History of Economic Development South
The origins of our organization began in approximately 1996 with the creation of the Brentwood Economic Development Corporation. That entity was created for the purposes of the Brentwood Town Square Development at the intersection of Route 51 and Brownsville Road; this project was completed in 2002. During that period, the organization was briefly staffed with an executive director. Following completion of the project, the organization eliminated staff, experience significant board turnover, and reimagined itself as more of a multi-municipal conversation about economic development strategy and planning issues. This original group included the Boroughs of Brentwood, Whitehall, and Baldwin. To better reflect the changing mission, and multi-municipal focus, of the organization the name was changed (as a DBA) to Economic Development South.
Between 2002 and 2009, the organization focused on a variety of planning efforts. Around 2010, the organization realized that they had an implementation problem – this led to a few years of fundraising to secure EDS’s first executive director in January of 2011, Gregory Jones. Since then, EDS has streamlined its focus to a more corridor-based, multi-municipal approach to redevelopment. As a natural extension of this approach, EDS has engaged neighborhoods with a shared interest in the long term revitalization of the commercial corridors. This led to the inclusion of the City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook in January 2012, and the inclusion of Mt. Oliver Borough in January 2013. Pleasant Hills, Jefferson Hills, and Brookline joined in January 2014.