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“Join me in making Pittsburgh a model welcoming city. A city others will look to and see thriving diverse neighborhoods where, whether you are a second generation Italian-American, African-American, Bhutanese refugee, or Latino, you welcome your neighbor because you understand that their success is your success.” -Mayor William Peduto

Overview

Welcoming Pittsburgh is an immigrant and Latino integration strategy launched by Mayor William Peduto in 2014. The following year, Mayor Peduto released a comprehensive citywide plan that established nearly 40 community-led recommendations to advance welcoming efforts. The Mayor’s Office is leading implementation of the plan through cross-sectoral partnerships. Welcoming Pittsburgh is rooted in a commitment to ensure a more livable city for all residents.

Read the full report of Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan

Projects

Citizenship Days
Citizenship Days
We partner with local organizations and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to host our Citizenship Days multiple times a year. Community members who are on their pathway to citizenship can meet with immigration lawyers, attend a mock naturalization interview, and connect with local service providers.

Naturalization Ceremonies
Naturalization Ceremonies
As part of Mayor Peduto’s vision to promote and celebrate citizenship, we work with local organizations to co-present naturalization ceremonies in public spaces across the city. We work with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and other partners to host at least five ceremonies a year.
Building Community Awareness
Immigrant Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
We brought together a group of 11 small business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges they face to to better identify what role the City can play in supporting them, whether it be through improving access to existing resources or creating a new mentorship program.

H-1B Visas
H-1B Visa Day of Action
On April 9, 2015 Mayor Peduto joined with the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network, and cities and economic development organizations from across the region to advocate for an increase in the federal cap on H-1B visas. H-1B is the temporary employment visa for highly educated foreign-born professionals.

H-1B Visas
Gateways for Growth
The City of Pittsburgh partnered with Allegheny County and PA Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh – Allegheny Conference on a report that underscored the contributions of immigrants and Latino's to our region's economy. The report was made possible by Partnership for a New American Economy and Welcoming America. You can find the report here.
Connecting Landlords Plus Refugees
Landlords & Refugees
To address the lack of available housing for refugees in Pittsburgh the Mayor's office convened a discussion with local landlords and refugee resettlement groups. Landlords who are interested in renting to refugees were able to attend to learn about the city’s refugee population and ask questions.
Building Community Awareness
Building Community Awareness
We engage the broader community through campaigns like our #IamPGH 30 Neighbors, 30 Days, where we shared the stories and perspectives of diverse Pittsburghers.
Civic Leadership
Civic Leadership Academy
Beginning Fall 2014, Mayor Peduto began reserving up to 15 spots for new American residents in the City’s biannual Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a free 10 week course in local government. The CLA will increase opportunities for immigrant and neighborhood leaders to gain the insight into City government to better inform and inspire their continued civic engagement.

H-1B Visas
Community Dialogues
The City of Pittsburgh has convened multiple community meetings with Pittsburgh police to address different concerns. These meetings brought valuable insight (both cultural and incident-specific) to officers serving in the affected areas and offered an opportunity for new American residents to connect to police officers in a calm and welcoming environment.