Formed in 1999, the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) is the region’s second largest place management organization in Pittsburgh, representing a diverse group of decision makers including property and business owners, universities, hospitals, city government, community and cultural non-profits. As a Business Improvement District, we are primarily funded by real estate property assessments supporting the delivery of key programs and services designed to maintain a vibrant, competitive and attractive district and providing amenities critical to accelerating Pittsburgh’s standing as a global innovation hub. 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.

Touted as the region’s economic engine, Oakland is Pennsylvania’s 3rd largest area of economic activity and is home to the driving forces of Pittsburgh’s 21st century economy. Both a college town and a global medical center, Oakland attracts over 790,000 individuals annually including 570,000 annual visitors, 110,000 hotel guests, 44,000 students and 28,000 employees. Fueled by the growth of Oakland’s education and medical sector, the City of Pittsburgh is building an Innovation District to be centered in Oakland as recommended by a ground-breaking report prepared by the Brookings Institute and unveiled in September, 2017: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city. According to this report, using the strength of Oakland’s universities and hospitals, the City is poised to create a new industry that rivals the might of Pittsburgh’s former steel industry- attracting global private companies to Pittsburgh resulting in the creation of thousands of new jobs in the research and tech industry that will also support the growth of a thriving small business community. With $3.8 billion of new real estate projects underway in and around Oakland, a remaking of the business district skyline is underway particularly in the BID geographic area: since 2016 nearly 2 million s.f. of private development was completed with an additional 500,000 s.f. slated to break ground in 2019 alone.

Download OBID’s “FY 2019 Annual Report” 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 place management programs and services.

We are proud to provide the following:

  • Daily sweeping, cleaning and maintenance through Pittsburgh’s 2nd largest sidewalk cleaning program
  • Seasonal sidewalk pressure washing
  • Seasonal flower baskets and planters
  • Access to specialized promotion and marketing campaigns
  • Participation in OBID local events
  • Special project grant opportunities
  • Promotion to a network of more than 6,000 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
    • Design and implementation of the Open Space Pilots Project
    • Completed installation of the Oakland Avenue Lighting
    • Developing Pittsburgh’s first Wayfinding Pedestrian Signage and Kiosks
  • Manage the Forbes Digital Plaza – Showcasing local, national, and international artists, musicians and performers
  • Connections to Oakland’s big employers, including UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, and Carlow University
  • Advocacy supporting business district interests
  • Ongoing access to resources and technical assistance – just a phone call or email away!

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

  • Is chartered by the City and State to provide place based 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 vibrant and globally 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 2019 Audit & 2018 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
Carlow University
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
Duquesne Light Company
The FISA Foundation
Henry L. Hillman 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
Oakland Real Estate Company
Oakland Transportation and Management Association
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Keystone Communities Program
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Pittsburgh Innovation District
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Port Authority of Allegheny County
Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, Community Infrastructure & Tourism Fund
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
Sustainable Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Community Partners:

Bike Pittsburgh
Oakland for All
Carnegie Mellon University
City of Pittsburgh

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
Pittsburgh Innovation District

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Sustainable Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Police
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