The Pittsburgh Central Keystone Innovation Zone (PCKIZ) is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, government agencies and community organizations, collaborating to enable the neighborhoods in central Pittsburgh to realize their potential within the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century.
PCKIZ orchestrates a combination of tax incentives, entrepreneurial resources, educational and internship programs, networking events, and technology showcases. Its goal is to multiply technology and economic development activities, creating economic sustainability and transforming central Pittsburgh into a vibrant community.
What differentiates the PCKIZ from the other 25 Keystone Innovation Zones in the state is that a large portion of our territory is located in an underserved area. Thus our mission of creating a culture of entrepreneurship and spurring economic development—all in a manner that benefits the most economically challenged portions of our community.