Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor Peduto Releases Comprehensive Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan
Plan Identifies Strategies, Timeline, and Partners to Build a More Welcoming Experience for Immigrants and a More Livable City for All

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 22, 2015) - Mayor Peduto today released the complete Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan, a community-driven roadmap to build a more welcoming experience for Pittsburgh’s immigrant community and a more livable city for all residents.

The plan expands on content from the snapshot released by Mayor Peduto on June 1, 2015  and is now available online.

“To be competitive, we need to fill the gaps in our labor force and cultivate the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs that will create jobs for new and native Pittsburghers alike,” said Mayor Peduto in his opening letter of the plan.  “We’re going to need a diverse population to do it. When we connect people of all cultures, we set the foundation for a cosmopolitan, prosperous city where residents learn from, welcome, and celebrate their neighbors. The Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan is at the heart of that – it’s our roadmap to foster the potential already in our neighborhoods and to allow Pittsburghers of all backgrounds to come together to build the next chapter in Pittsburgh’s history.”

The complete plan enumerates 37 actionable strategies, specifies a 5-year timeline for implementation, identifies preliminary partners, and cites key points of collaboration with the White House Task Force on New Americans and the Pittsburgh My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Recommendations are grouped into three categories – Welcome, Neighbor!, Bridge to the City, and Prospering Together – and draw on data from the initiative’s community outreach, including a citywide survey that engaged nearly 2,000 participants, and from secondary data sources provided by university, government, and nonprofit partners. Data was used to generate a profile for Pittsburgh’s immigrant landscape, commonalities between foreign and native residents, and to shape strategies that best suit our city.

The advisory and community outreach process that shaped the Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan was made possible thanks to a grant from the Hillman Family Foundations.

For more information on Welcoming Pittsburgh, visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/welcoming-pittsburgh/, follow @WelcomingPGH on Twitter or www.facebook.com/WelcomingPGH on Facebook, or contact Betty Cruz at betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov or 412-255-2439.

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