Category: Economic Development

Mayor William Peduto to Host Roundtable with Local Startups Wednesday

Mayor William Peduto to Host Roundtable with Local Startups Wednesday

Mayor William Peduto will host a roundtable Wednesday with local startup firm leaders, and discuss ways the city can better support their businesses.

It will be the Mayor’s fourth and final roundtable this summer on innovative technology initiatives, following others on the Maker movement, clean technology and accelerators/co-working spaces.

Moody’s Upgrades Pittsburgh’s Bond Rating, Cites “Positive Outlook” After First Meeting with Mayor

Moody’s Upgrades Pittsburgh’s Bond Rating, Cites “Positive Outlook” After First Meeting with Mayor

PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 8, 2014) – Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the outlook on Pittsburgh’s bond rating Thursday, following their first meeting with Mayor William Peduto and other administration officials.

Moody’s moved the city’s rating up from A1 (Stable Outlook) to A1 (Positive Outlook).

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable with Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable with Accelerators and Co-working Spaces

PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 6, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto will host a roundtable discussion today on efforts to make Pittsburgh a hub for accelerator groups and co-working spaces.

Making Creative Connections

Making Creative Connections

Pittsburgh and the surrounding region has a wealth of creative assets. The question is how do we best take advantage of this to rise to the next level and compete with other creative hot spots like Austin, Boston, or Portland? How do we encourage creative growth and innovation in our creative industries? The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, in association with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Echo Strategies, is holding the event “Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives” to connect people in design, communications, entertainment, fine art, data science, software and hardware, and creative industry support services to delve into these questions and explore the state and potential of creative industries in our region.

Job Seekers & Employers: ENEC June Job Fair!

Job Seekers & Employers: ENEC June Job Fair!

On Thursday, June 5, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will hold a job fair from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Last year, over 1,300 job seekers attended this event. This year there are 70 plus employers participating. They include banks, training programs, retail, healthcare, social services, food service, labor jobs, and more — many with immediate openings.

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

In his “The Revolt of the Cities” piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are “mapping the future of liberalism” by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can’t. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors–including Pittsburgh’s own Bill Peduto–to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don’t stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America’s largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.

Statement by Mayor William Peduto on First 100 Days

Statement by Mayor William Peduto on First 100 Days

“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.

Take Action Now to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods

Take Action Now to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods

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.

Apply for a Scholarship to the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh

Apply for a Scholarship to the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh

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.

Enter Urban Innovation21′s Homewood Small Business Grant Competition

Enter Urban Innovation21′s Homewood Small Business Grant Competition

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.