There are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County according to the most recently available data from the 2010 census. Too many of these houses have succumbed to blight. According to Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections Director Maura Kennedy in a WESA article, “Blight can spread like a weed.” “But the opposite is also true,” she said. “Once you start holding people accountable and forcing change it’s really exciting to see the spread of dumpsters and people painting their porches and reinvesting in their community.”
The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival (produced by Thrill Mill) annually highlights Pittsburgh’s startups, creatives, leaders and innovators–not to mention culminating in a weekend-long concert festival starring national headliners (including, this year, Panic! at the Disco, Manchester Orchestra, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, and more) and some of the best of local music talent. It takes place September 21st to the 27th. This year, FortyX80, Innovation Works and their accelerators AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear are joining the Thrival schedule as part of the festival’s Friday “Investment, Entrepreneurship, & Growth Strategy” theme.
PITTSBURGH, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor William Peduto joins Cities of Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, and the Rockefeller Foundation in announcing today the 10 cities which together form the first Resilience AmeriCorps cities in the United States. The cities of Anchorage, Ala., Boulder, Colo., Chicago, Ill., El Paso, Texas, Minot, N.D., New Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tulsa, Okla. were selected for local vulnerability to climate-related risk, demonstrated commitment or efforts to improve environmental resilience, and city government capacity to host and implement Resilience AmeriCorps in their cities.
On Thursday, July 16, the Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s (JF&CS) Career Development Center (CDC), along with its Refugee and Immigrant Services Department, will hold Pittsburgh’s first job fair for tailored to refugee and immigrant jobseekers. The fair is for those immigrants and refugees who have a legal status to work in the United States and who have at least conversational English skills. It takes place on the lower level of the Department of Human Services (DHS) offices, which are located at One Smithfield Street, in Downtown Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 13, 2015) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement today on the announcement by Macy’s Inc. that it is closing its Downtown store:
“This is a sad day for Pittsburgh, and for those who have spent their lives working, shopping and making memories here. Whether known as Macy’s or Kaufmann’s this store has been part of the fabric of our city for more than a century and losing it hurts, even as we remain hopeful about the site’s future…
On Wednesday, June 17th, the New Pittsburgh Collaborative will hold their fifth annual networking event: Connecting Pittsburgh. This free event brings together summer interns, young professionals, and employers in Pittsburgh to network and build new connections. It also provides an opportunity to shine a light on the many benefits of living and working in Pittsburgh.
Neighborhood Allies has a vision of a Pittsburgh full of thriving, healthy communities that are livable for all. To that end, they support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to improving the social and physical infrastructures of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities. Yesterday, they announced the recipients of their spring 2015 grants. Neighborhood Allies awarded a total of $540,000 to eight creative and collaborative projects and ideas that will help transform struggling neighborhoods.
On Thursday, June 4th, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will hold its annual job fair. More than 90 employers and trade organizations will fill the event halls of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Liberty for the event! Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with employers from such companies as UPMC, PNC Bank, and ALDI from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Trade organizations and educational organizations such as CCAC, the Builders Guild, Wendy’s and Pittsburgh Job Corps will also be present. Many will have immediate openings.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the regional planning agency for our area (including Allegheny and nine other 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 (“Mapping the Future: The Southwestern PA Plan”) to meet future needs to the year 2040. They have put out a notice for a public comment period and public meetings. The next meeting to be held in Pittsburgh will be on June 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the SPC Conference Center at Two Chatham Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The Kiva City program helps small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs. Supporters browse through borrower profiles and find a story that connects with them. Field Partners vet, distribute and administer each loan. When borrowers repay, the money that the lending supporters gave is theirs to keep, or to donate to Kiva, or to lend again to empower someone else. In this way, Pittsburghers can help support other Pittsburghers’ small businesses which helps to create new jobs and backs employers who are likely to hire people of color, women and youth. And, it gives you the opportunity to personally help jump start the local economy!