In the Know Business Newsletter

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

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

Alerts & Notices

Picklesburgh 2019: The briniest time of year is approaching! Voted #1 Best Specialty Food Festival in America by USA Today, Picklesburgh 2019 returns for a three-day run from Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28 on the Robert Clemente Bridge and Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix Street and 7th Street. Festival hours are:

Friday & Saturday: noon – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday: noon – 6:00 p.m.

The festival will feature more than 60 vendors and exhibitors, live music on the Jim Shorkey Auto Stage, demonstrations in the Post-Gazette demo tent, and free children’s activities in the Lil Gherkin’s Area. The event will involve the Robert Clemente Bridge being closed from Thursday, July 25 – Monday July 29.

Road restrictions Downtown:
The Roberto Clemente Bridge (6th Street Bridge) and Fort Duquesne Boulevard Westbound between Stanwix Street and 7th Street will be closed beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 through Monday afternoon (July 29), opening before rush hour.

Road restrictions North Shore:
Federal Street will be closed from the Roberto Clemente Bridge (6th Street Bridge) to General Robinson Street beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 through Monday afternoon (July 29), opening before rush hour. Isabella Street from Sandusky Street to Federal Street will also be restricted except for local traffic.  

Full details available here.


July OpenStreetsPGH Route: On Sunday, July 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. OpenStreetsPGH will visit Downtown, Uptown, and South Side. Market Square and Forbes Avenue to the Birmingham Bridge, 10th Street Bridge, and the Armstrong Tunnel will be clear of vehicles. Route hubs will be located at the Peoples Hub at Market Square, Uptown Hub at Gist Street, and the South Side Hub at 20th Street.

You can view the full course map here.


The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile: The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile will take place on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The start line is located on Penn Avenue between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street in the heart of the Cultural District and finishes on Liberty Avenue near Triangle Park. Road closures will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will remain closed until 9:00 p.m.

Click here for the full road closure map.


Greater Pittsburgh Food Action Plan Community Engagement Session: The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council (PFPC) is developing a food action plan for Allegheny County. Share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas for stronger and healthier communities on Tuesday, August 27 at the Department-Human Services located at 1 Smithfield Street.

Food and childcare will be provided. Food will be available starting at 5:30 P.m., with discussion from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Register here.

More information about the Greater Pittsburgh Food Action Plan can be found here.


Strip District Study Feedback: The City of Pittsburgh is conducting a Strip District Study to develop a parking and mobility plan for the area. You can leave feedback on the City’s site here. For questions or comments, please contact Angie Martinez at Angela.Martinez@pittsburghpa.gov.

You can find updates and announcements on the Strip District Neighbor’s website.


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 2019.


OneStopPGH is Live: The OneStopPGH online portal is now live and applications can be filed online. 

All development review activities will require a Zoning and Development Review Application, which may be submitted through the OneStopPGH online portal. Other applications that can be submitted online are the Pre-Application Meeting Request, Property Certification (formerly the Zoning Certification), and Lot Consolidation/Subdivision, and Historic Nomination. After an application that is filed online is reviewed, the applicant will be notified via email through the online permitting system.

Direct questions to PLI at (412) 255-2175 or via email pliapptech@pittsburghpa.gov. Sign up for PLI newsletters online by scrolling to the bottom of the webpage here.

Upcoming Construction & Road Work

I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project: The long-term I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project began on July 15. Long-term sidewalk restrictions and short-term lane restrictions will occur as needed on/near Bigelow Boulevard, Centre Avenue, Chatham Street, and Washington Place weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through the end of July.

Pedestrians will be detoured via sidewalks on the opposite side of the roadway for Washington Place and Chatham Street sidewalk closures. A long-term closure of the ramp from northbound I-579 to Seventh Avenue will be implemented through late summer 2021 and as well, the northbound I-579 off-ramp to Bigelow Boulevard and the southbound I-579 on-ramps from Seventh Avenue and Bedford Avenue will have periodic long-term, overnight, and weekend closures.


City of Pittsburgh Milling and Paving: Work will be completed on Cecil Way (from Fort Duquesne Boulevard to Penn Avenue), Montour Way (from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue), and Stanwix Street (from Fort Pitt Boulevard to Boulevard of the Allies) – dates to be announced and more information can be found here. The full 2019 Paving Plan is available to view as an interactive map on Burghs Eye.

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.


Grant Street Brickwork: As of July 3, Grant Street has reopened after being closed for two months for brick replacement. While no additional work is expected to take place on Grant Street. this year, another portion of the street is anticipated to be reconstructed next year.

Events & Free Webinars

Events:
Face2Face Mixer at Serendipity Labs: Riverfront West @ 3 Crossings – July 18
Build412 Tech Technology Professionals Networking Night: Beauty Shoppe, Pitt Building – July 24
TiE Talks Featuring Ray Betler, Former President and CEO of Wabtec: Alloy 26 – July 25
Build your Business Workshop: Chatham Eastside Campus – August 10
Huntington Breakfast Briefing – David B. Burritt, CEO, U.S.Steel: The Rivers Club – August 14
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management Courses: Bayer Center Downtown – ongoing

Free Webinars:
Get Productive with Google’s Digital Tools – July 17
Expert Tips to Keep Your Online Customers Excited and Engaged – July 18
Get More Clients…While You Sleep – July 25
Protect Your Brand- How to Create a Trademark That’s Truly Distinctive – July 30
The Secret Sauce to Success – The Entrepreneurial Mindset – August 1
Building Resilience After a Business Setback – August 8
Simple Social Media Must-Do’s for Small Business Owners – August 22

Vendor Opportunities

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership provides many opportunities for local vendors, artisans, farmers, and community groups to get involved in and showcase their offerings to our diverse Downtown community.

Night Markets: Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, depending on availability. Learn more about Night Markets and apply to be a vendor here.

Fashion Markets: Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, depending on availability. Learn more about Fashion Markets and apply to be a vendor here.

Health & Wellness Fairs: Vendors will be accepted on a rolling basis as space is available. Learn more about the new Health & Wellness Fairs. Apply to be a vendor here.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market™: Full-time spots are full for the season, but part-time vendors are still being accepted on a rolling basis. Apply to be a vendor here.


Handmade Arcade Call for Vendors: The region’s largest holiday craft market, Handmade Arcade will take place on Saturday, December 7, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. There will also be a festive Friday Night Preview Party on Friday, December 6 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Vendor applications are due by midnight on August 7, 2019.

Business Opportunities

Building CapaCITY: The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is hosting a series of workshops for small businesses and small developers who are interested in buying and redeveloping real estate. There will be four separate sessions from May 20 – June 22 (5:30 – 8 p.m.). Individuals are welcome to register for one or more sessions. The cost is $10 per session per person. Each session will be held at 412 Blvd. of the Allies. More information and registration can be found here.


PNC Park Small Business Night: Join the Pirates for the first Small Business Night at PNC Park on Tuesday, September 24th versus the Chicago Cubs. Enjoy the Miller Lite Skull Bar and pregame networking with other small Businesses and Pirates Leadership. Each ticket is specially priced at $35 each and includes a pregame networking event and refreshments from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Lite Skull Bar on September 24. Tickets are available online.


SBA Grants for Research and Development: If your small business is engaged in scientific research and development, you may qualify for federal grants under the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs. These programs encourage small firms to undertake scientific research that helps meet federal research and development objectives and have high potential for commercialization if successful. Learn more.


2019 CFO of the Year Awards: The CFO of the Year Awards honor financial professionals in western Pennsylvania for outstanding performance as corporate financial stewards. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on August 23, 2019.


Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management 2019 Summer Course Schedule: Join the Bayer Center for summer courses where you can learn to tackle issues in fundraising, leadership and management, fundraising, board committees, Excel, and HR policies. Check out the summer course catalog online, and register for classes today!


Paris to Pittsburgh Matching Grant Program: Paris to Pittsburgh is a matching grant program to assist property and business owners located in the Central Business District with exterior enhancements to improve the public realm. The program offers grants to encourage outdoor cafes and sidewalk activation in addition to building façade improvements. The 50 percent matching grants (up to $30,000) are available to fund eligible projects that enliven the Golden Triangle. You can learn more and apply here.


LIFTS – Pittsburgh’s New Streetface Renovation Program: Honeycomb Credit is partnering with the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to help locally owned businesses improve their storefronts through LIFTS (Local Investment for Tomorrow’s Streetscapes) program, a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership. This partnership will make the URA’s Streetface Renovation Program financially accessible to more small businesses, while simultaneously allowing community members to invest in the revitalization of their neighborhoods. You can learn more about LIFTS here.


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.


Publicize Your Event on DowntownPittsburgh.com: Does your business host special events (such as workshops, guest designers, trunk shows, or more)? Share them easily online with the PDP’s online events calendar. Listings are free, and can be submitted easily online. Contact Colten Gill, PDP Digital and Online Content Coordinator, for more information.

To submit an event, visit DowntownPittsburgh.com/Submit.

Events must occur in the Greater Downtown Pittsburgh area and be open to the public. 

Upcoming Events, Conventions, & Conferences

David L. Lawrence Convention Center:

Wizard World: July 26-28
Estimated attendees: 10,300+

REPLAY FX: August 1-4
Estimated attendees: 11,400+

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