Neighborhood Redevelopment and Jobs

NEIGHBORHOOD REDEVELOPMENT & JOBS

Bill Peduto is responsible for leading billions of dollars of development in his district and creating hundreds of jobs over the past decade. But we know that not every neighborhood has been fortunate enough to see this kind of growth and change. It is time to take this model of community-based development citywide. Bill will work with you and your neighbors, with your community groups, and with good developers to make sure that every neighborhood in Pittsburgh grows. Bill will create the kinds of job training programs that we need to give everyone the opportunity to work in the industries that are the future of Pittsburgh and make a living wage to support themselves and their families.  Click Here to read our neighborhood redevelopment & jobs news.

GOVERNMENT REFORM AND INNOVATION

Pittsburgh is a 21st century city but our local government is stuck in the 1970s. Bill Peduto has worked for over 10 years to modernize city government and clean up the corruption in City Hall that has held our city back. Bill will run the most open, transparent, and efficient government this city has ever seen. You will never have to wonder where your Mayor is or what he is doing when Bill takes office. We have all the tools and resources we need to build a city government that you can be proud of and Bill has the track record and experience to make it happen. Click Here to read government reform and innovation news.

EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY

Bill Peduto is the best candidate for Pittsburgh’s parents, teachers, and students. He will be a strong advocate for public education and for your children’s future. Bill will create new programs to provide wrap-around services like early childhood education, after school opportunities, and job training that will prepare our children to be Pittsburgh’s future leaders. Bill will work every day to make sure that our schools are the best they can be. Click Here to read education and technology news.

A CLEAN & SAFE CITY

Our public safety professionals and neighborhood block watches are the eyes and ears on our streets and work every day to make sure our neighborhoods are clean and safe. Bill Peduto has a plan to reform our police department to give your neighborhood police commanders the tools they need to address the real challenges you face. We know that not every neighborhood faces the same issues but for too long we’ve had a top-down, one-size-fits-all police strategy. Bill will work with the police to make sure that we meet the needs of every community in Pittsburgh. Every neighborhood in Pittsburgh deserves to be clean, green, and safe. Click Here to read clean and safe city news.

Neighborhood Redevelopment & Jobs News

Pittsburgh GigaPortraits Showcase Art, Technology and Our City

Gigapixel images are created by stitching together multiple, massive, high resolution photographs to make a single digital image. The Pittsburgh Gigapanorama Project has Gigapixel panoramas of numerous cities including Pittsburgh. These include panoramas taken at this year's Three Rivers Art Festival. You can view the images online and go from a sweeping vista of the Golden Triangle to zooming in and panning around to the point where you can make out individual festival goers.

Celebrate on the Fourth With a Different Kind of BOOM

If you're looking for something a little bit different to do for the upcoming holiday, check out BOOM Concepts' two-day grand opening on July 3rd and 4th. BOOM Concepts is a community organization in Garfield that provides "space for collaboration across genre and discipline." It's an exhibition, studio, and workspace along the Penn Ave Arts Corridor for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs who have common interest. BOOM Concepts is a collaboration of Jenesis Magazine and the Magic Organs artist collective.

City of Pittsburgh Cutting Pothole Response Times

Mayor William Peduto thanks workers for their efforts PITTSBURGH, PA - The city of Pittsburgh has cut its pothole response times nearly in half since launching its blitz in early April, and is getting nearer to its goal of addressing all such complaints in three days.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is Holding Their Annual “yART” Sale

What do you get when you combine the sale of bargain-priced art work, equipment and supplies with the great outdoors? Why a "yART" sale, of course! The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts will hold its annual “yART” Sale on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (rain or shine). The sale will take place at PCA's tree-lined campus--adjacent to Mellon Park--at the corner of Fifth and Shady in Shadyside. It is free to the public.

By | June 20th, 2014|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto|27 Comments

Making Creative Connections

Pittsburgh and the surrounding region has a wealth of creative assets. The question is how do we best take advantage of this to rise to the next level and compete with other creative hot spots like Austin, Boston, or Portland? How do we encourage creative growth and innovation in our creative industries? The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, in association with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Echo Strategies, is holding the event "Connecting Pittsburgh Creatives" to connect people in design, communications, entertainment, fine art, data science, software and hardware, and creative industry support services to delve into these questions and explore the state and potential of creative industries in our region.

Mayor Peduto and Acting Public Safety Director Bucar Detail Next Steps in Police Chief Search

Public meetings on search to begin June 26; Online input launches through Mindmixer PITTSBURGH, PA (June 11, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto and acting Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar today announced the upcoming public phases of the city’s search for a new Pittsburgh Police chief, including six public meetings and a site for online remarks.

Hilltop Residents: Apply Now for NeighborWorks Leadership Development Program Scholarship

Do you want to improve your community and yourself? The NeighborWorks Training Institute is nationally regarded as one of the premier professional development opportunities in the community development field. Their NeighborWorks Leadership Development Program gives you the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in either: Community Engagement, Community & Neighborhood Revitalization, or Management & Leadership.

Join in the Emerald View Park BioBlitz

A BioBlitz is a biological survey conducted over a short period of time (usually 24 hours or less) where an attempt is made to record every living species in a designated area. The first BioBlitz occurred at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington D.C. in 1996--approximately 1,000 species were identified at that event. BioBlitzes are often held in urban parks to allow for as much public participation as possible and to encourage the public's interest in biodiversity.

Mayor William Peduto to Hold Next “Mayor’s Night Out”

PITTSBURGH, PA - (May 26, 2014) This Thursday evening Mayor William Peduto and his top staff will meet personally with residents at Riverview United Presbyterian Church in Perry North to hear -- and act upon -- their ideas and concerns about city issues.

Job Seekers & Employers: ENEC June Job Fair!

On Thursday, June 5, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will hold a job fair from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Last year, over 1,300 job seekers attended this event. This year there are 70 plus employers participating. They include banks, training programs, retail, healthcare, social services, food service, labor jobs, and more -- many with immediate openings.

By | May 23rd, 2014|Bill Peduto, Economic Development|12 Comments

Mayor William Peduto Announces Revamped Volunteer Litter Program

More than 2,000 volunteers fuel effort citywide PITTSBURGH, PA. – Mayor William Peduto announced today that the city’s volunteer litter initiative has been renamed "Beautify Our 'Burgh" and will receive new signage.

Mayor Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Adopt Nextdoor – The Private Social Network for Neighborhoods

Pittsburgh, PA - The City of Pittsburgh announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

Upcoming Public Meetings Regarding Parkway East Corridor Transportation Network Project

Difficult topography? Check. Dense surrounding development? Check. A huge tunnel? Check. While the Parkway East Corridor could use improvements, it's hard to even imagine how to make changes to this highway which is one of the busiest in our region. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 11, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is performing a comprehensive evaluation of the I-376 Parkway East Corridor Transportation Network--from Pittsburgh to Monroeville. This transportation evaluation will be used to create strategies to improve safety and mobility.

By | May 10th, 2014|Bill Peduto, Transportation|14 Comments

Get Your Hands Dirty and Volunteer with Love Your Block!

Love Your Block grants are a joint program of the City of Pittsburgh and The Home Depot Foundation to revitalize our city one block at a time. The program gives organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and the equipment necessary for a neighborhood block improvement project. The projects must mobilize community volunteers. There are nearly 20 community projects starting Saturday, May 10 and running through June 31. Projects this season range from installing a rain garden, to building an outdoor structure for a farmer's market, to panting a community mural, to erecting a handicap accessible planter bed.

Attend the 6th Annual CLASS Centre Services Art Show

CLASS (Community Living And Support Services) serves people with disabilities in multiple counties across southwestern Pennsylvania. They support the "the uniqueness, wholeness and dignity of each person," advocate for their rights, and aid in the the life-long process of personal growth and development. One of the services that they provide is the Community Service Centre in North Oakland which hosts support groups, community meetings, and non-profit programs to help build community. On Friday, May 9th the Centre will hold the "6th Annual Centre Services Art Show."

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

In his "The Revolt of the Cities" piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are "mapping the future of liberalism" by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can't. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors--including Pittsburgh's own Bill Peduto--to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don't stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America's largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.

Celebrate the Season at the Union Project’s “Spring Thing”

It's probably a safe bet to say that most Pittsburghers hope we've seen the last snowflake and are ready to celebrate the changing of the seasons. If you're ready to jump into Spring, come on out to the Union Project's "Spring Thing" on April 25th and 26th.

Statement by Mayor William Peduto on First 100 Days

“When I took the oath of office January 6, I pledged to change the culture of city government. My administration is following through on that pledge, through the hard work, square dealing and good faith I promised that day, and today I am issuing a detailed report on our progress over the first 100 days.

Going Global Right Here at Home

The world is getting smaller and Amizade's The Global Switchboard aims to facilitate that trend. Pittsburgh has dozens of social-profit organizations which work on global/local connections. The Global Switchboard will provide a shared-space, community-oriented, work center for organizations and individuals involved in global engagement.

By | April 11th, 2014|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto|14 Comments

Take Action Now to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods

Many of our communities are powerless today to slum landlords, vacant buildings and blighted properties. They invite crime and neglect into our neighborhoods, robbing them of their promise and pushing them to the brink. There is a bill before City Council right now that would revolutionize our ability to recycle abandoned, neglected properties and put them back into productive use. I am asking you to e-mail City Council today and tell them that we need the Land Bank Bill to pass.