The Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) helps neighborhood organizations and individuals in strategizing and problem-solving around an issue or project through individualized direct service, workshops and referrals. They are holding a kickoff event for their Love Your Neighborhood! workshops, which are a new and improved core series of eight courses this spring.
Neighborhood Allies has extended the deadline to apply for full scholarships to the 5th Annual Community Development Summit until tomorrow, Friday, April 10th. The summit will take place on Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13, 2015. This year’s theme is “Physical Places and Social Spaces.” The keynote speakers are President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress Tamar Shapiro and Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners Paul Farmer. The event will feature sessions and workshops that “highlight cross-sector and regional collaboration in community planning, land recycling, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood revitalization.” The summit is hosted by PCRG in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute – Pittsburgh District Council. You can learn more about the Community Development Summit here.
BMe Community is a “national network of inspired black men and thousands of other community-builders,of all races and genders who connect to share, inspire, and empower communities.” Each year, BMe presents their leadership awards to 30-50 inspired everyday adult Black men–fathers, coaches, students, businessmen, etc.–who have shown that they are deeply committed to the well-being of others. Then, they help them in their efforts by giving them funding, networking opportunities, and by sharing their stories with others.
This year’s Black History Month had the theme of “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture” celebrating the achievements of African Americans in the last 100 years. But what do we know about the disparities among the races today here in Pittsburgh? Last month the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work Center on Race and Social Problems released a report titled “Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics 2015: Differences and Disparities.” It provided indicators of quality of life by race and ethnicity for the Pittsburgh area and the nation among Whites, Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics and was funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, with additional support from Pitt’s School of Social Work.
Neighborhood Allies is a community development intermediary which seeks to best serve low/moderate income people in transitional and distressed communities that have been left behind by following best practices to support and create sustainable neighborhoods. They invest in neighborhood innovation and leadership, partner with allies, and connect residents to valued and vetted resources.
As Pittsburghers know, the 94-year old Greenfield Bridge has been beset by problems for decades–to the point where a bridge was built beneath it protect the freeway below from falling concrete. Because of this, the bridge has been scheduled for demolition and replacement. The Greenfield Bridge will be closed in the fall of this year with demolition to be completed the last week of December.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 20, 2015) — Transformational plans for the redevelopment of the Hill District will go ahead under the leadership and cooperation of local elected officials, the Hill District community and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tomorrow, January 9th, is national Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. A day set aside to thank those who have sworn to serve and protect us all from harm. Here in Pittsburgh, we are extremely fortunate to have a new visionary Police Chief, Cameron McLay, who has taken a lead in making sure that all members of our Pittsburgh community feel they share in the promise of that oath.
As some two billion Christians all around the world–and here in Pittsburgh–make ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ tomorrow, the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” takes on a particular urgency this year. Jesus’ teachings of brotherhood and peace–admired by believers and non believers alike–sometimes seem to be lost on our world.
As you may have heard, there was an unexpected mix-up involving Toys for Tots this year because as the holidays got closer, several organizations received no toys to pass out to local children. But, this is Pittsburgh—we don’t let things like this happen; we come together as a community, and we give whenever and however we can. We talk to our friends, our neighbors, and our family members, and we solve problems.