Public meetings on BRT and EcoInnovation District set for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is seeking public input on an action plan for transit improvements and community development in the corridor between Downtown and neighborhoods east.
In February, Pittsburgh-based Fygment partnered with Indiegogo to host the #GoGoPgh “Unconference” to educate as many as possible in the startup community on how to successfully crowdfund and to launch Pittsburgh as the focus city for Indiegogo in 2015. Now, Fygment Productions and Ashley Paulisick will present a followup #GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Workshop to share some best practices and real life examples to help startups launch their own crowdfunding campaign. The event will be held at Thrill Mill on Tuesday, May 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC), located in Garfield, serves the East End community by providing its residents with the help they need to compete in today’s job market. As part of their mission, they host an annual summer job fair that garners citywide attendance. They are now recruiting employers to participate in that event which will be held on June 4th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Last year, more than 1,700 job seekers and 80 employers attended this event!
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.