Serving the heart of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, the Oakland Business Improvement District represents local businesses, commercial property owners, universities, hospitals, non-profit organizations and government agencies focused on keeping Oakland a clean, attractive and vibrant commercial district. The organization also takes the lead on Innovation Oakland, where art and technology provide for new century approaches to community place making and Oakland for All: Beyond Accessible, advocating for the creation of a barrier free accessible community. The OBID is supported, in part, by over 250 business and property owners including Carlow University, UPMC, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh.

Download OBID’s “Oakland Revealed” to view highlights of OBID’s achievements and regional impact.

OBID Member Benefits

Property owners and businesses located within the Central Oakland Business Improvement District are eligible to benefit from all OBID services. We are proud to provide the following:

  • Daily sidewalk cleaning and sweeping
  • Seasonal sidewalk pressure washing
  • Access to specialized promotion and marketing campaigns
  • Participation in OBID local events
  • Seasonal flower baskets and planters
  • Special grant opportunities funded by Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Promotion to a network of more than 5,000 contacts through OBID’s Destination Guide monthly e-newsletter as well as social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Business recruitment assistance and promotion of available commercial spaces
  • Infrastructure design and planning in partnership with public and private partners
  • Public art set at the Forbes Digital Plaza – Showcasing local, national, and international art, music, and performances
  • Connections to Oakland’s big players: UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University
  • Policy advocacy supporting business interests
  • Ongoing access to resources and technical assistance – just a phone call or email away!
  • COMING SOON: Lighting installation along Oakland Avenue
  • COMING SOON: Pittsburgh’s First Wayfinding Pedestrian Signage to include Kiosks

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 business and economic development

BID Legislation
BID Boundary Map
OBID 2017 Audit

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:

Honorable William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority
Dollar Bank
Duquesne Light Company
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Key Bank
FISA Foundation
Honorable Jay Costa, Senator, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Honorable Bruce A. Kraus, Pittsburgh City Council District 3
Honorable Erika Strassburger, Pittsburgh City Council District 8
Honorable R. Daniel Lavelle, Pittsburgh City Council District 6
LUXE Creative
NexTier bank
Oakland Real Estate Company
Oakland Transportation and Management Company
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Keystone Communities Program
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Pittsburgh Innovation District
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Sustainable Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Health Plan

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Community Partners:

Bike Pittsburgh
Oakland for All
Carnegie Mellon University

Community Human Services
Green Building Alliance
Northside Cultural Collaborative

Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
Oakland Task Force
Oakland Transportation and Management Association
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Sustainable Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Police
VISIT Pittsburgh