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We now live in a world that is wired, and OBID understands that innovation is key to the success and futurIMG_2087 (1)e of our business district.

Home to some of the world’s top research, educational, medical and cultural institutions, Oakland is determined to be America’s first innovation community. Working with several local and regional partners, the OBID has planned Pittsburgh’s first digital Infrastructure project called Innovation Oakland. Imagine a district where customers could instantly retrieve information about daily lunch and sale specials, where our sidewalks and public spaces are enlivened by interactive art projects, and where businesses can be promoted in the lobbies of our hospitals and universities. Innovation Oakland seeks to build this and more. IO will combine information, art, place-making and way-finding solutions to create smart infrastructures solutions that will attract new users into our business district and that will:

  • Foster a regional brand celebrating innovation,
  • Create exciting and vibrant destination spaces that reflect the 21st century
  • Provide a pedestrian-focused signage and navigation system
  • Promote the Oakland community
  • Showcase Oakland’s assets

Project Progress

To date, with more than $1 million dollars raised by the various Oakland partners and local foundations and corporations, the OBID has made tremendous progress on projects including:

  • Built the 21st Century Forbes Digital Plaza, the first installation of the Innovation Oakland vision plan
  • Completion of a Comprehensive Proof of Concept Masterplan and Precedent Study
  • Completion of Proof of Concept Designs
  • A revised website
  • Extensive community outreach and surveys
  • Developed prototype information kiosk installed in the UPMC hospital lobby
  • Created Scenable, Pennsylvania’s first neighborhood app
  • Completed an international RFP process and hired a professional consultant team led by ARUP/New York
  • Completed the design and construction documents for the Forbes Plaza Digital Gallery, Innovation Oakland’s first installation project now under construction
  • Developing a pedestrian wayfinding signage project for Oakland, Downtown and Northside/ North Shore in partnership with Oakland TMA, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Southwestern PA Commission and the North Side Cultural Collaborative