PID Executive Director Featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times

The unique proximity and collaboration of Pitt and CMU make Oakland one of the best examples of a naturally occurring innovation district anywhere in the world.

The unique proximity and collaboration of Pitt and CMU make Oakland one of the best examples of a naturally occurring innovation district anywhere in the world.

Pittsburgh Innovation District executive director Sean Luther recently penned an editorial for the Pittsburgh Business Times describing what’s on the horizon in terms of real estate and development in and around the city’s Oakland neighborhood. It’s a question that many ask when discussing Pittsburgh’s center for technology and talent; with so much growth, how will the area incorporate new business and residents while still responsibly maintaining the existing businesses and historic architecture?

When it comes to development within the PID, Luther references the Brookings Institute’s 2017 report that challenged Pittsburgh to “define, grow and connect an Innovation District […] to leverage the ongoing investments at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and UPMC to grow and attract firms in advanced industries.” The PID and InnovatePGH have since created a coalition of developers, entrepreneurs, community advocates and other influential figures to do just that.

In the piece, Luther explains how growth in Oakland and the rest of the PID differs from innovation districts in other cities:

Integrating new buildings into the robust Oakland matrix continues the rich architectural tradition of the neighborhood while setting Pittsburgh apart from our competitive cities that take a “scrape it clean” approach to buildings their innovation district. The 21st-century infrastructure needed to keep Pittsburgh competitive cannot shoehorn into existing buildings; we must look to surface parking lots and underutilized sites to develop new spaces to house the labs, offices, and innovation centers that represent the next wave of jobs and investment for Pittsburgh.

To read the full Pittsburgh Business Times editorial, visit their website. To discuss the future of development in the Pittsburgh Innovation District, drop us a note.

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