Carrie Furnace Site Receives $2 Million Grant from PA Sites

Governor Shapiro announces $2 million grant from PA Sites for continued development of the Carrie Furnace site. Funds will be used for earthwork, utilities and asphalt paving. Media Coverage: Pittsburgh Business Times – Shapiro announces over $5.8M in local funding for site development pilot program PennWatch – PA Offers $10.6 Million in New Funding for Site […]

Creating jobs in the Mon Valley: A Decades-Long Effort Bears Fruit

When RIDC acquired the former Westinghouse campus in Turtle Creek 35 years ago — intent on renovating the decaying buildings and revitalizing the abandoned site — it was the first in a series of moves over decades that have transformed several old industrial sites and provided homes for job creating companies in the Mon Valley.

Blooming from Blight: Earth Day Spotlight on Green Redevelopment in Pittsburgh

Across the Pittsburgh region, there are historic industrial sites that, while abandoned and left to blight after the fall of steel and other industries, have since been brought back to life, redeveloped and revitalized into homes for companies that are driving the innovation of today. Giving new life to old structures is in and of […]

Partnerships Make Projects Possible

Examples of public/private partnerships between RIDC, local government and economic development officials, leveraged to bring more resources and support to the table.

Carrie Furnace Development Continues to Move Forward; Roads, Infrastructure Now in Place

Progress on Carrie Furnace’s new development continues. The infrastructure required to prepare the site for the construction of its first two tech-flex buildings, including roads, utility work and the first pad, is now in place, as are the footers and foundation for the first building. Work on interior sanitary and mechanical, electrical and plumbing lines […]

TechVibe Radio: RIDC’s Commitment to Transforming Industrial Spaces, Innovation and Sustainable Development

RIDC President Don Smith talks with the Pittsburgh Technology Council‘s TechVibe Radio to detail RIDC’s commitment to transforming industrial spaces into thriving centers for innovation and sustainable development. Smith overviews RIDC’s approach to how revitalizing large, unused properties benefits not only the companies that occupy them, but also the communities in which they are located. […]

[Video]: RIDC Carrie Furnace Leasing Now

Things are moving along at Carrie Furnace! Just yesterday we announced engaging PJ Dick as Construction Manager for the first phase of construction – the single-story, 60,000 square foot Phase 1 Tech Flex Building, which is currently being marketed to potential tenants. The project will consist of core and shell construction with flex/office space, mechanical […]

RIDC Names PJ Dick Construction Manager for First Phase of Carrie Furnace Construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Desiree Niccoli,, 412-535-5701   RIDC Names PJ Dick Construction Manager for First Phase of Carrie Furnace Construction Pittsburgh, PA—February 14, 2023—Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) announced that it has engaged PJ Dick, one of the region’s largest construction companies, as Construction Manager for the first phase […]

Groundbreaking Marks Launch of New Development at Carrie Furnace Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Desiree Niccoli,, 412-535-5701 GROUNDBREAKING MARKS LAUNCH OF NEW DEVELOPMENT AT CARRIE FURNACE SITE Pictured from Left to Right: Dawn Keezer, Pittsburgh Film Office Director; Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC President, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Congressman Mike Doyle. Pittsburgh, PA—October 13, 2022—Federal, state, county and local officials and community leaders joined […]

Post-Gazette Editorial: Carrie Furnace on the Cusp of Long-awaited Breakthrough

“The Carrie Furnace site is surely one of the finest pieces of riverfront property anywhere in America, and a prime example of redeveloping industrial land while respecting industrial heritage. Under the stewardship of Rivers of Steel, and with support from RIDC and Allegheny County, it’s beginning to live up to that potential: history, commerce, entertainment […]

Celebrating the Pittsburgh Irish Festival at Carrie Furnace

We had a great time at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival these past few days, which was hosted at the historic Carrie Furnace site, and were so excited to see so many people there, possibly the most people on the site since the mill operated! More about our involvement at the site: County, RIDC Enter Partnership […]

RIDC’s Carrie Furnace Project Gets More Than $2 million in PIDA Loan Funding

  Media Coverage: Press Release – Governor Wolf Announces More Than $2 Million in Funding to Support Business Growth in Allegheny and Cumberland Counties Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf administration announces $2.25 million PIDA loan to RIDC for Carrie Furnace project Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – RIDC gets $2.5 million loan for new building near Carrie Furnaces

Rivers of Steel: An Iconic Symbol – The Carrie Blast Furnaces

Beautifully written piece by Rivers of Steel’s President & CEO  August Carlino, reflecting on the Carrie Furnace site, its past, its present, its future. For over 30 years, Rivers of Steel has been the steward of the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark. We’re honored to be a part of this historic site’s future and […]

County, RIDC Enter Partnership Agreement to Develop Carrie Furnace Site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2021 Contact: Amie M. Downs Allegheny County 412-350-3711 (office) 412-327-3700 (cell)  Desiree Niccoli RIDC 412-535-5701 County, RIDC Enter Partnership Agreement to Develop Carrie Furnace Site PITTSBURGH – At its meeting this afternoon, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC) voted to enter into a partnership with the Regional […]