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BetaBurgh Seeks Innovative Ideas for Downtown Pittsburgh

BetaBurgh Seeks Innovative Ideas for Downtown Pittsburgh

Are you a local entrepreneur? Do you have a local for-profit/non-profit organization, a startup, or a small business? Most important, can you come up with a high-quality, innovative approach to activating spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh?

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Elsie Hillman Through Service

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Elsie Hillman Through Service

The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, in partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County, is celebrating the life and legacy of Elsie Hillman this spring. Upon her passing, Mayor Bill Peduto remarked about her, “Elsie was a pioneer who spent a lifetime changing things for the better. She was also gracious and down-to-earth, and did all she could to make Pittsburgh a better place for all. Thousands in our city and far beyond were touched forever by her goodness.”

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Did you know that students who miss roughly two days a month of school starting in kindergarten average lower reading and math levels as late as the 5th grade? Moreover, according to United Way in an article in The Northside Chronicle, student attendance is significantly lower in the month of February. This is why the United Way of Southwestern PA has launched their “Be There” campaign initiative which is focused on increasing student attendance during the month of February–and, hopefully, beyond.

Learn About Employment and Training Opportunities at West Penn Hospital

Learn About Employment and Training Opportunities at West Penn Hospital

The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, in collaboration with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, will be hosting an event this Friday for those interested in careers in healthcare, or just working in a hospital setting. The West Penn Hospital Careers and Employment event will feature top recruiting staff from the hospital who will give a presentation on all aspects of the hospital’s hiring process. Hospital staff will go over all their open positions — many of which could be ideal opportunities for part-time students. The CEO of West Penn Hospital will be on hand to welcome everyone to the event.

“Writing Away the Stigma” Free Writing Workshop

“Writing Away the Stigma” Free Writing Workshop

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. That’s 43.8 million adults in a given year. Yet the stigma of mental illness somehow remains, leading many to live with their condition in shame and silence. The “Writing Away the Stigma” program was started in 2013 to address this problem by giving people who suffer with mental illness the opportunity to write about how mental illness has affected their lives.

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

As part of their mission to have a neighborhood space where people can come together to connect and create, the Union Project holds an annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This will be the 14th year for this event which honors his legacy and helps to continue his work by bridging gaps between communities and promoting nonviolence. It will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 2:30.

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

With the departure of current Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane set for June, the search is on for the next superintendent. The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools is using the month of January to gather community input on what constituents want to see in the next Superintendent. They have a variety of ways that you can voice your opinions, including holding public forums. The forums are for everyone — community members, students, parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, business partners, foundations, etc.

Four City Warming Centers Open Today

Four City Warming Centers Open Today

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 13, 2016) With low temperatures and wind chills persisting this morning, the City of Pittsburgh advises that four Citiparks Senior Healthy Active Living Centers will available for use as warming centers today.

Don’t Miss the Application Deadline for AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup!

Don’t Miss the Application Deadline for AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup!

AlphaLab was founded in 2008 to accelerate the growth of promising startup technology companies in the Pittsburgh region. The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup is a pitch competition that is open to early-stage startups that create at least one physical product. Any company with a physical product component is eligible to apply (including Manufactured Products, Internet of Things/Connected Devices, Health/Medical, Consumer Products & Consumer Electronics, Food, Fashion, Robotics, etc.), so don’t let the term “hardware” throw you off. The contest encompasses nine cities over the course of four months with a $50,000 Grand Prize! And, the deadline to apply for Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. is Wednesday, January 13th.

Mayors of Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Place Friendly Wager on Saturday’s NFL Playoff Game

Mayors of Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Place Friendly Wager on Saturday’s NFL Playoff Game

PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 7, 2016) – In honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Wild Card Game on Saturday, Jan. 9, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati have placed a friendly wager that also will benefit local charities.