September 14, 2010 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced the start of the City's first Civic Leadership Academy, a 10-week course in local government designed to promote community and civic leadership. In the first session, 20 participants gathered from all across Pittsburgh for an up-close and personal view of how the City is operated and governed.
"I am very pleased that the Academy is up and running," Ravenstahl said. "This is the start of a collective effort to further engage our residents so that they can be the most effective stewards for their communities."
Hosted by the Mayor's Office, with a guest appearance from Councilman Ricky Burgess, participants learned about City vision and priorities from staff who carry them out on a daily basis. At the end of the session, participants, armed with information, were encouraged to share what they had learned with their neighbors to make a positive difference in their own communities.
Participants will attend eight more sessions led by department directors. In the end, the goal is that participants have a better understanding of how government works and are more apt to become engaged with their government and community.
The City announced the formation of the Civic Leadership Academy in July and received nearly 100 applicants. The City plans to hold more courses in the future.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687