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Tonight’s the Night…

Get ready to enjoy another PDCDC Third Tuesday Happy Hour from 6:00-8:30 PM tonight. Third Tuesday Happy Hour will be hosted at Sonoma Grille, a gorgeous restaurant with a West Coast inspired menu and an elaborate wine and cocktail bar. Choose from many Californian eclectic appetizers, small dishes, or entrees that are both innovative and delectable. Offering weekly happy hour specials like $5 glasses of wine, Sonoma is the place to be tonight.

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As per usual, PDCDC members will be treated to free appetizers at this event. Not a member? You will have an opportunity to sign up at Third Tuesday Happy Hour, or you can sign up any time on PDCDC’s website!

Please RSVP for this event at or call (412) 235-7263

Sonoma’s address is: 947 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222

We hope to see you there!


Downtown Experience Awards are Approaching

The PDCDC’s Fourth Annual Downtown Experience Awards Dinner is just around the corner!

One of the most noteworthy annual events in all of Downtown Pittsburgh, the Downtown Experience Awards Dinner is a night to honor corporate, elected, entrepreneurial, and community leaders who have played a vital role in the rebirth of the Golden Triangle. This year’s honorees include Senator Jay Costa as Public Servant of the Year, Grant Oliphant for Nonprofit Corporation of the Year, and the DeSimone Family as Small Business Owner of the Year.

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The Downtown Experience Awards will take place at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Hotel on Wednesday, March 29th. The networking and cocktail hour starts at 5:30 PM, with dinner and the awards ceremony starting at 6:30 PM and ending at 8:00 PM.

We are excited for a night of delicious food, good company, and most importantly, honoring our collective effort in making Downtown Pittsburgh a thriving and dynamic neighborhood. See you there!


Make Your Voice Heard with Point Park University

As you know, workforce skills change rapidly in our current economic environment.

Point Park University is dedicated to investing in and educating the local and regional labor force by offering educational opportunities that will prepare individuals for a more competitive workforce and connect them with opportunities and paths to success.

Please take the opportunity to complete this 4 question survey, which should take about 3 minutes. PPU is gathering data on potential new training and certification programs.

Kindly click here: Point Park University Training and Certification Survey

Your valued input will assist them in better serving the business and nonprofit community.


Honoring Grant Oliphant

Grant Oliphant’s long history with non-profits has certainly been successful. He first became involved with Heinz Endowments in 1988, acting as press secretary for John Heinz until John’s tragic death in 1991. Grant then held several management positions with Heinz Endowments including Director of Communications and Vice President for Programs and Planning, and worked as a corporate officerGrant Oliphant 470x708 - The Downtowner on the Endowments’ Investments and Budget committees.

Grant’s various duties at Heinz Endowments included managing the $70 million dollar annual grantmaking portfolio, reviewing and refocusing grantmaking priorities, and refining strategic planning. Grant also led community-focused groups that perform school reform, envision civic design, and encourage balance between economic development and environmental mindfulness.

In 2008, Grant left Heinz Endowments to act as the head of the Pittsburgh Foundation, and had a transformative role in the company, developing multiple notable programs including the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Program and PittsburghGives, among others. With the help of Grant, the Pittsburgh Foundation received more than $150 million dollars worth of charitable donations, new funds, and additions to existing funds. After six years with the Pittsburgh Foundation, Grant was welcomed back to Heinz Endowments in 2014 when he was offered the position of President, succeeding Robert Vagt.

Grant has chaired for numerous organizations like The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Riverlife, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Pittsburgh Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and the Communications Network. Further, he has served on the board of organizations including Grantmakers Evaluation Network, Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance.

Before working for Heinz, Grant attended Swarthmore University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, and Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business, where he received a Master of Science in organizational development. He also was a founding editor at the monthly political magazine, American Politics.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation thanks Grant Oliphant, the Nonprofit Corporation of Year Awardee, for all he and Heinz Endowments have done for Pittsburgh.


CAPA Cabaret

Enjoy jaw dropping performances and support the arts by attending CAPA’s Seventh Annual Fundraiser!

On Saturday, March 25th, CAPA will be hosting a Cabaret at the Rivers Casino Ballroom. CAPA Cabaret is an event dedicated to raising funds for CAPA’s talented students and faculty. Etta Cox, a Pittsburgh jazz artist and CAPA teacher, will be performing an evening of jazz sure to captivate and amaze any audience. In addition, there will be a silent auction with exciting prizes ranging from an Apple Watch to an overnight stay at the Renaissance Hotel.

All proceeds from CAPA Cabaret go to the students and faculty at CAPA. These funds ensure that students and faculty can continue to learn, grow, and create art that matters. CAPA is dedicated to creating a top notch learning environment, and believes that the arts are necessary to the success of a public education.

Do your part to support the arts, win prizes, and be blown away by an evening of talent at CAPA’s Seventh Annual Fundraiser: CAPA Cabaret. We hope to see you there!


KathyGriffin Comes to Pittsburgh

The Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, the leading LGBT advocacy organization in Western Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Cultural TKathy Griffin 470x655 - The Downtownerrust are pleased to welcome Kathy Griffin’s “Celebrity Run-In Tour” to the Benedum Center on Sunday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m

A towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing, Kathy breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy.

Tickets are on sale at, at the Box Office at Theater Square, or by calling 412-456-6666.








Downtown Events this Week:

PDCDC Third Tuesday Happy Hour, 6:00 p.m., Sonoma Grille
The Reel Story – “Cafe Society”, 12:15 p.m., Carnegie Library Downtown

FUSE@PSO: Tchaikovsky + Drake, 6:30 p.m., Heinz Hall
Run the World Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m., Sienna Mercato

2017 Winter Portfolio Show, 1:00- 6:00 p.m., The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Cold War Kids, 7:00 p.m., Stage AE

Opening Reception: Walk on By, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m., Future Tenant
21+ Night at the Carnegie Science Center: Space, 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., Carnegie Science Center

Shake Your Booties… Down Bourbon Street, 6:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m., Stage AE
21st Annual UPMC Children’s Ball, 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Heinz Field

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour, 7:30 p.m., Benedum Center
Pittsburgh Penguins v. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m., PPG Paints Arena

Ongoing Events
Daddy Long Legs, Mar 9- Apr 9, O’Reilly Theater
Farm to Table Pittsburgh Conference, Mar 24- Mar 25, David Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, Mar 24- Mar 26, Cultural District
Zegna & DiBianco Spring Trunk Shows, Mar 23- Mar 25, Larrimor’s
Liberty Labs, Mar 20- Mar 25, 813 Liberty Avenue