of the coalition members and look forward to finding ways to create stronger relationships with our youth in Downtown.  Partners include:  Pittsburgh CAPA, Urban Pathways, City High, Allegheny County Juvenile Courts, Mad Dads, The Shyne Awards, Poise Foundation, the Alliance for Police Accountability, Black Women for Positive Change, Urban Kind institute, Group Violence Intervention Outreach Workers, Mother’s March for Peace, One Nation Mentoring, and the Will Allen Foundation.

Asking for Change, More than Coins

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with the Downtown Pittsburgh Ministerium are kicking off a new campaign to support our neighbors in need through the Ministerium’s outreach programming. “Asking for Change, More than Coins,” is an effort to change attitudes towards our less fortunate neighbors and support those in need. We can do more and Asking for Change provides opportunities for Pittsburghers to create change.

The Downtown Ministerium is a collaboration of all Downtown churches and chaplaincies that provides daily services, from emergency food, crisis counseling, transportation assistance, and referrals to area social service agencies. Additional services provided by individual Ministerium members include food pantry services, community meals, and services for specific vulnerable populations.

How can you help?
The campaign encourages people to text a donation to the Ministerium to support their outreach services. To help spread the word about the campaign, we’ve developed two sizes of posters and have take-away information available. If you would be willing to display a poster or make the take-aways available at your business, Please contact Caitlin Fadgen.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is right around the corner! As a Neighborhood Champion, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will be celebrating all of the small businesses that make Downtown Pittsburgh such a vibrant community. Promotional materials to celebrate the day will be distributed in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for more information about how your business can get involved in Small Business Saturday on November 25, 2017! Visit learn more about Small Business Saturday.

Vendor Opportunities

Night Market
Night Markets are held every Saturday (5:00 – 10:00 p.m.) through October 28 in Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh. Upcoming dates in October:

October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28 (In conjunction with Fright up Night!)

Interested? Be sure to fill out a Night Market Application and a Vendor Participation Agreement

Contact Jack Dougherty with any questions.

Comcast Light Up Night®
Comcast Light Up Night® 2017 will take place on November 17, from 5 – 10 p.m. The location for all food vendors will be along Fort Duquesne Boulevard.

Apply to be a food vendor here. Food trucks can apply by clicking on this link. A confirmation email will be sent by November 1, 2017 if you have been accepted for participation.

Contact Kéya Joseph  with any questions.

Business Resources

Small Business Recourse Fair: One Hope Square – October 12
2017 Tech 50: Wyndham Grand Hotel – October 12
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series “The Food Waste Scandal And How It Impacts People And Planet”: Chatham’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship – October 13
Getting Attention: How to Get Publicity for Your Business: Duquesne University – October 13
I Love It When You Call Me Big Data: Marriott City Center – October 18
Grow Your Business Online, Presented by Google: Pittsburgh Technology Council – October 19
TechNow Conference 2017: The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University- October 19
Grow Your Business Online, Presented by Google: Pittsburgh Technology Council – October 19
Starting Up! Early Stage Legal Considerations w/ Reed Smith: Pittsburgh Technology Council – October 26WORKSHOPS
Advanced Proposal Writing Series: Carnegie Library (Oakland) – October 10, 17, 24
Excel Beyond the Basics: Carnegie Library (Oakland) – October 10
Put Your Best Self Forward – Presented by Center For Women: CLP – Downtown & Business – October 14
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh): Duquesne University – October 18
Six Steps to a Better Business: Duquesne University – October 20
Get Behind the Numbers & Increase Your Profits: Duquesne University – October 25
Word Beyond the Basics: Carnegie Library (Oakland) – October 25
Networking Basics 2: Carnegie Library (Oakland) – October 26
Start with Talent – Finish with Strengths: Pittsburgh Technology Council – October 27
10 Ways You Can Use LinkedIn to Prospect More Effectively: Duquesne University – October 27FREE WEBINARS
Making Smart, Ethical Business Decisions – October 12
Ask SCORE: Business Plans – October 17
How to Steer Clear of Accidental Discrimination When Hiring – October 19
The Changing Roles of Virtual Assistants – October 24
Websites 101 Webinar – October 30

Upcoming Events, Large Conventions, and Conferences 
For more information about conventions, including when attendees will have meals on their own, be sure to visit
Concrete Polishing and Staining (CP&S) Conference: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – October 4 – 7
Greater Pittsburgh Non-Profit Summit: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – October 6
The Price is Right Live (SOLD OUT): Heinz Hall – October 7
MS&T17 (Materials Science & Technology): Davis L. Lawrence Convention Center – October 8 -12
Halsey – Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour: PPG Paints Arena – October 10
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill SOUL2SOUL World Tour: PPG Paints Arena – October 12
Pittsburgh RV Super Sale: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – October 13 – 15
Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Meeting: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – October 15 – 18
Pennsylvania Foodservice Expo: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – October 23 – 24
2017 NAHRO Conference and Exhibition: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – October 27 – 29
96.1 KISS Halloween Party featuring Daya, Hey Violet, Rita Ora, AJR: Stage AE – October 27
Pittsburgh Steelers Home Game Schedule
Pittsburgh Penguins Home Game Schedule
Pitt Panthers Home Game Schedule

Resources From the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections

Looking for information from the City of Pittsburgh Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections? Sign up for the monthly PLI Newsletter or attend a PLI Community Forum to be in the know of updates from the department. Forums are held the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room of the Civic Building, 200 Ross Street.

Do you have questions about the status of your permit? You can view a list of pending permits in review as well as BuildingEye, an interactive map that helps track where in the process a permit may be during review through completion.

State of Downtown Pittsburgh Report
In April, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership released the 2017 State of Downtown Pittsburgh report. The sixth annual publication provides a comprehensive look at economic development indicators in Downtown Pittsburgh, as well as data set comparisons to peer Central Business Districts. This size of this year’s State of Downtown Pittsburgh report is nearly 20 pages shorter than previous editions. However, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership collected and analyzed more data than ever before. The printed report features high level statistics and data, with more detailed charts and graphs being shifted to the PDP’s website.

The PDP has enhanced the online offerings by utilizing a data visualization tool called Tableau. Users can view and interact with data and trends over multiple years, customize functionality to meet individual needs, and download data and reports for personal use. Much of the data will be updated more frequently and released via a new research newsletter that will debut in coming weeks. The complete report and additional data is available for download at

Sidewalk Cafe Enchroachments
Outdoor dining season is well underway in Downtown Pittsburgh. Please keep in mind that all outdoor seating in the public right-of-way requires an annual permit and must still allow 5’ wide of passable pedestrian space to comply with ADA standards. Any encroachments into that 5’-width of passable space can result in a citation for your business.

For guidelines concerning how to set-up your patio space to ensure accessibility for all, please download the City of Pittsburgh’s template. For more information about what is and is not allowed with sidewalk cafes, please visit the City of Pittsburgh’s Checklist page. For all other inquires, contact the City of Pittsburgh HERE.

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