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State of Downtown Pittsburgh Report

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership recently released our 2019 State of Downtown Pittsburgh report. The eighth annual publication provides a comprehensive look at economic indicators across six sectors in Downtown Pittsburgh, as well as comparisons to peer Central Business Districts. The report allows trends to be identified, as well as opportunities for the PDP to focus resources to support the changing Downtown landscape.

“As we have produced this report for eight years, we continue to find that it provides us with valuable insight into development trends in Downtown,” said Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “With 31 projects under construction representing new residential units, new hotels, and commercial redevelopment valued at $1.2 billion, we will continue to see significant growth in the heart of our city.”

View the complete report here.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon: Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.

The GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo is one of the largest free health and fitness expos in the country, attracting registered runners, families running with children, race fans, and enthusiasts from around the region. The Expo is open Friday, May 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Learn more about the Health and Fitness Expo.

On Saturday, May 4, road closures for the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K and Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon will begin at 7:15 a.m. and continue through 12:00 p.m. in the North Side and Downtown areas.

On Sunday, May 5, road closures for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay will start at 1:30 a.m. in the Downtown area and continue around the city through 2:30 p.m. Streets will be reopening on a rolling basis.

Course maps:
5K Course Map – Saturday, May 4
Kids Marathon Course Map – Saturday, May 4
Pittsburgh Marathon Course Map – Sunday, May 5

Closure maps:
Downtown Road Closure Map – a detailed time-lapse map showing all the road closures in the Downtown area during race weekend.
Saturday Downtown Road Closure Map – a detailed time-lapse map showing all the road closures in the Downtown area during the Saturday races.
Getting Around Town Map – a guide for the general public on how to navigate the city while roads are closed on race day Sunday.
Downtown Escape Guide – a guide for spectators and the public on how to navigate Downtown on race day Sunday.
Sunday Sector Road Closures – a guide showing when specific areas on the course close and will approximately re-open on Sunday.
Saturday Sector Road Closures – a guide showing when specific areas on the course close and will approximately re-open on Saturday.

Please visit the event website for the most up to date information.

Feedback Wanted: Housing Opportunity Fund 2019 Annual Allocation Plan

The Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF) is currently circulating a PROPOSED 2019 Annual Allocation Plan (AAP). The AAP will set forth the funding priorities of HOF for the 2019 funding year. HOF is asking for public feedback on the proposed plan. Feedback is important because to ensure that HOF funds are going towards addressing community needs. The survey will be open until April 30.

HOF Feedback Survey

Pittsburgh Pride: Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9

Pittsburgh Pride, organized and run by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, will be moving this year to the Andy Warhol Bridge and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard between 7th and 9th Streets, to include Ft. Duquesne Park.

Pride Rocks PGH will kick-off the annual event with a concert on Friday, June 7 with the stage located at 9th Street and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, with additional concerts and Pride Fest taking place on the Andy Warhol Bridge and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard through the weekend.

The Equality March parade, held on Sunday, June 9, will begin at 12:30 p.m. on the Boulevard of the Allies, turn left on Grant Street, left onto Fifth Avenue, and finish on Liberty Avenue.

Visit the Pittsburgh Pride website for a full list of events and activities.

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

City of Pittsburgh Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections: Online licensing is here! PLI customers are now able to apply for, amend, and renew business, trade, and contractor licenses online at the City’s new OneStopPGH portal. The site is in beta testing and will be continually improved to enhance the customer experience. Residents can now look up existing license holders via name, address, or license number in our continual commitment on the online database. More information and be found on the info page. You can also find video tutorials which will guide you on how to use the new system.

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.

Market Square Farmers Market
Apply to be a vendor by clicking here.
Application deadline is March 15, 2019 for full-time food and alcohol vendors. Part-time and Alcohol vendors will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the Market Square Farmers Market.

Shop Downtown Spotlight Program 
Downtown businesses have the opportunity to participate in the Market Square Farmers Market through the PDP’s Shop Downtown Spotlight Program as a single day vendor. Learn more about the program and apply for a spot here.

Night Markets
Apply to be a vendor by clicking here.
Applications received prior to March 20 will be reviewed for a first-wave acceptance. First-wave vendors will be informed by March 29 of their status. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis after March 20 depending on availability. Learn more about Night Markets.

Business Opportunities

Affordable Small Business Marketing Opportunity: Minuteman Press, located at 905 Liberty Avenue, is featuring a new mail marketing campaign developed to help local Downtown businesses increase sales and foot traffic. The mailing will be delivered the week of April 15 and will be printed on 9” x 12” high gloss cover stock. You can find more information here.

  • Ads start at $350 and Include design services, printing, and mailing
  • Exposure to over 10,000 addresses strategically defined  with an Income range $90 – 130k, and Median age range of 25 – 60
  • Promote new products and services
  • Direct customers to your website or Facebook page
  • Offer a special price or discount that can’t be passed up and will increase foot traffic
  • Publicize a special event or sale

To reserve your spot in this unique and affordable marketing opportunity and reach thousands of new customers please book your ad by March 18. Email or call 412-456-8222 to reserve your space.

Good Food 100: The Good Food 100 Restaurants™ application is how chefs, restaurants, and food service businesses apply to be part of the 2019 Good Food 100 Restaurants™. The annual list and corresponding economic report are designed to educate eaters and celebrate restaurants who are using their purchasing power to honor and support every link in the food chain and change the food system for good.

This year, marrying shared missions, the Good Food 100 Restaurants™ and the James Beard Foundation have forged a partnership to accelerate transparency in the culinary community and promote the importance and impact of a sustainable food system.

Any U.S. restaurant or food service operation is eligible. There is no cost to apply and individual restaurant data is confidential. Applications are available online. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.

2019 Pittsburgh’s 30 under 30: The Pittsburgh Business Times presents the third annual 30 under 30 awards, in partnership with Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., honoring leaders in Pittsburgh’s business and nonprofit communities who are under 30 years old. Winners are selected for their successful efforts to grow a business or nonprofit and for their contributions to the community and civic organizations. For eligibility requirements and how to nominate, click here. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on May 17, 2019.

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.

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 to learn more about how your business can earn its sustainable designation and submit an application for funding.

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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