Related Systems Projects at Heinz

Students at Heinz College have tacked a broad range of system projects related to improving economic, community, or workforce development over the years. Here is a list of projects that our students have worked in the past:

Assessing employment opportunities from the redevelopment of the Almono site in Hazelwood. Who gains?, Power Up Pittsburgh.

Show Me the Money – Redesigning loan programs for small businesses, Allegheny County Economic Development

Positioned for Growth – Landmarks Community Capital, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Evaluation of PennDOT’s current transportation planning process for urban development, Regional Industrial Development Corporation

Developing Business Requirements for a Rent Calculation Tool to Reduce Improper Payments,Real Estate Assessment Center, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Unitization, Spacing, and Pooling in PA Oil and Gas, Carnegie Mellon

Putting intelligent transportation to work in the new fiscal reality, Port Authority of Allegheny County

Municipal cooperation and blight recovery in the Monongahela Valley, Steel Valley, Turtle Creek Valley, and Twin Rivers Council of Government

The Costs and Benefits of AMTRAK’s Pennsylvanian Line(Independent Study), Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail

Brownfield redevelopment in the Monongahela Valley, Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Soutwestern Pennsylvania

Assessing the social economic impact of the Allegheny Grows community gardening program, Allegheny County Economic Development

Assessing social entrepreneurship models for the largest greenouse in southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Developing a GPS enabled mobile application to help the Red Cross emergency services manage needs assessment for small scale disasters, United Way of Allegheny County

Determining safe routes for school and associated development opportunities associated with new school construction in the neighborhood of Homewood in Pittsburgh PA, Homewood Children's Village

Examining the implications of implementing Bus Rapid Transit through the Oakland to Downtown Corridor in Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County

Iron Roots: an analysis of entrepreneurial opportunity for urban farming in Youngstown OH, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation

Assessing the marketability of rehabilitated housing in Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Allegheny Center: A Fresh Look at the Legacy of Urban Renewal, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Developing IT and policy to enable the delivery of real-time bus location and estimated arrival times to riders, Port Authority of Allegheny County

Developing a tool to help community development practitioners identify corridor selection methods and effective investment strategies for blighted communities with vacant land, GTECH Strategies.

Examining the barriers to using food stamps at the City Parks farmer’s markets, Just Harvest

Assessing the Economic and Community Impact of Allegheny Grows, Allegheny County Economic Development

Bringing Bus Rapid Transit to Pittsburgh, Port Authority of Allegheny County

The Interaction Between Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Energy Production and Water Quality, Department of Engineering and Public Policy

Developing a “Safe Routes to School Plan” as a Component of the Homewood Community Development Plan, Homewood Children’s Village

Transitioning Power Plants from Coal to Natural Gas, Equitable Gas

Measuring the Economic Impact of Greenspace, Urban Redevelopment  Authority of Pittsburgh

Other related projects undertaken by students at the College during the last several decades include:

Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH)
What started as a system project is now an award winning model that combines urban redevelopment with environmental sustainability. GTECHs three pronged strategy involves reclaiming blighted and brownfield land, planting renewable bio-fuel crops, and providing job training communities.

The Emerging Housing Market in Downtown Pittsburgh
A study of the downtown residential market for the Downtown Living Initiative.

The Urban Marketing Challenge
A team of students examined Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood for the URA to determine the true market size and determine if it was sufficient to support a grocery store, and if so, what other issues needed to be addressed to attract a store.

A Starting Point: A Strategy for City-County Service Consolidation
An examination of six potential areas of public services consolidation between the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Pittsburgh Purchasing Power Profiles
This project explored alternatives to traditional marketing measures related to retail location decisions, such as household income, vs. measures that reflect the total purchasing power of an area, including population and density within a given distance of, for example, a grocery store. Project clients included the URA and Allegheny County Economic Development.

Connecting People and Jobs
A project focusing on connecting communities in need to jobs at the airport corridor for Sustainable Pittsburgh.

Community Indicators
A project focused on developing neighborhood indicators to benchmark Pittsburgh vs. Other U.S. Cities.

The Role of Foundations in Economic Development
An assessment of the role foundations play in economic development, for the Heinz Foundation.

Integrating Neighborhoods into Regional Clusters
This project examined ways to connect neighborhood needs and assets with regional industrial strategy. Clients included the community development corporations of East Liberty Development Inc. and South Side Local Development Corporation.

The East Busway: A Demonstration of Tools and Strategies for Managing Transit
An examination of Port Authority’s financial crisis in 2003, and strategies for managing financial and social deficits in urban public transit systems. Client: Port Authority.

The East Busway: Promises and Performance in Urban Transit Projects
A historical analysis of the decisions in the design, funding, construction, and operations of the East Busway capital project. Client: Port Authority.

Linking the Environment to the New Competitiveness
An examination of the links between environment and competitiveness across regions, and the potential for Pittsburgh to link the environment to economic growth.

Entrepreneurial Pittsburgh: Uncovering the New Economy
Analysis and recommendations for improving the region’s entrepreneurial infrastructure.

Brownfield Revitalization
A study of stakeholder roles in development decision making.

Tech Systems
An examination of issues surrounding University tech transfer.

Performance Benchmarks for Urban Centers 
A comparison and critique of measurement systems for urban/regional benchmarking.

Entrepreneurship and the Arts
Examination of entrepreneurial activity in local arts organizations.

Entrepreneurial Policy in Pennsylvania
A review of the policy context for entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce.

Proposing a Tax Base Sharing Model for the Region
Examines the benefits and feasibility of implementing of tax base sharing for the six county region.

Regional Economic Development in Pittsburgh
An examination of four different economic development institutions in Pittsburgh.

Design for a High Performance Manufacturing Infrastructure 
An examination of the challenges of ushering high performance manufacturing into southwestern Pennsylvania for SPIRC.

High Performance Business Climate
An analysis of the elements of high performance business climate for the Department of Community and Economic Development in Pennsylvania.

Strategic Issues in the Evaluation and Performance of Technology Transfer and Manufacturing Modernization Programs
An examination of technology policy issues with creating and diffusing industrial innovations in the US.