Building a Pittsburgh for All

BMe Community: Call for Stories, Call for Leaders

BMe Community is an "award-winning network of community-builders known for defining people by their positive contributions to society and enlisting incredible black men who inspire us to be Better Together." Each year, BMe presents their leadership awards to everyday, adult Black men -- fathers, coaches, students, businessmen, etc. -- who have shown that they are deeply committed to the well-being of others. Then, they help them in their efforts by giving them funding, networking opportunities, and by sharing their stories with others.

Northside Youth Entrepreneurial Pitch Fair Tonight at Alloy 26 in Nova Place

One Northside, Northside Narratives, Pittsburgh Perry High School, BMe Community, and Ya Momz House, Inc. are holding a free community event tonight at Alloy 26 in Nova Place. The Northside Narratives program will feature 40 youth-founded project proposals about business ideas that they wish to see or create in Northside Pittsburgh. It's a science fair-style event with students on hand to discuss why they chose their projects. Projects will receive up to $1,000 to complete their project in their community.

Girls Write Pittsburgh Inspires Teen Girls to Find Their Voices

Girls Write Pittsburgh -- recently launched in Brookline -- is the city’s only program designed to empower teen girls through the creative expression of writing. This is a free program for girls age 13 to 18 who have a desire to learn the craft of writing. Through this, Girls Write Pittsburgh aims to benefit these teens in areas such as "personal accountability, personal growth and development, critical thinking, communication, leadership, public speaking, social and interpersonal relationship skills development, and rhetoric."

By | January 26th, 2017|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|0 Comments

Statement from Mayor William Peduto in Response to President Trump’s Executive Orders Regarding Immigration

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 25, 2017) - "The residents of Pittsburgh stand tonight with cities all across our nation. Pittsburgh was built by immigrants, who came to our city to find work in our steel mills and who forged a better life for their families. Like my grandparents, they came to America for opportunity, and they built America. We stand on their shoulders, and we owe it to them to preserve opportunities for current and future generations. Just as our past was built by immigrants, so too will be our future.

Seeking Technical Assistance Providers for Love My Neighbor! Small Grants Program

Neighborhood Allies' Love My Neighbor! program provides small grants to resident-led projects across nine communities(Allentown, Beltzhoover, Hill District, Homewood, Knoxville, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington, Millvale, and Wilkinsburg). They look to sponsor projects that improve the neighborhood and engage the neighbors. Now, they are seeking RFPs (Request for Proposals) from organizations or freelance consultants to provide technical assistance to people interested in applying for a Love My Neighbor! grant.

By | January 20th, 2017|Bill Peduto, Neighborhoods and Community, Social Justice|Comments Off on Seeking Technical Assistance Providers for Love My Neighbor! Small Grants Program

Fitzgerald, Peduto Hosting MLK Jr. Day Community Gathering

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will host a Community Gathering on Monday, January 16, 2017 as the county and city celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, will be a celebration of our community being built upon our differences, and a recommitment from leaders in this region that it will continue to be a community for everyone.

By | January 16th, 2017|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Neighborhoods and Community, Press Release, Social Justice|Comments Off on Fitzgerald, Peduto Hosting MLK Jr. Day Community Gathering

City Hosts Swearing-In Ceremony for LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council Friday

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 12, 2017) - The Office of Mayor William Peduto will host a swearing-in ceremony for Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council on Friday, January 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the City-County Building.

By | January 13th, 2017|Bill Peduto, Press Release, Social Justice|Comments Off on City Hosts Swearing-In Ceremony for LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council Friday

Apply Now for AlphaLab Gear’s 2017 National Hardware Cup

AlphaLab Gear is a Pittsburgh-based, nationally ranked accelerator -- consistently in the top 20 nationwide -- for early-stage physical product companies. They are once again holding their National Hardware Cup. This is a pitch competition for early-stage hardware startups. The Cup tours seven cities around the U.S. (Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington DC, Chicago, and Austin) to find and highlight the most promising physical product startups in the nation.

By | January 7th, 2017|Bill Peduto, Economic Development, Technology and Design|Comments Off on Apply Now for AlphaLab Gear’s 2017 National Hardware Cup

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

Discuss the Future of Homewood’s Business District

On Thursday, October 6th, you're invited to attend a presentation by Homewood Children’s Village, Carnegie Mellon University, and UDream on Homewood Revitalization. The goal of this community restoration is to re-establish a thriving business district in Homewood.

Geek Out at the Pittsburgh Geek Street Fair!

According to the National Science Foundation, "In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, all students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past." In keeping with this spirit, on Friday, October 7th, Google will host the Pittsburgh Geek Street Fair -- an interactive event to inspire kids to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and computer science careers.

Find Out How to Fight Blight In Your Community at Blight Bootcamp 2016

Last year's first-ever Blight Bootcamp saw over 120 residents and organizations come together from across the City and County to learn ways that they can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight. Blighted properties cost everyone. The surrounding homes lose their property value, the city loses its tax revenues, and these properties eat up city services through needed code enforcement and maintenance, such as boarding up buildings or demolishing them.