Building a Pittsburgh for All

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.

Explore 39 Iconic Buildings this Weekend with Doors Open Pittsburgh

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.

By | September 28th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Technology and Design|165 Comments

Ridin’ With Dee’z Wheelz Bicycle Festival for Special Olympics

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 [...]

By | September 24th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|6 Comments

Rec2Tech Pittsburgh Addresses Digital Divide with After-School Programs in City Recreation Centers

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.

Become a Member of The Mayor’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council of 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.

Summer 16 Campaign Exceeds Goal: Connects 16,000+ Children/Youth to Out-of-School Opportunities

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.

Attend Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Hamlet’s Look, Listen and Learn Tour!

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.

By | August 24th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|2 Comments

Neighborhood Allies Report to the Community: Creating Neighborhoods of Opportunity for All

Photograph courtesy of Neighborhood Allies 2015 Report to the Community

With its roots in the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND), Neighborhood Allies launched as a community development organization with a difference: They use a uniquely holistic approach. Neighborhood Allies is equal parts funder, lender, connector and consultant in order to be a real ally to distressed and transitional communities in the Pittsburgh region.

Urban Innovation21 Announces Business Grant Competition for Hill District & Homewood

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.

Attend Resilient Pittsburgh’s September 14th Resilience Fair!

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.

The William Penn Fellowship: A Public Service Program for Advanced Degree Graduates

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.

City Building and Zoning Information to Become More Accessible to the Public

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.

Closing Pittsburgh’s Opportunity Gap with My Brother’s Keeper

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.

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh Hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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.