The EcoInnovation District plan will

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COORDINATE and inform budgeting decisions by the City, local institutions and private organizations that are interested in investing in the community.

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LEVERAGE public, private, and philanthropic dollars by clearly signaling where improvements will be made in the community.

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IDENTIFY additional opportunities to raise funds for implementation from outside the City.

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EMPOWER residents and stakeholders as partners in the implementation of this plan.

As a community partner, Avenu has agreed to champion the following plan tasks

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INVITE DISADVANTAGED YOUTH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INNOVATION COMMUNITY by linking existing programs to EcoInnovation District improvements.

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CREATE AN ANNUAL UPTOWN JOB FAIR WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES to help promote job opportunities in the community.

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CONNECT START UPS WITH FLEXIBLE SPACES TO FIT THEIR NEEDS by connecting small businesses with local property owners. *

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ATTRACT NEW RETAIL & COMMERCIAL TENANTS by working to subsidize tenant fit-out, recruit tenants and developing partnerships with institutions to create new office and research space.

#2. Oakland Innovation District

“Few cities are home to such a naturally occurring innovation district as the greater Oakland neighborhood.  It is home to two world class research institutions . . . dozens of startup companies . . .  and co-working spaces and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).”- Capturing the next economy:  Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city; by Scott Andes, Mitch Horowitz, Ryan Helwig and Bruce Katz; September 2017

The recently released Brookings Institute report on Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city identifies the Oakland innovation district as both a test bed and a hub for the region’s economic transformation.  Avenu will sponsor and work closely with the InnovatePGH partnership as it rallies resources to support the recommendations contained in the Brooking’s report.

The full Brookings Institute report can be found here: Capturing the next economy:  Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city.