Of course most of you will be voting in Pennsylvania’s primary race on Tuesday, April 26th, but after that, you have another chance to vote. MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh will be holding Pitch Fest at Duquesne University also on the 26th. Pitch Fest is their annual Elevator Pitch event (an elevator pitch is a pitch which can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride, say if you happened to run into someone important there). Pitch Fest provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and then receive constructive feedback from a panel of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty — literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for you?”
Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year’s program.
While our city has been rightly celebrated in numerous articles and “best of” lists, Mayor Peduto — and others — have lamented that there are “two Pittsburghs.” While Pittsburgh my be “most livable” for some, there is disparity with people being left behind in this new economy. Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, has been blogging his ideas about what a “Just Pittsburgh” would look like…
If you missed the highly successful first one, here’s your chance to attend the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District Public Open House #2. What’s an EcoInnovation District? It’s an area “dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices and inclusive job growth.” The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District will be designed to combine the goals of both an EcoDistrict (a resilient and sustainable bottom-up development area) and an Innovation District (an area where leading-edge anchor institutions/companies cluster in close proximity to transit-accessible, mixed-use housing, office, and retail for maximum job growth and economic opportunity).
On Wednesday, March 9, the Clean Rivers Campaign, Phipps Conservatory and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will hold a public presentation, “Beyond Tunnel Vision: Good Jobs & Green Communities – Lessons from Kansas City.” In 2010, Kansas City became the first city in the nation to enter into a federal consent decree incorporating green infrastructure solutions to reduce combined sewer overflows. The presentation will focus on Kansas City’s green-first, green-preferred approach and the potential these concepts have in Pittsburgh.
An EcoInnovation District is an area “dedicated to sustainability, innovative development practices and inclusive job growth.” The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District will combine the goals of both an EcoDistrict (a resilient and sustainable bottom-up development area) and an Innovation District (an area where leading-edge anchor institutions/companies cluster in close proximity to transit-accessible, mixed-use housing, office, and retail for maximum job growth and economic opportunity).
For over 50 years, GlobalPittsburgh has conducted programs that connect Pittsburgh with the world. Their membership activities and hosting programs help universities and English Language programs attract international students. Additionally, they are the U.S. State Department’s designated regional service provider for the International Visitor Leadership Program and other government-sponsored international exchange programs.
For over 20 years, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) has helped low- to moderate-income people get on the path to prosperity. They do this by hosting on-site employer interviews and job fairs, and by offering workforce skills, job readiness training, career counseling, and even job placement. They have recently posted a number of immediate and summer job opportunities.
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?