Unlike any other mission-driven center of entrepreneurial opportunity, Pittsburgh Yards® is the result of years of collaboration amongst residents in Pittsburgh and NPU-V, funders and other neighborhood-focused stakeholders.

But all are welcome to take part in the new life and activity born at Pittsburgh Yards—new opportunities for partnership, collaboration, learning and growth. A community of makers and dreamers and passionate partners is what differentiates this neighborhood anchor. And at Pittsburgh Yards, this same community commitment will ensure its mission is fulfilled.

We invite to meet two young Black female small business owners who are on their own journeys of entrepreneurship and have been helped in part by Pittsburgh Yards’ mission to support entrepreneurs of color.

Kenisha McIntosh - Black Female Entrepreneur in Atlanta
Jeannell Darden - Atlanta Black entrepreneur

The site, formerly referred to as 352 University Avenue, is actually named Pittsburgh Yards as a result of the community-led naming group’s efforts. Community members developed several concepts, launched a call-in campaign to gather resident input on the proposed options and announced the final selection at an engagement meeting on October 12, 2017.


A Pittsburgh resident, Michelle Jones, was motivated by the Pittsburgh Yards update meetings and inspired by the history of the people of color who settled in Pittsburgh to work at the Atlanta and West Point (A&WP) rail yards. These rail yards ran adjacent to the land Pittsburgh Yards sits on today.

Michelle recruited other residents, and together, they have launched Pittsburgh Yards Community, Inc., an independent, volunteer-based organization that honors this history and is offering community members personalized bricks to be installed on the Pittsburgh Yards site. They will also use the money raised to install other landscaping elements reminiscent of the old railroads. Her intention is to offer a positive and inspirational experience for Pittsburgh residents to connect with the new development, the Atlanta BeltLine and other elements of the future green space.