Forbes Digital Plaza Project Awarded $200,000

Oakland is well on its way to becoming America’s first Digital District!

The Commonwealth Financing Authority, through its first round of Multimodal Transportation Funds,  has awarded OBID $200,000 for the Forbes Digital Plaza Project! Funds were awarded to community projects that will improve public safety, enhance streetscapes, and upgrade multimodal infrastructure.  The project is one of only twelve in Allegheny County to receive funding.  We are thrilled to make this announcement, along with our partners UPMC, Pitt, Carlow, CMU, Oakland Transportation Management Association, City of Pittsburgh, Community Human Services, and the Oakland Task Force.

To learn more about the project and how you can play a role in making Oakland America’s first Digital District, like Innovation Oakland on Facebook, or click here!


A recent article highlighted cities from across the nation that are rebranding, including our ‘Steel City’!

Included here is just a snippet from the article:

  • Pittsburgh typically makes me think about steelworkers, bridges, Terry Bradshaw, and the American Mustache Institute, but the city’s newly elected mayor, Bill Peduto, says that’s changed.

    “For too long Pittsburgh has been viewed as a smoky industrial city but those days are over,” Mayor Peduto told me via email.  ”We have all of the right ingredients to spin innovative new businesses out of our universities, medical centers, and research institutions and attract companies from around the world.”

    Those ingredients are leading to progress, the most recent example coming in late December when Duolingo — one of the city’s startup darlings — was named 2013 iPhone app of the year by Apple.

    Pittsburgh Tribune columnist Eric Heyl notes “high-tech startups undertaken by Carnegie Mellon grad students attracted to the city by Google’s increasing presence” as well as “economic development corporations such as Catalyst Connection and Innovation Works.” Kate Stoltzfus, founder of, cites startup incubators like AlphaLab and The Hustle Den for giving new businesses needed support.

To view the entire article on, please click here.

Building Oakland’s Innovation Economy

tech bannerNew Tech Banners

As part of the Startup Oakland campaign to attract tech startups to the Revv Oakland co-working spaces of our business district, OBID will be installing these technology-themed banners throughout the business district. To complement these new banners, soon you will also see window clings throughout the Revv Oakland spaces to highlight available tech incubator spaces. This project is funded by the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.

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