The Community Empowerment Association, in conjunction with the Homewood Neighborhood Advisory Board on Urban Affairs, is hosting a series of informational workshops and training seminars to provide both the education and the opportunity to take advantage of economic development and community benefits for the Homewood Community. These are free events that are geared toward developing financial literacy and job placement for individuals and toward providing development and financial strategies and aid for small businesses.
Neighborhood Allies has extended the deadline to apply for full scholarships to the 5th Annual Community Development Summit until tomorrow, Friday, April 10th. The summit will take place on Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13, 2015. This year’s theme is “Physical Places and Social Spaces.” The keynote speakers are President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress Tamar Shapiro and Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners Paul Farmer. The event will feature sessions and workshops that “highlight cross-sector and regional collaboration in community planning, land recycling, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood revitalization.” The summit is hosted by PCRG in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute – Pittsburgh District Council. You can learn more about the Community Development Summit here.
While the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania has fallen to 5.2%, the rate for youths is double that. The good news is that on Friday, April 10, the East End Works Summer Job Fair will be held at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch (130 S. Whitfield Street). The fair is for youths age 14 to 21. The event is being organized by the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the City of Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Learning Alliance, and Pittsburgh Public Schools.
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.
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!
Neighborhood Allies is a community development intermediary which seeks to best serve low/moderate income people in transitional and distressed communities that have been left behind by following best practices to support and create sustainable neighborhoods. They invest in neighborhood innovation and leadership, partner with allies, and connect residents to valued and vetted resources.
Many of you are familiar with Indiegogo–the largest global fundraising site–but unfortunately, most crowdfunding platforms have been focused on New York City, San Francisco, and LA. Meanwhile, right here in Pittsburgh, we have entrepreneurs in numerous fields (art, tech, music, food, service, etc.) who have successfully used crowdfunding but have been unable to tap early stage funding from more traditional sources like foundations and venture capital firms. Now, Pittsburgh-based Fygment–which also supports entrepreneurs, creators, and makers–is partnering with Indiegogo to present #GoGoPgh, a three-day conference on crowdfunding.
Mayor Thanks Contributors for “Undercover Boss,” Statement on VisitPittsburgh Funding & Letter from Ed Chadwick
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 23, 2015) Mayor William Peduto today released the names of core Pittsburgh stakeholders that have generously provided funding to support “Undercover Boss.” The show aired Dec. 21, 2014, and further enhanced the city’s reputation among millions of viewers worldwide.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 20, 2015) — Transformational plans for the redevelopment of the Hill District will go ahead under the leadership and cooperation of local elected officials, the Hill District community and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 12, 2014) On Monday Pittsburgh and 10 other cities will formally join Cities for Citizenship, an initiative launched by Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago in partnership with Citi, the founding corporate partner, which aims to increase citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents to forge more inclusive and economically robust cities.