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.
The Kiva City program helps small business owners get the financing they need to grow and create jobs. Supporters browse through borrower profiles and find a story that connects with them. Field Partners vet, distribute and administer each loan. When borrowers repay, the money that the lending supporters gave is theirs to keep, or to donate to Kiva, or to lend again to empower someone else. In this way, Pittsburghers can help support other Pittsburghers’ small businesses which helps to create new jobs and backs employers who are likely to hire people of color, women and youth. And, it gives you the opportunity to personally help jump start the local economy!
Two Capital Budget Deliberative Forums will be held on Wednesday, June 3 and Monday June 22 as part of the City’s Capital Budget development process. 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, these meetings will give residents a real chance to provide their input when it really counts. Residents will have the chance to let the City know of specific Capital work in their neighborhoods that they would like to see done in 2016. The forums are open to every resident of Pittsburgh and high resident participation is crucial to making this format a success, so please share this with your friends, neighbors and community-based groups to ensure equal participation citywide.
“Hazard Mitigation” is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to life and property from natural, human-made, and technological hazards such as flood, earthquake, fire, utility interruption, severe weather, and terrorism. Hazard mitigation works best by taking a long-term view of rebuilding and recovering following disasters to make a safer community from the beginning.
Mural across from St. Stephens, 2nd Street, Hazelwood, Pittsburgh, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Daniel X. O’Neil’s photostream Summer 2015 Spray Park operating schedule features newest facility PITTSBURGH, PA (May 21, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh will open its newest aquatic facility, Burgwin Spray Park in Hazelwood, on Saturday, May 23. City […]
Tomorrow, May 14th at 6:00 p.m., there will be a public meeting to discuss Phase II of the Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project. You can join your neighbors in giving community input to the Department of Public Works. The information the DPW gathers will play an important role in determining how to proceed with Phase II of the reconstruction project. A total of $5M in public funding is committed to Phase II.