Strong Communities

Pitt deepened its role as a dedicated community partner and a vital economic engine for the Commonwealth. The University's annual economic contribution continues to grow—and now sits at $3.95 billion—with the state seeing a $26 return on every $1 it invests in Pitt.


July 28, 2016
A 50-Year Partnership with Pennsylvania

On July 28, 1966, Pennsylvania’s governor signed the bill establishing the University of Pittsburgh as a state-related institution. Since then, Pitt has educated many thousands of Pennsylvania students, created a wide pool of talent for employers, driven innovation, generated jobs, and contributed more than $3.9 billion annually in positive economic impact in the Commonwealth.

August 20, 2016
Student Start-Up is Among the Best Nationally

Student start-up HiberSense is one of the best university start-ups of 2016, says the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer. HiberSense is developing a wireless self-learning thermostat system designed to maximize cost efficiency and comfort.

September 26, 2016
Pitt Partners in "Smart Cities" Venture

Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University, and the city of Pittsburgh join the national MetroLab Network, part of the White House’s Smart Cities Initiative. The network creates city-university partnerships bringing data, analytics, and tech innovation to city government through projects that offer solutions in infrastructure, services, and other public-sector areas.

October 22, 2016
Thousands of Volunteers and More than 100 Service Projects in One Day!

Every year, thousands of our students, faculty, alumni, and staff participate in Pitt Make A Difference Day. They disperse across local neighborhoods in the region to join one of more than 100 different community service volunteer projects in one day!

October 31, 2016
Building Tomorrow's Workforce

A new workforce development program will provide critical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region through a partnership between Pitt and Innovation Works, an investor in seed-stage ventures. The program will promote alternative solutions to help those affected negatively by the decline in the coal industry, which has resulted in job losses and economic instability.

November 17, 2016
Accelerating the Maker Movement

The University is partnering with two local nonprofits, Catalyst Connection and Innovation Works, to create the new Manufacturing Accelerator Program to help maker/entrepreneurs scale their production and grow their businesses. Pitt’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Manufacturing Assistance Center within the Swanson School of Engineering will operate the program in Homewood, an economically disadvantaged neighborhood.

January 1, 2017
New Role Supports Community Engagement

Lina D. Dostilio joins the University as assistant vice chancellor for community engagement within the Office of Community and Governmental Relations. In this new role, she will guide and manage novel and sustainable results-based community engagement by partnering with local neighborhood leaders and Pitt faculty members and students for effective and innovative approaches to existing and new programs and research projects in regional communities.

January 16, 2017
Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

After a weeklong observance of the civic-service legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Pitt’s annual MLK Day of Service is held on the national holiday that honors the iconic civil rights leader. Once again this year, students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together to help others in a spirit of service.

January 28, 2017
Undergraduate Wins Leadership Award

Hashaam Jamil, an undergraduate with majors in psychology and sociology, wins the Distinguished Emerging Leadership Award from Coro Pittsburgh, as part of its 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards. The group focuses on developing leaders who have a passion to revitalize communities. Pitt’s John Wallace Jr., a professor in the School of Social Work, won the Distinguished Individual Leadership Award

March 20, 2017
Improving Society's Health and Wellness through a New Institute

A new institute, the Healthy Lifestyle Institute, is established as an umbrella organization to coordinate efforts within Pitt to improve the health and wellness of society at large. The founding director is John M. Jakicic, chair of the School of Education Department of Health and Physical Activity.

April 14, 2017
Pitt and Pittsburgh Transformed by the Hillmans' Generosity and Vision

A pioneering business leader who had an abiding love for his city, Henry Hillman dies at age 98. He and his late wife, Elsie, transformed the city through their sustained generosity and prescient vision. Their legendary impact includes their enduring support of Pitt through seminal initiatives such as Hillman Library, the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Hillman Fellows for Innovative Cancer Research Program, and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

June 30, 2017
New Program Champions Access to Higher Education

The University announces an expanded commitment to recruiting, rewarding, and supporting the city’s best public school students in their pursuit of a college degree. Beginning in fall 2018, valedictorians and salutatorians from all Pittsburgh Public Schools will be guaranteed freshman admission to the University of Pittsburgh, along with scholarship support of at least $2,000 per year.