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.
While Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city of steel to a high tech mecca, not everyone has had an equal stake in this transformation. There exists a huge opportunity gap for young people of color. According to My Brother’s Keeper Playbook, 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to graduate. Meanwhile, there are over 17,000 open computing jobs in Pennsylvania, yet we only graduate 2,820 in computer science as reported by Code.org. And while jobs in computing make up half of openings in the STEM fields, there are relatively few men of color working toward computer science degrees.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Fellows are accomplished young leaders chosen from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each Fellow comes to the United States and participates in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a university or college here. They also get to attend a town hall with the President. They then return to their home countries and build upon the skills they developed during their time in the U.S. Mandela Washington Fellows receive ongoing access to mentoring, networking, training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations.
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is calling this afternoon for a community-wide peace summit to be held next week to seek ways to work together to address fear and violence. The Mayor – working with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald – intends to gather leaders from law enforcement, faith-based institutions, activist groups, foundations, labor, the corporate community and government to work constructively to address violence facing Pittsburgh and the entire nation, and find ways to promote racial healing.
What does the future hold for mobility? Is it self-driving cars? More bike sharing, car sharing, and ride sharing? How about smart parking and ever smarter transportation apps? On July 11th, you're invited to attend the "Future of Mobility" Forum convened by the Regional Transportation Alliance of SWPA (RTA) at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Come out and learn how new technological developments are changing how transportation systems operate.
Transportation justice is the belief that all neighborhoods and communities should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options. Having good alternatives to cars -- such as public transit, bikes, and safe sidewalks -- helps to ensure that everyone can access employment opportunities, decent schools and affordable housing. Additionally, less reliance on cars, reduces pollution. Transportation justice also seeks to ensure that everyone -- including those with disabilities, the elderly, children, and low-income residents -- all have equal access to good mobility.
Neighborhood Allies believes that no one knows a community as well as the people who live in them. Their Love My Neighbor! Grant Program (led by the Grassroots Grantmaking Committee) gives residents in target communities the chance to create a project that will both improve their neighborhood and engage their fellow neighbors. The grants range in size from $500 to $2,500 and Love My Neighbor! provides the necessary resources and technical assistance directly to residents.
The Federal Reserve System (or the Fed) is our country's central banking system. Its functions include conducting the nation's monetary policy, supervising and regulating banks and other financial institutions, maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk, and providing financial services to the U.S. government. It's comprised of the Board of Governors (Federal Reserve Board), located in Washington, D.C. and appointed by the president, and 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. In 2015, the Federal Reserve Board created the Community Advisory Council (CAC).
What would you write in a letter to the next President of the United States? The race for president is uppermost on many minds right now. BMe -- a national network of people committed to build caring and prosperous communities inspired by Black men -- has invited youth ages 14 to 24 (Generation iGen) to participate in the 2016 presidential race by means of their Notice2POTUS essay contest. Participants are asked to articulate their concerns and recommendations for addressing a targeted issue.
Did you know that while approximately 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free/reduced school meals, only a little over 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on a given day? The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank's Summer Food Program offers free food and fun to anyone age 18 and under all summer long. And, there's no paperwork required!
PennFuture and Stay Positive Clairton will hold an Air Quality Expo in Clairton on Sunday, May 15th. There will be games and informational resources from various environmental and public health groups so that residents and other attendees can learn more about the air quality in the Clairton community. Food and beverages will be available served. Featured at the expo will be the premier of PennFuture’s documentary, “Clairton Coke Works, Clean Up Our Air.” PennFuture produced the short film that spotlights local residents who share their stories on how the air quality in the Mon Valley affects them. Matt Brosey directed and edited the film.
Applications for the Learning Garden Program is Friday, May 13th (emailed or post-marked). Nonprofit organizations, Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community, have partnered to build the first five of 50 Learning Gardens in Allegheny County over the next four years. The program was approved by the Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) board. Grow Pittsburgh has had school gardening programs for the past 10 years. The Kitchen Community has built and supported 300 Learning Gardens across four regions nationally and will use their experience to assist in expanding the current work. Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that are adaptable to any schoolyard and are designed to fit the space and needs of each school.