Strategic Investment Fund Partners with RIDC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Strategic Investment Fund Completes First Close of $34 Million for Investment in Catalytic Real Estate Projects Announces New Strategic Focus and Partners with RIDC (PITTSBURGH – Sept. 18, 2023) – Strategic Investment Fund Partners (SIF), a private sector source of gap financing for catalytic real estate projects in southwestern Pennsylvania, has […]

Smith’s Viewpoint: Where Will the Next Phase of Job Growth Take Place?

When RIDC built Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green, we viewed it as a project that would have a catalytic effect on the undeveloped portion of that site and, ultimately, an economic impact that would benefit the community and the region as a whole. We’ve achieved some important milestones thus far, and more activity is in […]

Michael Baker International Named the Program Management Consultant for PennSTART

Michael Baker International has been named the Program Management Consultant for PennSTART, a collaborative effort between RIDC, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Westmoreland County, and Carnegie Mellon University to develop a state-of-the-art facility envisioned to benefit emergency responders, transportation technology companies, and research institutions while supporting the local economy. The firm will develop a master plan for […]

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 […]

Photos: Butterfly Sanctuaries at RIDC Mill 19 and Tech Forge

Did you know there are butterfly sanctuaries at RIDC Mill 19 and Tech Forge? Butterflies are attracted to bright flowers and need to feed on nectar. When they do their bodies collect pollen and carry it to other plants. This helps fruits, vegetables and flowers produce new seeds. The flowers planted at both properties were […]

Innovation Works’ Robotics Factory, AlphaLab Coming to RIDC Tech Forge

Innovation Works’ Robotics Factory and AlphaLab accelerator programs will be making their new home at RIDC Tech Forge. Media Coverage: Pittsburgh Inno – Robotics Factory, AlphaLab accelerators moving into former site used by Locomation in Lawrenceville – Innovation Works’ Robotics Factory is moving to Robotics Row Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Lawrenceville is Pittsburgh Robotics Factory’s […]

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. […]

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SeqCenter Expands Space in RIDC’s Chocolate Factory in Lawrenceville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Desiree Niccoli,, 412-535-5701 SeqCenter Expands Space in RIDC’s Chocolate Factory in Lawrenceville The Chocolate Factory at RIDC’s Lawrenceville Technology Center Pittsburgh, PA—July 6, 2023—SeqCenter, formerly Microbial Genome Sequencing Center, signed a lease amendment with Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) for a 10-year extension and will be […]

RIDC Mill 19 Buildings A & B Now LEED-NC v.4 Gold Certified

The USGBC National Capital Region has certified RIDC’s Mill 19 Buildings A & B LEED-NC v.4 Gold! Sustainable measures include the first two phases being designed to approach net zero energy use, featuring the largest single-sloped PV array in the country.

KaliVir Immunotherapeutics, Inc. Extends and Expands Presence at RIDC O’Hara

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Desiree Niccoli,, 412-535-5701 KaliVir Immunotherapeutics, Inc. Extends and Expands Presence at RIDC O’Hara Aerial of RIDC O’Hara O’Hara Township, PA—June 5, 2023—Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) announced that KaliVir Immunotherapeutics, Inc., a leading cancer immunotherapy research firm, has agreed to extend and expand its presence in the […]

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, […]