Collaboration is the buzzword of this millennium. For some of us, it’s a superior way of working. For almost all of us, it’s inevitable.
[ Twyla Tharp, Choreographer, “The Collaborative Habit” ]
Duquesne University, the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone, the Paramount Film Exchange, Uptown Partners, Uptown Development Crew, Innovation Works/AlphaLab, Project Olympus at Carnegie Mellon University, the URA of Pittsburgh, UPMC Mercy, StartUptown residents, and many others help propel our vision forward.
INNOVATION THAT MATTERS, Nicholas M. Donofrio, Kauffman Senior Fellow
This section will evolve and have more detail about partnerships and our partners good work.
Anchor institution and a strategic partner for the Uptown/Hill community, it is also a resource for new business with the Law Clinic and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) — offering no-cost, confidential consulting services, training workshops, and legal consultation for small businesses.
The Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) provides grants, ease of access to PA tax credits, paid internships through the four universities in the zone, and other benefits to the qualifying startups located in the zone. The PCKIZ includes downtown, Uptown, the Hill District, and portions of the North and South Sides.
The mission of the Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone is to increase the number of start-up businesses and relocated firms within the boundaries of the PCKIZ and ultimately within the region by seeding the areas surrounding our higher education institutions with new companies drawn by the benefits of being in the PCKIZ. These startups are and will provide the impetus for growth of new commercial concentrations and the symbiotic businesses that they attract. The PCKIZ provides programs for the support of business creation, internships for PCKIZ educational institutions, development of real estate, facilities, infrastructure, and access to capital which will maintain the momentum in the zone long after the work of the PCKIZ is completed. The PCKIZ is working with a variety of organizations to contribute to the overall development of an economic development focused “culture of entrepreneurship” within the region and within our student populations. A large portion of the geographical territory of the PCKIZ is located within economically distressed areas. Because of the economically diverse geography of the zone, a significant goal of the PCKIZ is to leverage the success of its technology based economic development (TBED) programs to provide tangible and positive benefits for businesses that locate in the zone and the residents that reside in the most distressed areas of the PCKIZ. These benefits include but are not limited to the following: • The addition of retail businesses that are attracted to the area due to the demand generated by new company location. • Additional Real Estate Development Activity caused in part by new company relocation • Jobs and apprenticeship opportunities created by PCKIZ companies. • A more positive perception by the non-technology community of all people about the positive effects that TBED is having on the economic vitality of this region.
HIGHLIGHTS 2009/2010 Economic Development Initiatives
• Cluster Creation — It is a well accepted notion in TBED that technology clusters generate substantial economic benefits to a community. The PCKIZ is assisting in the creation of an information technology cluster and a Green Cluster within the Greater Hill District.
• The PCKIZ along with three other non profit organizations and several private individuals purchased the Crawford Grill, a historic building in the Hill District section of the city of Pittsburgh. Although the investors are the beginning stage of planning how this building will be renovated and used in a sustainable fashion. A portion of this building will be used as a digital music incubator.
• The PCKIZ is helping Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation and the Pittsburgh Green Innovators with the creation of a green campus environment called “The Pittsburgh Green Innovator Campus.” This campus will include state of the art energy focused programming and a proposed $45 million, 200,000 square foot lead certified renovation of the former Connelley school.
• The PCKIZ is assisting HHEDC and the Pittsburgh Economic & Industrial Development Corporation (PEIDC) open a full service grocery store in the Hill District. HHEDC and PEIDC are involved in a joint effort to develop an $8,000,000 retail center at the corner of Centre Avenue and Heldman Street. This development will create much needed amenities and help spur additional development that will rejuvenate the Hill District business corridor.
• The PCKIZ is collaborating with Oakland Planning and Development, the Hill House Economic Development Corporation and Uptown Partners on the Pittsburgh Partnership For Neighborhood Development Multi-Corridor Strategy. The first phase of this collaboration helped Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh create a community driven visioning plan.
Carnegie Mellon University, Olympus provides start-up advice, micro-grants, incubator space and connections for faculty and students across campus and with the regional, national and global communities. It augments and accelerates basic research and great ideas to development and business stages.
Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh is a community-based organization. Our vision is to: develop a neighborhood that is clean, safe, and green; encourage the development of retail and commercial businesses; reclaim and develop residential property; and create an environment where the arts are visible and encouraged.
Community Improvement through Involvement — Oakland Planning and Development Corporation(OPDC) builds a better Oakland through job placement services, neighborhood preservation and investment programs, resident volunteer efforts, youth services and community engagement. OPDC presently functions as StartUptown’s fiscal agent…