On Tuesday, June 16th, our city lost a dedicated 26-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau: John Stofesky. Highly respected by the Bureau, John served his city with honor, courage, and kindness. His immense impact on his family, friends, colleagues, and our city will not be forgotten, and he is especially missed by the South Side Community.
On Tuesday, June 23rd, Pittsburgh City Council will hold a public hearing on amendments to the zoning code related to urban agriculture. The City Planning Department has been working with leaders from Pittsburgh’s urban agriculture community over the past few years to revise and update our urban agriculture zoning code. There have been changes made to many aspects of urban agriculture including vegetable sales, full-fledged urban farms, and the keeping of bees, chickens, ducks and goats.
The second Capital Budget Deliberative Forum will be held on Monday, June 22nd as part of the City’s Capital Budget development process (the first was held on June 3rd in Greenfield). Unlike previous years when these meetings were held in the fall after the budget was already drafted and had been presented to City Council and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, this meeting will give residents a real opportunity to provide their input when it counts.
On Wednesday, June 17th, the New Pittsburgh Collaborative will hold their fifth annual networking event: Connecting Pittsburgh. This free event brings together summer interns, young professionals, and employers in Pittsburgh to network and build new connections. It also provides an opportunity to shine a light on the many benefits of living and working in Pittsburgh.
Are you (or do you know) a talented and civic-minded young Pittsburgher who is committed to creating positive social change in your school and community? Pittsburgh Cares’ Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a leadership development program for high school student (9th-12th grade) who have a passion for service. In addition to working on projects like painting murals in schools, working with the homeless, and organizing an event to fight juvenile diabetes, YAC members serve as youth ambassadors to give a voice for the youth in their communities.
Neighborhood Allies has a vision of a Pittsburgh full of thriving, healthy communities that are livable for all. To that end, they support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to improving the social and physical infrastructures of Pittsburgh’s distressed and transitional communities. Yesterday, they announced the recipients of their spring 2015 grants. Neighborhood Allies awarded a total of $540,000 to eight creative and collaborative projects and ideas that will help transform struggling neighborhoods.
On Thursday, June 4th, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will hold its annual job fair. More than 90 employers and trade organizations will fill the event halls of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Liberty for the event! Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with employers from such companies as UPMC, PNC Bank, and ALDI from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Trade organizations and educational organizations such as CCAC, the Builders Guild, Wendy’s and Pittsburgh Job Corps will also be present. Many will have immediate openings.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the regional planning agency for our area (including Allegheny and nine other counties). The Commission is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region. Moreover, the Commission “develops plans and programs for public investments; fulfills federal and state requirements for transportation, economic development, and local government assistance programs; and operates with public involvement and trust.” They are currently updating their long range plan (“Mapping the Future: The Southwestern PA Plan”) to meet future needs to the year 2040. They have put out a notice for a public comment period and public meetings. The next meeting to be held in Pittsburgh will be on June 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the SPC Conference Center at Two Chatham Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The Kiva City program helps small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs. Supporters browse through borrower profiles and find a story that connects with them. Field Partners vet, distribute and administer each loan. When borrowers repay, the money that the lending supporters gave is theirs to keep, or to donate to Kiva, or to lend again to empower someone else. In this way, Pittsburghers can help support other Pittsburghers’ small businesses which helps to create new jobs and backs employers who are likely to hire people of color, women and youth. And, it gives you the opportunity to personally help jump start the local economy!
Two Capital Budget Deliberative Forums will be held on Wednesday, June 3 and Monday June 22 as part of the City’s Capital Budget development process. Unlike previous years when these meetings were held in the fall after the budget was already drafted and had been presented to City Council and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, these meetings will give residents a real chance to provide their input when it really counts. Residents will have the chance to let the City know of specific Capital work in their neighborhoods that they would like to see done in 2016. The forums are open to every resident of Pittsburgh and high resident participation is crucial to making this format a success, so please share this with your friends, neighbors and community-based groups to ensure equal participation citywide.