Category: Government Reform and Innovation

Attend Resilient Pittsburgh’s September 14th Resilience Fair!

Attend Resilient Pittsburgh’s September 14th Resilience Fair!

In 2015, Pittsburgh was chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities network. This program was created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world to become more resilient. City resilience is defined as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.” From one time events like flash floods and extreme weather to long-term structural problems like inequality, air pollution, and crime, true resiliency is achieved when cities develop strategies to meet such challenges and threats.

City of Pittsburgh and Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Reach Tentative Settlement on Gaming Funds

City of Pittsburgh and Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Reach Tentative Settlement on Gaming Funds

Settlement still requires ICA board approval

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 10, 2016) Attorneys for the City of Pittsburgh and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority have reached a tentative settlement on the release of $18.19 million in outstanding gaming funds to the City, accompanied by the City dropping its lawsuit against the Authority.

The William Penn Fellowship: A Public Service Program for Advanced Degree Graduates

The William Penn Fellowship: A Public Service Program for Advanced Degree Graduates

Are you or do you know someone who has an advanced degree and a passion for public service? If so, applications are now open for the William Penn Fellowship — a first-of-its-kind program for Pennsylvania state government. “Our goal is to invigorate the commonwealth with new ideas and create new opportunities to become involved in public service,” said Governor Wolf about the fellowship.

City Building and Zoning Information to Become More Accessible to the Public

City Building and Zoning Information to Become More Accessible to the Public

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 25, 2016) Mayor William Peduto’s administration is implementing a new mapping tool to make building permit and zoning information easy to search and view.

Legislation is being introduced to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday to purchase software and support services from “buildingeye,” a firm that builds interactive city maps to track planning, permit, license and violation data.

Apply Now to the “Summer of Learn and Earn” Program for Youth

Apply Now to the “Summer of Learn and Earn” Program for Youth

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.

City of Pittsburgh Debuts New Customer Service App & Improvements to 311 System

City of Pittsburgh Debuts New Customer Service App & Improvements to 311 System

“MyBurgh” mobile application will connect residents to 311 and track their service requests; other 311 improvements will benefit residents, 311 operators and city workers alike

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2016) Today, on 3/11, Mayor William Peduto and the Department of Innovation & Performance unveiled a new app and other technological upgrades that will improve customer service for Pittsburgh residents and increase efficiency for 311 operators and other city workers.

“Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Breakfast Briefing

“Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Breakfast Briefing

“If sustainability is the ability to endure, then resiliency is the ability to strengthen and adapt. How does a city like Pittsburgh move beyond planning for sustainability and towards planning for true resiliency?” That is the question that will be addressed at the “Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Green Building Alliance (GBA) Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday, February 23rd.

Resilient Pittsburgh Community Deliberative Forums: Nov. 17 & 19

Resilient Pittsburgh Community Deliberative Forums: Nov. 17 & 19

City resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Of course, Pittsburgh had to be resilient after the collapse of the steel industry. However, as noted by Mayor Peduto, “But we don’t know what the challenges of tomorrow will be. We can start to prepare for them, but what it does require is that as we develop and as we grow that part of that planning process involves resiliency and sustainability at the core of that decision-making process.”

Vote to Change the Direction of the State for a Generation on Nov. 3rd!

Vote to Change the Direction of the State for a Generation on Nov. 3rd!

On Tuesday, November 3rd Democrats across Pennsylvania have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the direction of the state for a generation.

For the first time in our Commonwealth’s history, 3 of the 7-member Supreme Court Justices will be elected on the same day. A sweep by our 3 candidates will ensure Democratic values control the high court.

Get Your Treats On at Trick or Vote GOTV Rally!

Get Your Treats On at Trick or Vote GOTV Rally!

You’ve probably heard “all elections matter” many times. This is something that’s easy to forget when so many are focused on next year’s presidential race. But local elections can have a far more direct effect on your day-to-day life. And, even when your favorite candidate may be a shoe-in to win, it helps to show there’s a mandate. All that said, the election on November 3rd has some very crucial races.