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The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) advocates for equitable policies and adequate resources to build vibrant and strong urban neighborhoods. As part of PCRG’s mission, they will be presenting the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh on May 14th and 15th. The summit brings together community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others–more than 500 in all–who care about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

“Reaching Across Boundaries” is this year’s theme–highlighting cross-sector and regional collaboration. The summit features nationally renowned keynote speakers; 14 sessions on best policies, programs, and practices; mobile workshops; and a Mayor Roundtable discussion featuring Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and others.

In order to ensure the participation of local leaders who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the summit, Neighborhood Allies is offering financial support to a limited number of applicants as part of their mission to be an ally to people in communities that continue to be left behind. Their scholarships cover the Summit registration fee ($125 for nonprofit employees and board members).

If you work in or represent a low-income and/or minority community in Greater Pittsburgh or who represent an underserved demographic and want to explore new ideas and emerging themes in community planning, land recycling, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood revitalization, then apply for a scholarship now here!

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 11th, 2014. Any questions can be directed to Talia Piazza at


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