Request for Bids


The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) seeks proposals from well qualified vendors to operate a public space cleaning and maintenance program within the boundaries of the Business Improvement District. Since 1999 the OBID’s Cleaning Program has provided a range of cleaning and maintenance services to a high standard intended to enhance the appearance and attractiveness of “common area” public spaces (primarily sidewalks from curb line to building line, including fixtures such as trash receptacles and utility poles) in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. As Pennsylvania’s 3rd largest economic generator and as the educational and medical hub of Western Pennsylvania, the perception of our neighborhood is vital to the economic health of the City of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region at large.


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Marketing & Communications Intern Needed!


The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) is seeking a qualified intern to assist with the organization’s Marketing, PR, and Communications efforts. This internship entails assisting and implementing various marketing strategies for OBID, from events promotion and organizing to the marketing for the company as a whole. In particular, this internship will assist with the artistic and content management associated with the Forbes Plaza Digital Gallery, an outdoor installation owned and operated by the OBID. This individual generally works under the Marketing and Communications Coordinator and should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment. The intern will be expected to work 10 – 15 hours a week during regular office hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and at selected events as needed.

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PennDOT Public Meeting – Forbes Avenue Betterment Project


Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration along with Carnegie Mellon University organized a Public meeting to share the design plans and schedule for the Forbes Avenue Betterment Project (Forbes Avenue from Birmingham Bridge to Beeler Street) and the Oakland/CMU Forbes Corridor Safety Improvements Project (Forbes Avenue from South Craig to Margaret Morrison Streets). Proposed project items include repaving of roadway, restriping of crosswalks, upgrading all pedestrian signals to audible signals, replacing up to three traffic signals in between Halket and South Bouquet streets, installing bike lanes on each side of the road from South Craig to Margaret Morrison Streets and placing six new traffic signals from South Craig Street to Margaret Morrison Street. The work is scheduled to be bid out in November 2017 with construction beginning in 2018. For more information go to:

At this time, there are no proposed plans to change traffic patterns for the stretch spanning from the Birmingham Bridge to Bigelow Boulevard. OBID will continue to update our members on the project progress and we will work with our partners to organize future meeting opportunities and to gage OBID member feedback.

Peter’s Pub Designated as a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant


Peter’s Pub is, without a doubt, one of Oakland’s staple restaurants. Popular to all who work, study and visit the Oakland business district, the restaurant has recently become designated as a Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant. One of 11 designated restaurants in Oakland, Peter’s Pub looks to use its funds earned through the program to make sustainable improvements! Owner Peter Leventis is proud the restaurant has earned a Bronze Plate level. “The process to get designated was easy,” said Peter. “We have replaced the lighting in our business with LED and we also replaced a cooler and refrigerator with energy efficient units.”

Peter’s Pub, established in 1973, looks forward to these greener, more sustainable changes that can also save money.  “With all the exposure and positive publicity we’ve been getting, I would definitely recommend all businesses to join the program,” said Peter. “Rebecca, the program manager of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants was awesome! She was friendly and educational.”

With student arrival right around the corner, Peter’s Pub looks forward to the hustle and bustle of students coming through his doors. “Being centered in a college environment where the students are starting to eat healthier and are concerning themselves with making better choices, I feel that being designated helps us keep up with all the competition of healthy eating,” said Peter.

OBID is recruiting Oakland restaurants for the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program. Designation enables restauranteurs to see the lasting value in operating in socially and environmentally responsible ways, while saving money and increasing business.