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.
We strip for each other.
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."
We review the changing landscape of the neighborhood to insure optimal land usage, compatibility and design congruence for new and existing projects.
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
president & board chair
Mr. Lee is the owner/operator of Studious One Digital Film Arts, a former TV journalist and vice president of the Pittsburgh Penguins. A native of Pittsburgh, he has called the Strip District home for the last 10 years.
Ms. Murphy is the Business Manager for Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar. After moving to Pittsburgh from her hometown of Columbus, Ohio with her husband Dan Murphy almost 11 years ago, they have enjoyed all the city has to offer and love calling Pittsburgh their home.
Ms. Austin lives and works in the Strip District. She relocated from Chicago to lead the Pittsburgh office for McCaffery Interests, the firm that developed Cork Factory and Lot 24 residences. Pamela enjoys traveling and experiencing different cuisines so loves the worldly diversity of the Strip District.
Marketing Committee chair
Mr. Eichler is a lifelong Pittsburgher who has spent the past five years running Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange on Penn Ave in the Strip.
matt napper, safety & Security committee chair
Mr. Napper is AVP/Banking Center Manger at WesBanco Bank and has been part of the Strip District community for over 12 years.
tiffany haile, community development committee co-chair
Ms. Haile is a resident of the Strip for nearly five years and is energized by its urbanism, culture, and design. By day, she is the Manager, Planning + Strategy at AE Works, a Pittsburgh-based architecture, engineering, and building consulting company.
kate tunney, community development committee co-chair
Mark Bookman Chip Desmone Caroline Fitzgerald Tim Gaber Brian Kurtz Michael Kutzer
Mark Meyer Megan Stearman Roberta Turkas Larry Walsh Jennifer Yates
Chuck Hammel Jeff Kumer Joseph Lagana Andrew Masich Sara Moeller Don Orkoskey
William Perry Alan Siger
Board of Advisors
David Caliguiri Jackie Capretto Rob Indovina Manoj Jegasothy Darla Jobkar John Krofcheck Larry Lagatutta Janet McCall David Regan Sal Richetti Lindsey Vanderveer Sam Wholey Robb Wilson
We Strip in the open.
become a member
Strip District Neighbors is a member-based, non-profit organization that relies on the support of its members to provide the valuable services it does.
Individuals who become members of Strip District Neighbors receive member-only notices, promotions, and meetings and events in the neighborhood. Members identify themselves as neighborhood stakeholders.
Businesses within the neighborhood with member status receive all the service and support Strip District Neighbors can provide to advance both individual and collective goals. Business membership fees are commensurate with the amount of benefit received by each business.
Community Partners are those individuals or businesses who make substantial investment in the community. Our Community Partners recognize the value of the work of Strip District Neighbors and understand the strength of the organization to the health of the neighborhood.
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.