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.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is bringing their nationally acclaimed Emerging Leaders Initiative to Pittsburgh. This free program is offered to business executives of companies which are poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The federal training initiative occurs over the course of several months and provides the opportunity for participants to learn development and expansion strategies, including how to access new capital and secure government contracts.
Fred Rogers was born on March 20, 1928 and each year the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh celebrates his birthday by holding a “Mister Rogers’ Day.” This year, the event falls on this Friday and there will be free admission all day (one adult must accompany every five children). The museum has honored Pittsburgh’s icon since 1998 with a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood exhibit and in 2011 refurbished many of the components of the exhibit and integrated them throughout the museum. You can find the Neighborhood Trolley in the Garage, King Friday’s Castle in the Theater, and Mister Rogers’ Sweater and Sneakers located in MAKESHOP and the Attic.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the regional planning agency for our area (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland 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 to meet future needs to the year 2040 and they need your input!
Residents urged to report pothole issues to 311
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 6, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh will conduct an around-the-clock pothole blitz next week for three straight days beginning Tuesday night.
The Department of Public Works advises that it has adequate amounts of road salt on hand to treat city streets today, but that as temperatures drop this afternoon neither salt nor Liquid Calcium Chloride will be effective so crews will transition to plowing only.
The department still has 100 vehicles out, which is the City’s maximum storm deployment level, and progress can be monitored via the city’s Snow Plow Tracker.
This region is blessed with a wealth of opportunities to see great art: the Warhol, the Carnegie, Mattress Factory, St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, etc. If your not familiar with the latter, it’s home to 22 hauntingly beautiful murals created by Maksimilijan “Maxo” Vanka who immigrated to this country from Croatia and painted the murals in 1937 and 1941. The murals depict the immigrant experience of his countrymen as they fled their war-torn land and became part of the labor force in this region. Vanka was a pacifist and many of the murals reflect his thoughts on war and social injustice.
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.
Many of you are familiar with Indiegogo–the largest global fundraising site–but unfortunately, most crowdfunding platforms have been focused on New York City, San Francisco, and LA. Meanwhile, right here in Pittsburgh, we have entrepreneurs in numerous fields (art, tech, music, food, service, etc.) who have successfully used crowdfunding but have been unable to tap early stage funding from more traditional sources like foundations and venture capital firms. Now, Pittsburgh-based Fygment–which also supports entrepreneurs, creators, and makers–is partnering with Indiegogo to present #GoGoPgh, a three-day conference on crowdfunding.