Mayor William Peduto issued an Executive Order today that will cut one third of the take-home vehicles used by city personnel. The order slices the take-home fleet from 56 to 38 vehicles, and restricts their use to Public Safety and Public Works supervisors on-call to respond to emergencies. In the past, employees in the Mayor’s office and some city department directors had such vehicles.
Today, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto announced that he is proud to endorse Tom Wolf for Governor. Peduto stated that Wolf shares the same progressive values that the New Coalition of Pittsburghers which elected Peduto was built upon. Peduto stands united with other leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania to say that, “We need a leader in Harrisburg who will fight for Pittsburgh and cities, towns, and boroughs across the Commonwealth.”
Coro’s Next Neighborhood Leaders program helps to identify community challenges and the leadership qualities needed to navigate those challenges successfully. The new emerging leaders collaborate on projects that will create a more thriving local community. Each year Coro conducts these programs in a different local community. First in 2010 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District/Uptown neighborhoods, and then, in Pittsburgh’s Northside in 2012. The Next Neighborhood Leaders program is now working in South Pittsburgh.
Last month, we wrote about Urban Innovation21′s Small Business Grant Competition for Hill District residents (which you can still apply to win). This month, they have started their grant competition which aims to assist a wide range of entrepreneurs who reside and/or operate a small for profit business in Homewood. Urban Innovation21 sponsors these grants because they believe that entrepreneurship is the engine to boost regional development.
The Department of Public Works is preparing for a predicted 6 to 12 inches of snowfall starting Sunday night, and warning residents of possibly treacherous road conditions come Monday.
As of Friday morning, light snow was expected during the day Sunday with larger amounts hitting the area after 6 p.m. Sunday evening public works crews will begin working in 12-hour shifts with 50 trucks dispatched overnight and 65 trucks, including tractors affixed with plows, dispatched early Monday morning.
Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications have been extended for the spring 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. Applications will now be available until Friday, March 7. This season, the block revitalization program will give organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers.
City high school students, don’t miss your chance to tell Mayor Peduto what to do. The deadline is next week for Pittsburgh Public Schools high schoolers to apply for a spot on Mayor William Peduto’s task force on public education. The 21-member body will meet through the spring and summer to study and recommend ways to strengthen our public schools and surrounding communities, and issue a report at the start of the next school year. For more information on the task force, click here.
The East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) helps hundreds of people in Pittsburgh’s East End communities–from infants and children to a growing number of seniors–who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This interfaith ministry’s Hunger Services programs include preparing and providing home-delivered meals to home-bound residents every weekday, operating a food pantry that provides emergency groceries and supplies and offers information on assistance programs, and a community kitchen which serves hot, free lunches every Monday through Friday.
Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works divisions with help from the Department of Innovation and Performance are continuing their multi-pronged efforts to improve road conditions citywide.
Mayor William Peduto will welcome two international delegations to the city today as part of his continuing effort to strengthen Pittsburgh’s international ties. The first visit will be with a delegation from Pittsburgh’s first sister city, Wuhan, China. Later in the day, the Mayor will also meet with a European delegation to discuss the role of public-private partnerships.