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Officials Break Ground on ‘Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus’

 
 

Officials Break Ground on ‘Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus’

PITTSBURGH – Local officials broke ground Thursday on one of Pennsylvania’s marquee development sites, which could spur hundreds of net new jobs to the region and help fuel the regional economy.
 
Dennis Davin, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis and other officials to officially break ground on the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus and launch the airport’s long range plan for flexible real estate development.
 
"The economic development potential of the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus is massive," Secretary Davin said. "It will help attract and retain talent and create a significant number of family-sustaining jobs for workers in the region. And it's yet another signal to the domestic and international business community that Pittsburgh is open for business."
 
The Airport Innovation Campus is a 195-acre parcel that will feature office space, research and development laboratories, and industrial manufacturing, as well as a town center with restaurants, retail, with a long-range plan of connecting to the terminal.
 
The three-phase construction plan includes up to 16 pad-ready sites available by 2023, and is modeled after the Schiphol development at Amsterdam International Airport.
 
“This is a visionary plan for the continued growth of our airport and region that will create hundreds of jobs,” Fitzgerald said. “The airport will collaborate and partner with local and state officials and universities to leverage research and the region’s highly-skilled workforce to identify anchor tenants for this premier development site.”
 
The Innovation Campus has been designated as a licensed World Trade Center site by the World Trade Centers Association and is located within a foreign-trade zone. The designation allows companies to import goods, manufacture products and resell them outside the U.S. and provides relief or exemption of certain duties and tariffs.
 
“This is an ideal opportunity for any company that wants to establish a global presence in the Pittsburgh region with access to taxiways and runways while realizing the economic benefits of doing business in a foreign-trade zone,” Cassotis said.
 
Full development of the site is expected to take 10 years or more, with construction of the first building beginning in two to three years.
 
The Airport Innovation Campus and overall master plan for development at PIT is designed to be flexible to meet the shifting demands of the real estate market through ground leasing opportunities. The site is fully permitted, graded and connected to utilities, with direct access not only to the airport but to interstates 576 and 376, all within 20 miles of downtown Pittsburgh.
 
“Our strategy is about making Pittsburgh an attractive destination for international commerce,” Cassotis said. “It helps the airport increase non-aeronautical revenue which in turn helps keep costs to airlines stable, potentially attracting more air service.”
 
More information on the development is available at www.BlueSkyPIT.com.
 
About Allegheny County Airport Authority:
 
Allegheny County Airport Authority, which manages Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community, inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader. Its 2017 Annual Report detailing growth and improved financial position can be found at www.flypittsburgh.com/AR17.
 
Pittsburgh International Airport serves nearly 9 million passengers annually on 17 carriers. Air Transport World named Pittsburgh International its 2017 Airport of the Year. Travel + Leisure and J.D. Power have again named Pittsburgh International a Top 10 Domestic Airport in 2018.