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Two Important Community Meetings in December

There are two important community meetings coming up in short order. The first is on Thursday, December 8th where CMU Students will present their final designs for the Western Gateway. The second meeting is on Monday, December 12th. At that meeting, drawings and plans will be presented for the proposed Penn Plaza and Enright Park redevelopment.

By | December 7th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Economic Development, Neighborhoods and Community, Technology and Design|Comments Off on Two Important Community Meetings in December

Learn About the City’s Clean and Green Plan at the Sierra Club

Last week, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its comprehensive draft City-Wide Green First Plan for public comment. This week -- courtesy of the Sierra Club -- you have the opportunity to hear Tim Duggan of Phronesis Design describe the benefits of a green approach. Duggan is a major architect of Kansas City’s Clean And Green approach to controlling the wet weather sewage overflow by maximizing green infrastructure and neighborhood investment.

By | December 6th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Environment and Sustainability, Public Safety|Comments Off on Learn About the City’s Clean and Green Plan at the Sierra Club

City of Pittsburgh and PWSA Release Draft City-Wide Green First Plan for Public Comment

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 2, 2016) -- Today, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its comprehensive draft City-Wide Green First Plan for public comment. The plan outlines how Pittsburgh intends to use innovative, cost-effective, and green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. Implementing the plan will mitigate local street flooding and sewer backups caused by large rainstorms. The stormwater management practices outlined in the plan will help the City and the region comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined sewer overflow mandates and improve the quality of local waterways.

Mayor Unveils City-Wide Pittsburgh Snow Angels Program

Citiparks calling for volunteers to assist elderly residents with home snow removal this winter PITTSBURGH, PA (November 29, 2016) - The Office of Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks & Recreation (Citiparks) today announced Pittsburgh Snow Angels, a city-wide program that pairs elderly or disabled city residents with volunteers to assist with snow removal during winter months.

PWSA Community Meetings on Lead in Our Water

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is holding a series of community meetings regarding lead in our water, how residents can limit exposure to this lead, and the steps being taken to address the issue. Meetings are being held by City Council District, and while there will be data presented specific to each district, each meeting is open to all. Meetings will include a Q+A session during which residents can ask questions to PWSA experts.

Love Your [Resilient] Block Grant Award Program Seeking Applications for 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - (November 22, 2016) Mayor William Peduto announced today that applications are available for the City of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Love Your [Resilient] Block grant award program. The block revitalization program gives organizations up to $1,500 in funds for a neighborhood resilience-building project that mobilizes community volunteers. In addition, the group with the project identified to have the most positive impact will be awarded an additional $3,000 to further their efforts.

Pittsburgh School Choice Fair: Find Out All Your Options!

Pittsburgh Public School? Public charter school? Private school? What's best for your child and where can you learn what's out there? If you ever wished you could "one-stop shop" for options for your child's education, have we got an event for you! On Saturday, November 19th, you can come down to the Energy Innovation Center and speak directly to school leaders, parents and teachers to help find the right school for your child.

By | November 17th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|10 Comments

Statement By Mayor William Peduto On Pittsburgh As A City For All

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 15, 2016) "Over the past week, I have been repeatedly asked my reactions to the Presidential race and its affect on Pittsburgh. I want to reassure everyone with a stake in our wonderful city that Pittsburgh remains a city for all, both welcoming to outsiders and supportive of those here for generations who built the city we love.

Mayor William Peduto Submits 2017 Operating & Capital Budgets To City Council

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 14, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto presented a $539.3 million 2017 Operating Budget to Pittsburgh City Council today that keeps the City on its long term path to fiscal responsibility, while enhancing core services and making investments in infrastructure needs.

Join Us Monday, November 7th to GOTV with Hillary Clinton!

Please join your friends and neighbors to see Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton in PITTSBURGH! MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2016, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, DOORS OPEN AT 9:30 AM Bigelow Blvd. between Fifth Ave. and Forbes Ave., in front of the Cathedral of Learning @ University of Pittsburgh

By | November 6th, 2016|Bill Peduto|104 Comments

GOTV Rallies on Sunday & Monday: We’re Gonna Turn This Mother Out!

Tuesday, November 8th, is your chance to show the world what America stands for. It's your opportunity to prove that love really does trump hate and that we all are stronger when we stand together. We need EVERYONE to turn out to vote: For Hillary Clinton for President, for Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate, for Josh Shapiro for Attorney General, and for all the Democrats up and down the ticket!

Mayor William Peduto Announces Departure of Police Chief Cameron S. McLay

In two years McLay rebuilt police-community relations, internal police accountability systems, and data-driven policing measures PITTSBURGH, PA (November 4, 2016) Mayor William Peduto announced today that after two years of rebuilding police-community relationships and instilling long-lasting accountability measures to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Chief Cameron S. McLay is leaving the Bureau to pursue other professional opportunities.

Apply for The Sprout Fund’s $500 Change Machine Grant for Youth

The Sprout Fund serves as a catalyst by providing crucial financial support for small-scale and first-time projects. Seeding these types of programs in the early stages can payoff big time for communities in Pittsburgh. One such program is their Change Machine project. It provides $500 grants for youth-led initiatives.

By | November 3rd, 2016|Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|4 Comments

Have A Volunteer Opportunity? Post It At Pittsburgh Cares!

Between September 2014 and September 2015, over 62 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once in the United States. That's one in four Americans! The holidays, in particular, are a time when many want to give back.

By | October 29th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Education and Youth, Social Justice|8 Comments

Fall Yard Waste Curbside Collection Guidelines – Saturday, November 12, 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 27, 2016) -The Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Free Jon Bon Jovi GOTV Concert for Hillary Clinton This Thursday!

It's now or never time, folks! Pennsylvania is a make-it-or-break-it state for Democrats in presidential elections and it always comes down to how strong the vote is in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. As part of Hillary for America's Get Out The Vote (GOTV) "Love Trumps Hate" performance series, Jon Bon Jovi will perform at a free concert at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Thursday, October 27th.

By | October 24th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto|90 Comments

Join the Global Debate on Inclusive Cities

What is an inclusive city? How do we achieve "the City that does not exclude"? You're invited to join online in a global debate on the concept of the "inclusive city." The ideas and recommendations garnered from this discussion will feed a Citizen Call for Action to be presented during the Cities for Life Global Summit for Inclusive, Smart and Resilient Cities. The summit will take place on November 21st and 22nd at Paris City Hall. It's being hosted by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the Mayor of Medellin, Federico Gutierrez.

Mayor Celebrates Public Park Recycling Program Expansion

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 20, 2016) - The Office of Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) and Councilman Dan Gilman today celebrated a successful deployment of a pilot recycling program that deployed 35 new recycling containers in eight public parks throughout the city.

See Designs for East Liberty’s Western Gateway by CMU Students

East Liberty has seen much in the way of revitalization efforts in the last decade plus. From retail outlets like Home Depot, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target to the hot, new Ace Hotel, East Liberty has undergone a major transformation. However, it's western gateway -- the area between its historic core and the neighborhoods to the west and north -- has remained largely parking lots to this day.