Category: Economic Development

Apply for U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Emerging Leaders Initiative

Apply for U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015 Emerging Leaders Initiative

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.

Help Map the Future of Our Region

Help Map the Future of Our Region

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 Accepting Idea Papers For Their Spring 2015 Catalytic Funding Round

Neighborhood Allies Is Accepting Idea Papers For Their Spring 2015 Catalytic Funding Round

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.

#GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Unconference for Unsticking Great Ideas!

#GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Unconference for Unsticking Great Ideas!

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

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.

Hill District To See Historic Transformation Through New Agreement

Hill District To See Historic Transformation Through New Agreement

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 and 10 Other Cities Join Citizenship Initiative

Pittsburgh and 10 Other Cities Join Citizenship Initiative

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.

Mayor, Councilmembers Launch ‘Small Business Week’

Mayor, Councilmembers Launch ‘Small Business Week’

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 25, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto, Councilman Dan Gilman and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak today officially declared the week of November 24-30 “Small Business Week” in the City of Pittsburgh.

Remarks by Mayor William Peduto At Announcement of New U.S. Steel Headquarters At Former Civic Arena Site

Remarks by Mayor William Peduto At Announcement of New U.S. Steel Headquarters At Former Civic Arena Site

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 24, 2014) “As a Pittsburgh boy this feels really good. I told Mario [Longhi, U.S. Steel President and CEO], as we sat in the office, I will not be the Mayor that lost U.S. Steel. Not out of Pittsburgh. And all apologies to the Governor, it meant no where else in Allegheny County, nowhere in the state of Pennsylvania — U.S. Steel belongs in Pittsburgh, and it feels really, really good. And I know everyone around here feels the same way too.

Startup Weekend Pittsburgh: Let the Games Begin! (#SWPgh)

Startup Weekend Pittsburgh: Let the Games Begin! (#SWPgh)

This weekend, in cities across the globe, a battle has begun–the Global Startup Battle–a grassroots movement of entrepreneurs competing to pitch their best ideas, form teams around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), create a business model/code/design and make a final presentation. Categories include Developers, Designers and Non-technical. It all takes place over a 54-hour period.