Strip District Neighbors is committed to transparency and member involvement. All of our standing committee meetings are open to the public but we do encourage guests to let us know if they’ll be attending so we can ensure we can accommodate everyone. Standing Committees are those which our by-laws specifically enumerate. Additional ad-hoc committees are formed and function as needed. From time to time those committees will be listed here as well but for a full list of our current ad-hoc committees we encourage you to use the contact form on our contact page.
Any member in good standing may join a committee and contribute to that committee’s mission. The following is a list of our standing committees along with their meeting times and places.
Safety & Security Committee
The mission of the Safety and Security Committee is to ensure that the Strip District is a safe and enjoyable neighborhood for everyone. The Safety and Security Committee meets every month on the First (1st) Tuesday of the month at 9 am. Meetings typically are held at the Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman Street in the 6th Floor Conference Room but both the time and place may change without this page being updated so those wishing to attend are encouraged to contact us to make sure the meeting will occur as listed.
The Safety and Security Committee is working on the following goals and projects in 2015:
- Implementing the Strip District Transportation & Land Use Plan
- Updating and implementing the Heckman-Kollar Intersection Improvement Program to improve highly utilized but poorly functioning intersections to increase safety and ease of use for all users.
- Identifying and prioritizing capital improvement needs. The City of Pittsburgh has earmarked funds specifically for capital improvement projects. The Safety & Security Committee is working with the city to help identify the most pressing needs in the Strip District.
- Meet with key agencies and community partners (Pittsburgh Police, City Planning, ADA Coordinator, Bike/Ped Coordinator, District 7 Council Office, Bike Pittsburgh, etc) to maintain and strengthen our collaborative relationships in helping to identify and resolve safety and security issues.
- Work to encourage a responsible and safe evening and night-time economy by partnering with our community members who conduct business in the evenings and at night as well as public safety agencies we’re working to ensure that business owners, employees, and visitors all are safe and have an enjoyable time.
- Partner with the City and the Parking Authority to ensure that parking meters and enforcement happens in a way that encourages greater economic activity.
- Partner with Pitt-Ohio on semi-annual cleanups to ensure our neighborhood is welcoming and clean.
Community Development Committee
The mission of the Economic Development Committee is to encourage and support projects that create or support economic opportunities in the Strip District. The committee meets the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am. The meetings are typically held at Pittsburgh Public Market but meeting times and location are subject to change and guests and visitors are encouraged to contact us to ensure there are no changes before you plan to attend.
The Community Development Committee is focused on the following goals and projects for 2015:
- Retaining and attracting successful businesses by meeting with business owners and quickly identifying potential issues that we can help resolve.
- Development Partner – by meeting and working with developers who are working on projects in our neighborhood we can identify issues, work as a liaison between the developers and the community, and can help make sure development occurs in a positive and responsible way that integrates well into the neighborhood.
- Encourage high-quality and successful redevelopment of the Produce Terminal – Strip District Neighbors and the community feel strongly that we need to see a well designed, high quality redevelopment of the PA Railroad Produce Terminal and that development needs to happen expeditiously so that it does not hamper other development occurring in the neighborhood. We’re working with the URA, developers, and the community to make sure there is an understanding among all parties of how important the redevelopment of that building is to the neighborhood.
- Promotion of the Strip District as a great place to invest in and to conduct business in. Through working with our Marketing Committee partners the Economic Development Committee is getting the word out about development opportunities and new developments as well as the amazing long-time businesses that make the Strip District such a regional treasure.
Marketing and Communications Committee
The mission of the Marketing and Communication Committee is to promote the Strip District as a regional and national destination for shoppers, investors, residents, businesses, tourists and others by facilitating collaborative marketing efforts. The Marketing Action Committee also raises awareness about Strip District Neighbors. The Marketing Action Committee meets on the first (1st) Wednesday of each month at the Hampton Inn and Suites across from the Heinz History Center at 9 am. The location and time are subject to change and anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to contact us before doing so to ensure there were no changes.
The Marketing and Communications Committee is focused on the following goals and projects in 2015:
- Redesign the Strip District Neighbors Website to ensure that it’s up-to-date, easy to use, and accessible.
- Redesign the Strip District Map and Business Directory to help promote existing business and tourism in the neighborhood.
- Create a new Members Newsletter to keep our members informed of what is happening in the Strip.
- Create a new External Newsletter to keep the public informed of what is happening in the Strip.
- Promote Strip District Neighbors Events such as Stroll the Strip and Barktoberfest.
- Work with the Economic Development Committee to help promote economic opportunities within the neighborhood.
Organization and Governance Committee
The Organization and Governance Committee ensures that Strip District Neighbors is operating within our bylaws and in a way that is consistent with the laws of the City of Pittsburgh, State of Pennsylvania, and the US Federal Government. The Organization and Governance Committee also ensures that our policies and procedures are fair, reasonable, consistent, and that our staff, board, committees, and others conducting the business of the organization are following those policies and procedures. The Organization and Governance Committee meets as needed. The time and location of the meeting are subject to change. Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to contact us.
The Organization and Governance Committee is focused on the following goals and projects in 2015:
- Reviewing existing Strip District Neighbors Policies and Procedures to ensure that they are comprehensive and up-to-date
- Reviewing Strip District Neighbors by-laws to ensure they’re comprehensive and up-to-date
- Creating and supporting the creation of a Succession Committee that will identify and cultivate future board talent and vet potential new board members.