Heinz College is proud to support several innovation and development outreach arms. From economic development to social innovation, Heinz College outreach platforms provide unique experiences for our students, as well as tangible benefits for community partners. Our faculty and students partner on the following initiatives with the goal of creating a lasting impact on these distinct areas of focus.
For the past 22 years the CED has conducted applied research for the Pittsburgh region in the areas of economic, community and workforce development. Recently, the Center added a new mission, to provide new learning opportunities, including system projects, for students interested in economic development through its local partners and Executive Fellows, top leaders of some of the region’s most influential and innovative institutions in the field.
The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) produces research and provides education that promotes leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation within the social sector. Collaborators include the College of Fine Arts School of Design and the Tepper School of Business. Current program offerings include new courses, a concentration in social entrepreneurship and innovation for Heinz School masters students, case competitions, experiential learning opportunities, and a lecture and podcast series featuring successful social innovators.
Technology in the Arts (TitA), an initiative of Heinz College's Master of Arts Management program, explores the intersection of arts management and technology in an effort to create dialogue around the role of technology in arts planning and programming, share best practices, and provide training in the use of online tools.