The Oakland Business Improvement District strives to be recognized as a vibrant and dynamic business district that sets the national standard for other commercial districts’ growth and innovation.
To accomplish our goal of creating a vibrant and dynamic business district the OBID will:
- Build effective partnerships with businesses, institutions and property owners to maintain a clean and safe community.
- Attract, retain and promote quality businesses and retail segments to support our local economy.
- Promote Oakland as a renowned destination point with a business, retail and institutional mix offering unique products, services and events.
- Coordinate events and programs designed to promote Oakland as the preferred place to shop, work, learn and live.
Public Programs & Events:
Share with us your favorite line of a poem or song lyric and what makes Oakland so poetic to recieve a Sidewalk Sweets Card!
GLOWLAND is an annual, month-long winter festival beginning the week before Thanksgiving, featuring art installations, live music events and illuminations throughout Oakland.
OBID is accepting short poem entries for the Sidewalk Poetry Project from new, emerging or professional writers of any age. Winning writers will receive a $100 stipend and have their poems painted onto city sidewalks throughout the Oakland business district this spring.
Lights! Families! Oakland!
Oakland Business Improvement District in partnership with UPMC and University of Pittsburgh presents Lights! Families! Oakland! Enjoy immersive light installations, open streets, and family-friendly play spaces in Oakland.
Oak Ave Live!
Free outdoor concert series on Oakland Avenue. Live performances, drink specials, and game every Saturday from 6-9PM.
OBID worked with local businesses to create inviting streeteries, outdoor-dining areas along Oakland Avenue, Meyran Avenue, and between Forbes Avenue & Fifth Avenue.
Argyle Studio popup shop is a curated collection of hand-made goods and one-of-a-kind wares created by over 30 local artists and makers, 50% of whom are people of color.
Oakland Open Space Pilots
In partnership with the Pittsburgh Innovation District, OBID launched a series of open space activation strategies to enhance business district vibrancy.
Programs for Business Owners:
Cleaning & Beautification
Promotion, Marketing, and Events
Business and Retail Services
Advocacy and Government Relations
Property owners and businesses located within the Central Oakland Business Improvement District are eligible to benefit from all OBID place management programs and services.LEARN MORE