Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation (part of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh) are seeking diverse, nonprofit community groups which work to create opportunities for civic engagement, community involvement and volunteerism. The Mini Grants Initiative: 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund’s goal is to fund projects that, over time, “will result in stronger, more connected diverse communities that support one another’s efforts and collectively work to grow a welcoming and inclusive Pittsburgh region.”
They say a picture is worth a thousand words–yours could be worth a $250.00 gift card! Vibrant Pittsburgh’s mission is embrace inclusion by helping our region attract and maintain a diverse workforce and promoting our region nationally and internationally as welcoming to all. They want you to help show off how Pittsburgh has been transformed into a stunning city. They’re holding a contest–“Pittsburgh: A City Transformed”–to find the photograph that best represents the beauty of Pittsburgh’s transformation.
In an effort to rebuild Pittsburgh’s presence on the national stage, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto traveled to Seattle, Washington this week to participate in three major conferences addressing issues from education and public health to the future of urban libraries to the economic sustainability of cities. The Mayor-Elect traveled at the invitation of The Grable Foundation, The Sprout Fund, and The National League of Cities, the latter of which welcomed the City of Pittsburgh back as a member.
Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) is more than just an art gallery. Artist and owner Jason Sauer and film producer Nina Gibbs (married to Jason) have created something that has greatly added to the revitalization of their Garfield neighborhood. Located in the Penn Avenue Arts District of Pittsburgh, the gallery also serves as a studio and performance space. But more than that, Sauer works with the Green+Screen project, which joins professional architects and designers with local youth from the community to develop sculpture for empty lots along Penn Ave. And MWFA works with disadvantaged youth and ex-offenders through Goodwill–teaching them construction skills and offering them competitive wages. Most Wanted Fine Art has the chance to get a Mission Main Street℠ Grant and all you have to do to help them is vote for them here.
Pittsburgh has been rightly celebrated as America’s “Most Livable City” but, the renewal has not been citywide—there are many neighborhoods that have not shared in the growth and progress. Coro Pittsburgh is a comprehensive program whose mission is to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. The Coro Fellows in Public Affairs will hold a Dialogue on Urban Affairs on Friday, October 25th. The topic at hand: Is Pittsburgh Livable for Everyone? They are looking for you—the public—to give your input into the conversation. You may even find some opportunities to take action in helping achieve a more equitable city for all.
Deirdre Kane and Dora Walmsley are two Pittsburghers who have a dream — one they share with many of their Upper Lawrenceville neighbors — to open a fresh retail corner store offering grocery staples, prepared foods, and bulk items (like grains and rice). They also envision the 52nd Street Market being a community meeting place — a space where neighbors can come together for a cup of coffee and conversation. The women are more than just dreamers — they have a combined 25 years of restaurant industry and food service experience between them, including working at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank so there is an understanding of food insecurity and equitable access to food. They also have a building owner who is working with them, as well having many professional mentors, and have surveyed their community.
Traveling over many Pennsylvania bridges, one becomes acutely aware that we have some serious infrastructure problems in this state. In fact, with 4,000+, PA comes in number one in having the most structurally deficient state-owned bridges in the nation. Worst of all, this problem is only going to get worse.
The Forum for Economic Development (FED) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan clearinghouse for ideas to bring industries to Southwestern Pennsylvania in order to create jobs in manufacturing and the trades. FED and the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) have announced that the first speaker in FED’s Michael F. Moran Speaker Series will be Bill Peduto. This series is funded by FED and was created to “promote meaningful discussion and further action on the sources of long-term unemployment in Pittsburgh and how to aid the most hard-hit groups in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
90% of our drinking water comes from our rivers, yet almost every time it rains in Allegheny County, our sewer system is overwhelmed–overflowing sewage into our rivers, our streams, and often into our basements. In 2008, a federal consent decree by the Environmental Protection Agency required the prevention of almost all sewer overflows and long-term wet weather control planning. The question was whether “green” solutions–like rain gardens, porous pavement, rain barrels, green roofs, and more trees–would be used or would billions be spent on “gray” solutions.
Friday, August 2nd, will see the first-ever Garfield Night Market. For the next four months, the Garfield Night Market will be a great compliment to Penn Avenue’s Unblurred. The Night Market will include appearances by local performers, colorful street lighting, and sales of local goods. There will also be great food from local Pittsburgh vendors including the Franktuary truck and Fukuda’s Lomito truck as well as Garfield-based Healcrest Urban Farm and Abby’s Sweets and Treats. The Carnegie Libraries and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater will participating too.