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Recent CED News

The CED’s Practitioner’s Edge Series Wraps Up
Release Date: Apr 16, 2014
The fourth consecutive year of the Center for Economic Development’s popular Practitioner’s Edge Seminar and Workshop Series wrapped up April 5th 2014. This series gives Heinz students exposure to some of the more practice specific skills in economic and community development; skills complementary to the generalized skills conferred by our core and elective courses. The CED delivered a record six events last year, with participation reaching 52 attendees....
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Heinz College Tours Almono Redevelopment Site
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014
The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) offered students a tour of Almono, a redevelopment project on the site of the City of Pittsburgh’s last major undeveloped brownfield....
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Heinz Lauble Fellows Host Discussion on Bakery Square 2.0
Release Date: Feb 11, 2014
Pittsburgh is known for many things nowadays, perhaps most impressively its approach to redeveloping a former steel town. The Bakery Square development, now entering its second phase, is one example of how Pittsburgh continues to attract new economic activity, reinvest in neighborhoods, and encourage innovation. ...
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Brownfield Redevelopment in the Mon Valley
Release Date: Feb 06, 2014
The overarching challenge presented by Brownfield Redevelopment in the Mon Valley, a system project sponsored by the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) was a tough one. How do you sell an obsolete industrial site in a difficult location in a way could materially benefit low income residents still living in the neighborhood years after Steel’s collapse -- during the tail end of a nationwide economic recession?...
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Unitization, Spacing, and Pooling Requirements for Natural Gas Drilling Pennsylvania
Release Date: Feb 03, 2014
In the fall, 2012, ten students from the MSPPM program at Heinz College enrolled in a required Systems project class, the object of which is to structure an unstructured problem. The group undertook a study to explore methods to improve the efficiency of natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale and the minimization of surface disturbance in the state of Pennsylvania....
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Municipal Cooperation: Blight Recovery in the Mon Valley
Release Date: Jan 28, 2014
The Mon Valley comprises about one quarter of Allegheny County in both size and population. While the Mon Valley was once a powerful economic engine in the region, in recent decades it has suffered from higher levels of vacancy, blight, and population loss than other parts of the county. Municipalities in the Mon Valley have vacancy rates ranging from 5 to 25%, and blight rates of comparable magnitude. In addition to widespread blight, the Mon Valley is challenged by deeply fragmented government...
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