Category: Government Reform and Innovation

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.

City Sponsored Steel City Codefest App ‘PGH.st’ Connects Residents with Refuse/Recycling Pickup

City Sponsored Steel City Codefest App ‘PGH.st’ Connects Residents with Refuse/Recycling Pickup

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 29, 2015) The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) along with the City of Pittsburgh announced today the official launch of PGH.st, a City-sponsored app created to help tame the complexity of the trash and recycling collections schedule for City residents.

City of Pittsburgh Launches Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation

City of Pittsburgh Launches Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 8, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh today launched the “Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information.

Championed by Mayor William Peduto’s Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is a strategic plan aimed to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Roadmap encompasses more than 100 projects and initiatives the City of Pittsburgh will undertake in the coming months and years.

Mayor William Peduto Requests Audit of ICA by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

Mayor William Peduto Requests Audit of ICA by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

Follows denial of requests for information on board’s management of taxpayer funds

PITTSBURGH, PA (Aug. 26, 2015) Mayor William Peduto today formally requested that Auditor General Eugene DePasquale audit the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority following the ICA’s refusal to fully document its management of taxpayer money.

City of Pittsburgh Files Suit For Taxpayer Money Owed by the ICA

City of Pittsburgh Files Suit For Taxpayer Money Owed by the ICA

City is due $20 million in gaming funds for 2014-2015, and not a cent has been issued, despite approved financial plans and good faith efforts by Peduto Administration

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh today filed a legal action to force payment of $11.4 million in gaming funds currently owed to the City, which were contained in 2014 and 2015 budgets approved by the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. The funding due will rise to $20 million by the end of this year.