Economic Development

Pittsburgh Airport Breaks Ground on Innovation Campus

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pittsburgh International Airport broke ground Thursday on its Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus. The 195-acre site will feature office space, research and development labs and industrial manufacturing, along with a town center area with restaurants and retail.

“The economic development potential of the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus is massive,” said Dennis Davin, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, in a release. “It will help attract and retain talent and create a significant number of family-sustaining jobs for workers in the region. And it’s yet another signal to the domestic and international business community that Pittsburgh is open for business.”

The first of three phases calls for the first buildings to begin construct in two to three years and for 16 pad-ready sites to be available by 2023. Full development is expected to take upward of 10 years.

“This is a visionary plan for the continued growth of our airport and region that will create hundreds of jobs,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “The airport will collaborate and partner with local and state officials and universities to leverage research and the region’s highly-skilled workforce to identify anchor tenants for this premier development site.”

The World Trade Centers Association designates the development, modeled after a similar project at Amsterdam International Airport, as a licensed World Trade Center site. It sits within a Foreign Trade Zone.

With direct access to Interstates 576 and 376, the Airport Innovation Campus is part of the Allegheny County Airport Authority’s master plan to develop the airport for long-term flexibility.

“Our strategy is about making Pittsburgh an attractive destination for international commerce,” said agency CEO Christina Cassotis. “It helps the airport increase non-aeronautical revenue which in turn helps keep costs to airlines stable, potentially attracting more air service.”

More information on the development is available at BlueSkyPIT.com.

 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.