About the District
To unify the critical mass of talent, university resources, transformative technology, and cultural assets in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem with global impact. PID is harnessing the area’s scientific and technical strengths into broad-based economic activity committed to fostering an inclusive innovation community for all.
Define, grow, and connect the Oakland innovation district: To reach its full economic potential for the city and region, the Oakland innovation district needs to be defined, marketed, and better connected to the regional economy. In particular, a comprehensive, district-wide strategy is needed to leverage the ongoing investments at CMU, Pitt, and UPMC to grow and attract firms in advanced industries.
Convene university anchors to facilitate synergy and collaboration.
Encourage cooperation between universities and industry to stimulate workforce development.
Provide workspace solutions to foster growth for startups and entrepreneurs.
Champion equitable use and development of District real estate.
Nurture community engagement and inclusivity to all District offerings and opportunities.
Innovation Excellence & World-Class Talent
These areas of research strength aren’t just relevant to academic rankings; they align well with economic opportunity.
Perhaps the strongest asset in Pittsburgh’s innovation economy is the size, quality, and scope of research. On a number of metrics, the region punches far above its weight.
The Pittsburgh Innovation District is home to several colleges and universities and over $1 billion in university R&D.
Produces 273% of its share of scholarly publications, outperforming the averages of many top R1 research institutions in fields like life sciences, robotics, gerontology, critical care, artificial intelligence, cell tissue engineering, neurotrauma, and software.
The metropolitan area ranks ninth among the top 100 cities nationwide for the amount of university R&D.
Work, Live & Play
The Innovation District has something for everyone.