Pittsburgh's innovation strength is defined by the unparalleled resources of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, two of the nation’s top flight research institutions, and UPMC's substantial intellectual capital. The direct proximity, and historic collaboration, of these world-class institutions creates one of the best naturally-occurring innovation districts in the world.

The Pittsburgh Innovation District is centered on Oakland, home to $1.2 billion of research and development, and bridges innovation assets in the City's central core including the Strip District, Lawrenceville, East Liberty/Bakery Square, Hazelwood Green, the South Side, Uptown, Downtown, the Northside and beyond.

University Talent Alliance

Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and The University of Pittsburgh are collaborating with the Community College of Allegheny County, Partner4Work, and the Pittsburgh Council for Higher Education to launch a workforce development pilot program aimed at serving economically disadvantaged populations in neighborhoods proximate to the Forbes/Fifth corridor.  With an emphasis on city residents who lack a four-year college degree in Homewood and the Hill District, participants will be recruited from Partner4Work’s significant network of community-based organizations. This pilot will focus on two job categories: administrative assistants and environmental services technicians. Individuals who are admitted to the program and graduate will secure a job full-time, permanent job at one of the four participating institutions.

Specialized Recruitment Strategy

InnovatePGH works closely with the Allegheny Conference and its economic development affiliate the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, and Allegheny County Economic Development to promote the Pittsburgh Innovation District as a marquee destination for technology companies, corporate innovation centers, and high-growth entrepreneurs. 

Pittsburgh's regional economic development partners, and research institutuions, are also leverating InnovatePGH as a platform to drive the advanced development of three specific industry clusters: advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and automation. The “Capturing the next economy” report identifies the region’s research universities as the essential foundation to expand all three clusters.