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Join the Pittsburgh Police & Chief McLay for a Town Hall Meeting in Your Zone

Join the Pittsburgh Police & Chief McLay for a Town Hall Meeting in Your Zone

Starting this week, you will have the opportunity to join the Pittsburgh Police and Chief of Police Cameron McLay at a series of town hall meetings in each of the city’s six police zones. At these events, you can meet your Public Safety Zone Council Leadership and have the chance to ask your most pressing questions in a Q&A session.

Neighborhood Allies Report to the Community: Creating Neighborhoods of Opportunity for All

Neighborhood Allies Report to the Community: Creating Neighborhoods of Opportunity for All

Photograph courtesy of Neighborhood Allies 2015 Report to the Community

With its roots in the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND), Neighborhood Allies launched as a community development organization with a difference: They use a uniquely holistic approach. Neighborhood Allies is equal parts funder, lender, connector and consultant in order to be a real ally to distressed and transitional communities in the Pittsburgh region.

Urban Innovation21 Announces Business Grant Competition for Hill District & Homewood

Urban Innovation21 Announces Business Grant Competition for Hill District & Homewood

Urban Innovation21 (UI21) has announced their 2016 Inclusive Innovation Community-based Business Grant Competition. Urban Innovation21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. This public-private partnership promotes connections between underserved communities and our city’s Innovation Economy in order to help ensure that all communities benefit from Pittsburgh’s economic transformation. This will be the fourth year for the competition.

Attend Resilient Pittsburgh’s September 14th Resilience Fair!

Attend Resilient Pittsburgh’s September 14th Resilience Fair!

In 2015, Pittsburgh was chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities network. This program was created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world to become more resilient. City resilience is defined as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.” From one time events like flash floods and extreme weather to long-term structural problems like inequality, air pollution, and crime, true resiliency is achieved when cities develop strategies to meet such challenges and threats.

Celebrate Larimer Alive Community Festival & Larimer Consensus Group’s New Home

Celebrate Larimer Alive Community Festival & Larimer Consensus Group’s New Home

Larimer is a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is bordered by East Liberty, Highland Park, Lincoln-Lemington, Homewood, Point Breeze, and Shadyside. The Larimer Consensus Group (LCG) is comprised of residents and stakeholders whose mission is “to empower the Larimer neighborhood to move into sustainable community and economic development via strong communication networks, partnerships, and an open participatory process.” On Friday, August 19th, the Larimer Consensus Group and Neighborhood Allies will hold a celebration of LCG’s new home at the Environment and Energy Community Outreach (EECO) Center. There will be a brief agenda to showcase the community, and drinks and appetizers will be served. To attend, please RSVP by Monday, August 15th here.

City of Pittsburgh and Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Reach Tentative Settlement on Gaming Funds

City of Pittsburgh and Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Reach Tentative Settlement on Gaming Funds

Settlement still requires ICA board approval

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 10, 2016) Attorneys for the City of Pittsburgh and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority have reached a tentative settlement on the release of $18.19 million in outstanding gaming funds to the City, accompanied by the City dropping its lawsuit against the Authority.

City Launches School Supply Drive

City Launches School Supply Drive

Donations requested for Pittsburgh school students in advance of start of school year

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 5, 2016) Mayor William Peduto and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith have launched a school supply drive for Pittsburgh students.

The William Penn Fellowship: A Public Service Program for Advanced Degree Graduates

The William Penn Fellowship: A Public Service Program for Advanced Degree Graduates

Are you or do you know someone who has an advanced degree and a passion for public service? If so, applications are now open for the William Penn Fellowship — a first-of-its-kind program for Pennsylvania state government. “Our goal is to invigorate the commonwealth with new ideas and create new opportunities to become involved in public service,” said Governor Wolf about the fellowship.

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, there are over 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.