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About the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), its goals, its history and its impact on the region since 1946.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is the City of Pittsburgh's economic development agency. Our goals are to:

  • create jobs
  • increase the city's tax base
  • improve the vitality of the city's businesses and neighborhoods
  • improve the City of Pittsburgh's livability as a whole

Incorporated in 1946, the URA was one of the first redevelopment authorities in Pennsylvania. Organized by corporate and civic leaders, the URA undertook the first privately financed downtown redevelopment project in the United States -- Gateway Center.

Since then, the URA has constructed and rehabilitated tens of thousands of homes, reclaimed thousands of acres of contaminated brownfield and riverfront sites and assisted hundreds of businesses in neighborhoods throughout the City of Pittsburgh.

Today, the URA offers a variety of programs and financing products that range from helping low income clients become homeowners to reclaiming brownfields for new development to helping communities reinvent themselves and thrive.

The URA's history is a story of projects, each one unique. It is a story of people. It is a story of partnership and leadership. Most of all, it is a story of building a better Pittsburgh.

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