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City Building and Zoning Information to Become More Accessible to the Public

City Building and Zoning Information to Become More Accessible to the Public

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 25, 2016) Mayor William Peduto’s administration is implementing a new mapping tool to make building permit and zoning information easy to search and view.

Legislation is being introduced to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday to purchase software and support services from “buildingeye,” a firm that builds interactive city maps to track planning, permit, license and violation data.

Closing Pittsburgh’s Opportunity Gap with My Brother’s Keeper

Closing Pittsburgh’s Opportunity Gap with My Brother’s Keeper

While Pittsburgh has transformed itself from a city of steel to a high tech mecca, not everyone has had an equal stake in this transformation. There exists a huge opportunity gap for young people of color. According to My Brother’s Keeper Playbook, 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to graduate. Meanwhile, their are over than 17,000 open computing jobs in Pennsylvania, yet we only graduate 2,820 in computer science as reported by Code.org. And while jobs in computing make up half of openings in the STEM fields, there are relatively few men of color working toward computer science degrees.

Citiparks Facilities to Operate as Cooling Centers During Weekend Heat Wave

Citiparks Facilities to Operate as Cooling Centers During Weekend Heat Wave

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 21, 2016) – The following City of Pittsburgh Citiparks facilities will serve as cooling centers on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24…

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh Hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Trade Institute of Pittsburgh Hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Fellows are accomplished young leaders chosen from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Each Fellow comes to the United States and participates in a six-week academic and leadership institute at a university or college here. They also get to attend a town hall with the President. They then return to their home countries and build upon the skills they developed during their time in the U.S. Mandela Washington Fellows receive ongoing access to mentoring, networking, training, and seed funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations.

Launch of [ ] We Move Series to Support Engagement and Visibility of Diverse Pittsburgh Communities

Launch of [ ] We Move Series to Support Engagement and Visibility of Diverse Pittsburgh Communities

Pittsburgh, PA (July 14, 2016) — Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative announces [ ] We Move, a pilot series of 10 community-led cultural celebrations. [ ] We Move is made possible through an existing grant awarded by the National League of Cities to strengthen community outreach efforts to Pittsburgh’s immigrant, Latino, and African American residents. The 10 groups invited to participate in the series will showcase their celebrations on Friday, July 15 at The Global Switchboard (305 34th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Last Chance to Register for the Second Annual Tree Tender Symposium!

Last Chance to Register for the Second Annual Tree Tender Symposium!

The Pittsburgh City Paper has called Tree Tenders “the national guard of the arborist world: a civilian group taking care of what the pros can’t quite get to.” On Saturday, July 16th, Tree Pittsburgh will host a Tree Tender Symposium for Tree Tenders from across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The symposium will provide the opportunity for Tree Tenders to network with fellow tenders, share strategies for tree advocacy in their neighborhoods, and learn about highlighted projects and neighborhoods for inspiration.

Reminder: Pittsburgh Bicentennial Parade, Concert & Fireworks Set For Saturday, July 9, 2016

Reminder: Pittsburgh Bicentennial Parade, Concert & Fireworks Set For Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stanley Cup appearing in parade, free Healthy Ride bike rentals all day

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 7, 2016) – Organizers of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Celebration are welcoming all residents of the greater Pittsburgh region to come Downtown for Bicentennial events throughout the day on Saturday, July 9.

The day begins with an 11 a.m. parade on Liberty Avenue, starting at 11th Street and ending at Point State Park, continues with a showcase in Market Square, and ends with a concert and fireworks that evening in the park.

Mayor William Peduto Calls For Peace Summit

Mayor William Peduto Calls For Peace Summit

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is calling this afternoon for a community-wide peace summit to be held next week to seek ways to work together to address fear and violence.

The Mayor – working with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald – intends to gather leaders from law enforcement, faith-based institutions, activist groups, foundations, labor, the corporate community and government to work constructively to address violence facing Pittsburgh and the entire nation, and find ways to promote racial healing.

The Perfect Gift for our City’s 200th Birthday? How About a 660 Acre Park and a Family of Bald Eagles!

The Perfect Gift for our City’s 200th Birthday? How About a 660 Acre Park and a Family of Bald Eagles!

The City of Pittsburgh has received a gift in its 200th year far too big to wrap with a bow: 660 acres of parkland known as Hays Woods. Mayor Peduto announced the closing today of the transaction, following negotiations between the City by Pittsburgh Development Group II and Mayor Peduto’s Chief of Staff and URA board chairman Kevin Acklin.

Four City-wide Bike Plan Open Houses to be Held in July

Four City-wide Bike Plan Open Houses to be Held in July

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning will host four city-wide Bike Plan Open Houses in July to kick-off the public process of updating the existing Bike Plan which was created in 1999. Of course, much has changed since then, including the hiring of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, the addition of protected bike lanes, the opportunity to use high-tech bike shares, and a trail that connects Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. Now, you have the opportunity to help shape the future of biking in Pittsburgh!