On Wednesday, June 17th, the New Pittsburgh Collaborative will hold their fifth annual networking event: Connecting Pittsburgh. This free event brings together summer interns, young professionals, and employers in Pittsburgh to network and build new connections. It also provides an opportunity to shine a light on the many benefits of living and working in Pittsburgh.
Neighborhood Allies has a vision of a Pittsburgh full of thriving, healthy communities that are livable for all. To that end, they support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to improving the social and physical infrastructures of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities. Yesterday, they announced the recipients of their spring 2015 grants. Neighborhood Allies awarded a total of $540,000 to eight creative and collaborative projects and ideas that will help transform struggling neighborhoods.
On Thursday, June 4th, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will hold its annual job fair. More than 90 employers and trade organizations will fill the event halls of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Liberty for the event! Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with employers from such companies as UPMC, PNC Bank, and ALDI from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Trade organizations and educational organizations such as CCAC, the Builders Guild, Wendy’s and Pittsburgh Job Corps will also be present. Many will have immediate openings.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the regional planning agency for our area (including Allegheny and nine other 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 (“Mapping the Future: The Southwestern PA Plan”) to meet future needs to the year 2040. They have put out a notice for a public comment period and public meetings. The next meeting to be held in Pittsburgh will be on June 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the SPC Conference Center at Two Chatham Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The Kiva City program helps small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs. Supporters browse through borrower profiles and find a story that connects with them. Field Partners vet, distribute and administer each loan. When borrowers repay, the money that the lending supporters gave is theirs to keep, or to donate to Kiva, or to lend again to empower someone else. In this way, Pittsburghers can help support other Pittsburghers’ small businesses which helps to create new jobs and backs employers who are likely to hire people of color, women and youth. And, it gives you the opportunity to personally help jump start the local economy!
Public meetings on BRT and EcoInnovation District set for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6
PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is seeking public input on an action plan for transit improvements and community development in the corridor between Downtown and neighborhoods east.
In February, Pittsburgh-based Fygment partnered with Indiegogo to host the #GoGoPgh “Unconference” to educate as many as possible in the startup community on how to successfully crowdfund and to launch Pittsburgh as the focus city for Indiegogo in 2015. Now, Fygment Productions and Ashley Paulisick will present a followup #GoGoPgh Crowdfunding Workshop to share some best practices and real life examples to help startups launch their own crowdfunding campaign. The event will be held at Thrill Mill on Tuesday, May 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC), located in Garfield, serves the East End community by providing its residents with the help they need to compete in today’s job market. As part of their mission, they host an annual summer job fair that garners citywide attendance. They are now recruiting employers to participate in that event which will be held on June 4th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Last year, more than 1,700 job seekers and 80 employers attended this event!
The Community Empowerment Association, in conjunction with the Homewood Neighborhood Advisory Board on Urban Affairs, is hosting a series of informational workshops and training seminars to provide both the education and the opportunity to take advantage of economic development and community benefits for the Homewood Community. These are free events that are geared toward developing financial literacy and job placement for individuals and toward providing development and financial strategies and aid for small businesses.
Neighborhood Allies has extended the deadline to apply for full scholarships to the 5th Annual Community Development Summit until tomorrow, Friday, April 10th. The summit will take place on Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13, 2015. This year’s theme is “Physical Places and Social Spaces.” The keynote speakers are President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress Tamar Shapiro and Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners Paul Farmer. The event will feature sessions and workshops that “highlight cross-sector and regional collaboration in community planning, land recycling, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood revitalization.” The summit is hosted by PCRG in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute – Pittsburgh District Council. You can learn more about the Community Development Summit here.