The municipalities of Jefferson Hills and Pleasant Hills, and the city neighborhood of Brookline have joined as new members of Economic Development South (EDS), a community development corporation.
These three neighborhoods will join the current multi-municipal partnership of Baldwin, Brentwood, Whitehall, Mt. Oliver, and the city neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook to continue the revitalization of the Allegheny County’s key southern commercial and transportation corridors - Route 51 and Brownsville Road. With the addition of these communities, their impact area will now stretch from the Liberty Tunnels to the Elizabeth Bridge, covering 13 miles of Route 51 and more than seven miles of Brownsville Rd.
EDS started as a multiple municipal conversation among the municipalities of Brentwood, Baldwin, and Whitehall in the mid-1990s with efforts focused on collaborative planning and retail attraction. In 2011, Gregory A. Jones was hired as the first executive director to develop long-term implementable, feasible, and impactful projects for the communities.
In just three years, EDS has expanded to cover nine communities. These communities will bring the total population served by EDS to nearly 100,000 and includes more than 3,000 registered businesses. The addition of the three communities will help EDS expand the impact of development initiatives to ensure projects are implemented at a meaningful scale along the corridors.