(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 13, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the first round of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Renaissance Fund (NRF) grants, which will award almost $275,000 to a dozen community organizations, and will provide resources to create and carry out development vision plans for their community, helping to ensure growth and success.
“Neighborhoods that have successful community development plans are better positioned to attract investment, which then spurs job creation and economic development,” Ravenstahl said. “This program will help ensure that Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance is felt in all of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods.”
The Fund was created by Mayor Ravenstahl, and is a collaboration between the Department of City Planning, the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Design Center. Its goal is to assist targeted communities in creating neighborhood development plans, and to give community groups the expertise and guidance needed to pursue real estate development projects and other strategic initiatives. The NRF is administered by the Design Center through its signature Design Fund program, which awards competitive grants to community organizations and provides technical assistance to work with architects, planners, landscape architects and other design professionals toward neighborhood revitalization projects.
“We are delighted to be expanding the family of community groups we serve through the Design Fund, which supports catalytic projects in a number of neighborhoods that have suffered in recent years from blight, vacancy and deteriorating business districts,” said Stephen A. Glassman, Design Center President and CEO. "We appreciate the support of Mayor Ravenstahl and the foundation communities, and their understanding of the importance of working together to enhance community development in the City of Pittsburgh.”
Grants were submitted by 28 organizations following a series of informational meetings held throughout the City, which uncovered more than 130 potential development projects for future consideration. The funded applicants and their projects are:
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