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Connecting the dots & overcoming local food deserts...

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Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation has 8 assets that will produce significant outcomes for long term, annually recurring impact, change of Pittsburgh’s food desert regions.  

  1. EIC  ·         The EIC is a centrally located, high profile 7-acre campus (training, food prep, food distribution, food production ·         The EIC is a central training location for hundreds of workforce development trainees, super-majority of which are residents/heads of households of seven surrounding neighborhoods and, as such, represent the target population in the midst of food deserts (7 post-secondary institutions on site, major corporate participation in training, compact training for unemployed)
  2. UPMC ·         UPMC is placing a nutrition wellness corporate and resident education program at the EIC, a health café modeled after their cafes at Shadyside and LeMeiux Sports Center and a training center for workforce development
  3. Production Kitchen ·         EIC in collaboration with UPMC Dietary, Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, Penn State Food Science will have on-site, full production kitchens and demonstration kitchens.
  4. Penn West Tech Center ·         PGC has a formal partnership with Penn West Technology Center for career development (12 participating high schools), entrepreneurial ventures (67 acres of property) in farm to table, food production and food distribution.
  5. EICI ·         132 Corporations have products, technologies and processes in the EIC complex ·         Last year the EIC hosted 98 events that attracted 14,200 registrants to the EIC (we are a “fertile ground” for promotion, solicitation of human and financial resources and innovation)
  6. Clemente Center ·         We chair the Clemente Center (130+ events per year, 56 Corporate and Celebrity Members) and can use this platform to advance projects ·         Catering at EIC (100+ events) and Clemente (132+ events) generates a complimentary supply opportunity for a food based education program
  7. PGC Store ·         The EIC will have a 3,600 sq.ft. products display center (food included) in the heart of the EIC main floor ·         In 2016  85% of our trainees were African American Men…we are developing a training cohort culture that seeks to wrap around their development for a life time
  8. Institute for Living Futures ·         We are affiliating with the Institute for Living Futures for the development of products that exceed the standards of LEED and embrace the specifications for a P-4 Center (People, Place, Planet, Performance).  We will add a 5th “P”: profitable for sustainability    

So, we have the power of location, the power of a broad based multi-level set of collaborative partners, the power of a “full supply spine” of food production and distribution resources, the ability to aggregate and concentrate on a target population without additional outreach expense, a major intersection of corporations and educational institutions to support a Project initiative.  

We want to organize a Healthy Foods initiative that changes long-term habits/behaviors in food selection, supplies new resources (tools) for families to adopt and enjoy health food options and to establish a new distribution outlet for quick prep/take home food consumption in our surrounding neighborhoods


Nov 30 2016

Organization Organization Type



Healthy Food

Product Stage


  • Reginald L. Cox
  • Robert A. Meeder

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