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.

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 Clean and Safe Community Forum – February 20

The PDP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will be hosting  a new quarterly Clean and Safe Community Forum. These meetings will allow for business owners, property owners and managers, hotel operators and security staff to receive relevant information from the City, Port Authority and County Police Agencies, Fire Safety, Homeland Security; discuss big events that will potentially impact your business; and determine how we can best support the environment you all invest in and work.

The first Community Forum will be held on February 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805 Liberty Avenue. You can find a flyer for this forum here. Please feel free to share and spread the word, we’ll be sending another reminder closer to the date of the forum.

Riverfront Zoning Proposal for Public Comment

The City of PIttsburgh has shared that an updated Public Review Draft of the riverfront zoning is now available. You can download a copy by clicking here. The Draft Use Table is included in the document.

Drafts of the RIV Subdistrict and Height maps are also available for public review, and can be downloaded at the links below:

More information about the process to date can be found on this website,
30-Day Comment Period and Feedback
The release of these drafts marks the start of a 30-day public comment period. It will last from January 20th to February 19th.

Please submit comments via email to with the subject heading “RIV Comment.”

To ask questions, or set up a meeting for an in-person discussion with City staff, please call or email Andrea Lavin Kossis at 412.255.2223 or
Riverfront Zoning Next Steps – Planning Commission Hearing
The proposed Riverfront Zoning is the subject of a Planning Commission Hearing on February 20, 2018, starting at 2:00 PM. Based on the proposal and citizen input, Planning Commission will take action on the proposed zoning changes and make a recommendation to City Council. The Planning Commission requests citizen testimony, either in the form of oral testimony at the hearing or in writing. The public hearing will be:
2:00 PM Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Civic Building, First Floor Hearing Room
200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Downtown)

Mailing Notification & Postings
Owners of property located within the proposed RIV zoning boundary, or within 150 of the proposed RIV boundary, will be receiving written notice of the proposed zoning change. In addition, City staff will be placing zone change notice posters throughout the area.

Tell us how you #LoveDowntownPitt

On Monday, January 29, the PDP is going to be launching an exciting new contest. We wanted to give you a sneak peek.

Do you love working in Downtown Pittsburgh? Is it the convenient walkability? The plethora of great restaurant choices? The unique and historic buildings? Cool public art? What makes working in Downtown so special to you? The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership wants to know. Grab some of your coworkers, your cellphone and make a video no more than two minutes long letting everyone know why you #LoveDowntownPitt. Feel free to get creative. Here’s the most exciting part – the creators of the best video will win a $1,000 happy hour at a Downtown restaurant. Entry information is available here. Complete rules are located here. Videos must be submitted by 2/28/2018.

CAPA Yearbook Ads

Downtown’s Pittsburgh Public School, CAPA is currently soliciting ads for their yearbook. Please consider congratulating the Class of 2018 by taking out one of these affordable ads. Details are available on this form. The ad deadline is February 15.

Keep Your Sidewalks Clear This Year – Removal of Snow & Ice

Please remember to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice this winter season per City Code:

“Every tenant, occupant or owner having the care or charge of any land or building fronting on any street in the city, where there is a sidewalk paved with concrete, brick, stone or other material shall, within twenty-four (24) hours after the fall of any snow or sleet, or the accumulation of ice caused by freezing rainfall, cause the same to be removed from the sidewalk.”

In addition, as winter weather approaches, consider using Magnesium Chloride or Calcium Magnesium Acetate to deice the sidewalks in front of your business/ property.  Standard rock salt is highly destructive to trees and to the materials used for sidewalks and building foundations.  While cheaper, it takes more rock salt to effectively deice the same area as Magnesium Chloride or Calcium Magnesium Acetate, and rock salt is only effective in temperatures 20 degrees and warmer.

For a summary on deicing agents, and sidewalk and tree care, please visit this site.

New Downtown Shopping Guide

Check out our newly updated Shopping Guide for Downtown retail here. If your business would like copies of this guide, please contact Caitlin Fadgen or 412-325-0157 to arrange a pick up.

511 Travel Information to Go and PennDot Winter Services

New this winter, the public can view a color-coded map of when each of the nearly 40,000 miles of state-maintained roadway was last plowed by visiting the plow trucks section. This new technology uses department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cellular signal showing truck locations. The department has compiled its information about winter services and winter-driving resources for motorists at The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.

City of Pittsburgh’s 311 Response Center
Remember, you can contact the City of Pittsburgh’s 311 Response Centerwith any non-emergency City of Pittsburgh concerns or questions.

Asking for Change, More Than Just Coins Campaign

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has been working with the Downtown Ministerium (a consorti-um of five Downtown Churches and additional social service agencies) to develop “Asking For Change” a campaign aimed at supporting the walk-in-ministry work performed by these churches.

Daily, these churches provide a variety of services to individuals who are homeless or experiencing crises. These services include emergency food, crisis counseling, transportation assistance, referrals to social service agencies, and more.

There are many concerned people in Downtown who want to provide assistance to people in need. The “Asking For Change” campaign will encourage people to make immediate donations, by text which will support the emergency services provided by the Ministerium. Visit this linkto see more details about the campaign.

In December, a second Soup for Change event occurred, allowing Pittsburghers to share lunch with a stranger and engage in conversation about issues of poverty and homelessness. The soup was generously donated by Diamond Market. Another event is being planned for March, if your business would like to participate or make a donation, please contact Leigh White at the PDP.

If you are interested in participating, contact Caitlin Fadgen or call 412-325-0157.

Upcoming Events, Workshops, Opportunities, and Conventions

Employee vs. Independent Contractor Workshop: Chatham University Eastside – February 1
Time Management Techniques, Tips and Tricks: Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management – February 5
Writing Effective Job Descriptions: Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management – February 6
Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series – Defining & Designing Your Dream Job: Chatham University – February 9
Bridge to 2030 – Indoor Air and Environmental QualityLocation to be announced – February 13

Free Webinars:
Uncover the Untapped Revenue in Your Business – January 25
5 Biggest HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make (and How to Fix Them) – February 1


Seed Award for Economic Opportunity
Through the generous support of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania,
The Sprout Fund is seeking proposals to mobilize collaborative, community-led projects that enhance opportunities for residents of all backgrounds to contribute to the economic vitality of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Three working groups will receive $5,000 grants to develop collaborative solutions to creating more diversified economic opportunity in the region. Following a community-advised process, one working group will be supported with up to $40,000 in catalytic resources to implement their project. The deadline to apply is January 26.

AlphaLab is accepting applications for their Spring 2018 cycle. The deadline to apply is January 28th.

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) Community Development Summit Session Submission
Apply to lead a mobile workshop or a breakout session at the 2018 Community Development Summit!
Not sure what kind of sessions we are looking for? You can read descriptions of last year’s sessions here. The deadline to apply is January 31.

West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund RFP
Do you have a clean energy project that needs funding? West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund will be putting more money on the streets to support clean energy activities that benefit the West Penn Power ratepayers through a Request for Proposals (RFP). The deadline to apply is February 27 (by 4 p.m.)

Upcoming Events, Large Conventions, and Conferences 
For more information about conventions, including when attendees will have meals on their own, be sure to visit

Paddle Sports Pittsburgh: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 26-28
Three Rivers Boat Show: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 26-28
Pittsburgh Travel Showcase LLC.: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 26-28
Pittsburgh Outdoor Expo: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 26-28
Wine & Spirits FestApalooza On The River Saturday: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 27
Wine & Spirits FestApalooza On The River Sunday: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 28
Steel City Freeze: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 28
Duquesne Light Company Annual Employee Meeting: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 30
Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference & Exhibition: David L. Lawrence Convention Center – January 31-February 1
Dinosaur Time Trek: David L. Lawrence Convention Center –February 2-4

PPG Paints Arena
Cirque du Soleil: Crystal:  January 17-21
Monster Jam: February 9-11

Pittsburgh Steelers Home Game Schedule (Note NFL Divisional Playoff is Sunday, January 14)

Pittsburgh Penguins 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? Visit and view BuildingEye, an interactive map that tracks where in the process a permit may be during review and after issuance to completion. You can also visit the Community Resourcessection of the Department’s website to sign up for the monthly newsletter or to attend a PLI Community Forum. 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.

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