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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Block by Block Kicks Off Summer Youth Program



Devonte Hill and Gordon White listen to Bill Stapleton, Operations Manager for Oakland’s Block by Block, kick off the new program focused on team building and responsible workplace habits.

Oakland’s Block by Block cleaning and maintenance team kicked off a summer youth program on Monday, June 27, to teach the importance of responsible work habits and the fundamentals of being a valued employee in today’s workplace. Three eager-to-learn participants between the ages of 16 to 20 have the opportunity to dive into the Block by Block program to help keep Oakland’s commercial district vibrant. Bill Stapleton, Operations Manager of Oakland’s Block by Block division, is happy to lead the charge on this initiative and proud of the newly installed program.

“Our goal is to run this program every summer from now on; bringing even more aboard! I feel that what we accomplish with it is essential to the Oakland business district,” said Bill. The program is the result of a collaborative between the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB), a community leader ensuring that the current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met, and the City of Pittsburgh, with a strong goal to employ over 1,000 youths. “This youth program really promotes community development from inside Block by Block. I’ve always wanted to be a part of something like this that strengthens the future workforce.”

Ramp Crawl 2016

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On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the annual Oakland For All – Beyond Accessible Ramp Crawl took place to raise awareness and enable registered participants with the opportunity to experience many Oakland establishments. For a donation of $20, each ‘crawler’ received a Ramp Crawl 2016 t-shirt, and participants that visited each designated stop walked away with a generous gift bag! Attendees enjoyed beverage specials and food and all ticket proceeds benefit the Oakland For All – Beyond Accessible program and its initiatives. Six Oakland food and beverage locations took part as ‘stops’ for the Ramp Crawl — Fuel & Fuddle, Garage Door Saloon, Garden Grille & Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place, Primanti Bros., Stack’d Burgers & Beer, and The Porch at Schenley. The event showcases best practices of ADA compliant establishments and positions Oakland as a thought leader in creating a more accessibility-friendly business district. We hope you can join us next year!

Check out pictures from Ramp Crawl 2016 HERE!

Oakland for All – Beyond Accessible is a unique campaign that brings together a diverse group of community organizations such as: Oakland Business Improvement District, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Oakland Task Force, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, City of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Office of PA Senator Jay Costa, Office of U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle and Oakland based residents and community advocates… all committed to making the Oakland business community a more accessibility-friendly neighborhood. The program is designed to eliminate the physical and societal barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in all aspects of public life in the Oakland Community. The Oakland for All – Beyond Accessible program’s main initiatives include being advocates for the creation of user friendly buildings, commercial establishments, public spaces and communities. We have goals to raise public awareness of accessibility in our society – thinking ADA and beyond – to ultimately transform Oakland into a model that can be replicated throughout the nation. For more information visit: