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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever walked by one of Pittsburgh's iconic buildings and wondered what's behind those closed doors? This weekend, you'll have a chance to take a peak inside 39 of them -- including the Office of the Mayor in the City-County Building -- via Doors Open Pittsburgh. The concept of "Doors Open Days," or simply "open days," originated in Europe 25 years ago and has spread around the world.
Biking, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from allenran 917's photostream On Sunday, October 2nd, you're invited to bring your bike out to the Highland Park Bike Track and enjoy an afternoon benefiting the athletes [...]
City of Pittsburgh partnering with The Sprout Fund to bring technology-enhanced learning to city youth PITTSBURGH, PA (September 12, 2016) – Today Mayor William Peduto announced that five of Pittsburgh’s city-owned recreation centers will be transformed into technology-enhanced learning centers during the week of September 12-16 to demonstrate how free after-school programs can help youth in city neighborhoods get a leg up in STEM learning as part of a new initiative called Rec2Tech Pittsburgh.
The Mayor's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council members will be tasked with acting as a conduit to meet the needs of Pittsburgh's LGBTQIA+ constituents. The Council will be made up of a diverse group of community members who either currently reside, work, or own a business in the City of Pittsburgh. The goal of the Council will be to increase inclusivity and progress within the LGBTQIA+ community.
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 2, 2016) - Today, the Summer 16 collaboration announced that it exceeded its goal of connecting more than 16,000 children and youth across Allegheny County to expanded learning opportunities this summer. Summer 16 Dream! Explore! Do!, a youth centered campaign created by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor William Peduto, United Way’s Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), Allies for Children and various community partners, aimed to provide local children, grades K-12, with fun, educational activities during their break from school.
Dr. Anthony Hamlet was sworn in as the new superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools on July 1st. "Look, Listen and Learn" is one component of his 90-day plan to ensure a smooth leadership transition and start the groundwork to develop a 5-year strategic plan for the district. The tour includes meetings with community members, as well as with various stakeholders, administrators, and staff. To date, he has visited nearly half of the 54 schools in the district.
Urban Innovation21 (UI21) has announced their 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition. Urban Innovation21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. This public-private partnership promotes connections between underserved communities and our city's Innovation Economy in order to help ensure that all communities benefit from Pittsburgh's economic transformation. This will be the fourth year for the competition.
In 2015, Pittsburgh was chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities network. This program was created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world to become more resilient. City resilience is defined as "the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience." From one time events like flash floods and extreme weather to long-term structural problems like inequality, air pollution, and crime, true resiliency is achieved when cities develop strategies to meet such challenges and threats.
City of Pittsburgh and Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Reach Tentative Settlement on Gaming Funds
Settlement still requires ICA board approval PITTSBURGH, PA (August 10, 2016) Attorneys for the City of Pittsburgh and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority have reached a tentative settlement on the release of $18.19 million in outstanding gaming funds to the City, accompanied by the City dropping its lawsuit against the Authority.
Donations requested for Pittsburgh school students in advance of start of school year PITTSBURGH, PA (August 5, 2016) Mayor William Peduto and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith have launched a school supply drive for Pittsburgh students.
Are you or do you know someone who has an advanced degree and a passion for public service? If so, applications are now open for the William Penn Fellowship -- a first-of-its-kind program for Pennsylvania state government. “Our goal is to invigorate the commonwealth with new ideas and create new opportunities to become involved in public service,” said Governor Wolf about the fellowship.
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 25, 2016) Mayor William Peduto's administration is implementing a new mapping tool to make building permit and zoning information easy to search and view. Legislation is being introduced to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday to purchase software and support services from "buildingeye," a firm that builds interactive city maps to track planning, permit, license and violation data.