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Ninth Street Bridge (Rachel Carson Bridge) to Close February 11: The City of Pittsburgh will close the Ninth Street Bridge to vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, February 11. The closure, which is expected to last through summer 2020, is required for a $23.3 million rehabilitation project.

Traffic will be detoured using the Andy Warhol (Seventh Street) Bridge and Isabella Street.

Major items of work during the project include:
•    New Concrete Deck
•    Structural Steel Repairs
•    Painting of the bridge Aztec Gold
•    Replacement of the bridge lighting with architectural lighting similar to the original
•    Replacement of the bridge expansion dams and drainage systems
•    Replacement of the sidewalks

The bridge will have a new lane configuration when it reopens. Instead of four lanes of traffic with two lanes in each direction, there will be three lanes of traffic with wider shoulders. When traveling into downtown from the North Shore, one lane will lead onto the bridge and widen out to two lanes at Fort Duquesne Boulevard. Similarly, when traveling from downtown to the North Shore, one lane will lead onto the bridge and then widen into two lanes on the other side.

February Clean and Safe Community Forum: The PDP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will be hosting the next quarterly Clean and Safe Community Forum on Tuesday, February 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Trust Arts Education Center, Lower Level, 805 Liberty Avenue.

These meetings allow for all Downtown stakeholders, business owners, property owners, building managers, hotel operators, residents and security staff to receive and discuss relevant information from the City, Port Authority and County Police Agencies, Fire Safety, and Homeland Security, among others. RSVP by sending an email to

Strip District Neighbors Town Hall Meeting: Strip District Neighbors is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, February 28 at the Burns White Center, 48 26th Street. How can Strip District Neighbors best serve you? Review the latest happenings in the Strip and discuss how you can play a role in maintaining the integrity and character of the neighborhood. Please fill out this survey before attending. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please email

Spring 2019 Civic Leadership Academy: The Office of Community Affairs is now accepting applications for the Civic Leadership Academy Spring 2019 class. The Civic Leadership Academy is a free, 11-week course that encourages more inspired and informed community leadership by giving City residents an opportunity to learn about their local government.

Please feel free to distribute or share the attached flyer with your networks, communities, and followers. Here is a link to OCA’s most recent Facebook post about CLA.

The deadline for applications is February 28 and classes begin March 27. Please contact Leah Friedman with questions at or 412-255-4773.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Buildings 2018 Utility Data Due: All utility data for 2030 District Buildings is due on February 22 via Portfolio Manager. Please contact Isaac Smith at with questions.

I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh: I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh enables individuals and teams to make small changes that collectively will have a big impact in our community and in the world. Participants can join friends, family members, and colleagues on an easy-to-use online platform and earn prizes for making strides in their sustainable behaviors, and for sustainable practices they have already mastered. Registration for the free Spring Event is open now. The event runs for three weeks: from February 27 through March 20.

Keep Your Sidewalks Clear this Winter – Removal of Snow and Ice: Please remember to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice this winter season per City Code. Consider using Magnesium Chloride or Calcium Magnesium Acetate to deice the sidewalks in front of your business/ property.  Standard rock salt is 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.

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.

Events & Free Webinars

Work for Yourself 50+: Riverside Center for Innovation – February 13
Christina Cassotis, CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority: Duquesne Club – February 13
Simple Strategic Planning: 600 Forbes Avenue – February 15
First Step: Business Start-up Essentials (Pittsburgh): 600 Forbes Avenue – February 19
The Pittsburgh Technology Leaders Group explores the topic of Servant Leadership:  PTC Nova Place– February 20
Financing Early Stage Technology Companies w/ Debt: Innovation Works – February 21
Make the World Your Market: Start Exporting!: 600 Forbes Avenue – February 21
Bizwomen Mentoring Monday 2019: Nova Place – February 25
Best Techniques to Build a Website for Your Business: 600 Forbes Avenue – February 28
Pittsburgh’s Million Dollar Women-Owned Businesses: Chatham University – March 8
LinkedIn for Sales, Marketing and Competitive Intelligence: PTC Nova Place– March 8
Women of Influence 2019: Westin Convention Center Hotel – March 20

Free Webinars:
Save Money and Time by Automating Your Finances – February 12
Want to Increase your Profit? Your P&L is the Key – February 18
Live Q&A – Masters of Marketing with John Lawson and Ramon Ray – February 21
What Small Business Owners Should STOP Doing to Stay Sane – March 5
Create a Powerful and Practical PR Strategy for Your Small Business – March 14
Ask the CPA 2019 – Tax Advice for Small Businesses – March 19
Pictures Speak Louder Than Words: Visual Content Strategies for Small Businesses – March 21

Vendor Opportunities

2019 Market Applications: Vendor applications for the 2019 market season will be available soon. Check the PDP Vendor Opportunities page regularly for more details!

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 March 11th 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 local households for just pennies each
•    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 February 28. Email or call 412-456-8222 to reserve your space.

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.

Pittsburgh Business Times Family Business Awards: Do you know an outstanding family business? The 2019 Family Business Awards will honor multigenerational, family-owned businesses in our region for overall excellence, innovation, ethics, and philanthropy. The nomination deadline is Friday, February 15.

Promotional Opportunity in Pittsburgh Magazine for certified Sustainable Restaurants: Pittsburgh Magazine’s new Find It dining listing allows diners to find local restaurants online. Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants (SPR) can get a special discounted rate for the basic profile for $25/year or an Enhanced Profile at $100/month.

Basic Profile: Restaurant name, 1 picture/logo, address, phone number, email, website
Enhanced Profile: Basic profile, 9 pictures with business description, 1 restaurant listing in Pittsburgh Magazine’s Find It: Dining ad in 4 issues
An added bonus: You’ll also receive increased recognition as an SPR with program and designation logo inclusion in your listing.

Please contact Lauren Abbott for more info at 412-304-0901 or via email

City Cuts Lawn-Cutting Program: The City of Pittsburgh is now soliciting bids for the second year of its city cuts lawn-cutting program. City Cuts began in 2018 through legislation introduced by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith and assisted more than 950 Pittsburgh seniors and those with disabilities with lawn cutting last year. Sign-up information for those seeking the complimentary service — available to Pittsburgh residents 62 and older or with a disability — will be announced at the end of March. Homeowners receiving the service will need to sign a liability waiver.

Operations of all sizes are encouraged to attend an upcoming pre-proposal meeting on Wednesday, February 13 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. at the City County Building at 414 Grant Street, 5th floor, Ross Street side (enter the building at Ross Street entrance)

You can access the City’s Beacon Procurement Platform here. You will need to search for #19000024.

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.

Upcoming Events, Conventions, & Conferences

Conventions – David L. Lawrence Convention Center:
2019 World of Wheels Custom Car Show – February 8-10
2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show – February 15-18
2019 Annual Jubilee Conference – February 22-24
Pittsburgh Beerfest 2019 – February 22-23
2019 Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show – March 1-10

PPG Paints Arena:
Monster Jam – February 8-10
An Evening with Michael Buble – February 22
Blake Shelton – February 23


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