Pittsburgh Needs You to Become a Citiparks Lifeguard this Summer!

Each year, Pittsburgh needs lifeguards for our pools! The Citiparks Aquatics Division is actively recruiting now for lifeguards for the 2016 summer season. If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatic Division needs you. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by June 4, 2016. The starting pay rate is $8.91 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.

By | March 17th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Education and Youth, Public Safety|8 Comments

City to Host Bicentennial Incorporation Day Celebration Friday

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh and the Bicentennial Commission will host an Incorporation Day bicentennial celebration event on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City-County Building. Lead by Mayor William Peduto and Commission Chairman Andy Masich, the celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of the original Incorporation Charter on loan from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Guest speakers will include Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Esther Bush and Riverlife CEO Vivien Li along with recognition of several elected officials in attendance. The 10 a.m. presentation will also feature musical performances from the CAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Pittsburgh 200 Celebration Choir, directed by Rev. Deryck Tines, a birthday cake compliments of Eat’n Park, bottled water provided by PWSA and a Bicentennial singing of “Happy Birthday.”

By | March 14th, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Press Release|24 Comments

Affordable Housing Community Forums: Tonight & Throughout March

According to the 2015 Pennsylvania profile by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there are only 25 to 40 affordable and available rental units per 100 extremely low-income households in Allegheny County. The City's Affordable Housing Task Force first convened last year to help address this problem. It's comprised of 24 members, which includes city and state government officials, state and federal elected officials, and representatives of neighborhood groups, organized labor, private business and nonprofits. The task force is charged with 'developing a “suite of affordable housing policies” to help prevent people from being priced out of Pittsburgh neighborhoods undergoing rapid development.'

By | March 7th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Social Justice|10 Comments

Help Create a Dignity & Respect Ceramic Tile Quilt for the Center for Victims

Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Furthermore, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of (some form of) physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The Dignity & Respect Council of Greater Pittsburgh is hosting an event to raise awareness of this domestic violence. On Saturday, March 5, they will host their third annual Ceramic Tile Quilt Event.

“Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Breakfast Briefing

"If sustainability is the ability to endure, then resiliency is the ability to strengthen and adapt. How does a city like Pittsburgh move beyond planning for sustainability and towards planning for true resiliency?" That is the question that will be addressed at the "Pittsburgh as a Resilient City" Green Building Alliance (GBA) Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday, February 23rd.

Pitt Students: Enter the Randall Family Big Idea Competition!

University of Pittsburgh students have a fantastic opportunity to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship -- and win up to a $25,000 grand prize with a total of $100,000 in cash prizes being awarded! The Randall Family Big Idea Competition is an "experience-based learning opportunity" offered to all University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. It fosters interdisciplinary synergy as applicants must be comprised of teams of at least two members and these members must be from at least two different schools/departments.

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Did you know that students who miss roughly two days a month of school starting in kindergarten average lower reading and math levels as late as the 5th grade? Moreover, according to United Way in an article in The Northside Chronicle, student attendance is significantly lower in the month of February. This is why the United Way of Southwestern PA has launched their “Be There” campaign initiative which is focused on increasing student attendance during the month of February--and, hopefully, beyond.

Learn About Employment and Training Opportunities at West Penn Hospital

The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, in collaboration with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, will be hosting an event this Friday for those interested in careers in healthcare, or just working in a hospital setting. The West Penn Hospital Careers and Employment event will feature top recruiting staff from the hospital who will give a presentation on all aspects of the hospital's hiring process. Hospital staff will go over all their open positions -- many of which could be ideal opportunities for part-time students. The CEO of West Penn Hospital will be on hand to welcome everyone to the event.

By | January 27th, 2016|Bill Peduto, Economic Development|3 Comments

Snow Event Update: Pittsburgh Rises to Level 3 Storm, Refuse Collection Suspended…

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 23, 2016) The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has raised this weekend's snow event to a Level 3 storm, meaning with more than 6 inches of snow crews are focusing on primary and secondary routes, and will clear all streets within 48 hours of the end of the snowfall.

By | January 23rd, 2016|Bill Peduto, Press Release, Public Safety|10 Comments