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Pittsburgh Glass Center*

Pittsburgh, PA

Established in 2001, Pittsburgh Glass Center (“PGC”) is a nonprofit, public-access education center as well as an art gallery, a state-of-the-art glass studio, a community builder, an arts entrepreneur incubator, and a hub for innovation and creativity. PGC is the largest arts organization on Penn Avenue and has been vital to the redevelopment of the city’s rapidly growing East End area. PGC offers free classes and over 370 annual scholarships to low-income community residents and veterans and works with the public school district, charter schools, and homeschools. They provide programming to all Pittsburgh Public School 6th grade students.

PGC planned a facility expansion that will have a significant economic impact on the East End of Pittsburgh through job creation and retention, the creation of new small businesses, and the attraction of local, regional, and national audiences. The plan includes expanding their current building by 11,000 square feet for a total of 27,000 square feet by building a second-story over their existing parking lot. The expanded facilities will allow PGC to engage more people and support more artists.

The funding of this project creates 11 new full-time equivalent positions (FTEs) and retains 20 FTEs. 100% of the FTEs will be accessible to those who have acquired a high school diploma/equivalent or less education, as well as those who are LIC residents/ LIPs/ previously incarcerated, veterans, and/or long-term unemployed. The expanding center will graduate 8 apprentices annually and PGC has a record of 100% job placement rate.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Quick Facts 


Square Footage: 19,000 SF expansion

Total Investment: $10,500,000 

Allocation Amount: $5,000,000

Owner: Pittsburgh Glass Center

Allocatees: MBS Urban Initiatives CDE, Building America CDE

NMTC Equity Investor: US Bank CDC

Architect: Indovina Associates

Direct Lender and Leverage Lender: Pittsburgh Glass Center, Inc.

Projected Construction Jobs: 81 FTE

Projected Permanent Jobs: 37 FTE (11 new)

Community Partner(s): Brothers and Sisters Emerging (B.A.S.E.), ACH Clear Pathways, Ward Home, Pittsburgh City Schools