Pittsburgh is a city whose strength was built on its immigrant population. The years 1870 to 1920 saw a sevenfold growth in the population of the city as immigrants moved here for jobs in the factories and mills, bringing with them new cultural traditions that have now become synonymous with our city (think Pirates Pierogies, for example). Now, like many cities, Pittsburgh seeks to attract immigrants as studies have shown that they are still a real boon to an area as they start businesses at a higher rate than non-immigrants, and can actually raise home values when they move into neighborhoods. Additionally, immigrants increase increase a city’s population, while making it a more vibrant place to live. Currently, Pittsburgh’s foreign-born population is estimated to be about 7 percent of its total population. You have an opportunity to recognize and honor the vital role immigrants play by nominating an immigrant entrepreneur/professional for an award by GlobalPittsburgh.
Link on Penn is a project of PopUp! Pittsburgh, presented by Huntington Bank and powered by Leadership Development Initiative XXIII, a program of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. The event takes place Saturday, May 21st. You’ll find the best that Wilkinsburg has to offer in this free and open to the public, family friendly event.
Police Zone 1 will be hosting a “Coffee with a Cop” event on Thursday, May 19th from noon to 8 p.m. Zone 1 area residents will have the opportunity to join their neighbors and local police officers for coffee and conversation. There will be no agenda and no speeches for this event – just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the neighborhood.
What will the future of housing in Lawrenceville be? With approximately 1,000 market-rate residential units in the planning or construction phase, will there be responsible growth and affordability for all? Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) and Lawrenceville United (LU), along with residents, property owners, developers, and elected officials are seeking a “housing for all,” strategy as a priority. Tomorrow, LC and LU will host an event focused on the state of housing in Lawrenceville at Goodwill of Southwestern PA.
Friday, May 6th will see the 7th Geek Art/ Green Innovators Festival (GA/GI) — Pittsburgh’s only eco, art and tech fest! It takes place as part of the “Unblurred First Fridays” series on Penn Avenue in Garfield (at venues between Mathilda and Negley). It’s a totally unique mash-up of displays, demos, exhibits and music produced by the Passports Art Diversity Project in partnership with the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Technology Council and others.
St. Joseph House of Hospitality — located in the Hill District on a bluff overlooking the city — is the only facility in the region that provides year-round single room occupancy housing to low-income men over the age of 50 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Tonight, the 18th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality will continue its tradition of presenting the region’s top bluegrass bands in service of this 79-year old institution.
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.
You see them in pretty much every neighborhood. Weed-filled or strewn with garbage. A waste of space and energy. We’d all like to see vacant lots properly maintained. GTECH is currently partnering with UrbanKind Institute (Dr. Jamil Bey), Fourth Economy Consulting, Pitt’s University Center on Social Urban Research (UCSUR), A. Phillip Randolph Institute, City Source Associaties, KRJ Contracting, Landforce, the Hilltop Men’s Group, and YouthPlaces to help redesign and relaunch the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vacant land maintenance process.