Category: Economic Development

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.

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.

Support The Homewood Small Business Expo!

Support The Homewood Small Business Expo!

Come out on Saturday, June 9th and support Homewood and its small business community! The Homewood Small Business Expo is a celebration of Homewood that includes networking opportunities for businesses in the morning hours and fun activities for the general public in the afternoon.

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Members for its Community Advisory Council

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Members for its Community Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve System (or the Fed) is our country’s central banking system. Its functions include conducting the nation’s monetary policy, supervising and regulating banks and other financial institutions, maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk, and providing financial services to the U.S. government. It’s comprised of the Board of Governors (Federal Reserve Board), located in Washington, D.C. and appointed by the president, and 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks. In 2015, the Federal Reserve Board created the Community Advisory Council (CAC).

Mayor’s Office, URA Announce Second Installment of “Next 3 Days”

Mayor’s Office, URA Announce Second Installment of “Next 3 Days”

Hilltop Neighborhoods of Mt. Washington and Allentown to be featured June 17-19

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 8, 2016) – The Office of Mayor William Peduto and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), in partnership with NEXTPittsburgh announced today that the second installment of the NEXT 3 Days (N3D) event series will take place June 17 – 19, 2016 in the city’s Hilltop neighborhoods of Mt. Washington and Allentown.

Find Out What’s New at the Uptown Community Meeting

Find Out What’s New at the Uptown Community Meeting

Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh will hold their quarterly community meeting on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is for Uptown residents, businesses, institutions, and those with a general interest in the neighborhood. Please note that due to the Penguins Stanley Cup Game tomorrow, the meeting has been moved to 300 Gist Street at the former Forbes Auto Body Shop (instead of being held at 710 Fifth Avenue as previously announced). The meeting will end in time for the start of the game at 8:00 p.m.!

Your Chance to Nominate an Immigrant Entrepreneur/Professional for a GlobalPittsburgh Award

Your Chance to Nominate an Immigrant Entrepreneur/Professional for a GlobalPittsburgh Award

Pittsburgh is a city whose strength was built on its immigrant population. The years 1870 to 1920 saw a sevenfold growth in the population of the city as immigrants moved here for jobs in the factories and mills, bringing with them new cultural traditions that have now become synonymous with our city (think Pirates Pierogies, for example). Now, like many cities, Pittsburgh seeks to attract immigrants as studies have shown that they are still a real boon to an area as they start businesses at a higher rate than non-immigrants, and can actually raise home values when they move into neighborhoods. Additionally, immigrants increase increase a city’s population, while making it a more vibrant place to live. Currently, Pittsburgh’s foreign-born population is estimated to be about 7 percent of its total population. You have an opportunity to recognize and honor the vital role immigrants play by nominating an immigrant entrepreneur/professional for an award by GlobalPittsburgh.

Housing in Lawrenceville: A Community Event

Housing in Lawrenceville: A Community Event

What will the future of housing in Lawrenceville be? With approximately 1,000 market-rate residential units in the planning or construction phase, will there be responsible growth and affordability for all? Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) and Lawrenceville United (LU), along with residents, property owners, developers, and elected officials are seeking a “housing for all,” strategy as a priority. Tomorrow, LC and LU will host an event focused on the state of housing in Lawrenceville at Goodwill of Southwestern PA.

After You Vote in the Primary, Vote for Your Favorite Elevator Pitch at Pitch Fest!

After You Vote in the Primary, Vote for Your Favorite Elevator Pitch at Pitch Fest!

Of course most of you will be voting in Pennsylvania’s primary race on Tuesday, April 26th, but after that, you have another chance to vote. MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh will be holding Pitch Fest at Duquesne University also on the 26th. Pitch Fest is their annual Elevator Pitch event (an elevator pitch is a pitch which can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride, say if you happened to run into someone important there). Pitch Fest provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and then receive constructive feedback from a panel of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.

“Exploring the Small Farm Dream” Penn State Extension Course

“Exploring the Small Farm Dream” Penn State Extension Course

Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty — literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for you?”