In an effort to rebuild Pittsburgh’s presence on the national stage, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto traveled to Seattle, Washington this week to participate in three major conferences addressing issues from education and public health to the future of urban libraries to the economic sustainability of cities. The Mayor-Elect traveled at the invitation of The Grable Foundation, The Sprout Fund, and The National League of Cities, the latter of which welcomed the City of Pittsburgh back as a member.
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced today the formation of transition teams to guide the succession toward a new Peduto Administration in January.
The Mayor-Elect invited city residents to submit applications to join a transition team by signing up on-line via the Peduto Transition Committee website located at www.ournewpittsburgh.com.
Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow…
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto was exceedingly busy between the May primary and the November general election–and we don’t just mean running for mayor, being a city councilor, and making his usual rounds of umpteen meetings and events. He also managed to hit the road to study best practices in cities around the country and the world. But, Bill’s not just a student of cities–he was the only American speaker at the International Seminar of La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory) in Stockholm this July where he presented “Another look at the ‘Renaissance Programme’ in Pittsburgh, a public-private cooperation.”
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced this morning his intention to open up to city residents, through the Talent City program, applications for all at-will employment positions in city Departments as well as appointments to Boards, Commissions and Authorities, under the new Peduto Administration.
Today, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced a complete restructuring of the Mayor’s Office that will include the most talented and diverse Mayoral cabinet in Pittsburgh’s history. The Executive Team announcement was coupled with the launch of the Peduto Transition Committee website — www.ournewpittsburgh.com — where you can find bios of team members as well as descriptions of their new job responsibilities starting in January. The transition website also includes a link to the Talent City website where — starting in mid-November — residents can apply for employment or appointments within the Peduto Administration.
Rebuilding our neighborhoods begins on Tuesday, and I hope you’ll join me for an Election Night party in the neighborhood my grandmother was born and raised — Homewood. The celebration will be at the Homewood Coliseum (7310 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221) beginning when polls close at 8pm.
On Saturday, November 2nd, the Save Race Street Committee will hold their 5th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting at the Homewood Carnegie Library. That represents five years of making their street cleaner, safer and more beautiful. A recent accomplishment of the Committee was the completion in late September of their Love Your Block project where they transformed an ugly vacant lot at 7110 Race Street into a landscaped garden.
Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) is more than just an art gallery. Artist and owner Jason Sauer and film producer Nina Gibbs (married to Jason) have created something that has greatly added to the revitalization of their Garfield neighborhood. Located in the Penn Avenue Arts District of Pittsburgh, the gallery also serves as a studio and performance space. But more than that, Sauer works with the Green+Screen project, which joins professional architects and designers with local youth from the community to develop sculpture for empty lots along Penn Ave. And MWFA works with disadvantaged youth and ex-offenders through Goodwill–teaching them construction skills and offering them competitive wages. Most Wanted Fine Art has the chance to get a Mission Main Street℠ Grant and all you have to do to help them is vote for them here.
“A voice like this one comes not once in a century, but once in a millennium,” was how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described the singing of Mahalia Jackson, “The Queen of Gospel.” Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world with many firsts including being the first gospel singer to perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall (1950) and the first to win a Grammy Award in the category of Gospel Music or Other Religious Recording (1962). She won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 (the year she died). Her influence extended far beyond gospel to many musical genres including rock, pop and soul. A civil rights activist, she sang in front of 250,000 people at the March on Washington in 1963.