Downtown Experience Awards Dinner


Beginning in March 2014, the PDCDC annually has hosted the Downtown Experience Awards Dinner. The Downtown Experience Awards is the night for corporate, elected, entrepreneurial, and community leaders to celebrate the impact of their collective efforts in the rebirth of Downtown. Hundreds of the region’s top leaders in business, philanthropy, and government will be in attendance. It is one of Pittsburgh’s signature annual events.

We are honored to have the opportunity to express our gratitude to those whose dedication and hard work consistently better our city center and whose impact ripples throughout the region.

The 2018 PDCDC Downtown Experience Awards Dinner

Our first year dinner was at the Rivers Club, where we sold out 300 tickets in three weeks. In year two, we moved to a larger venue at the Fairmont, where we could seat 400. Once again, we sold out in three weeks. After the 2015 year’s sold out celebration, we moved the event to an even larger venue at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh where we sold out the last two years.. This year we will be going back to the Wyndham. Please mark your calendars for WednesdayMarch 21st. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 immediately followed by dinner.
The exclusive Downtown Experience Awards recognizes groups and individuals who have made a significant impact on our vibrant Downtown community. This year’s recipients are State Representative Jake Wheatley, Public servant of the year; McKnight Realty, Downtown Corporation of the year; and Arthur Ziegler from Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Non-Profit person of the year.
Sponsorship opportunities for the event include:
Gold Level – $5,000
Entitles sponsor to a speaking role at the dinner, acknowledgment from the podium, banner at event, table of ten tickets, a full page ad in the evening’s program book, logo on PDCDC success panels, two feature articles in the highly lauded Downtowner e-newsletter, listing on the PDCDC website, and social media promotion.
Silver Level – $2,500
Entitles sponsor to six events tickets, acknowledgment from the podium, half-page ad in the evening’s program book, signage at the event, listing on the PDCDC website, one feature article in the highly
lauded Downtowner e-newsletter, and social media promotion.
Bronze Level – $1,000
Entitles sponsor to four event tickets, a quarter-page ad in the evening’s program book, signage at the event, acknowledgment from the podium, listing on the PDCDC website, acknowledgement in the highly lauded
Downtowner e-newsletter, and social media promotion.
Individual Tickets are $85.
As we enter year six of our existence, the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development
Corporation is hard at work on your behalf. Look at some of the projects we are currently working on or completed in our community:
  •  Downtown Dog Park that opened in December 2016
  • The Highmark Italian strEAT Festival July 2017 and 2018
  • Business Ambassadors
  • Fashion Week Downtown
  • Master plan for Downtown – The 15 minute project
Also without the PDCDC, there would be no:
  • Downtown Grocery Store (Market Street Grocery)
  • Third Tuesday Happy Hour
  • Developers Forum
  • Soundbites Jazz and Acoustic Music
  • Downtown Speaker Series
  • E-Newsletter for Downtown Residents and Workforce
  • PDCDC Annual Experience Awards Dinner
  • Downtown Residents Advocacy
  • Residential Ambassadors
  • Downtown Review Committee
  • Tuesday Acoustic Lunch in EQT Plaza
  •  Downtown Concierge Service
  • Sixth Street Trees Lighting
  • Programming in EQT Plaza
  • Foreign Language Programming in Mellon Square
  • Wednesday and Friday Acoustic Music in Mellon Square
  • Business and Retail Recruitment
  • Design Fest in Mellon Square
  • Go Fourth Lighting Project
  • Downtown Dining Club
  • Downtown Book Club
  • Downtown Writers Group
  • PGH Invite List
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at,
Thank you for all your support. We could not conceive, work on and complete all the projects we have now and in the future without the support of stakeholders like yourself.  We look forward to continue working with you.

The 2016 PDCDC Downtown Experience Awards Dinner

The 2016 awards were held on March 21 at the Wyndham Grand. The evening included a networking cocktail hour, three-course dinner, and the conferment of the Downtown Experience Awards. The 2016 year’s honorees included:

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Dawn Keezer of the Pittsburgh Film Office, Downtown Corporation of the Year


Julian Vallozzi of Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh, Small Business Owner of the Year


Mayor Bill Peduto, Public Servant of the Year

Colliers International
Fragasso Financial Advisors

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Huntington Bank
McKnight Realty Partners
Millcraft Investments
Philadelphia Management Corporation

3030 South Water Street Apartments
Alco Parking
Americo Construction Co.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Core Realty
E.V. Bishoff
Market Street Grocery
Point Park University
Ralph Falbo Inc.
Red Rocks Group
Susan DiGirolamo, Attorney at Law
TREK Development
Quatrini Rafferty, Attorneys at Law
Rugby Realty

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Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown

The 2015 PDCDC Downtown Experience Awards Dinner

The 2015 awards were held on Thursday, March 26. After selling out the event last year, we moved the dinner to a larger venue, The Fairmont Hotel ballroom. This year the recipients included: County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Public Servant of the Year, Robert Nutting, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, our Philanthropic award winner for his work with Pirates Charities and Yves Carreau, Downtown Pioneer.

Check out photos from the 2015 event!

Check out
our post on the 2014 Downtown Experience Awards Dinner to see who we honored and photos from the event.