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Kudos & Good News: February 2019

February 1, 2019


  • Congrats to Tynishia Powell, URA associate counsel, on receiving the 2019 Young Leaders Award from the Homer S. Brown Division (HSBD) of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Tynishia will accept the award at the HSBD 15th Annual Black History Month Celebration on February 28.

  • Congrats to the finalists for the 2018 MBA Building Excellence Awards, including the PUI-supported Pittsburgh Playhouse. The winners will be announced February 28.

  • Congrats to Module Housing on being a finalist for the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability

  • Congratulations to James Reid, URA project development specialist, and wife Allison Mauk who got married on September 29 at the Pump House in Homestead. 

A Residential Renovation Journey

Follow along as Janie Solomon, a URA Residential Façade Improvement Program participant, documents her Polish Hill home and facade renovations on Instagram - @thechairgoesthere!

"I have always had a love for architecture, interiors, and great design and have wanted to renovate an old home for years. Having recently moved back to PA, I looked for an urban community where I wanted to put down roots and Polish Hill turned out to be that place. I purchased a gutted residence, needing as much love on the outside as the inside. My hope is that, with URA’s financial assistance towards the façade renovation, not only will my dream home be realized, but it will add to the improvement efforts happening in and around Polish Hill." -Janie Solomon



Which Pittsburgh item should Astrobotic send to the moon? Cast your vote by February 18.

Other Good News

Architectural Digest and Cool Hunting both spotlighted Schollhouse Electric and Beauty Shoppe's revival of the former Detective Building.

You will soon be able to go rock climbing in Bridgeville now that URA client Ascend is expanding its gym.

Forbes published a story about Module’s business model

Many of Pittsburgh’s top 12 tech companies to watch in 2019 were supported by the URA.

URA's Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Maya Fews was profiled on her experience as a PULSE Fellow.

A new camera was installed so you can view the Hays bald eagles. Watch the livestream.

RMU is opening a 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing Lab at the Energy Innovation Center

Pittsburgh's narrative serves as a model for other rust belt cities looking to transform.

Pittsburgh was named one of the best cities in the U.S. to find a job.

It was also named a top city for minority entrepreneurs.

According to WalletHub, Pittsburgh is one of the best cities for STEM jobs.

Pittsburgh was named the 2019 Food City of the Year.

The Travel Channel even visited Pittsburgh recently to highlight local restaurants for a show. 

And then Pittsburgh was the only U.S. city on BBC Good Food's list of 'Top 10 destinations for foodies 2019.'

A local book store was recognized as one of the best in the country.

The Post-Gazette published a list of lists Pittsburgh made this past year. This recap will make you #PittsburghProud.

Lending Tree says that homeowners stay in Pittsburgh longer than any other U.S. city.  

Pittsburgh was named a top city for moviemakers.

Pittsburgh may not have made it to the Super Bowl this year, but it was still ranked as top city for football fans.

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