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Help Develop the City’s 2016 Capital Budget at Deliberative Forums – June 3rd and 22nd

Help Develop the City’s 2016 Capital Budget at Deliberative Forums – June 3rd and 22nd

Two Capital Budget Deliberative Forums will be held on Wednesday, June 3 and Monday June 22 as part of the City’s Capital Budget development process. Unlike previous years when these meetings were held in the fall after the budget was already drafted and had been presented to City Council and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, these meetings will give residents a real chance to provide their input when it really counts. Residents will have the chance to let the City know of specific Capital work in their neighborhoods that they would like to see done in 2016. The forums are open to every resident of Pittsburgh and high resident participation is crucial to making this format a success, so please share this with your friends, neighbors and community-based groups to ensure equal participation citywide.

Attend the Allegheny County Hazard Mitigation Plan Final Public Meeting

Attend the Allegheny County Hazard Mitigation Plan Final Public Meeting

“Hazard Mitigation” is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to life and property from natural, human-made, and technological hazards such as flood, earthquake, fire, utility interruption, severe weather, and terrorism. Hazard mitigation works best by taking a long-term view of rebuilding and recovering following disasters to make a safer community from the beginning.

City To Open New Spray Park In Hazelwood Saturday

City To Open New Spray Park In Hazelwood Saturday

Mural across from St. Stephens, 2nd Street, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Daniel X. O’Neil’s photostream Summer 2015 Spray Park operating schedule features newest facility PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh will open its newest aquatic facility, Burgwin Spray Park in Hazelwood, on Saturday, May 23. City […]

Discuss Phase II of Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project at Community Meeting

Discuss Phase II of Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project at Community Meeting

Tomorrow, May 14th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a public meeting to discuss Phase II of the Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project. You can join your neighbors in giving community input to the Department of Public Works. The information the DPW gathers will play an important role in determining how to proceed with Phase II of the reconstruction project. A total of $5M in public funding is committed to Phase II.

Inspire Speakers Series: Charles Montgomery & Chris Koch on Achieving Happy, Equitable Cities

Inspire Speakers Series: Charles Montgomery & Chris Koch on Achieving Happy, Equitable Cities

The Green Building Alliance’s Inspire Speakers Series presents monthly lectures by both nationally renowned experts and local specialists in various fields of sustainability. The theme for their 2014-2015 Inspire Speakers Series is: Creating the Most Livable Places for All. Their upcoming lecture stakes out the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. On Thursday, May 14th, Charles Montgomery and Chris Koch will discuss “Using Urban Design to Achieve Happy, Equitable Cities.”

Make Your Voice Heard on “Early Childhood Action Day”

Make Your Voice Heard on “Early Childhood Action Day”

May 12th is “Early Childhood Action Day,” when hundreds of Early Childhood Education professionals, parents, advocates, and supporters will gather at the Capitol in Harrisburg to deliver the message to our state legislators that high quality early childhood education is a priority issue. You can participate virtually from your own district to lend your voice in support of the importance of high-quality pre-k in PA.

“We Rock Workshop” Final Show Tomorrow at Mr. Smalls

“We Rock Workshop” Final Show Tomorrow at Mr. Smalls

The “We Rock Workshop” is a residency program led by Liz Berlin of Pittsburgh-based band Rusted Root. In its fifth year, it’s an intensive 18-week program that guides Allegheny County young adults (ages 14-22) who are involved with the Department of Human Services (including current and former foster youth) to open up through the arts by exploring the creation, production and performance of music and dance. The course culminates with the recording of original songs created by the participants and a final performance at Mr. Smalls Theatre. The final show is also fundraiser for the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.

City Calls for Public Input on Community & Transit Improvements in Uptown & Oakland

City Calls for Public Input on Community & Transit Improvements in Uptown & Oakland

Public meetings on BRT and EcoInnovation District set for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is seeking public input on an action plan for transit improvements and community development in the corridor between Downtown and neighborhoods east.

Go, Go, Go to the #GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Workshop

Go, Go, Go to the #GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Workshop

In February, Pittsburgh-based Fygment partnered with Indiegogo to host the #GoGoPgh “Unconference” to educate as many as possible in the startup community on how to successfully crowdfund and to launch Pittsburgh as the focus city for Indiegogo in 2015. Now, Fygment Productions and Ashley Paulisick will present a followup #GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Workshop to share some best practices and real life examples to help startups launch their own crowdfunding campaign. The event will be held at Thrill Mill on Tuesday, May 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Attend the “Where to Turn Resource Fair”

Attend the “Where to Turn Resource Fair”

The American HealthCare Group will hold their bi-annual “Where to Turn Resource Fair” this Tuesday, May 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The event is targeted at teachers, social workers, case managers, service coordinators, human resource professionals and any social service or health care professional looking for contacts, but it is also free and open to the public at large. The fair brings together social service agencies from all over Western PA. This year’s theme is Food, Housing & Transportation.