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Mayor Announces Extended Application Period, Informational Session For Love Your Block Program

Mayor Announces Extended Application Period, Informational Session For Love Your Block Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 3, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications have been extended for the fall 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. Applications will now be available until Friday, July 18. In addition, there will be an informational session Wednesday, July 9, to assist interested applicants. First-time applicants and past grantees are encouraged to attend.

City Announces Open Data Platform Launch

City Announces Open Data Platform Launch

In early 2014, the City of Pittsburgh passed Open Data legislation, introduced by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, with strong support from Mayor Peduto. With the bill came a commitment to working with the public to develop a portal through which anyone can access data collected and/or maintained by city government, setting the city’s default to “open.”

The Center for Women: Helping Women in Transition

The Center for Women: Helping Women in Transition

People’s lives often don’t follow a straight trajectory. For women in particular, the death of a spouse, a divorce, a separation, or the need to leave an abusive relationship can turn a woman’s life upside-down. A woman facing such a major change may need legal and financial help. She may have to enter the job market for the very first time. She may have never handled her financial affairs. She may have lost her health insurance that was provided through her spouse’s job. She may need to find a new place to live for the first time in decades. The Center for Women helps these women in their goal to obtain financial literacy and economic independence.

Pittsburgh GigaPortraits Showcase Art, Technology and Our City

Pittsburgh GigaPortraits Showcase Art, Technology and Our City

Gigapixel images are created by stitching together multiple, massive, high resolution photographs to make a single digital image. The Pittsburgh Gigapanorama Project has Gigapixel panoramas of numerous cities including Pittsburgh. These include panoramas taken at this year’s Three Rivers Art Festival. You can view the images online and go from a sweeping vista of the Golden Triangle to zooming in and panning around to the point where you can make out individual festival goers.

City to Host World Cup Watch Party in Market Square Tuesday

City to Host World Cup Watch Party in Market Square Tuesday

USA vs. Belgium game will be broadcast live on big screen

The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host a World Cup Watch Party in Market Square on Tuesday, July 1. Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. prior to the 4:00 p.m. kickoff between the United States and Belgium.

Celebrate on the Fourth With a Different Kind of BOOM

Celebrate on the Fourth With a Different Kind of BOOM

If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do for the upcoming holiday, check out BOOM Concepts’ two-day grand opening on July 3rd and 4th. BOOM Concepts is a community organization in Garfield that provides “space for collaboration across genre and discipline.” It’s an exhibition, studio, and workspace along the Penn Ave Arts Corridor for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs who have common interest. BOOM Concepts is a collaboration of Jenesis Magazine and the Magic Organs artist collective.

City of Pittsburgh Cutting Pothole Response Times

City of Pittsburgh Cutting Pothole Response Times

Mayor William Peduto thanks workers for their efforts

PITTSBURGH, PA – The city of Pittsburgh has cut its pothole response times nearly in half since launching its blitz in early April, and is getting nearer to its goal of addressing all such complaints in three days.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is Holding Their Annual “yART” Sale

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is Holding Their Annual “yART” Sale

What do you get when you combine the sale of bargain-priced art work, equipment and supplies with the great outdoors? Why a “yART” sale, of course! The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will hold its annual “yART” Sale on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (rain or shine). The sale will take place at PCA’s tree-lined campus–adjacent to Mellon Park–at the corner of Fifth and Shady in Shadyside. It is free to the public.

Applications for Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy Now Open

Applications for Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy Now Open

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 18, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto announced today that applications are open for the fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). This season, the CLA will designate half of its available slots for new Americans and recent immigrants as part of the City’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative. Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about city government and its departments.

Making Creative Connections

Making Creative Connections

Pittsburgh and the surrounding region has a wealth of creative assets. The question is how do we best take advantage of this to rise to the next level and compete with other creative hot spots like Austin, Boston, or Portland? How do we encourage creative growth and innovation in our creative industries? The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, in association with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Echo Strategies, is holding the event “Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives” to connect people in design, communications, entertainment, fine art, data science, software and hardware, and creative industry support services to delve into these questions and explore the state and potential of creative industries in our region.