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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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Meeting

Monday, May 14, 2018, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Point Park University, Lawrence Hall, Room 200, 212 Wood Street
The purpose of this meeting is to provide an update on the status of BRT service, design, and to answer questions about the planning process. For more information about this project, including a complete list of public meetings once they have all been scheduled, please visit

Market Square Public Art

in Market Square on display through May 25

The Public Art and Civic Design Division of the City of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and technical assistance from the Office of Public Art, present to the public the 2018 Market Square Public Art Installation. This work of art introduces Pittsburgh to Amsterdam Island, the most distant, nearly-opposite landmass from the city and region. The artwork, titled Other Side of the World, by internationally renowned Ball-Nogues Studio from Los Angeles, California, is an abstract representation of Amsterdam Island that visitors can explore and experience.

The artwork encourages viewers to think outside of the box and reflect on the world’s vast geography, and consider the histories and stories of largely unknown places like Amsterdam Island. The fantastical elements of Other Side of the World endeavor to spark curiosity, imagination, and new perspectives among Pittsburghers. For more information on the piece please visit the Market Square Public Art website.

Open Streets PGH is Back!

Mark your calendars, and get your business involved this summer:
Sunday, May 27 – Downtown, Uptown, South Side
Sunday, June 24 – Downtown, Strip District, Lawrenceville
Saturday, July 28 – East Liberty, Shadyside, Homewood, Point Breeze, LarimerOver 30,000 people are expected to participate in each event, bringing neighbors together for fitness workshops, kid-friendly activities, shopping, brunch, community arts, and special promotions presented by over 100 local businesses and organizations. Draw new customers to your shop or restaurant with a sidewalk sale, brunch special or outdoor activity.

Visit and fill out the business promotion form to be featured on the official OpenStreetsPGH schedule.

Riverfront Zoning – Public Hearing

On March 6, 2018 the City’s Planning Commission voted to recommend the proposed RIV district to the City Council. City Council is interested in obtaining the testimony of residents and stakeholders about the proposed zoning. A public hearing to consider the RIV is scheduled before City Council on:

Tuesday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m.
City County Building, Fifth Floor
414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

To speak or present information to City council at the public hearing, you must call the City Clerk’s Office at (412) 255-2138 prior to the hearing date in order to have your name placed on the speaker’s list. Testimony is limited to three minutes.

If you do not register in advance, you may have the opportunity to address Council after the list of registered speakers has been exhausted, and you will be given one minute of testimony.

To request interpreters for the hearing impaired, please contact Richard Meritzer at (412) 255-2102 no later than Tuesday, May 29.

Sidewalk Cafe Permit Reminder
Sidewalk cafes must directly abut the facade of a functioning restaurant with a valid retail food license and an occupancy permit. They must be located on a sidewalk large enough to accommodate the cafe plus a 5 foot pedestrian access way. The DOMI application fee is a one-time flat fee of $150. New applications must also pay an amount equal to $1 per square foot of the café area in addition to the application fee. There will be an annual renewal fee of $25 due the beginning of each calendar year. Checks should be made payable to: Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh. Be sure to visit the city of Pittsburgh’s website for more information on obtaining or renewing your sidewalk café permit for 2018.

Vendor Opportunities

2018 Shop Downtown Spotlight Program

Calling all retailers!  It is time for the launch of our Shop Downtown Spotlight Program at the Market Square Farmers Market. We have several spots available for retailers 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 Night Markets
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s popular Night Market events are returning for a second season. They will be held every Saturday night (May 12 – 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 the following Fridays: July 6, and 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.

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.

Events and Webinars

Real Estate Roundup 2018: Rivers Club – May 9
The Future of Health Care 2018: Fairmont Pittsburgh – May 9
How to Take Your Brand to the Next Level: Pittsburgh Technology Council – May 10
Minimizing the Risks of Liability in Your Business: Chatham Eastside –May 10
“Pittsburgh Business Women Who Lead: The Opportunities and Challenges” Speaker: Stefani Pashman, CEO, Allegheny County Conference on Community Development: Chatham University – May 11
PCRG Summit: Omni William Penn – May 15 – May 16
May Caffeinated Innovation Innovation Works: Nova Place – May 17
Women in Green Breakfast: The National Aviary – May 18

Free Webinars:
It’s Time To Market Yourself Business Marketing Webinar – May 8

Small Business Resource Fair  Wednesday, May 15 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
West End Elliot Overlook
Please RSVP on Eventbrite 

Drop by to learn about free and low-cost business classes, counseling, financing and more to help start or grow your business in Pittsburgh. If you provide free or low-cost business services and would like to be an exhibitor, please contact Ellen Bateman at for more information.

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!

Downtown Shopping Guide Available

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

412 Food Rescue – Join the Food Rescue Movement Here in Pittsburgh
You can make a difference in your community by donating your viable surplus food to 412 Food Rescue! Please call (412) 277-3831 and 412 Food Rescue will make arrangements with you to have a volunteer rescue surplus food from your facility and transport it directly to a nearby nonprofit. Businesses participating in Sustainable PGH’s Sustainable Restaurants program will receive points for donating to 412 Food Rescue!As a Downtown resident, you can make a difference by becoming a #FoodRescueHero TODAY! Download 412 Food Rescue Volunteer Hero app, available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, which provides real-time notifications and start-to-finish instructions for pop-up food rescues. You can also sign-up for a regularly scheduled rescue online if this works better with your schedule. Rescues average just 30 minutes of your time, and make a BIG impact to #endhunger and #endfoodwaste! Don’t have a car? No worries! ZipCar and Healthy Ride members get an hour of free rides for food rescues.

For more information, please contact Mel at

Upcoming Events, Large Conventions, and Conferences

Conventions – David L. Lawrence Convention Center:
Intel ISEF – May 13-17
Estimated Attendees: 11,000
Mortgages for Mothers – May 19
Estimated Attendees: 500
PA Urban Hair Fashion Extravaganza 2018– May 20-21
Estimated Attendees: 700
Eastern Gas Compression Round Table –May 22-24
Estimated Attendees: 1,300
PA Bar Institute – May 24
Estimated Attendees: 252
2018 East Coast Championships–May 26-28
Estimated Attendees: 10,450
Boden Liquidation Sale– June 2
Estimated Attendees: 930

PPG Paints Arena
Justin Timberlake – June 1
Journey & Def Leopard – June 2

Pittsburgh Pirates 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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