Mayor Peduto Press Releases http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/press-releases Mayor (c) 2016 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved Media Advisory: Mayor Peduto To Host South Oakland Sign Dedication Ceremony Honoring Dan Marino, Bruno Sammartino and Andy Warhol http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=6014 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (May 2, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto and city officials will hold a sign dedication ceremony honoring three former residents of South Oakland -- former University of Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino; retired professional wrestler and former Heavyweight Champion and Bruno Sammartino; and world renowned American pop artist Andy Warhol -- on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in South Oakland.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>South Oakland Sign Dedication Ceremony</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Who: &nbsp;</strong>William Peduto, Mayor</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Dan Marino - Honoree</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Bruno Sammartino - Honoree</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Warhola Family members - Honorees</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Larry Richert - Emcee</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Where:</strong> Intersection of Dawson Street and Swinburne Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 12:24:39 -0400 Mayor Peduto's Homefront Pittsburgh Initiative Launches Social Media Campaign for Military Appreciation Month in Collaboration with NEXTpittsburgh http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=6013 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (May 2, 2016) <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/homefront-pgh/index.html">Homefront Pittsburgh</a>, in collaboration with NEXTpittsburgh, launches a social media campaign for Military Appreciation Month, beginning today, to lift up everyday veterans and their family members around Pittsburgh who have contributed to the city by highlighting their stories. Follow the campaign on <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com">NEXTpittsburgh</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HomefrontPittsburgh/info/?tab=page_info">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/HomefrontPGH">Twitter</a>. Look for the hashtag #IamPGH, running every Monday from May 2 to May 30, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The #IamPGH military series focuses on local veterans and military spouses with diverse stories. Narratives in the media often focus more on veteran struggles than their strengths, but this campaign shifts to both show Pittsburghers the assets that veterans bring to the community and spotlight their perseverance when faced with a range of experiences.</p> <p>&ldquo;Veterans, servicemembers, and military families are essential to our city. They are a vital part of our communities, foster a stronger workforce, and advance the growth of our city as a whole,&rdquo; says Mayor William Peduto. Adding, &ldquo;Sharing stories is a small but hopefully meaningful way we can build visibility of Pittsburghers who have proudly served our nation and continue to serve our city in some way every day.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Military Appreciation Month is an opportunity to honor the bravery and sacrifice that the nation&rsquo;s servicemembers and veterans have made. It is a reminder of how important those who have served are to this country. This campaign coincides with Military Appreciation Month to demonstrate the respect towards veterans and the significance they have on the community.</p> <p dir="ltr">The #IamPGH military series consists of photos and quotes that recognize the experiences that have impacted veterans or their family members. One example comes from Joel who shares:</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;&ldquo;I served in Iraq and Afghanistan&hellip; Probably the most influential period of my life were the things I learned during that combat environment. I had a bunch of experiences that I gained from the military and I didn&rsquo;t feel like I was using them to the greatest of my ability in my work. I started looking for other outlets where I could have a greater purpose like you typically have in the military -- a second oath, in a sense.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information on Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s Homefront Pittsburgh initiative, contact Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives, Betty Cruz at <a href="mailto:betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov">betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or visit Homefront Pittsburgh on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HomefrontPittsburgh/info/?tab=page_info">Facebook</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/HomefrontPGH">Twitter.</a></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:18:34 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, May 2, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=6012 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Fire Promotions</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City Council Chambers</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Gastil</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:45 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Courthouse</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Hill District Consensus Group</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Staff</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Autumn House Press Fundraiser</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6:20 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Duquesne Club</div> Mon, 02 May 2016 09:56:38 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 29 - May 1, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=6005 <p>April 30th</p> <blockquote><strong>Bloomfield Marathon Mingle with the Bloomfield Community Council</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: &nbsp;Main Stage, 5th Third Bank<br /> <br /> <strong>Lunch with David Brooks</strong><br /> Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;</blockquote> <p>May 1</p> <blockquote><strong>Pittsburgh Marathon Tour</strong><br /> Time: 9:15 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network Banquet</strong><br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> Location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square</blockquote> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:46:19 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 29, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=6001 <p><strong>Meeting with Sean Sebastian and Chief Debra Lam</strong></p> <div>Time: 9 a.m.</div> <div> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <p><strong>Kick Off Press Conference for Pittsburgh Marathon</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center</p> </div> <div> <div><strong>Presenting Proclamation for Arbor Day</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:15 a.m.</div> <p>Location: Market Square</p> </div> <div> <div><strong>Lunch with Dennis Yablonsky and Matt Smith</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief Lam</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Ken Gormley</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Staff</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:02:01 -0400 City's First Inclusive Innovation Week A Success http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=6000 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2016) The City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh would like to thank all those that planned, hosted, and attended events in the city&#39;s inaugural Inclusive Innovation Week, held from April 1 through April 9, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This week validated, for those who are not immersed in this &#39;space&#39;, that Pittsburgh has not and is not resting on its laurels,&rdquo; said Audrey Russo of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. &quot;We are building a better place, with the intention of not leaving anyone behind.&rdquo;</p> <p>With the focus of expanding on the meaning of innovation and bringing innovators from all sectors, fields, and ages to unique spaces across the city to learn and create together, the city is happy to report the following statistics from the week:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">63 unique events were offered during Inclusive Innovation Week</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">43 events (68%) were free to attend</p> </li> </ul> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">47 organizations partnered with the City of Pittsburgh for Inclusive Innovation Week and the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">74% of organizations, 34 total, were new partners</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">13 neighborhoods within the city of Pittsburgh participated in hosting events</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">15 unique media articles were written about Inclusive Innovation Week</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We had incredible attendance,&rdquo; said Anne Marie Toccket from The Philanthropy Forum at GSPIA. &ldquo;This indicates a real interest in working to create an inclusive and dynamic entrepreneurship and social innovation sector.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Department of Innovation &amp; Performance has updated the Innovation Week&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/piiiw-recap.html">website </a>and it includes a<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M0R4rYuask"> video</a> to recap Inclusive Innovation Week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Please follow the Department of Innovation &amp; Performance <a href="https://twitter.com/PghIP">on Twitter at @pghip</a>.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:08:25 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 28, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5998 <p><strong>Meeting with Andrea Purse</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <div><strong>Speaking at the City Annual Take Our Kids to Work Day</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 9:45 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City Council Chambers<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Councilman Lavelle</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with Essential Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;67 Bedford Square</div> <div><br /> <strong>Interview with Kevin Gavin</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:45 p.m.</div> <div> <p>Location:&nbsp;67 Bedford Square</p> <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Graduation Speaker for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs</strong></p> <p>Time: 2:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.</p> <div> <p>Location: Soldiers &amp; Sailors Memorial Hall</p> <p><strong>Pittsburgh Rock N&#39; Roll Legends Awards</strong></p> <p>Time: 6 p.m.</p> <div>Location: Stage AE</div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:57:34 -0400 Affordable Housing Task Force Forwards Draft Recommendations http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5997 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 27, 2016) The Affordable Housing Task Force co-chaired by City Planning Director Ray Gastil and Councilman Daniel Lavelle has released draft recommendations to support housing opportunities throughout Pittsburgh. The initiatives come after months of work by the Task Force and citywide feedback sessions with residents, and will be considered by City Council and the Mayor.</p> <p>The initial initiatives include plans for a citywide housing trust fund; incentive-based inclusionary housing requirements on developments receiving public subsidy; expansion of existing low income housing tax credits; preserving deed-restricted affordable housing; and efforts to protect rental and for-sale properties for existing homeowners and tenants.</p> <p>Councilman Lavelle introduced legislation creating the Task Force in January 2015, which was signed by Mayor William Peduto in February 2015. The task force was empaneled that May.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s release of initial recommendations comes after a year of work by the Task Force and its committees, as well as five community forums in March and early April. The Task Force is poised to describe its work at a City Council Post-Agenda session on Thursday.</p> <p>Five community engagement sessions were held at the American Legion in Sheraden; the Knoxville Lifespan Resource Center in Knoxville; the National Association of Letter Carriers in California-Kirkbride; the Kingsley Association in Larimer; and the Hill House Association in the Hill District.</p> <p>A post-agenda session Thursday will provide the public an opportunity to discuss the recommendations directly with City Council, which expects to deliberate on the recommendations in May.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every resident of Pittsburgh, especially those struggling with low incomes, should have the opportunity to be part of our city&rsquo;s growth. At the same time, they shouldn&rsquo;t become victims of it,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;The Affordable Housing Task Force has listened to residents citywide, and heard loud and clear their thoughts on housing issues, which change from neighborhood to neighborhood. It is city government&rsquo;s job to protect the needs of all its residents and neighborhoods, and these recommendations will help us ensure that a basic need -- shelter -- can be protected and provided for all.&rdquo;</p> <p>The initial recommendations are focused around five areas to ensure all residents share in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growth, and to encourage responsible development of affordable housing. It calls for establishing:</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>$10 million Housing Trust Fund.</strong> An annual $10 million Housing Trust Fund may be established through the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, including oversight by both a governing and advisory board. The fund would target raising $10 million annually and follow the similar Trust Fund the URA established for East Liberty in September 2015. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol> <ol start="2"> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Incentive-based inclusionary housing requirements.</strong> Incentive-based inclusionary housing requirements may be established on all developments of 25 units or more receiving public subsidy. Initial recommendations would include housing for households at 50% area median income (AMI) for rental units, and 80% AMI for home ownership.</p> </li> </ol> <ol start="3"> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Expanded usage of the 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit.</strong> An Expanded usage of the 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit could support new affordable housing construction, as well as rehabilitation of existing housing stock.</p> </li> </ol> <ol start="4"> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Programs to monitor deed-restricted affordable housing</strong>. Programs could be created to monitor deed-restricted affordable housing that is set to return to market, and preserve their affordability.</p> </li> </ol> <ol start="5"> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Programs to support existing affordable housing stock.</strong> Programs to support existing affordable housing stock -- both rental and for-sale -- could be used in all city neighborhoods, through initiatives including controls over reassessment spikes; the Rental Registration ordinance; just cause eviction protections and notification requirements for tenants of developments receiving direct public subsidy; and other tenant protection and relocation assistance initiatives.</p> </li> </ol> <p>A fuller explanation of the Task Force&rsquo;s initial recommendations<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Post-Agenda_Report.TF.4.27.16.pdf"> is available here</a>.</p> <p>A website <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/ahtf/index.html">describing the Task Force&rsquo;s work is here</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:59:25 -0400 City To Close Portion Of Liberty Avenue Downtown Friday Night http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5996 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 27, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) advises that the inbound lane of Liberty Avenue -- between 11th Street and 12th Street in downtown Pittsburgh -- will be closed from 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 until 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Construction Division will be performing slab replacement work during the closure.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:35:03 -0400 City of Pittsburgh Launches Pilot Program for Local Startups http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5995 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 27, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh today announced a new initiative, PGH Lab.</p> <p dir="ltr">PGH Lab is a pilot program designed to connect local startup companies with the City of Pittsburgh, to explore new ways to use technology and new services to make municipal government more efficient, transparent, sustainable and inclusive. Through the program, local startup companies will be connected with various City departments to test new technologies and services for a period of three months.</p> <p dir="ltr">Starting April 27, 2016 local startups can apply to become one of the few selected companies for PGH Lab&rsquo;s 2016 pilot cohort. This program emerges as one of the initiatives undertaken under the&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>, the City&rsquo;s commitment to remain a hub of innovation for social groups, companies and people, and Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s vision to incentivize and foster Pittsburgh&rsquo;s innovative, entrepreneurial community. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;PGH Lab is a win-win program: startups get real world experience and an opportunity to refine their products and services and the City has access to a leading edge service or technology designed to improve operations,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;PGH Lab opens the doors of city government to innovative solutions and will help us reach our goal of providing more efficient and effective services to our communities and residents.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Companies with Beta stage products and services designed to address civic issues and find innovative solutions to problems in the following categories are encouraged to apply:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://metro21.heinz.cmu.edu/projects/citizen-engagement/">Citizen Engagement</a> - enhance the lines of communication between government and citizens by expanding digital public engagement and increase opportunities for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s residents to access information and resources;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://metro21.heinz.cmu.edu/projects/city-operations/">City Operations</a> - further improve City operations to make internal processes more efficient and effective;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://metro21.heinz.cmu.edu/projects/climate-change-and-the-environment-2/">Climate Change &amp; the Environment</a> - help Pittsburgh meet its 2030 Climate Action Goals to reduce energy usage by 50 percent by 2030; and</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Other- suggest a project that does not fall under any of the previous categories but will benefit and make a great impact in the City.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&#39;s an honor to work collaboratively with the startup community here in Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Chief Innovation &amp; Performance Officer Debra Lam. &ldquo;This is an unprecedented opportunity uniting municipal government with the visionary innovators, engineers and technologists that are transforming the way we live, work and play in cities.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The PGH Lab pilot program initiative is spearheaded by the Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and a Review Committee. The Review Committee includes representatives from the Office of the Mayor, Law Department, Department of Public Works, Office of Management and Budget, and the URA.</p> <p dir="ltr">Participating companies will be chosen for the pilot program through a competitive selection process that will identify products and services that best match City needs. Full program details, including the application, terms &amp; regulations and program timeline are available at&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/pghlab/index.html">pghlab.pittsburghpa.gov</a>. Local startups that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. <strong>The application deadline for PGH Lab&rsquo;s 2016 cohort will be May 27, 2016. </strong>The pilot project will run from June 2016 to September 2016. Selected startups will be offered working spaces, access to the municipality&#39;s network, support from mentors and coaches in the industry, and direct connection to City affiliates and professional networks.</p> <p dir="ltr">Follow PGH Lab activity on Twitter at @PghIP #PGHlab.</p> <p dir="ltr">Contact: Annia Aleman - Innovation and Performance Fellow, City of Pittsburgh at pghlab@pittsburghpa.gov</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:47:48 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 27, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5993 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong></p> <div>Time: 8:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Governor Wolf</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 9:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Sam Williamson</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:15 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Diamonte Walker and Representatives from Fab 40 Under 40</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:15 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Ben Woods</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief McLay and Director Hissrich</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Donahoe</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <p><strong>Reading Celebration with PBS at Glen Hazel Recreation Center</strong></p> <p>Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Location: 895 Johnston Ave</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:13:39 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 26, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5990 <p><strong>Meeting with Jason Lardo</strong></p> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Justin Kintz</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Aradhna Oliphant</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Grant Oliphant and Scott Izzo</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Bob Kennedy, Diane Holder, and Kim Cepullio</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Carlos Torres</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Lois Campbell, Rev. Herndon, and Rev. Lyde</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>City ARTWorks Award Ceremony</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City County Lobby</div> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:13:55 -0400 Statement From Mayor William Peduto On Department of Environmental Protection Administrative Order http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5987 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 25, 2016) &ndash; Mayor William&nbsp;Peduto&nbsp;issued the following statement regarding the Department of Environmental Protection&rsquo;s administrative order today:</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We take the safety and health of our citizens seriously and have been working in collaboration&nbsp;with DEP and PWSA to make sure that our water continues to be among the highest quality and safety.</p> <p dir="ltr">This order is being issued related to a procedural violation that was made by PWSA&rsquo;s former management&nbsp;firm,&nbsp;Veolia Inc. It has been reported to us that&nbsp;Veolia Inc. did not inform DEP of a change in corrosion control methods in 2014. In addition, the board of PWSA was not notified of the change, neither was the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">We have since removed Veolia Inc. from its management&nbsp;of PWSA, related&nbsp;to other&nbsp;issues. PWSA has also changed its corrosion control methods back to those that were originally permitted by DEP.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">We will also make sure that any future changes to water treatment&nbsp;are not only&nbsp;appropriately vetted by DEP, but that&nbsp;the public is kept&nbsp;fully informed.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:06:44 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 25, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5981 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Sudanese Peace Activists</strong></p> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Phone Interview with InfrastructureUSA</strong></div> <div> <p>Time: 4:30 p.m.&nbsp;</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:42:30 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 23-24, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5978 <p><strong>April 23</strong></p> <div><em>Day Off</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>April 24</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Day Off</em></div> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:41:31 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 22, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5973 <p><strong>Speaking at the Allegheny County Anchored Re-Entry Consortium Employer Summit</strong></p> <p>Time: 9:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location: CCAC</p> <div><strong>Meeting with Solicitor Sanchez Ridge</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Austrian Consul General</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div> <p><strong>Luncheon Honoring Linda Lane</strong></p> <p>Time: 12:15 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Pittsburgh Public Theater, 621 Penn Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Staff</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Allegheny County Labor Council Banquet Dinner</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Sheraton at Station Square<br /> <br /> <strong>PULSEations 2016</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Union Project, 801 N. Negley Avenue</div> </div> <p><strong>Dinner with Congressman Mike Doyle, Congressman Tim Ryan, Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the County Executive</strong></p> <p>Time: 8:30 p.m.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:46:52 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 21, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5972 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><strong style="font-size: 12.8px;">Office Hours</strong></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>Interview with WJAS</b><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <b>Meeting with Councilman Burgess, David Roger, Max King, Sylvia Fields, and Scott Izzo</b><br /> Time:10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <b>Rally for Katie McGinty</b><br /> Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> Location: United Steelworkers</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>Office Hours</b></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 1:30 p..m. to 3:30 p.m.</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>CONNECT 7th Annual Congress</b><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: 5 Hot Metal Street<br /> <br /> <b>Pitt Tonight Show</b><br /> Time: 7:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave</div> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:37:42 -0400 Arbor Day Tree Giveway Coming Up Next Week http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5970 <div>PITTSBURGH, PA (April 21, 2016) Tree Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission will partner to host a tree seedling giveaway for Arbor Day Friday, April 29 in Market Square. Tree Pittsburgh will be in Market Square at 10 a.m. and the seedling giveaway will begin at 11:30. The giveaway will end at 2 p.m.or whenever the seedlings run out &ndash; whichever comes first. Distribution of trees is on a first-come, first-served basis.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All seedlings given away this year were grown locally at Tree Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Heritage Nursery, with seeds from Pittsburgh trees. Seedlings included in the giveaway are tulip poplar, white oak, yellow buckeye, umbrella magnolia and pawpaw. All seedlings planted will go towards Tree Pittsburgh&rsquo;s goal of planting 10,000 trees in 2016, in honor of their tenth anniversary.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pennsylvania celebrates Arbor Day on the final Friday of April. The first Arbor Day was celebrated by journalist Julius Sterling Morton in the Nebraska territory in 1872. Nebraska&rsquo;s governor proclaimed April 10, 1874 Arbor Day and it was legalized as a statewide holiday in 1885. It is celebrated in all 50 states and around the world on dates that are best for tree planting in that climate, usually in the spring.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pittsburgh is celebrating its 11th year as a Tree City USA. Tree City USA, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes cities who meet four core standards for tree care: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. Tree Pittsburgh Executive Director Danielle Crumrine was recently appointed to a three-year term on the national organization&rsquo;s board of directors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Shade Tree Commission is a non-profit organization, linked to the Mayor&#39;s Office, with the task of restoring and maintaining the city&#39;s tree population, in recognition of the value of Pittsburgh&#39;s urban trees as one of our city&#39;s greatest assets.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the City&rsquo;s vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education, and advocacy. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.treepittsburgh.org/">www.treepittsburgh.org</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div>Contact: Joe Stavish, Community Education Coordinator</div> <div>joe@treepittsburgh.org</div> <div>412-781-8733</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:30:39 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 20, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5969 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 20, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto is in Chicago today for a National League of Cities forum on financial inclusion, which covers ways in which cities can promote financial equity among residents, as well as financial literacy through technical assistance projects and services.</p> <p dir="ltr">The two-day forum includes presentations from officials from cities around the country, and is organized by the NLC&rsquo;s Youth, Education and Families Institute. Mayor Peduto <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3959">is the former co-chair of the NLC&rsquo;s YEF Council</a>, which oversees the Institute.</p> <p dir="ltr">The National League of Cities <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3338">is holding its national convention in Pittsburgh this November</a>, with more than 3,500 municipal officials from around the country expected to attend.</p> <p dir="ltr">The NLC is covering the Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s costs for the travel. No city tax dollars are being used.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pittsburgh was chosen through a competitive application process. Mayor Peduto is joining the Mayors from the seven selected cities for the Forum, which ends today.</p> <p dir="ltr">The financial inclusion initiative includes an opportunity to apply for two rounds of grant funding ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 following the Mayor&#39;s Institute. For participating in the initiative the City will receive technical assistance through regularly scheduled phone calls; conference calls and webinars; convenings designed to facilitate peer learning; and site visits by YEF staff on an as-needed basis.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto is joining the Mayors from the seven selected cities for the initiative. and that Pittsburgh was chosen through a competitive application process.</p> <p>The formal title of the forum is the &ldquo;Mayors&rsquo; Institute on Children and Families: Financial Inclusion Systems and City Leadership.&rdquo; The NLC describes &ldquo;financial inclusion&rdquo; this way:</p> <p dir="ltr">Financial inclusion strategies, such as <a href="http://joinbankon.org/about/">Bank On</a> programs, <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/pr2010/pr_090310.shtml">financial empowerment centers</a> and <a href="https://citiesspeak.org/2015/06/11/childrens-savings-accounts-how-cities-are-helping-families-save-for-college/">children&rsquo;s savings accounts</a>, can bolster a city&rsquo;s fight against poverty and help low-to-moderate income individuals and families move toward brighter, more economically secure futures.</p> <p>NLC&rsquo;s recent report, <a href="http://www.nlc.org/financialinclusion">City Financial Inclusion Efforts: A National Overview</a>, identifies seven key findings resulting from an in-depth scan of financial inclusion programs in cities across the U.S. The report explains the importance of city-led interventions to help families build financial stability, and highlights the role local elected officials and city leaders play in shaping innovative strategies to address the economic, public safety and personal concerns that are byproducts of family financial insecurity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule, April 20, 2016</strong></p> <p>(All locations Chicago InterContinental Hotel unless noted otherwise.)</p> <p>Presentation and Discussion of the Lansing Case Statement by the Honorable Virg Bernero</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Presentation and Discussion of the Pittsburgh Case Statement, by the Honorable William Peduto. (A copy of the Mayor&rsquo;s presentation <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Pittsburgh_presentation.pdf">is here</a>.)</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:45 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Final Reflections and Closing Comments</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Flight to Pittsburgh</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:20 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:51:59 -0400 Statement on Zoning Changes to Enright Parklet and Penn Plaza http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5967 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 19, 2016) Pittsburgh City Council today, with the support of Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s administration, approved zoning changes for Enright Parklet and Penn Plaza that will preserve parkland and public space at the East Liberty site.</p> <p>&ldquo;Working with the community, we protected the public park. We will enhance the park, making sure it is connected back to Friendship and East Liberty and that the development will undergo a full community planning process. Going forward we will keep working with Penn Plaza tenants and their neighbors to assure our mission of community-based development is implemented, even with difficult developments like this,&rdquo; said Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our work here is far from done. We will face additional relocations in the coming year, and we are committed as ever to making sure the residents have opportunities to live in East Liberty. Our success today will not last without continued dedication to community participation.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:56:36 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 19, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5966 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 19, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is in Chicago today for a National League of Cities forum on financial inclusion, which covers ways in which cities can promote financial equity among residents, as well as financial literacy through technical assistance projects and services.</p> <p>The two-day forum includes presentations from officials from cities around the country, and is organized by the NLC&rsquo;s Youth, Education and Families Institute. Mayor Peduto <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3959">is the former co-chair of the NLC&rsquo;s YEF Council</a>, which oversees the Institute.</p> <p>The National League of Cities <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3338">is holding its national convention in Pittsburgh this November</a>, with more than 3.500 municipal officials from around the country expected to attend.</p> <p>The NLC is covering the Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s costs for the travel. No city tax dollars are being used.</p> <p>Pittsburgh was chosen to participate in the forum through a competitive application process. Mayor Peduto is joining the Mayors from the seven selected cities for the forum, which runs through Wednesday.</p> <p>The financial inclusion initiative includes an opportunity to apply for two rounds of grant funding ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 following the Mayor&#39;s Institute. For participating in the initiative the City will receive technical assistance through regularly scheduled phone calls; conference calls and webinars: convenings designed to facilitate peer learning; and site visits by YEF staff on an as-needed basis.</p> <p>The formal title of the forum is the &ldquo;Mayors&rsquo; Institute on Children and Families: Financial Inclusion Systems and City Leadership.&rdquo; The NLC describes &ldquo;financial inclusion&rdquo; this way:</p> <p><em>Financial inclusion strategies, such as <a href="http://joinbankon.org/about/">Bank On</a> programs, <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/pr2010/pr_090310.shtml">financial empowerment centers</a> and <a href="https://citiesspeak.org/2015/06/11/childrens-savings-accounts-how-cities-are-helping-families-save-for-college/">children&rsquo;s savings accounts</a>, can bolster a city&rsquo;s fight against poverty and help low-to-moderate income individuals and families move toward brighter, more economically secure futures.</em></p> <p><em>NLC&rsquo;s recent report, <a href="http://www.nlc.org/financialinclusion">City Financial Inclusion Efforts: A National Overview</a>, identifies seven key findings resulting from an in-depth scan of financial inclusion programs in cities across the U.S. The report explains the importance of city-led interventions to help families build financial stability, and highlights the role local elected officials and city leaders play in shaping innovative strategies to address the economic, public safety and personal concerns that are byproducts of family financial insecurity.</em></p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule, April 19, 2016</strong></p> <p>(All locations Chicago InterContinental Hotel unless noted otherwise.)</p> <p>Registration and Breakfast</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 a.m. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Welcome and Framing Discussion, with Clifford M. Johnson, Executive Director, YEF Institute, and A. Richardson Love, Jr., Program Director, MetLife Foundation</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Presentation and Discussion of the Durham Case Statement by the Honorable William V. Bell</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9:30 a.m.</p> <p>Presentation and Discussion of the Hattiesburg Case Statement by the Honorable Johnny L. DuPree</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:45 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Presentation and Discussion of the St. Petersburg Case Statement by the Honorable Rick Kriseman</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Presentation and Discussion of the Dubuque Case Statement by the Honorable Roy D. Buol</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:15 p.m.</p> <p>Reflections and Common Themes</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Dinner - The Windsor, 160 E. Huron Street, with presentation on the Real Financial Lives of Americans, by Jennifer Tescher, President &amp; CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6 p.m.</p> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:53:38 -0400 "Summer of Learn and Earn" Program to Employ 2,000 Youths for Second Year http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5965 <p>PITTSBURGH &ndash; Pittsburgh and Allegheny County youths seeking summer jobs may begin applying today for the region&rsquo;s second &ldquo;Summer of Learn and Earn&rdquo; program. Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) have, once again, joined together to match 2,000 youths aged 14 to 21 with summer jobs that position them for later careers. The program will employ 1,300 youths ages 14 to 21 from the City of Pittsburgh and 700 more from Allegheny County, providing participants with personal development opportunities, while also assisting the long-term growth of Pittsburgh-area employers.</p> <p>The application period opens Tuesday, April 19 and ends May 9. The work period begins on June 27th and runs through August 5th, 2016. Interested youth may complete the online application at <a href="http://www.jobs4summer.org/">www.jobs4summer.org</a>, or may also visit in-person application sites listed below to apply in person.</p> <p>&ldquo;This program is an investment in our youth, and our future workforce,&rdquo; said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. &ldquo;These opportunities help prepare our youth to enter the workforce with basic skills as well as the opportunity to gain experience in problem-solving, critical thinking and other life-skills training. We want all of our youth to be able to benefit from the growth and opportunities that are currently available in our region, and this program is one way to ensure that happens for those youth who most need a chance.&rdquo;</p> <p>The county and city joined with 3RWIB in 2015 to launch the program. &ldquo;Learn and Earn&rdquo; was launched after more than 1,300 young people applied for jobs in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Summer Youth Employment program in 2014, even though there were only 500 positions available. The &ldquo;Summer of Learn and Earn&rdquo; effort has expanded the pool of job applicants, using help from area corporations and foundations to help fund jobs for area youth, and to expand their opportunities for career development.</p> <p>In 2015, the Learn and Earn program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults which, in turn, provided more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participating youth worked an average of 150 hours each and received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program.</p> <p>&ldquo;Summer jobs not only provide spending money, but introduce young people to possible careers in the Pittsburgh area&rsquo;s growing economy. The &lsquo;Summer of Learn and Earn&rsquo; is a great example of how government and our business and foundation partners are working together to give our region&rsquo;s youth opportunities to build their resumes and prepare for life after school is over,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>Workforce trends show the Pittsburgh region needs to prepare more youth to enter the local workforce and replace the region&rsquo;s aging talent. Over the last decade the share of workers over age 55 grew by more than 80,000 in the region while the share of younger workers ages 25 to 44 fell by more than 100,000 workers.&nbsp; During the same period, the number of jobs for youth declined by 50 percent.</p> <p>Focusing on training youth now will create a pipeline to fill jobs left by this aging workforce. The Summer of Learn and Earn for area youth is creating a regular flow of trained workers, and will benefit both young people and employers for years to come. Employers will be attracted to the region because they know it has a well prepared, diverse, growing and fully mobilized workforce.</p> <p>&ldquo;Learn and Earn is a major step forward in building a pipeline of talent prepared to enter the workforce,&rdquo; said Stefani Pashman, CEO, 3RWIB. &ldquo;By connecting young people to the job opportunities available in this region &mdash; showing them the breadth of opportunity available right here &mdash; we establish the relationship between education and economic success and set them on the path to a bright future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Learn and Earn is a three-tiered, six-week program focused on 14 career tracks based on the growing or trending occupations in the Pittsburgh area. These tracks include health care, education, park management, recreation, finance and banking and information technology.</p> <p>Youth engaged in Tiers 1 and 2 have no or limited prior work experience. They work 25 hours per week and receive a total of 12 hours of work-readiness training over the course of the program. Tier 3 is the capstone experience of Learn and Earn. Tier 3 youth are between 16 and 21 years old, have prior work experience, and have demonstrated the ability to manage tasks individually or as a part of a team. Tier 3 interns work 20 hours per week in a corporate setting and receive a total of 24 hours of work-readiness training.</p> <p>Corporate partners are being sought to sponsor and employ Tier 3 youth in 2016. The cost is $2,000 per intern, and Learn and Earn staff prescreens all participants, arranges interviews, provides ongoing support, and processes all paperwork and payroll. Businesses who are interested in supporting this effort may contact 3RWIB directly for additional information.</p> <p>A list of in-person application sites, including hours of operation when available, follows:</p> <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Location/Address</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Phone</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Hours</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Goodwill of SWPA South Side<br /> 2400 Carson Street<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15224</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-281-6629</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center">Mon. &ndash; Fri.<br /> 10 AM to 6 PM</p> <p align="center">Sat., April 30 &amp; May 7<br /> 10 AM to 1 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Goodwill of SWPA<br /> 294 Lincoln Highway<br /> North Versailles, PA 15137</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-281-6629</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center">Tues., Thurs, &amp; Fri.<br /> 12 PM to 6 PM<br /> <br /> Sat., April 30 &amp; May 7<br /> 10 AM to 1 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Oakland Planning and Development Corp<br /> 294 Semple Street<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15213</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412- 682-1144</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center">Mon., Tues., Thurs. &amp; Fri.<br /> 9 AM to 6 PM</p> <p align="center">Wednesdays<br /> 9 AM to 7:45 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Auberle<br /> 1101 Hartman Street<br /> McKeesport, PA 15132</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-673-5856</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center">Contact for Hours</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">YouthPlaces<br /> 711 West Commons<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15212</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-434-0851</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center">Contact for Hours</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Phase 4 Learning Center<br /> Brentwood Towne Square<br /> 121 Towne Square Way<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15227</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">724-462-1241</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Mon., Tues., Thurs. &amp; Fri.<br /> 9 AM to 6 PM</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Wednesday<br /> 9 AM to 8 PM</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Saturday<br /> 10 AM to 2 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Phase 4 Learning Center<br /> Medical Center West<br /> 211 N. Whitfield Street, Suite 110<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15205</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">724-462-1241</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Mon., Tues., Thurs. &amp; Fri.<br /> 9 AM to 6 PM</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Wednesday<br /> 9 AM to 8 PM</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Saturday<br /> 10 AM to 2 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">ResCare Workforce Services<br /> 332 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15222</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-575-5877</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Contact for Hours</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Kanmas Educational Support Center<br /> 5100 Penn Avenue<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15224</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">724-493-9371</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Mon. &amp; Thurs.<br /> 12 PM to 7 PM</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Saturday<br /> 10 AM to 2 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center<br /> 5321 Penn Avenue<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15224</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-362-8580</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Monday thru Friday<br /> 2 PM to 8 PM</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Sat., Apr. 23, 30 &amp; May 7<br /> 12 PM to 6 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Neighborhood Learning Alliance (West End Works)<br /> 825 Lorenz Avenue<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15220</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-533-2029</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Contact for Hours</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority<br /> Bedford Hope Center<br /> 2305 Bedford Avenue<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-395-3950</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Monday thru Thursday<br /> 10 AM to 6 PM</p> <p align="center" style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Friday<br /> 10 AM to 5 PM<br /> Sat., May 7<br /> 10 AM to 2 PM</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:324px;"> <p align="center">Northside Coalition for Fair Housing<br /> 1821 Brighton Road<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15212</p> </td> <td style="width:126px;"> <p align="center">412-321-5527</p> </td> <td style="width:173px;"> <p style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Monday thru Friday<br /> 10 AM to 6 PM</p> <p style="margin-left:22.5pt;">Sat., April 30 &amp; May 7<br /> 10 AM to 1 PM</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div style="clear:both;">&nbsp;</div> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:32:51 -0400 City of Pittsburgh Places Hold On 2016 Property Tax Appeals http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5962 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 18, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto announced today that a moratorium has been placed on all 2016 property tax assessment appeals initiated by the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">This freeze comes in response to evidence that property values have been increasing in certain neighborhoods, thereby potentially causing unexpected tax increases to city residents . In particular, property tax increases may disproportionately hurt elderly residents and residents on fixed incomes.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;The city is growing, but in order to remain a city for all, we need to make sure that real estate taxes are fairly applied and allow residents to not be priced out of their homes,&quot; said Mayor Peduto.</p> <p>The moratorium will remain in effect for the remainder of 2016, and a new policy will be implemented by the Administration as part of the Mayor&#39;s Affordable Housing Task Force.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:32:47 -0400 Statement By Office of Municipal Investigations Manager Following Incident Outside Trump Rally http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5961 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 18, 2016) - The Manager of the Office of Municipal Investigations (OMI) for the City of Pittsburgh, Deborah Walker, has released the following statement regarding an incident that took place between a City of Pittsburgh Police Officer and a member of the local news media outside the Donald Trump event at the Convention Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Once the incident was brought to my attention, I called for a review of the interaction.</p> <p dir="ltr">During the preliminary investigation, the City of Pittsburgh was in contact with the alleged victim. The alleged victim has stated repeatedly that she does not wish to file an official complaint.</p> <p dir="ltr">Upon further review of the videos of the incident, our preliminary investigation did not find any wrongdoing done by the Police Officer.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:13:09 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 18, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5960 <p><strong><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Office Hours </span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">9:00 a.m. to &nbsp;5:00 p.m.</span></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:14:57 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 16-17, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5958 <div><strong>April 16</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <blockquote><strong>Meeting with Rep. Gainey</strong> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at Carpenter&#39;s Rally for Secretary Clinton</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> </blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>April 17</strong></div> <blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Day off</em></div> </blockquote> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:15:54 -0400 Statement by Mayor William Peduto following the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Board Meeting http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5956 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 15, 2016) - &quot;This is a new day for Pittsburgh. We welcome an oversight board who has expressed willingness to work for the benefit of the city, not against it. We look forward to collaborating with the ICA and our leaders in Harrisburg toward the long term financial stability of Pittsburgh.&quot;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:29:05 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 15, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5955 <p><strong>Press Conference with Senator Casey and Chief McLay Regarding Policing&nbsp;</strong></p> <div>Time: 9:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Police Headquarters</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Participating in UPMC Shadyside Cherry Blossom Festival</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Posner Tower</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Councilman Kraus and Councilman Burgess</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Sam Salkin</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Marc Field, Executive Director of The First Tee of Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Office Hours</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:22:52 -0400 City, Community Partners Celebrate Month of the Young Child In April http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5951 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (April 15, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and several education partners are celebrating the importance of early childhood development throughout the month of April in honor of Month of the Young Child.</p> <p>&ldquo;Month of the Young Child is a great reminder that we all play a role in the early development of a child,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;Together we can create positive, productive and educational early childhood programs and experiences for children and families at home, at child care, at school and in the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through the efforts of many, April has grown to become the Month of the Young Child in Pittsburgh.</p> <p>&quot;Children are the foundation for all thriving communities,&rdquo; said Cara Ciminillo, Executive Director of PAEYC. &ldquo;Month of the Young Child highlights the importance of investing in our youngest through high-quality pre-kindergarten, play and meaningful relationships.&quot;</p> <p>This year Pittsburgh is celebrating by showcasing the artwork of little Pittsburghers throughout the city. Artwork made by students from Pittsburgh Public Schools, Winchester Thurston, and Shady Lane Academy is on display at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and the Children&rsquo;s Museum of Pittsburgh. Artwork from Pittsburgh Public Schools Pre-K students will be on display at the following locations:</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>PPS Early Childhood Classrooms</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Location</strong></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">M.L. King Pre-K</p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">CLP &ndash; Allegheny<br /> 1230 Federal Street, 15212</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">Beechwood Pre-K</p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">CLP &ndash; Beechview<br /> 1910 Broadway Avenue, 15216</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">Brookline Pre-K</p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">CLP &ndash; Brookline<br /> 708 Brookline Blvd., 15226</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">Crescent Early Childhood Center</p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">CLP &ndash; Homewood<br /> 7101 Hamilton Avenue, 15208</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">Sci-Tech Early Childhood Center</p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">CLP - Main/Oakland<br /> 4400 Forbes Avenue, 15213</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">Minadeo Pre-K</p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">CLP - Squirrel Hill<br /> 5801 Forbes Avenue, 15217</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width:248px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">Chartiers Early Childhood Center</p> </td> <td style="width:280px;"> <p style="text-align: center;">CLP - West End<br /> 47 Wabash Street, 15220</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&ldquo;Month of the Young Child is an important reminder of how important the early years are for the learning and development of children,&rdquo; said Carol Barone-Martin, Executive Director, Early Childhood Education from Pittsburgh Public Schools. &ldquo;As a community, we need to take action so that all young children receive the high-quality early learning experiences that they deserve.&rdquo;</p> <p>On April 27, Mayor William Peduto will visit the Glen Hazel Family Community in Hazelwood for a live reading of the book &ldquo;Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem&rdquo; to elementary school children, based on the Emmy Award-winning preschool math series from PBS KIDS and The Fred Rogers Company, Peg + Cat. Copies of &ldquo;Peg + Cat: The Pizza Problem&rdquo; will also be available on location from the Reading is Fundamental storymobile.</p> <p>Additional events happening throughout the month of April can be found here: <a href="http://www.paeyc.org/get-involved/month-of-the-young-child">http://www.paeyc.org/get-involved/month-of-the-young-child</a></p> <p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p><strong>Katie O&rsquo;Malley</strong>: Assistant Communications Manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto; w: 412-255-2944; <a href="mailto:katie.omalley@pittsburghpa.gov">katie.omalley@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <p><strong>Ebony R. Pugh</strong>: Public Information Officer, Pittsburgh Public Schools; c: 412-529-3616, <a href="mailto:epugh1@pghboe.net" target="_blank">epugh1@pghboe.net</a></p> <p><strong>Sarah Byrne-Houser</strong>: Mobilization &amp; Communications, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children; (412) 421-3889;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:sarah@paeyc.org" target="_blank">sarah@paeyc.org</a></p> <p><strong>Suzanne Thinnes</strong>: Manager, Communications; Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; 412.578.2458; thinness@carnegielibrary.org</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the Month of the Young Child</strong></p> <p>The National Association for the Education of Young Children first established the Week of the Young Child&trade; in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children&#39;s success in school and later life. This celebration is a time to plan how we&mdash;as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation&mdash;will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> ###</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:48:37 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 14, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5947 <p><strong>Meeting with Chancellor Nordenberg and Fred Thieman</strong></p> <div>Time: 9 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Cathedral of Learning</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at the University of Pittsburgh &#39;s Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education Press </strong></div> <div><strong>Conference</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:15 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Alumni Hall, Conroy Ballroom</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Donahoe</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Betty Cruz</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Councilwoman Rudiak, Councilman Gilman, Commander Holmes, and Bosnian Youth Group</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Luke Norris and Chief Lam</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Governor Martin O&#39;Malley</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:45 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Kontos Mengine Law Group&#39;s 3rd Annual Firm Party</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 8 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Andy Warhol Museum</div> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:26:16 -0400 Mayor, Citiparks and Innovation & Performance Launch FREE Wi-Fi at 22 Community Recreation & Healthy Active Living Centers http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5946 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 13, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Recreation (Citiparks) and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance have announced that free Wi-Fi will be installed in 22 City of Pittsburgh Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Providing Wi-Fi in city facilities is another step along the journey towards inclusive innovation,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;This is a great example of our commitment to narrowing the digital divide between the diverse communities of Pittsburgh and I&rsquo;d like to commend Chief Debra Lam, Director Jim Griffin and their staffs and our partners in this project for their tireless efforts to make this possible.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">At each location, Pittsburghers will now be able to connect to the free Wi-Fi via laptops, smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices while simultaneously enjoying all that Citiparks facilities have to offer.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Having free Wi-Fi access in our facilities will not only enable our Citiparks staff to be more efficient by providing more tools to manage our Community Recreation Centers and Healthy Active Living Center (Senior Center) programs, it also offers connectivity for our youth and senior populations who may otherwise have limited Internet access,&rdquo; said Department of Parks &amp; Recreation Director, Jim Griffin.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the help of a grant from the Grable Foundation ($11,500) and a partnership with Comcast and the Neighborhood Learning Alliance, Citiparks will offer classes -- Internet Essentials, Career Preparation -- &nbsp;to youth, seniors and families throughout the city to further bridge the digital divide.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We are proud to partner with the City of Pittsburgh by providing broadband service that delivers Wi-Fi access to more of its residents,&quot; said Christine Whitaker, senior vice president of Comcast&rsquo;s Keystone Region. &ldquo;As Pittsburgh and the nation&#39;s leading provider of broadband and Wi-Fi, Comcast is committed to closing the digital divide at home through our Internet Essentials program, so this Citiparks&rsquo; initiative is a perfect fit. We look forward to continuing to help the City follow its Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">As a partner in the project, Comcast is offering a discount on monthly billing statements at each location.</p> <p dir="ltr">In September 2015, the City of Pittsburgh <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5098">released the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>, a &nbsp;strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;re chatting with friends, tweeting about a special event, or searching for employment or training opportunities - technology is changing the way we work, play and communicate in our parks and facilities,&rdquo; said Chief of Innovation &amp; Performance, Debra Lam. &ldquo;We are excited to launch the Wi-Fi project and hope to have more opportunities for inclusive, innovative resources in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>The following 22 Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Centers will have free Wi-Fi:</p> <div dir="ltr" style="margin-left:1.5pt;"> <table style="border: none; border-collapse: collapse;"> <colgroup> <col width="160" /> <col width="229" /> <col width="100" /> <col width="100" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr style="height:26px"> <td colspan="4" style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(204, 204, 204) rgb(204, 204, 204) rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">CENTERS</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ADDRESS</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ZIP</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PHONE</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ammon</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2217 Bedford Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15219</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-255-2501</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Arlington</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">2201 Salisbury St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15210</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-488-8397</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Brookline</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1400 Oakridge St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15226</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-571-3222</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Jefferson</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">605 Rednap St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15212</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-323-7268</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Magee</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">745 Greenfield Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15217</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-422-6546</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Ormsby</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">79 South 22nd St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15203</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-488-8306</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Paulson</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1201 Paulson Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15206</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-694-8495</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Phillips</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">201 Parkfield St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15210</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-885-7445</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Warrington</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">329 Warrington Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15210</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-488-8369</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">West Penn</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">450 30th St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15210</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-622-7353</span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div dir="ltr" style="margin-left:0pt;"> <table style="border: none; border-collapse: collapse;"> <colgroup> <col width="162" /> <col width="229" /> <col width="100" /> <col width="100" /> </colgroup> <tbody> <tr style="height:21px"> <td colspan="4" style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(204, 204, 204) rgb(204, 204, 204) rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-weight: 700; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">HEALTHY ACTIVE LIVING CENTERS</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">CENTERS</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ADDRESS</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">ZIP</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0) rgb(204, 204, 204); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">PHONE</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Brighton Heights</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">3515 McClure Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15212</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-766-4656</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Greenfield</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">745 Greenfield Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15217</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-422-6551</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Hazelwood</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5344 Second Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15207</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-422-6549</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Homewood</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">7321 Frankstown Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15208</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-244-4190</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lawrenceville</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">4600 Butler St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15201</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-622-6918</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Morningside</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">6944 Presidents Way</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15206</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-665-4342</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Mt. Washington</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">122 Virginia Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15211</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-488-8405</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Northside</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">5 Allegheny Square</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15212</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-323-7239</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sheraden</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">720 Sherwood Ave</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15204</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-777-5012</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">South Side Market House</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">12TH &amp; Bingham Sts</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15203</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-488-8404</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">West End</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">80 Wabash St</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15220</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-937-3068</span></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style="height:0px"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beechview**</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">1555 Broadway</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">15216</span></span></p> </td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: bottom; padding: 3px;"> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.2;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:2pt;text-align: center;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ffd03e17-1058-f3c0-4916-6897e37cd694"><span style="font-size: 13.3333px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">412-571-4224</span></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <p dir="ltr">** CLOSED while undergoing renovations</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:10:02 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 13, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5944 <div><strong>Chelsea Clinton&#39;s Visit to the Campaign Office</strong></div> <div> <div>Time: 9:45 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <strong>Press Conference to Announce Digital Improvements to Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Centers</strong> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center, 745 Greenfield Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Reception for Chelsea Clinton</strong></div> <div> <div>Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Hissrich</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with City Planning Staff</strong></div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;200 Ross Street</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Henry Pyatt, Small Business and Redevelopment Manager</strong></div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking to Carnegie Mellon University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Jared L. Cohon University Center</div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:50:47 -0400 Media Advisory: Mayor, City Officials To Announce Digital Improvements To Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Centers http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5942 <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>Media Advisory</em></strong></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (April 12, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto, city officials and representatives from Comcast will make a special announcement about digital improvements to 22 City of Pittsburgh Community Recreation and Healthy Active Living Centers at a press event Wednesday morning.</p> <p><strong>Who: &nbsp; </strong>William Peduto, Mayor</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Jim Griffin, Director, Parks &amp; Recreation</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Debra Lam, Chief, Innovation &amp; Performance</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Lisa Nolen Birmingham, Vice President, External and Government Affairs, Keystone Region, Comcast</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Stephen MacIsaac, Executive Director, Neighborhood Learning Alliance</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center, 745 Greenfield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:21:31 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 12, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5940 <p><strong>Call with Jane Miller</strong></p> <p>Time: 9:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with 21 and Able Committee and the United Way</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <p><strong>Lunch with Homewood Senior Council</strong></p> <p>Time: 12 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Homewood House Senior Building, 7130 Frankstown Ave.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Fred Thieman</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief Costa</strong></p> <p>Time: 2:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Filming Video for Riverlife</strong></p> <p>Time: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Rich Overmoyer and Grant Ervin</strong></p> <p>Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief McLay, Director Hissrich, and Solicitor Sanchez -Ridge&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 5 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Councilman Gilman and Jeff Tremel</strong></p> <p>Time: 8 p.m.</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:11:52 -0400 Statement By Mayor William Peduto on the Penguins Playoff Big Screen http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5938 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (April 11, 2016) - &nbsp;&quot;I&#39;d like to congratulate the Pittsburgh Penguins on their tenth consecutive appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.</p> <p dir="ltr">I have been in contact with the Penguins and, due to the construction site across from CONSOL Energy Center and concerns about NHL broadcast rights, the Penguins Playoff Big Screen will not be taking place in the first round series against the New York Rangers. If necessary, I am happy to discuss alternate locations for future rounds.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">I wish the Pens the best during their quest for the Cup. Let&#39;s Go Pens.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:33:52 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 11, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5936 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with County Executive, Art Rooney, and Jimmie Sacco</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Heinz Field<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Enright Park Neighborhood Association, Friendship Community Group, and Bloomfield Garfield Corporation</strong></p> <p>Time: 1 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Jody Noble-Choder</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Location Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Floyd Titus and Grant Ervin</strong></p> <p>Time: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Ashbaugh</strong></p> <p>Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Elsie Hillman Women and Politics Lecture with Donna Brazile and Mary Matalin&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Campbell Memorial Chapel</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Councilwoman Kail-Smith</strong></p> <p>Time: 7 p.m.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:36:54 -0400 Public Works Crews Prepare For Winter Weather Forecast http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5932 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 8, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has issued a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">Snow Level 1</a> Alert effective 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker</a> will be activated by 10:00 p.m. tonight. Approximately 50 vehicles will be deployed throughout the city to monitor conditions and treat streets overnight. Crews will being working 12-hour shifts starting at 10:00 p.m.</p> <p>The current forecast is for 1&quot; to 3&quot; of snow starting anytime after 12:00 a.m. Saturday morning and snowfall is expected last until early Saturday afternoon. In addition to the city&rsquo;s sufficient salt supply, temperatures, daylight and sunshine expected on Saturday should contribute to improved street conditions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Saturday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents are reminded to visit the City of Pittsburgh Snow Resource Center <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow">www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow</a> for all weather related information.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:17:51 -0400 Citiparks Farmers Markets Begin Next Month http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5929 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 8. 2016) The week of May 9 will mark the main opening of the first four of seven Citiparks Farmers Markets to begin operation this year. Three additional markets will open in June.</p> <p dir="ltr">The hours for the markets, and the charges for farmers and other vendors, will remain the same this year as they were in 2015. Additonally, three new markets will open in June.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>CITIPARKS FARMERS&#39; MARKETS OPENING IN MAY:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Friday, May 6, from 10am-2pm.: &nbsp;Mellon Square Park (Mother&rsquo;s Day Special)</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday, May 9, from 3pm - 7pm.: &nbsp;East Liberty (Station St. &amp; N. Euclid Ave.)</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday, May 10, 3pm - 7pm: &nbsp;South Side (18th &amp; Carson Streets)</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday, May 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: &nbsp;Downtown Pittsburgh* (Mellon Square Park, Smithfield St. and Sixth Ave.,); and 3pm - 7pm: North Side (East Park, E. Ohio St. &amp; Cedar Ave.)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Three additional Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets will open in June: &nbsp;</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: &nbsp;Squirrel Hill (Beacon/Bartlett parking lot near Murray Ave.)</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday, June 8, 3pm - 7pm, Carrick* (Carrick Dairy District, 1529 Brownsville Road)</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday, June 9, 3pm - 7pm, Beechview (Broadway and Beechview Avenue)</p> <p dir="ltr">All markets will sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations will also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items.</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information, call 412-422-6523 or <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/">visit the Citiparks website here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">* New Location</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:36:35 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 8-10, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5926 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>April 8&nbsp;</b></div> <p><i style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Day Off</i></p> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>April 9</b></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><i>Day off</i></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>April 10</b></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><i>Day off</i></div> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:28:26 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 7, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5922 <p><strong>Meeting with Justin Stockdale</strong></p> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview with Phil Laboon</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time:11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Leger</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Betsy Magley</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Bob Lewis</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Officiating Wedding Ceremony</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:15 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Reception for HDCC&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Omni William Penn Hotel</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Urban Garden Party Kick Off</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mattress Factory</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Reception for Councilwoman Kail-Smith</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Village Tavern and Trattoria</div> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:56:15 -0400 Statement by Mayor William Peduto on Grand Jury Indictment of Fired Police Sergeant http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5919 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 6, 2016) - &quot;This is a sad day for our city and police bureau, but a good one for our justice system.</p> <p>Despite video showing Sgt. Matakovich unlawfully beating a suspect, the initial charges against him were wrongfully dismissed. Yet the city still proceeded to fire the sergeant, the charges against him were refiled by the District Attorney, and now he has been indicted by a federal grand jury. The justice system is working, and should set an example for all judges on how seriously city, county and federal officials take such matters on behalf of the communities they all serve.</p> <p>But let me be clear that the sergeant&#39;s conduct, and this indictment, do not represent the hundreds of Pittsburgh Police who protect city residents honorably and courageously every day and night. If anything the charges provide a moment to thank the officers who live up to the Pittsburgh Police Bureau&#39;s core values of accountability, integrity and respect in all they do. Our administration will continue to work to build a Police Bureau we can all be proud of - one based upon fair and consistent discipline, as needed.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:18:26 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 6, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5918 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong></p> <div>Time: 8:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief Costa and Pat Hassett</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with USS Pittsburgh Crew Members</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Secretary Hillary Clinton&#39;s Visit to Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:54:56 -0400 Reminder: Route 380 Baum Boulevard Bridge Long-term Closure Underway http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5914 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (April 5, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works and PennDOT would like to remind residents that the Baum Boulevard Bridge, located between Melwood Avenue and Enfield Street in North Oakland and Bloomfield, is closed for repairs. The closure is expected to last for 80 consecutive days. All traffic will be detoured.</p> <p><strong>Posted Detours:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>East of the Baum Boulevard Bridge</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Take Baum Boulevard to Liberty Avenue</li> <li>Follow Liberty Avenue to the Bloomfield Bridge</li> <li>Turn left onto the Bloomfield Bridge</li> <li>Turn left onto Bigelow Boulevard</li> <li>Follow Bigelow Boulevard back to Baum Boulevard</li> <li>End detour</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>West of the Baum Boulevard Bridge</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Follow Bigelow Boulevard to the Bloomfield Bridge</li> <li>Turn right onto the Bloomfield Bridge</li> <li>Turn right onto Liberty Avenue</li> <li>Follow Liberty Avenue to Baum Boulevard</li> </ul> <p>When traveling through work zones, motorists are advised to use caution, slow down and expect changing traffic patterns. &nbsp;</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh and PennDOT would like to thank commuters, residents and business owners in North Oakland, Bloomfield and Shadyside for their patience and cooperation during this closure.</p> <p dir="ltr">This is a PennDOT project. Work occurring in 2016 on this $12.34 million project includes the deck replacement of the Baum Boulevard Bridge and the milling and resurfacing of Baum Boulevard between the bridge and Morewood Avenue.</p> <p>To help keep motorists and residents informed as work on the Route 380 project continues PennDOT has created an email distribution list for Route 380 traffic advisories and construction updates. Enroll by sending e-mail addresses to stcowan@pa.gov and type &ldquo;Subscribe &ndash; Route 380 Bigelow-Baum&rdquo; in the subject line.</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting <a href="http://www.511pa.com/">www.511PA.com</a>. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>MEDIA CONTACT:</strong> Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:12:53 -0400 Mayor Peduto Lauds the Power of Impact Volunteering and AmeriCorps, Senior Corps Participants in Pittsburgh http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5913 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 5, 2016) &ndash; Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh today are celebrating the valuable service of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers in Pittsburgh as part of the fourth annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. Along with Mayor Peduto, more than 2,800 mayors and county officials across the country are highlighting the impact of national service in tackling city problems.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to thank the members of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps for their continued commitment to strengthening our communities through service. Today is a great day to celebrate all of the dedicated individuals that improve the quality of life in our region and workforce every day.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor Peduto will issue a proclamation to AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants declaring April 5, 2016 &ldquo;National Service Recognition Day&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh. The event will take place at Pittsburgh Cares (3505 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201) at 5:30 p.m.</strong> The proclamation is dedicated to the more than 850 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers in Pittsburgh that are serving this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort designed to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, to thank those who serve and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties and Cities of Service.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pittsburgh is also a founding member of Cities of Service, the national coalition of cities whose mayors have committed to impact volunteering to engage residents as co-producers of solutions that make a difference on issues from blight to supporting youth and education.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I am proud to be working with Mayor Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,&rdquo; said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. &ldquo;Mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling local problems. I commend Mayor Peduto for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations in 8,500 cities across the country through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our cities and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters. For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and a list of participating mayors, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice">www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>ABOUT CNCS</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President&rsquo;s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment and servePGH is supported in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently more than 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports mayors and city executives to design and implement high-impact volunteering initiatives that can apply to multiple issues from supporting youth and education to sustainability. It provides technical assistance, programmatic support, planning resources, and funding opportunities. Founded by Michael R. Bloomberg in 2009, Cities of Service is a nonpartisan coalition which currently supports more than 200 cities in the U.S. and UK whose mayors are committed to engaging citizen volunteers to solve local pressing challenges. Visit citiesofservice.org to get involved, and follow @citiesofservice on Twitter.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">###</div> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:49:34 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 5, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5908 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s On Us Week of Action&rdquo; &nbsp;with Vice&nbsp;President Joe Biden&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Petersen Events Center</p> <div><strong>Call with Rod Rutherford</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Linda Dickerson</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:10 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Heather Semple</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Duquesne Club<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Proclamation for AmeriCorps Recognition Day for National Service</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Pittsburgh Cares, 3505 Butler St.</div> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:03:20 -0400 Media Advisory: Mayor William Peduto, Department of Innovation & Performance and Urban Redevelopment Authority to Kick Off City's First Inclusive Innovation Week on Monday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5902 <p dir="ltr"><em>Media Advisory</em></p> <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 1, 2016) The city&rsquo;s inaugural Inclusive Innovation Week will be formally kicked off Monday in the Strip District, in an event featuring Mayor William Peduto; Councilwoman Deborah Gross; Debra Lam, Chief &amp; Director of Innovation &amp; Performance; Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Officer; and Thomas Link, Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Urban Redevelopment Authority.</p> <p dir="ltr">As part of the event, a panel of representatives from firms including Maven Machines, Breezie, Endorsevent, GothamAlpha will be present to answer questions and discuss their recent moves to Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>What</strong>: Inclusive Innovation Week Kick Off Event</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When</strong>: Monday, April 4, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where</strong>: Smallman Galley, 54 21st Street, Strip District</p> <p dir="ltr">As space is limited, guests are encouraged to register via the link below:</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inclusive-innovation-week-kick-off-event-tickets-22228100848">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inclusive-innovation-week-kick-off-event-tickets-22228100848</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Metered parking is available on Smallman Street. There is also paid parking byt the terminal building located on the other side of Smallman Street. The flat rate is $5, cash only.</p> <p dir="ltr">Guests should enter Smallman Galley through the main entrance, located at 54 21st St. Smallman Galley is located right across the street from Saint Stanislaus Kotska Church, at the corner of 21st and Smallman. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Those with questions may email eric.martin@pittsburghpa.gov or lana.redmond@pittsbughpa.gov.</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:06:12 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 4, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5901 <p><strong>Zone 5 Memorial Ceremony for Officer Sciullo,&nbsp;Officer&nbsp;Mayhle, and Officer Kelly</strong></p> <p>Time: 6:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location: 1401 Washington Blvd<br /> <br /> <strong>WJAS Monthly Radio Interview</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference for Inclusive Innovation Week</strong></p> <p>Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Smallman Galley, 2016 Smallman St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Lunch with Councilman O&#39;Connor</strong></p> <p>Time: 12 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Secretary Minnich, Governor&#39;s Office of Administration</strong></p> <p>Time: 2:15 p.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Students from the Hill House</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Jean Case</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: AlphaLab, 6024 Broad St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Award at Art Rooney Award Dinner</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Westin Convention Center</div> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:59:15 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 2-3, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5900 <div><strong>April 2</strong></div> <blockquote><strong>Lunch with Representative Gainey</strong> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Presenting Proclamation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Concert Band Month</strong></div> <div>Time: 7:15 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum</div> </blockquote> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>April 3</strong></div> </div> <blockquote><em>Day Off</em></blockquote> Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:16:52 -0400 Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations Names New Director http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5897 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 1, 2016) After a national search the city&rsquo;s Commission on Human Relations has named a new executive director, Carlos Torres, a former official with National Community Health Partners and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Torres is also a 10-year U.S. Army veteran.</p> <p><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/chr/">The Commission</a> is an independent agency that investigates complaints of alleged discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations within the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>It has searched for two years to name a permanent director, after the retirement of former executive director Charles Morrison. The selection of Torres followed a national search and selection process, led by the Commission&rsquo;s Personnel Committee Chair Mariana Padias.</p> <p>A press release on the hiring from the Commission on Human Relations<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/New_HRC_Director_Press_Release.pdf"> is available here</a>.</p> <p>Torres&rsquo; resume<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Carlos_Torres_(resume_442016).pdf"> is available here.</a></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:24:44 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, April 1, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5893 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (April 1, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is returning today from a San Diego forum with mayors competing for the U.S. Department of Transportation&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809">Smart City Challenge</a>, which will provide the winning city with more than $50 million to build technology-based systems to address transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto spoke to the forum yesterday with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.</p> <p>Carnegie Mellon University is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs. No city tax dollars are being used.</p> <p>Nearly 80 cities applied for the Smart challenge in February, and earlier this month Secretary Foxx named Pittsburgh as a finalist, along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. The Pittsburgh team was awarded $100,000 to finalize its application, which is due in May. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule, April 1, 2016</strong></p> <p>Smart City meetings &amp; office hours</p> <p>Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.</p> <p>Flight from San Diego</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5 p.m.</p> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:04:56 -0400 City's First Inclusive Innovation Week Launches Saturday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5891 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 31, 2016) The city&rsquo;s first <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/piiiw.html">Inclusive Innovation Week</a>, sponsored by the city Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, is only a few days away. From April 2nd- April 9th, 31 organizations in 13 communities will be hosting 60 events to showcase the large variety of inclusive innovation Pittsburgh has to offer.</p> <p>Whether one&#39;s passions are in the arts, tech or business, the week&rsquo;s events include something for everyone, regardless of age group or level of experience. The City has partnered with organizations such as TedX, Children&rsquo;s Museum, and Tech Shop, as well as surrounding universities such as Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, Duquesne, and Robert Morris. The events are easily accessible, free, and available to anyone who wants to attend.</p> <p>&ldquo;Innovation and inclusion are core values here at Children&rsquo;s Museum of Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Children&rsquo;s Museum of Pittsburgh Experiences Manager Viv Shaffer. &ldquo;We are delighted to be partnering with so many like-minded organizations to provide activities and experiences to inspire young minds and imaginations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some examples of events include a tour of <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-7800-susquehanna-street-tickets-24106148138">7800 Susquehanna Street</a>, a project to repurpose an underutilized commercial asset into a platform for economic renewal in the Homewood community; the <a href="http://www.steelcitycodefest.com/">Steel City Codefest</a> events, which focus on coding and coding education for youth; and the <a href="http://launchpgh.com/event/small-business-resource-fairs-makers-edition/">Small Business Resource Fair</a>, an opportunity for entrepreneurs and to speak with resource providers from across the City.</p> <p>&ldquo;Innovation is our future and the future is for everyone. It&#39;s important to be consciously inclusive with aspects of equity for a truly innovative society, &ldquo; said Nina Barbuto of Assemble. &ldquo;Our past or &lsquo;the way things were&rsquo; holds barriers to everyone&#39;s participation. It is our chance to actually bring everyone to the table. &ldquo;</p> <p>&quot;The Pittsburgh Inclusive Innovation week is a an excellent chance for our citizens to explore all of the great enrichment opportunities available in the region,&rdquo; said Dr. Andre Samuel of the Citizen Science Lab</p> <p>Those interested in participating are encouraged to&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/piiiw.html">review the calendar</a> for the full lineup of events, and may use #WeInnovatePGH or @PghIP to highlight favorite speakers, events and photos.</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:40:48 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 31, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5890 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 31, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is in San Diego today for a forum with mayors competing for the U.S. Department of Transportation&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809">Smart City Challenge</a>, which will provide the winning city with more than $50 million to build technology-based systems to address transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto will speak to the forum this morning along with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.</p> <p>San Diego is hosting a World Economic Forum session on &ldquo;Shaping the Transformation of Urban Mobility,&rdquo; with an estimated 80 worldwide leaders on transportation, technology, automotive, insurance, urban planning, and infrastructure initiatives. The session will be chaired by Secretary Foxx, and Mayor Peduto and mayors from six other finalist cities are attending.</p> <p>Carnegie Mellon University is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs. No city tax dollars are being used.</p> <p>Nearly 80 cities applied for the Smart challenge in February, and earlier this month Secretary Foxx named Pittsburgh as a finalist, along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. The Pittsburgh team was awarded $100,000 to finalize its application, which is due in May. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.</p> <p>The World Economic Forum describes the urban mobility forum this way:</p> <p><em>This meeting will provide a timely opportunity for the private and public sectors to effectively collaborate with cities and urban areas to understand the emerging models of urban transportation and to actively shape the future of urban mobility.</em></p> <p><em>. . . The Forum aims to champion open and frank dialogue among participants, explore creative approaches, foster collaboration and seek to articulate a vision for the future. Additionally, Secretary Foxx will update participants on the DOT Smart City Challenge, an innovative programme in the United States to encourage cities to rethink urban mobility. Earlier this year, 78 US cities submitted proposals for this first-of-its-kind competition, where applicants were asked to create an integrated model city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future. The winning city will be awarded up to $40 million from USDOT to implement bold, data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.</em></p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, March 31, 2016</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">(All times Pacific Time Zone)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Setting the Scene</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Introductions by John Moavenzadeh, World Economic Forum</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Welcome by Derek Aberle, President, Qualcomm</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:40 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Opening address by Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:45 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Panel on global approaches to tackling urban mobility; Outlining success cases and challenges, future plans, and a wish list for changes to improve urban mobility</p> <p dir="ltr">Speakers: Lee Jae-yul, Vice Governor, Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Republic of Korea; Jan Hellaker, Program Director, Drive Sweden; <strong>William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh</strong>; Devin De Vries, Co-founder, Where is My Transport; Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco</p> <p><strong>Key principles to improve urban mobility, Andrey Berdichevskiy, World Economic Forum</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9:45 a.m.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Vision for Mobility&rdquo; workshop on developing a 2025 mobility story for a day in life of a citizen in the city</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Lunch &ndash; Innovators Fireside Chat</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Moderated by John Moavenzadeh. Speakers: Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; Robin Chase, Founder and CEO, Meadows Networks; Robert Lloyd, CEO, Hyperloop</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Making the Vision Reality&rdquo; workshop on planning to achieve the envisioned mobility scenario</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Wrap-up and Next Steps</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">John Moavenzadeh, World Economic Forum and Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2 p.m.</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:36:35 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 30, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5884 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 30, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is in San Diego today for a forum with mayors competing for the U.S. Department of Transportation&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809">Smart City Challenge</a>, which will provide the winning city with more than $50 million to build technology-based systems to address transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.</p> <p>San Diego is hosting a World Economic Forum session on &ldquo;Shaping the Transformation of Urban Mobility,&rdquo; with an estimated 80 worldwide leaders on transportation, technology, automotive, insurance, urban planning, and infrastructure initiatives. The session will be chaired by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and Mayor Peduto and mayors from six other finalist cities are attending.</p> <p>Carnegie Mellon University is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs. No city tax dollars are being used.</p> <p>Nearly 80 cities applied for the Smart challenge in February, and earlier this month Secretary Foxx named Pittsburgh as a finalist, along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. The Pittsburgh team was awarded $100,000 to finalize its application, which is due in May. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.</p> <p>The World Economic Forum describes the urban mobility forum this way:</p> <p><em>This meeting will provide a timely opportunity for the private and public sectors to effectively collaborate with cities and urban areas to understand the emerging models of urban transportation and to actively shape the future of urban mobility.</em></p> <p><em>. . . The Forum aims to champion open and frank dialogue among participants, explore creative approaches, foster collaboration and seek to articulate a vision for the future. Additionally, Secretary Foxx will update participants on the DOT Smart City Challenge, an innovative programme in the United States to encourage cities to rethink urban mobility. Earlier this year, 78 US cities submitted proposals for this first-of-its-kind competition, where applicants were asked to create an integrated model city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future. The winning city will be awarded up to $40 million from USDOT to implement bold, data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.</em></p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule, March 30, 2016:</strong></p> <p>(All times Pacific Time Zone)</p> <p>World Economic Forum Dinner</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7 p.m.</p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:13:16 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 29, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5879 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 29, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is traveling to San Diego today for a forum with mayors competing for the U.S. Department of Transportation&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809">Smart City Challenge</a>, which will provide the winning city with more than $50 million to build technology-based systems to address transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.</p> <p>San Diego is hosting a World Economic Forum session on &ldquo;Shaping the Transformation of Urban Mobility,&rdquo; with an estimated 80 worldwide leaders on transportation, technology, automotive, insurance, urban planning, and infrastructure initiatives. The session will be chaired by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and Mayor Peduto and mayors from six other finalist cities are attending.</p> <p>Carnegie Mellon University is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs. No city tax dollars are being used.</p> <p>Nearly 80 cities applied for the Smart challenge in February, and earlier this month Secretary Foxx named Pittsburgh as a finalist, along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. The Pittsburgh team was awarded $100,000 to finalize its application, which is due in May. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.</p> <p>The World Economic Forum describes the urban mobility forum this way:</p> <p><em>This meeting will provide a timely opportunity for the private and public sectors to effectively collaborate with cities and urban areas to understand the emerging models of urban transportation and to actively shape the future of urban mobility.</em></p> <p><em>. . . The Forum aims to champion open and frank dialogue among participants, explore creative approaches, foster collaboration and seek to articulate a vision for the future. Additionally, Secretary Foxx will update participants on the DOT Smart City Challenge, an innovative programme in the United States to encourage cities to rethink urban mobility. Earlier this year, 78 US cities submitted proposals for this first-of-its-kind competition, where applicants were asked to create an integrated model city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future. The winning city will be awarded up to $40 million from USDOT to implement bold, data-driven ideas that make transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.</em></p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule, March 29, 2016:</strong></p> <p>Office Hours</p> <p dir="ltr">9 a.m. - Noon</p> <p>Flight to San Diego</p> <p dir="ltr">1 p.m.</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:09:16 -0400 Statement from Mayor William Peduto on UPMC Adopting $15 Per Hour Wages http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5877 <div>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 29, 2016) Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement this morning upon the announcement by UPMC that it would offer workers&nbsp;$15 per hour wages:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;We are honored to have our region&#39;s largest employer join us in our drive for $15 an hour. We still have a lot of work ahead of us&nbsp;to ensure that our new economy is an economy for all Pittsburghers, but today is a big step forward. I commend&nbsp;UPMC for taking this step&nbsp;on behalf of low income&nbsp;employees, many of whom are Pittsburgh residents, and for showing how good wages mean good business for employers.&quot;</div> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:31:16 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 28, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5875 <p><strong>Meeting with Chief Lam</strong></p> <p>Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div><br /> <strong>Lunch with Councilwoman Kail-Smith</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Cheryl Hall Russell</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with WYEP</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Southwestern PA Commission Board of Directors and Commission Executive Committee Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Two Chatham Center, 112 Washington Place</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:13:52 -0400 City Releases 2016 Paving Plans And New Transportation Asset Management System http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5868 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 24, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) has released its 2016 street paving list.</p> <p dir="ltr">The projected plan for the entire paving season - approximately 49.5 miles - is available to the public via the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/street-paving-program">Department of Public Works Street Paving Program website</a>. The site includes <a href="https://pap.accela.com/envista-public-web/index.xhtml?token=Pittsburgh">an interactive map</a> that details the city&rsquo;s paving plan so residents can see exactly what street segments will be paved. The city&rsquo;s paving plan will undergo minor revisions throughout the summer and fall as needs change. The website will be updated with revisions as they arise.</p> <p dir="ltr">The program has several components: milling and paving of primary, secondary, and tertiary streets throughout the city; maintenance activities such as pothole patching and crack sealing to extend the life of city streets; the construction of handicap ramps in conjunction with paving projects; concrete and brick repairs; and thermoplastic line striping of crosswalks in high-traffic pedestrian areas.</p> <p dir="ltr">The total budget allocated for the 2016 program is $14,887,943 (increased from $12,250,000 in 2015) and includes $240,000 of Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD) funds.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Public Works is focused on improving the way it manages investments to the city&rsquo;s physical assets, including roads, buildings, city steps, playgrounds, and parks. DPW recently implemented a new cloud-based asset management system, Cartegraph, that is used to track work and plan for future infrastructure investments. To support improved management of the city&rsquo;s road network, the City of Pittsburgh has contracted with Cartegraph, Inc. to conduct a comprehensive pavement condition assessment of all 2,400 lane miles of city-owned streets. As part of the assessment process, Cartegraph staff will travel every mile of street using specially equipped vehicles that collect detailed information on twelve different distress criteria, including previous patching, potholes, and alligator cracking.</p> <p dir="ltr">For each distress criteria, Cartegraph will measure the extent of the degradation and the severity seen within each block. Detailed condition information will allow DPW to complete more targeted maintenance activities like crack sealing while also helping the department to prioritize resurfacing work in a way that is equitable and data driven. Cartegraph is scheduled to begin the data collection effort in early April and will deliver complete pavement condition data to the city in late summer.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Cartegraph asset management system is the latest technological upgrade -- following the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3958">Snow Plow Tracker</a>, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5803">311 Mobile App</a>, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3980">Park Permit Site</a>, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5391">PLI Property Violations Site</a> -- demonstrating the Peduto administration&rsquo;s continued focus on making lasting investments in innovation and technology that will transform how the city operates for decades. A technology based system like Cartegraph is the kind of resource that would fit seamlessly into a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809">Smart City plan</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Having comprehensive street condition data will allow the city to establish a multi-year paving plan that can be shared with local utilities, increasing opportunities for coordination and reducing project conflicts. &nbsp;A renewed commitment to utility coordination resulted in an additional 16 lane miles of city streets being paved curb-to-curb during the 2015 paving season. Preliminary paving projects are shared with local utility companies to 1) ensure they do not conflict with planned projects and 2) identify opportunities to work together to share costs for street restoration.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pavement condition assessment will cost $222,766.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Public Works coordinates closely with a paving contractor to develop a project schedule for the paving season. Work is scheduled to minimize the impact on residents and businesses. In most cases, milling and paving occurs during daylight hours. In high traffic areas such as the Central Business District and Oakland, work may be scheduled overnight.</p> <p dir="ltr">The schedule accounts for planned events such as the Pittsburgh Marathon while also considering the substantial work that local utilities conduct in city streets during the summer construction season. &nbsp;</p> <p>The project schedule is subject to change throughout the season due to changes in the timing of utility projects, inclement weather, special events, and unforeseen emergencies. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:16:49 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 25-27, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5867 <p><strong>March 25</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><strong>Book Launch Party for &quot;Whiskey, Etc&quot; by Sherrie Flick</strong><br /> Time: 8 p.m.<br /> Location: James Simon&#39;s Sculpture Studio</blockquote> <p><br /> <strong>March 26</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><strong>Allegheny County Democratic Committee Black Caucus Luncheon</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Pl.</blockquote> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>March 27</strong></div> </div> <blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Day Off</em></div> </blockquote> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:45:36 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 24, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5864 <p><strong>Police Promotions</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Council Chambers<br /> <br /> <strong>Allegheny Conference Regional Investors Council Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: Fairmont<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Vivien Li, Riverlife&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Elsie Hillman Civic Forum for Students</strong><br /> Time: 5:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Alumni Hall, Chatham University</p> <div><strong>Pittsburgh Playwrights Presents: &quot;Miss Julie, Clarissa, and John.&quot;</strong><br /> Time: 8 p.m.<br /> Location: 937 Liberty Ave</div> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:48:11 -0400 Upgrades at City Law Department and Office of Municipal Investigations Showing Success http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5860 <p dir="ltr"><span style="color:#ff0000;"><em>Update: The original report included in this release had inaccurate information on Slide 17. Slide 17 has been updated with accurate information. </em></span></p> <div>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 23, 2016) Lawsuits filed against the City of Pittsburgh decreased by 50% the last two years, and the total number of complaints filed against City police decreased 43% in the same time period, according to statistics presented today by City Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez Ridge and the Office of Municipal Investigations Director Deborah Walker.</div> <p dir="ltr">Two years ago Mayor William Peduto hired Sanchez-Ridge, a former federal prosecutor, to make changes to the Law Department. One such change was moving OMI out of the Public Safety Department and into Law, to prevent conflicts of interest. He also picked Walker -- a former chair of the Citizen Police Review Board and Pitt police officer -- to lead OMI.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Law Department has trained all City departments in different topics such as ethics, employment law, tort litigation, contracts and civil rights. It is continuing its Learn the Law seminars this year, which teach different legal topics to City employees so that they understand how to comply with the law and prevent lawsuits.</p> <p dir="ltr">The work by Law from led to the following upgrades:</p> <p dir="ltr">A 225% increase in legal opinions issued to the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, City Council and City Departments. Law has created legal teams who meet with department directors monthly to render legal advice</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>A 50.5% decrease in lawsuits filed against the City since 2013.</li> <li>A 44% decrease in 2015 in legal claims filed against the City.</li> <li>A major decrease in processing times for legal claims: before 2015, claims took four months to process, but now the processing time is down to 30-45 days in most circumstances.</li> <li>A 25% increase in 2015 in contracts executed from 2012 to 2015.</li> <li>An 95% increase in Right To Know requests processed in 2015 over 2012.</li> </ul> <p>At the Office of Municipal Investigations, Walker has made changes including:</p> <p>Increased training for staff. Investigators completed training in Pittsburgh, Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina. Training included interview and interrogation techniques and internal affairs. This resulted in investigators improving their report writing and investigative skills.</p> <p dir="ltr">The office appointed an Operation Manager certified in internal affairs investigations; increased participation at community events; purchased tablets for investigators to access forms while canvassing neighborhoods during background checks; and moved the agency from the Strip District to the City-County Building to increase access for residents and workers.</p> <p>OMI statistics show:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>The total number of complaints lodged with OMI about police has dropped from 337 in 2013 to 191 in 2015, a decrease of 43%.</li> <li>The total number of all allegations are down in every category: Conduct Toward the Public, Conduct Unbecoming an Employee; Neglect of Duty; and Use of Force.</li> <li>Conduct Unbecoming complaints regularly top all complaint categories, and made up 70% of the complaints in 2015.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">A copy of a Power Point presentation on the Law/OMI changes over the past two years <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/2013-2015_OMI_Law_2015_Summary_edited.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">###</div> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:43:15 -0400 City Requires Enright Park To Stay Public http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5858 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 22, 2016) The City of Pittsburgh directed the developers of Penn Plaza today to work with the Department of City Planning to work on agreements to protect Enright Park in East Liberty.</p> <p dir="ltr">Under the City&rsquo;s directions the park will remain publicly-owned rather than transferred to Pennley Park South, the developers of the adjacent site. The developers have agreed to pay for improvements to the park, and all improvements would be subject to a public process.</p> <p dir="ltr">Any proposed changes to the configuration of the park would only come after a detailed public process as well, led by the Department of City Planning. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;There is an opportunity for a better park and a better project,&rdquo; Planning Director Ray Gastil said.</p> <p dir="ltr">All the terms will be included in a written agreement between the City and Pennley Park South defining the process related to the park going forward. The proposed terms were discussed with the developer and several members of the community prior to today&rsquo;s zoning hearing before City Council.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;At the end of this process, residents are going to have an Enright Park that is better than what is there presently,&rdquo; said Kevin Acklin, chief-of-staff to Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;Just as we took care of the residents at Penn Plaza, we&rsquo;ll take care of the park.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Enright Park became part of the discussions with the developer related to City efforts to find housing for more than 200 Penn Plaza residents who faced evictions last summer to make way for the redevelopment of the area.</p> <p dir="ltr">Two buildings at the Penn Plaza apartments in East Liberty are set to be demolished by Pennley Park South Inc. this year and next. Through an agreement with Mayor William Peduto, state Rep. Ed Gainey, City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess and other stakeholders, the owners agreed to offer relocation assistance to residents, and agreed to phase the development to allow residents more time to live in their apartments.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through joint efforts among the City, the developer, the Penn Plaza tenant council and Neighborhood Allies, new homes have been found for all the residents in the first building at Penn Plaza. The next round of relocations will take place early next year.</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:06:07 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 23, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5857 <p><strong>Preparing Meals for Meals on Wheels</strong><br /> Time: 8:45 a.m.<br /> Location: Hill House Association, 2038 Bedford Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference with OMI and the Law Department</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Conference Room<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Philippine Consulate</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief McLay and Director Hissrich</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Proclamation for Colon Cancer Alliance Group</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:01:33 -0400 City Offices Closed, Refuse Collection On Schedule Friday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5855 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 21, 2016) - City of Pittsburgh government offices will be closed on Friday, March 25, in observance of the Good Friday holiday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Regularly scheduled refuse, bulk waste and recycling collection will take place Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Questions concerning refuse and recycling collection should be directed to Environmental Services at (412) 255-2773.</p> <p dir="ltr">The following holiday schedule will be in place for Citiparks facilities this weekend:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>GOOD FRIDAY &ndash; Closed on Friday, March 25:</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Oliver Bath House, Healthy Active Living senior centers and Recreation Centers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>EASTER SATURDAY &ndash; Closed on Saturday, March 26:</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Healthy Active Living senior centers and Recreation Centers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>EASTER SUNDAY &ndash; Closed on Sunday, March 27:</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Mellon Park Tennis Center, Oliver Bath House, Healthy Active Living senior centers, Recreation Centers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:38:02 -0400 City, Allegheny County & Community Partners Launch Youth Summer Activity Campaign http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5853 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 21, 2016)&mdash; Mayor William Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the United Way&rsquo;s Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time today announced the <strong>Summer 16 Dream! Explore! Do! </strong>youth-centered campaign for summer activities.</p> <p><strong>Summer 16 Dream! Explore! Do! </strong>will provide thousands of local children, grades K-12, with fun, educational learning activities. The goal of <strong>Summer 16</strong> is to engage at least 16,000 youth throughout the city and county in meaningful summer learning opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Summer is a time for our local students to have fun with friends, share new experiences and create memories that can last a lifetime,&rdquo; said Mayor Peduto. &ldquo;It is also a time to broaden interests, develop new skills and build confidence. <strong>Summer 16</strong> is the first collaborative effort around summer learning. The City of Pittsburgh will partner on a number of initiatives including Learn and Earn, our Summer Youth Employment Initiative; GrubUp, our Summer Meals program; and a number of other camps that will take place in our Citiparks programing.&rdquo;</p> <p>The <strong>Summer 16</strong> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/summer16/index.html">website</a> will include a checklist for parents, an activities calendar and a centralized repository of summer programs to ensure that all children have a safe, healthy and productive summer. The website will also enable parents and youth of all ages to request information on no-cost to fee-based activities in the region this summer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Learning doesn&rsquo;t stop at the end of the school year, and there are more and more opportunities available each and every year for children of all ages in our community,&rdquo; said Fitzgerald. &ldquo;The&nbsp;<strong>Summer 16</strong> program will provide access to everything going on in our community, for parents and youth alike. Whether you&rsquo;re looking for a summer job, or are interested in biking, cultural activities, a camp, or nature activities, we have something for everyone. &rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Summer 16</strong> partners hope to boost academic performance, promote physical health and provide a safe, structured environment for youth through meaningful summer learning programing. Research shows that participation in summer activities can improve classroom behavior, school attendance, academic aspirations and reduce the summer learning slide.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many local agencies and partners have come together and are committed to making this program a reality,&rdquo; said Bob Nelkin, CEO, United Way of Southwestern PA. &ldquo;Our goal is to help local children develop into successful adults by providing them with quality opportunities that help them develop both academically and emotionally. We are proud to work together--with our community partners--to provide fun, learning opportunities for all of our city&rsquo;s children.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and United Way&rsquo;s Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), <strong>Summer 16</strong> partners include: Allies for Children, A+ Schools, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Citiparks, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Remake Learning Network, The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, Saturday Light Brigade, The Sprout Fund, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and other organizations that provide programming to youth.</p> <p>The<strong> Summer 16</strong> collaboration falls directly in line with <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4115" target="_blank">recommendations</a> from Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s Education Task Force. The 2015 report identified the need for collaboration between the City and Pittsburgh Public Schools and out-school time providers in order to increase access and demonstrate the importance of out-of school time activities.</p> <p><strong>About &ldquo;Summer 16: Dream! Explore! Do!&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; Summer 16 Dream! Explore! Do! is a youth-centered campaign for summer activities. Summer16 will provide thousands of local children, grades K-12, with fun, educational learning activities. The goal is to get 16,000 children and youth in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County connected to summer learning opportunities. Children and parents can search for summer programs that fit their interests and needs by visiting: <a href="http://pghsummer16.pittsburghpa.gov/" target="_blank">pghsummer16.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>About United Way of Southwestern PA </strong>&ndash; United Way of&nbsp;Southwestern Pennsylvania, serving Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong counties, leads and mobilizes the caring power of individuals, the business community and organizations to help local people in need measurably improve their lives.&nbsp;United Way creates long-lasting change for the betterment of our community.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong> Abby Mathieu: abby@blenderadv.com, 412-709-6149 office, 304-281-8097 cell</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:36:32 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 21, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5849 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></p> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with SAI Executives</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>Summer &#39;16 Launch</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - East Liberty Branch</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Keynote Speaker at the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation Annual Dinner</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:22:23 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 19-20, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5847 <div><strong>March 19</strong></div> <blockquote>Day off</blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>March 20</strong></div> <blockquote> <div><strong>Celebrity Soup Server for the Pittsburgh Food Bank</strong></div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Avenue</div> </blockquote> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 17:25:35 -0400 Temporary Lane Closure On Liberty Avenue Downtown Saturday Morning http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5843 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 18, 2016) - The Department of Public Works advises there will be a temporary lane closure of an outbound lane of Liberty Avenue - near the intersection of 11th Street and Grant Street -- on Saturday, March 19, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Forestry Division will be performing tree work and maintenance.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:23:28 -0400 2016 Street Sweeping Program Begins April 4 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5842 <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that the 2016 Street Sweeping Program will begin on Monday, April 4, 2016 and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The communities of Allentown, Brookline, Carrick and Southside will experience the following changes in 2016:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Streets that were previously cleaned on the 1st week of the month will now be cleaned on the 3rd week of the month.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Streets that were previously cleaned on the 2nd week of the month will now be cleaned on the 4th week of the month.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">DPW crews are in the process of updating street signs in the neighborhoods where changes will be in effect. Enforcement will begin on April 4; no grade period is planned for 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:03:41 -0400 Earth Hour 2016 - Trending Around the World: Dark Skies are IN, Bright Lights are OUT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5841 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 18, 2016) &ndash; The City of Pittsburgh and the Green Building Alliance&rsquo;s Pittsburgh 2030 District partners will celebrate Earth Hour on <strong>Saturday, March 19 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.</strong> For one full hour, non-essential lighting for participating buildings and monuments in Downtown and Oakland will be turned off in an effort to promote energy efficiency and raise awareness about climate change.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.go-gba.org/event/earth-hour-2015">Earth Hour 2015</a> inspired over 50 organizations to turn out the lights in over 100 buildings in what was the most successful Earth Hour Pittsburgh has ever seen. 2015 marked the launch of &ldquo;De-Light Pittsburgh&rdquo; &ndash; a year-long initiative designed to inspire a city-wide focus on energy efficiency while encouraging energy consciousness and ecological conservation to citizens. Once again, Pittsburghers are asked to celebrate both initiatives and turn off their non-essential lighting and keep an eye on the skyline during Earth Hour 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Earth Hour is celebrated annually in late March, coinciding with an overlap of the spring and autumn equinoxes in both hemispheres, allowing for near coincidental sunset times and therefore the greatest visual impact for a global event. The lights-out event takes place on March 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">More than 7,000 cities around the world celebrate Earth Hour each year. Pittsburgh residents and businesses in Downtown and Oakland are invited to participate in this unique event.</p> <p dir="ltr">Earth Hour aims to draw awareness to climate change and encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.</p> <p dir="ltr">This year&rsquo;s Earth Hour celebration and De-Light Pittsburgh are led by Green Building Alliance&rsquo;s Pittsburgh 2030 District partners and the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Participating Buildings and Partners: </strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>11 Stanwix</li> <li>A.J. Palumbo Hall</li> <li>Alcoa</li> <li>Allegheny County Courthouse</li> <li>Allegheny County Health Department &ndash; Admin Building</li> <li>Antonian Hall</li> <li>Aquinas Hall</li> <li>Center for Leadership &amp; Management</li> <li>City/County Building</li> <li>County Office Building</li> <li>Curran Hall</li> <li>David L. Lawrence Convention Center</li> <li>Doherty Hall exterior floodlights</li> <li>Doherty Hall Phase 1 and Phase 2 Interstitial lighting</li> <li>Dougherty Hall</li> <li>East Campus Garage Sconce Lighting</li> <li>EQT Plaza</li> <li>Family Courts Division</li> <li>Fifth Avenue Place</li> <li>Francis Warde Hall</li> <li>Gesling Stadium Scoreboard</li> <li>Hamerschlag Hall External Lighting</li> <li>Hunt Library Exterior Lighting</li> <li>Market Square Place</li> <li>Pausch Bridge (colored display lights)</li> <li>Penn Avenue Place</li> <li>Piatt Place</li> <li>Pittsburgh Technology Center Logo and Exterior Lights</li> <li>PPG Place 1-6</li> <li>River Vue Apartments</li> <li>St. Agnes Church</li> <li>St. Joseph Hall</li> <li>Tennis Court Scoreboard</li> <li>Tiernan Hall</li> <li>Trinity Hall</li> <li>University Commons</li> <li>Walking to the Sky Statue</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">If you want to get involved, join De-Light Pittsburgh by turning off your Lights tomorrow night, March 19.</p> <p dir="ltr">You can also participate by taking part in the <a href="http://assemblepgh.org/event/our-pittsburgh-constellation/">Our Pittsburgh Constellation</a> showcase, a project of the De-Light Pittsburgh initiative during the month of March (at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave.). This month-long event includes 22 days of gallery show, lectures, workshops and demonstrations focused on the science of light pollution and energy efficiency through the use of visual art, astronomy and space. More information on the program can be found at <a href="http://pghconstellation.com/">pghconstellation.com</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contacts: &nbsp;</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Aftyn Giles</strong>, <em>Sustainability Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance</em>: 412-255-2254, aftyn.giles@pittsburghpa.gov &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Anna J. Siefken</strong>,<em> Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Pittsburgh 2030 District Director, Green Building Alliance</em>: 412-773-6013, annas@gbapgh.org</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About the Pittsburgh 2030 District</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a <a href="http://www.go-gba.org/">Green Building Alliance</a> strategic initiative is a collaborative, nationally-recognized, local community of high performing buildings in Pittsburgh&#39;s Downtown and Oakland neighborhoods that aims to dramatically reduce energy and water consumption, reduce transportation emissions, and improve indoor air quality while increasing business competitiveness and owners&#39; returns on investment. &nbsp;Launched in August 2012, the Pittsburgh 2030 District is convened and facilitated by Green Building Alliance.</p> <p dir="ltr">Learn more at <a href="http://www.2030district.org/pittsburgh">www.2030district.org/pittsburgh</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Green Building Alliance</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a nonprofit organization that inspires the creation of healthy, high performing places for everyone. &nbsp;Founded in 1993 as one of the first U.S. Green Building Council affiliate organizations, and now a USGBC chapter, GBA is headquartered in Pittsburgh and serves the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania. &nbsp;GBA&#39;s main initiatives include the Pittsburgh 2030 District, the Green &amp; Healthy Schools Academy and the Knowledge Network. &nbsp;Learn more at www.go-gba.org.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:00:50 -0400 Media Advisory: City to Host Bicentennial Incorporation Day Celebration Today http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5839 <p dir="ltr"><em>Media Advisory</em></p> <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 18, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh and the Bicentennial Commission will host an Incorporation Day bicentennial celebration event today from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City-County Building.</p> <p><strong>Bicentennial Incorporation Day Celebration</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who:</strong> Mayor William Peduto &amp; Bicentennial Commission</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When:</strong> Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where: </strong>City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant St. Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p>Complete details on Incorporation Day can be found <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5816">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:05:57 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 18, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5838 <p><strong>Speaking at the African American Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast</strong></p> <p>Time: 8 a.m.</p> <div>Location:&nbsp;Rivers Club, 301 Grant St</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Incorporation Day</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City County Building, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Office Hours</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:54:43 -0400 Pittsburgh Selected for City Accelerator Assistance To Upgrade Steps Citywide http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5833 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 17, 2016) Pittsburgh&nbsp;one of four cities selected to join an expanded effort to help speed the adoption of leading local government innovations.</p> <p>Pittsburgh will join St. Paul, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. as part of the effort. Urban leaders in these cities will work together over the next 18 months to explore and adopt new practices and policies to help close funding gaps to fully implement their five-year city infrastructure plans, with particular attention to projects that will have an impact on low-income residents.</p> <p>In Pittsburgh the focus will be finding new ways to improve and invest in city-owned steps. Improving the steps will increase walkability through the city, and preserve an asset that generations of Pittsburgh residents have used to get to schools, work and shopping districts.</p> <p>This initiative builds on successful City Accelerator efforts across eight cities since the City Accelerator launched in 2014. For example, Philadelphia is increasing enrollment in benefits programs among low-income seniors by experimenting with behavioral economics or &ldquo;nudges&rdquo; applied to their written communication with residents. In the City of Seattle, municipal leaders are attempting to change the culture of city government by implementing new strategies that balance traditional civic engagement forums with new technology, such as digital outreach and telephone town halls, to provide opportunities for residents to more deeply contribute to the decision-making in City Hall.</p> <p>With support of $1,155,000 from the City Accelerator program, each city has a unique focus based on its needs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Increasing our capacity by double or triple the rate of repair and replacement of our city&rsquo;s steps -- a rare asset that brings unique character and walkability to our neighborhoods -- would allow us to cut down on our large maintenance backlog and incorporate new technologies to help preserve these assets longer,&rdquo; said Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve done great planning to get us to this point and know that Living Cities and Citi Foundation will help us tap new and creative financing sources to move forward through the City Accelerator.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;Developing brownfields requires working partnerships, community engagement, and shared vision for improved land use,&quot; said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. &quot;The expert technical support provided by Living Cities and Citi Foundation through the City Accelerator program will help us to continue our momentum for innovation in public services, with a focus on green infrastructure.&quot; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Our City continues to make great progress in improving our infrastructure and fighting climate change, but we must do even more to ensure all our neighborhoods are resilient,&rdquo; said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. &ldquo;I am grateful to the Citi Foundation and Living Cities for this opportunity to work with fellow innovators from the public and private sectors to find solutions to challenges that face our entire planet.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;Putting District residents on pathways to the middle class is a fundamental goal of my administration, but it requires robust infrastructure across a range of sectors,&quot; said Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. &quot;Knowing the challenges we face and the tools the District has in place to address them, we are looking to the City Accelerator, Living Cities and Citi Foundation to help us create an actionable plan for infrastructure that will create jobs, broaden prosperity, and more effectively serve residents and visitors alike.&quot;</p> <p>In the <a href="http://www.usmayors.org/meninosurvey/2015/2015survey-finalreport.pdf">2015 Menino Survey of Mayors</a>, supported by Citi, local leaders noted that they are receiving little funding and support from the federal government, and are increasingly taking on the challenge to build and maintain vital capital assets to meet the needs of residents, commuters and visitors. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Cities are being challenged to meet greater expectations of their residents with increasingly limited resources,&rdquo; said Ed Skyler, Citi&rsquo;s Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs and Chairman of the Citi Foundation. &ldquo;With demand for infrastructure improvements in the U.S. estimated to be <a href="http://bafuture.org/pdf/Building-Americas-Future-2012-Report-32013.pdf">over $200 billion a year</a>, we want to help build a network of cities so they can pool their expertise in order to help meet these critical needs.&quot;</p> <p>By working with cities to close the gap on financing vital infrastructure, Living Cities connects safer and better infrastructure to opportunities for economic equity. &ldquo;Simply put, our failure to provide citizens adequate physical structures and public assets is a failure of democracy,&rdquo; said Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities. &ldquo;In order to achieve dramatically better results for low-income people, faster, cities need to improve how they manage funds to build, repair, and maintain their infrastructure assets. These changes are necessary for cities to become competitive in the global economy, improve residents&rsquo; quality of life and provide opportunities for the low-income people who live there.&rdquo;</p> <p>Citi and the Citi Foundation are committed to helping cities become more efficient and empower citizens by providing access to services that enhance livability and prosperity. For more information about how Citi is enabling progress in cities, please visit <a href="http://www.citiforcities.com/">www.citiforcities.com</a>.</p> <p>The Governing Institute provides ongoing coverage of work and learnings from the cohort cities and related efforts around the country at <a href="http://www.governing.com/cityaccelerator">www.governing.com/cityaccelerator</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Citi</strong></p> <p>Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:43:49 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 17, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5829 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong><br /> Time: 8:45 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>WJAS Radio Interview</strong><br /> Time: 9:05 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Lunch with Councilwoman Gross</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Call with Rohan Patel, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Betty Cruz</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Penguins Bicentennial Game</strong><br /> Time: 6:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Consol Energy Center</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:40:37 -0400 City, Penguins to Host Bicentennial Celebration Game Thursday Night At CONSOL Energy Center http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5828 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 16, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Penguins will celebrate Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 200th anniversary with a special Bicentennial Celebration Night during the Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes game at CONSOL Energy Center Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor William Peduto will be joined by esteemed Penguins alumni Ken Schinkel and Duane Rupp for a pre-game ceremonial puck drop. The City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Honor Guard will present the colors and Pittsburgh Police Officer Elizabeth&nbsp;Vitalbo-Merkel&nbsp;will sing the Star-Spangled Banner.</p> <p dir="ltr">In honor of the historical celebration the Penguins will wear their &ldquo;Pittsburgh Gold&rdquo; third jersey featuring a custom City of Pittsburgh Bicentennial patch. Game-worn Bicentennial jerseys will be auctioned off on <a href="http://www.nhl.com">www.nhl.com</a> in the near future with proceeds benefiting a local youth organization.</p> <p>The Penguins Bicentennial Celebration Game falls on the eve of the city&rsquo;s Incorporation Day festivities. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1816. To commemorate Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 200th birthday, the City of Pittsburgh and Bicentennial Commission have a full day of events scheduled at the City-County Building beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18. Complete details on Incorporation Day can be found <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5816">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Katie O&rsquo;Malley</strong>, <em>Asst. Communications Manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto</em></p> <p dir="ltr">(412) 925-1990; <a href="mailto:katie.omalley@pittsburghpa.gov">katie.omalley@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <p><strong>Tom McMillan</strong>, <em>Vice President of Communications, Pittsburgh Penguins</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="mailto:tmcmillan@pittsburghpenguins.com">tmcmillan@pittsburghpenguins.com</a>; 412-255-1828</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the Pittsburgh Bicentennial</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh, giving citizens the opportunity for self-governance. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1816. Mayor William Peduto formed the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission to recognize and celebrate the anniversary with unique and collaborative partnerships. Over 300 organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals are participating in the yearlong celebration. For more information visit <a href="http://www.pgh200.com/">www.pgh200.com</a>, follow @PGHbicentennial on Twitter for follow the hashtag #PGH200.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:43:43 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 16, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5826 <div><strong>Office Hours</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.</div> <p><strong>Meeting with County Executive and Chief Lam</strong></p> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>Lunch with Auction Winners from&nbsp;Pressley Ridge Fundraiser&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief McLay and Director Hissrich</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Private Reception for Public Works Employees and Artists</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:33:34 -0400 New Police Class Brings More Qualified & Diverse Recruits to Bureau http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5824 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 15, 2016) The City of Pittsburgh welcomed 62 new recruits to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police academy Monday, in numbers reflecting the City&rsquo;s commitment to a qualified and diverse bureau.</p> <p>Of the recruits there are 7 African American males, 3 Hispanic males, 1 Asian male, 46 white males and 5 white females, meaning the class is made up of 18% racial minorities. Forty-seven are new to policing and 15 are already certified under state Act 120, meaning they have prior police training.</p> <p>The makeup of the class reflects efforts by the city&rsquo;s Department of Personnel and the Bureau of Police to revamp police recruitment efforts. Changes have included introducing a recruitment website called <a href="http://www.joinpghpolice.com/">JoinPghPolice</a>; creating a candidate/police officer mentor program; using social media; emailing updates to applicants; hosting recruitment events and information sessions in City neighborhoods; partnering with various internal and external groups to increase recruitment outreach; and offering pre-test preparation courses for oral examinations.</p> <p>&quot;Our recruitment efforts are adding to an eminently qualified and diverse Bureau that reflects the makeup of the City. We still have a long way to go, but I want to thank Police and Personnel officials for all their work, and welcome these new recruits to one of the best police police forces in the country,&quot; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>The class accounts for more than half of the 120 police recruits the City intends to hire this year. The next class is anticipated to begin at the academy on August 1, and another on December 5.</p> <p>According to Police Chief Cameron McLay, the diversity recruitment efforts will be expanded further in the coming months, with particular emphasis on improving gender and racial diversity.</p> <p>In future recruitment drives the Personnel Department plans to expand its outreach with a possible fitness test preparation program, and continue work with the Hill House&#39;s First Source Center to recruit talent and provide social services to applicants to assist them through the Civil Service testing and hiring process. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 09:55:43 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 15, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5823 <p><strong>Speaking at the Pittsburgh Foundation Board Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 9 a.m.<br /> Location: Five PPG Place, Suite 250<br /> <br /> <strong>Smart Cities Challenge Press Conference</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Rangos 1, Cohon University Center<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at CMU Energy Week</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: Rangos 1, Cohon University Center<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief Lam</strong><br /> Time: 1:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Final Performance Training Presentations</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: 6th floor, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Councilman Kraus</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Call with Frank Snyder, AFL-CIO</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: August Wilson Center</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:00:57 -0400 Media Advisory: Mayor William Peduto and Carnegie Mellon University To Hold Press Conference Tuesday on Smart City Application http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5820 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 15, 2016) Mayor William Peduto and Raj Rajkumar, director of CMU&rsquo;s Metro 21 and CMU&rsquo;s Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation Center, will hold a press conference this morning to discuss the City&rsquo;s &ldquo;Smart City Challenge&rdquo; bid, which will award the winning city $50 million to build technology-based systems to address mounting transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.</p> <p>Nearly 80 cities applied for the challenge in February. This weekend in Austin, Tex., the U,S. Department of Transportation named Pittsburgh as a finalist, along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh team was awarded $100,000 to finalize its application, which is due in April. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.</p> <p>A live stream provided by Carnegie Mellon <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtfHVyMmWoU&amp;feature=youtu.be">will be available here</a>.</p> <p><strong>WHAT</strong>: Press conference on Smart City Challenge</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>: Rangos 1, Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University</p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2016</p> <p>Note: The Cohon Center is next to the CMU commons off Forbes Avenue. It is building 13 <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/assets/pdfs/cmu_map_8.5x11.pdf">on this campus map</a>.</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:22:51 -0400 City to Host Bicentennial Incorporation Day Celebration Friday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5816 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 14, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh and the Bicentennial Commission will host an Incorporation Day bicentennial celebration event on Friday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the City-County Building.</p> <p dir="ltr">Led by Mayor William Peduto and Commission Chairman Andy Masich, the celebration will begin at 10 a.m. with the unveiling of the original Incorporation Charter on loan from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. Guest speakers will include Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh CEO Esther Bush and Riverlife CEO Vivien Li along with recognition of several elected officials in attendance. The 10 a.m. presentation will also feature musical performances from the CAPA Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Pittsburgh 200 Celebration Choir, directed by Rev. Deryck Tines, a birthday cake compliments of Eat&rsquo;n Park, bottled water provided by PWSA and a Bicentennial singing of &ldquo;Happy Birthday.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Other Incorporation Day celebration attractions include a Historical Pop Up Pittsburgh exhibit on display in the City-County Building lobby, featuring historical artifacts from dozens of Pittsburgh institutions and local collections. Students from Pittsburgh Public Schools will unveil a custom Bicentennial mural project and present it to Mayor William Peduto. Visitors will be eligible to register for guided tours of the historical areas of the 99-year-old City-County building from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Incorporation Day celebrations continue into Friday evening with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust&rsquo;s Bicentennial Gallery Crawl Friday, March 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The City-County Building stop on the crawl will feature the Historical Pop Up Pittsburgh exhibit in the lobby and musical performances featuring classical favorites from the Youth Chamber Connection, a group of 7th-12th grade musicians from the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. This special Gallery Crawl will branch out of the Cultural District, extending reach to the City-County Building, PDP Public Art in Market Square, the Omni William Penn and other new locations. In honor of the Bicentennial celebration, never before seen items and new events are being offered throughout the city. The City-County Building exhibit will be on display during regular business hours through April 8. Complete details on the Gallery Crawl can be found here:&nbsp;<a href="http://crawl.trustarts.org/">http://crawl.trustarts.org/</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh and Heinz History Center&rsquo;s &ldquo;Historic Pittsburgh&rdquo; collaboration to have historical documents digitized and made available to the public. Images of the original Act of Incorporation recorded on March 18, 1816, the first minutes recorded in meetings and the first ordinances established by the new city government shortly thereafter can be found on the Historic Pittsburgh website:&nbsp;<a href="http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/">http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the bicentennial announcement on Jan. 6, 2016, more than 300 community organizations have become Bicentennial Partners. The Bicentennial Commission and VisitPITTSBURGH have launched the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pgh200.com/">Bicentennial website</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/events-festivals/pgh200/events/">Bicentennial Events Calendar</a>. Organizations can become Bicentennial Partners by visiting <a href="http://www.pgh200.com/">www.pgh200.com</a>&nbsp;and clicking on Pittsburgh Bicentennial Events.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Event Contact:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Holly Bulvony - Sr. Vice President of Communications, A to Z Communications</p> <p dir="ltr">(412) 471-4160; holly@atozcommunications.com</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About the Pittsburgh Bicentennial</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh, giving citizens opportunity for self-governance. Pittsburgh was incorporated as a city on March 18, 1816. Mayor William Peduto formed the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission to recognize and celebrate the anniversary with unique and collaborative partnerships. Over 200 organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals are participating in the yearlong celebration. For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pgh200.com/">www.pgh200.com</a>, follow @PGHbicentennial on Twitter for follow the hashtag #PGH200.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 11:26:05 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 13 - 14, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5814 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 13, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is in Austin, Tex., where the U.S. Department of Transportation named Pittsburgh as one of seven finalists for its &quot;Smart City Challenge,&quot; which is worth more than $50 million to the winning city.</p> <p>Smart City will provide the winning city the funding to build technology-based systems to address mounting transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide. Pittsburgh and other finalists were awarded $100,000 to finalize their applications, which are due in April.</p> <p>All of the Mayor&#39;s costs for the trip are being covered by Carnegie Mellon University, which partnered with the City on the application. No city tax dollars are being spent.</p> <p>Smart City technology is expected to open up new transportation options for businesses and commuters in struggling neighborhoods; improve air quality; and improve safety for all commuter types. The city and its partners could create new uses for autonomous vehicles, provide new transportation options, and improve safety and traveler information. The system would be designed on an open platform, which would encourage innovation by the private sector and position Pittsburgh as a testbed for future transportation technologies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nearly 80 cities applied for the challenge in February, and Saturday in Austin, Tex., USDOT named Pittsburgh as a finalist along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.</p> <p dir="ltr">More information on the Smart City initiative and Pittsburgh&#39;s application <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809">is available here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, March 13-14, 2016</strong></p> <p><em>All times Central Standard Time (CST)</em></p> <p><strong>March 13</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>U.S. Conference of Mayor&rsquo;s Breakfast &amp; Code for America Tech Innovation Pitch Session</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Location: JW Marriott</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Smart City Finalists&rsquo; Panel with Secretary Foxx</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Time: 2:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Location: Austin Convention Center</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Paul Allen&#39;s Vulcan Reception for Smart City Challenge Finalists </strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Time: 6 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Location: The Belmont, 305 W 6th St.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>March 14</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>U.S. Conference of Mayor&rsquo;s Breakfast</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Time: 8 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Location: Westin Austin</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /> <strong>Traveling to Pittsburgh</strong></p> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:38:39 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule March 11-12, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5811 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 12, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is in Austin, Tex., today where the U.S. Department of Transportation named Pittsburgh as one of seven finalists for its $50 million &quot;Smart City Challenge.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">Smart City will provide the winning city the funding to build technology-based systems to address mounting transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.</p> <p dir="ltr">All of the Mayor&#39;s costs for the trip are being covered by Carnegie Mellon University, which partnered with the City on the application. No city tax dollars are being spent.</p> <p dir="ltr">Smart City technology is expected to open up new transportation options for businesses and commuters in struggling neighborhoods; improve air quality; and improve safety for all commuter types. The city and its partners could create new uses for autonomous vehicles, provide new transportation options, and improve safety and traveler information. The system would be designed on an open platform, which would encourage innovation by the private sector and position Pittsburgh as a testbed for future transportation technologies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nearly 80 cities applied for the challenge in February, and today in Austin, Tex., USDOT named Pittsburgh as a finalist along with&nbsp;Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.</p> <p dir="ltr">More information on the Smart City initiative and Pittsburgh&#39;s application <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809">is available here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, March 11-12, 2016</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">All times Central Standard Time (CST)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>March 11</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Travel to Austin, Texas</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Registration for SXSW Speakers</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Meeting with Carnegie Mellon University officials</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>VIP Dinner and C3 Connected Mobility Showcase with Secretary Foxx</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Carmelo&#39;s, 504 E 5th St.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>March 12</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking with Students from Carnegie Mellon University at SXSW</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Interview with Vulcan Inc. and U.S. Department of Transportation</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Amazon Web Services Internet of Things &amp; Smart Cities Hour</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Smart Cities Announcement and Connected Mobility Showcase</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:45 p.m. To 8 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>SXSW and U.S. Conference of Mayor&rsquo;s Celebration</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:31:04 -0500 Pittsburgh Named as Finalist for US Department of Transportation "Smart City Challenge" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5809 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 12, 2016) The U.S. Department of Transportation today named Pittsburgh as one of seven national finalists for the &ldquo;Smart City Challenge,&rdquo; a federal initiative that will provide the winning city $50 million to build technology-based systems to address mounting transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.</p> <p>Nearly 80 cities applied for the challenge in February, and today in Austin, Tex., USDOT named Pittsburgh as a finalist, along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. The Pittsburgh team was awarded $100,000 to finalize its application, which is due in April. The cities will further develop their concepts and the winner will be announced in June.&nbsp;</p> <p>Pittsburgh&rsquo;s application was the fruit of a City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County partnership led by Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Port Authority, and various non-profit and community stakeholders. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Smart Cities is not just about promoting the latest transportation and energy related technology. It&rsquo;s about applying those efforts to improve the lives of everyday Pittsburghers by building smarter transit corridors and connections, bridging the digital divide and building greater equity in city neighborhoods, realizing the value of new energy opportunities, and reaching those impacted by displacement or isolation,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh team&rsquo;s application builds upon existing work by the Traffic21 and Metro21 Initiatives at CMU, the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center formed by the City, Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh, and other initiatives. It utilizes adaptive transportation systems that evolve over time as technologies improve, and would pilot &ldquo;Smart Spines&rdquo; that use new sensor information and controls that gather data on major city transportation corridors.</p> <p>Using that information, the city and its partners could create new uses for various modes of transportation, provide new transportation options for underserved neighborhoods, and improve safety and traveler information. The system would be designed on an open platform, which would encourage innovation by the private sector and position Pittsburgh as a testbed for future transportation technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>For residents, the work could open up new transportation options for businesses and commuters in struggling neighborhoods; improve air quality; and improve safety for all commuter types.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I want to thank Secretary Foxx, the Department of Transportation as well as our partners in Pittsburgh who supported our application for recognizing how many of these resources we already have ready-to-go at our disposal. From our existing work in energy and transportation, our great partnerships with foundations and private sector businesses, and the internationally-known work by our world-class universities, we are well positioned to lead this initiative forward,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh is quickly emerging as a leading center for innovations that use technology and data to address the challenges facing our cities and improve life for their residents,&rdquo; said CMU President Subra Suresh. &ldquo;Building on close collaboration among public, private, and academic sectors, Pittsburgh holds the promise of becoming one of the most technologically progressive cities in the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;We are thrilled with this announcement, and proud to be a part of this effort,&quot; said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. &quot;To be one of seven national finalists is rewarding, and reflects the Mayor&#39;s continued work with President Obama, selling our city as a future city, a city on the move. This announcement puts us one step closer to receiving this award which will provide us with resources to continue to re-invent and grow our region. I congratulate Mayor Peduto, his entire administration, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Port Authority and the many other members of this team on this exciting news.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Receiving the Smart Cities grant positions Pittsburgh to become one of the world&#39;s leading incubators for exciting and innovative technologies,&quot; said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. &quot;We know that an efficient, safe and innovative transportation network is essential for both the city and the University of Pittsburgh to reach their full potential. This grant will help advance work already underway at Pitt and other university, business and philanthropic partners.&quot;</p> <p>A copy of a short presentation on Pittsburgh&#39;s plans -- and a list of its partners in the effort -- <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Smart_City_slides.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p>While the winner of the Smart City Challenge would receive an estimated $40 million in support, an additional $10 million will be forwarded to support electric vehicle infrastructure and improved bus technologies.</p> <p>USDOT described the Smart City Challenge this way:</p> <p><em>The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)&nbsp;<a href="https://www.transportation.gov/BeyondTraffic" target="_blank">Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends and Choices</a>&nbsp;study indicates that many communities will experience rapid population increases and rapidly growing demands on their transportation infrastructure in the next few decades. The Smart City Challenge is designed to help cities begin to address the difficulties these trends present. To show what is possible when communities use technology to connect transportation assets into an interactive network, the Smart City Challenge will concentrate federal resources into one medium-sized city, selected through a nationwide competition. Funding of up to $40 million will go to the mid-sized city to demonstrate how advanced data and ITS technologies and applications can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change, connect underserved communities, and support economic vitality.</em></p> <p>More information&nbsp;<a href="https://www.transportation.gov/smartcity" target="_blank">is available here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 17:02:32 -0500 Portion of Second Avenue Downtown to Close for Construction http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5806 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that the right inbound lane of Second Avenue -- between B Street and Ross Street Downtown -- will be closed starting Monday, March 14, 2016. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The lane closure will remain in place for approximately six weeks to allow for construction at the corner of Ross Street and Second Avenue. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">During construction no right turns will be allowed from Second Avenue onto Ross Street. &nbsp;A detour will be provided from Second Avenue to B Street to First Avenue to Ross Street for vehicles wishing to turn from Second Avenue onto Ross Street. Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses.</p> <p dir="ltr">The work is being performed by Power Contracting as part of the Central Business District Signal Improvement Project.</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists travelling through the work area should use caution and expect delays.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Brian Schull at 412-392-8738 of SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:54:41 -0500 City of Pittsburgh Debuts New Customer Service App & Improvements to 311 System http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5803 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 11, 2016) Today, on 3/11, Mayor William Peduto and the Department of Innovation &amp; Performance unveiled a new app and other technological upgrades that will improve customer service for Pittsburgh residents and increase efficiency for 311 operators and other city workers.</p> <p dir="ltr">The &ldquo;MyBurgh&rdquo; app connects mobile users directly with 311 services. The app will let users capture their locations via GPS, and allow them to track the progress or completion of previous service requests. The app also includes City news, contact information, refuse pick-up information, and seasonal tools such as the snow plow tracker.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is available, for free, to both iPhone and Android users.</p> <p dir="ltr">The app is enabled by the City&rsquo;s new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, which will benefit residents to city workers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents can use either the new app or existing methods of calling or Tweeting the 311 office. But going forward the new software will allow them to create accounts to track submitted requests; receive calls, texts or emails updating the status of requests; and attach relevant photos or PDFs.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;From the snow plow tracker to this new app, the City of Pittsburgh is continuing to make customer service to taxpayers, increased efficiency, and transparency about our operations the cornerstones of city government,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Previously when residents called 311 and their information was entered into the system&rsquo;s databases, 311 operators had to send the service requests to the appropriate city departments for action; clerks printed out the requests and placed them in piles for city crews to respond; and then clerks entered information on the response into a database and sent it back to 311.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new CRM system will improve work-flow for 311 operators and workers on the ground. For 311 operators the new system:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Transitions from three separate databases to one</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Allows for better mapping and geo-routing</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Allows for better feedback and responses among city departments</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Integrates with the Allegheny County real estate site for correct property ownership information</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Integrates with the Allegheny County voter registration site to auto-fill customer names and addresses when possible</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">For workers at the Department of Public Works, Permits Licenses &amp; Inspections, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and others who commonly respond to 311 requests the new system:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Links multiple requests for the same issue (for instance, a pothole at a major intersection) into a single work order, rather than several work orders under the old system</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Provides maps for efficient routing</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Allows workers to update work requests from the field</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">The CRM system and app are part of a three-year, $162,600 contract approved by City Council and the Mayor in October 2014.</p> <p dir="ltr">More information about 311 can be found <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/311/form">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Follow 311 at @pgh311 or the Department of Innovation &amp; Performance at @pghip</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:05:36 -0500 Media Advisory: City To Unveil New Digital Tool Friday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5801 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 10, 2016) - The Office of Mayor William Peduto and City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance will unveil a new digital tool for public use and announce other technological upgrades to the 311 Response Center operations tomorrow morning.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who:</strong> Debra Lam, Chief Innovation &amp; Performance Officer</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>What:</strong> 311 Day Announcement</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When:</strong> Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where: </strong>Citistats Room 646, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Pgh PA 15219</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:19:37 -0500 Urban Redevelopment Authority To Vote on Housing Revitalization Initiatives http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5800 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 10, 2016) The board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh is set to vote today on expanding a city purchase and rehabilitation homeownership program, and a housing revitalization project in Observatory Hill.</p> <p>The neighborhoods eligible for the URA&rsquo;s Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan (CARL) program would more than double under one proposal set for the board&rsquo;s authorization. Through CARL, a program offered in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, participating lenders originate loans for purchase and rehabilitation for homeownership, and the URA provides loan guarantees that enable borrowers to receive loans with only 5 percent equity and no mortgage insurance.</p> <p>The program was established in late 2014 as a pilot program with 27 census tracts in 21 city neighborhoods, but program utilization has been slow.&nbsp; Based upon feedback from PCRG, participating lenders and community groups, the board is poised today to add another 32 census tracts to the program. With the change, 42 neighborhoods and 59 census tracts will be eligible.</p> <p>&ldquo;Homeownership is one of the bedrocks for building and maintaining healthy neighborhoods, and the changes to this program should strengthen our support of neighborhood revitalization across the entire city,&rdquo; Board Chairman Kevin Acklin said.</p> <p>Another housing revitalization project is on the board&rsquo;s agenda for Observatory Hill, targeting the neighborhood&rsquo;s struggling Bonvue Street.</p> <p>The URA plans to support work by the Observatory Hill Development Corporation and the Northside Leadership Conference to renovate vacant properties on the street and sell them to owner-occupants, in an effort to address nuisance properties, foreclosed properties and drug-related violence there.</p> <p>Under the proposal the URA would provide $400,000 in grants and loans, plus up to $150,000 in deferred second mortgage loans to make the houses more affordable.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:01:35 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 10, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5799 <p><strong>Speaking at the Executive Women&#39;s Council 2016 Breakfast</strong></p> <p>Time: 7:45 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Rivers Club<br /> <br /> <strong>City County Foundation Meeting</strong></p> <p>Time: 8:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;Centre City Tower, 650 Smithfield Street,<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference with Governor Wolf</strong></p> <p>Time: 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;Wigle Whiskey, 2401 Smallman St<br /> <br /> <strong>American Middle East Institute&#39;s Luncheon for Ambassador Reda from Egypt to the U.S.</strong></p> <p>Time: 12 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Duquesne Club<br /> <br /> <strong>Taping for Our Region&#39;s Business</strong></p> <p>Time: 1:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: &nbsp;4145 Evergreen Rd<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></p> <p>Time: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <p><strong>Speaking at&nbsp;New Pittsburgh Courier&rsquo;s&nbsp;&nbsp;Fab 40</strong></p> <p>Time: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Fairmont</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 08:54:57 -0500 Statement on EPA Correspondence on Wet Weather Plan http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5798 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (March 9, 2016) A letter from the Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency issued today agrees with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto on commitments to green infrastructure in the ALCOSAN Wet Weather Plan, and sets the stage for further federal, state and local cooperation on sustainable remedies to the region&rsquo;s sewage overflow issues.</p> <p>The letter from EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin says the regulatory agency has proposed a modification to a wet weather Consent Decree being negotiated with ALCOSAN that facilitates the use of green infrastructure in upgrades to the authority&rsquo;s wet weather control measures and treatment plant.</p> <p>&ldquo;This modification represents a consequential change in direction from the existing Consent Decree which will benefit public health, the environment, and the ratepayers of ALCOSAN,&rdquo; Mr. Garvin wrote.</p> <p>His letter was in response to February 10 letter from the Executive and Mayor on commitments they asked to be included in a final Consent Decree between ALCOSAN, the EPA, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Allegheny County Health Department and other agencies.</p> <p>&ldquo;With this response, it&rsquo;s clear that all of us are on the same page. ALCOSAN has been moving forward with the vision set forth by the Mayor and me, with a green first focus,&rdquo; said County Executive Fitzgerald. &ldquo;Moving forward, we will be able to embrace new technologies and solutions that will further our investment in the development of this region, while doing so in an environmentally-friendly way.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is going to be the biggest public works project in the history of Western Pennsylvania, and we have been adamant that it implement green-first solutions to our sewage overflow problems. I&rsquo;m happy that the EPA agrees with us,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;While there are a few issues where I will be seeking clarification, this is a great show of cooperation among all the agencies working on this gravely important matter for our region.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Executive and Mayor asked for a 10-year window to evaluate the ALCOSAN plant expansion and source reduction efforts. Mr. Garvin replied that the original Consent Decree called for full implementation by 2026 but under modifications to the decree the compliance schedule was stretched six years to 2032.</p> <p>The letter addresses the Executive and Mayor&rsquo;s call for public input into the plans, and further allows ALCOSAN to submit revised wet weather plans at any time to take advantage of new green technologies.</p> <p>Modifications to the decree embrace &ldquo;adaptive management by allowing change of the Wet Weather Plan based upon the flow reduction studies and efforts of the jurisdictions,&rdquo; Mr. Garvin wrote.&ldquo;It provides the jurisdictions the time and ability to implement green infrastructure.&rdquo;</p> <p>A copy of today&rsquo;s letter <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/EPA_response_to_Mayor_and_County_Executive.pdf">is attached</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:40:41 -0500 City Officials Release Plans For St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebrations On March 12 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5797 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 9, 2016) - City of Pittsburgh officials have released the following plans to ensure a safe, clean and enjoyable atmosphere for tens of thousands of visitors expected in the city Saturday for St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade festivities.</p> <p><strong>Parade</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists should expect delays and street closures Downtown after 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning from the parade staging area on Liberty Avenue from 11th Street east to 26th Street in the Strip District. The parade starts Downtown at 10 a.m. at Liberty Avenue and Grant Street, goes to the Boulevard of the Allies and finishes at a grandstand at Stanwix Street.</p> <p>Streets should begin reopening by 1 p.m., but those attending other Downtown events -- including the 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Disney On Ice shows at Consol Energy Center -- should plan for delays or consider taking public transit.</p> <p>Uniformed and bike patrol officers from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will be enforcing the city&rsquo;s prohibition against open containers of alcohol throughout the day.</p> <p>More than 40 Port Authority bus routes will temporarily be detoured during the parade but should resume regular routing by mid-afternoon. Detour information will be posted <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/schedulesmaps/detours.aspx">online</a> and is available by calling Customer Service at 412-442-2000 or the TTY number 412-231-7007.</p> <p>As the parade ends the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works will begin picking up barriers and trash and sweeping Downtown streets.</p> <p><strong>Market Square</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A family friendly event hosted by the St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade Committee will take place in Market Square from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roads leading into Market Square will be closed to through traffic. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists and visitors can access the parking garage at the Hilton Garden Inn via on Forbes Avenue. Access to the parking garage on McMasters Way will be granted to residents as usual, via Fifth Avenue.</p> <p>No alcohol will be permitted within the public plaza at Market Square for a family event hosted by the St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade Committee from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Market Square Merchants Association will host &ldquo;Irish Fair in the Square&rdquo; starting at 1 p.m. Open containers will be allowed in a confined section of the plaza -- on participating restaurant sidewalk cafes and cobblestone streets -- for those ages 21 and over from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Starting at 2 p.m., open containers will be permitted in the plaza space of Market Square. Last call is at 5:30 p.m. and Market Square will be cleared of patrons by 6 p.m. During the &ldquo;Irish Fair in the Square&rdquo; entertainment will be provided by the Market Square Merchants Association, before the festivities in the square shut down at 6 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>South Side</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">With the conclusion of parade and downtown festivities, public safety personnel, including city police, mounted Allegheny County police and Pennsylvania State Police, will shift their focus to the South Side. State Liquor Control Board officers will monitor the area for underage drinking.&nbsp;Delanie&rsquo;s Coffee Shop at 1737 E. Carson Street will serve as a police substation.</p> <p>ortation plans have been developed by the City, Port Authority of Allegheny County, South Side Bar and Restaurant Association and the Pittsburgh Transportation Group.</p> <p>Free parking will be available in the Second Avenue Parking Lot (900 spaces) for South Side residents, employees and visitors. From 7 a.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday, two Circulator South shuttle buses will transport commuters from the Second Avenue Lot to the South Side. A third Circulator South shuttle will run from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Circulator shuttles are free of charge. Shuttles will travel from Second Avenue, across the 10th Street Bridge and along E. Carson Street with stops at 12th, 15th, 17th, 19th and 21st Streets. Shuttle stops have not been placed in residential areas. Vehicles are permitted to stay in the Second Avenue Parking Lot overnight but must be removed by Noon on Sunday, March 13.</p> <p>Public parking is also available at garages at South Side Works and Station Square.</p> <p>Those visiting the South Side are urged against parking in the neighborhood&rsquo;s dense residential streets. Parking meters and residential parking zones will be enforced through normal operating hours on Saturday. Vehicles will not be permitted to park on the south side of East Carson Street between 12th St. and 18th St.</p> <p>A &ldquo;Rideshare Zone&rdquo; will be set up on the south curb (Slopes side) of the 1700 block of E. Carson Street. Taxi and rideshare vehicles will have pickup and drop off curbside access between 17th St. and 18th St. Rideshare and taxi services are highly encouraged.</p> <p dir="ltr">Port Authority buses will continue their normal routes through the South Side all day, though during the parade riders using the 48 and 51 bus routes will be required to transfer to the T at Station Square.</p> <p dir="ltr">Portable toilets will be in the E. Carson business district between 12th and 25th Streets, as well as large cardboard trash cans.</p> <p>Police will begin clearing the South Side at 2 a.m.</p> <p>Once patrons are cleared from Carson Street Public Works crews will begin collecting barricades, picking up trash and street sweeping. Crews will use backpack blowers to blow sidewalk trash into the paths of street sweepers.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:36:00 -0500 Portion of Brownsville Road In Mount Oliver To Close For Utility Repairs http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5796 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 9, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that a portion of Brownsville Road -- from Bausman Street to Arlington Avenue -- in Mount Oliver will be closed for utility work beginning Monday, March 14, 2016, at 5:00 a.m. The work is expected to take between one to two months to complete. The closure will be in effect around the clock until the work is completed. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The work is being performed by Pennsylvania American Water and Columbia Gas in order to replace utility lines and switch over services.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses along Brownsville Road.</p> <p><strong>Detours:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Inbound (north) detour utilizing Amanda Avenue, turn right onto Arlington Avenue, and left onto Brownsville Road.</p> <p>Outbound (south) detour utilizing Arlington Avenue, turn left onto Knox Avenue, left onto Bausman Street, then right onto Brownsville Road.</p> <p>Most Port Authority buses will follow these detours and new bus stop locations will be marked by the Port &nbsp;Authority of Allegheny County in advance of the rerouting.</p> <p>If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Pennsylvania American Water Company at 1-800-565-7292, or Mount Oliver Borough at 412-431-8107, ext. 106, or Columbia Gas at 724-416-6364.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 15:56:37 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 9, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5793 <p><strong>Meeting with Kent Bey</strong></p> <p>Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>On Air with Essential Pittsburgh&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:45 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;&nbsp;67 Bedford Square</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Presenting&nbsp;Proclamation&nbsp;to Women In Sports and Events (WISE)</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 10:12:44 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 8, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5790 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 8, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto is in Washington D.C. today for the fourth day of the <a href="http://ccc.nlc.org/">National League of Cities Congressional City Congress</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Congressional City Congress brings together more than 1,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments.</p> <p dir="ltr">In November 2015, Mayor Peduto was <a href="http://www.nlc.org/media-center/news-search/national-league-of-cities-announces-2016-leadership-and-board-of-directors">elected to the 2016 NLC Board of Directors</a> at the annual Congress of Cities exposition, now known as the <a href="http://citysummit.nlc.org/">City Summit</a>, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Congressional City Congress is one of two annual conferences that the NLC hosts every year. The NLC will hold its <a href="http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/annual-conferences/future-conference-dates">nationwide City Summit in Pittsburgh in November 2016</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, March 8, 2016</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>NLC Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF) Council Meeting</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>NLC + Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC) Roundtable</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>Delegates General Session</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>Return to Pittsburgh</em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the National League of Cities</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:45:09 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 7, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5787 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 7, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto is in Washington D.C. today for the third day of the <a href="http://ccc.nlc.org/">National League of Cities Congressional City Congress</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Congressional City Congress brings together more than 1,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments.</p> <p dir="ltr">In November 2015, Mayor Peduto was <a href="http://www.nlc.org/media-center/news-search/national-league-of-cities-announces-2016-leadership-and-board-of-directors">elected to the 2016 NLC Board of Directors</a> at the annual Congress of Cities exposition, now known as the <a href="http://citysummit.nlc.org/">City Summit</a>, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Congressional City Congress is one of two annual conferences that the NLC hosts every year. The NLC will hold its <a href="http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/annual-conferences/future-conference-dates">nationwide City Summit in Pittsburgh in November 2016</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, March 7, 2016</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Opening General Reception</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>NLC Mayor&rsquo;s Education Task Force Meeting</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:45 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>Presidential Election Task Force Meeting</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>Afternoon General Session</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Commerce Assistant Secretary and Economic Development Administrator Jay Williams</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>VIP Reception for NLC Leaders and Executive Committee Members</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>Democratic Municipal Officials Advisory Board Reception</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>PML PA Delegation Dinner</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the National League of Cities</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:55:59 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, March 6, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5786 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 6, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto is in Washington D.C. today for the second day of the <a href="http://ccc.nlc.org/">National League of Cities Congressional City Congress</a>.</p> <p>The Congressional City Congress brings together more than 1,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments.</p> <p>In November 2015, Mayor Peduto was <a href="http://www.nlc.org/media-center/news-search/national-league-of-cities-announces-2016-leadership-and-board-of-directors">elected to the 2016 NLC Board of Directors</a> at the annual Congress of Cities exposition, now known as the <a href="http://citysummit.nlc.org/">City Summit</a>, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Congressional City Congress is one of two annual conferences that the NLC hosts every year. The NLC will hold its <a href="http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/annual-conferences/future-conference-dates">nationwide City Summit in Pittsburgh in November 2016</a>.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, March 6, 2016</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>New Members &amp; First Time Attendee Breakfast</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>NLC Board of Directors&#39; Meeting</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>NLC Board and Advisory Luncheon</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>Speaking at NLC Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources (EENR) Committee Meeting</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p><strong>Pennsylvania Municipal League &amp; North Carolina Municipal League Dinner</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>About the National League of Cities</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 10:11:25 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule March 5, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5782 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 5, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto is in Washington D.C. today for the first day of the <a href="http://ccc.nlc.org/">National League of Cities Congressional City Congress</a>.</p> <p>The Congressional City Congress brings together more than 1,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments.</p> <p>In November 2015, Mayor Peduto was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nlc.org/media-center/news-search/national-league-of-cities-announces-2016-leadership-and-board-of-directors">elected to the 2016 NLC Board of Directors</a> at the annual Congress of Cities exposition, now known as the <a href="http://citysummit.nlc.org/">City Summit</a>, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Congressional City Congress is one of two annual conferences that the NLC hosts every year. The NLC will hold its <a href="http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/annual-conferences/future-conference-dates">nationwide City Summit in Pittsburgh in November 2016</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, March 5, 2016</strong></p> <p><strong>NLC Board of Directors Reception</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5:30 &ndash; 7:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About the National League of Cities </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Sat, 05 Mar 2016 16:11:57 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule March 4, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5781 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Councilman Lavelle</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Councilman Kraus, Councilman Gilman, and Councilwoman Kail-Smith</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:55:18 -0500 Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority Announces Leadership Change http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5780 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 3, 2016) The board of the Pittsburgh Water &amp; Sewer Authority accepted the resignation today of Executive Director Jim Good, and will immediately begin a nationwide search for a new Executive Director.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the short term the board has appointed as Interim Executive Director David Donahoe, a consultant with 45 years of public and nonprofit sector management experience, and formerly the director of the Allegheny Regional Asset District.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;With the support of Mayor William Peduto, this board has dedicated itself to tackling the tough decisions to get the Authority heading in the right direction,&rdquo; said PWSA board chairman Alex W. Thomson. &ldquo;PWSA has made significant improvements in many areas including internal operations, capital planning, construction coordination and green CSO initiatives. The Board thanks Jim Good for his efforts in this regard. However, we are keenly aware of the frustration some customers have with the continued billing and customer service problems. We understand that much work still needs to be done. We are determined as a board to fix these problems and gain back the trust of all our customers as quickly as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;PWSA faces extraordinary challenges in the next few years because of outdated technology, aging infrastructure and substantial debt. The Authority will continue to address our ongoing operational issues as well as these long term strategic issues. The board and PWSA employees are lucky to have David Donahoe, a man of great experience and integrity, working with us to improve the Authority during this transition period.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Donahoe served for 20 years as executive director the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), working with the agency&rsquo;s volunteer board to allocate and administer more than $1.5 billion in grants to libraries, regional parks, pro sports facilities and cultural venues.</p> <p dir="ltr">He has also served in multiple public sector roles including Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue; County Clerk, Deputy County Controller and Director of Aviation for Allegheny County; City Treasurer, Executive Secretary to Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, and Executive Director of the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Pittsburgh; and Business Director for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He was also Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League office in Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">Donahoe will be paid $10,000 monthly, which was his same compensation at RAD.</p> Thu, 03 Mar 2016 15:55:32 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule March 3, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5779 <p><strong>Tour of&nbsp;Embassy Suites with Izzy Rudolph</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div>Location:&nbsp;Oliver Building<br clear="all" /> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Gable and Councilwoman Gross</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Eric Burnstein and Mark Trekson from Urban Insitutue</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Brian Gaudio, Founder of Module</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time:3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Envision Downtown Advisory Committee</strong></div> <p>Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Location: PNC Plaza</p> <div><strong>Hotel Indigo Grand Opening</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:123 N Highland Ave</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:18:18 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule March 2, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5777 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.</p> <p><b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Meeting with Matt Smith</b></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 11 a.m.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Lunch with Marco Cardamone</b></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 12:30 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">State of the Airport Reception</b></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 5 p.m.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Reading in Honor of Dr. Seuss&#39;s 102 Birthday</b></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 6:30 p.m.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sheraden Branch, 720 Sherwood Avenue</span></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:45:40 -0500 Statement on Enforcement of City Ordinance on Small Amounts of Marijuana http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5776 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 2, 2016) Mayor William Peduto made the following statement today regarding questions about a bill approved last year regarding city enforcement of prohibitions on possessing and smoking small amounts of marijuana:</p> <p>&ldquo;The intent of this bill was -- and remains -- to lessen the impacts of marijuana charges on the lives of city youth. Nothing has changed in that regard. Fines for smoking are reduced to $100, for possession of small amounts to $25, and once the ordinance is fully implemented violations should not appear on most criminal background checks.</p> <p>The Law Department and the Police Bureau are working on ways to enforce those provisions in a manner acceptable to Common Pleas Court, and small adjustments to the law may be required if necessary.</p> <p>The city&rsquo;s ordinance does all it can under existing state law. Pittsburgh can not go as far as a similar law approved in Philadelphia, as that city has a civil fines office that processes such citations outside the criminal courts system. No such office exists here.</p> <p>The fact is that full decriminalization of small marijuana offenses must be done at the state level, as must be its approval for medical uses.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 07:01:47 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule March 1, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5773 <div><strong>Meeting with Bob Kramm, Laborers District Council of Western PA</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: 12 8th St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh&#39;s Luncheon</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: Fairmont, 510 Market St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Lucas Piatt</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Patrick Dowd</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Councilwoman Kail-Smith</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 11:17:47 -0500 City and Affordable Housing Task Force to Host Four Public Forums http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5771 <p dir="ltr">Pittsburgh, PA (Feb. 29, 2016) &ndash; The City of Pittsburgh is hosting four Deliberative Forums on the Affordable Housing Task Force&rsquo;s mission to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback to city officials and Task Force members.</p> <p dir="ltr">Modeled after the highly successful Police Chief and Capital Budget public meetings, these new forums will give neighbors a chance to learn about the work of the Affordable Housing Task Force. The forums will also provide an opportunity for the community to provide input on affordable housing issues, specifically relating to policies, programs or initiatives designed to increase the supply of affordable housing in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum &ndash; West End </strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>When:</strong> Monday March 7, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>Where:</strong> American Legion, 2863 Chartiers Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15204</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum &ndash; South Side</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday March 15, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>Where:</strong> Lifespan Knoxville Resource Center, 320 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15210</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum &ndash; North Side</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday March 23, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>Where:</strong> Letter Carrier&rsquo;s Union Hall, 841 California Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Affordable Housing Task Force Deliberative Forum &ndash; East End</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday March 29, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;"><strong>Where: </strong>Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206</p> <p dir="ltr">Each forum will include:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">A brief overview of the Affordable Housing Task Force and Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Small group discussions of priorities recommended by the task force</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Q&amp;A opportunities with the panel members</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">All forums contain the same presented content, and are open to every resident of the City of Pittsburgh. &nbsp;Families are encouraged to attend and participate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Participants are asked to <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/pittsburghpa.gov/forms/d/1ZlAHgOZEZvLPqYhGrifIK4VQu-k_h43F4SANvlRDPk0/viewform">RSVP online</a> in advance. Please call Sally Stadelman at 412-255-4773 or email <a href="mailto:sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov">sally.stadelman@pittsburghpa.gov</a> with any questions. Walk-in registration will be available on the day of the forum.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:39:04 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 29, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5769 <p><strong>Meeting with JC Pelusi</strong></p> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Paul Gitnik</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Press Conference on Penn Plaza</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s Conference Room</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Presenting&nbsp;Proclamation&nbsp;to &quot;2016 Salute to the Black Church&quot;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Alex Thomson</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview&nbsp;with WQED&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at Reception for &quot;The Hammer of Hank Aaron.&quot;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Heinz History Center</div> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:36:01 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 27 - 28, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5766 <p><strong>February 27</strong></p> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Welcoming Remarks at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra&#39;s 120th Anniversary</strong></div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;">Time: 8 p.m.</div> <blockquote> <div>Location:&nbsp;Carnegie Music Hall</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Quantum Theatre Ball 2016</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 9 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Fireman Creative&#39;s Engine House</div> </blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>February 28</strong></div> <blockquote> <div><strong>Annual Yeshiva Schools Dinner</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;&nbsp;Westin Convention Center</div> </blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:39:06 -0500 Statement on Alleged Agreement On Overtime for Suspended Police http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5763 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (February 26, 2016) Assistant City Solicitor Wendy Kobee, who leads negotiations on police overtime payments with the Fraternal Order of Police, had the following statement on claims that a policy to pay suspended police officers overtime was signed by the Peduto Administration:</p> <p>&quot;The city has the authority to set city policy on not paying unearned overtime to officers on paid leave pending resolution of disciplinary action. The reactions by the FOP are outrageous and not based in law. The City settled multiple grievances in 2013 by negotiating an agreement with the union based on an agreement of paying overtime set back in 2010. The 2013 agreement was referenced again in an unrelated minor grievance settlement in January 2014, and this is what the FOP keeps showing the media. I did not sign a sidebar agreement that relates to Officer Matakovich in January 2014. The FOP seems to be distorting the truth, or, worse, perpetrating an injustice on the bargaining process, our law abiding officers, and residents of this city.&quot;</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:55:11 -0500 Temporary Closures Of Smithfield Street Bus Lane In Downtown Pittsburgh Begin This Weekend http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5762 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (February 26, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that the southbound bus lane on Smithfield Street in downtown will be closed on the following dates and times to accommodate the reconstruction of the Forbes Avenue and Smithfield Street intersection.</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Complete Weekend Closure - Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. through Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5:00 a.m.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Nightly Closures &ndash; Monday, February 29, 2016 through Thursday, March 3, 2016 &ndash; 7:15 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Complete Weekend Closure &ndash; Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. through Monday, March 7, 2016 at 5:00 a.m.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Nightly Closures &ndash; Monday, March 7, 2016 through Thursday, March 10, 2016 &ndash; 7:15 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">The southbound bus lane closure is in addition to the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5718">current closure</a> of the northbound travel lane and parking lane of Smithfield Street,&nbsp;from Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bus detour information has been provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County: <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/SchedulesMaps/Detours.aspx">http://www.portauthority.org/paac/SchedulesMaps/Detours.aspx</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reconstruction project includes improvements to curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, upgrading of signalized intersections, new storm sewer system and new concrete pavement, as well as streetscaping features such as street lighting. Underground work includes vault repairs, waterline replacement, relining of existing combined sewer line, and other miscellaneous construction. This work will involve future changes in traffic flow as the project advances.</p> <p dir="ltr">The project is a City of Pittsburgh project with PennDOT oversight. &nbsp;The work is being performed by A. Merante Contracting, Inc., a heavy civil &amp; highway contractor.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses as well as access through the intersection.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Kenneth Olup, Project Manager of Hill International, at 412-595-8802, or via email at KennethOlup@hillintl.com.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:52:29 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 26, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5761 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong><br /> Time: 8:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with Yahoo News</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Lunch with Councilwoman Rudiak</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Senator Reschenthaler</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Gastil</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at Failure Lab</strong><br /> Time: 7 p.m.<br /> Location: &nbsp;Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave</p> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:03:49 -0500 City Announces First "Innovation Week" This April and Invites Public Participation http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5755 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (March 1, 2016) The City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh are inviting all those interested to participate in the city&#39;s inaugural Innovation Week, from April 1 through April 9.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are more than 25 partner organizations and 20 events already planned through the week, with hopes to schedule more. If you would like to host an event, or stay connected with the latest Inclusive Innovation Week news, please see the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/piiiw.html">Inclusive Innovation Week page</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In September the City, the Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority launched the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation.</a>&nbsp;The mission of Inclusive Innovation Week is to continue the work of the Roadmap by promoting the City of Pittsburgh as a hub of equitable access to innovation, celebrate organizations, people and partners who are doing incredible work, and invite more people to find ownership in innovation.</p> <p><i style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">For more information on the Department of Innovation &amp; Performance, check out their State of the Department&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8LpCyVkmXQ&amp;feature=youtu.be" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">address</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaqXlYseRYE&amp;feature=youtu.be" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">video</a>.&nbsp;</i></p> Tue, 01 Mar 2016 09:28:09 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 25, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5754 <div><strong>Office Hours</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at Massaro Construction Group&#39;s Engage/Incite Speakers Series</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.<br /> Location: 631 Iron City Drive<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Saleem Ghubril, Pittsburgh Promise</strong><br /> Time: 2:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Sam Williamson and Gabe Morgan</strong><br /> Time 3 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Public Launch of EcoInnovation District Plan</strong><br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> Location: 300 Gist St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Pittsburgh&#39;s Black Honors Symposium and Gala</strong><br /> Time: 7:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave</div> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:40:28 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 24, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5748 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Reception for the Release of &quot;Voices from the Hill: Celebrating the Hill House Association.&quot;</strong></p> <p>Time: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Elsie Hillman Auditorium at the Kaufman Center, 1825 Center Avenue</p> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:36:16 -0500 Bicentennial Celebration Event List Grows As March 18 Incorporation Anniversary Approaches http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5745 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 24, 2016) -&nbsp;As the City of Pittsburgh Bicentennial kickoff celebration approaches, the Bicentennial Commission and VisitPITTSBURGH have launched the <a href="http://www.pgh200.com/">Bicentennial website</a> and <a href="http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/events-festivals/pgh200/events/">Bicentennial Events Calendar</a>. Organizations can become Bicentennial Partners by visiting <a href="http://www.pgh200.com">www.pgh200.com</a> and clicking on Pittsburgh Bicentennial Events.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the bicentennial announcement on Jan. 6, 2016, more than 300 community partners have expressed interest in hosting bicentennial events.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had an overwhelming response to the plans for the bicentennial year so far,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;The 200th anniversary grants us so many opportunities to celebrate Pittsburgh&rsquo;s rich history. This week alone is filled with Pittsburgh historical events - the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 120 years as an ensemble, and 52 years ago, Dr. Jonas Salk was administering the first polio vaccines to school children in Lawrenceville. And that&rsquo;s just this week! We have much to be proud of.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Notable Bicentennial celebrations this week include the<strong> Pittsburgh Black Honors Symposium and Gala</strong> on Thursday, Feb. 25, honoring Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Black Legacy leaders to the present and the <strong>Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra&rsquo;s 120th Anniversary</strong> Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Carnegie Music Hall.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh will host a bicentennial kickoff event on Friday, March 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with an Incorporation Day Celebration in the City-County Building lobby. The celebration will feature guest speakers, musical performances, artwork created by local students, historical artifacts from dozens of Pittsburgh institutions and the unveiling of the original City Charter document on loan from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in Harrisburg, Pa. City volunteers are still searching for the time capsule that Mayor Joseph Armstrong placed in the City-County Building on May 18, 1916. The city and Bicentennial Commission hope to have a time capsule update on Incorporation Day.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Upcoming Bicentennial Events:</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Friday, March 11 - 311 Response Center &ldquo;311 Day&rdquo;</li> <li>Saturday, March 12 - St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade: 100th Remembrance of the Easter Rising</li> <li>Thursday, March 17 - Pittsburgh Penguins Bicentennial Celebration Game</li> <li>Friday, March 18 - Incorporation Day Celebration at the City-County Building</li> </ul> <p><strong>Contact:&nbsp;</strong>Holly Bulvony - Sr. Vice President of Communications, A to Z Communications (412) 471-4160; <a href="mailto:holly@atozcommunications.com">holly@atozcommunications.com</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About the Pittsburgh Bicentennial</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the official 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh, giving citizens the right to vote and the opportunity for self-governance. Mayor William Peduto formed the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission to recognize and celebrate the anniversary with unique and collaborative partnerships. Over 200 organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals are participating in the yearlong celebration. For more information visit <a href="http://www.pgh200.com">www.pgh200.com</a>, follow @PGHbicentennial on Twitter for follow the hashtag #PGH200.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:50:36 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 23, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5743 <p><strong>Meeting with Tom Barbush and Patricia Rooney</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Call with Kit Mueller</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Richie Cupka</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Leger</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Call with Mara Kimmel, wife of of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz</strong><br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.</p> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:17:28 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 22, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5741 <p><strong>Innovation and Performance, State of the Department</strong></p> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: 6th Floor, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with former Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, California</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:45 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Gastil and Pat Hassett</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:36:52 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 20-21, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5739 <p><strong>February 20</strong></p> <div><em>Day Off</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>February 21</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Day Off</em></div> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:55:24 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 19, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5737 <p><strong>Meeting with Dave Fisher, CORE Realty</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 :30 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at the Construction Legislative Council</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div> <p><strong>Meeting with Chief Deb Lam</strong></p> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Delegation from Da Nang City, Vietnam</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Ashbaugh</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>2016 Talk Magazine Black History Month Celebration - Presenting Proclamation</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, 112 Washington Pl</div> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:26:10 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 18, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5732 <p><strong>WJAS Radio Interview</strong></p> <div>Time: 9:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Fire Promotions</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City Council Chambers</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Councilman Reverend Burgess, Representative Ed Gainey, and Homewood Community Leaders</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Regional Transportation Alliance Steering Committee Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Allegheny Conference Offices, 11 Stanwix Street</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Hissrich</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:29:43 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 17, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5729 <p><strong>Children&#39;s March for Peace</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location:Pittsburgh Lincoln School, 328 Lincoln Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief McLay, Director Hissrich, and Solicitor Sanchez-Ridge</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant st.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Thomas Balestrieri</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant st.<br /> <br /> <strong>80th Annual Dapper Dan Dinner and Sports Auction</strong><br /> Time: 6:30 p.m.<br /> Location:&nbsp;David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd</p> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:43:38 -0500 Weekend Closure Scheduled For Portion of Second Avenue In Hazelwood http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5727 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 16, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that a portion of Second Avenue - from Greenfield Avenue to the Hot Metal Bridge - will be closed from Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 10:00 p.m., until Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 at 5:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">The closure is necessary to allow manhole and utility line work to be performed in the roadway for a private development. The work is being performed by Independence Excavating, a heavy civil and highway contractor.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Detour From Downtown</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Outbound vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic traveling on Second Avenue from downtown will be able to access all businesses and parking facilities between the Hot Metal Bridge and Swineburne St. but will not have through access to Greenfield Ave. A marked detour will direct vehicle traffic from Second Ave. (SR 885) to Hot Metal Bridge to E. Carson St.</p> <p><strong>Detour From Greenfield Avenue</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A marked detour utilizing State Route 885 (Irvine St., Second Ave., Glenwood Bridge) and State Route 837 (E. Carson St.) will be posted during construction.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will have access to all buildings and businesses along Irvine St. in Hazelwood as well as access through the intersection of Greenfield Ave. and Irvine St.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Independence Excavating at 3826 Saxonburg Boulevard, Cheswick PA, 15294, or at (216) 446-3478.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:18:40 -0500 Mayor Peduto Announces 19 New Love Your Block Grant Recipients http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5726 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (February 16, 2016) &ndash; The Office of Mayor William Peduto today announced that 19 organizations will receive funding for the ninth season of the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Love Your Block (LYB) grant program.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through the Love Your Block revitalization program, the City of Pittsburgh and Peoples Gas award $1,000 grants to applicants that submitted a block improvement project plan. The award money is used to purchase supplies and tools necessary to implement a block improvement project. Awardees mobilize community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a 20th award of $2,000 will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria. Project implementation will take place from April 1 to June 30, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It is exciting to have a new Love Your Block season approaching - bringing together neighbors, community members, and volunteers to enhance our city,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;I am proud of the way Pittsburghers rise to the occasion, turning blighted, vacant lots into beautiful community assets. These projects exhibit the best of what the City of Pittsburgh has to offer, an unmatched sense of pride with a passionate spirit of volunteerism.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Love Your Block is made possible thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 by Peoples Natural Gas. The program is based on the <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/resources?field_resource_type_value%5B%5D=Blueprint">Cities of Service Blueprint</a> of the same name.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Spring Hill Civic League was awarded the 2015 &ldquo;Best Block Revitalization Project&rdquo; and received an additional $2,000 for to further enhance the neighborhood gateway that was created as part of their initial project. &ldquo;This project has taken an eyesore in a highly visible location,&rdquo; said Ben Soltesz of the Spring Hill Civic League, &nbsp;&ldquo;and made it beautiful with plants, trees, and a work of art.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information, visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock">http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock</a> emaillex.janes@pittsburghpa.gov or call 412-255-4795.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>SPRING 2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS</strong></p> <ol dir="ltr"> <li><strong>Bible Center Church:</strong> Volunteers will enhance an existing community space by planting flowers, creating a children&rsquo;s performance stage, and repairing a wooden fence. &nbsp;</li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Bloomfield Development Corporation:</strong> Volunteers will create a litter awareness campaign, participate in a clean up day, and place cigarette butt receptacles at participating properties.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Brightwood Civic Group: </strong>Volunteers will landscape a vacant lot and create a neighborhood gateway.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Friendship Community Group: </strong>Volunteers will enhance a playground on school district property by landscaping, painting rusted metal equipment, and repairing a retaining wall.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Garfield Community Action Team: </strong>Volunteers will install a rain garden and two rain barrels. as well as improve a small wooden sign, on a vacant side lot.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Lincoln Lemington Community Consensus Group: </strong>Volunteers will clean up litter, plant a flower garden, and install a rain barrel on a City-owned lot.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mellon Street Neighbors:</strong> Volunteers will create a green space on a vacant lot.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Monticello Street Hospitality House: </strong>Volunteers will clear an overgrown, vacant City-owned lot and install garden boxes. &nbsp;</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Morningside Area Community Council: </strong>Volunteers will repaint an iron fence, trim trees, and plant flowers along a neighborhood sidewalk.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mount Washington Community Development Corporation: </strong>Volunteers will construct raised planters, remove litter, and clear overgrowth in a City-owned playground..</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Northside Coalition for Fair Housing:</strong> Volunteers will plant flowers and clean up litter on two Northside properties.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The Pittsburgh Project &amp; The Outdoor Classroom:</strong> Volunteers will clean overgrowth and rebuild raised bed gardens on a City-owned lot.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Page Street Conroy Garden: </strong>Volunteers will improve accessibility and expand the &ldquo;living classroom&rdquo; area of an existing community garden.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Soldiers &amp; Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum: </strong>Volunteers will landscape and clean up lawn and areas surrounding a Veterans Monument.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>South Oakland Neighborhood Group: </strong>Volunteers will plant flowers, remove weeds, and install both a bench and an art project in existing community space.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>South Pittsburgh Development Corporation:</strong> Volunteers will create a litter awareness campaign, participate in a clean up day, and place cigarette butt receptacles at participating properties.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>South Side Community Council: </strong>Volunteers will plant a perennial flower garden surrounded by a short fence, as well as perform general clean up, near the entrance of Ormsby Community Recreation Center.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association: </strong>Volunteers will install rain gardens and paint stair rails on a vacant City-owned lot.</p> </li> <li> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Westside Community Organization:</strong> Volunteers will improve an existing flower garden on URA property.</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Cities of Service</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Founded in September 2009 in New York City by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. American cities face serious challenges and many mayors want to take advantage of every resource available to them &ndash; including the time and energy of public-spirited residents &ndash; to address those challenges. But in cities across America today, citizen service is often an underutilized or inefficiently utilized strategy by municipal governments. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. To learn more, visit <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/">citiesofservice.org</a> or follow @CitiesofService on Twitter.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: center;">###</span></p> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:18:20 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 16, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5723 <p><strong>Meeting with Director Todd Siegel</strong></p> <p>Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Gastil</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Call with Andrew Bauer, CEO of ROYCE</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:24:17 -0500 Progress Made in Finding Housing for Penn Plaza Residents & Presenting New Vision for East Liberty Park Plans http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5722 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (February 15, 2016) Relocation experts are coming closer this week to finding new housing for all residents of Building 5704 at Penn Plaza in East Liberty. At the same time the developers and the community have agreed to a process to develop plans for Enright Parklet and other amenities throughout East Liberty. This work will not only improve the parklet, but also create a new vision for the neighborhood.</p> <p>With that ongoing work, the parties have asked that Pittsburgh City Council temporarily postpone the public hearing set for tomorrow regarding zoning changes proposed for the Enright Parklet and Penn Plaza properties to March 22nd. The postponement will give planners time to bring a larger vision to the community -- and give neighbors a voice in the design process -- before the zoning plans are subject to a public hearing and City Council vote..</p> <p>The comprehensive plan will include the parklet in Friendship, and enhance it with a vision for how it can extend throughout East Liberty. But first, it will be taken to the community for its opinion.</p> <p>The community plans come as months of work is also nearly complete to find housing for those in danger of being left without homes through the private redevelopment of the Penn Plaza site.</p> <p>&ldquo;This month is dedicated to the people of Penn Plaza,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said. &ldquo;Even though this is a private development, and the owners had every right to close their buildings, everyone is totally committed to finding homes for every last resident before the end of the month. This must remain our priority until we have succeeded.&rdquo;</p> <p>Two buildings at the Penn Plaza apartments in East Liberty are set to be demolished by owners Pennley Park South Inc. this year and next. The realty company was set to evict all residents last summer but through an agreement with Mayor William Peduto, state Rep. Ed Gainey, City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess and other stakeholders the owners agreed to offer relocation assistance to residents, and agreed to phase the development to allow residents more time to live in their apartments.</p> <p>To date thousands of dollars in relocation benefits have been paid by Pennley Park South to the tenants. Of 115 residents in 5704 Penn Avenue -- which is the first building set for demolition -- less than 10 were still seeking housing solutions as of this week. Attorneys for the realty company were working with relocation experts through Neighborhood Allies, the Penn Plaza Tenant Council and the Peduto Administration over the weekend to find apartments for all those remaining by the end of this week.</p> <p>Zoning changes affecting the Penn Plaza site and the adjacent Enright Parklet were approved by the City Planning Commission in October and were scheduled to be the subject of a public hearing before City Council Tuesday. That hearing will still be held, but has been temporarily postponed to March 22 so that the planning process can occur for various amenities in East Liberty, including Enright Parklet.</p> <p>Consultants at Fu Wilmers Design are currently engaged in comprehensive park planning for East Liberty, in conjunction with ongoing work they are doing on the planned Mellon&rsquo;s Orchard site at Euclid Avenue and Station Street. Fu Wilmers held an initial meeting with Pennley Park South, the community and City Planning at which the partners agreed to a planning process to be held through mid-March.</p> <p>After the completion of this process, Council will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed zoning changes.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:29:56 -0500 Afterschool Meal Program Expands To Western Neighborhoods http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5721 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 15, 2016) &ndash; Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation (Citiparks) today announced that the GrubUp afterschool meals program is expanding to Sheraden.</p> <p dir="ltr">Starting Monday, February 15, snacks will be served at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Sheraden from 3-4:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at Sheraden&#39;s Healthy Active Living Center from 6-7:00 p.m. Both programs will take place Monday-Friday and are located at 720 Sherwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15204.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;For the first time in the city&rsquo;s history, we are providing afterschool meals to youth throughout the city,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;Launching the program last fall was a big step. Expanding the program to more areas of the city is essential and makes me extremely proud.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The afterschool program is part of GrubUp, the year-round campaign to serve free meals to all children up to 18 years old as well as individuals with mental disabilities up to 21 years of age.&nbsp;Meals are now being served at 11 locations throughout the city - all <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/community-recreation-centers">10 city recreation facilities</a> from 5-6:30 p.m. and the Sheraden HAL Center from 6-7:00 p.m. All meals are served Monday through Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I am excited that District 2 children will benefit from the GrubUp afterschool snack and dinner programs at the Carnegie Library branch and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center,&rdquo; said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith. &ldquo;I am grateful that Mayor Peduto and Citiparks recognized the need for the expansion. In addition, we are working with several community partners, including Pittsburgh Public Schools and Citiparks, to create additional opportunities for District 2 residents.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">In the summer of 2015, GrubUp served up 182,039 healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks with meals offered at 101 locations. The average daily participation in the summer food service program was 2,013. Additionally, GrubUp rolled out the Mobile Food Truck last summer, in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools, which had pit stops at 38 different parks, pools, playgrounds, and libraries.</p> <p dir="ltr">From the September - December 2015 launch of the afterschool program, GrubUp provided 22,477 afterschool meals at 10 locations throughout the city. Average daily participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is 330. Numbers are expected to increase with the expansion to Sheraden.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, more than 45,000 children in Allegheny County are considered to be food insecure; 73,500 children are eligible for free or reduced-rate school lunches or breakfasts.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;As we continue to grow the GrubUp afterschool program to Citiparks facilities throughout the city, we also hope youth-serving organizations across Pittsburgh will become a GrubUp afterschool partner and open their doors to provide meals programming for our youngest residents,&rdquo; added Parks and Recreation Director Jim Griffin. &ldquo;Citiparks currently works with over 51 community partners to provide opportunities for out of school time meals. As expansion continues, we hope to increase the number of engaged community partners.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Community partners interested in hosting a GrubUp afterschool meals program should contact the Citiparks office at 412-244-3911.</p> <p dir="ltr">GrubUp is part of the Mayor&rsquo;s Live Well Pittsburgh initiative and is made possible thanks to grants provided by the National League of Cities and National Recreation and Park Association funded by the Walmart Foundation.</p> <p dir="ltr">GrubUp is administered by the Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation (Citiparks) and is supported, in part, by a $50,000 grant from the National League of Cities and a $30,000 grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Annual reimbursement funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and with the ongoing participation of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.</p> <p dir="ltr">Full program details, including a comprehensive list of locations, are available at <a href="http://www.grubuppgh.com/">www.grubuppgh.org</a>, or by calling (412) 244-3911 or&nbsp;2-1-1. Follow the campaign via Twitter at @LiveWellPGH, @citiparks, and #getyourgrubon.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contacts: </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Betty Cruz - Deputy Chief, Special Initiatives, City of Pittsburgh Office: 412-255-2439 or <a href="mailto:betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov">betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <p>Jamie Beechey - Deputy Director, Citiparks, City of Pittsburgh Office: 412-255-2372 or <a href="mailto:Jamie.beechey@pittsburghpa.gov">jamie.beechey@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"># # #</p> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:06:45 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 15, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5720 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>9 a.m. to 12 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Chief McDonald Roberts</strong></p> <div>Time: 1:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Dr. Lane, Dr. Holley, Dr. Perkins, and Councilman Kraus</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Mayor Jennifer Robert of Charlotte</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:15 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Maxine Lapiduss</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:16:35 -0500 Reminder: Portion of Smithfield Street In Downtown Pittsburgh To Close For Reconstruction http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5718 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 12, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that the northbound travel lane and parking lane of Smithfield Street -- spanning from Fourth Ave. to Fifth Ave. -- will be closed to accommodate the reconstruction of the Forbes Ave. and Smithfield St. intersection beginning Monday morning, February 15, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">This closure is expected to be in effect for approximately six months.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reconstruction project includes improvements to curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, upgrading of signalized intersections, new storm system and new concrete pavement, as well as streetscaping features and street lighting. Underground work includes vault repairs, waterline replacement, relining of existing combined sewer line and other miscellaneous construction. This work will involve future changes in traffic flow as the project advances.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Forbes Avenue project is a federally funded project started in 2014 with 80% of the $5.3 million budget coming from the Federal Highway Administration through PennDOT. The work is being performed by A. Merante Contracting, Inc., a heavy civil and highway contractor.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses as well as access through the intersection of Smithfield St. and Forbes Ave.</p> <p dir="ltr">The southbound bus-only lane of Smithfield St. will remain open to accommodate the Port Authority bus schedules. Loading for businesses will also be maintained.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Kenneth Olup, Project Manager of Hill International, at 412-595-8802, or via email to KennethOlup@hillintl.com.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:40:02 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 12, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5717 <p><strong>Graduation Ceremony for&nbsp;Firefighter Recruits</strong></p> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, North Highland Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Consul General of Canada, John Prato</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Andrew Bauer,&nbsp;CEO of ROYCE</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Phil McKeating&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Councilman Burgess and Rep. Gainey</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:15:54 -0500 City To Open Regional Warming Centers, Residents Urged To Stay Inside If Possible http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5716 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 11, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh will open several regional warming centers this weekend to help residents through dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Friday only, all 24 Citiparks Community Centers -- including 10 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/community-recreation-centers">Recreation</a> and 13 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/senior-community-centers">Healthy Active Living (Senior) Centers</a> -- will be open from <strong>10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.</strong> and will serve as warming centers for the public.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The Recreation Centers are:</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Ammon, 2217 Bedford Avenue, Hill District</li> <li>Magee, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield</li> <li>Paulson, 1201 Paulson Street, Lincoln-Lemington</li> <li>West Penn, 450 30th Street, Polish Hill</li> <li>Jefferson, 605 Rednap Street, Central Northside</li> <li>Arlington, 2201 Salisbury Street, Arlington</li> <li>Brookline, 1400 Oakridge Street, Brookline</li> <li>Ormsby, 79 S. 22nd Street, South Side</li> <li>Phillips Park, 201 Parkfield Street, Carrick</li> <li>Warrington, 329 E. Warrington Avenue, Beltzhoover</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The Healthy Active Living Centers are:</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Glen Hazel, 945 Roselle Court</li> <li>Greenfield, 745 Greenfield Ave.</li> <li>Hazelwood, 5344 Second Ave.</li> <li>Homewood, 5344 Second Ave.</li> <li>Lawrenceville, 4600 Butler St.</li> <li>Morningside, 6944 Presidents Way</li> <li>Brighton Heights, 3515 McClure Ave.</li> <li>North Side, Allegheny Square</li> <li>Northview Heights, 533 Mt. Pleasant Rd.</li> <li>Mt. Washington, 122 Virginia Ave.</li> <li>Sheraden, 720 Sherwood Ave.</li> <li>South Side Market House, 12th St. &amp; 1 Bedford Square</li> <li>West End, 80 Wabash St.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, the following regional Citiparks Community Centers will be open in the same capacity:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Homewood Community Center, 7321 Frankstown Ave. 15208</li> <li>Brighton Heights Community Center, 3515 McClure Ave. 15212</li> <li>Sheraden Community Center, 720 Sherwood Ave. 15204</li> <li>South Side Market House, 12th St. &amp; 1 Bedford Square 15203</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Hours for both Saturday and Sunday will be 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">All Pittsburgh police and other emergency personnel will be asked to check on homeless individuals, advise them of the extreme cold, and if necessary transport them to shelters or warming centers. Animal Control will also enforce city law prohibiting pets from being left outside during the extreme weather.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:21:59 -0500 Emergency Medical Services Chief Mark Bocian Retiring Next Month After 40 Years of Service http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5715 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (February 11, 2016) Emergency Medical Services Chief Mark A. Bocian has announced he will retire March 2, 2016, after more than 40 years of service to the city.</p> <p>Bocian, 63, was hired in the fall of 1975; promoted to Paramedic Supervisor/District Chief in 1980; promoted to Deputy Chief in 2005; and made Acting Chief of the EMS bureau in 2012. Mayor William Peduto named him Chief in 2015.</p> <p>Among many other roles Chief Bocian has served as a board member of the Allegheny County EMS Council, the Emergency Medical Services Institute, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Service Council.</p> <p>&ldquo;It has been an honor to serve as Chief of one the finest EMS Systems in the country if not the world. Pre-hospital EMS has its roots in Western Pennsylvania, and I was fortunate to be in on the ground floor with a system built by many destined to become one of the premier systems,&rdquo; Chief Bocian said.</p> <p>&ldquo;As with most careers it is always the people that you meet and befriend that are important, and I have had the privilege to be surrounded by and work with some of the best. They will be missed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mayor Peduto said, &ldquo;For decades Chief Bocian has personified the professionalism and caring that are the longtime hallmarks of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s EMS bureau. The city and its medics will miss him.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Mayor will name Deputy Chief Robert W. Farrow as Acting Chief upon Bocian&rsquo;s March 2 retirement. Hired at age 19 he is one of three remaining EMS employees who started with Pittsburgh EMS upon its inception in June 1975.</p> <p>Chief Farrow was promoted to Paramedic Field Supervisor in 1981; Rescue Division Supervisor in 1998; Division Chief in 2000; Acting Deputy Chief in 2012; and Deputy Chief in 2015.</p> <p>In addition Chief Farrow has held the position of Hazardous Materials Team Chief for the City of Pittsburgh since January 1998. He has been appointed to the Allegheny County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Region 13 WMD Working Group, and the Metropolitan Medical Response Systems program.</p> <p>Chief Farrow is a graduate of Plum High School and currently resides in Stanton Heights where he has lived for the past 38 years.</p> <p>The opening in the EMS chief position will be publicly posted in March.</p> <div>###</div> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:02:23 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 11, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5712 <p><strong>WDVE Morning Show</strong></p> <div> <div> <div>Time: 8:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chris Anderson</strong> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with&nbsp;Steamfitters Local 449&nbsp;</strong></p> <div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div> <p>Location:&nbsp;Steamfitters Local 449, 1517 Woodruff St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Barbara Luderowski, President, Mattress Factory</strong></p> <div>Time: 2 p.m.<br /> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <p><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></p> <p>Time: 4 p.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div> <p><strong>Speaking at Syria Refugee Summit</strong></p> <p>Time: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Avenue</p> <div><strong>19th Ward Democratic Committee Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Steamfitters Local 449, 1517 Woodruff St.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:09:33 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 10, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5710 <p><strong>PML Legislative Committee Co-Chair Monthly Call</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div><strong>Meeting with Eric Shiner</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Essential Pittsburgh Radio Show</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:45 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;WESA Studio, 67 Bedford Square</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Councilman Kraus, Corey Buckner, and Ricardo Williams</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: &nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Evening with Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Penn Avenue Place Auditorium, 501 Penn Avenue</div> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:26:02 -0500 Public Works Crews Respond To Level 2 Snow Alert http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5709 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 9, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) has issued a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">Level 2 Snow Alert Alert</a> effective 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker</a> will be active throughout the current snow event. Current forecasts estimate snow accumulations of 2&quot; to 4&quot; with snowfall lasting until approximately 11:59 p.m. tonight.</p> <p dir="ltr">DPW has dispatched Approximately 70 vehicles equipped with plows for this snow event. Streets are being treated with a rock salt and liquid calcium chloride mix. Crews will work 12 hour shifts until the snow event concludes.</p> <p dir="ltr">During a Level Two snow event, DPW has a 32 hour window after the snow event ends to clear the streets before individual constituent calls for service will be addressed. This current snow event is expected to last until midnight tonight giving our crews until Noon on Thursday, February 11, 2016, to treat all streets. DPW will be following the primary, secondary and tertiary plowing routes exclusively throughout the snow event.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents should contact the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form">311 Response Center</a> if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm.&nbsp;The 311 response center is open for non-emergency calls, such as reports of downed trees or water main breaks.</p> <div>Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Wednesday morning.</div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winter Storm Levels &amp; 311 Response Center</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Public Works classifies storm conditions into <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">Winter Storm Levels</a>. Levels determine the required response timeframe for a given snowstorm. Based on the Storm Levels, it will be expected that all streets will be serviced with clearly defined response times.</p> <p dir="ltr">Depending on the severity or level of the weather event it can take up to 48 hours to treat the streets with salt and/or calcium chloride after a snow/ice event.</p> <p dir="ltr">Level 1 Event (1 - 3&quot;): Crews have 24 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</p> <p dir="ltr">Level 2 Event (3 - 6&quot;): Crews have 32 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</p> <p dir="ltr">Level 3 Event (6 - 10&quot;): Crews have 48 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</p> <p dir="ltr">Level 4 Event (&gt; than 10&quot;): Calls will not be taken until weather event drops to a Level 3 (6-10&quot;).</p> <p><strong>Winter Weather Resources</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker</a> is a resource available to monitor the travel history for all vehicles dedicated to snow and ice control throughout the time frame of a snow event.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:13:14 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 9, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5708 <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Lunch with Councilman Kraus</strong></p> <p>Time: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Greg Puschnigg, CEO for BOSS Controls</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Bicentennial Steering Committee Meeting&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:49:43 -0500 Portion of Smithfield Street In Downtown Pittsburgh To Close For Reconstruction http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5702 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 8, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that the northbound travel lane and parking lane of Smithfield Street --&nbsp;spanning from Fourth Ave. to Fifth Ave. -- will be closed to accommodate the reconstruction of the Forbes Ave. and Smithfield St. intersection beginning Monday morning, February 15, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">This closure is expected to be in effect for approximately six months.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reconstruction project includes improvements to curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, upgrading of signalized intersections, new storm system and new concrete pavement, as well as streetscaping features and street lighting. Underground work includes vault repairs, waterline replacement, relining of existing combined sewer line and other miscellaneous construction. This work will involve future changes in traffic flow as the project advances.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Forbes Avenue project is a federally funded project started in 2014 with 80% of the $5.3 million budget coming from the Federal Highway Administration through PennDOT. The work is being performed by A. Merante Contracting, Inc., a heavy civil and highway contractor.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses as well as access through the intersection of Smithfield St. and Forbes Ave.</p> <p dir="ltr">The southbound bus-only lane of Smithfield St. will remain open to accommodate the Port Authority bus schedules. Loading for businesses will also be maintained.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Kenneth Olup, Project Manager of Hill International, at 412-595-8802, or via email to KennethOlup@hillintl.com.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:05:11 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 8, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5701 <div><strong>Office Hours</strong></div> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>Call with Mark Aloe</strong></div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div><strong>Meeting with Deborah Walker,&nbsp;Chief&nbsp;of OMI</strong></div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Fundraiser for Councilman Dan Gilman</strong></div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Olive Or Twist, 140 6th St</div> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:26:20 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 6-7, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5698 <div><strong>February 6</strong></div> <div><br clear="all" /> <div><strong>Rep. Ed Gainey Election Kickoff Breakfast</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;7120 Kelly St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>February 7</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Allegheny County Democratic Committee Brunch</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;5 Hot Metal St.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:40:00 -0500 Portion of Greentree Road In West End Neighborhoods Closed Due To Landslide http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5694 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 5, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that Greentree Road - between Ridgemont Dr. and Woodville Ave. in the Westwood, Ridgemont and West End neighborhoods - will be closed until further notice due to a landslide. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The road will be reopened once debris is removed and passage is safe for pedestrians and vehicles.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:55:47 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 5, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5692 <p><strong>Meeting with Gehl Studios</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Mary Conturo, Sen. Fontana, County Executive, and Councilman Gilman</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking with Students from the University of Pittsburgh for Career Shadowing Program</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Grant Oliphant and Scott Izzo</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with COS Acklin</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with County Executive, Arthur Ziegler, Michael Sriprasert, Bill Griffin, Charles Howell, Ed Stack, and </strong></div> <div><strong>Councilman Gilman&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:33:21 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 4, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5690 <p><strong>Speaking at Builders Guild Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 8:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 Union Hall, 2201 Liberty Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Coffee with John Rohe</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Gable, Chief Costa, and City Forester Lisa Ceoffe&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Senior Center Visit</strong><br /> Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 2:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Proclamation to Celebrate CCAC&#39;s 50th Anniversary</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Ave</p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:04:24 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 3, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5684 <p><strong>Meeting with Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <div><br /> <strong>Interview on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the University of Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief Lam, Wendy Urbanic, and Laura Meixel</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> <strong>Ironworkers Employers Association&#39;s Annual Dinner</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Lexus Club, 1001 Fifth Ave</div> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:40:19 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 2, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5680 <div><strong>Presenting Proclamation for&nbsp;Organization of&nbsp;Chinese&nbsp;Americans</strong></div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Max King</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Taylor Allderdice Vs. Perry Traditional Academy Basketball Game</strong></div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;2409 Shady Ave</div> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:48:51 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule February 1, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5674 <p><strong>Eyeglass Delivery Day with Eyetique</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Miller K-5, 2055 Bedford Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>African American Heritage Committee Presents Black History Month Kickoff</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: William Moorhead Federal Building<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference for Bicentennial Black Honors Event&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 1 p.m.<br /> Location: Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Councilman Reverend Burgess</strong><br /> Time: 2:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <div><strong>Meeting with Alex Orton</strong></div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview with Isabelle Schmeler,&nbsp;Oakland Catholic High School Student</strong></div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Opening of City Black History Month Exhibit: &nbsp;&quot;A History on Film: A Tribute to African American Contribution to FilmBlack History Month.&quot;</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>Location: City County Lobby, 414 Grant St.</div> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:13:27 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 30-31, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5672 <p><strong>January 30</strong></p> <blockquote><strong>Lawrenceville United&#39;s Night at the Races</strong><br /> Time: 6:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Teamster&#39;s Temple<br /> <br /> <strong>Martin Luther King &nbsp;Jr. Leadership Awards Presented by Coro Pittsburgh</strong><br /> Time: 7:30 p.m.<br /> Location:&nbsp;1 Bigelow Square<br /> <br /> <strong>SEAD Pre-Endorsement Rally</strong><br /> Time: 8:30 p.m.<br /> Location: The Royal Place, 2660 Library Road</blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>January 31</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>&nbsp;Day Off</em></div> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:50:11 -0500 City to Unveil Black History Month Exhibit During Celebration Monday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5670 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 29, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh will kickoff Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 1 with the opening of an exhibit titled &quot;A History on Film: A Tribute to African American Contribution to Film.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">An opening reception will take place on Monday, February 1, from 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m. in the City-County Building lobby. The reception will include refreshments and a performance by Bobby Short. The festivities will include remarks by Mayor William Peduto as well as Najaa Young, writer/director of the locally filmed movie &ldquo;Blood First,&rdquo; and actress/producer/entrepreneur Kimmarie Johnson.</p> <p dir="ltr">The exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the City-County Building weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. February 1 &ndash; 29. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The &quot;A History on Film: A Tribute to African American Contribution to Film&quot; display will showcase 20 individuals with Pittsburgh roots. A list of individuals can be found <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/black-history-month">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s 2016 celebration of Black History Month is presented by Citiparks and is sponsored by WAMO 100.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:28:31 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 29, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5666 <p><strong>Meeting with David Roger and Sean Luther</strong></p> <div>Time: 9 a.m.</div> <div> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Neil Donahue</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Councilwoman Kail-Smith and Councilwoman Rudiak</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City Council Conference Room</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Year in Review Interview for City TV Channel</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Visitation for Janese Jackson Talton</strong></p> <p>Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;Watson Funeral Home, 720 North Lang</p> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:27:50 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 28, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5663 <p><strong>Meeting with City Clerk Mary Beth Doheny and Deputy City Clerk Kim&nbsp;Clark-Baskin</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Christina Howell, Bloomfield Development Corporation</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Regional Transportation Alliance</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Allegheny Conference Offices, 11 Stanwix Street Flr 17</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with BIG</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Accepting Award at the Public Relations Society of America</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6:45 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, 620 William Penn Place</div> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:06:30 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Announces Agreement Ensuring Affordable Housing in Crawford Square http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5662 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 28, 2016) Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s administration has secured agreements ensuring another 30 years of affordable housing in the Crawford Square housing development in the Lower Hill District.</p> <p>Furthermore -- due to financing provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh as part of the agreements -- many units could be offered at even deeper affordability rates than they were previously.</p> <p>Crawford Square was redeveloped in the early 1990s with financing provided by Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and consists of 348 rental units, of which 188 are rented to low income households. The Peduto administration learned late last year that the original covenants over the property were due to expire in 2016, and 143 of those affordable units could then convert to market rate housing. (The remaining 45 units were due to convert to market rate in 2028.)</p> <p>Mayor Peduto wrote the ownership partners of Crawford Square, McCormack Baron Salazar and AIG, in November asking that they work with the City to preserve affordability at the site for decades to come.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the increasing popularity of Pittsburgh as an urban destination and the resultant rising rent levels, it is extremely critical that the City maintain the economic diversity that makes it the special place it is. Please know that it is of the utmost importance that the Crawford Square affordable units remain affordable for the next 30 years,&rdquo; the Mayor wrote.</p> <p>The City and other partners reached agreements over the past several weeks to ensure the affordable units will stay.</p> <p>&ldquo;Revitalization does not have to mean gentrification and displacement,&rdquo; commented Vincent R. Bennett, President of McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. &ldquo;The Peduto administration and the Housing Authority, through their support of Crawford Square, is demonstrating their commitment to maintaining and deepening affordable rents and helping people of all incomes move up in the neighborhood, not out.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh agreed to restructure an estimated $14 million in debt associated with the development, and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency agreed to restructure its financing and support new low income tax credits for the site.</p> <p>&ldquo;Housing that&rsquo;s available at various rental rates is critical to a city&rsquo;s economic health because it ensures the region&rsquo;s diverse workforce can live in urban neighborhoods and share in the growth of the area,&rdquo; said Brian A. Hudson Sr., executive director and CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud that PHFA could play a role in helping Crawford Square continue to offer affordable rental units for the city&rsquo;s residents.&rdquo;</p> <p>To finish the deal, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh agreed to put $6 million into the development. In exchange the Housing Authority will place between 40 and 60 project-based vouchers in Crawford Square.&nbsp; This will allow for deeper levels of affordability on those units than are at the site currently, increasing the housing options for more renters of lower incomes. The Housing Authority board is scheduled to vote on the matter at its meeting today.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the 1990s Crawford Square was a model of public and private cooperation to provide quality affordable housing. This new agreement continues that cooperative spirit and most importantly ensures the commitments we have made to our residents of every economic level will continue for decades to come,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>Ensuring long-term affordability at Crawford Square comes as the City, the Housing Authority, the URA and others &ndash; including the City&rsquo;s Affordable Housing Task Force &ndash; are working together to preserve housing options for Pittsburgh residents in neighborhoods citywide.</p> <p>&ldquo;HACP currently has more than 8,500 individuals and families on our waiting lists for public housing and housing choice vouchers. We will continue to look for opportunities to leverage available resources and take advantage of new, efficient and innovative methods to address the city&#39;s growing need for safe, affordable housing,&rdquo; said Housing Authority Executive Director Castor D. Binion.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:03:46 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 27, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5658 <div><strong>Office Work</strong></div> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with James Penna, Richard Stafford, Michael Zeto, and Jim Sloss</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with James Williams</strong></div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Jay Sukernek</strong></div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Panelist for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Town Hall Meeting</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Heinz History Center</div> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:13:34 -0500 Media Advisory: Mayor Peduto's Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative Partners with LGBTI Caucus of the Refugee Congress for a Forum on LGBTQI Refugees, Hosted at Kelly Strayhorn's Alloy Studio http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5657 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 26, 2016) Welcoming Pittsburgh will co-host a panel of LGBTQI and refugee experts Wednesday to address issues facing LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers.&nbsp;</p> <p>The panelists include two members form local refugee resettlement agencies, an immigration attorney, and two leaders in the LGBTQI community. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What</strong>:</p> <p>Forum on LGBTQI refugees to identify services and create&nbsp;a dialogue between the provider network to&nbsp;increase opportunity for any refugee or asylum seeker who identifies as LGBTQI in Pittsburgh</p> <p><strong>Who</strong>:</p> <p>Betty Hill, Executive Director, Persad</p> <p>Cavanaugh Quick,&nbsp;Program Manager, Dreams of Hope</p> <p>Dawn Brubacker,&nbsp;Lead Service&nbsp;Coordinator, Refugee &amp; Immigrant Services, Jewish Family &amp; Children Services</p> <p>Kheir&nbsp;Mugwaneza,&nbsp;Director, Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Northern Area Multi-Service Center</p> <p>Mark Harley,&nbsp;Immigration Attorney, Schneck &amp; Harley Immigration Law Group</p> <p>Beni Dedieu Luzau, Coordinator, LGBTI Caucus of the Refugee Congress</p> <p>Betty Cruz (Moderator), Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives, Mayor&rsquo;s Office</p> <p><strong>When</strong>:</p> <p>Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 1-2:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>:&nbsp;</p> <p>Alloy Studios, 5530 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 (Garfield)</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:53:46 -0500 Pittsburgh Selected to Participate in National League of Cities' Project to Build Financial Inclusion for Families http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5654 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 26, 2016) The National League of Cities announced that Pittsburgh is one of eight cities that has been competitively selected to participate in its Financial Inclusion Systems and City Leadership (FISCL) project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mayor William Peduto will join with his colleagues from the seven other selected cities for a Mayors&rsquo; Institute on Financial Inclusion in April. The Mayors&rsquo; Institute will give the mayors and their advisors an opportunity to engage with national experts and peers to develop practical solutions to local challenges and take advantage of new and existing opportunities to help residents gain a solid financial foothold.</p> <p>The Mayors&rsquo; Institute is part of FISCL, a two-year project supported by MetLife Foundation and designed to help cities build sustainable city-wide systems that improve residents&rsquo; financial health and stability. By participating in FISCL, mayors and other city leaders in Pittsburgh will increase their capacity to develop initiatives that help families expand access to safe and affordable financial services and financial education, accumulate savings, reduce debt and build assets.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;While many cities across the country are experiencing economic recovery and growth, this prosperity has not reached residents across all rungs of the economic ladder,&rdquo; said NLC President Melodee Colbert-Kean, councilmember and former mayor, Joplin, Mo. &ldquo;This project will give mayors a unique opportunity to implement and strengthen innovative strategies to address the financial challenges many residents face on a daily basis.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to the Mayors&rsquo; Institute, NLC&rsquo;s FISCL initiative will support Pittsburgh&rsquo;s efforts to improve the financial stability of families through ongoing technical assistance, opportunities to apply for grant funds to support local financial inclusion efforts and numerous opportunities for peer learning and exchange. Pittsburgh will also have an opportunity to showcase its local strategies at NLC&rsquo;s National Summit on Financial Inclusion, a convening of cities across the country that will take place in early 2017.</p> <p>Community Partners for this effort include Neighborhood Allies, Neighborworks, the United Way and BankOn.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to connect more families to economic opportunity in Pittsburgh, and this project helps us help our families to build systems of inclusion and financial capabilities. We are thrilled to be a part of this opportunity and are grateful for the partnerships that will help make this effort successful,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>This project builds upon NLC&rsquo;s successful partnership with MetLife Foundation. In 2014, with MetLife Foundation&rsquo;s support, NLC conducted in-depth research on financial inclusion programs in cities across the U.S. which informed the design of the project and which culminated in the comprehensive report, <a href="http://www.nlc.org/find-city-solutions/institute-for-youth-education-and-families/family-economic-success/financial-inclusion">City Financial Inclusion Efforts: A National Overview.</a> This report highlights the growing commitment of city leaders to address their residents&rsquo; financial inclusion challenges.</p> <p>The other cities chosen were:</p> <ul> <li>Boston</li> <li>Dubuque, Iowa</li> <li>Durham, North Carolina</li> <li>Hattiesburg, Mississippi&nbsp;</li> <li>Lansing, Michigan</li> <li>Philadelphia</li> <li>St. Petersburg, Florida</li> </ul> <p><strong>About the National League of Cities&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.</p> <p>The NLC will hold its <a href="http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/annual-conferences/future-conference-dates">nationwide City Summit in Pittsburgh in November</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:35:07 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 26, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5653 <p><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></p> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at Luncheon for the Center on Race and Social Problems</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Cathedral of Learning</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting to Discuss East Liberty Community Plan</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Jon Potter from Not Another Hostel</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div><strong>Interview with Calvin Hennick,&nbsp;U.S. Green Building Council</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 13:13:42 -0500 Correction: Open Enrollment for 2016 Health Insurance Coverage At City-County Building Wednesday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5652 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 25, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Healthy Together enrollment campaign has partnered with <a href="http://consumerhealthcoalition.org/">Consumer Health Coalition</a> to provide a free step-by-step healthcare enrollment help in the City-County Building lobby on <span style="color:#ff0000;">Wednesday, January 27, 2016</span>.</p> <p dir="ltr">From 1-5:00 p.m., a certified healthcare navigator will be available to answer questions and help uninsured residents register for quality and affordable health coverage through <a href="https://click.mail.whitehouse.gov/?qs=aa28ba7618b5b6ed70c29a91eab44508d33da8bd51e245f01fc287fc28f897dbcd881695aab64eb6">HealthCare.gov</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">To schedule an appointment please call 412-456-1877 or visit <a href="http://www.gcaconnector.org">www.GCAConnector.org</a> to schedule an appointment with an assister near you.</p> <p dir="ltr">There are six days remaining before the final January 31 deadline to get 2016 health insurance coverage. Families are encouraged to stop by for support navigating the healthcare enrollment process -- the event and enrollment help are provided at no cost.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Healthy Together mascot, Enroll-O-Bot, will make an appearance from 1 - 3:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>2016 #GetCovered Open Enrollment Day at City Hall</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="color:#ff0000;">Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 from 1 - 5 p.m. (Enroll-O-Bot appearance 1 - 3 p.m.)</span></p> <p dir="ltr">City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh PA 15219</p> <p>For families concerned about cost, Enroll America, a Healthy Together partner notes:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>4 out of 5 Pennsylvanians who have signed up for coverage have received some kind of financial assistance to reduce their health insurance costs. And, for those who remain uninsured, a fine of at least $695 may apply on next year&rsquo;s taxes.</li> <li>For those with qualifying income ($16,243 for a single person, $33,465 for a family of four), Pennsylvania&rsquo;s HealthChoices program may be available to provide coverage with no monthly premium.</li> </ul> <p>The Healthy Together partnership is a collaborative between the Mayor&rsquo;s Office and Consumer Health Coalition, Allies for Children, Enroll America, and Allegheny County Health Department. Healthy Together is a project of Live Well Pittsburgh.</p> <p><strong>Contact: </strong></p> <p>Betty Cruz, Deputy Chief, Special Initiatives: 412-862-0676; <a href="mailto:betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov">betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/subscribe/">HealthCare.gov</a>: </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Free help is available. If you need to enroll over the phone, please call 1-800-318-2596 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week. The call is free. Trained enrollment specialists will provide free, personal help and share other important advice, including how to qualify for financial help, how to start an application, or how to re-enroll.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:31:39 -0500 Refuse Collection Resumes, Postponed Saturday Routes To Be Collected This Week http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5650 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 25, 2016) - City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services refuse collection is operating on schedule as of Monday, January 25.</p> <p dir="ltr">Due to the weather conditions on Saturday, January 23, refuse collection operations were suspended. Residents not serviced on Saturday are asked to leave refuse&nbsp;curbside for service during the week of January 25.</p> <p dir="ltr">All other refuse will be collected on the regularly scheduled collection day - Monday through Friday. There are no scheduled refuse delays this week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents are encouraged to utilize <a href="http://pgh.st/">pgh.st</a> - a city-sponsored online application created to help assist residents with trash and recycling collection schedules. City of Pittsburgh residents can register to receive a text message reminder the day before trash and/or recycling is due at the curb. The messages also note changes in refuse pickup schedules due to holidays.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions please contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at 412-255-2773 or 412-255-2631.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:05:48 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 25, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5649 <p><strong>Meeting with Tony Ross</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Victor Diaz and Michael Matesic</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Disability City County Task Force</strong><br /> Time: 1 p.m.<br /> Location: City Council Chambers<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Jesse Berst from Smart Cities Council</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Annual Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Two Chatham Center, 112 Washington Place</p> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:46:42 -0500 Snow Event Update: Pittsburgh Rises to Level 3 Storm, Refuse Collection Suspended, Roads Being Plowed, Salting Set to Resume http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5647 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 23, 2016) The Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has raised this weekend&#39;s snow event to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">a Level 3 storm</a>, meaning with more than 6 inches of snow crews are focusing on primary and secondary routes, and will clear all streets within 48 hours of the end of the snowfall.&nbsp;</p> <p>Saturday&#39;s refuse collection has been suspended for the safety of Environmental Services workers, and to allow more space on roadways for plows and salt-spreaders. Residents may leave their refuse at the curb and it will be picked up Monday or Tuesday.</p> <p>The weekend snowfall has been slightly more heavy in the city than predicted Friday. While some city neighborhoods have received slightly less than 6 inches of snow accumulation, other neighborhoods are receiving more than that amount, which prompted the move to a Level 3 storm response.&nbsp;</p> <p>Residents should contact the&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form" target="_blank">311 Response Center</a>&nbsp;if a street is not treated within the designated 48-hour timeframe following a storm. The 311 response center is open this weekend from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for non-emergency calls, such as reports of downed trees or water main breaks.</p> <p>Crews have been working in 12-hour shifts and plowing streets since 6 p.m. Saturday. When snowfall begins tapering off around noon today the crews will additionally begin treating streets with a mixture of salt and liquid calcium chloride.</p> <p>As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday there were 66 DPW vehicles plowing city roadways. Residents are urged to follow their progress on the city&#39;s <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker site</a>, and to stay off roads when possible to allow crews to service them.</p> <div>Crews started their latest shift at&nbsp;6 a.m.&nbsp;today and will work a 12-hour shift until to&nbsp;6 p.m. At that time DPW intends to bring in another 12-hour shift to work overnight into&nbsp;Sunday&nbsp;morning.</div> <div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winter Storm Levels &amp; 311 Response Center</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Public Works classifies storm conditions into&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels" target="_blank">Winter Storm Levels</a>. Levels determine the required response timeframe for a given snowstorm. Based on the Storm Levels, it will be expected that all streets will be serviced with clearly defined response times.</p> <p dir="ltr">Depending on the severity or level of the weather event it can take up to 48 hours to treat the streets with salt and/or calcium chloride after a snow/ice event.</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Level 1 Event (1 - 3&quot;): Crews have 24 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</li> <li>Level 2 Event (3 - 6&quot;): Crews have 32 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</li> <li>Level 3 Event (6 - 10&quot;): Crews have 48 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</li> <li>Level 4 Event (&gt; than 10&quot;): Calls will not be taken until weather event drops to a Level 3 (6-10&quot;).</li> </ul> <p><strong>Winter Weather Resources</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh&nbsp;<a href="https://city.temeda.com/#" target="_blank">Snow Plow Tracker</a>&nbsp;is a resource available to monitor the travel history for all vehicles dedicated to snow and ice control throughout the time frame of a snow event.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents should contact the&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form" target="_blank">311 Response Center</a>&nbsp;if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm.</p> <p dir="ltr">Visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/ema/" target="_blank">Office of Emergency Management</a>&nbsp;Winter Storm Preparedness&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/oemhs/Winter_Weather_2016.pdf" target="_blank">Guide</a>&nbsp;for helpful tips on how to be prepared for a winter storm and below freezing temperatures. Shoveling Snow: It is a violation of city policy to shovel snow into the street. Snow should be piled on lawn areas, close to the curb or in the front and/or rear of your vehicle.</p> <p dir="ltr">Citiparks facilities will maintain regularly scheduled hours and programming.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents are reminded to visit the City of Pittsburgh Snow Resource Center&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow" target="_blank">www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow&nbsp;</a>for all weather related information.</p> <div>###</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:02:31 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 23 - 24, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5645 <div><strong>January 23</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Summit Against Racism</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N Highland Ave</p> <div><br /> <strong>January 24</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left: 40px;">Day Off</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:32:58 -0500 Public Works Crews Prepare For Weekend Winter Weather Forecast http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5642 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 22, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works has issued a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">Level 2 Snow Alert Alert</a> effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker</a> will be activated at approximately 5:00 p.m. tonight. Current forecasts indicate that we will receive between 2-4 inches of snow with heavy snowfall expected to begin around 10:00 p.m. Snow fighting vehicles will be dispatched from all divisions starting at 4:30 p.m. Night turn Public Works crews will begin 12-hour shifts starting at 6:00 p.m. Approximately 60 vehicles will be dispatched overnight and into Saturday morning. As temperatures continue to drop, roads will be treated with a liquid calcium chloride and salt mix. Due to the varied forecasts for the Pittsburgh region, additional crews will be deployed if snow accumulations increase. DPW currently has 133 snow fighting vehicles available for use.</p> <p dir="ltr">During a Level Two snow event, DPW has a 32 hour window <em>after</em> the snow event ends to clear the streets before individual constituent calls for service will be addressed. This current snow event is expected to last from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 p.m. Saturday. DPW will be following the primary, secondary and tertiary plowing routes exclusively until the early morning hours on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents should contact the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form">311 Response Center</a> if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm. The 311 response center will be open this weekend for non-emergency calls, such as reports of downed trees or water main breaks.</p> <p dir="ltr">Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Saturday morning. Any routes that are not able to be completed Saturday will be completed on Monday and Tuesday next week.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winter Storm Levels &amp; 311 Response Center</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Public Works classifies storm conditions into <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">Winter Storm Levels</a>. Levels determine the required response timeframe for a given snowstorm. Based on the Storm Levels, it will be expected that all streets will be serviced with clearly defined response times.</p> <p dir="ltr">Depending on the severity or level of the weather event it can take up to 48 hours to treat the streets with salt and/or calcium chloride after a snow/ice event.</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Level 1 Event (1 - 3&quot;): Crews have 24 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</li> <li>Level 2 Event (3 - 6&quot;): Crews have 32 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</li> <li>Level 3 Event (6 - 10&quot;): Crews have 48 hours after the storm has ended to treat streets.</li> <li>Level 4 Event (&gt; than 10&quot;): Calls will not be taken until weather event drops to a Level 3 (6-10&quot;).</li> </ul> <p><strong>Winter Weather Resources</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker</a> is a resource available to monitor the travel history for all vehicles dedicated to snow and ice control throughout the time frame of a snow event.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents should contact the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form">311 Response Center</a> if a street is not treated within the designated timeframe following a storm.</p> <p dir="ltr">Visit the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/ema/">Office of Emergency Management</a> Winter Storm Preparedness <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/oemhs/Winter_Weather_2016.pdf">Guide</a> for helpful tips on how to be prepared for a winter storm and below freezing temperatures. Shoveling Snow: It is a violation of city policy to shovel snow into the street. Snow should be piled on lawn areas, close to the curb or in the front and/or rear of your vehicle.</p> <p dir="ltr">Citiparks facilities will maintain regularly scheduled hours and programming.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents are reminded to visit the City of Pittsburgh Snow Resource Center <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow">www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow </a>for all weather related information.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:20:09 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 22, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5640 <p><strong>Traveling from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh after attending U.S. Conference of Mayors</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m.</p> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:34:01 -0500 Media Advisory: City To Hold Press Conference on Snow Preparations http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5636 <p dir="ltr"><em>Media Advisory</em></p> <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 21, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works will hold a brief press conference at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning to discuss preparations for the snowfall forecasted for the weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who:</strong> Guy Costa, Chief Operations Officer and Mike Gable, Director of Public Works</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When: </strong>Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where:</strong> Department of Public Works, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:02:25 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 21, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5635 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 21, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is in Washington D.C. this week with 300 other mayors from around the country for the 84th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and for meetings with federal officials and business leaders.</p> <p>Today mayors will hear an address from First Lady Michelle Obama, and travel to the White House for a remarks and a meeting with President Barack Obama.</p> <p>Yesterday Mayor Peduto led off the conference speaking about City Innovations at a panel on Metro Economies and the New American City.</p> <p>The conference ends tomorrow.</p> <p>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule January 21, 2016:</p> <p>(<em>All locations Capital Hilton Hotel unless noted</em>)</p> <p><strong>Plenary Breakfast:: Mayors and Business Leaders. Presiding: Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, Chair, Mayors Business Council</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7:15 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Community Development and Housing Standing Committee, Chair: Setti D. Warren, Mayor of Newton Remarks: The Honorable Julian Castro, Secretary United States Department of Housing and Urban Development</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9:15 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Plenary Session. Presiding: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, President, The United States Conference of Mayors. Address: Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States Remarks: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:45 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards Luncheon, Presiding: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, &nbsp;President, The United States Conference of Mayors.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Lauren Su from Clinton Global Initiative</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Paul Coffee Shop, 1000 Connecticut Ave NW</p> <p><strong>White House Visit and private meeting with President Obama. Plenary Session on the President&rsquo;s Priorities with Senior Administration Officials in the East Room. Remarks from President Obama. Reception in Honor of Mayors.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW</p> <p><strong>100 Resilient Cities Dinner</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Joe&#39;s Seafood, Prime Steak &amp; Stone Crab, 750 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:26:20 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 20, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5627 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 20, 2016) Mayor William Peduto is in Washington D.C. this week with 300 other mayors from around the country for the 84th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and for meetings with federal officials and business leaders.</p> <p dir="ltr">Today Mayor Peduto is leading off the conference speaking about City Innovations at a panel on Metro Economies and the New American City. Tomorrow President Barack Obama is speaking to the group during remarks at the White House.</p> <p dir="ltr">The conference is today through Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule January 20, 2016:</p> <p dir="ltr">(<em>All locations Capital Hilton Hotel unless noted</em>)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Registration</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Presenting at Council on Metro Economies and the New American City</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Chair: Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville. Remarks: U.S. Metro Economic Update and 2016 Forecast, David Iaia, IHS Economics, U.S. Regional Service. The Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement, Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative. City Innovations, William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh. Models of Personal Financial Empowerment, Virg Bernero, Mayor of Lansing, and Steve Fitzgerald, Philanthropy Director, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. New Economies for Distressed Neighborhoods, Herb Tyson, Vice President, State and Local Government Relations, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Jean Horstman, President, Interise, Inc. Lessons from the Metropolitan Revolution, Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar, Brookings Institution.</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Technology and Innovation Task Force. Chair: Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee. The committee will focus on resources to build stronger, safer neighborhoods. Chair: Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Meeting with Ron Orlando, Executive Director, Government Affairs, Comcast Cable</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: Noon</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Comcast Cable, 300 New Jersey Ave., NW. Washington, DC.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Jobs, Education and the Workforce Standing Committee. Chair: Christopher L. Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayors and Police Chiefs Task Force. Chair: Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Vacant and Abandoned Properties Task Force, Co-Chairs: roy Buol, Mayor of Dubuque, Hardie Davis, Mayor of Augusta</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>National Conference of Democratic Mayors 6:00 p.m, President: Annise Parker, Former Mayor of Houston</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Opening Reception &amp; Welcome: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, President, The United States Conference of Mayors</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>100 Resilient Cities, City of New Orleans and Kingdom of Netherlands Reception</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Netherlands Ambassador&rsquo;s Residence</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:32:28 -0500 Mayor Peduto, Councilman Lavelle and City Housing Authority Applying for Federal Grant for Middle Hill http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5625 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 19, 2016) The City of Pittsburgh is applying to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for federal planning and design funding for affordable housing units, and business and community development around Bedford Dwellings in the Middle Hill District.</p> <p>The City and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh are seeking a $2 million grant under HUD&rsquo;s Choice Neighborhoods program to write a &ldquo;Neighborhood Transformation Plan&rdquo; that would include plans for up to 1,200 new housing units, with 67% of them affordable.</p> <p>HUD&rsquo;s Choice Neighborhoods program -- which is already being implemented in Larimer -- supports the growth of housing, people and businesses in impacted communities. Should the City successfully win the grant community partners will engage in a 24-36 month planning process to develop meaningful projects, programs and strategies to ensure successful redevelopment in and around Bedford Dwellings.</p> <p>Through the process, the City and the HACP are committed to supporting the following in the Bedford Dwellings area: one-for-one replacement of all 411 units of its public housing units; mixed-finance development of up to 1,200 units with up to 67% of the units being affordable; supporting the Hill District Master Plan through neighborhood investment along the Centre/Bedford/Herron Avenue Corridors; and creating long-term wealth in the Hill District by working with MBE/WBE firms &amp; CBOs.</p> <p>A City Council resolution was introduced today by City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle authorizing the City to be a co-applicant for the grant and committing $10,000 in matching funds to support the planning.</p> <p>&ldquo;Working together we can turn the rebirth of the Hill from a dream into a reality. Starting with the Lower Hill, moving through Uptown and now the Middle Hill, all Hill District neighborhoods are poised for new opportunities for community growth,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>&quot;If awarded, the grant would provide a tremendous opportunity for the Hill to not only build off of our master plan, but to also begin doing some implementation work, such as the initiation of the planning for the redevelopment of Bedford Dwellings,&rdquo; Councilman Lavelle said. &ldquo;It is therefore critical that the city be a co-applicant to demonstrate our commitment to HUD.&quot;</p> <p>Choice Neighborhoods plans take a comprehensive approach to transforming neighborhoods by focusing on three factors:</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Housing: Revitalizing severely distressed public and/or assisted housing</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; People: support positive outcomes for resident&rsquo;s health, safety, employment, mobility, and education</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Neighborhood: transforms distressed neighborhoods into viable, mixed-income neighborhoods with access to services, public assets, and amenities</p> <p>Goals under the people-based plans include:</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ensuring that existing residents benefit directly from Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Developing high quality early learning programs &amp; services</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Developing high quality education &amp; programs for residents needing middle &amp; high school, college, professional, business &amp; trade school education</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jobs and business development opportunities</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Increased incomes</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Affordable high quality health care and healthy lifestyles</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Resident safety, violence prevention</p> <p>Goals under the neighborhood plans include:</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Increased livability</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Lower neighborhood vacancy rate</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mixed-use and mixed income community</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Amenities: grocery stores, banks, health care, learning programs and services, arts and entertainment</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Public assets: parks and recreation</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Transportation alternatives that provide job access equal to or greater than other Pittsburgh neighborhoods</p> <p>●&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Safe, walkable streets</p> <p>&ldquo;The Housing Authority is excited about the opportunity to begin the process of revitalizing Bedford Dwellings - the oldest public housing community in Pennsylvania and the last of the Hill District&#39;s World War II Era public housing communities,&rdquo; said Castor D. Binion, the HACP&rsquo;s executive director. &quot;We look forward to working with the City of Pittsburgh and our partners throughout the Middle Hill throughout this process. We are fully committed to achieving a plan that meets the affordable housing needs of the Middle Hill and further adds to the ongoing revitalization efforts already underway on the Hill.&quot;</p> <p>The Housing Authority has engaged Trek Development as the planning coordinator and co-developer on the Choice Neighborhoods application, and a meeting on the grant application was held with community leaders and partners this morning. A community meeting is planned for January 28.</p> <p>The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh is also set to sign on as a partner, and the HACP and Trek are also working with other organizations to seek their support for the application.</p> <p>The grant application is due to HUD by February 9, 2016. Grant awards are expected to be announced this summer.</p> <p>A copy of a Power Point presentation on the application <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/2016.01.19-Hill_District_Leadership_Meeting_Presentation.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p>#####</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:48:55 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 19, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5622 <p><strong>Meeting with Rich Walsh</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Gastil</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Sister Linda</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Call with Will Marshall, Progressive Policy Institute</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Paul Hennigan</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Filming Video for United Way</strong><br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:54:47 -0500 Mayor Peduto's Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative Launches Online Campaign "30 Neighbors 30 Days" in Partnership with NEXTpittsburgh http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5621 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA&nbsp;(January 18. 2016) Starting Wednesday,&nbsp;Welcoming Pittsburgh&nbsp;is launching&nbsp;<em>30 Neighbors. 30 Days. </em>in collaboration with NEXTpittsburgh to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives.</p> <p>Follow the campaign:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com">www.nextpittsburgh.com</a>, WelcomingPGH on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WelcomingPGH">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WelcomingPGH">Twitter</a>, hashtag #IamPGH. <em>30 Neighbors. 30 Days.</em> runs January 20 &ndash; February 18, 2016.</p> <p>&ldquo;Through Welcoming Pittsburgh, my office has implemented concrete actionable steps, in partnership with the community, to build a city that residents from diverse backgrounds feel part of,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;<em>30 Neighbors. 30 Days.</em> is one of many ways we are bringing visibility to our neighbors from different cultures, races, and religions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council Member, Elizabeth Heidenreich, presented the idea for the campaign and, with her help, Welcoming Pittsburgh has chronicled the stories of 30 Pittsburghers whose backgrounds include a minister from Burma, engineer from Mexico, community organizer from Bhutan, African-American police commander, restauranteur from Turkey, and transplant from New York City working in global talent recruitment.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the development of the Welcoming Pittsburgh plan, our Advisory Council identified the need to elevate awareness across the city for our immigrant and Latino neighbors, and build bridges with residents who&nbsp;have been here for generations,&rdquo; says Ms. Heidenreich, Family Development Specialist at South Hills Interfaith Ministries. &ldquo;Between the national rhetoric and ongoing barriers our communities of color, Muslim neighbors, refugees, and new immigrants face, I wanted to do something that would shine the light on their everyday life in Pittsburgh and show them as they are &ndash; our neighbors and Pittsburghers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The series includes quotes that touch on a range of experiences community members have encountered in Pittsburgh. Indra, a refugee from Bhutan shares:</p> <p>​&quot;When I was new here, I had a friend who came to my apartment to pick me up for work and she told me she will drop me at &lsquo;Iggle.&rsquo; &nbsp;I was so afraid I will get lost because I didn&rsquo;t know this place &lsquo;Iggle.&rsquo; &nbsp;I only knew a few places because I had only been here 22 days. When she dropped me off, I saw Giant Eagle, which is near my apartment. So, I just walked a few minutes and reached my apartment.&nbsp;And then it clicked: &lsquo;Oh, Giant Eagle means &lsquo;Iggle.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>In the words of one of our favorite neighbors, &ldquo;As human beings, our job is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has &ndash; or ever will have &ndash; something inside that is unique to all time. It&rsquo;s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.&rdquo; &ndash; Fred Rogers</p> <p>For more information on Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative, contact Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives, Betty Cruz at <a href="mailto:betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov">betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:19:51 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 18, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5619 <div><strong>Welcoming Remarks at Allegheny County Bar Association&#39;s Homer S. Brown Breakfast</strong></div> <div>Time: 8 a.m.</div> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:23:16 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 16 - 17, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5615 <div>January&nbsp;16</div> <blockquote><strong>Receiving Award from the Union of African Communities</strong><br /> Time: 7 p.m.<br /> Location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 W Station Square D</blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>January 17</div> <blockquote><strong>Day Off</strong></blockquote> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:39:50 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 15, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5608 <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Office Hours&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <p><strong>Call with Chris Healy from Web Summit</strong></p> <p>Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <div> <div> <p><strong>City of Pittsburgh&#39;s Resilience Planning Steering Committee Meeting</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Two Chatham Center<br /> <br /> <strong>Steelers Friday Rally</strong></p> <div> <p>Time: 12 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Market Square</p> <p><strong>Press Conference with Chief McLay on 2015 Crime Data</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Police Headquarters, 1203 Western Ave</p> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Gastil and Barry Ford, Continental Real Estate Companies</strong></div> <p>Time: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief Lam</strong></p> <p>Time: 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:22:07 -0500 City Offices Closed, Refuse Collection Postponed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5605 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 14, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.</p> <p><strong>Refuse</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Refuse, bulk waste and recycling collection will not take place on Monday, January 18, 2016. The Department of Public Works has released the following schedule for the week:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">If your scheduled day of collection is Monday, January 18, you will be serviced on Tuesday, January 19.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">If your collection day is Tuesday, January 19, you will be serviced on Wednesday, January 20.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">If your collection day is Wednesday, January 20, you will be serviced on Thursday, January 21.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">If your collection day is Thursday, January 21, you will be serviced on Friday, January 22.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">If your collection day is Friday, January 22, you will be serviced on Saturday, January 23.</p> </li> </ul> <p>If you should have any questions concerning your collection you may contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.</p> <p><strong>Citiparks</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Several Citiparks facilities will adjust operating schedules on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">Closed Facilities:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Citiparks&#39; 10 recreation centers and 14 Healthy Active Living centers for seniors</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Open Facilities:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Mellon Park Tennis Center (regular operating hours)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Schenley Park Skating Rink (Sessions: 1:30 &ndash; 3:30 p.m. and 4 &ndash; 6:30 p.m.)</p> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:25:59 -0500 Unique Survey Reveals Complexity of the 2015 Pittsburgh Commuter http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5603 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 14, 2016) Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance (GBA) and <a href="http://www.envisiondowntown.com/">Envision Downtown</a>, today announced initial results of the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5123">Make My Trip Count commuter survey</a>, offering a glance at the complexity of the 2015 Pittsburgh commuter. The survey, conducted last fall by GBA and a dozen partners, asked where commuters travel from and to, and which modes they regularly use. Compiled from 20,710 responses, the results reveal that less than half of respondents drive to work alone, and that many commuters use multiple modes.</p> <p>The Make My Trip Count survey inquired whether people use car, bus, bike, light rail, walking or other modes of transportation to get to work. Key results are:</p> <ul> <li>34% of people reported that they use more than one mode of transportation per week.</li> <li>More than 61 million commuter miles logged traveling into Downtown and Oakland.</li> <li>Less than half of respondents drive to work alone.</li> <li>A quarter take public transportation.</li> <li>Nearly 10 percent bike, walk, or telecommute.</li> <li>The majority of respondents were females between 25 and 34 years old.</li> <li>Most respondents self-identified as working in education, healthcare, and finance.</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/makemytripcount_infographic_final.pdf">attached infographic</a> demonstrates the larger picture of commuting patterns into Downtown, Oakland, and other destinations: percentage of respondents that travel to each location and from where, how many days per week they commute, which modes they use, number of miles logged, respondents&rsquo; demographics, and more.</p> <p>&quot;Transportation is the lifeblood of a city, and as Pittsburgh grows its transportation options have to grow smartly with it. We need to study the best ways of structuring every means of transportation -- be they streets, public transit, sidewalks or bike lanes -- and these survey results will help put us on that path together,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.makemytripcount.com/">The Make My Trip Count</a> survey gave people an opportunity to provide more detail about how they commute than ever before. For the first time, respondents were able to select multiple modes and indicate how often they use each mode. In addition, they had the opportunity to provide detailed information on strengths, opportunities, and suggested improvements regarding their experiences. It also questioned commuters&rsquo; likelihood to use other modes, alter their commuting patterns, and asked why, why not, and how. In the coming months, GBA and its transportation partners will use this new dataset to better understand how Pittsburgh gets to work and school &ndash; and what planning needs to be put in place now to improve commuting to certain destinations, by specific modes, and to reduce environmental impact.</p> <p>&ldquo;This valuable set of data about local commuters will enable decision-makers to have more complete information when making important strategic decisions regarding transportation, infrastructure, and development,&rdquo; said Dr. Aurora Sharrard, GBA&rsquo;s Executive Director and Vice President of Innovation. &ldquo;Stay tuned for a comparison of these results to a 2013 Downtown baseline later this year, as GBA&rsquo;s Pittsburgh 2030 District works toward achieving a fifty percent reduction in transportation emissions.&rdquo;</p> <p>Future analysis of the Make My Trip Count commuter survey will identify commuter patterns by transportation mode to determine more deeply how people commute by bus, car, carpool, T, walking, biking, or otherwise. GBA will share the survey data with its 12 transportation partners, enabling them to draw valuable conclusions and make effective decisions.</p> <p>The full data sets are not currently available to the public. Additional results are expected to be released in April, and in the future GBA will publicly post Make My Trip Count response fields on the <a href="http://www.wprdc.org/">Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center</a> database.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Make My Trip Count</strong></p> <p>Make My Trip Count is a strategic effort to generate up-to-date information about how Pittsburgh-region commuters regularly travel to work or school, and to and figure out how those daily trips can be improved. Make My Trip Count was available at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.makemytripcount.org/" target="_blank">www.makemytripcount.com</a>&nbsp;in and October 2015. Organizations collaborating on Make My Trip Count include the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Bike Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh, Envision Downtown, Green Building Alliance, Group Against Smog &amp; Pollution, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Pittsburgh 2030 District, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Port Authority of Allegheny County, and Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. Make My Trip Count is supported by the Pittsburgh Foundation.</p> <p><strong>About Green Building Alliance</strong></p> <p>Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a nonprofit organization that inspires the creation of healthy, high performing places for everyone. One of the oldest regional green building organizations, GBA was founded in 1993, was the first U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) affiliate and is now a USGBC chapter. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and serving the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, GBA advances its mission through four primary initiatives: Knowledge Network, Pittsburgh 2030 District, Green &amp; Healthy Schools Academy, and policy and advocacy efforts.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.go-gba.org/" target="_blank">www.go-gba.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Envision Downtown</strong></p> <p>Envision Downtown is a public/private partnership between Mayor William Peduto and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership formed to accelerate Downtown&rsquo;s economic growth and competitiveness.&nbsp; Envision&rsquo;s mission is to advance mobility and livability in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s central neighborhoods, by making it safer, more attractive and convenient for everyone to get to, through and around Downtown.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:25:09 -0500 Funding for New Affordable Senior Residences in Carrick Set For Approval http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5602 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 14, 2016) The Urban Redevelopment Authority board is set to vote today on loan approvals for a new, energy-efficient mixed-income senior housing building in Carrick, as well as the proposed redevelopment of a vacant building in Beechview.</p> <p dir="ltr">The URA will vote on $1.2 million in loans to support the $15.7 million development of the Hillcrest Senior Residences, which includes the demolition of a former Giant Eagle store at 2920 Brownsville Road and the construction of a four-story residential building for seniors. It will be built to energy-efficient passive house standards.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 66-unit mixed-income apartment building will consist of 54 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units restricted to households with at least one household member being 62 years of age or older.</p> <p dir="ltr">Seven of the units will be for households with incomes at or below 20% of the area median income (&ldquo;AMI&rdquo;); 33 units will be for households with incomes at or below 50% of AMI; 16 units will be reserved for households with incomes at or below 60% of AMI; and ten units will be market rate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Developers at The Community Builders, Inc. (&ldquo;TCB&rdquo;), one of the nation&rsquo;s foremost nonprofit urban development organizations, will construct the new building in accordance with passive house construction standards, which reduce heating and cooling demands for structures and reduce their carbon footprint.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This development underlines Pittsburgh&rsquo;s commitment not only to our seniors and to affordable housing, but our goal to provide the very best standards of housing to all,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;This project will be catalytic for the Carrick neighborhood. It is the first multi-million dollar investment right on the main street in decades,&rdquo; said Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak. &ldquo;Hillcrest will enable seniors to remain independent and stay in their neighborhood, near family, friends, and the businesses they have patronized all their lives. It&#39;s about providing much needed housing options and preserving the multigenerational fabric of South Pittsburgh.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">Eight units will be handicap accessible and two units will serve the hearing/vision impaired. The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh is providing 16 Project Based Section 8 Vouchers to the development to increase the affordability.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Hillcrest Senior Residences are set to feature a garden area, computer/library room, fitness room, outdoor terrace space, private room for health services, and a laundry room.</p> <p dir="ltr">TCB has been assembling financing for the project since purchasing the site in 2012. Construction is set to start in early March of this year with a target opening in May of 2017.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;TCB is proud to have been part of the neighborhood revitalization landscape in Pittsburgh for more than two decades. With invaluable leadership and support from Mayor Peduto and Councilwoman Rudiak, and pivotal resources from the URA, TCB secured public and private debt and equity that will enable seniors to have a wonderful place to call home in Carrick. We cherish this opportunity to help fulfill our mission to build and sustain strong communities in one of America&rsquo;s great cities,&rdquo; said Rob Fossi, who oversees the Mid-Atlantic Region for TCB. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The URA board is also set today to make way for redevelopment of 1601 Broadway Avenue in Beechview. Currently the site of a vacant three-story structure, Atlas Development Co. plans to renovate it into a mixed-use retail and housing site.</p> <p dir="ltr">The developer plans fa&ccedil;ade and interior renovations creating a 1,245 square foot first floor retail space, with a two bedroom, 1,245 square foot apartment on the 2nd floor, and a two bedroom, 844 square foot apartment on the 3rd floor. Estimated costs of the redevelopment are $650,000. The board plans to sell the vacant building for $50,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:40:42 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 14, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5600 <p><strong>Interview with WJAS</strong><br /> Time: 9:15 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Awards at the Spirit of the King</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference to Announce Billy Joel Concert This Summer</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.<br /> Location: PNC Park<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with Whirl Magazine</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Officiating Wedding Ceremony</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting at Pittsburgh Magazine&rsquo;s Pittsburgher of the Year Reception</strong><br /> Time: 6:45 p.m.<br /> Location: Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr</p> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:12:50 -0500 Four City Warming Centers Open Today http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5594 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 13, 2016) With low temperatures and wind chills persisting this morning, the City of Pittsburgh advises that four Citiparks Senior Healthy Active Living Centers will available for use as warming centers today.</p> <p>The senior centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Temperatures are expected to rise this afternoon.</p> <p>The centers are:</p> <ul> <li>Greenfield,&nbsp;745 Greenfield Ave.&nbsp;</li> <li>Homewood.&nbsp;7321 Frankstown</li> <li>Sheraden,&nbsp;720 Sherwood Ave.&nbsp;</li> <li>South Side,&nbsp;12th St. &amp; 1 Bedford Square</li> </ul> <div>###</div> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:08:25 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 13, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5592 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong><br /> Time: 8:30 a.m.</p> <div><strong>Ellis School Centennial Kickoff</strong><br /> Time: 9 a.m.<br /> Location: The Ellis School, 6425 Fifth Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Vibrant Pittsburgh Press Conference - &nbsp;Regional Diversity Indicators Imitative</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: &nbsp;University Club at the University of Pittsburgh 123 University Place<br /> <br /> <strong>Essential Pittsburgh Interview</strong><br /> Time: 11:45 a.m.<br /> Location: WESA Studio, 67 Bedford Square<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with Pittsburgh City Paper</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Serving a Meal at Light of Life in Celebration of Steelers&#39; Victory</strong><br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.<br /> Location: 10 E. North Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at PGH&nbsp;<a href="http://350.org/" target="_blank">350.org</a>&nbsp;General Membership Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 7 p.m.<br /> Location: 1 Smithfield St, the Human Rights Building</div> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:21:26 -0500 Public Works Crews Continue Preparations For Winter Weather Forecast http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5591 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 11, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh has issued a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">Snow Level 1</a> Alert effective at 11:00 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker</a> will be reset at 11:00 p.m. tonight. The 40 vehicle night turn crews (10pm-6am) will address city streets overnight. Current predictions are for 1&quot; to 3&quot; of snow overnight with a blast expected for the morning rush hour. If necessary, night turn shifts in each division may be extended past the 6:00 a.m. end time to aid the daytime crew transition during morning rush.</p> <p dir="ltr">By 6:00 a.m. Tuesday approximately 60 vehicles will be dispatched and crews will work 12 hour shifts until the snow event is complete.</p> <p>Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Tuesday. Should refuse pick-up be postponed Tuesday morning, Tuesday pick-ups will be collected on Wednesday and Thursday.</p> <p>Residents are reminded to visit the City of Pittsburgh Snow Resource Center <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow">www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow </a>for all weather related information.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:59:29 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 12, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5588 <p><strong>Press Conference with Acting Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Coach Totten and Central Catholic Football Team</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at Leadership Pittsburgh Luncheon</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: Fairmont, 5120 Market St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Sam Salkin, Harvard University Fellow</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Emily Morse and Anna Hollis from Amachi Pittsburgh</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <p><font face="Arial, Verdana, sans-serif" style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><b>Office Hours</b></span></font><br /> Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:32:16 -0500 Media Advisory: Mayor William Peduto To Introduce New Public Safety Director http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5585 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 11, 2016) Mayor William Peduto will introduce <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5540">Acting Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich</a> at a press conference Tuesday morning.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: Mayor&#39;s Conference Room, 5th Floor, City-County Building.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:55:50 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 11, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5584 <p><strong>Press Conference to Announce Pittsburgh Crossing Guards to Receive Everyday Mentors Training</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>Location: City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, 1203 Western Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Angelica Ocampo, President and CEO of World Affairs Council</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</p> <p><strong>Office Hours</strong></p> <p>Time: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</p> <p><strong>Call with Andy Masich, Dennis Yablonsky, and Sylvia Fields&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 2:30 p.m.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Arthur Zeigler and Michael Sriprasert</strong></p> <p>Time: 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:33:53 -0500 Public Works Crews Prepare For Winter Weather Forecast http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5582 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 10, 2016) - The City of Pittsburgh has issued a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snow/storm-levels">Snow Level 1</a> Alert effective 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, through Noon Tuesday, January 12.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh <a href="https://city.temeda.com/#">Snow Plow Tracker</a> was activated at 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Approximately 17 vehicles were dispatched starting at 2:00 p.m. Temperatures are not expected to drop to freezing or below freezing until Sunday evening from 5-6:00 p.m.</p> <p>From 2-6:00 p.m. today crews are monitoring surfaces that are more likely to experience freezing conditions due to wet snow and high winds: bridges, ramps and concrete/cobblestone/brick streets. Night turn personnel - approximately 34 vehicles - have been called in early and will work from 6:00 p.m. Sunday until 6:00 a.m. Monday to treat primary, secondary and tertiary routes.</p> <p>The actual snow event is forecasted from 2:00 p.m. today until Noon on Monday, January 11. Less than one inch of snow is expected over the 22 hour period. The Snow Alert is effective until Noon on Tuesday to allow crews 24 hours after the snow event has ended to treat city streets.</p> <p>Environmental Services refuse collection remains on schedule for Monday. Should refuse pick-up be postponed Monday morning, Monday pick-ups will be collected on Tuesday and Wednesday.</p> <p>Residents are reminded to visit the City of Pittsburgh Snow Resource Center <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow">www.pittsburghpa.gov/snow </a>for all weather related information.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:16:35 -0500 Media Advisory: Pittsburgh Crossing Guards Receiving Everyday Mentors Training http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5574 <p><em>Media Advisory</em></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 8, 2016) Local leaders will hold a press conference Monday to discuss new mentoring training being given to City of Pittsburgh School Crossing Guards.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who</strong>: City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Allies for Children, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA, The Fred Rogers Center</p> <p><strong>What</strong>: More than one hundred crossing guards and community resource officers throughout Pittsburgh will complete Everyday Mentors training throughout January, National Mentoring Month. Everyday Mentors, an initiative of The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA, empowers adults who regularly interact with young people to make an even bigger impact. Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane and Pittsburgh Police officials will thank participants for their hard work and commitment to their communities.</p> <p><strong>When</strong>: 10 a.m., Monday, January 11, 2016</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, 1203 Western Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15233. First floor.</p> <p><strong>Why</strong>: The idea to formally train crossing guards as Everyday Mentors arose from a recent study commissioned by Allies for Children. The study focused on three central questions: how are crossing guards hired and deployed; what equipment and supervision does the City provide them; and what professional development, such as mentoring training, should the City offer? Through the training, crossing guards will learn ways to enhance their communications skills, understand challenging youth behavior, and help create positive youth development.</p> <p>For more information about the Crossing Guards Study, visit <a href="http://www.alliesforchildren.org/campaign/crossing-guard-study/">http://www.alliesforchildren.org/campaign/crossing-guard-study/</a></p> <p>###</p> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:09:48 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 9-10, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5573 <p><strong>January 9</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Steelers Vs. Bengals with Mayor of Cincinnati, John Cranley</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>January 10</strong></div> <blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Day Off</em></div> </blockquote> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:34:28 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 8, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5572 <div><strong>Meeting with Floretta Irvin</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief Lam</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Lulu Orr, Covestro Employee Engagement Institute</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Steelers Rally&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Courthouse Courtyard<br /> <br /> <strong>Morningside Senior Center Tour</strong><br /> Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> Location: 6944 Presidents Way &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Kevion Latham</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with Geoff Kelly</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Janet Scullion and Gloria Le Donne</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:32:37 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Lauds Commonwealth Court Decision on Police Residency http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5567 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (January 7, 2016) The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania today ruled in favor of the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s contention that union arbitrators cannot waive the requirement that police officers be residents of the City.</p> <p>The ruling affirms the longstanding rule that all City employees -- from police to firefighters to refuse workers -- be Pittsburgh residents. The requirement was again entrenched in City law after 80 percent of voters approved a November 2013 referendum making the residency requirement part of the city&rsquo;s Home Rule Charter.</p> <p>&ldquo;The City respects the collective bargaining process. But residency and other workplace issues should be subject to good-faith negotiations and not made through back-door deals in Harrisburg. The people of Pittsburgh must have a seat at that table,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Police work is a calling, and Pittsburgh is blessed with officers who go far beyond their official duties and volunteer their own time to improve our neighborhoods and help our people. I and others citywide know our police, and their families, have long been good neighbors with personal investments in our communities.</p> <p>But this decision goes beyond this one issue. It marks an important reaffirmation of the rights of Pittsburgh and other local governments statewide to rule themselves, and do what they deem to be best for their residents.&rdquo;</p> <p>In October 2012 the General Assembly approved a law saying the City of Pittsburgh &ldquo;may&rdquo; require police to be City residents, changing previous language that officers &ldquo;shall&rdquo; be residents. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 moved to reopen its contract to allow officers to move out of the City, and in March 2014 an arbitration panel ruled officers only had to live within 25 miles of the City-County Building Downtown.</p> <p>The Peduto Administration took the panel&rsquo;s decision to Common Pleas Court, which ruled with the FOP that the residency requirement was subject to review by the arbitration panel. The Commonwealth Court&rsquo;s decision today overturned the local court&rsquo;s ruling, saying in part that the residency requirement in the City&rsquo;s Home Rule Charter has the same status as an enactment by the General Assembly.</p> <p>&ldquo;What is embodied in the concept of home rule is that the citizens of the local democracy -- municipality or county -- shall be free to determine local concerns,&rdquo; says the decision from the Court majority, written by the Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter.</p> <p>A copy of today&rsquo;s decision <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/En_Banc_Decision_Reversing_Cm_Pleas_(1).pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 12:27:07 -0500 Mayors of Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Place Friendly Wager on Saturday's NFL Playoff Game http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5566 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 7, 2016) - In honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Wild Card Game on Saturday, Jan. 9, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati have placed a friendly wager that also will benefit local charities.</p> <p dir="ltr">If the Steelers win on Saturday, Mayor Cranley will send Mayor Peduto a care package full of notable Cincinnati food favorites. If the Bengals are victorious, Mayor Peduto will send a care package of Pittsburgh food favorites to Mayor Cranley. The losing Mayor will also be required to serve a meal at his local rescue mission wearing the opposing team&rsquo;s jersey.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I stand with all Pittsburghers in the support of our Steelers,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to thank Mayor Cranley for being a good sport and our local food partners for their continued commitment to our community,&rdquo; Peduto added. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never had Cincinnati&rsquo;s Gold Star Chili but I think it will pair nicely with a Black and Gold victory.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Each Mayor has engaged local food partners to assist with the wager. In addition to contributing to the Mayor&rsquo;s care package, partners are donating food that each Mayor will serve at his local rescue mission the week following the game.</p> <p dir="ltr">Win or lose, Mayor Peduto will serve a meal at <a href="https://www.lightoflife.org/">Light of Life Rescue Mission</a> (10 E. North Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212) on Wednesday, January 13 from 5-6:00 p.m. The meal will consist of sandwiches from <a href="https://www.primantibros.com/">Primanti Bros.</a>; franks and pierogies from <a href="http://franktuary.com/menu-lawrenceville/">Franktuary</a>; ketchup, mustard and macaroni and cheese from the <a href="http://www.kraftheinzcompany.com/">Kraft Heinz Company</a>; ice cream from <a href="http://dreamcreamicecream.com/">Dream Cream Ice Cream</a>; and <a href="http://www.smileycookie.com/">Smiley Cookies</a> courtesy of <a href="http://www.eatnpark.com/">Eat&#39;n Park</a> and <a href="http://www.smileycookie.com/">smileycookie.com</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">In Cincinnati, the local food items include sundaes from <strong>Graeter&rsquo;s Ice Cream</strong>; chili and Coneys from <strong>Gold Star Chili</strong>; and some delicacies from the <strong>Montgomery Inn</strong>. If the Bengals lose, Mayor Cranley will serve a meal at <strong>City Gospel Mission</strong> in Queensgate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Additionally, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have declared Friday, Jan. 8, &nbsp;&ldquo;Steelers Friday.&rdquo; A Playoff Rally will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, Jan. 8, in the Courthouse Courtyard and everyone is encouraged to show their support by donning black and gold, or Steelers gear.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:10:50 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 7, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5563 <div><strong>Office Hours</strong></div> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Flo Taylor</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>Speaking to Grantmakers of Western PA</strong></div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:32:23 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 6, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5558 <p><strong>Bicentennial Kickoff Press Conference</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: City County Lobby<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Erin Molchany</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with John Denny and Bob Randall</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:08:56 -0500 Media Advisory: City To Hold Bicentennial Kickoff Press Conference Wednesday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5557 <p dir="ltr">MEDIA ADVISORY</p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (January 5, 2016) - Mayor William Peduto will kickoff the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Bicentennial Year with a press conference at the City-County Building on Wednesday, January 6.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto will be joined by Andrew Masich, President and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center and Chair of the Bicentennial Commission.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Who: </strong> William Peduto, Mayor and Andrew Masich, President and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center, Chair of the Bicentennial Commission</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>When: </strong>Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Where: </strong>City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Holly Bulvony, Senior Vice President of Communications,&nbsp;A to Z Communications</p> <p dir="ltr">holly@atozcommunications.com; w: 412-471-4160; c: 412-860-4023</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 14:32:53 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 5, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5555 <p><strong>Fire Promotions</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Fred Brown, Executive Director of Homewood Children&#39;s Village</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with County Executive&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 1:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Allegheny County Courthouse<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Neil Donahue</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with &nbsp;PWSA Source Reduction and Green Infrastructure Planning Team</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:34:55 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule January 4, 2016 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5547 <p><strong>Speaking at City Council Swearing In Ceremony</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Location: City Council Chambers<br /> <br /> <strong>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald&#39;s Inaugural Ceremony&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 12 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall &amp; Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave</p> <p><strong>Controller Lamb&#39;s Swearing in Ceremony</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Location: City Council Chambers</p> <p><strong>Meeting with LaTrenda Sherrill, Deputy Chief - Education&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 3 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Students from Chartiers Valley High School</strong></p> <p>Time: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>County Executive&#39;s Inaugural Celebration</strong></p> <p>Time: 7 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Ave</p> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 08:24:00 -0500 Media Advisory: City Operations Chief Available To Media At 11AM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5546 <p dir="ltr"><em>Media Advisory</em></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 31, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Chief Operations Officer, Guy Costa, will hold a brief media availability at 11:00 a.m. this morning to discuss the Greenfield Bridge cleanup.</p> <p><strong>Who: </strong>Guy Costa, Chief Operations Officer</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When: </strong>Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where: </strong>City-County Building Portico, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh PA 15219</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:00:31 -0500 Parkway East Inbound, Outbound Lanes To Reopen Ahead Of Schedule http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5545 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 31, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Heavy Construction, have announced that inbound and outbound lanes of I-376 East will reopen today, Thursday, Dec. 31.</p> <p>Inbound entrances to the Parkway East will begin opening at 2:00 p.m. today. The on-ramp at Exit 74 Squirrel Hill/Homestead will reopen first, then the on-ramp at Exit 77 Edgewood/Swissvale. All inbound lanes should be open and accessible by 3:00 p.m.</p> <p>Outbound entrances will reopen between 10:00 p.m. and Midnight tonight. Outbound lane entrances require additional coordination with PennDOT and contract work that is being performed on the Birmingham Bridge. All outbound lanes should be open and accessible by midnight - 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2016.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh would like to thank everyone involved with the planning and events associated with the Greenfield Bridge demolition. A special thank you goes to Mosites Heavy Construction for their dedicated efforts throughout the demolition and cleanup processes this week. The city would also like to recognize and thank the City of Pittsburgh Departments of Public Safety, Public Works and Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Police, Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement officials from local municipalities that provided a tremendous amount of support to the project. Finally, city officials would like to thank members of the community for their continued patience and cooperation throughout the project, especially the residents and businesses of Greenfield and Squirrel Hill.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:22:23 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Hires New Public Safety Director http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5540 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 30, 2015) Mayor William Peduto today announced the hiring of Wendell Hissrich as the City&rsquo;s next Public Safety Director.</p> <p>Hissrich, 53, has spent a quarter century at Federal Bureau of Investigation overseeing joint law enforcement services with public safety agencies across the nation, and comes back to Pittsburgh after serving as the Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Response Unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.<img alt="" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Hissrich.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; float: right;" /></p> <p>Previous to joining the Bureau in 1990 was a Pittsburgh paramedic and crew chief for five years. He is a 1984 graduate of Duquesne University and native of Forest Hills, and is a current life member of the Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department.</p> <p>&ldquo;Wendell Hissrich brings back to Pittsburgh not only a close knowledge of our city, but experience working with agencies across the country to keep our nation safe. Both Pittsburgh&rsquo;s residents and its public safety personnel are lucky to welcome him back,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>Hissrich is moving back to Pittsburgh from Alexandria, Va., and is set to begin work on January 11, 2016. As Public Safety Director he will oversee the city&rsquo;s Office of Emergency Management; the Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and Animal Control bureaus; and related community outreach programs.</p> <p>As Chief of the WMD Operations Response Unit Hissrich oversaw 56 FBI field offices with a focus on WMD response, investigations and task force operations. Prior to that position he was a supervisory special agent (SSA) in the FBI&rsquo;s Counterterrorism Division for two years; a SSA in the Laboratory Division&rsquo;s Hazardous Materials Response Unit for nine years; a SSA coordinating a fugitive/violent crimes response unit with personnel from 15 law enforcement agencies in Toledo and Cleveland for seven years; and was a special agent in the Los Angeles Division on the public corruption and drug investigations squad, and violent crimes and major offenders squad.</p> <p>Hissrich has managed federal, state and local public safety agency coordination on events including Pope Francis&rsquo;s visit this summer to Philadelphia; letters laced with Ricin sent to President Obama and members of Congress in 2013; an Ebola case at a Dallas hospital; the discovery of smallpox and other biological agents at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; a train derailment resulting in the release of chlorine gas in Graniteville, S.C.; and hazardous response planning for the 2006 MLB All-Star Game at PNC Park, Super Bowls, presidential inaugurations and other large events.</p> <p>His nomination is subject to approval by City Council and his salary is $112,500.</p> <p>He will replace former Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar, who left in September to become Deputy Commissioner of Staff with the Pennsylvania State Police.</p> <p>Acting Public Safety Director Michael Huss will return to his role as Assistant Director of the department.</p> <p>A copy of Hissrich&rsquo;s resume <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Wendell_Hissrich_resume_final_2.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:57:18 -0500 Reminder: City Offices and Citiparks Facilities Closed, Refuse Collection Postponed For New Year's Day Holiday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5539 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 29, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works reminds residents that there will not be any refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Friday, January 1, 2016 in observance of New Year&#39;s Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">The New Year&#39;s schedule will proceed as follows: If your scheduled day of collection is Friday, January 1, 2016, you will be serviced on Saturday, January 2, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Bureau of Environmental Services has released the 2016 Recycling Newsletter and Collection Schedules <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/recycling-newsletter">online</a>. Hard copies of the schedules will be mailed to residents and should arrive around the first week of January 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition, residents are reminded of the launch of <a href="http://pgh.st/">pgh.st</a> - a city-sponsored online application created to help assist residents with trash and recycling collection schedules. City of Pittsburgh residents can register to receive a text message reminder the day before trash and/or recycling is due at the curb. The messages also note changes in refuse pickup schedules due to holidays.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions please contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at 412-255-2773 or 412-255-2631.</p> <p dir="ltr">Citiparks has announced the following holiday schedules for recreation facilities:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JAN. 1, 2016 </strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool</li> <li>Mellon Park Tennis Center</li> <li>Citiparks Recreation Centers</li> <li>Citiparks Healthy Active Living senior centers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">All Citiparks facilities will close at 4 p.m. on New Year&rsquo;s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31).</p> <p dir="ltr">Schenley Ice Rink will be open for skating sessions on Friday, Jan. 1. Weather permitting.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:35:29 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 29- January 3, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5538 <p><b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">December 29</b></p> <blockquote style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><strong>Office Hours</strong></blockquote> <blockquote style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</blockquote> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>December 30</b></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <blockquote style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><strong>Office Hours</strong></blockquote> <blockquote style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">&nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;">Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.</blockquote> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><b>December 31 - January 3</b></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</div> <blockquote style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; margin: 0px 0px 0px 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><strong>Days Off&nbsp;</strong></blockquote> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:54:06 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, December 28, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5534 <p><strong>Recruit Graduation Ceremony for Police</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N Highland Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Office Work</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Officiating Wedding Ceremony</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Roberto Clemente Jr.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Office Work</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office</div> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:57:35 -0500 Reminder: City Offices and Citiparks Facilities Closed, Refuse Collection Postponed For Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5529 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 23, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that there will not be any refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Friday, December 25, 2015 in observance of Christmas and on Friday, January 1, 2016 in observance of New Year&#39;s Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">City offices will also be closed on both days.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Christmas schedule will proceed as follows: If your scheduled day of collection is Friday, December 25th, you will be serviced on Saturday, December 26, 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">The New Year&#39;s schedule will proceed as follows: If your scheduled day of collection is Friday, January 1, 2016, you will be serviced on Saturday, January 2, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.</p> <p dir="ltr">Citiparks has announced the following holiday schedules for recreation facilities:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>CLOSED ON FRIDAY, DEC. 25, 2015</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool</li> <li>Mellon Park Tennis Center</li> <li>Citiparks Recreation Centers</li> <li>Citiparks Healthy Active Living senior centers</li> <li>Schenley Park Skating Rink</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">All Citiparks facilities will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24). In addition, the 10 Citiparks recreation centers will remain closed on Saturday, Dec. 26.</p> <p><strong>CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JAN. 1, 2016</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool</li> <li>Mellon Park Tennis Center</li> <li>Citiparks Recreation Centers</li> <li>Citiparks Healthy Active Living senior centers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">All Citiparks facilities will close at 4 p.m. on New Year&rsquo;s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31).</p> <p>Schenley Ice Rink will be open for skating sessions on Friday, Jan. 1. Weather permitting.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:54:05 -0500 Parkway East To Be Closed For Five Days, Greenfield Bridge Demolition Scheduled for Monday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5528 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 23, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Heavy Construction, remind commuters that full-lane closures of I-376 East will begin on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 6:00 a.m. The closure is permitted to last until Friday, Jan. 1 at 6:00 a.m. but project officials expect to reopen the parkway sooner, weather depending.</p> <p dir="ltr">The five-day closure of the Parkway East is necessary to execute the implosion and site cleanup of the Greenfield Bridge. Implosion of the Greenfield Bridge is currently scheduled for Monday, Dec. 28 at 9:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>I-376 Closures and Detours</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The eastbound (outbound) closures will begin at Oakland (Exit 72A). All outbound traffic will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 72A. The Bates St. outbound entrance ramp will be closed and the Greenfield outbound entrance ramp to Monroeville will be closed. A map of the eastbound closures and detours can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_EB_Detour_Ramps_Dec_27_week_FINAL.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The westbound (inbound) detour will begin at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Inbound traffic traveling from the east will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 78B. All truck traffic must follow the posted detour that begins at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane between Exit 78B and Exit 77. Motorists traveling westbound will have access to the Edgewood/Swissvale Exit 77 off-ramp. Use of the Edgewood/Swissvale westbound exit ramp is intended for local traffic only. The Edgewood/Swissvale and Squirrel Hill/Homestead on-ramps to I-376 inbound will be closed. Motorists traveling westbound out of Oakland on the Boulevard of the Allies will be able to access I-376 westbound at the Boulevard of the Allies entrance ramp. Motorists in Downtown Pittsburgh will be able to access I-376 westbound at Grant Street (71A).&nbsp;A map of the westbound detours and closures can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_WB_Detour_with_Ramps_Dec_27_week_FINAL.pdf">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Police officers will be on site at critical intersections on the posted detour routes to assist with traffic flow and ensure safety for all roadway users. Motorists should expect significant delays on posted detour routes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Implosion Day</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">City of Pittsburgh police officers will assist with street closures in Greenfield starting at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28. Police will begin to reopen streets within 30 minutes of the demolition once an &ldquo;All Clear&rdquo; notification from the demolition project team has been issued.</p> <p dir="ltr">Greenfield residents in the immediate area closest to the bridge have been notified of the demolition. Project officials urge all residents to stay inside their homes, away from windows. Evacuation has been recommended for several residences within close proximity to the demolition site. City officials have been in direct contact with all those facing this cautionary evacuation measure.</p> <p dir="ltr">Implosion is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28. Three minutes prior to implosion, officials will sound an air horn. One minute prior to implosion, emergency vehicles in the Greenfield area will blare sirens simultaneously.</p> <div><strong>Implosion Day Street Closures</strong></div> <p dir="ltr">The following local streets will be closed to all traffic except local residents (proof of address will be required to gain access) starting at 7:00 a.m. on implosion day:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>McCaslin St. closed from Greenfield Ave. to Monteiro St.</li> <li>Monteiro St. &nbsp;closed from McCaslin St. to Flemington St.</li> <li>Graphic St. closed from Monteiro St. to Flemington St.</li> <li>Flemington St. (eastbound only) closed at Graphic St.</li> <li>Nantasket St. from Greenfield Ave. to Neeb St. (closed to dead end of Neeb St.)</li> <li>Alger St. from Hoosac St. to Nantasket St. (closed to Beechwood Blvd.)</li> <li>Donegal Way from Hoosac St. to Nantasket St. (also closed from Winterburn St. to Ronald St.)</li> <li>Beechwood Blvd. (outbound) from 200 feet short of I-376 Monroeville On-Ramp to Forward Ave.</li> <li>Beechwood Blvd (inbound) from Monitor St. to 200 feet short of I-376 Monroeville On-Ramp</li> <li>Forward Ave. access to Beechwood Blvd outbound only.</li> <li>400&#39; of Boulevard Dr. (south of Beechwood Blvd.)</li> <li>Saline Street inbound at Greenfield Ave.</li> <li>Pocusset Street from Phillips St. to Schenley Park</li> <li>Prospect Drive from Hobart St. to Schenley Park</li> <li>Greenfield Road will be closed at Panther Hollow Road</li> <li>Overlook Drive will be one way from Panther Hollow Road to Greenfield Rd. (no entry to Overlook Drive from Greenfield Road)</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">The following local streets are within the blast Exclusion Zone and will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning at 7:00 a.m. on implosion day:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>The ends of Saline and Naylor Streets on the north side of I-376</li> <li>Neeb St. from Nantasket St. to Winterburn St.</li> <li>Winterburn St. from Greenfield Road to dead end</li> <li>Alger St. from Nantasket St. to Beechwood Blvd.</li> <li>Ronald St. from Greenfield Ave. to Beechwood Blvd.</li> <li>Beechwood Blvd. from Alger St. to 200 feet short of I-376 Monroeville On-Ramp</li> <li>Boulevard Drive from Beechwood Blvd. to 400 feet short of end</li> <li>Greenfield Road in Schenley Park</li> <li>Pocusset St. in Schenley Park</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Vehicles will be permitted to leave the Exclusion Zone but will not be allowed to reenter.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will have a command post on site, Pennsylvania State Police will be providing assistance and support.</p> <p dir="ltr">Members of the public interested in observing the demolition will have viewing access on Overlook Drive in Schenley Park.</p> <p dir="ltr">The I-376 East closures will be administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform preparation work for the upcoming implosion of the Greenfield Bridge. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256">closure</a> and Reconstruction Project can be found <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:55:10 -0500 Statement By Mayor William Peduto On Sick Leave and Security Workers Court Decisions http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5520 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 22, 2015) -&nbsp;&ldquo;The recent court decisions regarding paid sick leave and security worker training are a step backward for Pittsburgh. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that doesn&rsquo;t guarantee its workers paid sick leave. Cities and states are working to resolve this void left by Washington, D.C. special interests.</p> <p dir="ltr">Likewise, cities around the world understand the importance of coordinated public safety training between local law enforcement officers and security guards of large buildings, institutions and schools. Instead of addressing these issues proactively, these court decisions have set the City of Pittsburgh behind our peers.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is important to realize that our city was built on the shoulders and backs of those who worked the mills. Through their sacrifices, they did more than build this country, they built the middle class. We must never forget this. We owe it to them that today&rsquo;s workers will continue to move forward and that our city will play a critical role in building that bridge between our historic past and our promising future - for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:01:56 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, December 23, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5519 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong></p> <p>Time: 8:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Lawrenceville Senior Center Holiday Party</strong></p> <p>Time: 12 p.m.</p> <p>Location: 4600 Butler St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Serving Christmas Meal at Light of Life&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 1:45 p.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;10 E. North Avenue</p> <div> <div> <div aria-label="Show trimmed content" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":3ll" role="button" tabindex="0">&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, December 22, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5518 <p><strong>Meeting with City and County Officials </strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m.</p> <div> <div><strong>Meeting with Morgan O&#39;Brien</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Dequan Dave Jiao and Jesse Chen from the Chinese Cultural Center</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Ashbaugh&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Presenting Proclamation to Community Concert Band&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Gable</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Officiating Wedding Ceremony</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Courthouse&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:26:18 -0500 City Seeks Public Participation in Zoning Planning for Riverfronts http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5517 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 22, 2015) Property owners near the City&rsquo;s riverfronts will soon be receiving letters notifying them about the first step in an upgrade of the long out-dated zoning standards, which will protect current properties while making rules uniform for those seeking to develop or expand sites in the areas.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many of the properties closest to the riverfronts are still zoned &ldquo;Urban Industrial&rdquo; or &ldquo;General Industrial&rdquo; as they were decades ago when manufacturing and industry dominated Pittsburgh waterfronts. In recent years more residential, commercial and mixed-use projects have built on the riverfronts even as the old zoning rules have stayed unchanged.</p> <p dir="ltr">The letters to property owners describe a temporary zoning tool called an Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD), and the process by which it may be approved. If approved, the proposed Riverfront IPOD will provide additional zoning controls to areas near the rivers for 18 months, while new, permanent zoning is crafted through a process informed by riverfront communities and stakeholders.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This process gives us the breathing room to do riverfront development right, and protect and prioritize one of our City&rsquo;s greatest assets,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve made a lot of progress by our rivers the last 20 years and this will allow us to do even better in decades to come.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Riverfront IPOD standards are designed to impact new buildings and parking lots, or existing buildings and parking lots that are being enlarged. Current homeowners and property owners within the overlay district who do not plan to build or enlarge their structures will not be affected.</p> <p dir="ltr">The proposed zoning rules are the result of months of work by Planning staff, community members, Riverlife, the development community and other stakeholders.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Over the past three years Oxford has worked closely with the Peduto administration and Riverlife to ensure that our developments along the river&rsquo;s edge are mindful of protecting and provide for public interaction with our City&rsquo;s greatest assets. &nbsp;We know that proper zoning helps shape good development which in turn creates great public spaces. &nbsp;We are supportive of the effort by City Planning to prepare comprehensive riverfront zoning and look forward to fully participating in the process,&rdquo; said Steve Guy, President and CEO, Oxford Development Company.</p> <p dir="ltr">All property owners within the proposed district, as well as those within 150 feet of the district, will begin receiving explanatory letters this week. The letter says in part:</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The City will be creating new, permanent zoning for riverfronts that reflect Pittsburgh&rsquo;s goals for its riverfronts. While this planning is underway, we wish to provide extra public scrutiny of development projects happening in these areas. In partnership with community stakeholders we have prepared an Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) that accomplishes the goals of the Interim Planning Overlay District section of the City&rsquo;s zoning code. It will create opportunities for the public to provide input on development projects, ensure neighborhood access to the riverfronts, and address transportation while the new permanent zoning district is being crafted.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">More information is available about the Riverfront IPOD -- including the proposed text, a detailed boundary map, and a list of Frequently Asked Questions --<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/zoning/ipod/ipod5"> at this Department of City Planning website</a>. Those interested may also speak in person to Planning officials by visiting their Downtown offices at 200 Ross Street, 4th Floor.</p> <p dir="ltr">Public meetings to learn about and discuss the proposed Riverfront IPOD are scheduled for:</p> <p dir="ltr">● &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;6 p.m., Monday, January 11th, 2016 at the Pittsburgh Public Market (Strip District), 2401 Penn Avenue</p> <p dir="ltr">● &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;6 p.m., Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, South Side Market House (South Side), S 12th &amp; Bingham Streets.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the public meetings the proposed zoning plans will be presented to the City Planning Commission. Following discussion and public input the Planning Commission will forward a recommendation to City Council. The public is invited to give testimony at the Planning Commission hearing at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 200 Ross Street, First Floor.</p> <p dir="ltr">All those receiving letters from the City will also be given feedback forms that they can submit by mail instead of making public testimony.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:03:09 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, December 21, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5508 <div><strong>Coffee with Mark Stulga</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Laura Tomlinson, Manager of Steelworkers Tower</strong></div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Scott Lammie and Ryan Lammie</strong></div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mayor&#39;s Staff Holiday Party</strong></div> <div>Time: 6:30 p.m.</div> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:04:33 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, December 19-20, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5507 <p>Day Off</p> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:39:29 -0500 City Offices and Citiparks Facilities Closed, Refuse Collection Postponed For Christmas Holiday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5501 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 18, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that there will not be any refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Friday, December 25, 2015 in observance of Christmas and on Friday, January 1, 2016 in observance of New Year&#39;s Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">City offices will also be closed on both days.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Christmas schedule will proceed as follows: If your scheduled day of collection is Friday, December 25, you will be serviced on Saturday, December 26, 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">The New Year&#39;s schedule will proceed as follows: If your scheduled day of collection is Friday, January 1, 2016, you will be serviced on Saturday, January 2, 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.</p> <p>Citiparks has announced the following Christmas holiday schedule for recreation facilities:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>CLOSED ON FRIDAY, DEC. 25</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool</li> <li>Mellon Park Tennis Center</li> <li>Citiparks Recreation Centers</li> <li>Citiparks Healthy Active Living senior centers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">All Citiparks facilities will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24). In addition, the 10 Citiparks recreation centers will remain closed on Saturday, Dec. 26.</p> <p dir="ltr">Due to unseasonably warm weather in December, the opening of the Schenley Park Skating Rink has been delayed. Opening date to be announced soon.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:50:26 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, December 18, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5498 <div><strong>Returning to Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Office Work</strong></div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:26:59 -0500 Citiparks Announces the Temporary Closure of the Oliver Bath House http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5495 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 17, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Parks &amp; Recreation, Citiparks, today announced the temporary closure of the Oliver Bath House.</p> <p dir="ltr">The closure is necessary to repair plaster damage above the pool that could fall and pose a risk to public safety. A crack in the plaster, directly above the pool, was detected last week. At the recommendation of city architects and engineers, the facility will be closed until further notice.</p> <p dir="ltr">During the closure, the City of Pittsburgh will conduct a comprehensive inspection of the structure including the mechanical systems, structural evaluation, accessibility and an air quality review.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Oliver Bath House</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Oliver Bath House was built in 1910, and donated to the city of Pittsburgh in 1915 when steel and iron ore magnate, Henry W. Oliver, gave the city $100,000 to construct a South Side Public Bath House. He also gave $100,000 as an endowment to cover maintenance and employee salaries providing the residents of the South Side with a vital public amenity.</p> <p>The Oliver Bath House was originally sketched out by Daniel Burnham, architect for the World&rsquo;s Columbian Exposition (also known as the famous Chicago World&rsquo;s Fair of 1893) and designed by the local firm of McClure and Spahr in a Tudoresque style. It was the last public bathhouse to be built in Pittsburgh, and also indicated a shift in emphasis for such public structures from bathing to swimming with a 40 by 80 foot swimming pool at its core.</p> <p dir="ltr">In the late 1950s, a new housing code made bathing facilities mandatory in every dwelling and the need for public bathhouses was eliminated. The Oliver Bath House is now the oldest public swimming pool in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:40:38 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, December 17, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5494 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 17, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is one of 50 international CEOs and institutional leaders invited today to the Yale CEO Summit in New York City, hosted by the Yale School of Management, Chief Executive Leadership Institute. The theme of the summit is &ldquo;Whom do We Trust: Optimist Visionaries or Cynical Pragmatists?&rdquo; and the Mayor will speak at a noon panel with 10 other city leaders.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto will also be meeting this evening with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gracie Mansion.</p> <p>The summit follows the Mayor&rsquo;s invitation to address the nation&rsquo;s affordable housing crisis Wednesday <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5489">in an event with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juli&aacute;n Castro in Washington D.C.</a></p> <p>Organizers are covering all the Mayor&rsquo;s travel costs in both cities, and no taxpayer dollars are being used. He returns tomorrow.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto is participating in the Yale summit with other leaders including: Ashton Carter, U.S. Secretary of Defense; Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia; David Abney, CEO of UPS; Paul Volcker, former Chair of U.S. Federal Reserve; Roger Crandall Chair, Pres &amp; CEO Mass Mutual; Elaine Chao former US Secretary of Labor; William Donaldson former Chair Securities &amp; Exchange Commission; Marissa Mayer, Pres &amp; CEO Yahoo; Terry Lundgren Chair &amp; CEO Macy&#39;s; Kenneth Frazier, Chair &amp; CEO Merck; Frank Blake, former CEO Home Depot; Indra Nooyi Chair &amp; CEO PepsiCo; Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Networks; Maurice Greenberg Chair &amp; CEO CV Starr and founder of AIG.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule, December 17, 2015:</strong></p> <p><strong>Yale Summit Welcome and Overview</strong>: Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean, Yale School of Management; Edward A. Snyder, Dean, Yale School of Management</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:15 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Trust between Global Governments and Global Leaders</strong>. Speakers: Ashton Carter, US Secretary of Defense; Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Australia; Joseph B. Ucuzoglu, Chairman &amp; CEO, Deloitte &amp; Touche LLP; Maurice R. Greenberg; Chairman &amp; CEO, CV Starr &amp; Co.; Founder, AIG; David Abney, CEO, UPS; John F. Lundgren, Chairman &amp; CEO, Stanley Black &amp; Decker; Gregory Hayes, President &amp; CEO, United Technologies Corporation; Steven Lipin, Senior Partner, Brunswick Group; Kelly Evans, Co-Anchor, CNBC</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Trusting the Economic System to Work for All</strong>. Speakers: Jason L. Furman, Chairman, US Council of Economic Advisors; Paul A. Volcker, former Chairman, US Federal Reserve System; Jed S. Rakoff, Judge, US Southern District of New York; Roger W. Crandall; Chairman, President &amp; CEO; MassMutual; Gregory J. Fleming; President, Investment Management; Morgan Stanley; Elaine L. Chao, 24th US Secretary of Labor (2001-2009); Andrew Ross Sorkin; Editor, Deal Book, The New York Times; Co-Anchor, CNBC; William H. Donaldson, 27th Chairman, US Securities &amp; Exchange Commission; Kenneth G. Langone, President &amp; CEO, Invemed; Robert Wolf, CEO, 32 Advisors LLC; Peter A. Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young &amp; Rubicam</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Are Political Candidates to be Trusted?</strong> Speakers: Byron Brown; Mayor; Buffalo, New York; Mick Cornett; Mayor; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Greg Fischer; Mayor; Louisville, Kentucky; Javier M. Gonzales; Mayor; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Jim Gray; Mayor; Lexington, Kentucky; William Peduto; Mayor; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Paul Soglin; Mayor; Madison, Wisconsin; Beth Van Duyne; Mayor; Irving, Texas; Mark Stodola; Mayor; Little Rock, Arkansas; David R. Martin; Mayor; Stamford, Connecticut; Richard J. Berry; Mayor; Albuquerque, New Mexico</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: Noon</p> <p><strong>Trusting Society to Master Its Technology</strong>. Speakers: Marissa A. Mayer, President &amp; CEO, Yahoo; Alan J. Patricof, Managing Director, Greycroft Partners; Daniel J. McCarthy, President &amp; CEO, Frontier Communications; Thomas J. Quinlan, President &amp; CEO, R.R. Donnelley &amp; Sons; James D. Robinson III, General Partner, RRE Ventures; Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Networks; Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President &amp; Director of Research, IBM</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Trusting that Consumers Get What They Expect. Speakers</strong>: Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman &amp; CEO, Macy&rsquo;s, Inc.; Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman &amp; CEO, Merck &amp; Co.; Frank Blake, Retired Chairman &amp; CEO, The Home Depot; Indra Nooyi, Chairman &amp; CEO, PepsiCo; Joseph C. Papa; Chairman, President &amp; CEO; Perrigo Company; Matthew S. Levatich, President &amp; CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.; David J. Stern, Commissioner Emeritus, National Basketball Association; Rick Goings, Chairman &amp; CEO, Tupperware Brands Corporation; Reuben Mark, Retired Chairman &amp; CEO, Colgate-Palmolive Company; Melanie Kusin, Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:15 p.m.</p> <p><strong>LEGEND IN LEADERSHIP Award Presentation</strong> to Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman &amp; CEO Merck &amp; Co., with presentation by Frank Blake, Retired Chairman &amp; CEO The Home Depot</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4:15 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and E End Ave., New York, NY</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:06:50 -0500 City of Pittsburgh Introduces Street Banner Program to Honor War Veterans http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5491 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 16, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith today unveiled new plans to honor the City&rsquo;s war veterans through street banners in business districts throughout Pittsburgh.</p> <p>An amendment is being introduced to City Council today creating a Veteran Banner Program for veterans, families and veterans groups to work with the Department of Public Works to display street banners in neighborhood business districts or Downtown.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the country, and this is a simple but powerful way of honoring their service,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Families have been asking me for months to help them cut through red tape to make hanging these banners easier, and I&rsquo;m thrilled we found a way to assist them,&rdquo; Councilwoman Kail-Smith said.</p> <p>The amendment calls on the City to establish a formal application process to have have veteran banners hung on city facilities or light poles, subject to approval by the City and community organizations (or the City Council member) in the neighborhood business districts where they are requested. It allows only veterans who are current residents of the City or were residents of the City during their period of service, and were honorably discharged from their military service, to have a City of Pittsburgh banner dedicated to them.</p> <p>Like all banners placed in City business districts the banners will become property of the City of Pittsburgh, be subject to approval by the Art Commission, and will be hung and displayed at the direction of the Department of Public Works.</p> <p>A copy of the amendment <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/151214_VeteransBannersAmendment_V2.pdf">is attached</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 10:33:59 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 16, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5490 <p><strong>Participating&nbsp;in Panel Discussion with Secretary Castro for the Center for American Progress, An Opportunity for Renters</strong><br /> Time: 9:45 a.m.<br /> Location: 1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C.<br /> <br /> <strong>Welcoming Reception for Yale CEO Summit and Dinner</strong><br /> Time: 7:15 p.m.<br /> Location: Waldorf Astoria New York, 301 Park Ave, New York, NY&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Session &nbsp;1: Leadership Trust Beyond Cliches</strong><br /> Time: 8:15 p.m.<br /> Location: Waldorf Astoria New York</p> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:55:24 -0500 Mayor William Peduto and HUD Secretary Julián Castro To Address Affordable Housing Crisis http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5489 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 15, 2015) Tomorrow, Mayor William Peduto and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juli&aacute;n Castro will discuss local and federal efforts to provide affordable housing and revitalize high poverty communities, in an event hosted in Washington D.C. by the Center for American Progress.</p> <p>The Secretary and the Mayor will be the lead speakers at the Wednesday morning event at the public policy organization&rsquo;s headquarters, which comes the same day as the issuance of its report &ldquo;An Opportunity Agenda for Renters: The Case for Simultaneous Investments in Residential Mobility and Low-income Communities.&rdquo; The report will forward recommendations for helping families find decent and affordable housing, and supporting reinvestment in racially segregated and economically struggling neighborhoods.</p> <p>Cities across the world are facing the challenge of balancing urban growth with providing affordable housing to all: low-income renters are particularly facing a dilemma, with nationwide studies showing there are only 28 affordable rental homes available for every 100 families seeking them, a shortage that keeps growing as investment in cities has intensified over the past decade.</p> <p>In Pittsburgh, Mayor Peduto this year launched the Affordable Housing Task Force to study the best methods nationwide for supporting housing opportunities for all, tailored to the Pittsburgh market. Among other work the task force is currently in the process of seeking a qualified firm to do a needs assessment to gauge the supply and demand for affordable housing in the city.</p> <p>In September Mayor Peduto and the Urban Redevelopment Authority created an Affordable Housing Fund for East Liberty in which a portion of the tax growth generated by developments in the East Liberty Transit Revitalization Investment District will be dedicated to affordable housing in the district. The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Affordable Housing Task Force, is similarly studying the creation of a citywide affordable housing trust fund.</p> <p>This summer Mayor Peduto also signed onto a resolution by the U.S. Conference of Mayors urging HUD, major banks and other owners of delinquent mortgages not to sell them to speculators but rather to nonprofits seeking to preserve homeownership and affordable housing.</p> <p>&ldquo;In Pittsburgh we&rsquo;re rapidly learning how to manage growth instead of managing decline. It isn&rsquo;t easy, and there are still neighborhoods struggling to recover from multiple decades of disinvestment, but we will find ways to make sure safe and affordable housing is available for all our residents, no matter where in the city they live,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>The Mayor&rsquo;s travel costs to the Washington D.C. event are being covered by the organizers. No city tax dollars are being used.</p> <p>The Center describes tomorrow&#39;s event this way:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The severe and worsening inequality in the United States means that access to opportunity is often dependent on where a person lives. Yet due to a lack of available affordable housing and deeply rooted patterns of residential segregation, where people live depends in large part on their income, race, and ethnicity. Policies that promote residential mobility while also reinvesting in racially segregated and high-poverty neighborhoods are crucial for reducing inequality and promoting healthy communities.</em></p> <p><em>The Center for American Progress is pleased to present a discussion of affordable and fair housing with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Juli&aacute;n Castro and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto. An expert panel will further explore these issues, with a particular focus on how to preserve affordable rental housing while also revitalizing neighborhoods, as well as strategies to address the rental affordability crisis that are outlined in a report the Center will release on December 16.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>More information as well as a link to a live stream of the 10 a.m. Wednesday event <a href="https://www.americanprogress.org/events/2015/12/09/127097/an-opportunity-agenda-for-renters/">is available here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:54:19 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 15, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5488 <p><strong>Tour of Matthews International Corporation</strong><br /> Time: 9 a.m.<br /> Location: 1315 West Liberty Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Grant Ervin</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Lunch with John Sylvester</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>County Executive Fitzgerald&#39;s Holiday Party</strong><br /> Time: 1 p.m.<br /> Location: County Courthouse<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Grant Oliphant</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Morrow Park Opening</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location:2530 Liberty Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Envision Downtown Advisory Committee</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location:&nbsp;PNC Tower, 28th Floor<br /> <br /> <strong>Traveling to D.C. for Panel with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Castro</strong><br /> Time: 8 p.m.</p> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:00:30 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 14, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5483 <p><strong>WJAS Interview</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Coffee with Rev. Welch</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan</strong><br /> Time: 11:20 a.m.<br /> Location: Westinghouse Academy, 1101 N Murtland St<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Kanak Iyer</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Rasu Shrestha, CIO, UPMC, Chief Lam, Tom Link , and Councilman Gilman</strong><br /> Time: 2:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Solicitor Sanchez-Ridge</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: &nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Southwest PA Commission Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.<br /> Location: North Meeting Room, Suite 400, Two Chatham Center, 112 Washington Place<br /> <br /> <strong>City Theatre Southside - &quot;A Broadway Holiday&quot;</strong><br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> Location: City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St</p> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:22:01 -0500 Parkway East To Reopen Sunday Morning http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5476 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 13, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Heavy Construction, have announced that <strong>all lanes of I-376 East (Parkway East) will reopen at 10:00 a.m. today - Sunday, December 13, 2015.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Weather conditions and the week of additional preparation time allowed contractors to be more effective and efficient in performing necessary work. Crews wrapped and drilled 116 holes into the main arch of the Greenfield Bridge that will be loaded with charges at demolition.</p> <p>Mosities Heavy Construction has also announced that no additional Parkway East closures or restrictions are anticipated prior to the upcoming five-day closure for demolition.</p> <p>The next closure of I-376 East is expected to begin in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. The contractor (Mosites) anticipates closing the Parkway East for up to five days for final demolition. The targeted demolition date of the Greenfield Bridge is Dec. 28, weather permitting.</p> <p>All closures during the project are administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform preparation work for the upcoming implosion of the Greenfield Bridge. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256">closure</a> and Reconstruction Project can be found <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">here</a>.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh has made every attempt to minimize the impact of this closure on planned city events in Downtown, the North Shore and elsewhere. The magnitude and tight schedule for the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project require weekend closures. The city and its partners have a seven week window in which two weekend closures are permitted to take place, not counting the Christmas to New Year&rsquo;s closure in December 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:02:06 -0500 Statement by Mayor William Peduto on Rescinding Toys For Tots Parking Tickets http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5475 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (December 11, 2015) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement after parking and towing citations were issued earlier today to visitors to a Toys For Tots giveaway in the Strip District:</p> <p>&quot;It is clear that the city, the police and others need to do better to support all those participating in the Toys For Tots program in the Strip District. We know our community faces desperate needs when families are forced to spill into busy sidewalks and streets just in order to obtain gifts for their children this Christmas season.</p> <p>Some communications on this issue earlier today were premature and issued before full study was completed. I respect Chief McLay&#39;s decision that police did the right thing in tagging and towing vehicles this morning that they deemed to be hazards to pedestrian and traffic safety. Yet, despite rulings that tickets&nbsp;could be warranted, I am convinced the entire situation could have been handled better.</p> <p>It is with that understanding -- and the spirit of the holiday season -- that I believe it is right for Chief McLay to rescind the citations issued.&quot;</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:06:01 -0500 Statement on Parking At Strip District Toys For Tots Event http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5473 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 11, 2015) As hundreds of families lined up at a Toys For Tots toy giveaway in the Strip District during rush hour this morning, 13 parking tickets were issued after Pittsburgh Police were dispatched to the site after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting hazardous parking and pedestrian conditions in the area.</p> <p>Vehicles were creating hazards by blocking sidewalks and forcing pedestrians into streets, blocking crosswalks, blocking alleyways, and impeding vehicles turning on and off Liberty Avenue.</p> <p>Organizers of the event at the Guardian Self Storage facility at 2839 Liberty Avenue made announcements to participants to move illegally parked vehicles. Police then ticketed 13 hazardously parked vehicles, and had four towed.</p> <p>Following that the Zone 2 station assigned an officer to the site to make sure all new arrivals parked legally, and there were no further issues through the day.</p> <p>The second day of the Marine Toys For Tots open house event is tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zone 2 has assigned an officer to the site to assist with traffic in the area and advise participants on legal and safe parking options.</p> <p>People who were ticketed and towed for parking illegally will be responsible for the tickets and towing fees that resulted.</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:23:58 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 12-13, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5472 <div><strong>December 12</strong></div> <blockquote><strong>Senator Jay Costa - PA Society Lunch</strong> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;La Nonna Ristorante Italiano, 134 Mulberry St., New York, NY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Reception with Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton&#39;s Campaign Manager</strong></div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Reception for U.S.&nbsp;Senator&nbsp;Bob Casey</strong></div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Perfect Pint, 203 E 45th St., New York, NY&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Buchanan Ingersoll&nbsp;Reception</strong></div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, Starlight Roof, 18th Floor</div> </blockquote> <p><br /> <strong>December 13</strong></p> <blockquote> <div><strong>Traveling back from New York City</strong></div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> </blockquote> Sat, 12 Dec 2015 10:11:45 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 11, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5471 <p><strong>Councilman Dan Gilman&#39;s NYC Lunch</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: 978 2nd Ave, New York, NY&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>Visit to&nbsp;<em>The Nation</em>&nbsp;magazine Headquarters&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Time:1 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;33 Irving Place, New York, NY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Hosting Reception with County Executive Fitzgerald</strong></div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The 2015 Governor Mifflin Society Reception</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;The Waldorf Astoria, Louis XVI Suite, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY</div> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:49:08 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 10, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5467 <p><strong>Meeting with U.S. Attorney General David Hickton</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Federal Courthouse, 700 Grant Street, Suite 4000<br /> <br /> <strong>President Clinton&#39;s Visit to Pittsburgh&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 1 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Traveling to New York City for PA Society</strong><br /> Time: 1:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Children&#39;s Hospital Foundation Reception</strong><br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> Location: The W Hotel, 541 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022</p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:46:44 -0500 REMINDER: Parkway East Weekend Closure Begins Friday Night http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5463 <p dir="ltr">(Note: Updated information is highlighted in <span style="color:#ff0000;">RED</span>.)</p> <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 9, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Heavy Construction, remind commuters that full-lane closures of I-376 East will take place Friday, Dec. 11 at 11:00 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Closures and Detours (Dec. 11-14)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The eastbound (outbound) closures will begin at Oakland (Exit 72A). All outbound traffic will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 72A. Additionally, the Bates St. outbound entrance ramp will be closed.<span style="color:#ff0000;">&nbsp;A map of the eastbound closures and detours can be found</span> <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_EB_Detour_Ramps_Dec_11_wknd_FINAL.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The westbound (inbound) detour will begin at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Inbound traffic traveling from the east will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 78B.<strong> </strong><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>All truck traffic must follow the posted detour that begins at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. </strong>Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane between Exit 78B and Exit 77. Motorists traveling westbound will have access to the Edgewood/Swissvale Exit 77 off-ramp. Use of the Edgewood/Swissvale westbound exit ramp is intended for <strong>local traffic only</strong>.<strong> </strong></span>The Edgewood/Swissvale and Squirrel Hill/Homestead on-ramps to I-376 inbound will be closed. Motorists traveling westbound out of Oakland on the Boulevard of the Allies will be able to access I-376 westbound at the Boulevard of the Allies entrance ramp. Motorists in Downtown Pittsburgh will be able to access I-376 westbound at Grant Street (71A).&nbsp;<span style="color:#ff0000;">A map of the westbound detours and closures can be found</span> <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_WB_Detour_with_Ramps_Dec_11_wknd_FINAL.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police officers will be on site at critical intersections on the posted detour routes to assist with traffic flow and ensure safety for all roadway users. Motorists should expect significant delays on posted detour routes.</p> <p dir="ltr">The closures will be administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform preparation work for the upcoming implosion of the Greenfield Bridge. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256">closure</a> and Reconstruction Project can be found <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh has made every attempt to minimize the impact of this closure on planned city events in Downtown, the North Shore and elsewhere. The magnitude and tight schedule for the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project require weekend closures. The city and its partners have a seven week window in which two weekend closures are permitted to take place, not counting the Christmas to New Year&rsquo;s closure in December 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Possible Alternate Routes</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">To avoid lengthy delays on the posted detour, PennDOT also suggests taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Harmar Interchange (Exit 48) and using southbound Route 28 to access downtown.</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists may also consider taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the I-79 interchange in Cranberry (Exit 77) and following I-79 south to the Parkway North (I-279) to Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">Maps and descriptions of alternate routes can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/FINAL_Alts_to_Greenfield_Bridge_Closure_Routes_(2).pdf">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:58:02 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 9, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5462 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong></p> <div>Time: 8:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pennsylvania Municipal League Legislative Committee Monthly Call</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Essential Pittsburgh Radio Show</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:45 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;WESA Studio, 67 Bedford Square</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief Valerie McDonald Roberts</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div> <div aria-label="Hide expanded content" data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" id=":1i3" role="button" tabindex="0"><img src="https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif" /></div> <div aria-label="Hide expanded content" data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" role="button" tabindex="0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> </div> </div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Lauren Hobart, EVP/Chief Marketing for Dick&#39;s Sporting Goods</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: &nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Mayor Peduto&#39;s 8th Annual Holiday Party</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: 6425 Living Place</div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:55:18 -0500 Neighborhood Groups and Community Leaders Stand Behind Rental Registration Program http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5461 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 8, 2015) More than 20 neighborhood groups support the proposal for a rental registration program that would ensure safe, quality rental housing for our residents, provide incentives for property owners to keep their apartments in excellent shape, and reward demonstrably good landlords. Together, these initiatives will help protect our neighborhoods from neglect and protect our residents from unsafe housing.</p> <p>After much work by the community groups, property owners, landlords, Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Administration and Pittsburgh City Council, Council is set to take a preliminary vote on the proposal tomorrow.</p> <p>Leaders from the following community organizations had the following to say about the proposal:</p> <p>&ldquo;The proposed rental registration ordinance looks to be an effective preemptive tool to get a handle on properties in our community that are not up to code and problematic. While giving notice to long-time, derelict property owners, it gives hope for enhanced community wellbeing and growth,&rdquo; said Jeanne McNutt, Executive Director, Uptown Partners.</p> <p>&ldquo;To us, this is not about nitpicking enforcement that could displace tenants; this is about having contact info transparency for an accountable rental property manager. On a community level, we will then reach out to that property manager to work together to resolve the identified issues prior to enforcement and fines,&rdquo; said Aaron Sukenik, Executive Director, Hilltop Alliance.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am in full support of the landlord registration legislation as a result of feeling that it impacts a landlord in terms of keeping a landlord accountable,&quot; said LaShawn Burton-Faulk, Executive Director, Manchester Citizens Corporation. &ldquo;It allows the city to be in touch with the landlord -- and using measures to be accountable, if there is something that goes wrong there&rsquo;s an agent assigned. The agent can really get behind and support the tenant in making sure the tenant has a proper place of living and that things are kept up to code.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Rental Registration will bring much-needed accountability, organization, and responsibility that has been sorely lacking within the rental housing enterprise in Pittsburgh. Owners will be held responsible to take reasonable steps to ensure that properties are safe and clean, thus improving the overall quality of life in our communities,&rdquo; said Lauren Byrne, Executive Director, Lawrenceville United. &ldquo;We have spent countless hours tracking down owners and representatives of irresponsibly managed or poorly maintained rental housing in Lawrenceville in an effort to improve the the health, safety, and wellbeing of residents in our neighborhood, and we believe that this legislation and the enforcement of this ordinance will be an important tool in the continued revitalization and reinvestment in our neighborhood.&rdquo;</p> <p>Homewood Concerned Citizens Council &ldquo;is in support of the Rental Registration Legislation on behalf of tenants to ensure that landlords keep their properties in compliance with City of Pittsburgh building code ordinances. Too often the tenants that rent from private landlords have no recourse to ensure that properties are in compliance with building codes; tenants will welcome the periodic inspections that will be required to ensure enforcement of health and safety codes. Together tenants and landlords will have a greater responsibility for the quality of life in rental properties,&rdquo; said Cherylie Fuller, HCCC Executive Director.</p> <p>Oakland Planning &amp; Development Corporation &ldquo;supports the rental registration bill to give city officials the tools they need to ensure that all rental properties are maintained properly with no adverse effects on communities where they are located. Many other cities in Pennsylvania and across the country utilize this mechanism &ndash; it&rsquo;ll be great for Pittsburgh to have this tool as well. OPDC owns and manages rental units and will register them and willingly have them inspected,&rdquo; said Wanda Wilson, OPDC Executive Director.</p> <p>&ldquo;Oakwatch supports the rental registration bill and looks forward to its passage. Oakwatch is a community-created organization whose mission is to focus enforcement of existing laws, codes and ordinances to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. We believe rental registration will strengthen the City&#39;s ability to use its building code as a positive force for community stabilization and improvement. Further, rental registration is used in other municipalities in Pennsylvania and in other states. Pittsburgh should have access to the same process to help regulate its rental market, said Oakwatch Co-Chair Geoffrey Becker.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association&#39;s board of directors feels that rental registration legislation would have a positive impact in our neighborhood by ensuring rental properties are safe for both the renter and community, while simultaneously promoting a stronger sense of responsibility among property owners,&rdquo; said Jessica Varone, President, Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association.</p> <p>The following organizations support the rental registration proposal:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Beechview Area Concerned Citizens</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Carrick Community Council</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Carrick-Overbrook Block Watch</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Highland Park Community Council</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Hilltop Alliance</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Homewood Brushton Business Association</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Homewood Concerned Citizens Council</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Homewood Renaissance Association</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Lawrenceville Corporation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Lawrenceville United</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Morningside Area Community Council</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Manchester Citizens Corporation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Oakland Planning &amp; Development Corporation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Oakwatch</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Observatory Hill, Inc.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Operation Better Block</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Overbrook Community Council</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Perry Hilltop Citizens Council</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Riverside Mews Home Owners Association</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">South Oakland Neighborhood Group</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">South Side Community Council, Inc.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Uptown Partners</p> </li> </ul> <p>###</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:25:47 -0500 Department of City Planning Presents the Adopt-A-Lot Program http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5458 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (December 8, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh Planning Department is announcing the launch of&nbsp; the Adopt-A-Lot Program, which allows residents and groups to build temporary garden projects, including edible, flower, and rain gardens on vacant City-owned lots. The program, approved last month by City Council, grants licenses and leases for use of City-owned property as well as the sale of what is grown onsite, through a market-stand lease. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Estimates have shown that the city may have nearly 30,000 vacant and blighted lots&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;This problem is simply too large for the city to tackle on its own.&rdquo;</p> <p>City Planning will host an orientation and workshop&nbsp;today, December 8th,&nbsp;from 6-8 pm&nbsp;at the South Side Market House, 1 Bedford Square, South Side. At this workshop City Planning staff will present the Vacant Lot Toolkit (VLTK) - a resource guide for residents that compiles the goals, policies, processes, procedures, and guidelines allowing residents to build temporary edible, flower, and rain gardens through the Adopt-A-Lot Program. The toolkit was created in part through an Advisory Committee consisting of various City departments and authorities as well as non-profit partners, including Grow Pittsburgh, GTECH, Penn State Center, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh Parks Conversancy, Tree Pittsburgh, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Useful for projects on both public and private land, the toolkit clearly defines the process to access the nearly 7,200 City-owned vacant lots for food, flower, and/or rain gardens.</p> <p>At this session, representatives from City Planning will discuss vacant lot project topics including design, budgeting, soil testing and insurance, as well as explaining the City&#39;s process.</p> <p>&ldquo;The primary purpose of the toolkit is to begin to build new and improved pathways to turn blight into opportunity and to streamline the processes by which we partner with non-governmental groups and individual residents to do so,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>Other city departments and not-for-profit organizations will be on hand to answer questions and discuss how they can help to facilitate these projects. Those interested in adopting a City lot are encouraged to attend this information session and visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/adoptalot">pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/adoptalot</a> for more information.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact:&nbsp; Shelly Danko+Day, Open Space Specialist, Department of City Planning: (412) 255-2200; OSS@pittsburghpa.gov</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:47:16 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 8, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5457 <p><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Tuffy Shallenberger</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chinese Art Delegation</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Solicitor Sanchez-Ridge, Chief Costa, Councilman Gilman, and Chief McLay</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Visit to Hazelwood Senior Center</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;5344 Second Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh United Quarterly Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Allegheny County SPC Delegations</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: County Courthouse&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Maxine Lapiduss and Tamara Tunie</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Chancellor Gallagher&#39;s Holiday Party</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:28:44 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule December 7, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5455 <p><strong>Mayor&#39;s Office Budget Hearing to City Council</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: City Council Chambers<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Moira Kaleida, Lynda Wrenn, and Kevin Carter</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.<br /> Location: 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Judge Gallo&#39;s Last Annual Holiday Party</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: 821 City County Building<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Consul General of Slovenia, Andrej Rode&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Global Pittsburgh and Serbian Delegation</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>City Menorah Lighting</strong><br /> Time: 5 p.m.<br /> Location: 414 Grant St.</p> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:01:55 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Seeks Volunteers for Open Board & Commission Seats http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5453 <p dir="ltr"><em><span style="color:#ff0000;">NOTE: Due to technical issues, the links below are not working in all web browsers. The City is working to correct the problem</span>.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 7, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is pleased to announce the opening of several volunteer roles for those interested in serving on a city board or commission.</p> <p dir="ltr">Openings are available <a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/">here on the City website</a> for roles on eight different bodies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Boards that the Mayor is seeking interested applicants are:</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/OstJBt/Board-Of-License-And-Inspection-Review">Board of License Inspection and Review</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/4x6LOK/Building-Code-Board-Of-Appeals">Building Code Board of Appeals</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/6X14tV/Civil-Service-Commission">Civil Service Commission</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/Vngbur/Disruptive-Property-Appeals-Board">Disruptive Property Appeals Board</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/evTEog/Education-Commission">Education Commission</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/HYhSS4/Historic-Review-Commission">Historic Review Commission</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/X1NSQ0/Water-Exoneration-Hearing-Board">Water Exoneration Hearing Board</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://apply.pittsburghpa.gov/apply/hSBZFE/Young-Pittsburgh-Advisory-Commission">Young Pittsburgh Advisory Commission</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Links for each group describe the volunteer roles and whether city residency or professional certificates are required for the positions.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City is seeking well-qualified applicants for the roles who reflect the diversity of Pittsburgh as a whole.</p> <p dir="ltr">Those interested may upload their information and resume to the website, as well as a brief personal statement. The Mayor&rsquo;s Office will review the applications and choose appointees for each open seat available. Appointees must be confirmed by City Council.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Administration previously sought volunteers for open positions in <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4120">February</a> and in <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4171">March</a> of this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:18:27 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule Dec. 5-6, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5452 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 6, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is returning from Paris, where he was invited this week to the Climate Summit for Local Leaders as part of the<a href="http://www.compactofmayors.org/" target="_blank"> Compact of Mayors</a>, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to taking climate action. Mayor Peduto will meet with leaders of hundreds of other cities from every continent who are demonstrating their commitment to making communities more resilient to climate change, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and regularly reporting their progress publicly.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris, and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, the Climate Summit for Local Leaders will be the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change.</p> <p dir="ltr">The event coincides with the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, a historic gathering of government, business and religious leaders to collectively search for climate change solutions.</p> <p dir="ltr">The World Wildlife Fund is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs for the summit. No taxpayer dollars are being used. The Mayor is attending the summit from Wednesday through Sunday.</p> <p dir="ltr">More background on the trip and the City&rsquo;s commitments to environmental sustainability <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5430" target="_blank">are available here.</a></p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule Dec. 5, 2015:</p> <p dir="ltr">ICLEI - Local Action, Global Results - From Recognition to Raising Ambition</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5 a.m. (EST)</p> <p dir="ltr">C40 Cities and Realdania (Thematic Session)</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Local Action, Global Results: From Recognition to Raising Ambitions</p> <p dir="ltr">This session will recap local climate action since 2007, acknowledge leaders in past success and talk about where the movement is going after COP 21. Featured speakers will include Special Envoy Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, and Mayor of Seoul Won‐Soon Park.</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Vancouver Economic Commission - Building the field of Green Economic Development: Vancouver&#39;s data-driven approaches</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">U.S. State Department Briefing with Karen Florini, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, and David Duckenfield, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Reception with Baltimore Mayor and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Reception with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:30 p.m.</p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Dinner with Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Time: 3 p.m.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule Dec. 6, 2015:</p> <p dir="ltr">Return flight to United States</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Sun, 06 Dec 2015 10:37:02 -0500 Maintenance Work Scheduled On Portion Of Beechwood Boulevard in Greenfield Saturday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5441 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 4, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that motorists may experience temporary traffic delays at the 3400 block of Beechwood Blvd. - between Hazelwood Ave. and Lilac St. - &nbsp;in Greenfield on Saturday, December 5, 2015 between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Forestry Division will be performing tree work and maintenance. There will be intermittent closures of the street. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 11:01:20 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule Dec. 4, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5439 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 4, 2015) Mayor William Peduto has been invited to Paris this week for the Climate Summit for Local Leaders as part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.compactofmayors.org/">Compact of Mayors</a>, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to taking climate action. Mayor Peduto will meet with leaders of hundreds of other cities from every continent who are demonstrating their commitment to making communities more resilient to climate change, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and regularly reporting their progress publicly.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris, and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, the Climate Summit for Local Leaders will be the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change.</p> <p>The event coincides with the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, a historic gathering of government, business and religious leaders to collectively search for climate change solutions.</p> <p>The World Wildlife Fund is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs for the summit. No taxpayer dollars are being used. The Mayor is attending the summit from Wednesday through Sunday.</p> <p>More background on the trip and the City&rsquo;s commitments to environmental sustainability <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5430">are available here.</a></p> <p>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule Dec. 4, 2015:</p> <p><strong>Morning Session - Climate Summit for Local Leaders</strong></p> <p>Keynote address by Fran&ccedil;ois Hollande, President of the Republic of France</p> <p>Welcome by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Michael R. Bloomberg, U.N. Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. Other speakers include: Kadir Topbas, Mayor of Istanbul and President of UCLG; Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and Chair of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul and President of ICLEI; Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Secretary General of AIMF.</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:30-3:45 a.m. (EST)</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: H&ocirc;tel de Ville (Paris City Hall)</p> <p><strong>Launch of the Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2) and Policy Responses for Transformative Action organized by Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and ICLEI &ndash; Local Governments for Sustainability.</strong></p> <p>The Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2), published by Cambridge University Press, is the key climate science resource for city leaders. It serves as the knowledge base for city action, just as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) serves as the knowledge base for national climate change actions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4:00- 5:45 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: H&ocirc;tel de Ville</p> <p><strong>Compact of Mayors-Interviews with international media</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7:30 &ndash; 8:15 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: H&ocirc;tel de Ville</p> <p><strong>Google Hang Out Interview with Bloomberg New York at Climate Summit for Local Leaders</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:15-8:45 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">A live-stream of the interview <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Q27cF6jQA">is scheduled to be shown here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Meeting with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (Maryland); Cory Booker (New Jersey); Chris Coons (Delaware); Al Franken (Minnesota); Ed Markey (Massachusetts); Jeff Merkley (Oregon); Brian Schatz (Hawaii); Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire); Tom Udall (New Mexico); and Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island).</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:45 a.m.</p> <p><strong>General Session - Climate Summit for Local Leaders</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: H&ocirc;tel de Ville</p> <p><strong>Reception hosted by Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1 - 3 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 08:31:28 -0500 Uptown EcoInnovation District Named One of World's Top 100 Urban Climate Change Projects http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5438 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 3, 2015) The Uptown EcoInnovation District project this week was named one of the top 100 projects worldwide addressing climate change on a local level.</p> <p>The distinction was made in <a href="http://issuu.com/sustainia/docs/cities100?e=4517615/31034188">the Cities100 report</a> distributed by Sustania, a sustainable development firm based in Copenhagen, Denmark.</p> <p>&quot;The project will target emissions reductions along the transit corridor running through central Pittsburgh, while also focusing on making streets and public spaces safe, accessible and enjoyable,&rdquo; the report says on page 152.</p> <p>The honor -- which comes after a competitive application process -- comes as Mayor William Peduto is joining a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to taking climate action <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5430">this week in Paris</a>, in conjunction with the international COP21 climate conference.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the global discussion on climate change intensifies, cities are leading the way to a sustainable future,&rdquo; the introduction to the Cities100 report says. &ldquo;Cities have always been the centers of commerce, culture and knowledge. Now they are harnessing their innovative, collaborative and progressive nature to take action on climate change, forging a path to low-carbon development that improves the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban citizens.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Uptown EcoInnovation District project is positioning itself to be a leading model of civic engagement, mobility improvement, water management, and energy innovation. It is not only seeking to better connect Downtown and Oakland, but also to enhance a great network of assets within the Uptown community.</p> <p>The project is the product of ongoing collaboration among Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Department of City Planning, Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, Sustainable Pittsburgh, neighborhood groups, universities and other partners.</p> <p>The EcoInnovation District work is being coordinated with the ongoing transit improvement study taking place along the Fifth and Forbes Avenue corridor. &nbsp;</p> <p>More information <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/ecoinnovation">on the project is available here</a>. Please check the website for opportunities for public input and involvement.</p> <p>The Cities100 publication highlights cities that are implementing outstanding projects, programs, policies and practices to combat climate change and reduce climate risks. The competitive application process to be honored by Cities100 was conducted together with the C40 Cities Awards.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:35:18 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule Dec. 3, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5436 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 3, 2015) Mayor William Peduto has been invited to Paris this week for the Climate Summit for Local Leaders as part of the<a href="http://www.compactofmayors.org/"> Compact of Mayors</a>, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to taking climate action. Mayor Peduto will meet with leaders of hundreds of other cities from every continent who are demonstrating their commitment to making communities more resilient to climate change, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and regularly reporting their progress publicly.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris, and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, the Climate Summit for Local Leaders will be the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change.</p> <p>The event coincides with the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, a historic gathering of government, business and religious leaders to collectively search for climate change solutions.</p> <p>The World Wildlife Fund is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs for the summit. No taxpayer dollars are being used. The Mayor is attending the summit from Wednesday through Sunday.</p> <p>More background on the trip and the City&rsquo;s commitments to environmental sustainability <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5430">are available here.</a></p> <p>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule Dec. 3, 2015:</p> <p>Building Day, Various Events at Cities and Regions Pavilion</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2 a.m. (EST)</p> <p>What Cities Can Do to Improve Climate and Clean Air</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5 a.m.</p> <p>A tale of three cities: Mayor Peduto, Mayor Schaaf (Oakland), Mayor Hartwell (Grand Rapids)</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5:15 a.m.</p> <p>Norway and City of Oslo - Transformative Change in Transport Systems</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6 a.m.</p> <p>City of Stockholm -How to be fossil fuel free by 2040 (Organized by European Green Capitals)</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7:15 a.m.</p> <p>TAP Talks with Jeffrey Sachs (TAP Talk - aka Transformative Action Program)</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8 a.m.</p> <p>Mexico TAP Time</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:30 a.m.</p> <p>Brazil TAP Time</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9 a.m.</p> <p>City of Gothenburg - Green Bonds and Sustainable Urban Development</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>UCLG/City of Paris</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Leaders Circle Dinner</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1 p.m.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 03 Dec 2015 08:37:48 -0500 Update: Parkway East Weekend Closure Postponed One Week http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5434 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (December 2, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Heavy Construction, has postponed the I-376 East (Parkway East) closures originally scheduled for December 4-6.</p> <p dir="ltr">All inbound and outbound lanes of the Parkway East will be open this weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr">This decision was made by the City of Pittsburgh after extensive conversations with Mosites Heavy Construction. Both the city and contractor feel that it is in the best interest of the community to keep the Parkway East open while PennDOT is conducting a Parkway West weekend closure. The city and contractor are confident that delaying the Parkway East closure one week will not disrupt the planned deconstruction and demolition schedule of the Greenfield Bridge.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Parkway East closures have been postponed one week. The next weekend closure of I-376 East will take place <strong>Friday, Dec. 11 at 11:00 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 a.m.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Closures and Detours (Dec. 11-14)</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The eastbound (outbound) closures will begin at Oakland (Exit 72A). All outbound traffic will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 72A. Additionally, the Bates St. outbound entrance ramp will be closed. A map of the eastbound closures and detours can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_EB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The westbound (inbound) detour will begin at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Inbound traffic coming from the east will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 78B. All truck traffic must follow the posted detour that begins at Exit 78B. Local traffic traveling westbound will be able to use the Edgewood/Swissvale Exit 77 off-ramp. The Edgewood/Swissvale and Sq. Hill/Homestead on-ramps to I-376 inbound will be closed. Motorists traveling westbound out of Oakland on the Boulevard of the Allies will be able to access I-376 westbound at the Boulevard of the Allies entrance ramp. Motorists in Downtown Pittsburgh will be able to access I-376 westbound at Grant Street (71A). A map of the westbound detours and closures can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_WB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police officers will be on site at critical intersections on the posted detour routes to assist with traffic flow and ensure safety for all roadway users. Motorists should expect significant delays on posted detour routes.</p> <p dir="ltr">The closures will be administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform deconstruction work on the Greenfield Bridge. Crews will be removing the concrete slabs that make up the road surface of the bridge that passes over the closed portions of I-376. This work must be done in advance of preparing the bridge for implosion. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256">closure</a> and Reconstruction Project can be found <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh has made every attempt to minimize the impact of this closure on planned city events in Downtown, the North Shore and elsewhere. The magnitude and tight schedule for the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project require weekend closures. The city and its partners have a seven week window in which two weekend closures are permitted to take place, not counting the Christmas to New Year&rsquo;s closure in December 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Possible Alternate Routes</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">To avoid lengthy delays on the posted detour, PennDOT also suggests taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Harmar Interchange (Exit 48) and using southbound Route 28 to access downtown.</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists may also consider taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the I-79 interchange in Cranberry (Exit 77) and following I-79 south to the Parkway North (I-279) to Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">Maps and descriptions of alternate routes can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/FINAL_Alts_to_Greenfield_Bridge_Closure_Routes_(2).pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:46:36 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule Dec. 2, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5430 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (December 2, 2015) Mayor William Peduto has been invited to Paris this week for the Climate Summit for Local Leaders as part of the <a href="http://www.compactofmayors.org/">Compact of Mayors</a>, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to taking climate action. Mayor Peduto will meet with leaders of hundreds of other cities from every continent who are demonstrating their commitment to making communities more resilient to climate change, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, and regularly reporting their progress publicly.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hosted by Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris, and Michael R. Bloomberg, the UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, the Climate Summit for Local Leaders will be the largest global convening of mayors, governors and local leaders focused on climate change.</p> <p>The event coincides with the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris,&nbsp;a historic gathering of government, business and religious leaders to collectively search for climate change solutions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh and other cities are on the front lines of the climate change crisis, and it is our responsibility to address the deep challenges it is creating for us, our children and our grandchildren,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh has proven how cities can be leaders through 60 years of initiatives that have changed us for the better. We are the model not only for post-industrial cities, but all cities worldwide. As a Compact of Mayors city, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s participation will be highlighted and we will share the initiatives we are working on with our counterparts from around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>The World Wildlife Fund is covering the Mayor&rsquo;s costs for the summit. No taxpayer dollars are being used. The Mayor is attending the summit from Wednesday through Sunday.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh is already committed to environmental sustainability and named its first Chief Resilience Officer this year. Mayor Peduto has been a leader in sustainability over more than two decades in Pittsburgh government, writing the City&rsquo;s first clean air standards since those approved by Mayor David Lawrence; writing the City&rsquo;s first-ever clean water standards; authoring hillside preservation standards that gained national attention; being a member of the Sierra Club since 1990; and initiating the City&rsquo;s first Climate Action Plan.</p> <p>To date, the City has completed two versions of both a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and the Climate Action Plan, with the third version of the Greenhouse Gas Inventory due out this January, and an updated Climate Action Plan due the summer of 2016. The Climate Action Plan details recommended steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both municipal operations and community-wide activities, and the planning team consists of local stakeholders including universities, community organizations and environmental groups.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh was selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation network, which provides resources to improve city resilience in the face of climate change, globalization and urbanization trends. Through this process, the City of Pittsburgh is developing a resilience strategy, which will include a commitment to significantly reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, alongside innovative projects that will help Pittsburgh adapt to the projected impacts of global climate change and other risk factors.</p> <p>In October, at a Rockefeller summit in Italy,<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5223"> the City was awarded $5 million in grants </a>to support its resilience programs.</p> <p>At this week&rsquo;s summit Mayor Peduto will present the City&rsquo;s next steps -- by the year 2030 -- for reducing its emissions through renewable energy consumption, energy and water conservation, fleet conversion, landfill diversion and transportation emission reductions.</p> <p>Those goals -- covering City government-owned facilities, fleet and infrastructure -- for 2030 include:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">100% Renewable Energy Supply</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">50% Energy Consumption Reduction</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">50% Water Use Reduction</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">100% Fossil Fuel Free Fleet</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">100% Diversion from Landfill</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">50% Citywide Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Creating a Fossil Fuel Divestment Strategy for City of Pittsburgh Funds</p> </li> </ul> <p>This is in addition to the Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance 2030 District plan, which the City, Allegheny County and related authorities have been engaged in with the past three years. Through the 2030 District process, more than 70% of properties in Downtown and Oakland -- both publicly and privately owned -- are voluntarily reporting their energy use; more than 30 different property types are reporting their energy or water use; and public and private partners are supporting studies of transportation levels and emissions.</p> <p>As one of the key initiatives launched at the UN Climate Summit in September of 2014 by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael R. Bloomberg, the Compact of Mayors is the world&rsquo;s largest collective effort to date by cities to tackle climate change, proactively prepare for its impacts, and regularly track and report progress. The Compact was activated under the leadership of the global city networks&mdash;C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI &ndash; Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)&mdash;and with support from UN-Habitat, the UN&rsquo;s lead agency on urban issues.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;The Compact of Mayors reflects the commitment that cities are making to reduce carbon emissions and the crucial role they play in confronting climate change,&quot; said Bloomberg. &quot;The more cities that take part in the Compact, the bigger impact it will have. I applaud all of the mayors who have joined, and look forward to welcoming more cities into our growing coalition.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">Recent research shows that if every local government in the world took action in accordance with the Compact of Mayors&mdash;particularly by targeting their building energy, transportation, and waste sectors&mdash;they could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of cutting the world&rsquo;s annual coal use by more than half.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pittsburgh committed to the Compact in August. Visit <a href="http://www.compactofmayors.org/">www.compactofmayors.org</a> to learn more about the Compact of Mayors.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 08:10:41 -0500 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE, NOVEMBER 30, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5427 <p><strong>WJAS Interview</strong></p> <div>Time: 9:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Ray Gastil&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Jay Sukernek, Riverlife, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch Meeting with Dennis Yablonsky, Matt Smith, and Jenn Beer</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with NRG Energy</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Mayor Warren, Newton, MA</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Dennis Noonan</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Debbie Lestitian, Chief Administration Officer&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:35:47 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 28, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5424 <p><strong>Small Business Saturday in Allentown</strong></p> <p>Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <div>Location: Allentown<br clear="all" /> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>WXXP Reunion Show</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:04:53 -0500 Mayor Peduto To Visit Allentown For Small Business Saturday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5419 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 25, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto -- in conjunction with Allentown CDC, Hilltop Alliance and Warrington Avenue merchants -- will participate in Small Business Saturday on November 28 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Merchants in the Allentown business district will have special deals, giveaways for shoppers, and a pop up craft market. <strong>At 1:45 p.m. Mayor Peduto will address the public and media at Spool (816 Warrington Ave. Pgh, PA 15210)</strong>, a new fabric shop in the area.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto will also announce the availability of a new tool for Pittsburgh entrepreneurs,&nbsp;<a href="https://drive.google.com/a/pittsburghpa.gov/file/d/0B7BLwUBfD1TxREM1UndhT2lrTG8/view">The City of Pittsburgh Building Acquisition and Ownership Guide</a>.&nbsp;This guide, created in a cooperative effort between Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s Office and Urban Innovation21, will serve as reference material and recommendations for entrepreneurs and others navigating the real estate process in Pittsburgh, including the acquisition of city and URA owned properties. A pilot version of the guide will be released as a Google Doc to enable access and user feedback. With continued feedback the document will improve overtime with the input and insight of Pittsburgh entrepreneurs and economic development professionals, ultimately assisting entrepreneurs during the journey to owning a physical space for a business.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Mayor Peduto recognizes the importance of supporting small businesses in Pittsburgh, the jobs they help create, and the culture they instill in local communities,&rdquo; said Henry Pyatt, Small Business and Redevelopment Manager in the Office of Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to celebrate Small Business Saturday today. With tools like the Building Acquisition and Ownership Guide, we&rsquo;re committed to supporting small businesses everyday.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">In an effort to encourage shoppers to patronize small businesses in Pittsburgh on Small Business Saturday, City Council has waived the enforcement of parking fees at meters and in garages on Saturdays from Nov. 21 through Dec. 19.</p> <p dir="ltr">Today&rsquo;s version of <em>The City of Pittsburgh Building Acquisition and Ownership Guide</em> can be found&nbsp;<a href="https://drive.google.com/a/pittsburghpa.gov/file/d/0B7BLwUBfD1TxREM1UndhT2lrTG8/view">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">A full listing of neighbrohoods participating in Small Business Saturday can be found on the URA&rsquo;s resource page for entreprenuers, launchpgh.com: &nbsp;<a href="http://launchpgh.com/small-business-saturday-pittsburgh-2016/">http://launchpgh.com/small-business-saturday-pittsburgh-2016/</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contact: </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Henry Pyatt, Small Business and Redevelopment Manager: 412-303-5927, <a href="mailto:henry.pyatt@pittsburghpa.gov">henry.pyatt@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <p><strong>About Small Business Saturday</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2014, nearly 3,000 Neighborhood Champions rallied local businesses and created events and activities to drive shopping at small businesses around the country. The day was also championed by elected officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., including President Obama.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:24:09 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 25, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5417 <p><strong>Coffee with Lynda Wrenn</strong></p> <p>Location: Make Your Mark</p> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Bishop Zubik</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Jerry MacCleary, Convestro</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Andrew Moore</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:34:42 -0500 Public Invited to Hear Presentations Next Week on Making Pittsburgh's Streets Safer for Everyone http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5411 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 24, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is organizing a Complete Streets public meeting on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, hosted by University of Pittsburgh. The Department of City Planning and the National Complete Streets Coalition will kick off the discussion around Complete Streets for Pittsburgh.</p> <p>Presentations include City Planning Director Ray Gastil; Emiko Atherton, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition; and Jeff Riegner, Complete Streets Expert and Workshop Instructor.</p> <p>The kick-off meeting follows Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s April 10 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4323">Executive Order</a> to adopt a Complete Streets policy for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s public rights of way. This event will inform the community about the ongoing plans behind its Complete Streets policy and how this policy will guide transportation investments in ways that benefit all residents, businesses, visitors and the environment.</p> <p>Establishing a Complete Streets policy is critical to becoming a city where safe and good mobility choices are accessible to all neighborhoods. Earlier this month, Mayor Peduto <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5314">issued a statement</a> regarding Safer Streets for All that said, &ldquo;Making our streets safer is a critical priority. We are addressing this head on through new and renewed street infrastructure, the ongoing analysis necessary to make the right choices, and the education and enforcement initiatives to make it work.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Complete Streets event will be held at the University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall - 4227 5th Avenue, in the Connolly Ballroom. It will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 1, 2015. The event is free to the public.</p> <p>Please contact Kristin Saunders at <a href="mailto:Kristin.Saunders@pittsburghpa.gov">Kristin.Saunders@pittsburghpa.gov</a> with any questions.</p> <p>###</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:27:46 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 24, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5410 <div><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Frank Peduto</strong></div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Bob Antonelli, Debbie Friedman, E.J. Strassburger, and Larry Swanson</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview with Andy Sheehan</strong></div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Photo Shoot with #pghfamous</strong></div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;5015 Penn Ave</div> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:49:11 -0500 City of Pittsburgh offices closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving Holiday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5408 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 23, 2015) - City of Pittsburgh offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Public Works advises that there will not be any refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">There will be refuse collection Friday however.</p> <p dir="ltr">The schedule will proceed as follows:</p> <p dir="ltr">If your scheduled day of collection is Thursday, Nov. 26, you will be serviced on Friday, November 27. &nbsp;If your collection day is Friday, Nov. 27 you will be serviced on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.</p> <p>If you should have any questions concerning your collection, you may contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.</p> <p>Citiparks has announced the following Thanksgiving schedule for recreation facilities:</p> <p><strong>Thursday, Nov. 26</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Citiparks Recreation Centers - CLOSED</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Citiparks Healthy Active Living Centers - CLOSED</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Mellon Park Tennis Center - CLOSED</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool - CLOSED</p> <p><strong>Friday, Nov. 27</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Citiparks Recreation Centers - CLOSED</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Citiparks Healthy Active Living centers - CLOSED</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Mellon Park Tennis Center - OPEN</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Oliver Bath House indoor swimming pool - OPEN</p> <p><strong>Schenley Park Skating Rink Update</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Schenley Rink currently is undergoing renovations and will open in December (date TBD.)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> ###</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:36:34 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 23, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5407 <blockquote> <div><strong>PML Executive Committee Meeting</strong></div> <div>Time: 8 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>PML Subcommittee Meeting Breakfast</strong></div> <div>Time: 9 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>PML Board of Directors Meeting</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Allegheny County Legislative Delegation</strong></div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Governor Wolf</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Secretary Davin, Department of Community and Economic Development</strong></div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> </blockquote> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:39:26 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 22, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5405 <blockquote> <div><strong>Travel to Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Municipal League Board of Directors Meeting</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Board of Directors Reception and Dinner</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N 2nd St, Harrisburg</div> </blockquote> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:11:18 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 21, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5404 <blockquote> <div><strong>Interview with Chris Mack, The Fan</strong></div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Welcoming Remarks at the Unveiling Ceremony of the 2015 Memorial Honor Roll&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>Location: City County Building Lobby</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>City of Asylum, International Cities of Refugee Network Announcement&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Time: 8:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;330 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212</div> </blockquote> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:06:30 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 20, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5403 <p><strong>Fire Academy Graduation</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div>Location:&nbsp;Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N Highland Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>City Christmas Tree Lighting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:15 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City County Portico&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>County Christmas Tree Lighting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: County Courthouse&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with County Executive Fitzgerald and the Building Trades</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div><br /> Location: Steamfitters Union Hall - 1517 Woodruff St</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Jason Davidek, Allegheny League of Municipalities</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Light Up Night</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Downtown</div> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:39:16 -0500 REMINDER: I-376 East Complete Closures This Weekend http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5399 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 19, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Heavy Construction, remind residents that the following I-376 East (Parkway East) closures of both the inbound and outbound lanes will be in effect this weekend:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 23</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Closed: Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:00 p.m. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Reopen: Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">The eastbound (outbound) closures will begin at Oakland (Exit 72A). All outbound traffic will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 72A. Additionally, the Bates St. outbound entrance ramp will be closed. A map of the eastbound closures and detours can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_EB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The westbound (inbound) detour will begin at Wilkinsburg Exit 78B. Inbound traffic coming from the east will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 78B. Local traffic traveling westbound will be able to use the Edgewood/Swissvale Exit 77 off-ramp. The Edgewood/Swissvale and Sq. Hill/Homestead on-ramps to I-376 inbound will be closed. Motorists traveling westbound out of Oakland on the Boulevard of the Allies will be able to access I-376 westbound at the Boulevard of the Allies entrance ramp. Motorists in Downtown Pittsburgh will be able to access I-376 westbound at Grant Street (71A). A map of the westbound detours and closures can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_WB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police officers will be on site at critical intersections on the posted detour routes to assist with traffic flow and ensure safety for all roadway users. Motorists should expect significant delays on posted detour routes.</p> <p dir="ltr">The closures will be administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform deconstruction work on the Greenfield Bridge. Crews will be removing the concrete slabs that make up the road surface of the bridge that passes over the closed portions of I-376. This work must be done in advance of preparing the bridge for implosion. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256">closure</a> and Reconstruction Project can be found <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh has made every attempt to minimize the impact of this closure on planned city events. The magnitude and tight schedule for the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project require these additional weekend closures. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/dNJA0dlBJ4L6nsNO4LwSsfIKttE8opQkyHL_MPhbBgseNSf0jXFKImRVoB2b74dVNoA-EsrlJBqkHiAOdojDmGiUc-xLKjms1SkeT99tLDOOFJJuzoP_qQh3Ioz24Y2BXaNcHFvq" />The city and its partners have a seven week window in which two weekend closures are permitted to take place, not counting the Christmas to New Year&rsquo;s closure in December 2015. These proposed weekend closures reflect the dates most suitable for closure needs and for minimizing impacts to public events in Downtown, the North Shore and elsewhere.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Possible Alternate Routes</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">To avoid lengthy delays on the posted detour, PennDOT also suggests taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Harmar Interchange (Exit 48) and using southbound Route 28 to access downtown.</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists may also consider taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the I-79 interchange in Cranberry (Exit 77) and following I-79 south to the Parkway North (I-279) to Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr">Maps and descriptions of alternate routes can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/FINAL_Alts_to_Greenfield_Bridge_Closure_Routes_(2).pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:03:25 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 19, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5394 <p><strong>Meeting with Dusty Kirk, Scott Izzo, and Free Blackwell</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Annual Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Ribbon Cutting for Hilton Homewood Suites</strong><br /> Time: 1:15 p.m.<br /> Location: 410 Smallman Street<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Students from &quot;The Future is Mine&quot;</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Judge Joseph Williams II</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Mayor Capo from San Lorenzo</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Grant Oliphant, Heinz Endowments</strong><br /> Time: 5 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Welcoming Remarks at Homewood Community-Driven Plan Celebration</strong><br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> Location: Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Friendship Dinner</strong><br /> Time: 7 p.m.<br /> Location: Westin Convention Center</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:11:20 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Signs On To Urban Food Policy Pact http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5393 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 18, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto today joined city officials from around the globe with a commitment to the <a href="http://www.foodpolicymilano.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Milan-Urban-Food-Policy-Pact-EN.pdf">Milan Urban Food Policy Pact</a>, an effort dedicated to the creation of just and sustainable urban food systems.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact addresses the opportunities cities have to contribute to food security and sustainable development through urban agriculture and by developing food systems based on the principles of sustainability and social justice. The Peduto administration is committed to establishing a local, sustainable food system and food equity for all Pittsburgh citizens.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Milan Urban Food Policy Framework for Action makes recommendations in the areas of governance, sustainable diets and nutrition, social and economic equity, food production, food supply and distribution and food waste.</p> <p dir="ltr">Recommendations included in the Framework for Action that are currently in place in the City of Pittsburgh include:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Enhancing stakeholder participation at the city level by appointing a food policy adviser and developing a food policy council;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Revision of urban food policies;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Developing disaster risk reduction strategy to enhance the resilience of urban food systems;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Generate awareness about diseases associated with poor diets and obesity;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Encourage joint action by health and food sectors through people centered strategies for health lifestyles;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Reorient food programs in schools and afterschool programs;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Promote decent employment for all including fair wages;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Improve wastewater management and reuse through municipal policies</p> </li> </ul> <p>More information on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact can be found <a href="http://www.foodpolicymilano.org/en/urban-food-policy-pact-2/">here</a>.</p> <p>A complete copy of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact can be found <a href="http://www.foodpolicymilano.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Milan-Urban-Food-Policy-Pact-EN.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Contact:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Shelly Danko+Day, Open Space Specialist, Department of City Planning: (412) 255-2287; shelly.dankoday@pittsburghpa.gov</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:31:13 -0500 Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections Debuts Searchable Property Violations Website http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5391 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 18, 2015) The Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections has launched a new website that for the first time allows the public to search on property violations and track the corrective actions ordered to fix them.</p> <p>For years, Pittsburgh building inspectors filed violation notices on paper systems, which meant it often took weeks for the notices to be issued and tracked. Starting this year PLI began building an online database to track violations in real-time, and now residents can access it at <a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/Search.aspx">http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/Search.aspx</a>. It lists all citations issued since October 15 of this year.</p> <p>Users may enter an exact address, or can find a list of all violations issued on a whole street by entering the street name only. Records will indicate when PLI is scheduled to inspect a property; what violations were found; where those violations are located; what owners need to do to fix them; date of next inspection; and a docket number and court date if the City has filed for court intervention.</p> <p>&ldquo;It took a lot of patience and hard work, but PLI is finally making the leap in hyperspace from the 1980s to the cutting edge of technology,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>The site is also a product of the upgrades Department Director Maura Kennedy and other PLI staff have made to create a single, unified set of business practices for the building inspection process. Inspectors now all use the same set of violation criteria, and have a mandated number of days until a follow-up re-inspection based on the severity of the violation. Furthermore the department has implemented new requirements to allow customers three attempts to cure violations before their properties are sent to court.</p> <p>All of those upgrades are possible due to PLI&rsquo;s new violations database. Besides supporting the new searchable violations website, the database is integrated with the City&rsquo;s 311 system, and automatically routes customer service requests to the correct inspector&rsquo;s work queue based on problem type and geographic area. The inspector is then sent to the address to check the issue, and by the following morning the data is entered into the system and a violation letter is issued.</p> <p>The City has additionally invested in putting more inspectors on the streets: PLI is budgeted for 50 inspectors next year, up from 43 ten years ago.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a moment of transformational change for the department. For the first time, there is true transparency, predictability, and accountability around the violations process,&rdquo; Director Kennedy said. &ldquo;We are bringing new efficiencies to the building inspection process that will help residents, property owners and inspectors alike.&rdquo;</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:13:22 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 18, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5390 <div><strong>Leave for Harrisburg</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Senator Scarnati and Speaker Turzai</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Representative Dermody</strong></div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Senator Costa</strong></div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Return to Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>PIIN Public Meeting</strong></div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 5th Avenue</div> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:04:41 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 17, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5389 <p><strong>Meeting with SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet at Marty&#39;s Market</strong><br /> Time: 9 a.m.<br /> Location: Marty&#39;s Market, 2301 Smallman St.</p> <div><strong>Ground Breaking for McCleary School Condos</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: 5251 Holmes St<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference for Astrobotic</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;2515 Liberty Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Senior Talent Show</strong><br /> Time: 1 p.m.<br /> Location: New Hazlett Theater <div><br /> <strong>Meeting with Secretary McDonald&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 3:15 p.m.<br /> Location: 30 EQT Plaza, 625 Liberty Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Huntington Bank, Grant St. Open House</strong><br /> Time: 5:30 p.m.<br /> Location:310 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ribbon Cutting for Chaz and Odette</strong><br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> Location: 5102 Baum Blvd.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:57:42 -0500 City To Close Portion Of McArdle Roadway Wednesday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5388 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 17, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) advises that McArdle Roadway - from Grandview Avenue to the entrance of the Liberty Tunnels - will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 18 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will still have access to the sidewalks.</p> <p dir="ltr">DPW crews will perform routine maintenance work and PWSA crews will be performing sewer maintenance work.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:12:36 -0500 Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Orders ICA To Release 15 Sets of Documents to City http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5386 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 17, 2015) The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has determined that the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority is required to produce more than a dozen sets of information to the City of Pittsburgh, including several sets of financial materials, contract information, emails and other communications.</p> <p>The City filed a Right To Know request in July with the ICA seeking 27 sets of information and the authority fully or partially denied all but one of them. The City appealed the rejection of 20 sets of documents to the Office of Open Records (OOR), and the office ruled November 12 that the City was due 15 document sets (13 of them in full, and two in part).</p> <p>The ICA had argued that many of the document requests -- such as those seeking &ldquo;all electronic and written communications&rdquo; on matters such as City budget approvals, the withholding of gaming funds and new City payroll system -- were exempt from disclosure under the Right To Know Law (RTKL). The OOR rejected that claim, as well as the ICA&rsquo;s argument that the records are protected by attorney-client privilege.</p> <p>The OOR&rsquo;s determination also says the ICA&rsquo;s Executive Director Henry Sciortino failed to establish that financial audits the City requested of &ldquo;bank statements, statements of earned interest and other documents&rdquo; on the receipt and disbursement of gaming funds do not exist.</p> <p>&ldquo;Here, the Authority&rsquo;s unsworn statement may not be relied upon as competent evidence to withhold records under the RTKL. . . Because Mr. Sciortino&rsquo;s statement does not address the existence or non-existence of the above-mentioned audits, the Authority has failed to prove these audits do not exist within its possession, custody, or control,&rdquo; the OOR determined.</p> <p>A copy of the Office of Open Records determination <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Office_of_Open_Records_Determination_11.12.15.pdf">is here</a>.</p> <p>Similarly, auditors for Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale reported last week that they could not obtain a full list of contracts or audits from the ICA, and that the fiscal oversight body had to improve its transparency and record-keeping.</p> <p>&ldquo;Based on the limited information we were provided for review, our review team concluded that the ICA must be more thorough and diligent in its administrative responsibilities as a state agency, as well as being more meticulous in its record-keeping and retention of government documents that should remain available throughout the life of the statute-of-limitations pertinent to those documents,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.paauditor.gov/Media/Default/Reports/RPT_ICA_Review_Report_111015_FINAL.pdf">the Auditor General&rsquo;s report said</a>.</p> <p>The Auditor General&rsquo;s report further recommended that the ICA &ldquo;Work with the City to negotiate with the General Assembly and the Governor to develop an appropriate timeline for the elimination of the ICA in a way that will ensure Gaming revenue is used to reduce Pittsburgh&rsquo;s sizable pension liability and set the path for continued financial progress.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mayor William Peduto is traveling to Harrisburg tomorrow to meet with state leaders on that recommendation. &nbsp;</p> <p>In the meantime the City&rsquo;s lawsuit against the ICA, and its public records request for documents, is ongoing.</p> <p>&ldquo;Through this entire process the City has had one goal, and that has been ensuring that our taxpayers receive nearly $20 million in gaming funds owed to them under law. I will use every tool at my disposal to get taxpayers the money they are owed -- past-due -- to support critical City services,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>The City is owed $10 million per year for hosting a casino on the North Shore but none has been issued by the ICA since the first quarter of 2014 when Mayor Peduto took office.</p> <p>City Finance Director Paul Leger issued the ICA a letter last week listing all the gaming funds due to the City the last seven financial quarters. At the end of the third quarter of 2015 on Oct. 31, those monies owed totaled $14,181,884.82.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:26:31 -0500 Mayor William Peduto and City Council President Bruce Kraus Introduce New Nighttime Economy Coordinator and Pilot Plans for South Side Entertainment District http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5377 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 16, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and City Council President Bruce Kraus today introduced Allison Harnden, the city&rsquo;s new Nighttime Economy Coordinator, and previewed plans for operations and policing changes in the East Carson Street business district.</p> <p>&ldquo;Building upon years of work by Council President Kraus, Allison Harnden will help us enhance, protect and broaden revenue opportunities for businesses, while decreasing the detrimental impact of nightlife on nearby residents,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;We will be able to take the lessons we learn from their work in the South Side and duplicate them in other parts of the city as they deal with the pressures and opportunities that come with growth.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;To transform into a &lsquo;Sociable City&rsquo; Pittsburgh needs to implement efforts to attract all people to our entertainment districts, with initiatives that create better behavior and with it better economic success,&rdquo; Councilman Kraus said. &ldquo;A city thrives on diversity and inclusion, and nightlife is no different. It thrives on everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Peduto Administration is partnering with Mr. Kraus on planned changes to the South Side in line with Sociable City strategies. One of the first plans is for a Parking Investment Zone to adjust parking meter hours around the South Side. Increases in collections would be dedicated to safety, cleanup and transportation initiatives in the business corridor, to address the unique needs of the nighttime economy.</p> <p>Other changes could include a parking lot with sponsored transportation service for employees and customers to decrease East Carson Street traffic and reduce parking impacts on South Side residential neighborhoods; and creat a &ldquo;public safety lane&rdquo; free of cars during peak periods on East Carson Street to allow better access for police, fire and medic vehicles.</p> <p>Harnden, who has 20 years of experience in dining and entertainment district planning, will help coordinate efforts among city government, businesses and residents.</p> <p>Since 1996, she has collaborated with hospitality zone stakeholders in more than 50 U.S. and Canadian cities in 23 states and provinces, facilitating strategies to develop vibrancy, prevent impacts, correct issues, and repair perceptions that affect both daytime and nighttime patronage. &nbsp;</p> <p>While Hospitality Resource Panel Coordinator in San Diego, she managed an eight year contract with the City of San Diego&rsquo;s economic development department, which involved developing and implementing innovative pilot programs to increase economic vitality and regulatory compliance in eight Business Improvement Districts with active nightlife.</p> <p>As the Vice President for Responsible Hospitality Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe and vibrant places to socialize, she spent 18 years researching and developing best practices on numerous subjects, including entertainment districts, special events, social venues and public space issues including panhandling, buskers, street vending and food trucks. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Most recently, she has designed trainings to orient and prepare ambassadors to work in an active nightlife environment, and a concierge training for parking staff to capitalize on their unique position as first and last touch with downtown customers.. &nbsp;</p> <p>Harnden has co-authored Planning, Managing and Policing Hospitality Zones: A Practical Guide and co-wrote a chapter on Designing Nightlife for Women in David Feehan&rsquo;s forthcoming book, &ldquo;Design Downtowns for Women; Men will Follow.&rdquo;</p> <p>In Pennsylvania Harnden has worked on hospitality efforts in Philadelphia and State College, and nationally in San Diego, Los Angeles., Seattle, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Austin, and New Orleans.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:44:27 -0500 Media Advisory: Mayor Peduto and City Council President Kraus To Introduce New Nighttime Economy Coordinator and Pilot Plans for South Side Entertainment District http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5375 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 16, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and City Council President Bruce Kraus will introduce the City&#39;s new Nighttime Economy Coordinator and pilot plans the South Side entertainment district at a news conference this afternoon.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>WHO</strong>:&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor William Peduto</p> <p dir="ltr">City Council President Bruce Kraus</p> <p dir="ltr">Nighttime Economy Coordinator Allison Harnden</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>WHERE</strong>: Mayor&#39;s Conference Room, 5th Floor, City-County Building</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>WHEN</strong>: 1:30 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:40:47 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 16, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5374 <p><strong>Welcoming Remarks at Point Park Historic Preservation Conference</strong><br /> Time: 8:45 a.m.<br /> Location: Point Park University, Lawrence Hall&nbsp;</p> <div><br /> <strong>Keynote Speaker at 10th Annual Electric Power Industry Conference</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: The University Club, 123 University Place<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference with Duquesne Light and the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Swanson School of Engineering Partner to Advance the Electric Power Industry</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Lcaotion: The University Club, 123 University Place<br /> <br /> <strong>Lunch with Silent Auction Award Winners for Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sociable City Press Conference with Councilman Kraus</strong><br /> Time: 1:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Ruth Ann Norton, Green and Healthy Homes</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at Project_Re</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Construction Junction, 214 N Lexington St<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at Greater Pittsburgh Art Council&#39;s Annual Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.<br /> Location: August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue,<br /> <br /> <strong>Oakland Forbes Plaza Digital Gallery Unveiling</strong><br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> Location: Forbes and S. Bouquet&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Pittrivia Contest - Global Pittsburgh</strong><br /> Time: 9 p.m.<br /> Location: William Pitt Union</div> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:06:35 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 14-15, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5369 <div><strong>November 14</strong></div> <blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>30th Annual Greenfield Community Awards Dinner</strong></div> <div>Time: 6:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;St Rosalia&#39;s Church, Greenfield Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Teachers Matter: Pittsburgh Celebrates Teaching</strong></div> <div>Time: 8 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </blockquote> <div><strong>November 15</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <blockquote><em>Day off</em></blockquote> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:21:30 -0500 Media Advisory: Preserving the Past by Planning for the Future; An Event Monday on Historic Preservation http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5366 <p><em>Media Advisory</em></p> <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 13, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is organizing a historic preservation event on Monday, November 16th, 2015, hosted by Point Park University. The event will update the public on the progress the Department of City Planning has made in executing the recommendations of the Cultural Heritage Plan.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mayor William Peduto will be making opening remarks at&nbsp;8:45&nbsp;a.m. The event has invited national experts including Donovan Rypkema, author of <em>The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader&rsquo;s Guide</em>;&nbsp;Nore Winter of Winter and Company in Boulder, Colo; and leading Pittsburgh historic preservationists to address current projects and future opportunities.</p> <p>Presentations during the program will focus on work that was completed, or near completed, in fulfillment of the Cultural Heritage (Historic Preservation) portion of the Department of City Planning&rsquo;s Comprehensive Plan. It covers the Department&rsquo;s architectural inventory work (beginning in Troy Hill and now continuing to Carrick), and a related National Register initiative in Lawrenceville. It also includes a citywide historic guidelines document, a reference point for local historic review guidelines, and a study of adopting conservation districts, which are less restrictive than historic districts.</p> <p>The speakers and topics will include:</p> <ul> <li>Donovan Rypkema with PlaceEconomics will present the results of his study entitled &ldquo;Historic Preservation: Part of the DNA of Pittsburgh.&rdquo; Rypkema will outline the findings on the economic benefits that the City has reaped over the years regarding historic preservation projects.&nbsp; He will also discuss impacts on the quality of life indicators that residents have reaped as the result of historic preservation.</li> <li>Bill Callahan with the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission will discuss what is involved in having a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and what the benefits are to private citizens.</li> <li>Sarah Quinn of the Department of City Planning, and Angelique Bamberg of Clio Consulting will discuss why historic architectural inventories are important and the results of two inventory efforts conducted within the city.</li> <li>Nore Winter of Winter and Company will discuss both city-designated historic district guidelines and the utility of historic conservation districts within the city.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The event will be held at Point Park University, Lawrence Hall &ndash; 212 Wood Street, in the 3rd Floor Ballroom.&nbsp; Registration for the event will be from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.&nbsp; The event is free to the public, but an RSVP is requested.&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><strong>Please RSVP to Sarah Quinn at Sarah.Quinn@pittsburghpa.gov.</strong></p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:00:06 -0500 Yard Debris Collection Saturday, 'Pothole Blitz' Scheduled for Three Days Next Week http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5365 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 13, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh announced today that a three-day Pothole Blitz will take place next week, starting on <strong>Monday, November 16 and lasting through Wednesday, November 18.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Crews from the Department of Public Works will work extended 12-hour shifts from 6:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. each day to prepare city streets before winter weather arrives. In the instance of inclement weather, work schedules may fluctuate. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh 311 Response Center has received nearly 1,000 service requests for pothole related issues that crews in each DPW division will address during the blitz.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Reminder:</strong> DWP crews from the Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, November 14.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents should place yard debris at normal collection sites before 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14. All yard debris materials will be collected by city refuse and recycling crews and composted on Saturday November 14.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Bag Leaves for Collection: </strong>Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at normal refuse collection sites. Bags should NOT exceed 35 pounds. Leaves in plastic bags will NOT be accepted. Paper yard debris bags can be purchased at local hardware or department stores.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tree Branches and Bushes: </strong>Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding 5 ft. in length. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four (4&rdquo;) inches.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Please Note: </strong>Yard debris NOT meeting the collection guidelines will be left at the curb. Yard waste should not contain dirt, rocks, stones, cement, metal, wire, glass or plastic.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at (412) 255-2773 or (412) 255-2631.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:00:58 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 11, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5364 <p><em><strong>Veterans Day - City Office Closed</strong></em></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pennsylvania Municipal&nbsp;League&nbsp;Legislative Committee Monthly Call</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The Foundry at 41st Groundbreaking</strong></div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;41st&nbsp;and Willow Street &ndash; inside Bay 4</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>USS&nbsp;Pittsburgh Proclamation Ceremony and Video Unveiling</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location:City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant Street&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pitt Innovation Challenge Dinner</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>Location: &nbsp;University Club, 123 University Place</div> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:51:27 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 13, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5363 <p><strong>Interview with The Union Edge, Labor&#39;s Talk Radio</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Mrs. Polamalu, Paul Abernathy, Michele Rosenthal, and Councilman Gilman</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Wayne Gerhold</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Welcoming Presidential Leadership Academy of Penn State</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Sheldon&nbsp;Williams</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Alex Thomson,&nbsp;Chairman&nbsp;of PWSA</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:58:45 -0500 Yard Debris Special Collection - Fall 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5360 <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Public Works Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, November 14.</p> <p dir="ltr">Residents should place yard debris at normal collection sites before 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 14. All yard debris materials will be collected by city refuse and recycling crews and composted on Saturday November 14.</p> <div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Bag Leaves for Collection:</strong> Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at normal refuse collection sites. Bags should NOT exceed 35 pounds. Leaves in plastic bags will NOT be accepted. Paper yard debris bags can be purchased at local hardware or department stores.</p> </div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Tree Branches and Bushes: </strong>Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding 5 ft. in length. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four (4&rdquo;) inches.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Please Note: </strong>Yard debris NOT meeting the collection guidelines will be left at the curb. Yard waste should not contain dirt, rocks, stones, cement, metal, wire, glass or plastic.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Environmental Services at (412) 255-2773 or (412) 255-2631.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:38:03 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 12, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5357 <p><strong>WJAS Interview&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 9 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference with Pittsburgh Public Schools to Announce Partnership in Public Safety Education Program</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Westinghouse, 1101 N. Murtland Street<br /> <br /> <strong>Mt. Washington Senior Center Bingo</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: 122 Virginia Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Damian Zamias</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Councilman O&#39;Connor</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: &nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Baron Batch</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Michael Zamagias</strong><br /> Time: 5:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hope Has a Home, Gateway Rehab Annual Celebration</strong><br /> Time: 6:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at Our Way Home Premier with Seeds Of Hope For Vets</strong><br /> Time: 7:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Soldiers &amp; Sailors Memorial Hall &amp; Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave</p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:44:01 -0500 Media Advisory: Mayor Peduto, Pittsburgh Public Schools To Announce Partnership In Public Safety Education Program http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5356 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 11, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety tomorrow will join Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) for a press conference to announce a special partnership designed to expose local students to careers in the public safety sector.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who: </strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh</li> <li>Dr. Linda S. Lane, Superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools</li> <li>Chief Darryl Jones, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire</li> <li>Angela Mike, Executive Director Career and Technical Education</li> <li>Nina Esposito Visgitis, President, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When: </strong>Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 11:00 &ndash; 11:30 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Pittsburgh Westinghouse, 1101 N. Murtland Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208 (If weather is inclement, press event will take place in the school auditorium.)</p> <p>In June 2015, the Board of Pittsburgh Public Schools voted to reopen the public safety career and technical education program as the Emergency Response Technology Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program for the start of the 2016-17 school year. &nbsp;The Board has received $150,000 from the American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund to support the launch of the program. The City of Pittsburgh has donated a &ldquo;retired&rdquo; fire truck to support the Emergency Response Technology program at Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 opening for the 2016-17 school year.&nbsp; The estimated auction value is $1,200.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:45:45 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY: MAYOR PEDUTO TO ISSUE PROCLAMATION AND UNVEIL VIDEO HONORING CREW OF THE USS PITTSBURGH, A WWII CRUISER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5354 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 10, 2015) On Veterans Day, Mayor William Peduto will issue a proclamation to honor the crew of the USS Pittsburgh, a WWII heavy cruiser. Robert McKnight, George Jock, and Paul Gaudi are the last surviving crew members of the USS Pittsburgh still in the region and will be recognized for their service. The crew of the USS Pittsburgh demonstrated incredible valor being involved in the invasions of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and surviving a typhoon that tore the bow off the ship. Despite this, the crew has never been collectively recognized by the U.S. Military and this proclamation serves to gratefully honor these veterans.</p> <p>The Mayor&rsquo;s Office is also partnering with Soldiers and Saliors Memorial Hall and Museum, and Veterans Voices of Pittsburgh to hold a USS Pittsburgh exhibit in the City-County Building lobby until the end of the week.&nbsp;Veterans Voices of Pittsburgh recorded&nbsp;a video interview of&nbsp;Mr. McKnight and Mr. Jock to be displayed. This recording will be saved so that future generations know the history of the USS Pittsburgh. Interview video can be found&nbsp;<a href="https://vimeo.com/145126620" target="_blank">here</a>. Soldiers and Sailors Museum has also donated artifacts from the USS Pittsburgh including photos of the cruiser and pieces of the ship.</p> <p><strong>Who</strong>: &nbsp;Mayor William Peduto, Mayor; Robert McKnight, Crew USS Pittsburgh; George Jock, Crew USS Pittsburgh</p> <p><strong>What</strong>: USS Pittsburgh Proclamation Ceremony and Video Unveiling</p> <p><strong>When</strong>:&nbsp;Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>: City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Please enter through Ross St. entrance)</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:26:29 -0500 UPDATE: I-376 East Inbound/Outbound Weekend Closures Scheduled http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5353 <p dir="ltr"><em>Note: The original release announcing this closure had incomplete inbound/outbound closure information. Updated information is in <span style="color:#ff0000;">RED</span> below.</em></p> <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 10, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Construction and Development Company, today announced the following full-lane, weekend closures of I-376 East.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 23</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Closed: Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:00 p.m. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Reopen: Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Friday, Dec. 4 - Sunday, Dec. 6</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Closed: Friday, Dec. 4 at 10:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Reopen: Sunday, Dec. 6 at &nbsp;5:00 p.m.*</p> <p dir="ltr">*Project productivity and clear weather could result in an earlier reopening on Dec. 6.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="color:#ff0000;">The eastbound (outbound) closures will begin at Oakland (Exit 72A). All outbound traffic will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 72A. Additionally, the Bates St. outbound entrance ramp will be closed. Local access to the outbound Parkway East will be available at the Sq. Hill/ Homestead (Exit 74) and Edgewood/ Swissvale (Exit 77) outbound entrance ramps.</span> A map of the eastbound closures and detours can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_EB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="color:#ff0000;">The westbound (inbound) closures will begin at Wilkinsburg (Exit 78B). All inbound traffic coming from the east will be directed to the posted detour starting at Exit 78B. The Edgewood/Swissvale and Sq. Hill/Homestead entrances to I-376 inbound will be closed. Motorists traveling westbound on the Boulevard of the Allies will be able to access I-376 westbound at the Boulevard of the Allies entrance ramp. Motorists in Downtown Pittsburgh will be able to access I-376 westbound at Grant Street (71A).</span> A map of the westbound detours and closures can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_WB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police officers will be on site at each signalized intersection on the posted detour routes to assist with traffic flow and ensure safety for commuters. Motorists should expect significant delays on posted detour routes.</p> <p dir="ltr">The closures will be administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform deconstruction work on the Greenfield Bridge. Crews &nbsp;will be removing the concrete slabs that make up the road surface of the bridge that passes over the closed portions of I-376. This work must be done in advance of preparing the bridge for implosion. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256">closure</a> and Reconstruction Project can be found <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City of Pittsburgh has made every attempt to minimize the impact of this closure on planned city events. The magnitude and tight schedule for the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project require these additional weekend closures. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/9eoZ8Qn4QVCnJGr6slwK8HLQ6lKWQAj1QICWtIRp7Ae_djfdDXo3eccWepzo0v1rqj8t6TkX9jri4N2YpX4yorMDh9TII3co1xPuMm28dd2mLABHxp3BckmML6IWplEaBXD7nBb9" />The city and its partners have a seven week window in which two weekend closures are permitted to take place, not counting the Christmas to New Year&rsquo;s closure in December 2015. These proposed weekend closures reflect the dates most suitable for closure needs and for minimizing impacts to public events in Downtown, the North Shore and elsewhere.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Possible Alternate Routes</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">To avoid lengthy delays on the posted detour, PennDOT also suggests taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Harmar Interchange (Exit 48) and using southbound Route 28 to access downtown.</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists may also consider taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the I-79 interchange in Cranberry (Exit 77) and following I-79 south to the Parkway North (I-279) to Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;">###</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:47:46 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Issues Executive Order on $15 Minimum Wage For City Employees http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5352 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 10, 2015) Mayor William Peduto signed an executive order today requiring that all full-time City employees be paid no less than $15 per hour.</p> <p>The order will guarantee better wages for about 300 City employees from laborers to clerical workers. It will be phased in over five years to comply with the City&rsquo;s Act 47 Recovery Plan.</p> <p>&ldquo;Current rates of pay for too many workers nationwide -- and within our city -- do not provide enough to raise a family, own a home and be part of the American Dream. That forces government to step in and provide extra public assistance for them to survive. What we need is an &#39;Economy for All&#39; in which all workers, starting with those working for the City of Pittsburgh, are provided with the level of pay they deserve,&quot; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>The order includes a call for legislation early next year requiring all city contractors to pay their workers $15 hourly, or face penalties.</p> <p>The City worker pay increases will be phased in beginning in 2017 and not affect next year&rsquo;s budget, which was introduced to City Council Monday. The full budgetary impacts are expected to be minimal but are still being studied: the order directs the Office of Management and Budget to issue policies by Jan. 1, 2016, on implementing the order.</p> <p>The Order states:</p> <p><em>WHEREAS, the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour equals a yearly gross income of $15,080, not nearly enough for a full time worker to live without public assistance, yet alone raise a family or own a home; and,</em></p> <p><em>WHEREAS, employers who pay their workers the federal minimum wage rely on the taxpayers to subsidize their businesses by providing workers with subsidized housing, food and transportation; and,</em></p> <p><em>WHEREAS, approximately 30% of all adults employed in hourly-wage jobs in US are &ldquo;near-minimum-wage&rdquo; workers; and,</em></p> <p><em>WHEREAS, contrary to what some may think, the average age of a &ldquo;near-minimum-wage&rdquo; worker is 35, they are more likely to be women, and nearly a third have children; and,</em></p> <p><em>WHEREAS, the worsening economic inequality in America is making it harder for people who put in an honest day&rsquo;s work to get ahead, and nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty; and</em></p> <p><em>WHEREAS, one remedy for this worsening inequality, and restore the American dream--that if you put in an honest, hard day&rsquo;s work you can build a better life for you and your family--is to demand wage increases for the lowest paid workers among us;</em></p> <p><em>NOW THEREFORE, by the powers vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, I do hereby order as follows:</em></p> <p><em>1. The City of Pittsburgh shall pay its full time employees a minimum hourly wage of no less than $15 per hour over the next five (5) years, phased as a minimum of $12.50 per hour beginning on January 1, 2017, $13.75 per hour beginning on January 1, 2019, and $15.00 per hour beginning on January 1, 2021 (such minimum wages and phasing deadlines, the &ldquo;Minimum Wage Commitments&rdquo;).</em></p> <p><em>2. The Director of Finance shall prepare legislation to be submitted to City Council in 2016 to propose an ordinance requiring that those who contract with the City of Pittsburgh shall comply with the Minimum Wage Commitments as an explicit condition in city contracts, shall certify in writing through all bids and contracts that they pay their full time employees at least the Minimum Wage Commitments, and further specifying appropriate penalties for violations or such ordinance.</em></p> <p><em>3. The Minimum Wage Commitments shall be phased in to the City&rsquo;s budget in accordance with state law and the requirements of the City&rsquo;s Act 47 recovery plan, beginning with the 2017 budget.</em></p> <p><em>4. The Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall issue policies by December 31, 2016 that detail the manner and procedures for implementing this order.</em></p> <p>###</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:13:21 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 10, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5350 <p><strong>ALDI Ribbon Cutting Ceremony</strong></p> <p>Time: 8:15 a.m.</p> <div>Location:&nbsp;5200 Penn Ave</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Press Conference on Minimum Wage</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 9:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>Meeting with Laid Off Verizon Workers</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Press Conference with DEA to Announce Comprehensive Strategy to Address Heroin, Opioid&nbsp;Abuse, and Violent Crime</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;UPMC Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, 700 Cumberland Woods Drive in Allison Park</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Rob Long&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with South Side Community Council</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:40:09 -0500 I-376 East Inbound/Outbound Weekend Closures Scheduled http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5347 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 9, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works, in conjunction with PennDOT and Mosites Construction and Development Company, today announced the following full-lane, weekend closures of I-376 East.</p> <p><strong>Friday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 23</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Closed: Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:00 p.m. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Reopen: Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:00 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Friday, Dec. 4 - Sunday, Dec. 6</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Closed: Friday, Dec. 4 at 10:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Reopen: Sunday, Dec. 6 at &nbsp;5:00 p.m.*</p> <p dir="ltr">*Project productivity and clear weather could result in an earlier reopening on Dec. 6.</p> <p>The eastbound (outbound) closures will occur from Oakland (Exit 72A) to Sq. Hill/Homestead (Exit 74). A map of the eastbound closures and detours can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_EB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p>The westbound (inbound) closures will occur from Wilkinsburg/Forest Hills (Exit 78B) to Sq. Hill/Homestead (Exit 74). &nbsp;A map of the westbound detours and closures can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Greenfield_Bridge_Parkway_East_WB_Detour_with_Ramps.jpg">here</a>.</p> <p>Police officers will be on site at each signalized intersection on the posted detour routes to assist with traffic flow and ensure safety for commuters. Motorists should expect significant delays on posted detour routes.</p> <p>The closures will be administered by Mosites, the contractor that is overseeing the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project. The closures are necessary to allow Mosites to perform deconstruction work on the Greenfield Bridge. Crews &nbsp;will be removing the concrete slabs that make up the road surface of the bridge that passes over the closed portions of I-376. This work must be done in advance of preparing the bridge for implosion. Full details on the Greenfield Bridge <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256">closure</a> and Reconstruction Project can be found <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">here</a>.</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh has made every attempt to minimize the impact of this closure on planned city events. The magnitude and tight schedule for the Greenfield Bridge reconstruction project require these additional weekend closures. &nbsp;<img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ab_gVvIiqL9xLZbfPPa7aUpfnZEl_8jC3orFfv-12okkkJlDazX6Dg_TWedbQLybpR4HiYxKRef9bXEK8HgZ6eCSKf4wSbNGyywNZIazzRA4IPPpgL84VbdySi_szM2QSox9dt0R" /></p> <p dir="ltr">The city and its partners have a seven week window in which two weekend closures are permitted to take place, not counting the Christmas to New Year&rsquo;s closure in December 2015. These proposed weekend closures reflect the dates most suitable for closure needs and for minimizing impacts to public events in Downtown, the North Shore and elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>Possible Alternate Routes</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">To avoid lengthy delays on the posted detour, PennDOT also suggests taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the Harmar Interchange (Exit 48) and using southbound Route 28 to access downtown.</p> <p dir="ltr">Motorists may also consider taking the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Monroeville to the I-79 interchange in Cranberry (Exit 77) and following I-79 south to the Parkway North (I-279) to Pittsburgh. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:20:23 -0500 City of Pittsburgh Offices Closed Veterans Day, but Garbage Pickup on Regular Schedule http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5346 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 9, 2015) City of Pittsburgh offices, recreation centers, and Healthy Active Living centers for seniors will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015 in observance of Veterans Day.</p> <p>However refuse, bulk waste and recycling collection will continue on their regular schedules. Those with questions concerning collection may contact the Environmental Services office at 412-255-2773.</p> <p>While most Citiparks facilities will be closed the Mellon Park Tennis Center in Shadyside will be open Wednesday for regular operating hours.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:07:34 -0500 MEDIA ADVISORY: MAYOR AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO ISSUE PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING DIWALI AND TIHAR "THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS" http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5345 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 9, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will issue a joint proclamation this evening in partnership with members of the local Indian, Bhutanese, and Nepalese communities to celebrate Diwali and Tihar, or &ldquo;The Festival of Lights.&rdquo; This is the first time the Festival has been formally recognized by the City or County. The proclamation ceremony will be followed by the lighting of the lobby and a program of music and dancing to recognize the spirit of the holiday and bring our region&rsquo;s communities together to celebrate.</p> <p>Who:&nbsp; William Peduto, Mayor</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>What: Diwali and Tihar &ldquo;Festival of Lights&rdquo; Proclamation Ceremony</p> <p>When: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.</p> <p>Where: City-County Building Lobby, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p>Diwali, in India, and Tihar, in Nepal and Bhutan, are celebrations of light and prosperity. In India, Diwali is often recognized with brightly-colored lanterns and strings of lights and in Bhutan and Nepal, people light their homes with candles for Tihar. &nbsp;</p> <p>The event is presented as part of Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative in partnership with local community leaders.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:23:01 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Delivers 2016 Operating & Capital Budgets to Pittsburgh City Council http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5344 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 9, 2015) Mayor William Peduto delivered his proposed 2016 Operating and Capital budgets to Pittsburgh City Council today.</p> <p>The $518.7 million operating budget contains no tax increases. Council budget hearings will begin later this month and a final council budget vote is tentatively set for December 15.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our 200th Anniversary year in 2016 is the perfect time to look back on our City&rsquo;s accomplishments while looking ahead to how we will build for the future. In the past our City was built by iron, steel, glass and water -- but our most precious resource now is our people, and this budget shows all the ways we will invest in them in the future,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto delivered a presentation to council this morning on the budget plans. Highlights of the budget include:</p> <p><strong>Fiscal Sustainability</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Continuing efforts to reorganize city government and deliver core services with 3,096 employees, which is 66 fewer positions than the November 2014 budget</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Allocating an additional $150 million over five years to the pension fund beyond the minimum obligation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Reducing the city&rsquo;s debt burden from 17.1% of general fund expenditures in 2016 to 8.8% in 2020</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Core Services</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Hiring 120 police recruits</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Employing the highest number of building inspectors in years, and continuing technology upgrades to Permits, Licenses &amp; Inspections</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Increasing police vehicle spending by 33%</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Equipping school crossing guards with radios to protect residents and themselves, and restructuring their deployment planning</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Strategic Investment</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Paving 60 miles in streets, the highest budgeted number in more than a decade</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Spending $9.6 million for facility improvements including those to public safety facilities and parks</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Dedicating $6.8 million to neighborhood and community development projects</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">An overall $70 million in funding in 2016 for 300 capital projects across the City, and $470 million in capital investments from 2016-2021, including $125 million for public safety, senior and recreation facilities.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">A new cloud-based public asset management system by Public Works that will provide detailed reporting of daily activities, track regular maintenance activities and capital investments, particularly on facilities, pools, steps, pavement, parks, playgrounds, and signalized intersections</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Empowering Communities and Neighborhoods</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Expanding 311 Response Center services and data, including a new mobile app, online tracking of requests by residents, and web-based reporting and mapping for city personnel</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Further implementing the Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Expanding government transparency through the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Increasing opportunities for small business through reformed procurement policies</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Investing in People</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Supporting the Healthy Together, Grub Up and Live Well Pittsburgh programs for seniors and children</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Continuing the expanded Summer of Learn &amp; Earn employment program</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Implementing new job and funding strategies though My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper and the Affordable Housing Tax Force</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Implementation of Homefront Pittsburgh to support veterans</p> </li> </ul> <p>The City&rsquo;s Act 47 Coordinators <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5331">approved the Mayor&rsquo;s 2016 budget on Friday</a>, and the version filed with the state Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority was deemed approved in October.</p> <p>A copy of Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s budget presentation to City Council <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/2016_Mayor-s_Budget_Address_Nov_9_2015.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p>A copy of the proposed 2016 Operating Budget <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/2016_Operating_Budget_-_November_FINAL.pdf">is available here</a>, and the 2016 Capital Budget <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/2016_Capital_Budget_FINAL.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:40:50 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 9, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5343 <p><strong>Annual Budget Address to City Council</strong></p> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Council Chambers</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Thomas Tull, CEO of Legendary Pictures&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:15 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Lunch with Councilman Kraus</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Pastor Ken Love</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Jason Lardo</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with PJ Lavelle and Jim Sloss</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Police Promotion Ceremony</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Diwali/Tihar Kick Off</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: City County Lobby</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>PCNC NightTalk</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7:50 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: WPXI</div> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:02:44 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 7-8, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5336 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 7, 2015) Mayor William Peduto returns from Nashville today, where he has been attending the <a href="http://www.nlccongressofcities.org/">National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities.</a></p> <p dir="ltr">The Mayor is attending the Congress in advance of it <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3338">coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in November 2016</a>, bringing with it 3,500 municipal officials from around the nation. While in Nashville he will also attend several NLC leadership events, as he co-chairs the NLC&#39;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3959">Council on Youth, Education and Families</a>, and its bipartisan <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4194">Presidential Task Force</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The NLC has additionally selected Pittsburgh to be part of its <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4752">National Early Learning Network</a>; issued the city <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3583">a grant</a> for GrubUP, its free summer and after school lunch program; and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3412">co-hosted a community conversation on early childhood education</a> with the city in the Hill District last year with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through the support of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership -- jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) -- national design experts issued <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4156">a redevelopment plan</a> for the 178-acre Almono site in Hazelwood earlier this year. Mayor Peduto was named a 2015 Rose Fellow <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3761">last November</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Rose Center covering the cost of the Mayor&#39;s travel, and no city taxpayer money is being used.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, November 7, 2015:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Breakfast with NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Omni Nashville Hotel</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Meeting with White House Intergovernmental Affairs Team</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Omni Nashville Hotel</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Don&#39;t Just Go With The Flow: Seminar on Improving and Financing Water Solutions</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Congress of Cities Closing Remarks, featuring presentation by Mayor Peduto on Pittsburgh Congress of Cities in 2016</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Flight to Pittsburgh</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6:50 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, November 8, 2015:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Day off</em></p> <p dir="ltr">##</p> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 09:43:52 -0500 Act 47 Coordinators Approve Mayor William Peduto's 2016 Budget http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5331 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 6, 2015) The City&rsquo;s Act 47 Recovery Coordinators today approved the 2016 budget Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s administration submitted in September, and cited the budget&rsquo;s progress in increasing pension contributions, reducing debt and other goals in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Amended Recovery Plan.</p> <p>Under amendments to the state&rsquo;s Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, or Act 47, this marks the first year the Coordinators had to review the City&rsquo;s annual budget for compliance with its Recovery Plan. A letter submitted to the City today by Dean Kaplan of co-coordinators Public Financial Management noted those new statutory obligations and confirmed the &ldquo;budget as submitted to us on September 22, 2015 complies with the 2014 Amended Recovery Plan.&rdquo;</p> <p>A <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Recovery_Plan_Act_47_Compliance_Letter_11-06-15.pdf">copy of the letter is here</a>.</p> <p>The Recovery Plan has five primary objectives for the City to achieve before it can exit Act 47 oversight: eliminate operating deficits; maintain financial reserves; reduce debt burden; fund capital improvements; and increase pension contributions.</p> <p>In supplemental materials attached to the letter from the Coordinators today, it notes that on the debt, &ldquo;spending falls to 8.8 percent of total General Fund expenditures by 2020, even with new borrowing planned for 2016 and 2018.&rdquo;</p> <p>On pension funding the Coordinators write &ldquo;the City&rsquo;s 2016 budget shows the planned contributions to the pension plan through 2020 and they also comply with the 2014 Amended Recovery Plan. The Amended Recovery Plan projections run through 2018 while the City&#39;s contributions remain at the higher level through 2020.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This approval by the Act 47 coordinators validates the progress we&rsquo;ve made and our commitment to putting the City on a path to fiscal sustainability,&rdquo; said Office of Management and Budget Director Sam Ashbaugh. &ldquo;I want to thank the act 47 team for their hard work, their constructive feedback on improving the City&rsquo;s financial management, and their cooperation.&rdquo;</p> <p>The City&rsquo;s Operating and Capital Budgets will be introduced next to Pittsburgh City Council on Monday, November 9. As Council may change the budget, the Act 47 team will study it once more after it is approved to again review its compliance with the City&rsquo;s Recovery Plan.</p> <p>The 2016 Operating and Capital Budgets were also submitted to the separate Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority in September. Since the authority board did not have a quorum of members and took no valid action on the budgets as required in October, under applicable law the budgets were deemed approved under the requirements in Act 11, which created the ICA.</p> <p>A letter from City Finance Director Paul Leger on the deemed approval was issued to the ICA&rsquo;s Chairman Thursday, and <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Response_on_ICA_Budget_matter_11-5-15.pdf">a copy is available here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:57:32 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 6, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5328 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 6, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is in Nashville today for the <a href="http://www.nlccongressofcities.org/">National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities.</a></p> <p>The Mayor is attending the Congress in advance of it <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3338">coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in November 2016</a>, bringing with it 3,500 municipal officials from around the nation. While in Nashville he will also attend several NLC leadership events, as he co-chairs the NLC&#39;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3959">Council on Youth, Education and Families</a>, and its bipartisan <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4194">Presidential Task Force</a>.</p> <p>The NLC has additionally selected Pittsburgh to be part of its <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4752">National Early Learning Network</a>; issued the city <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3583">a grant</a> for GrubUP, its free summer and after school lunch program; and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3412">co-hosted a community conversation on early childhood education</a> with the city in the Hill District last year with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.</p> <p>Through the support of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership -- jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) -- national design experts issued <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4156">a redevelopment plan</a> for the 178-acre Almono site in Hazelwood earlier this year. Mayor Peduto was named a 2015 Rose Fellow <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3761">last November</a>.</p> <p>The Rose Center covering the cost of the Mayor&#39;s travel, and no city taxpayer money is being used.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, November 6, 2015</strong>:</p> <p><strong>Meeting with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eda.gov/about/leadership.htm" target="_blank">U.S. Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Jay Williams</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Assistant Secretary Williams will appear with NLC leadership to announce a new partnership to host eight regional forums on economic development in cities across the country,&nbsp;to raise awareness and understanding of the economic development resources available to cities and local governments from the Department of Commerce and its bureaus.</p> <p>Time: 8 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Mayors&rsquo; Forum on City Urban Development Issues</strong></p> <p>In partnership with the ULI Nashville District Council, NLC and the Rose Center is holding a moderated discussion panel of Rose Fellow Mayors on a city development theme.</p> <p>Welcome: Hon. Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City (NLC President); Announcement: Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Administrator, Economic Development Administration, Department of Commerce (and former mayor of Youngstown, OH). Introduction: Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (2010 Rose Fellow). Moderator: Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development Resilience, Department of Housing and Urban Development (and former planning director of Washington, DC).</p> <p>Panelists:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Hon. William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham (2016 Rose Fellow)</li> <li>Hon. William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh (2015 Rose Fellow)</li> <li>Hon. Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma (2013 Rose Fellow)</li> <li>Hon. Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester (2016 Rose Fellow)</li> </ul> <p>Time: 8 - 9:30 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Music City Center</p> <p><strong>DMO Board Meeting</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Speaking at Mayor&#39;s Education Reform Task Force</strong></p> <p>A discussion of the Discuss National League of Cities&rsquo; education ideas proposed by the Youth, Education, and Family Council (YEF Council) and provide an opportunity for feedback and reflections; discussion of the roles mayors can play in elevating an education agenda during the 2016 election cycle; and support of peer-to-peer sharing on education issues.</p> <p>12:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions: Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, Utah; Task Force Co-Chair, President, National League of Cities</p> <p>12:35 p.m. Lunch Discussion. National League of Cities&rsquo; Education Ideas from YEF Council</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, PA; YEF Council Co-Chair</li> <li>Councilmember Kristin Szakos, Charlottesville, VA; YEF Council Co-Chair</li> </ul> <p>1:20 p.m. Elevating the Education Agenda in the upcoming 2016 Election Cycle</p> <p>1: 55 p.m. Task Force Leadership Transition</p> <p>Location: Music City Center</p> <p><strong>2015 COC Presidential Election Task Force Meeting</strong></p> <p>3 p.m. Welcome and Introductions, Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana, Task Force Co-Chair</p> <p>3:10 p.m. Cities Lead 2016: Connecting with Candidates and City Officials in 2015</p> <p>3:30 p.m. Discussion: Cities Lead Priorities in 2016</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Carolyn Berndt, Program Director, National League of Cities</li> <li>Emma Lieberth, Program Manager, National League of Cities</li> <li>Tim Mudd, Senior Associate, National League of Cities</li> <li>Carolyn Coleman, Federal Advocacy Director, National League of Cities</li> <li>Ashley De Smeth, Strategic Communications Director, National League of Cities</li> </ul> <p>3:55 p.m. Wrap Up and Next Steps, Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary, Indiana, Task Force Co-Chair</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:26:43 -0500 Downtown and Strip District Street Closures in Effect Saturday for Veterans Day Parade http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5327 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 5, 2015) Street closures go into effect at 7 a.m. this Saturday, November 7, in advance of that morning&rsquo;s Veterans Day Parade.</p> <p>The parade forms on Liberty Avenue from 11th to 25th streets and kicks off at 10:30 a.m. from Liberty and 11th. The route proceeds inbound on Liberty Avenue toward Commonwealth Place, crossing Stanwix Street, and ends at Liberty and Commonwealth by Point State Park.</p> <p>There will be no parking after 7:00 a.m. on Saturday on:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>Liberty Avenue between Grant Street and Commonwealth Place</li> <li>Boulevard of the Allies between Grant and Stanwix</li> <li>Stanwix between Forbes Avenue and Fort Pitt Boulevard</li> <li>Smithfield between 7th Avenue &amp; Liberty</li> <li>Commonwealth Place between Fort Pitt Boulevard and Fort Duquesne Boulevard</li> <li>All numbered streets in the Strip District from 11th to 25th Streets between Penn and Liberty</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;No Parking&rdquo; signs will be posted starting today.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:53:53 -0500 Statement by Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Lower Hill Redevelopment http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5324 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 5, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald released the following statement regarding the decision by U.S. Steel not to build its headquarters in the Lower Hill District:</p> <p>&ldquo;While we&rsquo;re sorry to hear of the decision by U.S. Steel, this is simply a pause button in the commercial development of the 28-acre site. We are still moving forward with housing as originally planned, and there is continued interest in the commercial development as it remains one the of the most desirable sites in all of Western Pennsylvania.&rdquo;</p> <div>###</div> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:11:53 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 5, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5323 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (November 5, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is in Nashville today for the <a href="http://www.nlccongressofcities.org/">National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities.</a></p> <p>The Mayor is attending the Congress in advance of it <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3338">coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in November 2016</a>, bringing with it 3,500 municipal officials from around the nation. While in Nashville he will also attend several NLC leadership events, as he co-chairs the NLC&#39;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3959">Council on Youth, Education and Families</a>, and its bipartisan <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4194">Presidential Task Force</a>.</p> <p>The NLC has additionally selected Pittsburgh to be part of its <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4752">National Early Learning Network</a>; issued the city <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3583">a grant</a> for GrubUP, its free summer and after school lunch program; and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3412">co-hosted a community conversation on early childhood education</a> with the city in the Hill District last year with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.</p> <p>Through the support of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership -- jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) -- national design experts issued <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4156">a redevelopment plan</a> for the 178-acre Almono site in Hazelwood earlier this year. Mayor Peduto was named a 2015 Rose Fellow <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3761">last November</a>.</p> <p>The Rose Center covering the cost of the Mayor&#39;s travel, and no city taxpayer money is being used.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, November 5, 2015:</strong></p> <p><strong>Rose Center 2014 - 2015 Fellows Presentations and Discussions</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">A 15-minute presentation by Rose Center staff followed by 15 minutes of discussion by each cities&rsquo; fellows on their land use challenges, current status and steps taken, and advice to incoming fellows about getting the most out of the program.</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>9:00-9:30 a.m. Pittsburgh presentation and discussion</li> <li>9:30-10:00 a.m. Boston presentation and discussion</li> <li>10:15-10:45 a.m. Omaha presentation and discussion</li> <li>10:45-11:15 a.m. Seattle presentation and discussion</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Location: Frist Center for the Visual Arts</p> <p><strong>NLC Youth, Education, and Families Council Meeting</strong></p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li>10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions, Mayor Peduto, 2015 YEF Council Co-Chair</li> <li>10:45 a.m. YEF Institute 15th Anniversary Video, &nbsp;Clifford M. Johnson, Executive Director, YEF Institute</li> <li>10:55 a.m. Overview: &nbsp;Key Elements of Draft Education Playbook, The Honorable Kristin Szakos, City Councilor, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2015 YEF Council Co-Chair</li> <li>11:10 a.m. Q&amp;A/Discussion of Draft Education Playbook</li> <li>11:40 a.m. CoC Program Highlights</li> <li>11:55 a.m. Closing Remarks</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Location: Music City Center</p> <p><strong>NLC Opening General Session with Vice President Joe Biden</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Music City Center</p> <p><strong>COP-21 Participant Meeting</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Omni Hotel</p> <p><strong>NLC Mayoral Reception with new Nashville Mayor Megan Barry</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5:15 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Music City Center</p> <p><strong>NLC Board of Directors Dinner</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum</p> <p><strong>Pennsylvania Municipal League Dinner for PA Delegation</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Merchants Restaurant</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 08:40:35 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 4, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5318 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 4, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is going to Nashville today for the <a href="http://www.nlccongressofcities.org/">National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities.</a></p> <p>The Mayor is attending the Congress in advance of it <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3338">coming to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in November 2016</a>, bringing with it 3,500 municipal officials from around the nation. While in Nashville he will also attend several NLC leadership events, as he co-chairs the NLC&#39;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3959">Council on Youth, Education and Families</a>, and its bipartisan <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4194">Presidential Task Force</a>.</p> <p>The NLC has additionally selected Pittsburgh to be part of its <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4752">National Early Learning Network</a>; issued the city <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3583">a grant</a> for GrubUP, its free summer and after school lunch program; and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3412">co-hosted a community conversation on early childhood education</a> with the city in the Hill District last year with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.</p> <p>Through the support of the Daniel&nbsp;Rose Center for Public Leadership -- jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) -- national design experts issued <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4156">a redevelopment plan</a> for the 178-acre Almono site in Hazelwood earlier this year. Mayor Peduto was named a 2015 Rose Fellow <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3761">last November</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;Rose Center covering the cost of the Mayor&#39;s travel, and no city taxpayer money is being used.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&#39;s Public Schedule, November 4, 2015:</strong></p> <p><strong>Flight to Detroit</strong></p> <p>Time: 11:45 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Flight to Nashville</strong></p> <p>Time: 3 p.m.</p> <p><strong>NLC Welcome Reception</strong></p> <p>Time: 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Music City Center</p> <p><strong>Rose Center Dinner</strong></p> <p>Time: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;Kitchen Notes, Omni Nashville</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;">###</span></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:19:38 -0500 City to Temporarily Close Streets for City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree Installation Saturday http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5317 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 3, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that the following streets will be temporarily closed in order to secure, transport, and install the City of Pittsburgh Christmas Tree at the City-County Building on Saturday, November 7, 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Brighton Heights: </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Termon Avenue between McClure Avenue and Fleming Street from 7:00 a.m. &ndash; 10:00 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">No Parking on Termon Avenue from McClure Avenue to California Avenue from 6:00 a.m. &ndash; 10:00 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Central Business District (Downtown):</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">No Parking on Smithfield Street from Fort Pitt Boulevard to the Boulevard of the Allies from 8:30 a.m. &ndash; 10:00 a.m.</p> <p>One lane on Grant Street (at City-County Building) between 4th Avenue to Forbes Avenue from 8:00 am &ndash; 5:00 p.m.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:27:17 -0500 Mayor William Peduto Pilots Welcoming Pittsburgh Programming in Partnership with Citiparks http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5316 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 3, 2015) The Office of Mayor William Peduto and Citiparks will be kicking off new programming at Citiparks Community Centers in Carrick, Greenfield, and Polish Hill with three nights of potluck-style celebrations bringing together friends and neighbors to eat, enjoy music, play games, and learn about the wide array of activities and amenities available at the centers. The new programming will build on existing Citiparks offerings and is the result of one of the thirty-seven recommendations outlined in Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/WelcomingPittsburgh_RoadMap_FullReport_FINAL2.pdf">Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan</a>, the City&rsquo;s five-year roadmap to build a more welcoming environment for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growing immigrant community and a more livable city for all.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh is known nationwide for our city&rsquo;s livability, our beautiful parks system, and our many recreation opportunities,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said. &ldquo;These potlucks are the perfect way to welcome residents old and new, immigrant and US born, to celebrate community and enjoy that championed livability in our Citiparks centers. We look to these events as an opportunity for residents to connect with one another and recall the welcoming spirit of Pittsburgh native Fred Roger&rsquo;s famous refrain, &lsquo;Won&rsquo;t you be my neighbor?&rsquo; &ldquo;</p> <p>The potlucks will be held at the following dates, times, and locations: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Phillips Recreation Center (Carrick)</strong></p> <p>Wednesday, November 4th | 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</p> <p>201 Parkfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15210</p> <p><strong>Magee Recreation Center (Greenfield)</strong></p> <p>Thursday, November 5th | 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</p> <p>745 Greenfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217</p> <p><strong>West Penn Recreation Center (Polish Hill)</strong></p> <p>Friday, November 6th | 6:00 &ndash; 8:00 p.m.</p> <p>450 30th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p>Upcoming programming at the centers will include citizenship and English conversation classes, financial education sessions on homeownership and banking basics (interpreted in Nepali and Spanish), and cultural enrichment sessions lead by local immigrant organizations to share their community&rsquo;s culture and activities in Pittsburgh with fellow residents.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every day residents are coming into our centers to connect with neighbors and take advantage of all sorts of health and recreation opportunities &ndash; from basketball leagues, to yoga classes, to afterschool meal programs,&rdquo; said Citiparks Director Jim Griffin. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to further strengthen ties between our centers and neighboring communities by expanding offerings that are sensitive to our city&rsquo;s changing cultural demographics.&rdquo;</p> <p>Residents are encouraged to bring their friends, family, and a dish to share at the Welcome, Neighbor! potlucks. For more information on programming offered by Citiparks year round, visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/</a> or stop by your neighborhood <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/community-recreation-centers">Citiparks center</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Welcoming Pittsburgh, visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/welcoming-pittsburgh/">http://pittsburghpa.gov/welcoming-pittsburgh/</a>, follow @WelcomingPGH on Twitter or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/WelcomingPGH">www.facebook.com/WelcomingPGH</a> on Facebook, or contact Betty Cruz at betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 15:40:47 -0500 My Brother's Keeper Committee, Fitzgerald, Peduto Release MBK Playbook http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5315 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 3, 2015) &nbsp;&ndash; Following a year of community review, analysis and community input, members of the My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper (MBK) Committee, along with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, today released the MBK Playbook at a community and media event at the Community College of Allegheny County, Allegheny Campus.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Putting together this &lsquo;Playbook&rsquo; was not an easy task, and we thank those members of the committee, as well as the community, who acted as resources, provided input and data, and really informed this initiative,&rdquo; said Fitzgerald. &ldquo;There are so many organizations and individuals in this region that are doing things right and this effort has allowed us to highlight that work, while also using it as a springboard to ensure that everyone in our region has the same opportunities.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">In September 2014, President Barack Obama issued a directive to cities, counties and communities across the nation to become &ldquo;MBK Communities,&rdquo; wherein elected officials work with local partners to forge long-term and strategic programs to improve the livelihood and development of all young people with a strong focus on young men and boys of color. Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh embraced the President&rsquo;s call and on October 31, 2014, hosted an MBK Summit at the Community College of Allegheny County with over 100 leaders representing ten sectors: service and community centers, health care, faith-based, philanthropy, education, government, corporate, law enforcement, workforce and advocacy.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This is vitally important work &ndash; delivering much-needed support for youth all the way from pre-school through post-secondary education &ndash; and everyone work worked with us should be proud,&rdquo; said Peduto. &ldquo;It is work that not only helps people, but jobs, opportunities and economic growth through Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the Summit, a 16-member committee was created and charged with drafting a &ldquo;MBK Playbook&rdquo; that would outline effective strategies to support the success of young men of color and effective and efficient means to implement the strategies. Once a draft report was in place, the committee also hosted three deliberative forums that engaged over 200 members of the community to provide feedback on the identified goals and objectives. Earlier today, the committee met with the County Executive and Mayor to provide an overview of their process and present their impressions of the process and how to sustain the initiative moving forward.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through its process, the MBK Committee identified current &ldquo;keepers,&rdquo; defined as those individuals and organizations which already inspire minds, provide access to resources, are a model of success, and facilitate opportunities. Keepers also recognize that every individual has value by affirming that individual life experiences are powerful, productive and essential to crafting solutions for which they are accountable. For each goal, current &ldquo;keepers&rdquo; were recognized and leads identified which would be responsible for action steps identified by the committee to meet each milestone.</p> <p dir="ltr">The MBK Playbook is crafted around six milestones set by President Obama:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">All of our children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally prepared;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">All of our children read at grade level by third grade;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">All of our young people graduate from high school;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">All of our young people complete post-secondary education or training;</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">All of our youth who have graduated from college or a training program are employed; and,</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">All of our young people are safe from violent crime and, those who need it, receive the second chance they deserve.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">The full report and additional information about My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper Pittsburgh-Allegheny County can be accessed at <a href="http://mbkpgh.pittsburghpa.gov/">http://mbkpgh.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:45:03 -0500 Statement By Mayor William Peduto On Safer Streets For All http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5314 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (November 3, 2015) &quot;The recent loss of three lives on our streets is a tragedy for the whole city. I would like, first, to express my sympathy to the friends and family of those who were lost. Second, I would like to express my thanks to everyone who has spoken up for better, safer streets for everyone who walks, bikes, uses a wheelchair or other mobility device, takes the bus, and drives in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>Making our streets safer is a critical priority. We are addressing this head on through new and renewed street infrastructure, the ongoing analysis necessary to make the right choices, and the education and enforcement initiatives to make it work.</p> <p>Since January 2014, we have replaced aged, outmoded traffic signals and crosswalks with upgrades for vehicles and pedestrians, including audible signals that greatly improve safety at 70 intersections. These not only improve the safety and accessibility for our disabled community, they improve the safety for all Pittsburghers who use our streets.</p> <p>Since September 2014, we have installed 2.62 miles of protected bike lanes and 4.25 miles of additional bike infrastructure, and plan for significant additions to this emerging network. Counters showed more than 30,000 bike trips monthly on the Penn Avenue bike lane downtown this summer.</p> <p>We led fights in Harrisburg to allow for ride-sharing, joined battles to secure state funding for public transit, and started the process to adopt bus rapid transit. We finally implemented bike share -- with more more than 12,000 riders using the new Healthy Ride Pittsburgh system every month -- and increased car sharing options in conjunction with Healthy Ride to provide new multimodal opportunties for residents and visitors to the city.</p> <p>These improvements not only improve safety for bikers, they improve it for everyone. To make the right decisions on where and how to do this best, we are working with communities, stakeholders, bicyclists and pedestrians to build a model biking network over the next eight years, where other cities have adopted models stretching&nbsp; over two decades.</p> <p>Working towards greater safety on our streets, we are looking at the whole city. Pittsburgh has an aging infrastructure, steep hills, and narrow streets, so in April of this year I signed an executive order adopting Complete Streets planning and design for streets, sidewalks and other rights-of-way. Areas we are focusing on to start include our busiest, most challenging streets. In the Envision Downtown initiative, we are working to make downtown work better, and work safer, for the people who walk, bike, use transit, and drive there, and have hired Gehl Architects &ndash; the world&rsquo;s leading people-centered urban design firm &ndash; to help us study mobility and livability there. Complete Streets planning is underway for new and existing street grids in Hazelwood as well.</p> <p>In Oakland, we installed a quarter mile of a protected cycletrack&nbsp;last year on Schenley Drive from the University of Pittsburgh campus through Schenley Park, using support from the national Green Lane Project. This fall we worked with Oakland partners to add bike infrastructure along Bigelow, Bayard Street, and O&#39;Hara Street, and we will soon complete a connection to Schenley Drive.&nbsp;This September, we applied for federal funding through the CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) program to improve bike safety in the Fifth and Forbes corridor, in coordination with planning for transit and pedestrian improvements. We are looking at the corridor comprehensively because it is both a dynamic neighborhood and the crucial connection between our two largest employment centers, Oakland and Downtown.</p> <p>In another busy district in East Liberty, the City partnered with Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Traffic21 research initiative to install adaptive signal controls at intersections that react in real time to changing vehicular, pedestrian and biking conditions. This technology &ndash; now being studied for the North Side as well &ndash; makes streets safer and has proven to cut vehicle emissions by nearly 25%.</p> <p>We need to plan for change. In a few weeks, the National Complete Streets Coalition will be holding a workshop to roll up their sleeves and work with Pittsburghers on the future of the city&rsquo;s streets. We will work with departments including Public Works, Planning, Police, and our county partners to hold a frank, robust discussion of what we need to do next: from street engineering, to safety education, to enforcement. We can become, even more than we are today, a city of neighborhoods where there are safe, good mobility choices for all.</p> <p>Today, we have concrete improvements underway and in the pipeline &mdash; including intersections with the technology and engineering for greater safety, and better sidewalks, and safer intersections. We are planning for much more, and will be able to do it with the support of all the users of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s streets.&quot;</p> <p>### &nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:36:28 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 3 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5313 <p><strong>Voting</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Code for America City Procurement&nbsp;Press Conference</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Location: 6th Floor, Conference Room, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Grant Ervin and Director Ashbaugh</strong></p> <p>Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <div><strong>Meeting with Morgan O&#39;Brien and Bill Roland</strong></div> <div><br /> Time:11 a.m.</div> <div><br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bingo at Northview Heights Senior Center</strong></div> <div><br /> Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Irvin Williams</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Michael Plasko from Postal Workers Solidarity Committee of Western PA</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: &nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Betty Cruz</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Call with Mayor Warren of Newtown, MA</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>KDKA Anniversary Celebration</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman<br /> <br /> <strong>10th Annual Benefit Festival for Youth Empowerment</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: LeMont Restaurant, 1114 Grandview Ave</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:26:45 -0500 City Procurement Process Improvements Created Through Code For America Partnership http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5312 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 3, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today celebrated the completion of the Code For America (CFA) Fellowship Program that improved the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s procurement process.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Code for America Fellowship has played an important role in our efforts to transform procurement,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;Thanks to the efforts of our fellows and OMB staff, we have made the process more efficient, equitable, effective and accessible than ever before.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the CFA <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4092">launch in February</a>, the fellows have been exploring city procurement: the complicated process by which the government buys everything from office supplies to fire trucks, and organizes public bids and requests for proposals from interested vendors. Following an in-depth analysis of the city&rsquo;s current processes, the fellows have launched 3 digital tools to streamline and open up the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s procurement process.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Beacon</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.buildpgh.com/beacon/">Beacon</a> is a free online service that notifies businesses about City contract opportunities and provides information about how to apply for them. Business owners looking for opportunities to sell goods and services to the City of Pittsburgh now have a central web resource with Beacon. With this free service interested business owners can subscribe for free email notifications about relevant opportunities. Content about opportunities is developed by departmental staff and contract bids are managed by OMB.</p> <p dir="ltr">To date, over 350 businesses have registered for Beacon since the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5098">September launch</a> of the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>. A recent <a href="https://www.buildpgh.com/beacon/opportunities/21">Department of Parks and Recreation RFP posted to Beacon</a> by the procurement team resulted in 10 responses from interested businesses, which is 4-5 times the average response rate in the past.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Beacon procurement application will help OMB to fulfill its vision for the procurement organization,&rdquo; said said Sam Ashbaugh, Director of the Office of Management and Budget. &ldquo;Our goal is to establish a customer-focused process to achieve increased procurement effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance. The result is significant financial benefit for taxpayers by reducing the costs of acquiring goods and services and increasing competition and opportunities for vendors to do business with the city.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Scout and Conductor</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to developing improvements to the public portion of the procurement process, the CFA fellows also designed improvements to essential elements of the city&rsquo;s internal processes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.buildpgh.com/scout/">Scout</a> is an online tool for city staff to quickly identify and subscribe to contracts currently in place. The implementation of Scout reduces the time it takes to look up contract information and keeps city staff informed of changes to contracts when purchasing goods and services that are key to many city programs. Since the May 22, 2015 launch of Scout, employees across city departments have subscribed to over 100 different contracts.</p> <p dir="ltr">Conductor is a workflow management tool that tracks contracts through renewal, bidding, and extension processes. Conductor is primarily utilized by purchasing agents in OMB.</p> <p dir="ltr">Conductor connects and integrates previously separate databases, improving communication throughout the procurement process. Changes made to contracts in Conductor instantly update on Scout, notifying all staff members associated with the contract of relevant changes. Contracts entering the bidding phase can be posted by agents directly to Beacon.</p> <p>*****</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the CFA partnership began in February, the fellows met with over 60 City of Pittsburgh employees and 30 local businesses in an effort to understand internal city processes, city employee needs and a business owner&rsquo;s experience interacting with the city. Beacon, Scout, and Conductor were developed by building web applications in response to internal employee and external business needs. The tools have been tested and refined based on user feedback.</p> <p dir="ltr">The fellows are underwritten with generous support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The City of Pittsburgh paid $100,000 to cover a portion of the partnership and the R.K. Mellon Foundation provided $330,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to working with CFA, OMB engaged the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP) consulting program to 1) conduct a review of the city&rsquo;s procurement policies and procedures and 2) provide recommendations for improvement to reflect leading public sector procurement practices. In conjunction with the CFA initiative focused on leveraging technology, the NIGP Consulting review was intended to help OMB properly manage the procurement function, enable operational improvements and improve and increase accountability throughout the process. This past August, Mayor William Peduto <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4952">issued an executive order outlining nine provisions for strengthening the City&rsquo;s budget controls</a>, many based on recommendations from the NIGP.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About Code For America</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Code for America is a national non-profit that believes government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. In collaboration with communities, companies, and government, CFA builds open source technology and organizes a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use. More at <a href="http://www.codeforamerica.org/">www.codeforamerica.org</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Code for America receives generous support from Omidyar Network, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Google.org, the James Irvine Foundation, and many other foundations, corporations, and individual <a href="http://codeforamerica.org/donors">donors</a> that support national and local CFA programs.</p> <p dir="ltr">CFA pairs local governments with teams of mid-career, civic-minded technology experts for one year. The governments and fellows explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications, and testing the results. Over the past four years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 55 web apps with 30 municipal governments and 103 Fellows.</p> <p dir="ltr">Eight government partners, from a diverse pool of more than 40, were selected for the 2015 Fellowship. In addition to Pittsburgh, they include: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Indianapolis, Indiana; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Somerville, Massachusetts; Vallejo, California; West Sacramento, California; and RVA Community Partners in Richmond, Virginia.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Meet the Code for America Fellows:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Patrick Hammons</em>, is a cartographer and civic hacker passionate about making data more accessible both visually and through online applications. As a GIS analyst for the City of Philadelphia&#39;s Office of Innovation and Technology, Patrick prepared maps, visualizations, and data releases. Patrick also co-founded MaptimePHL and is an active member of Code for Philly.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Shelly Ni</em> is a designer focused on improving public services. As a co-founder of Propel, she designed a food stamp application that works on any smartphone. For her MFA thesis, she created guides to apply for social security cards and state IDs. She holds design degrees from the School of Visual Arts and Stanford.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Ben Smithgall</em> is a developer originally from Pine Township. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy, Ben worked on the digital and data teams for the re-election campaign for Obama for America in 2012. Following that, Ben joined Spotify and worked on both analytics and data projects.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hammons, Ni and Smithgall are part of a cohort of 24 Fellows taking leave from jobs at large and small tech companies, their own businesses and government to use their skills for good during a year of public service.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 10:55:34 -0500 Media Advisory: Mayor's Office to Hold Press Conference On City Procurement Process Improvements http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5311 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 2, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Department of Innovation &amp; Performance and the Office of Management and Budget will celebrate the completion of the Code For America (CFA) Fellowship Program with a press conference highlighting several improvements made to the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s procurement process.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who:</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;William Peduto, Mayor</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Sam Ashbaugh, Director, Office of Management and Budget</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Laura Meixell, Analytics and Strategy Manager, Department of Innovation &amp; Performance</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Patrick Hammons, Shelly Ni, Ben Smithgall, Code For America Fellows</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> City-County Building Citistats Room</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">414 Grant Street, 6th Floor</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:02:50 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, November 2 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5308 <p><strong>Meeting with U.S. Attorney General David Hickton</strong></p> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div> <p>Location:&nbsp;Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>Pittsburgh 200 Steering Committee</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: 414 Grant St., 6th Floor</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Allison Harnden, Night Time Economy Coordinator, and Council President Kraus</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Photo Shoot with WHIRL Magazine</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Jake Young</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Visiting Photo Antiquities Museum&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;531 Ohio River Blvd</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at the Carrick Overbrook Block Watch</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Concord Elementary School, 2350 Brownsville Rd</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 09:41:06 -0500 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, October 31 - November 1, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5303 <p><strong>October 31</strong></p> <blockquote> <div><strong>Trick or Vote GOTV Rally</strong></div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park</div> </blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>November 1</strong></div> <blockquote><em>Day Off</em></blockquote> <blockquote>&nbsp;</blockquote> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:34:19 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, October 30, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5301 <p><strong>Pass the Right Budget - Press Event</strong></p> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Outside of City Council Chambers</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Almono Site Ground Breaking</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Children&#39;s Hometown Hero Luncheon</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Heinz Field, East Club</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>My Brother&#39;s Keeper Local Action Plan</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: CCAC</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview with Joe Grata</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:15 p.m.</div> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:34:13 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, October 29, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5298 <p><strong>Marty Griffin Show</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location:&nbsp;651 Holiday Drive,&nbsp;Foster Plaza Building 5</p> <div><strong>Launch of Pittsburgh Parking Authority&#39;s Pay Mobile App</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1 pm.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Market Sqaure&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> <strong>Officiating Marriage Ceremony</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Frick Educational and Orientation Center</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6:15 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: The Frick Art and Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street<br /> <br /> <strong>Grand Marshal at Bloomfield Citizens Council Halloween Parade</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Winebiddle and Gross Street</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:59:43 -0400 Riverfront Trail in Strip District To Reopen http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5297 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Oct. 27, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh and the Buncher Company are pleased to announce the reopening of the Strip District Trail from 11th Street to 21st Street along the Allegheny River in the Strip District.</p> <p dir="ltr">The trail had been closed while Buncher Co. prepared a site along the trail for development.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&#39;d like to thank the community and trail users for their patience during the closure. Reopening it will breathe new life into Pittsburgh&rsquo;s trail system just in time to enjoy fall foliage while we still can,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both the City of Pittsburgh and Buncher recognize the importance of this trail as a valuable asset to the community, trail users and the Buncher development site. It has long served as an important link between Downtown and neighborhoods east, as well as to trails connecting at Point State Park.</p> <p>&quot;I am incredibly excited that this vital public amenity has been reopened and is once again accessible to the public,&rdquo; said District 7 Councilwoman Deb Gross. &ldquo;I am glad to have been able to work with the administration and Buncher Company to advocate on behalf of my constituents to ensure the continued use of this key piece of public riverfront space.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr">The trail was cleaned of debris by the Department of Public Works in conjunction with Friends of the Riverfront, and Buncher has built a new supporting wall and fencing for the trail segment.</p> <p dir="ltr">As the development project progresses there will be periodic, short-term closures of the trail. Future closures will coincide with improvements made to portions of the trail affected by development.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:09:47 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, October 28, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5296 <p><strong>Traveling back to Pittsburgh from Kansas City, Missouri </strong></p> <p>Time: 6 a.m.</p> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Working in Office</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:44:42 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule, October 27, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5295 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 27, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and several community and foundation leaders are in Kansas City, Missouri, today to learn about the Kansas City Overflow Control Plan. The plan is considered one of the greenest infrastructure projects in the country, and is community oriented so the investments support economic growth in neighborhoods surrounding upgraded sewer lines.</p> <p><a href="https://www.kcwaterservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Roadshow-Website-Version.pdf">The 25-year plan</a> seeks to reduce overflows from the Kansas City&rsquo;s combined sewer system under requirements by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Adopted in 2009, the plan addresses sewer overflows during wet weather, poor water quality and deteriorating infrastructure in the city.</p> <p>Similarly, the EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are requiring Alcosan and its member communities, including Pittsburgh, to find long-term solutions to its aging water and sewer systems.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald -- who is also traveling to Kansas City -- have reset the course of the region&#39;s consent decree by placing green infrastructure at the forefront of negotiations with the EPA and DEP. The City has embraced its key role at the center of the region&rsquo;s river basins and is collaborating with Allegheny County, ALCOSAN, and civic leaders to build an improved stormwater management system.</p> <p>Additionally under the Mayor&#39;s direction, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is currently in the process of developing a regionally integrated Green Infrastructure Master Plan that will prioritize investment opportunities, integrate community and economic development focus areas, and recognize areas that are vulnerable to water related hazards. The Master Plan will emphasize that storm water management requires responsible land use management, not just traditional grey infrastructure.</p> <p>The City&#39;s efforts are geared to rethink wet weather operations, policies and investment strategies, and recognize the impacts water has in our daily lives. Whether leading to flooding in the streets or backups in our basements, the City is positioning itself to mitigate the impacts of water while using water and infrastructure upgrades as part of economic and social development strategies, much as they are in Kansas City.</p> <p>The Heinz Endowments organized today&rsquo;s fact-finding mission, which besides the Mayor and County Executive includes officials from Alcosan, PWSA, Clean Rivers Campaign, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Heinz Endowments and the Hillman Foundation.</p> <p>The Heinz Endowments are covering costs for the trip. The Mayor and other members of the delegation return tomorrow.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule, October 27, 2015</strong></p> <p>Flight to Kansas City</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 6:20 a.m.</p> <p>Tour Stop #1: City Hall Stormwater BMPs (Rain Gardens, Rain Harvesting, Retention, Green Roof), and Downtown Tour of DST Urban Farming &amp; Stormwater Park</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Tour Stop #2: Beacon Hill Neighborhood Revitalization and Troost Avenue Public Transit/ Streetscape Improvements</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 11:00 a.m.</p> <p>Tour Stop #3: Bancroft School Redevelopment (LEED Platinum)</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Lunch at Bancroft School Redevelopment</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:00 p.m.</p> <p>Green vs. Gray Dialogue in Kansas City, with Ron Coker, Burns &amp; McDonnell, and Cindy Circo, Previous City Council/ Mayor Pro Tem</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Kansas City&#39;s Overflow Control Program, with Terry Leeds, Director of Water Services</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:00 p.m.</p> <p>Kansas City&#39;s Innovative Leadership in Sustainability, Smart City &amp; Data Based Decision Making - Troy Schulte, City Manager, and Regenerative Green Infrastructure Strategies, Tim Duggan, Phronesis</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 1:30 p.m.</p> <p>Tour Stop #4: Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure Pilot Project</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2:00 p.m.</p> <p>Tour Stop #5, WSD Learning Campus, Permeable Pavement Demonstration Zones, Rain Gardens, Bio Swales &amp; Outdoor Plaza</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:00 p.m.</p> <p>Next steps for Middle Blue River Green Infrastructure Projects (under construction) and Green Infrastructure Pilot Projects, with Andy Shivley, Water Services Engineering Officer, Andy, Burns &amp; McDonnell, Tim Duggan, Phronesis/MIR. Collaborative Approach within City Hall, with Pat Klein, Assistant City Manager, John Pruss, Burns &amp; McDonnell</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Next Steps &amp; General Green Infrastructure Discussion</p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4:00 p.m.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:40:56 -0400 Closure Of Smithfield Street In Downtown Pittsburgh Temporarily Postponed http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5293 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Oct. 26, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that Smithfield Street -- between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue in the Central Business District -- will be temporarily reopened as of this afternoon, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">Reconstruction work on this portion of Smithfield Street must be postponed due to underground utility interference. Several underground electrical, gas and telecom utility lines and vaults are conflicting with the proposed design and alignment of the new storm sewer system from Forbes Avenue through Smithfield Street.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5228">reconstruction project</a> includes improvements to curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, upgrading of signalized intersections, new storm system and new concrete pavement, as well as streetscaping features such as street lighting. Underground work includes vault repairs, waterline replacement, relining of existing combined sewer line, and other miscellaneous construction.</p> <p>When the underground work can resume, the closure will be reestablished.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Forbes Avenue project is a federally funded project started in 2014 with 80% of the $5.3 million budget coming from the Federal Highway Administration through PennDOT. The work is being performed by A. Merante Contracting, Inc., a heavy civil &amp; highway contractor.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:48:07 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE OCTOBER 26, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5291 <p><strong>Office Work</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Director Gastil, Morton Brown, and Mitch Swain</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Allegheny County Democratic Committee Kennedy Lawrence Dinner</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: JATC Local Union, 5 Hot Metal Street # 100</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:28:26 -0400 Bike Lane Installation Scheduled For East Street in Spring Hill-City View http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5288 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Oct. 26, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Departments of Public Works and City Planning advise that <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/East_St.pdf">protected bike lanes will be installed on East Street -- between Lareda Street and Suffolk Street in Spring Hill-City View</a> -- in conjunction with planned street resurfacing work.</p> <p>Weather permitting, East Street installation work will begin the week of Monday, October 26, 2015 and last approximately three weeks. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and stay alert for changing traffic patterns.</p> <p>The <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/EastSt_sections.pdf">new configuration on East Street</a> includes new protected bike lanes, shorter pedestrian crossings, the removal of one of the northbound travel lanes and an overall narrowing of the lanes that will provide a traffic calming effect. The bike lanes are separated from traffic using plastic bollards designed to provide more safety and security from vehicular traffic.</p> <p>The East Street project is one of the first examples of a united and coordinated street maintenance effort. DPW and City Planning worked together to design the lanes and incorporate the installation into the planned street resurfacing work, resulting in a more efficient and cost effective project.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;d like to thank the City of Pittsburgh for the opportunity to reconnect Northside neighborhoods divided by highway construction and topography with safe, equitable transportation options for all residents,&quot; said Nick Ross, Chairperson, Northside Leadership Conference Bicycle &amp; Pedestrian Committee.</p> <p>Over the past nine months City Planning and DPW worked on external coordination with community groups and immediate stakeholders, developing design improvements to East Street intended to make the street safer for all users.</p> <p>&quot;I am grateful to representatives of the City, who worked diligently with the parish to craft an arrangement that allows bike lanes on East Street and full access to Holy Wisdom Parish,&quot; said Father Lawrence DiNardo, pastor of Holy Wisdom Parish on the North Side, which includes St. Boniface Church on East Street. Father DiNardo is also the vicar general-general secretary of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>&quot;As Catholics these lanes are a way to protect the lives of bicyclists. They are also one way we can help to fulfill Pope Francis&#39; call to care for God&#39;s creation,&quot; Father DiNardo said.</p> <p>&quot;Thanks to this compromise, our elderly parishioners will continue to be able to park in front of the church for Mass, and there will be no barriers to entering our parking lot. Access to the church and parking lot will be unimpeded for weddings and funerals, and we have the ability to expand on-street parking for special events.</p> <p>&quot;In working with us, the city has created a model of collaboration that should continue with all houses of worship and secular institutions. In that way, all Pittsburghers can contribute to our common good.&quot;</p> <p>The estimated cost of the East Street bike lane project is $66,100.</p> <p dir="ltr">A detailed map of recommended Northside Bike Loops, courtesy of the Northside Leadership Conference Bicycle &amp; Pedestrian Committee, can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Northside_Bike_Loops_2010-07-16.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:11:00 -0400 Bike Lane Installation Scheduled for Penn Avenue Downtown http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5287 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Oct. 23, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Departments of Public Works and City Planning advise that the protected bike lane on Penn Avenue in the Central Business District will be extended two blocks -- from 6th Street to Stanwix Street -- in conjunction with planned street resurfacing work.</p> <p dir="ltr">Weather permitting, installation work will begin on Penn Avenue on October 24, 2015 and should take approximately two weeks. A map of the Penn Avenue plans can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Penn_Avenue.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the continuation of the Penn Avenue protected bike lane, vehicular traffic will be one-way (westbound) from 31st Street to Stanwix St. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and stay alert for changing traffic patterns.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Penn Avenue bike lane currently has an average of 860 bike trips per day. &nbsp;As the downtown bike network continues to develop, numbers are expected to rise. Since the installation of the bike lane from <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3468">6th Street to 16th Street in the fall of 2014</a>, the city has worked with adjacent stakeholders to make adjustments to the design. This bike lane will eventually take riders all the way to Point State Park and connect into a complete bike network for downtown.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:52:21 -0400 Media Advisory: Mayor William Peduto's Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative to Co-Present Two Naturalization Ceremonies in Oakland, North Side http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5286 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (October 23, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh will co-host two naturalization ceremonies on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th in partnership City of Asylum, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Pittsburgh Field Office. Nearly 60 new Americans will receive their citizenship at the ceremonies.</p> <p>University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and CMU President Subra Suresh will deliver keynote remarks at Monday&rsquo;s ceremony in Schenley Plaza. Tuesday&rsquo;s ceremony at City of Asylum will include remarks from City of Asylum President and Co-Founder Ralph Henry Reese and Kheir Mugwaneza, Director of Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement at Northern Area Multi-Service Center, the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Pittsburgh metro area.</p> <p>These public ceremonies further the Mayor&rsquo;s vision of bringing residents and leaders together to celebrate our neighbors as they make their final step on their path to citizenship.</p> <p><strong>October 26th Naturalization Ceremony at Schenley Plaza</strong></p> <p>What:&nbsp;Naturalization Ceremony</p> <p>Who: University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher; Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Pittsburgh Field Office Director&nbsp;Michael Horvath; and Special Initiatives Manager in the Office of Mayor William Peduto Betty Cruz.</p> <p>When:&nbsp;Monday, October 26, 12:00PM</p> <p>Where:&nbsp;Schenley Plaza, Oakland</p> <p>Address:&nbsp;4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260</p> <p><strong>October 27th Naturalization Ceremony at City of Asylum</strong></p> <p>What:&nbsp;Naturalization Ceremony</p> <p>Who: City of Asylum Co-Founder and President Ralph Henry Reese; Northern Area Multi-Service Center Director of Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Kheir Mugwaneza; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Pittsburgh Field Office Director&nbsp;Michael Horvath; and Special Initiatives Manager in the Office of Mayor William Peduto Betty Cruz.</p> <p>When:&nbsp;Tuesday, October 27, 12:00PM</p> <p>Where:&nbsp;City of Asylum</p> <p>Address:&nbsp;324 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:23:18 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 23-25, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5285 <p><b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">October 23 - 25</b></p> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><i>Days off</i></div> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:37:28 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 22, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5282 <p><strong>Press Conference Regarding Macy&rsquo;s/Kaufmann&rsquo;s Artifact Donation</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Senator John Heinz History Center&rsquo;s Museum Conservation Center, 1221 Penn Avenue&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Lynn Colosi, Delta Development Group</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with the Auditor General Eugene DePasquale</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Welcoming Remarks at Standing Firm Awards Luncheon</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with CNN Series, One Square Meter</strong><br /> Time: 12:45 p.m.<br /> Location: Bakery Square<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Craig Davis and Jason Fulvi</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with LED Advisory Board</strong><br /> Time: 4:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Squirrel Hill Treasures Dinner</strong><br /> Time: 6:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Pittsburgh Golf Club, 5280 Northumberland St<br /> <br /> <strong>Phipps Annual Gala</strong><br /> Time: 7:45 p.m.<br /> Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive</p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:12:01 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 21, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5277 <p><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong><br /> Time: 8:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>WDVE Morning Show with Randy Baumann</strong><br /> Time: 8:45 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Student Shadowing the Mayor and Staff for Disability Mentoring Day</strong><br /> Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Coffee with Ritchie Tabachnick</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with Brian Niro from Social Butterfly</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office<br /> <br /> <strong>Bingo at Brighton Heights</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: 3515 McClure Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Marching with NLC Group for Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families</strong><br /> Time: 1 p.m.<br /> Location: March from Katz Plaza to Market Square<br /> <br /> <strong>Filming Epicast</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong><br /> Time: 5:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Citywide Public Safety Meeting</strong><br /> Time: 7 p.m.<br /> Location: Pittsburgh Project, 2801 N Charles St.</p> <div> <div aria-label="Show trimmed content" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":6a" role="button" tabindex="0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:26:51 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 20, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5276 <p><strong>Call with Secretary Hanger</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Aaron Stauber and Larry Walsh</strong><br /> Time: 10:30 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Craig Schweiger</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Clifford Johnson, Executive Director for the Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities (NLC)</strong><br /> Time: 11:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Senior Center Bingo</strong><br /> Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> Location: 720 Sherwood Ave. 15204<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Andy Masich, Sylvia Fields, and Dennis Yablonsky</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Visit to Faros Properties</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Nova Place<br /> <br /> <strong>Filming HughsShows</strong><br /> Time: 5 p.m.<br /> Location:100 Western Avenue</p> <div><strong>8th Annual Conference for the American Middle East Institute&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Carnegie Music Hall<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with the University of Pittsburgh College Democrats</strong><br /> Time: &nbsp;9 p.m.<br /> Location: William Pitt Union</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:31:09 -0400 Department of Public Works Adding 16 Projects to 2015 Paving Program http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5275 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Oct. 19, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced 16 projects will be added to this year&#39;s paving program.</p> <p dir="ltr">The additional four miles of paving projects are in neighborhoods throughout the city, including Bloomfield, Brookline, the Central Business District, East Allegheny, Garfield, Hill District, Homewood, Lawrenceville, Perry South, Shadyside, South Oakland, Spring Hill, Squirrel Hill, Summer Hill and Windgap.</p> <p dir="ltr">These projects are possible because of lower than expected costs on other previously planned paving projects, substantial cost sharing due to coordination with Peoples Natural Gas and the Pittsburgh Water &amp; Sewer Authority on utility restoration work, and funds made available due to changes in the original paving list. The 2015 paving budget has not changed to accommodate these projects.</p> <p dir="ltr">The total budget allocated for the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4317">2015 Paving Program</a> is $12,250,000. The budget breakdown includes $12,000,000 in City Capital Budget funding and $250,000 of Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD) funds.</p> <p dir="ltr">During the 2015 Paving Program DPW has focused on increasing coordination with local utilities. To date, cooperation with Peoples Natural Gas on more than 25 projects around the city has ensured that paving projects are coordinated with planned utility infrastructure work, resulting in curb-to-curb restoration of impacted streets.</p> <p dir="ltr">Weekly paving schedules and a map of completed, active, and planned 2015 projects can be found here: <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/StreetPavingSchedule">http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/StreetPavingSchedule</a>. More information on the City of Pittsburgh Street Paving Program can be found on the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dpw/street-paving-program">DPW website</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 10:38:06 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 19, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5273 <p><strong>WJAS Interview</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div><strong>Welcoming Remarks at the&nbsp;PA Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA)</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Westin Convention Center</div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with German High School Exchange Students</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time:12: 45 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Gregg Valley</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Betsy Magley and Councilman Gilman</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with&nbsp;Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Delegation from the Philippines&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:14:51 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 17-18, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5269 <p><strong>October 17</strong></p> <blockquote> <div><strong>Greenfield BridgeFest</strong></div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </blockquote> <div><strong>October 18</strong></div> <blockquote> <div><strong>Speaking at Roundtable Discussion with Gil Penalosa</strong></div> <div>Time: 3:45 p.m.</div> <div>Location: 67 Bedford Square</div> </blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:01:38 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 16, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5267 <p><strong>Meeting with County Executive</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Allegheny County Courthouse</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Working in Office</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Tom Cochran, Director of U.S. Conference of Mayors</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Delegation from Australia</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div> <div aria-label="Show trimmed content" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":mc" role="button" tabindex="0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 10:26:23 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 15, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5261 <p><strong>Speaking at the Bridge Educational Foundation Scholarship Event</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Campus School of Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>10th Anniversary Celebration of DUI Court</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Allegheny County Courthouse, Gold Room, 4th Floor<br /> <br /> <strong>Amen Corner Law &nbsp;Enforcement Awards Luncheon</strong></p> <p>Time: 12 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 West Station Square Drive<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Awards at Great Race Ceremony</strong></p> <p>Time: 1:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: City Council Chambers<br /> <br /> <strong>Regional Data Center Launch</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Robert Olinger from IA #3</strong></p> <p>Time: 4 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Prayer Vigil in Honor of DeSean Fountain</strong></p> <p>Time: 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Ipswich Court, East Liberty Gardens</p> <p><strong>PA Competes Reception with Councilman Kraus</strong></p> <p>Time: 6 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Ten Penny, 960 Penn Ave</p> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:25:27 -0400 Federal, State and Local Officials, Mosites Co. & Community Cut Ribbon for East Liberty Transit Center http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5260 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (October 14, 2015) Joining Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Terry Garcia-Crews and other partners, Mayor William Peduto today ceremonially relaunched the East Liberty Station on the Martin Luther King, Jr East Busway after undergoing a significant reconstruction.</p> <p>&ldquo;This $150+ million project is about more than East Liberty -- it creates the platform from which we can leverage greater investments in affordability. It gives East Liberty the opportunity to flourish while providing a unique opportunity to rebuild neighborhoods next door,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>At a ribbon-cutting this afternoon, Regional Administrator Garcia-Crews referenced the U.S. Department of Transportation&rsquo;s decision to invest $15 million in East Liberty by awarding a TIGER IV discretionary federal grant in 2012.</p> <p>&ldquo;This project is a great example of how public-private partners can successfully work together to produce a project that reconnects communities and neighborhoods,&rdquo; said FTA Regional Administrator Terry Garcia-Crews. &ldquo;The East Liberty Transit Center raises the standard and quality of transportation with all of its new passenger amenities, multi-level access ways, pedestrian bridge, intersection upgrades, ITS applications, bicycle garage, parking, and pedestrian improvements.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I fought for the TIGER grant to fund this project because it has the potential to improve transportation services in East Liberty and across Pittsburgh,&rdquo; U.S. Senator Bob Casey said. &ldquo;Pittsburgh is on the upswing and East Liberty is playing a substantial role in the city&rsquo;s revitalization. I continue to press the Administration to invest in Pittsburgh so the region has the 21st&nbsp;century infrastructure it needs.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This project is the result of a public-private partnership that&rsquo;s remarkable both for the innovative financing plan used to fund it and for its ability to leverage public and private investments to create jobs and preserve affordable housing in this part of the City,&rdquo;&nbsp;added U.S. Representative Mike Doyle. &ldquo;I was pleased to be part of this partnership and help secure the federal grant that made this project possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>The intermodal, transit-oriented center on the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway at the connection of Shadyside and East Liberty is at the center of the East Liberty Transit Revitalization Investment District -- or TRID -- which is the first implementation of such a district in the state.</p> <p>&ldquo;This transit-oriented development &ndash; leveraging both public and private investments &ndash; represents an enormous step forward for this area. This project will expand economic opportunities for residents and make public transit more accessible for workers, neighbors and disabled residents,&rdquo; said Gov. Tom Wolf. &ldquo;I commend County Executive Fitzgerald and Mayor Peduto for their leadership on this effort.&rdquo;</p> <p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said, &quot;It has been exciting to see the East Liberty area coming back in a big way and the growth here impacts further development that benefits the region. Transit has become such an integral part of our economic development strategy and I&#39;m very proud to be standing here today with so many of our partners that made this project a reality.&quot;</p> <p>Mayor Peduto praised the public-private efforts that have helped East Liberty neighbors turn their community into a city success story that can be repeated nearby. Urban Redevelopment Authority chairman Kevin Acklin echoed the Mayor&rsquo;s recent landmark agreement on affordability in East Liberty in his own remarks.</p> <p>&ldquo;We celebrate the critical connection that this transit improvement represents for the community, but we can&rsquo;t forget the bigger picture. This investment creates the opportunity to leverage private development investment so that we can improve affordability and fend off the market pressures that threaten vulnerable households in our community,&rdquo; Chairman Acklin said. &ldquo;This is a model for what we hope to achieve in even greater magnitude in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Eighteen years ago the community got together to fight blight and crime in East Liberty, and Mosites decided to work with the community on that,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;As private developers choose to partner with us in the public sector, we can accomplish so much more for all our neighborhoods. These partnerships are the seeds of our success in the East End.&rdquo;</p> <p>The transit center project &ndash; which required nearly 20 funding sources to complete and built upon six acres of disused public and private land -- includes a reconstructed transit station, 3,000 square feet of mixed commercial space, 360 units of market-rate housing, a 554-space shared-use parking facility, a new street connection, a new pedestrian bridge, a 120-space bike garage, lighting, streetscape improvements, landscaping and plaza facilities that connect Penn Avenue transit users to the MLK, Jr. East Busway facilities.</p> <p>&ldquo;This has been without question one of the most complicated projects we at the URA have ever taken part in,&rdquo; Acting Executive Director Robert Rubinstein said. &ldquo;But with a committed group of stakeholders acting as partners, we solved the complexity through creativity and coordination. The end result is worth it; we&rsquo;ve achieved an incredible win for the community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Governor Tom Wolf&rsquo;s Southwest Regional Director Erin Molchany and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Department of Community &amp; Economic Development, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public School District, East Liberty Development Inc., the Kingsley Association, The Mosites Co. and others joined Administrator Garcia-Crews and Mayor Peduto at the Wednesday event.</p> <p>The ribbon-cutting represents the culmination of substantially completed work at the East Liberty Station and will eventually result in a new street connection to be called &ldquo;Spirit Street&rdquo; that will link S. Highland Avenue and Penn Avenue, also made possible by the $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, administered by the Federal Transit Administration, to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. As part of the government-supported large-scale infrastructure work, underutilized property was transformed into a platform on which The Mosites Company partnered with Morgan Management is constructing a $90+ million private development, scheduled to be completed in stages. The first residents in The Mosites Company development &ndash; to be called Eastside Bond &ndash; are expected to move in this month.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto has announced the creation of an affordable housing strategy fund that will support families in the greater East Liberty area who are vulnerable to displacement.&nbsp; The East Liberty Transit Center and the Mosites Eastside Bond transit-oriented development will be key assets to leverage in order to create such a fund.</p> <p>In recent years, this and other infrastructure investments in East Liberty have enabled development to deliver an estimated 3,000 new jobs and over $400 Million in new investment at the heart of one of the busiest transit nodes in western Pennsylvania.</p> <p><strong>Contact</strong>: Paul Svoboda, Special Projects Manager, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, <a href="mailto:psvoboda@ura.org">psvoboda@ura.org</a>, or 412-689-0206.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:42:51 -0400 Prestigious Gehl Studio to Establish Priorities for Downtown http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5259 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (October 14, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is pleased to announce that Envision Downtown has engaged <a href="http://gehlarchitects.com/announcement/gehl-studio/">Gehl Studio</a>, a global leader in urban research and design, to establish a Public Realm Action Plan for Downtown Pittsburgh. This process, to be completed later this year, will document how Pittsburghers use shared spaces in Downtown and set priority action items for improving mobility and livability to be undertaken by Envision Downtown in 2016.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very excited to have Gehl Studio working in Pittsburgh to help inform our work in Downtown over the next year.&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;Gehl&rsquo;s work with Envision is particularly timely given Bjarke Ingles Group&rsquo;s efforts in the Lower Hill District. We are bringing in top-caliber designers to partner with outstanding local talent -- all with the goal of strengthening Pittsburgh&rsquo;s world class reputation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gehl&rsquo;s work in Pittsburgh will kick-off next week with a &ldquo;Public Space Public Life (PSPL) Survey.&rdquo; The survey will measure key indicators of success and identify areas for improvement throughout Downtown Pittsburgh. These indicators range from basic pedestrian counts at major intersections to in-depth assessments of how Pittsburghers use key corridors and public spaces in the Golden Triangle. Envision Downtown and Gehl Studio are in need of volunteers to help collect information for the PSPL on October 21st and 24th.&nbsp; Anyone interested in this unique and exciting opportunity can learn more and register to volunteer at <a href="http://www.envisiondowntown.com/PSPL">www.EnvisionDowntown.com/PSPL</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very grateful to the Mayor and our foundation partners for helping to bring Gehl Studio to Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Sean Luther, Envision Downtown&rsquo;s Executive Director. &ldquo;Gehl&rsquo;s work will accelerate our mission to make it safer, more attractive and convenient for everyone to get to, through and around Downtown.&rdquo;</p> <p>The PSPL will continue work begun as part of the inspirational P4 conference, held in Pittsburgh earlier this year. In keeping with the philosophy of P4, results of the PSPL will be shared with partners working throughout Downtown to establish performance baselines and set goals.&nbsp; Final recommendations from the Public Realm Action Plan and critical components of the PSPL will be shared in January 2016 at Envision Downtown&rsquo;s website: <a href="http://www.envisiondowntown.com/">www.EnvisionDowntown.com</a> and on Twitter at @EnvisionDwntwn.</p> <p><strong>About Envision Downtown</strong></p> <p>Envision Downtown is a privately funded, public/private partnership between the Mayor&rsquo;s Office and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, formed to accelerate Downtown&rsquo;s economic growth and competitiveness. Envision&rsquo;s mission is to advance mobility and livability in Pittsburgh central neighborhoods by making it safer, more attractive and convenient for everyone to get to, through and around Downtown. &nbsp;Learn more at<a href="http://www.envisiondowntown.com/"> www.EnvisionDowntown.com</a></p> <p><strong>Contact</strong>:: Sean C. Luther - Executive Director, Envision Downtown, at sluther@downtownpittsburgh.com or 412.906.9403.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:53:45 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 14, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5258 <p><strong>Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Eyetique&#39;s Corporate Headquarters&nbsp;</strong></p> <div>Time: 8:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;1201 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh 15216</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with PPG&#39;s CEO, Michael McGarry</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Ribbon Cutting for the East Liberty Transit Center&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Penn and Shady</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pittsburgh 200th Anniversary Steering Committee Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Reception for Congressman Doyle</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at the CONNECT Fundraiser</strong></div> <div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Voodoo Brewery, East 9th Avenue</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:44:35 -0400 Media Advisory: Ribbon-Cutting Wednesday at East Liberty Transit Center http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5257 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2015) Federal, state and local government officials will join the Mosites Co. and community leaders Wednesday afternoon for the opening of the East Liberty Transit Center.</p> <p>The $150 million transit center project &ndash; which required nearly 20 funding sources to complete and was built upon six acres of disused public and private land -- includes a reconstructed transit station, 43,000 square feet of mixed commercial space, 360 units of market-rate housing, a 554-space shared-use parking facility, a new street connection, a new pedestrian bridge, a 120-space bike garage, lighting, streetscape improvements, landscaping and plaza facilities that connect Penn Avenue transit users to the MLK, Jr. East Busway facilities.</p> <p><strong>WHAT</strong>: Opening of the East Liberty Transit Center</p> <p><strong>WHO</strong>: Congressman Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor William Peduto, officials from Federal Transit Administration, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Port Authority of Allegheny County, Mosites Co., and other community and government leaders.</p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 14, 2015</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>: Penn and Shady Avenues, East Liberty. Press conference will be on bridge across the busway and railroad tracks. Parking available in garage accessible from Centre Avenue by turning onto Annie Place.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:54:44 -0400 Greenfield Bridge Closure, Reconstruction Project To Begin Friday Night http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5256 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2015) - The Department of Public Works advises that the 94-year-old, 274 foot long Greenfield Bridge will be closed for reconstruction beginning Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at approximately 10:00 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">The bridge closure -- spanning between Alger Street in Greenfield to Overlook Drive in Schenley Park -- &nbsp;is necessary to accommodate the reconstruction of a new bridge that will be built in the same location. Vehicle traffic will be detoured through the surrounding neighborhoods with the aid of a posted detour. Visit <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/</a> for more information on posted detours.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The Greenfield Bridge reconstruction is a massive project that has required a tremendous amount of planning and consideration,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very exciting to reach this stage in the process. While this is a necessary investment, we understand that this closure will have a major impact on the surrounding communities and we are committed to working with the community through this process.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The new bridge is a state-of-the-art steel open-spandrel arch that according to Patrick Hassett, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Transportation and Engineering, &quot;incorporates elements of the existing bridge&rsquo;s original grandeur by salvaging and incorporating the decorative urns and pylons built in 1921. The new bridge combines a graceful design with improved accommodations for commuters.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The reconstruction of the bridge includes new bridge abutments, bridge piers, structural steel and new bridge deck consisting of three travel lanes, a bike lane and a sidewalk, with bridge barriers and fencing which will span each side of the new bridge.</p> <p dir="ltr">Connecting the community of Greenfield to Schenley Park and beyond, a 10-foot pedestrian sidewalk and dedicated bike lane will make the bridge safer for drivers, walkers and bicyclists while expanding the City&rsquo;s efforts to make Pittsburgh more walkable and bike-friendly. Landscaping of adjacent greenspace and its incorporation as part of Schenley Park will complement the attractiveness of the bridge upon entering and leaving Greenfield.</p> <p dir="ltr">&quot;When we&#39;re on &lsquo;60 Minutes&#39; and people are talking about our crumbling infrastructure, and now you can look at us taking the lead and investing $17 million into revamping our infrastructure,&quot; said Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor. &ldquo;Being able to get through this process is going to be pretty amazing. It actually shows how our city is moving forward.&quot;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Pedestrian and Cycling Traffic</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Beginning noon on Sunday, October 18, 2015, pedestrian and cycling traffic will be restricted from the bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the Junction Hollow trail via the Alexis Street steps or Saline Street in Greenfield, and Joncaire steps or Joncaire Street in Oakland. &nbsp;Improvements are being made to these routes to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Public Process</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of Public Works and Public Safety have established regular meetings to prepare for and respond to traffic conditions resulting from the closure. In addition, CMU&rsquo;s Mobility Analytic Lab, a division of its Traffic 21 Institute, has developed a regional model for simulating traffic conditions under varying conditions. This model is being used to assess the potential impacts and possible improvements relative to the bridge closure. &nbsp;</p> <p>The City and the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), have established a community outreach website <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/</a> designed to keep the public informed of the Greenfield Bridge construction activities and answer any questions posed by the public.</p> <p><strong>Port Authority Routes</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Port Authority Transit Routes including the 52L Homeville Limited / 53L Homestead Park Limited / 58 Greenfield / 93 Lawrenceville-Oakland-Hazelwood have already been rerouted off the bridge. &nbsp;For the new bus routes visit&nbsp;<a href="http://gcapgh.org/2015/07/no-bridge-new-bus-routes/">http://gcapgh.org/2015/07/no-bridge-new-bus-routes/</a>.</p> <p><strong>Parkway East (I-376) Restrictions</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">At various times between now and the late December implosion, travel lane restrictions in either direction will be implemented on the Parkway East, I-376. The traveling public will be notified in advance of these restrictions when they become known. &nbsp;Between December 26, 2015, to January 3, 2016, I-376 will be closed in each direction for a five day period in order to implode the Greenfield Bridge structure.</p> <p><strong>Costs</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The estimated $17.5 million construction project is a City of Pittsburgh project with PennDOT and Federal Highway Administration oversight. The work is being performed by Mosites Heavy Construction Company, a heavy civil highway and bridge contractor.</p> <p dir="ltr">This closure is expected to be in effect until completion in 2017.</p> <p><strong>Celebration</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">To commemorate the passing of an architectural and community icon, the community has organized the <strong>Greenfield Bridge <em>Rock Away the Blues Bridgefest</em> set for this Saturday October 17, 2015 starting at 4 p.m. </strong>The Bridgefest is intended to raise awareness of the local businesses impacted by the two year loss of the Greenfield Bridge, a critical artery for the Greenfield community and its markets. In collaboration with the business owners, the event proceeds will be used to promote and support the community and its business districts while the new bridge is under construction.</p> <p dir="ltr">The lineup includes Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers headlining the evening stage and Pittsburgh&rsquo;s country rockers NOMaD in the afternoon. I Made It! Market will have a presence as well as a Greenfield businesses, restaurants and local food trucks. The event is family friendly, free, and open to the public. Event details can be found here: <a href="http://gcapgh.org/bridge/">http://gcapgh.org/bridge/</a>.</p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Mr. Aaron Pickering, Project Manager of Michael Baker International, at 412-269-6423, or via email to <a href="mailto:Apickering@mbakerintl.com">Apickering@mbakerintl.com</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:03:10 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 13, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5255 <div><strong>KQV Radio Interview</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 8:30 a.m.</div> <p><strong>Press Conference Regarding Changes to City Health &amp; Wellness&nbsp;Initiatives</strong></p> <p>Time: 9:30 a.m.</p> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Slovak Honorary Consul for Pennsylvania</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview with Joe Arena, WPXI</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Tour Pittsburgh Military Entrance Processing Station</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Federal Building, 1000 Liberty Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Baron Batch&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3:15 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Reception with Congressman Doyle and D.C. Congressional Officials</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:00:39 -0400 Mayor William Peduto Announces Changes to City Health & Wellness Initiatives http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5251 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 13, 2015) Mayor William Peduto announced changes to City health and wellness initiatives today that will benefit both the City&rsquo;s employees and its operating budget.</p> <p>The City will return to a self-insured health benefits model that will allow it to lessen expected increases in health care costs, and will expand the CityFit program that offers employees incentives for reductions in their premiums. The changes will enable the City to minimize payroll deduction increases while complying with cost containment measures within the Act 47 Recovery Plan.</p> <p>The City currently offers a Wellness Reward program that allows employees to earn $240 in health care premium reductions by completing biometric screenings and a wellness profile. Next year those who are already enrolled will be able to receive an additional $240 in savings, and enrollment will be offered to those not already participating in the program, if they complete two wellness activities in the first six months of the year.</p> <p>A telemedicine program will be introduced as an alternative to urgent care and emergency room visits, which is also ideal for City employees working irregular shifts. The City will additionally develop a multi-year strategic plan to continuously improve and engage more employees in health improvement activities.</p> <p>&ldquo;City government&rsquo;s greatest asset has always been its people, and these health and wellness improvements will make their lives, and their service to the community, even better,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>The City&rsquo;s medical and pharmacy benefits are currently fully-insured through two insurance providers. After studies by an outside consultant which included a review of historical claims experience, the City&rsquo;s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) found it could better control healthcare costs in 2016 and beyond by becoming self-insured and improving the CityFit health and wellness program.</p> <p>City employees will be able to maintain their current benefit levels and will receive a choice of networks and medical providers, while OMB will be better able to hold down costs. The City is currently spending $53 million on health care, and with no changes to its insurance policies was set to spend $64 million in 2016, a significant increase which would have required the City to reduce expenses elsewhere. Through the changes announced today the City will slow the rate of growth in healthcare costs in 2016, when costs will be an estimated $57 million.</p> <p>&ldquo;The cost of employee salaries and health care represents a large proportion of the City&rsquo;s budget, so we must continuously pursue opportunities to create a cost effective and sustainable health and wellness program for our employees,&rdquo; OMB Director Sam Ashbaugh said.</p> <p>The changes will bring the City into compliance over three years with a mandate in the Act 47 Recovery Plan that employees pay 20% of the total cost of healthcare, and cut the annual increase in employee contributions approaching in 2016 by one-third.</p> <p>The Act 47 Team has approved the initiatives.</p> <p>A presentation on the changes <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Employee_Health_and_Wellness_Initiative_10.13.15.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:36:03 -0400 Media Advisory: Mayor William Peduto To Announce Changes to City Health & Wellness Initiatives http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5249 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (October 12, 2015) Mayor William Peduto and Office of Management and Budget Director Sam Ashbaugh will announce new Health &amp; Wellness initiatives Tuesday morning benefiting City employees and the 2016 Operating Budget.</p> <p><strong>WHO</strong>:&nbsp;Mayor William Peduto, and Office of Management and Budget and Personnel Department officials</p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>: 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2015</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>: Mayor&#39;s Conference Room, 5th Floor, City-County Building</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:25:55 -0400 Media Advisory: Greenfield Bridge Closure Press Conference Scheduled For Tuesday Morning http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5248 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 12, 2015) - The Office of Mayor William Peduto and City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works will hold a press conference on <strong>Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. to discuss details about the planned closure and reconstruction of the Greenfield Bridge.</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Who: &nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;Guy Costa, Chief of Operations, Office of Mayor William Peduto</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Mike Gable, Director, Department of Public Works</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Pat Hassett, Assistant Director, Department of Public Works</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Mosites Construction Company, Representative</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 80px;">Michael Baker, Inc., Representative</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday, October 13, 2015 @ 11:30 a.m.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Where: </strong>Greenfield neighborhood side of the Greenfield Bridge, near the intersection of Beechwood Blvd. and Alger St., Pittsburgh PA 15217</p> <p>The City of Pittsburgh and the Oakland Transportation Management Association have developed an interactive project website to provide up-to-date project information to the public. For more information about the reconstruction project, visit <a href="http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/">http://greenfieldbridge.otmapgh.org/</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:52:22 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 12, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5247 <p><strong>Bingo at the West End Senior Center</strong><br /> Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> Location: 80 Wabash St. 15220<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Dennis Wilke, President of Rosedale Tech</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Tour of Pittsburgh Career Institute&nbsp;</strong><br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> Location: 421 Seventh Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, United States</p> <div> <div><strong>Meeting with Executive Board of Young Democrats of Allegheny County</strong></div> <div>Time: 8:30 p.m.</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:20:10 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 10-11, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5241 <p><strong>October 10</strong></p> <blockquote> <div><strong>30th Annual Columbus Day Parade</strong></div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Liberty Ave and Aspen St. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> </blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>October 11</strong></div> <blockquote><em>No public events scheduled - Day Off</em></blockquote> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:20:39 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 9, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5239 <div><strong>Meeting with Michel Berkovitz from 100 Resilient Cities</strong></div> <div>Time: 10 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking at Luncheon for&nbsp;Veterinary Medicine and Science in Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>Time: 12:15 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Forbes Avenue</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Omar Moreno</strong></div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Quarterly Meeting with Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network</strong></div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Chief McLay</strong></div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:28:50 -0400 Mayor William Peduto Applauds Macy's For Plans to Donate Kaufmann's Artifacts http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5236 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (October 8, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh, Macy&rsquo;s and others have reached tentative agreements on the donation of historical artifacts from the former Kaufmann&rsquo;s store Downtown, Mayor William Peduto announced today.</p> <p>Macy&rsquo;s representatives have been in productive talks with the City, Senator John Heinz History Center, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, CORE Realty and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh on the donation of artifacts and trademarks from the Macy&rsquo;s/Kaufmann&rsquo;s site.</p> <p>The following is an update on the preservation talks:</p> <ul> <li>Officials at the Heinz History Center collaborated with representatives from Macy&rsquo;s to identify nearly 100 historically significant items that will be donated to the museum, including artifacts from Kaufmann&rsquo;s holiday displays, materials from the Tic Toc Restaurant, and many other items. Additional information about the donation will be available in the coming weeks.</li> <li>Macy&rsquo;s will donate Frank Lloyd Wright drawings for the Kaufmann Foundation to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which maintains Fallingwater, the architect&rsquo;s masterwork.</li> <li>Macy&rsquo;s will transfer to the URA its rights for the Tic-Toc and Arcade trademarks.</li> <li>Macy&rsquo;s will offer items not requested by the History Center to CORE Realty for purchase, at the value set by an appraisal company recommended by the History Center</li> </ul> <p>Macy&rsquo;s provided its update on the donations in response to a September 11, 2015, letter from Mayor Peduto in which he requested that all artifacts of historical value at the store be preserved for the public.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am pleased on behalf of Pittsburgh residents that Macy&rsquo;s is working with us to honor the deep importance the Kaufmann&rsquo;s artifacts have to the history and culture of our city,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;At the same time the future plans for the former store remain bright, and we are looking forward to working with CORE Realty to breathe new life into this iconic building.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;Since our announcement of the sale of the historic downtown building became public, Macy&#39;s remained committed to preserving the Kaufmann&#39;s legacy and the artifacts that became the symbols of this iconic store,&quot; said Deanna Salvaggio, District Vice President for Pittsburgh, Macy&rsquo;s.&nbsp; &quot;We recognized the deep connection and longstanding memories generations of Pittsburghers have to this building, and wanted to ensure that many more could continue to experience its history.&nbsp; Working collaboratively with the various cultural and civic institutions over a course of a few months, Macy&#39;s was able to find homes for the multitude of historic artifacts that remained hidden from public view.&nbsp; We are very pleased to share them so that many more Pittsburghers can enjoy in the future.&quot;</p> <p>&ldquo;As the Smithsonian&rsquo;s home in Pittsburgh, the History Center is pleased that Macy&rsquo;s has worked with us to preserve their legacy as one of the iconic department stores in the City of Pittsburgh over the past century and a half,&rdquo; said Andrew E. Masich, president and CEO of the History Center.&nbsp; &ldquo;We look forward to preserving the history of Macy&rsquo;s and Kaufmann&#39;s for generations to come.&rdquo;</p> <p>The History Center is working collaboratively with Macy&rsquo;s to finalize the donation of the artifacts. A media unveiling of several of the Macy&rsquo;s items is being planned for later this month.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:34:21 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 8, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5233 <p><strong>Speaking at the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-live/wp/2015/09/14/city-leaders-lawmakers-tech-experts-and-entrepreneurs-on-bridging-the-new-digital-divide-oct-8/">Washington Post Digital Divide Conference</a></strong></p> <div> <p>Time:&nbsp;9 a.m.-Noon<br /> Location: &nbsp;1150 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20071</p> <p><strong>Opening remarks</strong><br /> &ndash; Lois Romano, Editor, Washington Post Live</p> <p><strong>The state of connection&nbsp;</strong><br /> &ndash; Darrell West, Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution.&nbsp;Interviewed by&nbsp;Lois Romano, Editor, Washington Post Live</p> <p><strong>Adaption and adoption for underserved populations&nbsp;</strong><br /> &ndash; Thomas Kamber, Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)<br /> &ndash; Cliff Missen, Director WiderNet@UNC, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill<br /> &ndash; Stephen Ewell, Executive Director, CEA Foundation<br /> Moderated by&nbsp;Alison Snyder, Senior Editorial Producer, The Washington Post</p> <p><strong>City spotlight: Pittsburgh and the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a></strong><br /> &ndash; Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh<br /> Interviewed by&nbsp;Emily Badger, Reporter, Wonkblog, The Washington Post</p> <p><strong>The homework gap</strong><br /> &ndash; Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor, City of New York<br /> &ndash; Luke Swarthout, Director of Adult Education Services, The New York Public Library<br /> Moderated by&nbsp;Emma Brown, National Education Reporter, The Washington Post</p> <p><strong>A conversation with Secretary Juli&aacute;n Castro</strong><br /> &ndash; Secretary Juli&aacute;n Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development<br /> Interviewed by&nbsp;Manuel Roig-Franzia, Style Writer, The Washington Post</p> <p><strong>Sponsor Panel: Broadband adoption solutions</strong><br /> &ndash; David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation<br /> &ndash; John B. Horrigan, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center<br /> &ndash; Janet Murgu&iacute;a, President and Chief Executive, National Council of La Raza<br /> Moderated by&nbsp;Jos&eacute; D&iacute;az-Balart, Host, The Daily Rundown, MSNBC</p> <p><strong>City spotlight: San Antonio</strong><br /> &ndash; Mayor Ivy Taylor, City of San Antonio<br /> Interviewed by&nbsp;Abby Livingston, D.C. Bureau Chief, The Texas Tribune</p> <p><strong>Building the gigabit economy</strong><br /> &ndash; Scott Grosfield, Regional Director, Rental Property Services, Housing Authority of the Choctaw Nation<br /> &ndash; David Wade, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, EPB, Chattanooga, TN<br /> &ndash; Don Williams, Senior Program Specialist for Broadband at U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA , OTIA<br /> Moderated by&nbsp;Jim Tankersley, Economic Policy Correspondent, The Washington Post</p> <p><strong>Online in rural America</strong><br /> &ndash;&nbsp;Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission<br /> Interviewed by&nbsp;Brian Fung, Technology Reporter, The Switch, The Washington Post</p> <p><strong>City spotlight: Chicago</strong><br /> &ndash; Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago<br /> Interviewed by&nbsp;Robert Costa, National Political Reporter, The Washington Post</p> <p><strong>Meeting with Secretary Castro (Tentative)</strong></p> <p>Time: 10-10:30 a.m.</p> <div><strong>Meeting with Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time:&nbsp;1 p.m.<br /> Location: 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590<br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://www.offtherecordpgh.com/">Off the Record</a></strong></div> </div> <p>Time:&nbsp;8 p.m.<br /> Location: Byham Theater, 6th Street</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:44:42 -0400 Adaptive Traffic Signal Study Seeks To Improve North Shore Traffic Flow http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5231 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (October 7, 2015) The board of the Stadium Authority of the City of Pittsburgh is set to vote Thursday on a traffic management study seeking to cut traffic times, vehicle stops and vehicle emissions in the North Shore and adjacent neighborhoods.</p> <p>The board is contemplating an agreement with Rapid Flow Technologies to conduct a study of vehicle flows at 28 intersections to analyze if North Shore traffic can be improved by their Surtrac adaptive signal control technology. The technology, developed through Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Traffic21 research initiative, cut vehicle wait times by 42%, travel times by 24% and vehicle emissions by 21% when initially deployed by the City at intersections through East Liberty.</p> <p>Surtrac continuously optimizes traffic signals in real-time instead of the fixed signals common at most intersections. It senses shifting traffic conditions and adjusts signal timings on a second-by-second basis to respond to changes, whether they be from crowds entering or leaving large events, car breakdowns or accidents. Information is exchanged dynamically with neighboring intersections, so they work cooperatively to improve traffic flow.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh was already a world leader in providing smart, commuter and pedestrian friendly traffic technology, and this project would only cement that reputation further,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said. &ldquo;The partnerships we have built with CMU and other Surtrac supporters are not only creating new technologies and jobs, but delivering real improvements to daily quality of life as well.&rdquo;</p> <p>The proposed study would use a computer-generated microsimulation model to analyze the current traffic flows at 28 intersections in and around the North Shore and compare them to the flows when using Surtrac adaptive signal control.</p> <p>&ldquo;The study will explore whether this technology can be used to make traffic more efficient for all facets of North Shore activity, both high volume events and everyday travel in the area,&rdquo; said Mary Conturo, Executive Director of the Stadium Authority.</p> <p>Rapid Flow Technologies LLC is a private firm founded by CMU researchers who developed Surtrac. The proposed $25,000 contract would be covered half by Stadium Authority operating funds and half by a contribution by Alco Parking, which manages North Shore parking facilities.</p> <p>&quot;Fusing traffic and parking with technology is an increasingly important trend,&rdquo; Alco Parking President Merrill Stabile said. &ldquo;I expect Rapid Flow Technologies and Surtrac to be extremely useful tools in accommodating the next phases of development on the North Shore.&quot;</p> <p>The contract is only for traffic modeling, not for construction. Should the Surtrac model be deemed successful, design and construction contracts would have to be awarded to build out the technology at the intersections, subject to public requests for proposals and public bids.</p> <p>The Stadium Authority board meeting is at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on the third floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:38:54 -0400 REMINDER: INFO SESSION ON LEARNING HUB INITIATIVE TAKING PLACE THURSDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5230 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 7, 2015) &ndash; The <strong>Pittsburgh Learning Hub will be launched with an information session hosted by Google Pittsburgh in Bakery Square this Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. </strong>Transitioning veterans and servicemembers are invited to learn about the Hub&rsquo;s focus on providing certification for skills to improve employment opportunities through in-person and online instruction and, the upcoming 4-week business writing course starting October 20th. The Pittsburgh Learning Hub is the first project of Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5119">Homefront Pittsburgh</a> initiative.</p> <p dir="ltr">During Thursday&#39;s session Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will welcome veterans and servicemembers interested in taking the Hub&rsquo;s first course offering -- high-impact business writing.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Pittsburgh Learning Hub Information Session</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Google Pittsburgh, Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224</p> <p dir="ltr">Featuring Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald</p> <p dir="ltr">RSVP: <a href="mailto:josh.rolon@pittsburghpa.gov">josh.rolon@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or 412-944-2572</p> <p>Upon successful completion of the business writing course veterans and servicemembers will receive free certification. Experts in the communications and writing fields will give in-person presentations throughout the 4-week course.</p> <p>Upcoming Speakers for In-Person Sessions</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Sarah Mayer and Eric Sloss (Principal Partners of Shift Collaborative)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Michael Cherock (President and Founder of AE Works)</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Edward Barr (Associate Professor at Heinz College of CMU)</p> </li> </ul> <p>###</p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:45:39 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 7, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5229 <p><strong>Interview with the Bubba Show&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 8:40 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Chief Lam</strong></p> <p>Time: 10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Ovidiu Portariuc, Marshall Memorial Fellow</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</p> <div><strong>Essential Pittsburgh with Paul Guggenheimer</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 11:45 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: WESA Studio, 67 Bedford Square<br /> <br /> <strong>Press Conference with SEIU</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 1:30 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Officiating Wedding Ceremony</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:45:56 -0400 Portion of Smithfield Street In Downtown Pittsburgh To Close For Reconstruction http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5228 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 5, 2015) - The Department of Public Works advises that there will be a closure of the northbound travel lane and parking lane of Smithfield Street -- spanning from Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue -- &nbsp;to accommodate the final phase of the reconstruction of the Forbes Avenue and Smithfield Street intersection beginning the morning of Monday, October 12, 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reconstruction project includes improvements to curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, upgrading of signalized intersections, new storm system and new concrete pavement, as well as streetscaping features such as street lighting. Underground work includes vault repairs, waterline replacement, relining of existing combined sewer line, and other miscellaneous construction. This work will involve future changes in traffic flow as the project advances. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">This closure is expected to be in effect for approximately seven months.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Forbes Avenue project is a federally funded project started in 2014 with 80% of the $5.3 million budget coming from the Federal Highway Administration through PennDOT. The work is being performed by A. Merante Contracting, Inc., a heavy civil &amp; highway contractor.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pedestrians will have access to all buildings and businesses as well as access through the intersection.</p> <p>The southbound bus-only lane will remain open to accommodate the Port Authority bus schedules. Loading for businesses will also be maintained.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Mr. Kenneth Olup, Project Manager of Hill International, at 412-595-8802, or via email to <a href="mailto:KennethOlup@hillintl.com">KennethOlup@hillintl.com</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:46:20 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 6, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5227 <p><strong>Office Work</strong></p> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pirates Post Season Rally</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: County Courthouse Courtyard</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Performance&nbsp;Training Pilot</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 2 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: August Wilson Lecture Room, 6th Floor, 414 Grant st.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with CityFit Team</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 3 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Call with Mayor Palmer of Trenton, NJ</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 4 p.m.</div> <p><strong>Interview for Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation&#39;s Podcast</strong></p> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Studio 41</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview with Steelers Nation Live</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 7 p.m.</div> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:49:05 -0400 Mayor William Peduto and Other Leaders Join in Resilience Pledge Bringing $5 Million in Support to City http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5223 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 3, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is committing at least 10% of the city&rsquo;s operating and capital budget spending to flood control, street and facility improvements, and other projects that will improve the City&rsquo;s resilience against challenges it will face in future years.</p> <p dir="ltr">Signing the pledge will secure $5 million in technical and financial resources for Pittsburgh over the next five years from The Rockefeller Foundation/100 Resilient Cities, which held a resilience summit with Mayor Peduto and other leaders from around the world this week.</p> <p dir="ltr">The funding will be in addition to the funding Rockefeller has already committed to Pittsburgh as one of the 67 cities chosen so far for membership in the the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative. Pittsburgh earned membership the Resilient Cities Network <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3819">in December 2014</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through resilience planning, cities study how to best prepare for challenges, respond to them when they occur, and how to intelligently invest to avoid them in the future, thereby using tax dollars most efficiently.</p> <p dir="ltr">In Pittsburgh, that starts with recognizing the city has a history of flooding issues; aging streets, bridges and other infrastructure; and an aging population that will be in growing need for heating and cooling centers in extreme weather. The City has already been investing in flood remediation, street paving and improved senior centers to address those needs, and the 10% pledge with 100RC is another way of directing Pittsburgh&rsquo;s focus to those and similar issues.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City can invest the new funding into those current projects as well as new ones including plans for green solutions to combined sewer overflow issues; the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4805">historic agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy</a> to create the largest sustainable district energy system in the country; and the goal of having 100% LED streetlights citywide.</p> <p dir="ltr">The City will seek similar spending earmarks by its authorities. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority and the Sports &amp; Exhibition Authority have already taken part is successful efforts to reduce electricity usage by converting to LED lighting at garages; the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Housing Authority are working on plans to support affordable housing needs that will grow in the future; and the City has been working with Allegheny County, the Port Authority and other stakeholders on transit-oriented development planning in the Uptown EcoInnovation District; Alcosan and the Pittsburgh Water &amp; Sewer Authority are studying green solutions to wet weather plans; and the city-county Pittsburgh Allegheny Thermal recently is partnering with NRG to improve the city&rsquo;s existing district energy infrastructure and possibly build out a new, 21st Century energy microgrid that will be a model for cities around the world. Furthermore city Public Safety officials are working with the Region 13 All Hazards and Counter Terrorism Task Force to undertake a Threats and Hazards Assessment and Hazard Mitigation Plan, which would be a first for the City.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This pledge builds on our already fiscally-sound budgeting practices, and allows us to further target city resources toward making our neighborhoods and financial structures even more resilient,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking at how we allocate our expenditures to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment, while at the same time improving the services and efficiency of local government.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Signing the pledge will not involve spending additional money. Rather, a key principle of resilience is a commitment to making sure each project the city engages in achieves multiple goals, allowing the city to get the most return out of every dollar. For instance, investing in senior centers provides safe places for seniors in times of climate emergencies, points of contact for providing health services, as well as needed upgrades in the city&rsquo;s infrastructure.</p> <p dir="ltr">Besides City and Authority spending, efforts are underway to identify further opportunities to leverage private capital for infrastructure investment and coordination of civic services, using support from RAND and 100RC.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto and other leaders from 28 cities worldwide attending the 100RC summit in Bellagio, Italy, re-committed to the pledge Saturday.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Rockefeller Foundation helped support <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4583">a resilience workshop</a> with Pittsburgh stakeholders in June, and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release.htm?id=4996">in August</a> it was named one of 10 U.S. cities that will be receiving Resilience AmeriCorps fellows by <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a>, <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">the Corporation for National and Community Service</a>, and <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/">the Rockefeller Foundation</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Further details on the Resilience Pledge and examples of resilience projects in cities worldwide <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Resiliency_Pledge.pdf">is available here.</a></p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:21:12 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 3-5, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5221 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 3, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is at the third day of the 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit on Resilience in Bellagio, Italy, at the invitation of The Rockefeller Foundation. Twenty-eight city leaders from around the world were invited to learn and to share the best practices in preparing for crises, including those from natural disasters, climate change or economic insecurity.</p> <p>Leaders will hear today from world experts on resilience issues from <a href="http://www.veolianorthamerica.com/en">Veolia</a>, <a href="https://www.americanprogress.org/">Center for American Progress</a> and from Mayor <a href="http://www.nola.gov/mayor/">Mitchell Landrieu</a> of New Orleans.</p> <p>Pittsburgh earned membership the Resilient Cities Network <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3819">in December 2014</a>. The Rockefeller Foundation helped support <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4583">a resilience workshop</a> with Pittsburgh stakeholders in June, and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release.htm?id=4996">in August</a> it was named one of 10 U.S. cities that will be receiving Resilience AmeriCorps fellows by <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a>, <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">the Corporation for National and Community Service</a>, and <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/">the Rockefeller Foundation</a>.</p> <p>No Pittsburgh taxpayer dollars are going toward the the Mayor&rsquo;s attendance at the Summit. The Rockefeller Foundation has already pledged monetary and in-kind support to the City&rsquo;s resiliency efforts, and attendance at the Summit will help garner even more grants and consultants beyond that already earmarked.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other cities attending include Amman, Jordan; Bangkok, Thailand; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, La.; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and Toyama, Japan.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Foundation describes the Summit this way: &ldquo;The City Leaders Summit on Resilience is a unique opportunity to unite the pioneering Mayors, City Managers, and Chief Executives within Member Cities to help form a global agenda on resilience; share solutions that are working in cities today; understand new funding and partnership models to deliver resilience initiatives locally; and leverage the unique partnership of 100 Resilient Cities and The Rockefeller Foundation.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The Mayor traveled to Italy this week for two sets of conferences on best practices in innovation, sustainability and resiliency. Besides the 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit, the other was in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday marked the beginning of the two-day USA Pavilion Innovation Summit at Expo Milano 2015, a six-month exhibition <a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/about/about-milan-expo-2015/">expected to draw 20 million visitors</a> to the northern Italy city this year. Mayor Peduto was asked to speak during the summit&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/">Feeding the Accelerator</a>&rdquo; events about the <a href="http://www.p4pittsburgh.org/">Pittsburgh p4 initiative</a> for sustainable and equitable development and the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Milan summit was held in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Invited to join Mayor Peduto on the panel for the Innovation Summit were: Maurizio Rossi, H-Farm, Venice; Dorothy Hamilton, President, USA Pavillion, Milan Expo; J.J. Reidy, CEO, Urban Pastoral, Baltimore; and Paul Matteucci, Operating Partner, US Ventures, Silicon Valley.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Mayor also visited with officials from the US Consulate General Milan and with Ambassador Douglas Hickey, U.S. Commissioner General, Milan Expo 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Sunday Mayor Peduto will spend the day with Italian relatives. No city tax dollars are being used for any of the travel. The Mayor is attending the conferences at the request and invitation of the U.S. Department of State and The Rockefeller Foundation, and all costs during the week are being paid by event organizers or the Mayor personally.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule October 3, 2015</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://www.weforum.org/global-agenda-councils/laurent-auguste">Laurent Auguste (Veolia)</a> describes hard and soft infrastructure integration, solving multiple resilience challenges, and maximizing resources. Delivery concludes with Q&amp;A.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.americanprogress.org/about/staff/kohli-jitinder/bio/">Jitinder Kohli (Center for American Progress)</a> discusses innovative financing and public and public/private finance mechanisms to overcome limited resources for maximum resilience return, including capturing cost savings for future investment. Delivery concludes with Q&amp;A</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 9-10:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Round Table Discussions. City Leaders attend two out of three round table discussions on the topics below. Discussions are facilitated by experts from 100RC and The Rockefeller Foundation, and groups have the opportunity to counsel each other about emerging and urgent resilience topics: Leveraging the City&rsquo;s Budget, Administration, and Procurement Process; Maximizing Partnerships for Action; Innovative Financing</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Small Group Consultations. City Leaders break into self-organized groups to discuss how to cultivate, implement, and scale resilience in their cities, including balancing political challenges, election cycles, and leading change through the Chief Resilience Officer.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2:30-3:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Overview of Conference</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 4:15-5:15 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://www.100resilientcities.org/page/s/ask100rc#/-_/">Twitter Q&amp;A</a> with 100 Resilient Cities President Michael Berkowitz, Mayor Peduto and Mayors of Athens, Greece, and Bristol, England</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 5: 45 p.m. (11:45 a.m. EST)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Closing Remarks from <a href="http://www.nola.gov/mayor/">Mayor Mitchell Landrieu</a>, New Orleans</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:30-8:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule October 4, 2015</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">All day: Personal time with relatives in Milan, Italy</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule October 5, 2015</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">All day: Returning to Pittsburgh</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:30:42 -0400 Mayor's Office, URA Launch Next 3 Days Event Series In Troy Hill This Weekend http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5216 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 2, 2015) - The Office of Mayor William Peduto and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), in partnership with NEXTPittsburgh, will kickoff the NEXT 3 Days (N3D) event series in the city&rsquo;s Troy Hill neighborhood this weekend.</p> <p dir="ltr">N3D is an event series developed by the&nbsp;<a href="http://mail-dog.com/link.html?url=1&amp;client=URAPittsburgh&amp;campaign=552&amp;email=gsaladna@ura.org">URA</a>, the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/">Mayor&#39;s Office</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com"> NEXTPittsburgh</a> designed to feature neighborhoods of Pittsburgh and shine a spotlight on the hidden gems that&nbsp;make the city so unique.</p> <p dir="ltr">The N3D series was created to highlight the many lesser known, high-quality city neighborhoods with emerging real estate markets where housing prices are relatively low.&nbsp;The series also aims to shine a spotlight on the cultural, religious, dining, recreational and shopping amenities these neighborhoods have to offer.</p> <p dir="ltr">Troy Hill, 2015&#39;s selected N3D community, will feature the very best of its&nbsp;neighborhood with three days of special events open to all, showcasing the neighborhood&#39;s&nbsp;rich&nbsp;history, residents, organizations, businesses and compelling housing opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;People often aren&#39;t aware that there are numerous &#39;cool&#39; neighborhoods all around the city that are very affordable,&rdquo; said Kyra Straussman, URA&nbsp;Director of Real Estate.&nbsp;&ldquo;Troy Hill is one of many low cost options for homebuyers we will be introducing through this series, and many of them will be new to folks - how cool is that? &nbsp;Now they&rsquo;ll have an inside track.&quot; &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;<a href="http://troyhillpittsburgh.com/">Troy Hill Citizens, Inc.</a>&nbsp;has been working tirelessly with our team to craft a weekend of fun-filled experiences that reflect what it&#39;s like to be a part of the Troy Hill community - including a&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;night out, a&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;full of cultural activities, and open houses of worship&nbsp;on Sunday, followed by tours of homes&nbsp;for sale,&rdquo; said Henry Pyatt, Small Business and Redevelopment Manager, Office of the Mayor.</p> <p dir="ltr">N3D Troy Hill will take place October 2, 3, 4. A full schedule of events can be found here: <a href="http://www.nextpittsburgh.com/events/explore-troy-hill-next-3-days/">N3D and Troy Hill</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">More information on N3D Troy Hill can be found on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1090623087616972/">Facebook</a> and Twitter by using the hashtags&nbsp;#N3DTroyHill,&nbsp;#THTweets.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contact: </strong>Gigi Saladna, <em>Chief Communications Officer, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh</em>; c: 412-304-4042 or <a href="mailto:GSaladna@ura.org">GSaladna@ura.org</a></p> <p>###</p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:25:20 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 2, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5215 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 2, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is at the 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit on Resilience in Bellagio, Italy, at the invitation of The Rockefeller Foundation. Twenty-eight city leaders from around the world are invited to learn and to share the best practices in preparing for crises, including those from natural disasters, climate change or economic insecurity.</p> <p>Leaders will hear today from world experts on resilience issues from the <a href="http://globalstrategygroup.com/">Global Strategy Group</a>, <a href="https://www.ipsos-mori.com/">Ipsos MORI</a>, and <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/mgi">McKinsey Global Institute</a>.</p> <p>Pittsburgh earned membership the Resilient Cities Network <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3819">in December 2014</a>. The Rockefeller Foundation helped support <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4583">a resilience workshop</a> with Pittsburgh stakeholders in June, and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release.htm?id=4996">in August</a> it was named one of 10 U.S. cities that will be receiving Resilience AmeriCorps fellows by <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a>, <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">the Corporation for National and Community Service</a>, and <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/">the Rockefeller Foundation</a>.</p> <p>No Pittsburgh taxpayer dollars are going toward the the Mayor&rsquo;s attendance at the Summit. The Rockefeller Foundation has already pledged monetary and in-kind support to the City&rsquo;s resiliency efforts, and attendance at the Summit will help garner even more grants and consultants beyond that already earmarked.</p> <p>Other cities attending include Amman, Jordan; Bangkok, Thailand; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, La.; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and Toyama, Japan.</p> <p>The Foundation describes the Summit this way: &ldquo;The City Leaders Summit on Resilience is a unique opportunity to unite the pioneering Mayors, City Managers, and Chief Executives within Member Cities to help form a global agenda on resilience; share solutions that are working in cities today; understand new funding and partnership models to deliver resilience initiatives locally; and leverage the unique partnership of 100 Resilient Cities and The Rockefeller Foundation.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Mayor traveled to Italy this week for two sets of conferences on best practices in innovation, sustainability and resiliency. Besides the 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit, the other was in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State.</p> <p>Tuesday marked the beginning of the two-day USA Pavilion Innovation Summit at Expo Milano 2015, a six-month exhibition <a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/about/about-milan-expo-2015/">expected to draw 20 million visitors</a> to the northern Italy city this year. Mayor Peduto was asked to speak during the summit&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/">Feeding the Accelerator</a>&rdquo; events about the <a href="http://www.p4pittsburgh.org/">Pittsburgh p4 initiative</a> for sustainable and equitable development and the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>.</p> <p>The Milan summit was held in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Invited to join Mayor Peduto on the panel for the Innovation Summit were: Maurizio Rossi, H-Farm, Venice; Dorothy Hamilton, President, USA Pavillion, Milan Expo; J.J. Reidy, CEO, Urban Pastoral, Baltimore; and Paul Matteucci, Operating Partner, US Ventures, Silicon Valley.</p> <p>The Mayor also visited with officials from the US Consulate General Milan and with Ambassador Douglas Hickey, U.S. Commissioner General, Milan Expo 2015.</p> <p>On Sunday Mayor Peduto will spend the day with Italian relatives. No city tax dollars are being used for any of the travel. The Mayor is attending the conferences at the request and invitation of the U.S. Department of State and The Rockefeller Foundation, and all costs during the week are being paid by event organizers or the Mayor personally.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule October 2, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>Welcome Addresses from <a href="http://www.100resilientcities.org/author/michael-berkowitz#/-_/">Michael Berkowitz</a>, President, 100 Resilient Cities, andMayor Giorgos Kaminis, Athens. Remarks from Michael Berkowitz will frame the municipal leader&rsquo;s imperative to respond to global threats and marshal support beyond the jurisdiction and across sectors. Mayor Kaminis will focus on the value proposition of resilience, cross-city collaboration with Mayors, and leveraging a worldwide network.</strong></p> <p>Time: 9-10 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: &nbsp;Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center</p> <p><strong>Introductions of Mayors</strong></p> <p>Time: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.</p> <p><strong>The Political Argument for Resilience.&nbsp;<a href="http://globalstrategygroup.com/team/jefrey-pollock/">Jefrey Pollock</a> (<a href="http://globalstrategygroup.com/">Global Strategy Group</a>) and <a href="https://www.ipsos-mori.com/aboutus/seniorstaff/benpage.aspx">Ben Page</a> (<a href="https://www.ipsos-mori.com/">Ipsos MORI</a>) deliver insights into their polling research about how citizens perceive and prioritize resilience issues. Remarks offer insight on how City Leaders can shape messaging to the public, media, and policymakers</strong></p> <p>Time: 12-1 p.m.</p> <p><strong>The Return on Investment of Resilience.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/client_service/sustainability/people/jeremy_oppenheim">Jeremy Oppenheim</a> (<a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/mgi">McKinsey Global Institute</a>) discusses the economic imperative of global resilience trends to capitalize on cost savings, create resilient economies, and attract investment.</strong></p> <p>Time: 2-3 p.m.</p> <p><strong>City Resilience in Action: Resilience Cases from the World, Leadership Committee members lead small groups using resilience case studies as comparative examples. City Leaders generate conversation regarding the state of resilience within their city or region and surface new thinking on solutions among the group. Groups are organized by theme, region, or interest to provide meaningful consultation, experience, and options. Subject matter experts are available to facilitate or advance critical thinking. Cities: Accra, Amman, Santiago, Rotterdam, Toyama.</strong></p> <p>Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:37:04 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule October 1, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5212 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (October 1, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is in Italy for two sets of conferences on best practices in innovation, sustainability and resiliency. One conference is in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the other with The Rockefeller Foundation.</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday is the start of the 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit on Resilience in Bellagio, Italy, hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation. Twenty-eight city leaders from around the world are invited to learn and to share the best practices in preparing for crises, including those from natural disasters, climate change or economic insecurity.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other cities attending include Amman, Jordan; Bangkok, Thailand; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, La.; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and Toyama, Japan.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Foundation describes the Summit this way: &ldquo;The City Leaders Summit on Resilience is a unique opportunity to unite the pioneering Mayors, City Managers, and Chief Executives within Member Cities to help form a global agenda on resilience; share solutions that are working in cities today; understand new funding and partnership models to deliver resilience initiatives locally; and leverage the unique partnership of 100 Resilient Cities and The Rockefeller Foundation.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Pittsburgh earned membership the Resilient Cities Network <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3819" target="_blank">in December 2014</a>. The Rockefeller Foundation helped support <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4583" target="_blank">a resilience workshop</a> with Pittsburgh stakeholders in June, and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release.htm?id=4996" target="_blank">in August</a> it was named one of 10 U.S. cities that will be receiving Resilience AmeriCorps fellows by <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/" target="_blank">Cities of Service</a>, <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/" target="_blank">the Corporation for National and Community Service</a>, and <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/" target="_blank">the Rockefeller Foundation</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday marked the beginning of the two-day USA Pavilion Innovation Summit at Expo Milano 2015, a six-month exhibition <a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/about/about-milan-expo-2015/" target="_blank">expected to draw 20 million visitors</a> to the northern Italy city this year. Mayor Peduto was asked to speak during the summit&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/" target="_blank">Feeding the Accelerator</a>&rdquo; events about the <a href="http://www.p4pittsburgh.org/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh p4 initiative</a> for sustainable and equitable development and the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The summit was held in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Invited to join Mayor Peduto on the panel for the Innovation Summit were: Maurizio Rossi, H-Farm, Venice; Dorothy Hamilton, President, USA Pavillion, Milan Expo; J.J. Reidy, CEO, Urban Pastoral, Baltimore; and Paul Matteucci, Operating Partner, US Ventures, Silicon Valley.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Mayor also visited with officials from the US Consulate General Milan and with Ambassador Douglas Hickey, U.S. Commissioner General, Milan Expo 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Sunday Mayor Peduto will spend the day with Italian relatives. No city tax dollars are being used. The Mayor is attending the conferences at the request and invitation of the U.S. Department of State and The Rockefeller Foundation, and all costs during the week are being paid by event organizers or the Mayor personally.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule October 1, 2015</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Welcoming Remarks at 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit on Resilience from Peter Madonia, Chief Operating Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 7 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 09:11:53 -0400 Pittsburgh Selected For VA's Veterans Economic Communities Initiative Expansion http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5211 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 30, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh has been selected by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to participate in the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) and will be assigned an Economic Liaison to collaborate with public and private organizations that are committed to supporting veterans and their families. The selection was formally announced at the inaugural VA Policy Academy taking place in Orange County, CA this week.</p> <p dir="ltr">One of the first activities of the VECI Economic Liaison is the launch of a Learning Hub that will feature a four-week professional writing course. The Hub will kickoff with an information session on Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Google offices in Bakery Square. To register for the no-cost course, veterans can contact 412-944-2572 or email <a href="mailto:josh.rolon@pittsburghpa.gov">josh.rolon@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Economic Liaison will be an integral partner in <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5119">Homefront Pittsburgh</a>, launched earlier this month by Mayor William Peduto, to ease the transition veterans and their families face from military to civilian life. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to make Pittsburgh a city where veterans feel welcomed and can thrive.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The greatest barriers returning veterans face are translating their skills, establishing their professional credentials, and finding quality work -- jobs that honor their service and puts their military experience to good use,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;By leveraging national resources to advance local goals, Pittsburgh can be a model city for transitioning veterans and military families.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to the Learning Hub, the VECI Economic Liaison will operate as a community catalyst, building networks of stakeholders within the City of Pittsburgh who are committed to creating economic stability for veterans and their families. The aim is to help streamline access to education resources and support, empowering the veterans community to build on their strengths and return value to the community as students, homeowners, entrepreneurs, employees, and community leaders.</p> <p dir="ltr">Learning Hub is a pilot program which will provide certification for skills to improve employment opportunities through online and in-person instruction. The program is free for transitioning service members and includes online classes provided through Coursera and in-person meetings facilitated by the American Red Cross and hosted at Google&rsquo;s office in Bakery Square.</p> <p dir="ltr">As part of the network, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will provide programming to better connect veterans to resources &ndash; ranging from library card sign up to discussion groups that address workforce, entrepreneurship, and small business goals and barriers. Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Learning Hub will be the 6th one in the nation.</p> <p dir="ltr">For more information on Homefront Pittsburgh contact Special Initiatives Manager, Betty Cruz, <a href="mailto:betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov">betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov</a>. Follow Homefront Pittsburgh on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HomefrontPittsburgh">Facebook</a> and Twitter via <a href="https://twitter.com/HomefrontPGH">@HomefrontPGH</a> or #LearningHub.</p> <p dir="ltr">To learn more about the national VECI network and how you can support its mission, please contact <a href="mailto:veteranemployment.vbaco@va.gov">veteranemployment.vbaco@va.gov</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:21:14 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule September 30, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5209 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (September 30, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is in Italy for two sets of conferences on best practices in innovation, sustainability and resiliency. One conference is in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the other with The Rockefeller Foundation.</p> <p>Tuesday marked the beginning of the two-day USA Pavilion Innovation Summit at Expo Milano 2015, a six-month exhibition <a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/about/about-milan-expo-2015/">expected to draw 20 million visitors</a> to the northern Italy city this year. Mayor Peduto was asked to speak during the summit&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/">Feeding the Accelerator</a>&rdquo; events about the <a href="http://www.p4pittsburgh.org/">Pittsburgh p4 initiative</a> for sustainable and equitable development and the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>.</p> <p>The summit is being held in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.</p> <p>Invited to join Mayor Peduto on the panel for the Innovation Summit were: Maurizio Rossi, H-Farm, Venice; Dorothy Hamilton, President, USA Pavillion, Milan Expo; J.J. Reidy, CEO, Urban Pastoral, Baltimore; and Paul Matteucci, Operating Partner, US Ventures, Silicon Valley.</p> <p>The Mayor will also be visiting with officials from the US Consulate General Milan and with Ambassador Douglas Hickey, U.S. Commissioner General, Milan Expo 2015.</p> <p>Thursday is the start of the 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit on Resilience in Bellagio, Italy, hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation. Twenty-eight city leaders from around the world are invited to learn and to share the best practices in preparing for crises, including those from natural disasters, climate change or economic insecurity.</p> <p>Other cities attending include Amman, Jordan; Bangkok, Thailand; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, La.; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia; and Toyama, Japan.</p> <p>The Foundation describes the Summit this way: &ldquo;The City Leaders Summit on Resilience is a unique opportunity to unite the pioneering Mayors, City Managers, and Chief Executives within Member Cities to help form a global agenda on resilience; share solutions that are working in cities today; understand new funding and partnership models to deliver resilience initiatives locally; and leverage the unique partnership of 100 Resilient Cities and The Rockefeller Foundation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pittsburgh earned membership the Resilient Cities Network <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3819">in December 2014</a>. The Rockefeller Foundation helped support <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4583">a resilience workshop</a> with Pittsburgh stakeholders in June, and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release.htm?id=4996">in August</a> it was named one of 10 U.S. cities that will be receiving Resilience AmeriCorps fellows by <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a>, <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">the Corporation for National and Community Service</a>, and <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/">the Rockefeller Foundation</a>.</p> <p>On Sunday Mayor Peduto will spend the day with Italian relatives. No city tax dollars are being used. The Mayor is attending the conferences at the request and invitation of the U.S. Department of State and The Rockefeller Foundation, and all costs during the week are being paid by event organizers or the Mayor personally.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule September 30, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>Attending Expo Milano/USA Innovation Summit and visiting with officials from the U.S. Consulate General Milan and with Ambassador Douglas Hickey, U.S. Commissioner General, Milan Expo 2015.</strong></p> <p>Time: 9 a.m. -- Noon</p> <p><strong>Traveling to Bellagio, Italy</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:46:10 -0400 Mayor William Peduto's Public Schedule September 29, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5206 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (September 29, 2015) Mayor William Peduto is traveling to Italy today for two sets of conferences on best practices in innovation, sustainability and resiliency. One conference is in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the other with The Rockefeller Foundation.</p> <p>Tuesday marks the beginning of the two-day USA Pavilion Innovation Summit at Expo Milano 2015, a six-month exhibition <a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/about/about-milan-expo-2015/">expected to draw 20 million visitors</a> to the northern Italy city this year. Mayor Peduto was asked to speak during the summit&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://feedingtheaccelerator.com/">Feeding the Accelerator</a>&rdquo; events about the <a href="http://www.p4pittsburgh.org/">Pittsburgh p4 initiative</a> for sustainable and equitable development and the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html">Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation</a>.</p> <p>The summit is being held in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.</p> <p>Thursday is the start of the 100 Resilient Cities City Leaders Summit on Resilience in Bellagio, Italy, hosted by The Rockefeller Foundation. Twenty-eight city leaders from around the world are invited to learn and to share the best practices in preparing for crises, including those from natural disasters, climate change or economic insecurity.</p> <p>Other cities attending include Amman, Jordan; Bangkok, Thailand; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, La.; Rotterdam, Netherland; Sydney, Australia; and Toyama, Japan.</p> <p>The Foundation describes the Summit this way: &ldquo;The City Leaders Summit on Resilience is a unique opportunity to unite the pioneering Mayors, City Managers, and Chief Executives within Member Cities to help form a global agenda on resilience; share solutions that are working in cities today; understand new funding and partnership models to deliver resilience initiatives locally; and leverage the unique partnership of 100 Resilient Cities and The Rockefeller Foundation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pittsburgh earned membership the Resilient Cities Network <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3819">in December 2014</a>. The Rockefeller Foundation helped support <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4583">a resilience workshop</a> with Pittsburgh stakeholders in June, and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release.htm?id=4996">in August</a> it was named one of 10 U.S. cities that will be receiving Resilience AmeriCorps fellows by <a href="http://citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a>, <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">the Corporation for National and Community Service</a>, and <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/">the Rockefeller Foundation</a>.</p> <p>On Sunday Mayor Peduto will spend the day with Italian relatives. No city tax dollars are being used. The Mayor is attending the conferences at the request and invitation of the U.S. Department of State and The Rockefeller Foundation, and all costs during the week are being paid by event organizers or the Mayor personally.</p> <p><strong>Mayor William Peduto&rsquo;s Public Schedule September 29, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>Arrive in Milan</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 8:40 a.m.</p> <p><strong>USA Innovation Summit</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Location: Copernico, Via Copernico, 38</p> <p><strong>Summit Introduction by Ambassador Philip T Reeker, Consul General of the USA. Keynote Speaker: Germano Celant, Artistic Director, Fondazione Prada, Chief Curator of the Foods and Arts Exhibition at the Triennale of Milano</strong></p> <p>Time: 2:30-3:10 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Panel on future global innovation contexts, from business accelerators to large corporations and the importance of politics and corporate sponsorships in innovation in the World City and beyond.</strong></p> <p>Moderator: Jan &Aring;man. Participants: Germano Celant, Artistic Director, Fondazione Prada; William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Maurizio Rossi, H-farm, Venice Journalist;&nbsp;Dorothy Hamilton, President, USA Pavillion, Milan Expo;&nbsp;J.J. Reidy, CEO, Urban Pastoral, Baltimore;&nbsp;Paul Matteucci, Operating Partner, US Ventures, Silicon Valley</p> <p>Time: 3:15-4:15 p.m.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:13:26 -0400 City of Pittsburgh Sponsored Steel City Codefest App 'PGH.st' Connects Residents with Refuse & Recycling Pickup http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5204 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (September 29, 2015) The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) along with the City of Pittsburgh announced today the official launch of PGH.st, a City-sponsored app created to help tame the complexity of the trash and recycling collections schedule for City residents. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>PGH.st was conceived at the 2014 Steel City Codefest (Codefest), the annual civic software application (app) development competition designed to grow the City&rsquo;s innovation and technology community through the creation of technology infrastructure.</p> <p>Through the app, City home owners receive text messages reminding them the day before their trash and/or recycling is due at the curb. The messages also note when holidays delay pickup. It has been in testing mode for several months.</p> <p>&ldquo;This app brings together what is great about Pittsburgh: cooperation, transparency, and a shared commitment to making our city better through innovation,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>The PGH.st Codefest team, comprised of Ady Ngom, Tricia Handke, Matt Marriotti, David Walker, and Quintin Lovicks, won the competition and went on to partner with the City to develop the app through completion. In the months following the event, the team met with Department of Public Works representatives to gain input, allowing them to learn more about City processes while ensuring PGH.st would really benefit the community.</p> <p>&ldquo;Public Works was happy to work with the PGH.st team and provide our residents with another level of customer service,&rdquo; said DPW Director Mike Gable.</p> <p>With the help of a Codefest grant provided through The Forbes Funds, the team was able to build out the app and address any technical issues around the app&rsquo;s text messaging notification system.&nbsp;</p> <p>The team was happy to have the opportunity to create something that so many Pittsburghers have found helpful. PGH.st has been online since December 2014.&nbsp; The site can be accessed at <a href="http://www.pgh.st/">www.pgh.st</a>.</p> <p><strong>Steel City Codefest<em> </em></strong><em>is coordinated by Jennifer Wilhelm, the URA&rsquo;s innovation and entrepreneurship strategist. &nbsp;Planning partners include the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Google, The Forbes Funds, PowerUp Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh, Bakery Square, University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR), MAYA Design and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh</em></p> <p><strong>The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA)</strong><em> is the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City&rsquo;s tax base and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods. The URA achieves this mission by assembling, preparing and conveying sites for major mixed-use developments; and by providing a portfolio of programs that include financing for business location, relocation and expansion, housing construction and rehabilitation, and home purchases and improvements.</em></p> <p>###</p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:09:17 -0400 Penn Plaza Residents Drive Agreement on East Liberty Relocation and Affordable Housing Plans http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5201 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (September 28, 2015) Residents of Penn Plaza worked with local government leaders and Action United to reach an agreement today with the owners of the East Liberty apartment complex to secure relocation help, and forge commitments to support construction of affordable housing across East End neighborhoods including East Liberty, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington and Homewood.</p> <p>Residents of the two Penn Plaza buildings will move out in two phases in 2016 and 2017 with monetary support from the owners, Pennley Park South. Furthermore Pennley Park South has committed a portion of tax monies generated by the site&rsquo;s redevelopment to support affordable housing and small businesses in the greater East Liberty neighborhood.</p> <p>The Penn Plaza tenant council approved the relocation offers from Pennley Park South September 20, and further agreements were reached Monday in a Memorandum of Understanding signed among the City, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Pennley Park South and the tenant council.</p> <p>The agreement follows 10 weeks of community-driven talks about the future of the Penn Plaza site. Sparked by a July 18 meeting of residents at East Liberty Lutheran Church, Mayor William Peduto, Representative Ed Gainey and Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess all called for the community to come together with the building&rsquo;s owner to seek a resolution. At the meeting Mayor Peduto announced the developers had agreed to hold off on tenant evictions while all sides talked, and thereafter meetings were held weekly with tenants, Action United and the developers at the Mayor&rsquo;s Office.</p> <p>The agreement creates a new standard for developments across Pittsburgh that threaten to displace long-term residents. And it follows moves this month by the URA to provide new financing tools to make affordable housing available for residents in East Liberty and other eastern neighborhoods of the city.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an agreement that helps us reach two critical goals: providing comfort to Penn Plaza residents worried about finding new homes, and creating new commitments for all residents of East Liberty that they will be able to remain in the neighborhood and share in its growth,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>&quot;I want to thank the Mayor&#39;s office for sitting down with us and helping us to negotiate with the Gumbergs. I also want to thank the Gumbergs for coming to the table and working with us to reach an agreement that works for all,&rdquo; said Penn Plaza tenant council president Lillian Grate. &ldquo;It truly sets a precedent not only for us residents but for future development as well.&quot;</p> <p>&ldquo;We were pleased to work with all the stakeholders on a blueprint that sets the standard for development in the city. We want to thank the residents, the Mayor and Kevin Acklin for all their hard work,&rdquo; said attorney Jonathan Kamin on behalf of Larry Gumberg, president of Pennley Park South.</p> <p>In July, Penn Plaza ownership notified residents, many of them with low to moderate incomes, that they would have 90 days to relocate and make way for redevelopment of the East Liberty site.</p> <p>Through the new agreement with the tenant council Pennley Park South will do relocations in two phases, one in 2016 and the other in 2017, and pay relocation assistance to all residents.</p> <p>Under the agreement residents of a building at 5704 Penn Avenue will receive relocation assistance from Pennley Park South and have until Feb. 28, 2016, to move to new homes. They will be additionally aided by a relocation consultant provided by the City, who will have an office at Penn Plaza and assess resident needs and help them find new housing.</p> <p>Residents of a building at 5600 Penn Avenue will receive relocation assistance from Pennley Park South and have until March 31, 2017, to move into new homes. All residents will receive a preference in opportunities to return to affordable housing in the area.</p> <p>&quot;I want to congratulate the residents of Penn Plaza and representatives of the Mayor&#39;s Office for working together to solve an affordable housing issue that is needed in the community,&rdquo; Rep. Gainey said. &ldquo;This is the type of cooperation we need going forward. Thank you Mayor Peduto, and thank you to the Gumbergs for setting a precedent and coming to the table and making a deal.&rdquo;</p> <p>&quot;We have all negotiated in good good faith and as result this agreement is a needed step of protection for the residents of Penn Plaza,&rdquo; said Councilman Rev. Burgess. &ldquo;It is my hope that all interested parties can continue to work together to preserve affordable housing in the East End communities.&quot;</p> <p>The agreement provides the City new tools to make further long-term investments in affordable housing across East Liberty and adjacent East End neighborhoods. It includes plans -- subject to approval by area taxing bodies -- for a new Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) district in East Liberty, similar to one created last year in the Hill District.</p> <p>Pennley Park South, which plans to build a mixed-use retail and housing development at Penn Plaza, agreed to commit 50% of the tax increment created by the redevelopment to the LERTA fund, which would be devoted to affordable housing and small business in Greater East Liberty district (including East Liberty, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington and Homewood).</p> <p>An advisory committee comprised of East Liberty residents and community leaders will review investments by the fund and make spending recommendations to the URA board.</p> <p>The City agreed to sell a two acres of land it owns in the Penn Plaza redevelopment site to Pennley Park South for appraised market value, and with the proceeds of the sale devoted to the East Liberty affordable housing fund.</p> <p>The City, in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, is also committing to make affordable housing units at least 20% of the redevelopment of the nearby Mellon&rsquo;s Orchard site along Euclid Avenue. The URA will select a developer through a competitive bidding process that includes representation from the Penn Plaza tenant council on the selection committee. Penn Plaza tenants will also be provided a preference for occupying the Mellon&rsquo;s Orchard affordable units.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s agreement includes high commitments to affordable housing at the Mellon&rsquo;s Orchard site: It requires that 20% of the housing be at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI); and 50% of the housing be at ranges of 30% to 120% AMI.</p> <p>In further support of affordable housing in the East Liberty area the URA board <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5104">agreed September 10</a> to dedicate a portion of the tax increment created by development within phase two of the East Liberty Transit Revitalization Investment District (ELTRID) to fund affordable housing in the greater neighborhood.</p> <p>The work to secure affordable housing around the greater East Liberty area will parallel that of the Mayor&rsquo;s Affordable Housing Task Force, which is evaluating programs and initiatives to produce affordable units and preserve existing ones citywide.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s announcement does not solve the growing issue of securing affordable housing across Pittsburgh, but it moves the ball substantially and creates a structural vehicle to build upon our collective efforts to continue to address the issue in the future,&rdquo; said Kevin Acklin, the Mayor&rsquo;s Chief of Staff and the chairman of the URA board.</p> <p>&quot;This deal achieves the immediate needs that were put on the table. It doesn&#39;t solve the overall issue of affordable housing but it lays the groundwork,&rdquo; said Bill Bartlett, Western Pennsylvania director of Action United. &quot;I look forward to working with the City on creating the future policies that will further address the problem.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is just a start but I&rsquo;m glad this will be a model,&rdquo; said Carmen Brown of the Lincoln Lemington Community Consensus Group/ LLCCG. &ldquo;The Gumbergs have started a model for the entire East Liberty area.&rdquo;</p> <p>Through today&rsquo;s agreement Pennley Park South will comply with recommendations of Affordable Housing Task Force for development of housing on Penn Plaza, and will submit an application to URA to develop Mellon Orchard. If that application is successful Pennley Park South has committed to achieving 20% affordable housing at 50% AMI across both development sites.</p> <p dir="ltr">The developers additionally agreed to MBE/WBE participation at the Penn Plaza redevelopment; to comply with Section 3 hiring of local workers; and to monthly progress meetings with the Penn Plaza tenant council and the City.</p> <p>A copy of the memorandum signed today by all parties <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Penn_Plaza_MOU.pdf">is available here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:43:29 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5200 <p><strong>Office Work</strong></p> <div>Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m</div> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:30:40 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 26 - 27, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5193 <p><strong>September 26th</strong></p> <blockquote> <div><strong>Remarks at &quot;Step Forward&quot; for Parkinson&#39;s Disease</strong></div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Highland Park</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Women&#39;s Walk for Peace</strong></div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Main Stage near Aviary</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>PLAY BALL Tournament&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Time: 1 p.m.</div> <div>Location: PNC Park</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Ribbon Cutting for the Hispanic Heritage&nbsp;Festival</strong></div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Emiliano&#39;s&nbsp;Mexican Restaurant &amp; Bar, 2557 E Carson St,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Arbor Aid Fundraiser</strong></div> <div>Time: 6:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: 62nd and Butler&nbsp;</div> </blockquote> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>September 27th</strong></div> <blockquote><em>No public events scheduled</em></blockquote> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:28:19 -0400 Statement by Mayor William Peduto on Court Order In ICA Lawsuit http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5189 <div>PITTSBURGH, PA (September 25, 2015) Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement today following an order issued by the Honorable Christine J. Ward that allows the City&#39;s lawsuit against the ICA to proceed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;I am pleased that our lawsuit on behalf of City taxpayers will proceed,&nbsp;that the city filed in the proper venue,&nbsp;and that the City can continue to make the case that the ICA is unlawfully withholding what will be $20 million in taxpayer money.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A copy of the order <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Judge_Ward_ruling_09_25_15.pdf">is here</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>###</div> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:58:32 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5186 <div><strong>Working in Office</strong></div> <div>Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Visit to Astrobotic</strong></div> <div>Time: 11 a.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;2515 Liberty Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></div> <div>Time: 2:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with Fabian Friedland-Developer</strong></div> <div>Time: 4:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Interview with YES Magazine</strong></div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</div> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:47:13 -0400 Mayor William Peduto Announces Free Afterschool Meal Program http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5183 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (September 24, 2015) &ndash; Over a meal of mini twin cheeseburgers, whole fruit juice cup, fresh baby carrots and fat free chocolate milk, Mayor William Peduto broke bread with a group of students today at Ammon Recreation Center to launch the city&rsquo;s free afterschool meals program. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The afterschool program is part of GrubUp, the year-round campaign to serve free meals to all children up to 18 years old as well as individuals with mental disabilities up to 21 years of age. Meals are being served at all <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/community-recreation-centers">10 city recreation facilities</a> from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.</p> <p dir="ltr">In June and July, GrubUp served up 147,467 healthy breakfasts, lunches, and snacks -- a nearly 20 percent increase from 2014 -- with meals offered at 12 additional permanent sites. Additionally, GrubUp rolled out the Mobile Food Truck, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, which had pit stops at 38 different parks, pools, playgrounds and libraries.</p> <p dir="ltr">GrubUp is part of Live Well Pittsburgh and is made possible thanks to grants provided by the National League of Cities and National Recreation and Park Association funded by the Walmart Foundation.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, more than 45,000 children in Allegheny County are considered to be food insecure; 73,500 children are eligible for free or reduced-rate school lunches or breakfasts.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking to build on our success from the launch of the GrubUp campaign this summer and get more youth into our Citiparks centers to benefit from an array of afterschool activities and get their grub on,&rdquo; says Mayor William Peduto.</p> <p dir="ltr">GrubUp is administered by the Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation (Citiparks) and is supported, in part, by a $50,000 grant from the National League of Cities and a $30,000 grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Annual reimbursement funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and with the ongoing participation of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest.</p> <p dir="ltr">Following the success of the summer campaign, the city hopes child-serving organizations across Pittsburgh will become a GrubUp afterschool partner and open their doors to provide meals programming for our youth. Full program details, including a comprehensive list of locations, are available at <a href="http://www.grubuppgh.com/">www.grubuppgh.org</a>, or by calling (412) 244-3911 or&nbsp;2-1-1. Follow the campaign via Twitter at @LiveWellPGH, @citiparks and #getyourgrubon.</p> <div><strong>Contacts:</strong></div> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Betty Cruz - <em>Special Initiatives Manager, City of Pittsburgh </em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Office: (412) 255-2439 or <a href="mailto:betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov">betty.cruz@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Jamie Beechey - <em>Deputy Director, Citiparks, City of Pittsburgh&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Office: (412) 255-2372 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Jamie.beechey@pittsburghpa.gov">jamie.beechey@pittsburghpa.gov</a></p> <div># # #</div> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:52:52 -0400 Media Advisory: City To Launch Free Afterschool Meal Program Today http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5179 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 24, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh will officially launch a new afterschool meal program today at&nbsp;Ammon Recreation Center. The afterschool program is part of GrubUp, the year-round campaign to serve free meals to all children up to 18 years old as well as individuals with mental disabilities up to 21 years of age.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>GrubUp Afterschool Meal Program Launch</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Who: </strong> William Peduto, Mayor</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Jim Griffin, Director, Department of Parks and Recreation</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Betty Cruz, Special Initiatives Manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>Ammon Recreation Center, 2217 Bedford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:23:15 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5178 <p><b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Meeting with Rebecca Flora</b><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 10 a.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Ask the Leaders with Marty Griffin</b><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 11:30 a.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: KDKA Studios</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Bingo at South Side Market House Senior Center</b><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time 1:15 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: 12th St. &amp; Bingham St.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Meeting with Christina Gabriel and Chief Lam&nbsp;</b><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 2:30 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Almono Site Tour&nbsp;</b><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 4 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">GrubUp Launch&nbsp;</b><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 5:15 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: Ammon Community Recreation Center, 2217 Bedford Ave</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <b style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Speaking at the Green Building Alliance&#39;s Emerald Evening</b><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Time: 7:30 p.m.</span><br style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">Location: Carnegie Museum Music Hall</span></p> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:37:50 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5174 <p><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5171"><strong>Welcoming His Holiness Pope Francis on the White House Lawn</strong></a></p> <div>Time: 6 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Washington, D.C.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Returning to Pittsburgh</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 5 p.m.</div> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:51:39 -0400 Mayor, Chief of Staff To Attend Welcome Ceremony For Pope Francis At White House http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5171 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 23, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto and Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin will be honored guests today at the White House Arrival Ceremony honoring His Holiness Pope Francis.</p> <p dir="ltr">The President, First Lady and their guests will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during his first visit to the United States. Today marks the third official papal visit in White House history. An estimated 18,000 people are expected to attend today&rsquo;s ceremony for Pope Francis, making this the largest event to take place on White House grounds. Guests were required to report to the grounds for check-in from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. this morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">As announced in a <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/26/statement-press-secretary-visit-his-holiness-pope-francis">statement</a> released by the White House Press Secretary, during this visit the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President&rsquo;s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">After signing the new paid sick leave policy into law in August, Mayor Peduto contributed to a <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/08/18/heres-how-pittsburgh-took-action-through-local-and-federal-partnership-make-lives">White House blog post</a> that featured several federal initiatives that the Peduto administration has been working on. Last evening Mayor Peduto and Kevin Acklin convened with nine other mayors from U.S. cities and several senior White House officials to continue the discussion on major initiatives that could be developed through federal-local partnerships.</p> <p>###</p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 06:37:05 -0400 Mayor William Peduto Submits 2016 Operating, Capital Budgets & Five-Year Financial Plan to ICA http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5168 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (September 22, 2015) Mayor William Peduto submitted the City&rsquo;s $517.5 million 2016 Operating Budget to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority today, as well as its 2016 Capital Budget and 2016-2020 Five-Year Financial Plan.</p> <p>The budgets and five-year plan seek to increase funding for police vehicles by one-third; allocate more than $24 million to street resurfacing and facility improvements; expand online permitting;&nbsp;and through 2020 earmark an additional $150 million to the City&rsquo;s pension fund beyond its minimum municipal obligation. It includes no tax increases.</p> <p>&ldquo;This budget further cements the fiscally responsible and transparent budget practices I introduced last year, and provides city residents with the resources they expect while also keeping us on track to achieve the objectives of the Act 47 Recovery Plan,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;The truth in budgeting model we instituted last year is working, and making lasting changes for the benefit of taxpayers, workers and our bottom line.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the spirit of continuing to make the City&rsquo;s finances and budgeting transparent to the residents it serves, the Mayor asked the ICA board to conduct its budget reviews and deliberation in the most public manner possible. He requested that the ICA:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Publicly advertise the October ICA Board Meeting at least seven (7) days in advance to provide citizens the opportunity to attend the public meeting.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Schedule the October ICA Board Meeting in the evening, which will allow more citizens and taxpayers to attend the meeting and hear the ICA Board Members deliberate the budget, as the Board&rsquo;s decisions have a tremendous impact on the community.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Schedule the October ICA Board Meeting for City Council Chambers to accommodate the public and televise the meeting. My administration will be present, including the Finance and Budget teams, along with every Department Director. This will provide the ICA with the opportunity to address any questions that board members may have regarding the budget.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Require Board Members to publicly discuss and deliberate the proposed budget in public rather than meeting and making a pre-determined decision in private, which is a violation of the Sunshine Act.</p> </li> </ul> <p>A copy of the Mayor&rsquo;s transmittal letter <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Mayor_Peduto_Budget_Letter_Sept._22,_2015.pdf">is here</a>. The ICA has 30 days to review the proposed budgets and five-year plan. The administration will formally submit the budgets to Pittsburgh City Council in November.</p> <p>An overview of the 2016 Operating and Capital Budgets by Office of Management and Budget Director Sam Ashbaugh <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/2016_City_of_Pittsburgh_Budget_Highlights.pdf">is here</a>.&nbsp;The Director breaks the budgets into five key elements that are designed to:</p> <p><strong>Reinforce the City&rsquo;s commitment to achieving the primary objectives of the Act 47 Recovery Plan</strong>, through efforts including: gradually reducing the City&rsquo;s debt burden to provide more resources to support daily operations; gradually increasing the City&rsquo;s pension fund contributions to the levels recommended by its actuary; and directing more funding to the City&rsquo;s capital budget, with the priority to invest more in the City&rsquo;s roads, bridges, public safety facilities, and other core infrastructure.</p> <p><strong>Emphasize the Mayor&rsquo;s priorities for enhancing the delivery of core municipal services</strong>, through efforts including: increasing funding for police vehicles by 33%, and investing in training and equipment to conduct data-driven policing; purchasing two EMS vehicles, 17 public works vehicles, and four refuse vehicles as part of our efforts to upgrade and modernize the City&rsquo;s fleet; and maintaining the City&rsquo;s increased investment in Learn &amp; Earn Program through a $1 million allocation for summer youth employment.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Implement the Mayor&rsquo;s vision for modernizing city government and implementing leading practices to provide taxpayers with an efficient, effective, transparent, and more accountable government</strong>, through efforts including: &nbsp;implementing the procurement transformation plan to align with leading practices; completing the reorganization of the Department of Permits, Licenses &amp; Inspections and expanding the department&rsquo;s online presence for transactions; and successfully completing the transition to the JD Edwards Workforce Management System and focus on opportunities for continuous improvement.</p> <p><strong>Allocate $70.2 million in 2016 funding for capital projects and continue the Mayor&rsquo;s commitment to developing a long-term maintenance and investment plan for the City&rsquo;s assets</strong>, through efforts including: $14.7 million for street resurfacing, providing for approximately 60 miles to be completed, which is the most in Pittsburgh this millennium; $9.6 million for facility improvements, including critical public safety facilities, park reconstruction, play area improvements, swimming pool rehabilitation, and improvements to recreation and senior centers throughout our neighborhoods; $6.8 million to neighborhood and community development projects and $2 million in demolition funds to enhance quality of life and public safety.</p> <p><strong>Provide a fiscally responsible path to address legacy costs and improve the City&rsquo;s long-term fiscal health</strong>, through efforts including: continued efforts to reorganize city government and improve the delivery of core services with only 3,093 General Fund positions, which is 69 fewer positions than the November 2014 Budget; allocating an additional $150 million to the pension fund over five years beyond the state mandated minimum municipal obligation (MMO); and reducing the City&rsquo;s debt burden from 17.1% of general fund expenditures in 2016 to 8.8% in 2020.</p> <p>A copy of the 2016 Operating Budget <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/City_of_Pittsburgh_2016_Operating_Budget_Submission_to_ICA.pdf">is available here</a>, and the Capital Budget <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/City_of_Pittsburgh_2016_Capital_Budget_Submission_to_ICA.pdf">is here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:30:00 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5166 <p><strong>Welcoming Remarks at the Bloomberg - UPS Business Roundtable&nbsp;</strong></p> <div>Time: 8 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>My Brother&#39;s Keeper Stakeholder Meeting&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: &nbsp;10 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2001 Wylie Ave</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with National Resource Network&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 10:30 a.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Leaving for Washington D.C. for&nbsp;White House Arrival Ceremony honoring His Holiness Pope Francis Tomorrow Morning</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: Washington, D.C.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Meeting with White House Intergovernmental Affairs Office</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 6 p.m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Location: White House</div> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:59:57 -0400 Mayor Peduto Signals Support for Stronger Clean Air Protections from White House http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5163 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (September 21, 2015) Today, Mayor William Peduto joined 70 mayors from around the country in signing a letter signaling support for President Obama setting the strongest possible clean air protections against smog pollution, also known as ground-level ozone.</p> <p>The letter was signed by a diverse coalition of local leaders from across the nation, many from states with a history of high smog pollution levels such as&nbsp;<a>Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</a>The letter supports efforts by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stay true to the science and issue protections consistent with the <a href="http://www.lung.org/get-involved/advocate/advocacy-documents/national-health-and-medical.pdf">recommendations from leading public health organizations</a> like the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Heart Association.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh has long been a leader in efforts to fight for clean air and water, and I am honored to stand with fellow mayors nationwide in support of President Obama&rsquo;s efforts to boost these much-needed environmental protections,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;Leaders from around the world, including Pope Francis, increasingly know that we must come together to make serious changes to our stewardship of our planet&rsquo;s climate, on behalf of the generations who will follow us. Clean air protections are an important element of that.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to the American Lung Association, inhaling smog pollution is like getting a sunburn on your lungs and often results in immediate breathing trouble. Long term exposure to smog pollution is linked to chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, reproductive and developmental harm, and even premature death. Children, seniors, and people with asthma are especially vulnerable to smog&rsquo;s health impacts.</p> <p>Smog pollution also disproportionately affects low income communities and communities of color, who are more likely to live close to sources of pollution and roadways, have lower access to medical information and health insurance, and die from asthma related complications.</p> <p>The existing, outdated standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) put in place by the George W. Bush Administration has been widely panned by the medical community as grossly insufficient to protect public health. In a letter released in March 2015, <a href="http://www.lung.org/get-involved/advocate/advocacy-documents/national-health-and-medical.pdf">13 medical associations wrote </a><a href="http://www.lung.org/get-involved/advocate/advocacy-documents/national-health-and-medical.pdf">EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy</a> asking her to strengthen these protections to safeguard vulnerable populations from its negative health impacts. The Obama Administration is under court order to issue an update to these air quality standards by October 1, 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p>A copy of the full letter <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayorpeduto/Mayors_Smog_Letter_-_FINAL_COPY_9-21-2015.pdf">is here</a>.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:37:26 -0400 Call for Nominations: Mayor's Award for Public Art http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5161 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 21, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council seek nominations for the <a href="http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/public-art/public-art-resources/artist-opportunities-listserv/professional-development/3676-pittsburgh-pa--mayors-award-for-public-art-call-for-nominations">Mayor&rsquo;s Award for Public Art</a>, recognizing an individual&rsquo;s or organization&rsquo;s efforts in the development of high quality public art.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Mayor&rsquo;s Award for Public Art was established in 2007 to acknowledge the power of public art to benefit the City economically, socially, and aesthetically, and to celebrate those who are most committed to supporting this important element of our community. <strong>Nominations must be received by October 19, 2015 at 5 p.m. </strong>The 2015 award will be presented at the Greater Pittsburgh Art Council&rsquo;s Annual Meeting on November 16, 2015. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The City of Pittsburgh has a long tradition of celebrating the artistic and cultural values of our region,&rdquo; said Mayor William Peduto. &ldquo;I am proud to honor those most committed to maintaining this extraordinary asset in our community.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto will select a finalist based on the quality and impact of the public art project or initiative. Nomination criteria, information and forms may be found <a href="http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/public-art/public-art-resources/artist-opportunities-listserv/professional-development/3676-pittsburgh-pa--mayors-award-for-public-art-call-for-nominations">here</a>. <strong>Nominations must be received in the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council offices, 810 Penn Avenue, 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015.</strong> &nbsp;Individual and organizational nominees must have implemented a work of public art or developed a public art initiative in the Pittsburgh region. Organizational nominees must be located in Pittsburgh region. Artists do not have to be located in the Pittsburgh region or be natives of the Pittsburgh region. Self-nominations are welcomed.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have any questions, contact Kate Hansen, Office of Public Art at 412.391.2060 x233 or opa@pittsburghartscouncil.org.</p> <p>###</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:01:03 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5159 <p><strong>Reading Proclamation for St. Raphael School&#39;s Centennial</strong><br /> Time: 9:30 a.m.<br /> Location: 1154 Chislett St<br /> <br /> <strong>Welcoming New City of Pittsburgh Fall Interns</strong><br /> Time: 10:15 a.m.<br /> Location: City Council Chambers, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at Maker Faire Press Conference</strong><br /> Time: 11 a.m.<br /> Location: Plaza and Nova Place&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>Speaking at International Day of Peace</strong></div> <div>Time: 12 p.m.</div> <div>Location: City-County Portico<br /> <br /> <strong>Leading &quot;Public Revolutionaries: Reshaping Metro Areas in the 21st Century&quot; Panel at Thrival</strong><br /> Time: 1 p.m.<br /> Location: City Theatre, 1300 Bingham Street, Pittsburgh<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Gastil</strong><br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with CMU Tepper Students</strong><br /> Time: 4 p.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Symphony&#39;s Annual Meeting of Members</strong><br /> Time: 6:45 p.m.<br /> <div>Location: Heinz Hall</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:11:18 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 19 - 20, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5157 <p><strong>September 19th</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><strong>Elsie Hillman Community Memorial Service</strong></blockquote> <blockquote>Time: 10:30 a.m.</blockquote> <blockquote>Location: Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote><strong>Dollar Bank Junior Great Race</strong></blockquote> <blockquote>Time: 11:45 a.m.</blockquote> <blockquote>Location: Point State Park<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote><strong>Welcoming Remarks at Beverly&#39;s Birthdays</strong></blockquote> <blockquote>Time: 1 p.m.</blockquote> <blockquote>Location: Bigbee Field on Mt. Washington<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote><strong>Meeting with&nbsp;Arun Singh,&nbsp;Ambassador of India to the U.S.</strong></blockquote> <blockquote>Time: 2:30 p.m.</blockquote> <blockquote>Location: Cohon University Center, 5032 Forbes Avenue</blockquote> <blockquote>&nbsp;</blockquote> <blockquote><strong>Meeting with State Rep. Ed Gainey</strong></blockquote> <blockquote>Time: 4:30 p.m.</blockquote> <p><br /> <strong>September 20th</strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <blockquote><em>No Public Events Scheduled</em></blockquote> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:28:52 -0400 Bike Lane Installation Scheduled For North Oakland http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5154 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 18, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that bike lanes are being installed this week along portions of Schenley Drive, O&#39;Hara Street, Bigelow Boulevard and Bayard Street in the North Oakland neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and stay alert for changing traffic patterns.</p> <p dir="ltr">This installation in North Oakland is a multi-modal improvement project that has been developed over the last several months by various city departments (DPW, City Planning, City Councilman Daniel Gilman&rsquo;s Office), community stakeholders, property owners, and city residents.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Bayard corridor is highly utilized as a safer and calmer alternative to Fifth Avenue and Forbes Avenue for cyclists and pedestrians traveling through Oakland. The new bike lanes will add safety, comfort and bicycle predictability along a heavily-used bicycle route. Pedestrians will have fewer lanes to cross and all crosswalks will be upgraded to be highly visible to motorists and more durable. The project also adds dedicated left turn areas which will improve traffic flow, reduce weaving, and reduce aggressive driving. These improvements will lead to a safer, more predictable street for all.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Department of City Planning performed bicycle/pedestrian counts that demonstrated three out of the top five intersections with the most bicycle traffic were in the vicinity of the Bayard project.</p> <p dir="ltr">Weather permitting, installation work should be completed by September 25. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:37:02 -0400 County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor William Peduto to Join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan At College Access Rally and Town Hall http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5151 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (September 18, 2015) -- Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today at Carnegie Mellon University for a college access rally and town hall highlighting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.</p> <p>Secretary Duncan will hold a 3:30 p.m. rally with high school and college students to highlight the importance of universities, schools and communities working together to enhance college access and empower student success. Following the rally, he will hold a town hall with students, teachers and administrators to discuss STEM education and the path to college. He also will address how innovation can help the higher education agenda by increasing college access, affordability, completion and workforce development. A media availability will follow.</p> <p>Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., Fitzgerald and Peduto will join the Department&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/fbnp/">Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships</a> Director Brenda Girton-Mitchell and Pittsburgh Public Schools officials to participate in a <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper">My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper</a> sharing session to highlight the goals of the program. The event will be held at Pittsburgh Obama K-12 in East Liberty.</p> <p>Education is a lifelong path&mdash;from preschool through college and careers&mdash;where, at every point along the way, access to high-quality learning opportunities can ensure everyone is ready for success. The Department of Education is celebrating how states and local communities are working to increase access and opportunity from early learning to K-12 education to higher education.</p> <p>&ldquo;Much of our region&rsquo;s success has to do with our partnerships with our local educational institutions, and it is rewarding to see that the value of that work is recognized outside of this region as well. Together, we are making great strides in ensuring that all children have access to and are successful in school and providing even more opportunities for them as they grow,&rdquo; Executive Fitzgerald said.</p> <p>Secretary Duncan was last in Pittsburgh in August 2014 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3412">for a community conversation on early childhood education initiatives</a> in the Hill District.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to welcome back the Secretary to Pittsburgh, where we are becoming recognized as national leaders in STEM education, and working to providing more opportunities to youth. We could not get there without great partnerships with federal, state and county government, as well as those with education, private sector and nonprofit partners,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p><strong>EVENT ONE</strong></p> <p><strong>WHO:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Education</p> <p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald</p> <p>Mayor William Peduto</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.2px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools</span></p> <div><strong>WHAT</strong>:</div> <p>Remarks at My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper sharing session</p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>:</p> <p>2 p.m. , Sept. 18, 2015</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>:</p> <p>Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12</p> <p>515 N. Highland Ave.</p> <p>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</p> <p><strong>EVENT TWO</strong></p> <p><strong>WHO:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan</p> <p>NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman&nbsp;</p> <p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald</p> <p>Mayor William Peduto</p> <p><strong>WHAT</strong>:</p> <p>College access rally and town hall discussion, followed by a media availability</p> <p><strong>WHEN</strong>:</p> <p>3:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 18, 2015</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>:</p> <p>Carnegie Mellon University</p> <p>5000 Forbes Ave.</p> <p>CONTACT: Department of Education Press Office</p> <p>(202) 401-1576 or press@ed.gov</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:57:28 -0400 City Celebrates Pittsburgh Park(ing) Day http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5150 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 18, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh today will participate in Park(ing) Day, an international event focused on helping people re-imagine the ways public space can be used. Participating groups throughout the city will work together to re-purpose parking spaces for one day to create unique, temporary parks.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor William Peduto and Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin have donated their parking spaces on Fourth Avenue at Grant St. for the city&rsquo;s installation. <strong>At Noon Friday Mayor Peduto will be joined by members of the <a href="https://pghparkingday.wordpress.com/about/">Pittsburgh Park(ing) Day committee</a> at the installation and will be available for brief comments about the event.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The theme of this year&rsquo;s one-day installation is Cinema in Pittsburgh. The public is invited to stop by and enjoy a small mock up of the Citiparks Cinema in the Park experience. A screen in the tiny theater will feature short films from this year&#39;s <a href="http://www.48hourfilm.com/pittsburgh-pa">Pittsburgh 48 hour film project</a>. The installation will be assembled by staff from the Department of Parks &amp; Recreation using props and equipment from the Cinema in the Park program. Representatives from Citiparks and the Pittsburgh Film Office will be available along with information from the 48 Hour Film Project.</p> <p dir="ltr">Information about Park(ing) Day participation throughout the Pittsburgh area -- including locations of exhibitions city wide -- can be found here: <a href="https://pghparkingday.wordpress.com/">https://pghparkingday.wordpress.com/</a>. International Park(ing) Day information can be found at <a href="http://parkingday.org/">http://parkingday.org/</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Park(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005. Pittsburgh Park(ing) Day installations began in 2008. &nbsp;</p> <p>###</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:55:43 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5148 <p><strong>Meeting with Steve Craig and Jim Hassinger</strong><br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant Street<br /> <br /> <strong>Visiting City &quot;Parking Day&quot; Installation</strong><br /> Time: 12 p.m.<br /> Location: 4th Ave and Grant St.</p> <div><strong>Lunch with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Employees</strong></div> <div>Time: 12:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Speaking at My Brother&#39;s Keeper: Equity in Education Event featuring the Department of Education</strong><br /> Time: 2 p.m.<br /> Location: Pittsburgh Obama, 515 N Highland Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Town Hall Event with U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan</strong><br /> Time 3 p.m.<br /> Location: Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Reception Hosted by the Pittsburgh&nbsp;Hispanic&nbsp;<wbr />Development&nbsp;Corporation&nbsp;for R + O Studio of Modern&nbsp;Architecture</strong> <div>Time: 5:30 p.m.</div> <div>Location:&nbsp;Ibiza Tapas &amp; Wine Bar, East Carson Street<br /> <br /> <strong>John McIntire Dangerously Live Comedy Talk Show</strong><br /> Time: 9 p.m.<br /> Location: Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:06:56 -0400 Public Safety Director Moving to Position with Pennsylvania State Police http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5146 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (September 17, 2015) Mayor William Peduto announced today that Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar has accepted a position as Deputy Commissioner of Staff with the Pennsylvania State Police, and thanked him for his work on behalf of city residents and public safety personnel.</p> <p>&ldquo;Steve Bucar has committed his entire life to public service, and provided the people of Pittsburgh that service when they needed it most. I want to thank him on behalf of the entire city for the work he has done here on our behalf over the past year,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said.</p> <p>His last day at the City is Oct. 9, and his new position begins Oct. 12.</p> <p>Bucar came to the city in May 2014 after more than 20 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where as a Supervisory Special Agent Section Chief in the FBI&rsquo;s Counterterrorism Division in Washington, D.C., he oversaw the analysis of information associated with domestic and international terrorism investigations.</p> <p>Taking the Public Safety Director job brought Bucar back to his Western Pennsylvania roots. Raised in Washington County, he worked as an officer for West Brownsville and the Pennsylvania State Police before joining the FBI in 1991.</p> <p>Mayor Peduto hired him after a nationwide search, and tasked Bucar with helping rebuild trust in Public Safety after the city&rsquo;s former Police Chief was sentenced to federal prison for theft. Bucar and the Mayor then led the search for a new Chief, resulting in the hiring of Cameron S. McLay in September 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;I long said I wanted to find an Eliot Ness -- an untouchable -- to come in and help repair the department and that is exactly what we got in Steve. He was just what the city needed, and now the whole Commonwealth will benefit from his experience and integrity,&rdquo; the Mayor said.</p> <p>Deputy Public Safety Director Mike Huss will serve as acting director of the department while the Mayor begins a new search for a permanent director.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:00:14 -0400 My Brother's Keeper Allegheny County, Pittsburgh To Host Two Public Forums http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5144 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA &nbsp;(September 17, 2015) - Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting two Deliberative Forums on the My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper Local Action Plan to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback on the recommendations listed in the plan. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Modeled after the highly successful Police Chief public meetings, these new forums will give neighbors a chance to learn about the My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper Initiative and add community voices to the planning process.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>MBK Deliberative Forum - Larimer</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>When: </strong>Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Where: </strong>The Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>MBK Deliberative Forum - Homestead</strong></p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, September 30, 2015 &nbsp;6 p.m. - 8 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Where:</strong> Allegheny County Housing Authority Homestead Apartments Community Room, Building C, 441 E 8th Ave, Homestead, PA, 15120</p> <p dir="ltr">Each forum will include:</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">&mdash; a brief overview of the My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper local planning process</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">&mdash; small group discussions of recommendations proposed by the plan</p> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-left: 40px;">&mdash; Q&amp;A opportunities with the My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper Committee members</p> <p>Forums are open to every resident of the City Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Youth are encouraged to attend and participate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Participants are asked to register in advance by calling 412-255-2946 or <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/pittsburghpa.gov/forms/d/10QonQq0vLFB7cuB6VnqQ2c9y68uxllZaMUk00o1MiZA/viewform">RSVP online</a>. Walk-in registration will be available on the day of the forum.</p> <p dir="ltr">In October of 2014, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=3670">Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor William Peduto accepted President Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;My Brother&rsquo;s Keeper&rdquo; challenge</a>, committing to work with local partners to forge long-term and strategic programs to improve the livelihood and development of all young people, especially young men and boys of color.</p> <p>###</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:54:41 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5143 <p><strong>Meeting with Bob Goldstein and Councilman Gilman</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Sam Patti and Councilman Gilman</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 11:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Mike Italiano</strong><br /> <br /> Time 2 p.m.<br /> <br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant Street<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Filming Interview with Hustle and Heart TV&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> Location: Mayor&#39;s Office, 414 Grant Street<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Clemente Museum Fundraiser</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 6 p.m.<br /> <br /> Location: The Clemente Museum, 3339 Penn Ave<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Proclamation for Mac Martin</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 7:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> Location: Pittsburgh Center For The Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue</p> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:12:51 -0400 Media Advisory: Mayor, Citiparks to Celebrate National Youth Soccer Month with Pittsburgh Riverhounds http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5139 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 16, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto will celebrate National Youth Soccer Month with Citiparks&rsquo; BIG League youth soccer, Keep On Playing and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds during halftime of the Riverhounds final home game tonight.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor William Peduto will be the special halftime guest to announce the newly formed partnership with the Riverhounds, Citiparks and Keep on Playing.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>National Youth Soccer Month Halftime Ceremony</strong></p> <p><strong>Who: </strong> William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh; Marnie Schneider, Founder, Keep On Playing; Tuffy Shallenberger, Owner, Pittsburgh Riverhounds</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When: </strong> Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at approximately 7:45 p.m. (Halftime of 7 p.m. soccer match)</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> Highmark Stadium, 510 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p>Keep On Playing is donating soccer balls to players from Citiparks&rsquo; BIG League youth soccer at the event.</p> <div>In honor of National Youth Soccer Month (September) Riverhounds President &amp; GM Richard Nightingale has invited BIG League youth soccer participants to the final home game of the season between the Riverhounds and Rochester Rhinos at Highmark Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.</div> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday&rsquo;s halftime ceremony is the first step in developing a long term relationship with the BIG League program. Keep On Playing and the Riverhounds are working on future involvement with Citiparks&rsquo; BIG League youth soccer by offering a series of soccer clinics throughout the year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Contact: </strong>Stacey Gray, Keep On Playing, Pittsburgh: (412) 480-8182, stacey208@gmail.com</p> <p dir="ltr">###</p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:21:08 -0400 Media Advisory: Mayor To Issue Proclamation Designating 9/16 Clemente Day in Pittsburgh http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5138 <p dir="ltr">PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 16, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto will recognize one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most beloved sports figures in honor of Roberto Clemente Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5113">National Welcoming Week</a> during a proclamation ceremony outside PNC Park this evening.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Peduto will be accompanied by members of the Clemente family -- Vera Clemente and sons Roberto, Jr., Luis and Roberto Enrique -- and Susan Wagner, the sculptor of the Roberto Clemente statue that is erected outside PNC Park.</p> <p><strong>What: </strong>Clemente Day Proclamation Ceremony</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Where: </strong>Roberto Clemente Statue outside PNC Park, Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212</p> <p>Every September, Roberto Clemente Day is celebrated throughout the baseball community. Pittsburgh is proud to pay special recognition to the contributions of our Hispanic community members, from Roberto Clemente to the new wave of Latinos who will help build the next chapter in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s history.</p> <p>###</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:48:22 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5136 <p><strong>Meeting with Representatives from National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&rsquo;s Office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Senior Recognition Day at&nbsp;North Side Senior Center&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Time: 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Location: 5 Allegheny Square<br /> <br /> <strong>Public Safety Press Conference with Chief McLay</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>Location: 1203 Western Ave<br /> <br /> <strong>Meeting with Director Ashbaugh</strong></p> <p>Time: 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&rsquo;s Office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Weekly Scheduling Meeting</strong></p> <p>Time: 4:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Mayor&rsquo;s Office, 414 Grant St.<br /> <br /> <strong>Presenting Proclamation for Roberto Clemente Day</strong></p> <p>Time: 5:45 p.m.</p> <p>Location: PNC Park, 115 Federal St<br /> <br /> <strong>Riverhounds Half Time Ceremony</strong></p> <p>Time: 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Location: Highmark Stadium, 510 West Station Square Drive</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:08:07 -0400 Pittsburgh Further Positioned as Global Leader in 21st Century Energy Infrastructure http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5135 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 15, 2015) Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are further positioning the region as a global leader in district energy production, through new partnerships that will improve existing infrastructure and possibly build out a new, 21st Century energy microgrid that will be a model for cities around the world.</p> <p>Most cities rely on energy provided by power plants far outside their borders. Through the use of district energy cities can produce the energy they need on their own, and Pittsburgh is on the cusp of becoming a global model on how to build out municipal energy production, providing area businesses with efficient heat and power.</p> <p>The Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal (PACT) board has signed a three-year contract with NRG to advise PACT on its district heating operations Downtown, and help position PACT to build upon the city&rsquo;s groundbreaking cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy on district energy services. Furthermore, NRG has plans to build a district heating and cooling system for the Lower Hill and Uptown that would extend the city&rsquo;s district energy offerings even more.</p> <p>PACT represents a significant piece of infrastructure in Downtown Pittsburgh. The district heating it provides boasts higher energy efficiency and reduced emissions compared to individual building heating systems. And district energy systems such as PACT improve air quality and reduce costs for customers, providing a unique value proposition for Downtown real estate.</p> <p>The move is in line with a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4805">memorandum of understanding signed July 17</a> between the City and the National Energy Technology Laboratory on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy on joint efforts to design 21st Century energy infrastructure for Pittsburgh. It also follows the Pittsburgh region&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=4751">designation</a>&nbsp;as an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, allowing it unique federal support for long-term economic development growth in regional manufacturing.</p> <p>&ldquo;The PACT Board&#39;s decision to hire NRG is a demonstration of the City&#39;s commitment to invest in our existing infrastructure, while supporting environmentally responsible growth and development. As key customers of the PACT thermal heating system, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County know that growing and reinvesting in the system will be key to positioning our region as a leader in 21st Century energy development and manufacturing,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>A cleaner energy future requires investing in existing assets like PACT to improve building energy performance and enhance the service delivery of the city&rsquo;s utility network, and other utilities are making critical upgrades to their own systems as well. Working with partners such as NRG and PACT is an extension of these efforts, and will moreover help to support the growing energy demands in Downtown, offering both economic value and a better environment.</p> <p>Through further work by NRG, the city is also positioned to grow a district energy grid from the North Shore through Downtown to the Hill District that would be one of the largest such municipal district energy sites in the nation.</p> <p>NRG Energy, (NYSE: NRG) owns and operates a district energy system in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Allegheny Center neighborhood that provides chilled water, steam and hot water to customers from a central plant. The company has plans to eventually add CHP&mdash;Combined Heat and Power&mdash;creating what is essentially a microgrid.</p> <p>NRG recently signed a three-year agreement with PACT to assist in modernizing the PACT District Energy system, providing cost-effective and reliable steam for decades to come. PACT is a customer-owned Co-Op that currently serves many of the largest buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh. NRG will develop a master plan that will optimize PACT&rsquo;s steam district energy system and grow the business. The NRG/PACT initiative supports Mayor Peduto&rsquo;s vision to significantly expand district energy throughout Pittsburgh, improving energy efficiency and lowering the City&rsquo;s carbon footprint.</p> <p>NRG is also supporting the Mayor&rsquo;s vision of efficient, centralized energy with preliminary plans for a new district heating and cooling system that will serve the Lower Hill section of uptown Pittsburgh. Under one possible scenario, NRG would design and develop a central heating and cooling system that would also include Combined Heat and Power.</p> <p><em>Contacts:</em></p> <div><em>Timothy McNulty</em></div> <div><em>Communications Manager</em></div> <div><em>Office of Mayor William Peduto</em></div> <div><em>timothy.mcnulty@pittsburghpa.gov</em></div> <div><em>412.660.1990</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>David Gaier</em></div> <div><em>Senior Director, Communications, and Spokesman</em></div> <div><em>NRG East Region and NRG Energy Centers</em></div> <div><em>david.gaier@nrg.com</em></div> <div><em>609.524.4529</em></div> <p>###</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:08:23 -0400 MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO'S PUBLIC SCHEDULE SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5127 <p><strong>Traveling Back from White House Announcement of Metro Lab &amp; Smart Cities&nbsp;Initiative</strong></p> <p>Time: 10 a.m.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>National League of Cities Election Task Force Conference Call</strong></p> <p>Time: 2 p.m.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Interview with Steeltowne Magazine</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 3 p.m.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Speaking at Carlow University&rsquo;s Dedication of the New University Commons</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 3:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> Location: 3333 Fifth Ave<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>The Play with Rocky Bleier</strong><br /> <br /> Time: 6:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Avenue</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:36:34 -0400 Federal Transit Administration Awards $1.2 Million Federal Planning Grant to Uptown EcoInnovation District in Bus Rapid Transit Corridor http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5126 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (September 14, 2015) The Urban Redevelopment Authority, on behalf of its regional partners, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration for transit-oriented development planning in the Uptown EcoInnovation District.</p> <p>The EcoInnovation District coordinates several related planning projects in a corridor that includes Downtown, Uptown, Oakland and adjacent East End neighborhoods. The federal grant will support the transit-oriented development planning along the corridor. Overall, the EcoInnovation District incorporates environmentally and economically innovative and equitable land use, mobility, energy, and infrastructure planning that embodies sustainability in all aspects of development, with an emphasis on both people and place.</p> <p>The planning will also seek ways to best increase the effectiveness of the BRT in supporting other community planning for the corridor, and in turn recommend the best land uses for supporting maximum BRT ridership and revenue collection.</p> <p>A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2014 by Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, and the URA on their joint support of the BRT and land use planning along the corridor. The URA applied for the Federal Transit Administration planning grant on behalf of the partners last year.</p> <p>The plans also have the support of several other government partners.</p> <p>&ldquo;Improving transit in Pittsburgh is a key step in the city&rsquo;s economic development,&rdquo; said Senator Bob Casey. &ldquo;This grant will lay the groundwork for major upgrades to the city&rsquo;s transportation infrastructure and ensure Pittsburgh continues to be an attractive location for businesses.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Facilitating movement along this corridor is essential for the success of the Uptown EcoInnovation District Plan, and this grant will help with the planning for new transit and development in the District,&rdquo; Congressman Mike Doyle said. &ldquo;I see today&rsquo;s announcement as additional recognition by the federal government of the outstanding work Pittsburgh is doing to promote energy-efficient, sustainable, and equitable economic development.&rdquo;</p> <p>The grant will support the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s effort to strengthen and grow mixed-use development and multimodal connectivity in the Uptown neighborhood, through which Port Authority runs frequent transit service. The ideas generated by this planning effort will spur economic development, population growth and other positive changes that will support increased transit ridership.</p> <p>&ldquo;This project is a joint priority of the county and city because of its importance to the community and impact on our economic engines in this region,&rdquo; said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. &ldquo;To have the support of the federal government with this grant award, as well as that of our regional partners to continue moving the BRT forward, reinforces the work that we are doing and we are grateful for the resources being brought to bear.&rdquo;</p> <p>Planning for the Uptown EcoInnovation District is occurring in close cooperation with that for the BRT.</p> <p>It has involved a robust community planning process, with input from neighborhood, business, civic and nonprofit partners. The EcoInnovation District process will continue for the next 18-24 months.</p> <p>&ldquo;The federal government would not have put its limited resources behind the Uptown plans if not for our proven track record of regional cooperation and innovation. This grant adds great momentum to our efforts to create a world-class model of sustainability in Pittsburgh, boosted by ambitious new transit options,&rdquo; Mayor William Peduto said.</p> <p>More information on the BRT study is available <a href="http://www.portauthority.org/paac/CompanyInfoProjects/TransitProjectPlanning.aspx">here</a>, and more information on the Uptown EcoInnovation District <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/ecoinnovation">is here</a>.</p> <p><em>Contacts:</em></p> <div><em>Amie Downs</em></div> <div><em>Communications Director</em></div> <div><em>Allegheny County</em></div> <div><em>412-350-3711</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Timothy McNulty</em></div> <div><em>Communications Manager</em></div> <div><em>City of Pittsburgh</em></div> <div><em>412-660-1999</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Jim Ritchie</em></div> <div><em>Communications Officer</em></div> <div><em>Port Authority of Allegheny County</em></div> <div><em>412-566-5136</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>###</em></div> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:53:49 -0400 Carnegie Mellon, City of Pittsburgh Help Create New Network To Address Challenges Facing Nation's Urban Infrastructure and Services http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/release?id=5125 <p>PITTSBURGH, PA (September 14, 2015) &ndash; Carnegie Mellon University and the City of Pittsburgh are founding members of the MetroLab Network, a new national alliance among 20 metro areas and more than 25 neighboring universities to research, develop and deploy innovative technologies to address critical challenges facing urban areas. The new network was announced today at a White House event.</p> <p>Carnegie Mellon has been a leader in developing innovative solutions to urban challenges. To launch the new initiative, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has generously provided CMU a $1 million grant to cover administration costs of the MetroLab Network, including the hiring of a executive director. During the network&rsquo;s formative phase, the executive director and staff will work with a steering committee comprised of founding member representatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;In the spirit of collaboration, Carnegie Mellon is excited to take a leading role in the founding of the MetroLab Network,&rdquo; said CMU Provost Farnam Jahanian, who along with Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto attended the announcement today in the nation&rsquo;s capital. &ldquo;This effort builds on decades of research supported by federal agencies, private foundations, and industry collaboration to create solutions that improve urban areas and provide real benefits to the public. We are eager to participate and work together with the other members of the network to develop and deploy technologies capable of creating a brighter future for our cities.&rdquo;</p> <p>MacArthur&rsquo;s grant is one of a small number of investments by the foundation in efforts to use data and information technologies to better understand how cities work and to improve the urban condition.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The MetroLab Network will catalyze research, development, and demonstration projects that will benefit urban residents, environments, and communities,&rdquo; said Alaina Harkness, program officer for the MacArthur Foundation. &ldquo;Working together, the network partners will pool knowledge, share resources, and boost their collective ability to make cities work better.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Since solidifying our partnership with Carnegie Mellon University through the Metro21 initiative, the city has become an urban lab where investigators have found practical applications for their research, allowing our city to do more with less,&rdquo; Mayor Peduto said. &ldquo;We look forward to the ways this partnership will expand and strengthen through our participation in the MetroLab Network.&rdquo;</p> <p>CMU&rsquo;s <a href="http://metro21.heinz.cmu.edu/">Metro21</a> is a multidisciplinary research and educational initiative that taps expertise across the university to improve the economy and quality of life in metro areas through research, development and deployment.</p> <p>New technologies present a unique opportunity to solve challenges and improve infrastructure, city services and civic engagement. Universities possess the expertise to develop and implement the technologies, while city governments possess the knowledge and information necessary to deploy these technologies in real-world settings. &nbsp;</p> <p>The MetroLab Network will provide the opportunity to share successes and build shared platforms between cities and universities to increase the tangible results of innovations.</p> <p>Conceptually, the MetroLab Network is based on previous successes developed from established city-university partnerships. Some examples from CMU and the city of Pittsburgh include:</p> <ul> <li>The smart traffic signalization project developed by Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s Robotics Institute and tested on Pittsburgh streets, which decreased the travel time at the tested intersections by 25 percent;</li> <li>Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s College of Engineering used Allegheny County&rsquo;s Port Authority light rail vehicles as sensors to monitor track and bridge conditions and identified locations on the track needing attention;</li> <li>The Open Source Predictive Analytics 311 project led by CMU&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College, which uses 311 call data to create more responsive public service systems; and</li> <li>The Pulse of Allegheny County project, in which Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department monitored hundreds of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation video cameras to understand traffic flows in and out of Pittsburgh.</li> </ul> <p>In addition, MetroLab builds off the City&#39;s &quot;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/innovationroadmap/index.html"&g