PITTSBURGH, PA (September 8, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh today launched the “Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information.
Championed by Mayor William Peduto’s Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is a strategic plan aimed to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Roadmap encompasses more than 100 projects and initiatives the City of Pittsburgh will undertake in the coming months and years.
“To be truly successful, Pittsburgh’s technology boom has to be accessible for all -- this plan will enable us to be a model for cities around the country in providing equitable services and opportunities for residents and businesses in every neighborhood citywide,” Mayor Peduto said.
“The innovative city we are building together will never reach its full potential unless it strengthens and supports innovation in all communities, and we will get there through efforts such as promoting digital literacy, opening up contract bidding to small businesses, and ensuring a healthy and sustainable environment for everyone. This Roadmap will intelligently move Pittsburgh into the future by recognizing and adapting to meet the immense opportunities for growth in the digital age.”
Since its inception in 2014, the Department of Innovation & Performance has been working to develop this inclusive plan through community engagement, extensive research and analysis of the City as well as best practices from around the world.
“Today is an exciting day for I&P and the residents of Pittsburgh,” said Chief Innovation and Performance Officer Debra Lam. “I am very proud of this team and the work we’ve accomplished over the past year. This is a living document that will continue to evolve over time. Our goal is to continue to incorporate new programs and projects using the Roadmap as a foundation.”
“We are excited about Mayor Peduto’s vision for Inclusive Innovation as a driving force for revitalization,” said URA Acting Executive Director Robert Rubinstein. “The URA is uniquely qualified to implement and deliver key elements of the Roadmap through our support of job creation, business development and technology.”
The Roadmap includes three primary goals, and potential actions to meet those goals, which utilize the City government as a conduit for forging noticeable and inclusive change to strengthen the community.
1) Bridge the Digital Divide and Facilitate Residents’ Participation in the New Economy
2) Improve the City’s Capacity to Serve the Public in the Digital Age
3) Increase Pittsburgh’s Resilience in the Digital Age by Strengthening the Clean Tech and Local Business Sectors
The Roadmap is available here, and is broken down into six focus areas: Address the Digital Divide; Empower City-to-Citizen Engagement; Provide Open Data to Pittsburgh; Improve Internal Operations & Capacity of the City; Advance the Clean Technology Sector; and Promote the Local Business Environment.
Each focus area lists different initiatives to meet each objective, progress reports on their implementation, and best practices followed by other cities.
Improving City operations and delivering on promises are key goals for the Roadmap. Information on project status and completion will be tracked on the Roadmap website and updated in order to keep the public informed on progress.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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