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

Attend the Mobility is a Civil Right Townhall on June 30th

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.

How Would You Improve Your Community?

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.

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Members for its Community Advisory Council

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).

Notice2POTUS Essay Contest for Generation iGen

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.

Please Share: Free Summer Food Program for Kids!

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!

Air Quality Expo in Clairton

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.

Reminder: Application Deadline for Learning Garden Program is May 13th

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.

Housing in Lawrenceville: A Community Event

What will the future of housing in Lawrenceville be? With approximately 1,000 market-rate residential units in the planning or construction phase, will there be responsible growth and affordability for all? Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) and Lawrenceville United (LU), along with residents, property owners, developers, and elected officials are seeking a "housing for all," strategy as a priority. Tomorrow, LC and LU will host an event focused on the state of housing in Lawrenceville at Goodwill of Southwestern PA.

Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality Tonight!

St. Joseph House of Hospitality -- located in the Hill District on a bluff overlooking the city -- is the only facility in the region that provides year-round single room occupancy housing to low-income men over the age of 50 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Tonight, the 18th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality will continue its tradition of presenting the region’s top bluegrass bands in service of this 79-year old institution.

By | April 29th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Social Justice|5 Comments

Stand Against Racism at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Stand Against Racism is the YWCA’s signature racial justice campaign. Each year, events take place in over 750 locations across the United States. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh annually participates as their mission is to work to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. As part of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's 2016 Stand Against Racism, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are inviting all staff and visitors to participate in a group #STANDAGAINSTRACISM photograph on Friday, April 29th. Museum admission is NOT required to participate.

By | April 28th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Social Justice|6 Comments

Apply Now to the “Summer of Learn and Earn” Program for Youth

Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year's program.

“What does a Just Pittsburgh mean to you?” Twitter Chat

While our city has been rightly celebrated in numerous articles and "best of" lists, Mayor Peduto -- and others -- have lamented that there are "two Pittsburghs." While Pittsburgh my be "most livable" for some, there is disparity with people being left behind in this new economy. Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, has been blogging his ideas about what a "Just Pittsburgh" would look like...

Equal Pay Day Rally Tomorrow in Market Square

The Women and Girls Foundation's Equal Pay Rally is tomorrow, April 12 at Noon in Market Square. When the Women and Girls Foundation first began its efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and work to remedy this issue in Southwestern PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making in this region. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders throughout the region to pass wage equity legislation and to support the issue of fair pay for women. Today women are making 75 cents to a man’s dollar. So, there is much more work to do!

By | April 11th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Social Justice|11 Comments

Give Your Input on the I-579 “Cap” Urban Connector Project

The I-579 “Cap” is intended to be a transformative project that will reconnect the Lower Hill District and Downtown neighborhoods of the City of Pittsburgh. The I-579 Crosstown Boulevard highway created a trench that separated the Hill District from the economic and cultural life of downtown. The "Cap" would be a structure spanning over the existing highway -- an approximately 230 foot wide structure between the Centre Avenue Bridge and Bigelow Boulevard Bridge. It will create a new urban public open space of approximately three acres with accessible pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Moreover, it will incorporate much needed sustainable stormwater and energy strategies.

City of Pittsburgh Debuts New Customer Service App & Improvements to 311 System

"MyBurgh" mobile application will connect residents to 311 and track their service requests; other 311 improvements will benefit residents, 311 operators and city workers alike PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2016) Today, on 3/11, Mayor William Peduto and the Department of Innovation & Performance unveiled a new app and other technological upgrades that will improve customer service for Pittsburgh residents and increase efficiency for 311 operators and other city workers.

Affordable Housing Community Forums: Tonight & Throughout March

According to the 2015 Pennsylvania profile by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are only 25 to 40 affordable and available rental units per 100 extremely low-income households in Allegheny County. The City's Affordable Housing Task Force first convened last year to help address this problem. It's comprised of 24 members, which includes city and state government officials, state and federal elected officials, and representatives of neighborhood groups, organized labor, private business and nonprofits. The task force is charged with 'developing a “suite of affordable housing policies” to help prevent people from being priced out of Pittsburgh neighborhoods undergoing rapid development.'

By | March 7th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Social Justice|10 Comments

Help Create a Dignity & Respect Ceramic Tile Quilt for the Center for Victims

Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Furthermore, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of (some form of) physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The Dignity & Respect Council of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting an event to raise awareness of this domestic violence. On Saturday, March 5, they will host their third annual Ceramic Tile Quilt Event.

“Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Breakfast Briefing

"If sustainability is the ability to endure, then resiliency is the ability to strengthen and adapt. How does a city like Pittsburgh move beyond planning for sustainability and towards planning for true resiliency?" That is the question that will be addressed at the "Pittsburgh as a Resilient City" Green Building Alliance (GBA) Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday, February 23rd.

City To Open Regional Warming Centers, Residents Urged To Stay Inside If Possible

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 11, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh will open several regional warming centers this weekend to help residents through dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.

By | February 11th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Press Release, Public Safety, Social Justice|7 Comments

Calling All Veterans in Southwestern PA: Seeking Your Voice to Improve Services

A needs assessment report on local veterans commissioned by the Heinz Endowments, and conducted by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), found that southwestern Pennsylvania is home to approximately 235,000 veterans. About a fifth of these veterans are from post-9/11 conflicts with more than 5,000 moving to our state each year. Gulf War-era veterans (those whose service started in 1990) are expected to become the largest segment of the veteran population in our area.

By | February 3rd, 2016|Bill Peduto, Social Justice|39 Comments