Oakland Business Improvement District

The Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) is an economic development agency representing local businesses, commercial property owners, universities, hospitals, non-profit and government organizations working to make Oakland into Pittsburgh’s most vibrant business district community. Working with many community partners, the organization also takes the lead on Innovation Oakland, a project with the goal of making Oakland’s largest business district the hub of technology and innovation, and Oakland For All – Beyond Accessible focused on transforming Oakland into a model community for accessibility.

OBID 2017 Annual ReportCheck out the OBID 2016 Annual Report


OBID Member Benefits

All commercial property owners and businesses located within the central Oakland Business Improvement District, benefit from these following services:

  • Sidewalk cleaning and sweeping
  • Access to promotional campaigns
  • Participation in OBID special events
  • Promotion to more than 3,500 Oakland stakeholders through OBID’s Noteworthy News weekly email
  • Promotion to a network of more than 4,000 people through OBID’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Flickr
  • Ongoing access to resources and technical assistance – just a phone call or email away
  • Connections to Oakland’s big players: UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University
  • Networking events connecting you to your fellow business owners in the Oakland BID

OBID is governed by stakeholders with a vested interest in Oakland’s success

  • Is chartered by the City and State to provide economic development services shaped by a charitable mission
  • Fosters critical alliances between diverse stakeholders (from the small entrepreneur and property owner to the large institutions, all voices collaborate to accomplish change
  • Generates revenue to provide necessary services to the district
  • Implements strategic revitalization strategies to keep Oakland competitive
  • Gives voice to the entrepreneurial community
  • Provides on-site professional and experienced staff keeping abreast of local and national trends and strategies in the field of economic development

Bylaws of the OBID Board of Directors
OBID Boundary Line
City of Pittsburgh Resolution No. 816
OBID 2015 Audit
2016 OBID Annual Report


Thank you

The OBID wishes to thank our over 250 member businesses and property owners for their continued financial support to our organization including: Carlow University, UPMC, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. OBID also wishes to thank the following supporters:

City of Pittsburgh through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, William Peduto, Mayor
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority
Dollar Bank
Duquesne Light Company
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
First Niagara Bank
FISA Foundation
Honorable Bruce A. Kraus, Pittsburgh City Council District 3
Honorable Daniel Gilman, Pittsburgh City Council District 8
Honorable R. Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Council District 8
LUXE Creative
NexTier bank
Oakland Real Estate Company
Oakland Transportation and Management Company
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Keystone Communities Program
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Sustainable Pittsburgh
The Heinz Endowments
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

OBID also wishes to recognize our community partners:

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Community Human Services
Green Building Alliance
MLK Community Mural Project
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
Oakland Task Force
Oakland Transportation and Management Association
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
University of Pittsburgh Police Department
VISIT Pittsburgh