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.
On Thursday, June 5, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will hold a job fair from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Last year, over 1,300 job seekers attended this event. This year there are 70 plus employers participating. They include banks, training programs, retail, healthcare, social services, food service, labor jobs, and more — many with immediate openings.
In his “The Revolt of the Cities” piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are “mapping the future of liberalism” by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can’t. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors–including Pittsburgh’s own Bill Peduto–to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don’t stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America’s largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.
“When I took the oath of office January 6, I pledged to change the culture of city government. My administration is following through on that pledge, through the hard work, square dealing and good faith I promised that day, and today I am issuing a detailed report on our progress over the first 100 days.
Many of our communities are powerless today to slum landlords, vacant buildings and blighted properties. They invite crime and neglect into our neighborhoods, robbing them of their promise and pushing them to the brink.
There is a bill before City Council right now that would revolutionize our ability to recycle abandoned, neglected properties and put them back into productive use.
I am asking you to e-mail City Council today and tell them that we need the Land Bank Bill to pass.
The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) advocates for equitable policies and adequate resources to build vibrant and strong urban neighborhoods. As part of PCRG’s mission, they will be presenting the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh on May 14th and 15th. The summit brings together community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others–more than 500 in all–who care about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.
Last month, we wrote about Urban Innovation21′s Small Business Grant Competition for Hill District residents (which you can still apply to win). This month, they have started their grant competition which aims to assist a wide range of entrepreneurs who reside and/or operate a small for profit business in Homewood. Urban Innovation21 sponsors these grants because they believe that entrepreneurship is the engine to boost regional development.
Mayor William Peduto will welcome two international delegations to the city today as part of his continuing effort to strengthen Pittsburgh’s international ties. The first visit will be with a delegation from Pittsburgh’s first sister city, Wuhan, China. Later in the day, the Mayor will also meet with a European delegation to discuss the role of public-private partnerships.
Do you live in the Hill District and are an entrepreneur? Then Urban Innovation21 is looking to help you. Urban Innovation21 believes that entrepreneurship is the engine to boost regional development. They have launched a Small Business Grant Competition that is open to businesses owned by Hill District residents that are in the start-up stage, as well as to established businesses. Businesses that additionally operate out of the Hill District will be given extra consideration.
Standard & Poor’s Rating Service (S&P) has announced that the City of Pittsburgh’s credit rating has been upgraded to A+ stable, indicating confidence in our ability to meet our financial commitments and in Mayor William Peduto’s stewardship of the City’s finances.