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 Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is committed to making green infrastructure part of the solution to improve water quality affected by stormwater runoff in our area. They are currently accepting applications for PWSA’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Residents can apply for up to a $50,000 matching grant, and community organizations can apply for up to a $5,000 mini grant for storm water mitigation projects.
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.
The statistics are gut-wrenching: On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S. Nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life. Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
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.
You don’t need to look hard or long to find stories about tech companies in Pittsburgh in the news. From self-driving cars to delivering the first payload from Latin America to the moon, Pittsburgh tech makes the news–and that’s just the stories for the last four days. Now, you have the opportunity to recognize the best companies in our region’s ever-growing and evolving tech sectors by making a nomination for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 Awards. The awards honor southwestern Pennsylvania’s most successful and visionary technology companies. Tech 50 awards aim to “represent transformative technology centers of excellence with tech companies at all stages of growth.”
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.