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. […]

RIDC Summer Newsletter 2023

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RIDC: A History of Tangible Impacts on People and Places in Our Region

Throughout its 68-year history, RIDC has responded to emerging regional economic development needs, transforming the region’s underutilized real estate assets to capture growth opportunities across diverse industry sectors. “We’re able to bring together industry leaders, government officials, foundations and other partners to ensure investment decisions are providing the benefits the community needs,” said Donald Smith, […]

RIDC Spring Newsletter 2023

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Breaking Ground: Green Building Innovation

RIDC’s Mill 19, which features the largest sloped rooftop solar array in the US and many other environmental attributes, is on the cover of Breaking Ground’s latest issue on green building.

Pittsburgh’s Innovation Funding Outperforms National Trends Again

This region’s resilience in the face of headwinds from national economic uncertainty bodes well for tech companies in the Pittsburgh market over the long term. This article is a part of RIDC’s Pittsburgh Innovation Economy content hub with Pittsburgh Business Times and can be read in full here.

TEQ Magazine Forty Forward

RIDC President Don Smith was featured on the cover of TEQ Magazine’s Forty Forward issue, celebrating the Pittsburgh Tech Council’s 40th anniversary while looking forward and dreaming big about the next forty years. Don’s dreams for the region forty years from now: “Pittsburgh is already at the intersection of R&D and manufacturing, with universities producing […]

Smith’s Viewpoint: Innovation + manufacturing = jobs

“Manufacturing is where the jobs are. Pennsylvania needs to position itself as a magnet for expanding companies when they are ready to build the large facilities that are necessary to manufacture products at scale and bring them to market.” But we’re lagging behind. More of the latest insight from RIDC President Donald Smith.

RIDC President Makes Pittsburgh Business Times’s 2023 Power 100 List

Earlier this week we announced that RIDC’s President Don Smith made City & State PA’s 2023 Power 100 list. We’re pleased to share that he’s also made this year’s Pittsburgh Business Times’s Power 100 list, which highlights the region’s most influential business leaders. The influencers on this year’s list are connectors, people who build bridges. […]

Creating jobs is job No. 1 for Pittsburgh region

Donald F. Smith, Jr., president of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) and a member of the governor’s transition subcommittee on innovation, points to the need to expand the region’s innovation economy from R&D to commercialization and manufacturing of products. This will allow the Pittsburgh area to compete more effectively for the larger companies that […]

RIDC President Named Member of the Innovation Subcommittee of Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro’s Economic Development Transition Committee

Donald F. Smith, Jr. has been named a member of the Innovation Subcommittee of Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro’s Economic Development Transition Committee. The committee will review current policies and make recommendations about how to spur innovation, grow the economy and support the creation of high-quality jobs. As RIDC’s President, Smith has played a leadership role in […]