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.

Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (PIFOF) Kickoff and September Gallery Crawl Street Closures

The Cultural Trust’s fall Gallery Crawl and kickoff of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts (PIFOF) will occur this Friday, September 21, 2018. Please see details about street closures below:

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. – Thursday September 20, 12:00 a.m.
Penn Avenue between 6th Street & 9th Street
7th Street between Liberty Avenue and Theater Square Parking Garage driveway

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. – Friday, September 21, 12:00 a.m.
Penn Avenue between 6th Street & 9th Street
7th Street between Liberty Avenue and Theater Square Parking Garage driveway

Friday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. – Saturday, September 22, 2:00 a.m.
Penn Avenue between 6th Street & 9th Street
7th Street between Liberty Avenue and Theater Square Parking Garage driveway
Alley closures:
Tito Way between Liberty Avenue & Penn Avenue
Exchange Way between Tito Way & 9th Street
Exchange Way between 9th Street & Garrison Place
Garrison Place between Liberty Avenue and Penn Avenue

Saturday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. – Sunday, September 23, 12:00 a.m.
Penn Avenue between 6th Street and 9th Street
7th Street between Liberty Avenue and Theater Square Parking Garage driveway

Please contact Sarah Gilmer (412-471-1496) or Terri Bell (412-471-2833) for questions and concerns.Movie Filming in Downtown, with road closures

Movie Related Road Closures

Tristar Productions, LLC will be filming “You Are My Friend” on the 900 Block of Penn Avenue, Exchange Way, and 9th Street on the following dates: 9/12, 9/13, 9/14 and continuing 9/17, 9/18, and 9/19.


    • Wednesday 9/12 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    • Friday 9/14 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
    • Wednesday 9/19 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The film crew has the support of the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Film Office. Pittsburgh Police will be on hand at all times during filming to assist with traffic control and ensure public safety.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Brandon Marlan, Assistant Location Manager, 415-412-8623,

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

Early Notice – Fright Up Night 2018

Saturday, October 27

Eat, drink, and be scary! Downtown bars and restaurants, we’ve got a ghoulishly good opportunity for you to be part of the 2nd annual Fright Up Night on Saturday, October 27. There will be Halloween fun all around Downtown, plus we’re stitching together a few terrifying surprises with our friends at the ScareHouse! Create your own “FUN” event with creepy food and scary drink specials and you could be featured in a marketing campaign with full page ads in the Post Gazette and City Paper, radio promotions, social media and buckets of press coverage. Contact Russell Howard, Vice President of Special Events & Development (412) 325-0153 for more info on how to get involved…before it’s too late.

Holiday Performers and Entertainers Wanted

The People’s Gas Holiday Market is right around the corner! This daily market runs from November 16 – December 23. The PDP will be inviting local performers to join us in spreading holiday cheer each day from the Colcom Foundation Stage. Interested vocal/instrumental performers, dance groups, school choirs, etc. should visit this link for more information.Applications to perform this holiday season will be posted by September 1. Contact Keya Joseph, Manager of Special Events with any questions.

Upcoming Large Events

Steelers 5K Race – September 2
The 30th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids’ Kickoff Run will take place on Sunday, September 2, at 8 a.m. at Heinz Field. Participants will gather in front of the Heinz Field Press Gate entrance on North Shore Drive. The course will follow North Shore to General Robinson Street to River Avenue, heading back to Heinz Field along Lacock Street to Mazeroski Way. Runners and walkers will follow General Robinson to Dorsett Drive to Reedsdale Street then enter the stadium at Gate 5 to cross the finish line at midfield on the warning track. Expect road closures along the race route throughout the morning.

Labor Day Parade – September 3
For the past 37 years, the ACLC has put on the largest participating Labor Day Parade in the United States!.The Labor Day Parade is to honor and celebrate with their Brothers and Sisters and the many unions  that represent the Allegheny/Fayette County Central Labor Council. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. – noon and the course is from PPG Paints Arena to USW Building on Blvd of the Allies. Further details about road closures will be provided when we receive them.

Great Race – September 30

The Great Race will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The 5K Run & Fitness Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Atwood St. in Oakland, and the 10K Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. by the corner of Beechwood Blvd. and S. Dallas Ave. in Frick Park (Squirrel Hill). The race will finish in Point State Park.
Street closings for both the 10K and the 5K are divided into four separate zones. Zones C & D (impacting Downtown) will be closed at 6:30 a.m. Zones A & B will close at 8:30 a.m. Each zone will re-open at different times. Please view race map for road closure detail. We will provide more details when we receive them.

Pittsburgh City of Tomorrow Challenge

How might we design commutes in Pittsburgh that are seamless, welcoming, and intuitive?The Pittsburgh City of Tomorrow Challenge will dive deep to understand the mobility barriers that hold the city and people back from reaching their aspirations. Together, industry, City, and people will help to identify needs and select a focus for improvement to bring forward ideas for tangible solutions that can be demonstrated with up to $100,000 pilot funding.

Submit your proposals for improving the way people move around Pittsburgh for a chance to win up to $100K to bring your idea to life. Proposals will be accepted until September 18, 2018.

Please register today to join others in shaping the Cities of Tomorrow!
The next community working session will be held on Thursday, September 6, 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at TBD.

City Council Approves RIV District (Riverfront Zoning Amendment)

The City Council approved the RIV on July 31, 2018 with the following amendments:

  • Throughout the RIV, base height was changed from 55 to 60 feet (except in areas with a maximum height of 45 feet).
  • Areas that had previously had a maximum height of 85 feet now have a maximum height of 90 feet. Height maps have been updated to reflect this change.
  • In a southeastern part of the Chateau neighborhood, maximum height is 250 feet.
  • Temporary Surface Parking standards were established (Section 905.04.I.2).
  • The width of the public access easement required for performance points was reduced from 30 to 20 feet. (Section 915.07, Riverfront Public Access Easements, Trails & Amenities).

Neighborhood Assistance Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development is offering an incentive program to provide tax credits to businesses or private companies investing in rehabilitating, expanding, or improving buildings or land located within designated enterprise zones.

Any private company with an investment located in an enterprise zone is eligible for tax credits equal to 25% of the amount invested up to $500,000 in total tax credits per project. Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

Resources for Entrepreneurs, Artists, Small Businesses, and Inventors

Are you an artist, entrepreneur, small business owner, maker, producer, or inventor of any kind? Join the Pittsburgh Inclusive Innovation Meetup on Wednesday, August 29 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for an introduction to opportunities and programs for creators and builders across the city. Learn about upcoming resources to kick-start or continue your next venture and network with individuals contributing to a better Pittsburgh for all. You can RSVP here.

Presenting Organizations Include:
Equitable Entrepreneurship Program – Idea Foundry
Futuremakers Lab – Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Monmade – Bridgeway Capital
PGH Lab – City of Pittsburgh
The Hollander Project- for good
Micro Loan Fund – Urban Redevelopment Authority

Bus: 88, 87, 77, 71A or 71C
Parking: Street parking is available in the neighborhood surrounding WorkshopPGH

Reminder – No Parking in City Bike Lanes

The Pittsburgh Parking Authority is enforcing the ticketing of vehicles parked in the Penn Avenue bike lane. Vehicles are not allowed to park in the bike lanes for any reason; violators will receive a $55 ticket. If a vehicle is parked in the bike lane, please contact the Pittsburgh Parking Authority at (412) 560-7275.

Vendor Opportunities

2018 Peoples Gas Holiday Market™  – Part-time vendor spots available only

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership would like to invite you to consider joining us as a vendor for the 7th Annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market! This year’s Market will be open from Thursday, November 15 through Saturday, December 23 which includes six prime weekends, Black Friday, and Pittsburgh’s annual Light Up Night® (Friday, November 16) the region’s largest holiday celebration and official start of the shopping season, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Downtown Pittsburgh in a single evening.
If you have questions or would like further information on becoming a vendor please contact: Jack Dougherty.

2018 Shop Downtown Spotlight Program

We still have spots available for retailers located exclusively in the Central Business District to get a single-day vendor spot at the Market Square Farmers Market.  This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and engage with new customers. To apply, please fill out the online application. The application will remain open until all spots are filled. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.

If you have questions or would like further information on becoming a vendor please contact: Caitlin Fadgen.

2018 Market Square Fashion Markets 

Fashion Markets will be held on the second Monday of each month (June – September) this summer from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Market Square, these monthly events will be an opportunity to promote, showcase and sell to the Downtown lunchtime crowds. To be a part of the 2018 Summer Fashion Markets please complete the vendor application form below. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 31. All applicants will be informed via email if they have been accepted.

Vendor Application

If you have questions or would like further information on becoming a vendor please contact: Keya Joseph.

2018 Market Square Night Markets
Night Market events will be held every Saturday night (now through October 27) in Market Square from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Night Markets will also be held in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl on September 21.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis depending on remaining availability for each Market date.

A complete application includes all of the following forms:
Vendor Application
Vendor Participation Agreement

If you have questions or would like further information on becoming a vendor please contact: Jack Dougherty.

Events & Webinars

Huntington Breakfast Briefing: Carnegie Mellon University – August 21
Fundamentals of Innovation through Human-Centered Design: IKM Architecture, 11 Stanwix – August 21-22
Winning the Talent War – Performance Management Panel: Pittsburgh Marriott City Center – August 29
Managing the Financial Operations of your Business: Colab18 @ Nova Place – August 30 
Google Analytics, AdWords, Tag Manager: Pittsburgh, various locations throughout September
Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Responsible Waste Management Workshop: PNC Park – September 12
Social Media Series – LinkedIn: Duquesne University – September 18
Understanding Financial Statements Workshop: Duquesne University – September 19
Build Your Business Workshop: Chatham University Eastside – September 22

Free Webinars:
Become a Local Partner with Google – August 22
Where’s the Money? 10 Small Business Loan Types & How to Qualify – August 23
Unlock Your Potential with an Accurate Business Valuation – August 23
Leveraging LinkedIn – How to Take Your Profile to Profit and Relationships to Revenue – August 30
Create More Personalized Email Messages for Better Results – September 6
Win Corporate Clients – 3 Strategies That Will Drive Your B2B Sales – September 11
Secrets to Grow Your Business Independent of Your Role – September 13
How to Turn Your Customers into Volunteer Marketers – September 20


Become a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant –  grants available up to $4,000!
The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program recognizes restaurants who are committed to making improvements in waste reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency, responsible sourcing, nutrition, and practices towards employees, consumers and community residents. Join over 100 other Pittsburgh area restaurants that have earned the program’s designation and gain access to support, funding opportunities, marketing, and advertising to help drive your business.
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has limited funding available for designated restaurants located in the Golden Triangle to use for sustainably-oriented physical improvements, materials, equipment, gardens, etc. Please contact Caitlin Fadgen at and Rebecca Bykoski at if you would like learn more about how your business can earn its sustainable designation and submit an application for funding.

URA Micro-Enterprise Loan 
Businesses within the City of Pittsburgh can apply for the URA Micro-Enterprise Loan, for between $5,000 and $20,000 at 2% interest. This funding can be used for financing for startups and small businesses that need capital to launch or grow a business. Visit the website for more information on how to apply.

Hebrew Free Loan 0% Loans for Flood Damage
The Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) is eager to help businesses (and individual home owners) in Allegheny County with interest-free loans to assist them in recovering from any flood damage. If you need more information about HFLA product, contact Aviva Lubowsky via phone (412) 422-8868 or email, or visit their website.

Free Business Counseling and Technical Assistance
Face-to-face, online, and phone business counseling sessions are available for aspiring and existing business owners by appointment. Technical assistance is also available for returning clients only in the areas of management, digital marketing, accounting, exporting, legal, HR, and diversity certifications. Learn more and schedule an appointment here.

Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University Summer Courses
Visit the online summer catalog for full descriptions of summer sessions, ongoing clinics and Executive Director Huddles at The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. Sign up today!

Upcoming Events, Large Conventions and Conferences

Conventions – David L. Lawrence Convention Center:
American Postal Workers Union Biennial Convention – August 17-23
Estimated attendees: 2,500
Crown Castle Finance All Hands Meeting – September 11-12
Estimated attendees: 800
International Living Future Institute Materials Conference – September 11-13
Estimated attendees: 315
American Society For Healthcare Human Resources Administration Annual Conference 2018 – September 15-18
Estimated attendees: 2,000

PPG Paints Arena
Fall Out Boy – September 5
Shrine Circus – September 14-16
Paul Simon – September 17

View PPG Paint’s full event schedule here.

Stage AE
The Summer Ever After Tour feat. All Time Low & Dashboard Confessional – August 21
Cole Swindell: All Of It Tour – August 23
The Flaming Lips – August 24
Stone Sour – September 3

View Stage AE’s full event schedule here.

Heinz Field
2018 Family Fest and Steelers Practice – August 19
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans (pre-season) – August 25
2018 Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest – August 30 – September 3
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers (pre-season) – August 30
Pitt Panthers vs. Albany – September 1

View Heinz Field’s full event schedule here.

Pittsburgh Pirates Home Game Schedule

Resources from the City

DOMI Weekly Paving Schedule is now available for the City of Pittsburgh
Visit the City of Pittsburgh’s 2018 paving season one week look ahead online. The schedule includes the name of the street to be paved as well as affected cross streets and intersections. Work will consist of one day of milling (removing the existing asphalt) followed soon after by another day of paving. You can also view an interactive map of the paving schedule and a full listing of streets to be paved online.
Weather and other factors may affect the weekly schedule. Please check for posted signs on your street and follow DOMI on twitter @PghDOMI for updates.

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.

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

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