Next month, RAD leaders will travel to Bilbao, Spain to share the agency’s unique story of regional cooperation and the impact of public investment on the region as a vibrant place to live, work and play. RAD was invited by the Pittsburgh Technology Council to participate in a benchmarking mission designed to share first-hand the two city’s experiences and strategies for successful redevelopment through arts, infrastructure and design, and inclusive community support for critical projects.
Like Pittsburgh, Bilbao has a deep history based in heavy industry, economic struggle and urban renewal. The “Bilbao effect” has become a descriptive term for a city that dramatically reinvents itself through well-directed investments in the arts, infrastructure and urban design.
“The idea of ‘place’ as an economic development strategy links Pittsburgh and Bilbao. When we envisioned this exchange of ideas, we knew it was essential to invite RAD to share first-hand its substantial impact on the quality of life and economic development in this region,” said Brian Kennedy, Senior Vice President for Operations at the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
“RAD’s investment in our region’s parks, libraries, sports facilities and arts and culture programming is a key reason that Pittsburgh is the destination it is today,” said Daniel J. Griffin, RAD board chair. “We’re pleased to be invited to share our model of cooperation between the public and non-profit sectors that has created well-managed, fully operational regional assets that are the jewels in our community.”