Our public-private partnership’s “inclusive innovation” and “equitable development” work continues to create positive outcomes in the Pittsburgh region while simultaneously influencing local and federal policy.
As defined by the national think tank PolicyLink, Equitable Development is “a positive development strategy that ensures everyone participates in and benefits from the region’s economic transformation—especially low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and others at risk of being left behind. It requires an intentional focus on eliminating racial inequities and barriers, and making accountable and catalytic investments to assure that lower-wealth residents: live in healthy, safe, opportunity-rich neighborhoods that reflect their culture (and are not displaced from them); connect to economic and ownership opportunities; and have voice and influence in the decisions that shape their neighborhoods.”
Urban Innovation21 is working to connect low to moderate-income communities and its residents to the new economy through equitable development strategies. The Pittsburgh region’s economic transformation has not benefited all communities. Despite our success, poverty persists throughout the region. This contrast can be seen throughout the city where high-income communities are directly adjacent to very low-income communities.
The cluster of high growth businesses spurred by Urban Innovation21 through the PCKIZ program has helped to spur a variety of equitable economic development projects that are connecting disconnected communities and the residents that live in those communities to our region’s innovation economy. A few of these economic development projects are the Hill District Grocery Store project, the Energy Innovation Center, StartUptown.