Government Reform and Innovation

GOVERNMENT REFORM AND INNOVATION

Pittsburgh is a 21st century city but our local government is stuck in the 1970s. Bill Peduto has worked for over 10 years to modernize city government and clean up the corruption in City Hall that has held our city back. Bill will run the most open, transparent, and efficient government this city has ever seen. You will never have to wonder where your Mayor is or what he is doing when Bill takes office. We have all the tools and resources we need to build a city government that you can be proud of and Bill has the track record and experience to make it happen. Click Here to read government reform and innovation news.

NEIGHBORHOOD REDEVELOPMENT & JOBS

Bill Peduto is responsible for leading billions of dollars of development in his district and creating hundreds of jobs over the past decade. But we know that not every neighborhood has been fortunate enough to see this kind of growth and change. It is time to take this model of community-based development citywide. Bill will work with you and your neighbors, with your community groups, and with good developers to make sure that every neighborhood in Pittsburgh grows. Bill will create the kinds of job training programs that we need to give everyone the opportunity to work in the industries that are the future of Pittsburgh and make a living wage to support themselves and their families. Click Here to read our neighborhood redevelopment & jobs news.

EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY

Bill Peduto is the best candidate for Pittsburgh’s parents, teachers, and students. He will be a strong advocate for public education and for your children’s future. Bill will create new programs to provide wrap-around services like early childhood education, after school opportunities, and job training that will prepare our children to be Pittsburgh’s future leaders. Bill will work every day to make sure that our schools are the best they can be. Click Here to read education and technology news.

A CLEAN & SAFE CITY

Our public safety professionals and neighborhood block watches are the eyes and ears on our streets and work every day to make sure our neighborhoods are clean and safe. Bill Peduto has a plan to reform our police department to give your neighborhood police commanders the tools they need to address the real challenges you face. We know that not every neighborhood faces the same issues but for too long we’ve had a top-down, one-size-fits-all police strategy. Bill will work with the police to make sure that we meet the needs of every community in Pittsburgh. Every neighborhood in Pittsburgh deserves to be clean, green, and safe. Click Here to read clean and safe city news.

Government Reform and Innovation

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Mayor William Peduto Calls For Peace Summit

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.