OUR MISSION

STRIP DISTRICT NEIGHBORS IS A 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO PROMOTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE WHILE PRESERVING AND ENHANCING THE INTEGRITY AND CHARACTER OF THE STRIP DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD.

This mission is achieved through partnerships with businesses, property owners, residents, governmental agencies, and other organizations. As an organization we commit ourselves to this mission every day. Join us in our mission and help us to keep the Strip District growing while preserving its uniqueness and special flavor that truly makes it a regional treasure and a one-of-a-kind neighborhood.

The Strip District, known nationally and regionally as Pittsburgh’s Historic Market District, is a thriving, diverse neighborhood filled with residents, workers, visitors and tourists from across the nation. It is a unique blend of retail & wholesale businesses, urban residences and arts & cultural organizations. It is ethnically diverse and offers shopping, living, working and recreational experiences. The Strip is easily accessible by mass transit which complements the well-maintained streets and bridges. Portal areas are well defined. The Strip is a welcoming, pedestrian-friendly haven for seekers of the old and new. It’s gritty, but clean and colorful, appearance provides evidence that the people who live, work and play in this area care about this community and have made a personal investment in it. The historical markers that appear on many of the buildings throughout the neighborhood instill a sense of history and respect for the past to all who visit.

WHAT WE DO

ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY

We identify, refine, and represent the diverse interests of Strip District stakeholders. Whether with each other, the City, County, or State, SDN is the collective body with a voice and proverbial “seat at the table.”.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

We review the changing landscape of the neighborhood to insure optimal land usage, compatibility and design congruence for new and existing projects. (Interested in building in the Strip? Click here.)

SAFETY & SECURITY

We work to insure the safety of all in the Strip District. We tackle any issues involving crime, traffic, pedestrian and bike safety, property crimes, and more. We also work with various government agencies and departments to review issues involving nuisance bars, blighted properties, and or problem properties.

MARKETING & PROMOTIONS

We actively work to improve commerce activity and the business community by promoting neighborhood businesses and services. We create campaigns to inform visitors and shoppers of our robust retail and wholesalers.

EVENTS & PROGRAMMING

We work to create a higher quality neighborhood experience for all by producing public events like food and music festivals, and walking tours, and activating public and private spaces in the neighborhood with seasonal events.

WHO WE ARE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pamela Austin, President & Board Chair
Cory Bonnet, Vice President
Dean DeCrease, Second Vice President
Alyssa Falarski, Secretary
Sandy Hanberry, Treasurer
Megan Stearman, Marketing Committee Chair
Chris Watts, Community Development Committee Chair
Larry Simms, Membership Committee Chair
Judy Watts, Safety & Security Committee Chair
Jenna DiFrancesco, Governance Committee Chair

Christy Bean Rowing • Christie Bengele • Chip Desmone • Christina French • Tim Gaber • Kevin Kerr • Mark Meyer • Matt Napper • Brady Smith • Catina Stamoolis • Kate Tunney • Larry Walsh • Robb Wilson

EMERITUS

Candi Cybator • Chuck Hammel • Jeff Kumer • Michael Kutzer • Joseph Lagana • Andrew Masich • Sarah Moeller • Don Orkoskey • William Perry • Alan Siger

EX-OFFICIO

David Huffaker • Abby Raie LaCombe • Andrea Lavin Kossis • Hersh Merenstein

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Lee Berger • Courtney Brennan • Kathy Buechel • Nick Bunner • Beth Edwards • Adam Erlichman • Rachaellee Lacek • Jana Lake • Beth Lentz • Brooke Murphy • Rachel Rampa • Gary Sabo • Craig Silverblatt • Michael Troiani • Breanna Tyson • John Valentine

CONTACT US

At Strip District Neighbors we want to hear from you. Communication with our members and those interested in our community is vital to helping us fulfill our mission.