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Startup Weekend Pittsburgh: Let the Games Begin! (#SWPgh)

Startup Weekend Pittsburgh: Let the Games Begin! (#SWPgh)

This weekend, in cities across the globe, a battle has begun–the Global Startup Battle–a grassroots movement of entrepreneurs competing to pitch their best ideas, form teams around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), create a business model/code/design and make a final presentation. Categories include Developers, Designers and Non-technical. It all takes place over a 54-hour period.

How to be an Angel this Winter

How to be an Angel this Winter

With the Farmers’ Almanac calling for more “shivery and shovelry” for the 2014-2015 winter season, Allegheny Snow Angels will be in much demand. Snow Angels is a program that connects residents who have a physical disability OR are age 60 or older and have some physical limitations with volunteers to keep sidewalks clear of snow and safe for all. The program originated three years ago by the City of Pittsburgh’s servePGH initiative and is working this year in partnership with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, and North Hills Community Outreach.

Get Stuffed With Love: Thanksgiving Meals for People in Need

Get Stuffed With Love: Thanksgiving Meals for People in Need

On Thanksgiving Day, as most Americans sit down to a bounty of wonderful food and count all their blessings, there will be far too many for whom such a meal is beyond reach. “Get Stuffed With Love” is a program that has provided a hot and delicious meal free to people who are really in need for a dozen years in the City of Pittsburgh including the homeless, shut-ins, and the disabled.

Pittsburgh Yoga Collective: Bringing the Benefits of Yoga to Underserved & At-risk Communities

Pittsburgh Yoga Collective: Bringing the Benefits of Yoga to Underserved & At-risk Communities

Yoga provides a myriad of benefits both physical and mental to its practitioners. The Pittsburgh Yoga Collective (PYC) is a nonprofit organization located in Pittsburgh whose mission is to bring the practice of yoga and mindfulness to the many diverse populations and groups in the Pittsburgh region, including underserved and at-risk populations. The collective was created by Caitlin Lasky who brings her passion for helping others and her love of yoga combined with her work in local non-profits and her yoga training here, in Philadelphia, D.C. and New York City to create this brand new initiative.

Mayor William Peduto Delivers State of the City Address

Mayor William Peduto Delivers State of the City Address

It has been a momentous year fighting for the city we love. With your help we approved an Act 47 plan that will finally lead us out of a decades of fiscal distress, and we earned a credit rating upgrade as a result. We hired a visionary police chief who will restore morale among the ranks and trust in the community. This year alone there has been over a quarter-billion-dollars worth of economic investment in Pittsburgh, and we’ve come to expect national and international accolades for our city’s remarkable transformation.

Statement By Mayor William Peduto on Gubernatorial Election

Statement By Mayor William Peduto on Gubernatorial Election

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 5, 2014) “I want to formally congratulate Tom Wolf on his victory in the Pennsylvania governor’s race Tuesday. I left him a message last night and look forward to giving him my congratulations in person soon.

City of Pittsburgh Seeks Partners for Public Art Grant

City of Pittsburgh Seeks Partners for Public Art Grant

The City of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that it has been invited to apply for the newly announced Public Art Challenge Grant, offered by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Yard Debris Special Collection – Fall 2014

Yard Debris Special Collection – Fall 2014

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Join Pittsburgh City Council at an Air Quality Post Agenda Meeting on Thursday

Join Pittsburgh City Council at an Air Quality Post Agenda Meeting on Thursday

Do you care about the quality of the air in the City of Pittsburgh? If so, you have the opportunity to hear various experts give their testimony to Pittsburgh City Council on air pollution in our region and what can be done to combat it. Councilor Corey O’Connor will host the post agenda meeting this Thursday in Council chambers. Speakers will include representatives of environmental groups, academia, and the health care industry.

Attend the 2014 Fall City-wide Public Safety Meeting

Attend the 2014 Fall City-wide Public Safety Meeting

Each spring and fall, Pittsburgh holds a city-wide public safety meeting. These meetings bring together residents and business owners with public safety personnel, elected officials and city departmental staff to meet, network and disseminate important information. Attendees can find out about successful safety strategies, new safety initiatives and receive information about services to residents.