Category: Economic Development

BetaBurgh Seeks Innovative Ideas for Downtown Pittsburgh

BetaBurgh Seeks Innovative Ideas for Downtown Pittsburgh

Are you a local entrepreneur? Do you have a local for-profit/non-profit organization, a startup, or a small business? Most important, can you come up with a high-quality, innovative approach to activating spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh?

Learn About Employment and Training Opportunities at West Penn Hospital

Learn About Employment and Training Opportunities at West Penn Hospital

The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, in collaboration with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, will be hosting an event this Friday for those interested in careers in healthcare, or just working in a hospital setting. The West Penn Hospital Careers and Employment event will feature top recruiting staff from the hospital who will give a presentation on all aspects of the hospital’s hiring process. Hospital staff will go over all their open positions — many of which could be ideal opportunities for part-time students. The CEO of West Penn Hospital will be on hand to welcome everyone to the event.

Don’t Miss the Application Deadline for AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup!

Don’t Miss the Application Deadline for AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup!

AlphaLab was founded in 2008 to accelerate the growth of promising startup technology companies in the Pittsburgh region. The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup is a pitch competition that is open to early-stage startups that create at least one physical product. Any company with a physical product component is eligible to apply (including Manufactured Products, Internet of Things/Connected Devices, Health/Medical, Consumer Products & Consumer Electronics, Food, Fashion, Robotics, etc.), so don’t let the term “hardware” throw you off. The contest encompasses nine cities over the course of four months with a $50,000 Grand Prize! And, the deadline to apply for Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. is Wednesday, January 13th.

Join the Conversation: Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity for African American Men

Join the Conversation: Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity for African American Men

A study by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute and funded by the Heinz Endowments found that because of longstanding structural barriers, Pittsburgh has been overlooking the assets and potential of African American men in the region. Many of these men face real obstacles when trying to access employment opportunities or when they try to obtain development support for business. The report analyzed these structural barriers and has come up with recommendations for government, business and philanthropic sectors to help ensure that black men are included in our region’s efforts to create a more innovative and sustainable economy.

YPA Holding “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities” 1960s-themed Party

YPA Holding “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities” 1960s-themed Party

The Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh’s (YPA) slogan is Give life to history®. Representing younger voices in historic preservation, they use community engagement and education to advocate for the preservation of historic sites and structures in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Each year, they release their list of “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities.” Over the course of a decade, they’ve had many successes including the Dormont Pool, Connellsville Aaron’s Building, and the Cork Factory in the Strip District.

Federal, State & Local Officials, Mosites & Community Cut Ribbon for East Liberty Transit Center

Federal, State & Local Officials, Mosites & Community Cut Ribbon for East Liberty Transit Center

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 14, 2015) Joining Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Terry Garcia-Crews and other partners, Mayor William Peduto today ceremonially relaunched the East Liberty Station on the Martin Luther King, Jr East Busway after undergoing a significant reconstruction.

Be Part of the Public Space + Public Life Survey

Be Part of the Public Space + Public Life Survey

You can help create a “Downtown for All.” On Wednesday, October 21st and Saturday, October 24th, you can make your voice heard as part of the Public Space + Public Life Survey. Representatives from Gehl Studio, Envision Downtown, and volunteers will be conducting a survey–a count of where people are and what they are doing–to help better understand who uses Downtown Pittsburgh’s public spaces, and what they do there. The findings will be used to understand and improve public spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh and benchmark their success.

Register Now for Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp!

Register Now for Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp!

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.”

FortyX80 & Innovation Works Investor Round-Robin Joins Thrival Schedule

FortyX80 & Innovation Works Investor Round-Robin Joins Thrival Schedule

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.

Mayor Peduto Launches Resilience AmeriCorps…

Mayor Peduto Launches Resilience AmeriCorps…

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.