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As Black History Month Ends, What Do Pittsburgh’s Demographics Say About Racial Disparities Today?

As Black History Month Ends, What Do Pittsburgh’s Demographics Say About Racial Disparities Today?

This year’s Black History Month had the theme of “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” celebrating the achievements of African Americans in the last 100 years. But what do we know about the disparities among the races today here in Pittsburgh? Last month the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work Center on Race and Social Problems released a report titled “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities.” It provided indicators of quality of life by race and ethnicity for the Pittsburgh area and the nation among Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics and was funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, with additional support from Pitt’s School of Social Work.

Join Me in Supporting Natalia Rudiak for City Controller

Join Me in Supporting Natalia Rudiak for City Controller

Today, Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak announced that she is running for Pittsburgh City Controller. She has my complete support.

Mayor William Peduto Seeks Applicants For Board, Authority and Commission Openings

Mayor William Peduto Seeks Applicants For Board, Authority and Commission Openings

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 20, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is pleased to announce the opening of several volunteer roles for those interested in serving on a city board, authority or commission.

Pittsburgh Regional “My Brother’s Keeper” Committee Named

Pittsburgh Regional “My Brother’s Keeper” Committee Named

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 18, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Allegheny County has named the committee to oversee local implementation of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which is seeking ways to provide more opportunities to boys and young men of color.

City Opens Four Regional Warming Centers, Reminds People To Stay Inside If Possible

City Opens Four Regional Warming Centers, Reminds People To Stay Inside If Possible

Outdoor pets law to be enforced; Mayor Peduto asks residents to check on neighbors

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 15, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is opening four regional warming centers today to help residents through dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.

Public Works Crews Respond To Winter Weather Conditions

Public Works Crews Respond To Winter Weather Conditions

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 14, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works crews have been treating roadways throughout the city during today’s winter weather event. A forecast for 2″ to 4″ is in effect until Noon on Sunday, February 15.

Code for America Fellowship Launches in Pittsburgh to Focus on Purchasing

Code for America Fellowship Launches in Pittsburgh to Focus on Purchasing

Fellowship will research city procurement in partnership with R.K. Mellon Foundation

PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 12, 2015) The Code for America Fellowship has officially launched in Pittsburgh.

City Facility Rental Date Reset

City Facility Rental Date Reset

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 10, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has announced that park shelter reservations will be accepted online and in person starting Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Neighborhood Allies Is Accepting Idea Papers For Their Spring 2015 Catalytic Funding Round

Neighborhood Allies Is Accepting Idea Papers For Their Spring 2015 Catalytic Funding Round

Neighborhood Allies is a community development intermediary which seeks to best serve low/moderate income people in transitional and distressed communities that have been left behind by following best practices to support and create sustainable neighborhoods. They invest in neighborhood innovation and leadership, partner with allies, and connect residents to valued and vetted resources.

#GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Unconference for Unsticking Great Ideas!

#GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Unconference for Unsticking Great Ideas!

Many of you are familiar with Indiegogo–the largest global fundraising site–but unfortunately, most crowdfunding platforms have been focused on New York City, San Francisco, and LA. Meanwhile, right here in Pittsburgh, we have entrepreneurs in numerous fields (art, tech, music, food, service, etc.) who have successfully used crowdfunding but have been unable to tap early stage funding from more traditional sources like foundations and venture capital firms. Now, Pittsburgh-based Fygment–which also supports entrepreneurs, creators, and makers–is partnering with Indiegogo to present #GoGoPgh, a three-day conference on crowdfunding.