Carnegie Mellon University

Site-Focused Workshops

Shaler workshop
Rt. 8 corridor in Shaler, the subject of a May 2007 workshop

Brownfields are often considered liabilities when in fact, they pose real environmental, social, and economic opportunities for the home community. The WPBC works with communities as well as small business and property owners to ‘jump start’ opportunities in their neighborhood. To this end, the WPBC facilitates site-focused workshops that bring together national experts and local stakeholders to strategize ‘on-the-ground’ development initiatives and ‘next steps’ for municipalities and small business owners. 

Working with local community leaders, the WPBC selects workshop sites by their complexity and is attracted to areas with a host of issues that stymie development. These obstacles may encompass environmental, political, regulatory, and financial hurdles. The sites are generally held by multiple, distinct owners and are located in areas overlooked by developers. Modeled after the ‘charette’ process, the workshops are not conferences but working sessions, intended to raise awareness, provide the community and property owners with precise action items and promote community economic development.


Summary of Workshops in the United States


Shaler Township, May 2007

Neville Island,  2003 & 2008

Ambridge Borough,  2001 & 2006

Homestead/West Homestead, May 2008

May 2007 Program 
December 2006 Reunion Program

May 2008 Program

Public Mtg Flyer 

Final Report:
2007 Final report 2003 Final Report 2001 Final Report
2008 Final Report
    2008 Final Report
2006 Final Report
Press Coverage: Pittsburgh Post Gazette   Community Newsletter The Daily News
  Pittsburgh Tribune Review   Beaver County Times 

The Valley Mirror 5/22

The Valley Mirror 6/5 

  Pop City Media  

Pittsburgh Post Gazette 5/31

Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6/5

Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6/12 

  Pine Creek Journal    

Pittsburgh Tribune Review 

        Pop City Media
 Presentations       Public Meeting Powerpoint 6/4