wins IEDC Gold Excellence Award

2015 IEDC Awards Ribbon gold

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for in the category of Special Purpose Website for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The world’s largest independent non-profit membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development, the IEDC helps economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the IEDC and President of Saginaw Future, Inc. remarked about that “the award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh for leading the charge.”

As part of the City’s overall plan to create a more robust entrepreneur environment, the responsively-designed website connects entrepreneurs with opportunities and serves as a “launchpad” for local new businesses. has become the “one-stop shop” for entrepreneurs, investors, developers and job seekers with links to the best business and networking resources that can help them get their business off the ground, events for entrepreneurs and information about venture capitalists who might be interested in investing in their company.