Category: Government Reform and Innovation

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 to hold “Mayor’s Night Out” in Carrick Wednesday

Mayor William Peduto to hold “Mayor’s Night Out” in Carrick Wednesday

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 28, 2014) Mayor William Peduto and his top staff will hear neighborhood concerns and issues Wednesday night in Carrick, in the sixth installment of his “Mayor’s Night Out/Mayor’s Night In” community events.

City Announces Open Data Platform Launch

City Announces Open Data Platform Launch

In early 2014, the City of Pittsburgh passed Open Data legislation, introduced by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, with strong support from Mayor Peduto. With the bill came a commitment to working with the public to develop a portal through which anyone can access data collected and/or maintained by city government, setting the city’s default to “open.”

Applications for Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy Now Open

Applications for Fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy Now Open

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 18, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto announced today that applications are open for the fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). This season, the CLA will designate half of its available slots for new Americans and recent immigrants as part of the City’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative. Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about city government and its departments.

Mayor William Peduto to Hold Second “Mayor’s Night In” on Tuesday

Mayor William Peduto to Hold Second “Mayor’s Night In” on Tuesday

PITTSBURGH, PA – (June 4, 2014) Next Tuesday evening Mayor William Peduto and his top staff will meet personally with residents at the City-County Building to hear — and act upon — their ideas and concerns about city issues.

Letter from the Mayor

Letter from the Mayor

Many of you read with concern reports in the media that have been perceived by some as an attack on city workers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite that, I am responsible for my words and if anything I have said has been perceived as a personal attack, I apologize, and I will work to be more careful with my remarks in the future.

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.

Mayor William Peduto Issues Executive Order on Take-home Vehicles

Mayor William Peduto Issues Executive Order on Take-home Vehicles

Mayor William Peduto issued an Executive Order today that will cut one third of the take-home vehicles used by city personnel. The order slices the take-home fleet from 56 to 38 vehicles, and restricts their use to Public Safety and Public Works supervisors on-call to respond to emergencies. In the past, employees in the Mayor’s office and some city department directors had such vehicles.