The Penn State Center: Committed to Helping Pittsburgh Thrive

The Penn State Center Pittsburgh provides community development programs to improve the quality of life for Pittsburgh area residents. We are actively seeking partners, including Penn State faculty and community leaders, to help us better serve the Allegheny County area.

We are the only land-grant university in Pennsylvania.

We’re committed to providing impactful community programs grounded in academic research. We are carrying out Penn State's mission to teach, conduct research, and serve Allegheny County, while providing opportunities for Penn State students to work on our projects. 

Our expert staff understands the unique needs of Allegheny County.

We are community development specialists and educators, applying our knowledge and skills to the advancement of Pittsburgh. If your community organization, nonprofit, or government agency needs assistance creating impactful results with your projects, we want to partner with you!

Recent News

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Thomas Bartnik is the new director of the Penn State Center Pittsburgh.Bartnik, a certified urban planner and LEED accredited professional, has spent 25 years working in sustainable community development. Before joining the Penn State Center team, he was executive director of Pittsburgh Green...

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The pilot program for the Penn State Community Innovation for Youth (CITY), an initiative created to help at-risk students in the Pittsburgh area transition to adulthood by achieving academic success and financial independence, is underway. The first student cohort to participate in Penn...

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program, or SSCEP, is in its pilot year, and so far, it's off to a great start.In 2014, a group of undergraduate students and faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences developed a plan to get students working in community-...