Economic Development


The region’s economic prosperity is hindered by a widening gap in economic opportunities among residents and education systems that are not keeping pace with what the workforce of the future needs to compete in the innovation economy.


A region that is an engine for economic growth and vitality by investing in the ingenuity and creativity of its population, enhancing individuals’ economic prosperity, and strengthening our sense of community.


Talent Development

  • Workforce development systems ​
  • Career pathways
  • 21st century skills

Employment Opportunities

  • Business and job creation ​
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Economic independence and empowerment

Community Building

  • Infrastructure and transportation
  • ​Arts and culture
  • Innovation districts

Apply for Funding

Since 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the future of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Apply Now