Please Join Us on November 2nd

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Join OPDC for a public discussion about the Bates Street corridor. Concerned about rumors you’ve heard?  Clear up misconceptions and have your voice heard. Learn about zoning, permitting, and city policy priorities; hear a brief presentation by Oakland Gateway Ventures; and share your opinions with local elected officials and public partners.

For questions, please contact OPDC at 412.621.7863 ext. 14 or amalbon@opdc.org


Construction Update

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OPDC is pleased to announce that construction has begun in West Oakland on new affordable apartments for the community.  Through our Oakland Affordable Living development, we are giving new life to 24 existing units, known as Allequippa Place, and building a new building on Wadsworth Street that will have 25 apartments.  We are grateful for the support of Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the Urban Redevelopment Authority and pleased to be working with Sota Construction Services, Inc., PNC Bank, Loysen + Kreuthmeier and other members of our project team listed below: 

Allegheny County Department of Economic Development
Bridgeway Capital
Common Ground
Corcoran Jennison Company
Diamond and Associates
Heinz Endowments
The Honorable Jay Costa, Jr.
The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald
The Honorable Wayne Fontana
The Honorable Dan Frankel
The Honorable Dan Gilman
The Honorable Bruce Kraus
The Honorable Daniel Lavelle
The Honorable Jake Wheatley
Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Neighborhood Allies
Oakland Development Fund
The Honorable William Peduto
Regional Housing Legal Services
UPMC


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OPDC's JobLinks invites you to a ghost-themed financial event on October 19th to learn all about credit! How to get it, how to use it, and how to improve it. Please join us at 249 Semple Street (The Career Center) from 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm. 

  • Enjoy a burning hot dinner
  • Financial games that will make you scream with laughter
  • Join our unique credit building program and scare up some money too!
  • Win prizes
  • Childcare available with devilishly fun activities for your children (ages 3-11) 
  • Halloween candy for all participants
  • Frighteningly BIG end-of-the-evening raffle! 

To RSVP please call 412.621.3821 or email nogbonna@joblinks.opdc.org 


Future Makers: Build a Bright Future

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OPDC is pleased to announce a new college and career exploration outreach initiative due to the generous support of McAuley Ministries Foundation.  Future Makers: Build a Bright Future will provide hands-on enrichment activities that motivate and inspire youth to explore college and career opportunities.  Youth will be able to experience and develop new skills, connect with area programs, meet professionals, and explore their college and career options.  Youth will participate in “maker days”, which will occur on Saturday mornings, between two and four hours in length, twice monthly.  Look for more information in the coming months as we announce the kick-off event in December.  


Welcome to Our New Website!

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OPDC’s website redesign gives us a simple, user-friendly, easily-navigated site with all of our program information in one place. We also condensed and reorganized our content to reduce the number of tabs and pages that often make navigating a website more complex.

We are also proud to present our #OaklandMatters video, produced by Ya Momz House, LLC. The video provides a comprehensive illustration of the Oakland Community Land Trust – our initiative to stabilize homeownership and maintain affordability in Oakland neighborhoods. Please help us to create buzz about the CLT by sharing the #OaklandMatters video on social media. We invite you to explore our website further; please email questions@opdc.org to provide us with your feedback or suggestions.


Meet Our New Staff Members

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Jodi Lincoln, our Property Manager, comes to OPDC from Nexus Real Estate, where she worked as their leasing director. Before that, Jodi was an Oakland resident while she attended the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated in 2014 with degrees in Anthropology and Film Studies and continues to work at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

As Property Manager, Jodi will oversee all of our properties, including matters related to leasing, maintenance, and tenant relations.

Her favorite thing about Oakland is that it’s not going anywhere. Only when she was in high school at the Creative and Performing Arts School was she not in Oakland daily for school or work (although she still had to sit in rush hour traffic on Forbes every afternoon). She can’t escape Oakland and that’s a great thing!

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Hannah Green is a PULSE Fellow that has recently taken on the role of Marketing and Community Programs Coordinator. This past May, she graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She has explored her interests in marketing and community outreach during her past internships with Blonde + Co. Creative Agency and Highmark Inc. and is interested in expanding her knowledge of community planning and development.

Hannah will work closely with the OPDC team to engage community members in our work and manage our marketing/communication efforts.

Her favorite things to do in Oakland are to enjoy a sunny day in Schenley Plaza and explore the art collection and the dinosaur exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  

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Karen Craig has recently joined us as the new JobLinks Program Director. In addition to her 15 years of Administrative Service, Workforce Development and Human Resources experience, Karen has an AS in Programming, a BS in Human Resources and a Masters in Psychology with a focus on Non-profit Management. During her career, she attended and participated in various Career Services and Chamber of Commerce Boards that offered educational and career advice that had a profound effect on others. As the Human Resources Representative for Paychex, Inc. and the Career Transition Readiness Supervisor for Pittsburgh Job Corps Center, she led and worked closely with diverse groups that were comprised of students, staff, and external customers.

Karen will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions of the JobLinks program, reaching out to government and institutional officials for program funding, coordinating the workforce program, and working with various schools and institutions to secure job placement openings for participants.

She first acquired a love for Oakland when she began attending classes at Carnegie Mellon University, for a pre-college program, and at the University of Pittsburgh, as a fulltime student. She has fond memories of working her first job in Oakland at a Burger King and making many life-long friends in the community.

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Annemarie Malbon has joined our team as the Program Specialist and Assistant to the Executive Director. She recently received her Masters of Social Work in Community, Organization, and Social Action from the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned a bachelors in Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. During her two-year-long service with AmeriCorps – first with Habitat for Humanity and second with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh – she developed an interest in community planning, neighborhood stabilization, and community-driven development. As a graduate student, she had the opportunity to pursue these interests as an intern with community-based organizations, including Operation Better Block in Homewood and the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation.

Annemarie will work closely with the Executive Director and other OPDC staff to coordinate executive communications and scheduling, complete research and analysis, and engage community members in OPDC initiatives.

Her favorite things to do in Oakland include finding a good book at the Carnegie Library, hiking through Schenley Park, and meeting up with friends for hotcakes at Pamela’s or ice cream at Dave and Andy’s.