The Tri-County Airport Partnership (T-CAP) received a “Supporter of Development” award from NAIOP Pittsburgh
, the local chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, at the organization’s annual banquet on March 1st. T-CAP was recognized for efforts that led to the creation of 2,000 acres of shovel-ready land near the airport. “This celebrates pubic private partnerships that are developed through things like T-CAP,” says NAIOP’s executive director Leo Castagnari. “We now have enough infrastructure for developers to come in and offer a product.”
Ken Zapinski, program manager for transportation and infrastructure with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development
, says that “T-CAP has been instrumental in working with legislators” on transportation projects, such as completing the Parkway West’s interstate designation, constructing missing I-79 ramps, and tracking work on the Turnpike's Findlay Connector.
Created in 2003 after the Urban Land Institute
determined that the airport's lack of business sites was an obstacle to economic growth, T-CAP is a partnership between Allegheny
counties and the Airport Authority. “T-CAP is an amazing effort of distinct entities that could be fighting over jobs and opportunities, but they realize that if we collaborate, then it’s going to work,” adds Castagnari, who says that “the great news about US Airways
” was announced just after T-CAP was selected. In recent years, more than $2 billion has been invested in infrastructure around the airport.
NAIOP’s ten awards recognize efforts of individuals and organizations, such as renovation and speculative building projects. The banquet also featured a presentation about new regional business and technology parks.
Writer: Jennifer Baron
Sources: Leo Castagnari; Ken ZapinskiImage courtesy of NAIOP