Office of Mayor William Peduto
Welcoming Pittsburgh Launches Community Outreach Phase
Targeted Meetings and a Multilingual Citywide Survey will Help Shape Plans for the Initiative

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2015) Welcoming Pittsburgh, an initiative of Mayor William Peduto, yesterday kicked off its community outreach phase at the Hill House with the first of five community events. To increase its reach, Welcoming Pittsburgh also launched a citywide survey to hear from all who live, work, and play in Pittsburgh and to learn what is needed to build a more welcoming experience for our growing immigrant community. Visit welcomingpittsburgh.com for more information and to take the survey.

The survey has two tracks, one for community members born outside of United States and one for those born in the States. It will be made available in multiple languages beginning with English (available now), Spanish, and Nepali. The survey is designed to gather input from a wide range of immigrants and the general public.

“Welcoming Pittsburgh is an opportunity to engage all of our city’s human capital to further our growth and economic competitiveness,” Mayor Peduto said. “To be successful in our roadmap for Welcoming Pittsburgh, it is critical to hear from as many people as possible, so that we can shape our future together.”

As part of the Mayor’s vision to grow Pittsburgh’s population by 20,000 new residents over the next 10 years, and to do right by those currently living in the city, the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council has been working to draft a plan that will help make Pittsburgh more welcoming and to build a more livable city for all of its residents. The information collected from the survey will help to prioritize and shape the final roadmap, a strategic plan that is set to be released May 2015.

In addition to the meeting held at the Hill House, more community meetings are being held at the University of Pittsburgh, Kingsley Association, Children’s Museum, and Brashear High School.

For more information on the community outreach phase or Welcoming Pittsburgh as a whole, please contact Manager, Special Initiatives, Betty Cruz, at 412-255-2439 or by email at betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov.

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