“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.
Do you know a good home for a 100 foot long fish? Well, an iconic 100 foot long smiling fish sign, that is. The Wholey’s smiling fish sign has been part of the Pittsburgh landscape for nearly a quarter center. Now, the building that it’s on is about to become condos and the sign needs a new home.
Rustbelt Almanac is a new quarterly magazine that takes a look at “the industrious people of the Rust Belt.” While manufacturing may have left this region, the work ethic of its artists, craftsman, laborers and entrepreneurs have not and are building something brand new. What better person to take on the subject of the rebirth of the Rust Belt than the Mayor Elect of Pittsburgh: Bill Peduto. Below is an excerpt from his article in Rustbelt Almanac. You can read the entire piece here.
For over three decades the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) has served as a clearinghouse between funders and CDCs; providing vision, strategy and technical assistance — along with capital — to local community development efforts. PPND was one of the nation’s first community development intermediaries. While Pittsburgh has undergone a real transformation in those decades, the positive changes have, unfortunately, not been citywide. In recognition of this inequality, PPND will transform itself into Neighborhood Allies early next year and is seeking an Executive Director to lead the way.