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City, Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District Flip the Switch on Earth Hour 2015

City, Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District Flip the Switch on Earth Hour 2015

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 23, 2015) – Lights out, Pittsburghers. On Saturday, March 28, more than 50 buildings and monuments in Downtown and Oakland will celebrate Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Led by Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District partners, the City of Pittsburgh, and other key partners (listed below), dozens of buildings in Downtown and Oakland will turn off their non-essential lighting. The result will be a dramatic shift in the city’s skyline and an increased awareness of environmental issues.

BMe Leader Awards: Nominate an Inspired Black Man Doing Things to Strengthen Pittsburgh

BMe Leader Awards: Nominate an Inspired Black Man Doing Things to Strengthen Pittsburgh

BMe Community is a “national network of inspired black men and thousands of other community-builders,of all races and genders who connect to share, inspire, and empower communities.” Each year, BMe presents their leadership awards to 30-50 inspired everyday adult Black men–fathers, coaches, students, businessmen, etc.–who have shown that they are deeply committed to the well-being of others. Then, they help them in their efforts by giving them funding, networking opportunities, and by sharing their stories with others.

#Burgh @ Point Park, A Social Media Strategy Workshop with Sree Sreenivasan

#Burgh @ Point Park, A Social Media Strategy Workshop with Sree Sreenivasan

You’re reading this right now because you’re perusing Facebook, or you subscribe to the blog at billpeduto.com, or maybe someone tweeted a link to this, or you saw it on Google+, or, well, you get the idea. Whether you’re a social media maven or you rarely do more than text and make calls on your phone, you–and millions of others–are using social media. Now, you have a chance to learn how to get the most out of it, and, “not get fired, divorced or lose your sanity on social media.”

Attend the City Planning Commission Hearing on Revisions to the Urban Agriculture Zoning Code

Attend the City Planning Commission Hearing on Revisions to the Urban Agriculture Zoning Code

With the rise in interest in city farming, beekeeping, backyard chicken raising and all things agricultural, there has been an equal rise in the need to revise and update city zoning code on urban agriculture. This Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., there will be a public hearing on the City Planning Commission’s plans to amend text to the zoning code related to urban agriculture. The meeting will take place at the John P. Robin Civic Building at 200 Ross Street in Pittsburgh.

Apply for U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Emerging Leaders Initiative

Apply for U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Emerging Leaders Initiative

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is bringing their nationally acclaimed Emerging Leaders Initiative to Pittsburgh. This free program is offered to business executives of companies which are poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The federal training initiative occurs over the course of several months and provides the opportunity for participants to learn development and expansion strategies, including how to access new capital and secure government contracts.

Celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Day” with Free Admission at the Children’s Museum!

Celebrate “Mister Rogers’ Day” with Free Admission at the Children’s Museum!

Fred Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 and each year the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh celebrates his birthday by holding a “Mister Rogers’ Day.” This year, the event falls on this Friday and there will be free admission all day (one adult must accompany every five children). The museum has honored Pittsburgh’s icon since 1998 with a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit and in 2011 refurbished many of the components of the exhibit and integrated them throughout the museum. You can find the Neighborhood Trolley in the Garage, King Friday’s Castle in the Theater, and Mister Rogers’ Sweater and Sneakers located in MAKESHOP and the Attic.

Mayor William Peduto Delivers Remarks On Municipal Pension Reform

Mayor William Peduto Delivers Remarks On Municipal Pension Reform

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 16, 2015) Mayor William Peduto this morning addressed the House Urban Affairs Committee, which is in Pittsburgh to hold an informational meeting on municipal pensions. The Mayor supports bipartisan efforts to address the mounting pension costs that are straining city budgets across Pennsylvania.

Help Map the Future of Our Region

Help Map the Future of Our Region

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the regional planning agency for our area (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties). The Commission is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region. Moreover, the Commission “develops plans and programs for public investments; fulfills federal and state requirements for transportation, economic development, and local government assistance programs; and operates with public involvement and trust.” They are currently updating their long range plan to meet future needs to the year 2040 and they need your input!

Work as a Citiparks Lifeguard This Summer

Work as a Citiparks Lifeguard This Summer

Pittsburgh’s Citiparks Aquatics Division is currently recruiting lifeguards for the 2015 summer season. If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatic Division needs you. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by May 30, 2015. The starting pay rate is $8.82 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.

Pittsburgh Public Works To Begin 24/7 Pothole Blitz on Tuesday

Pittsburgh Public Works To Begin 24/7 Pothole Blitz on Tuesday

Residents urged to report pothole issues to 311

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 6, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh will conduct an around-the-clock pothole blitz next week for three straight days beginning Tuesday night.