welcoming pittsburgh

On June 16, 2015 Mayor Peduto released the complete Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan.

The plan identifies community-led recommendations to build a more welcoming experience for immigrants and a more livable city for all.

30 Neighbors. 30 Days. #IamPGH

In collaboration with NEXTpittsburgh and Pittsburgh Urban Media, 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. is one way we celebrated diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh native.


Forum: Bridge Building, LGBTQI Refugees

We partnered with the LGBTI Caucus of the Refugee Congress to address how to best serve the LGBTQI refugee community and build a relationship between refugee and LGBTQI serving organizations. The event was hosted by Kelly Strayhorn’s Alloy Studio.


In Language Walking Tours

We are excited to, once again, partner with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Office of Public Art to hold three bilingual walking tours. Starting in March, art enthusiasts can enjoy walking tours of Downtown in Spanish and English (3/25), the Jeannette Post Office in Spanish and English (5/14), and Shenley Plaza in Arabic and English (6/17). Last year, participants enjoyed a tour of Downtown art in Nepali and a tour of City of Asylum in Spanish. Over 40 people attended.

For more information contact anne.mclaughlin@pittsburghpa.gov

Welcoming Pittsburgh

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 “The Festival of Lights.” This is the first time the Festival has been formally recognized by the City or County. 

posted 11/17/15 @ 3:45 pm

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.

posted 11/17/15 @ 3:43 pm

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.

posted 11/17/15 @ 3:42 pm

Mayor William Peduto will recognize one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved sports figures in honor of Roberto Clemente Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, and National Welcoming Week during a proclamation ceremony outside PNC Park this evening.

posted 9/23/15 @ 11:24 am

The City of Pittsburgh joins Welcoming America and communities nationwide in recognizing National Welcoming Week, an annual celebration bringing together U.S. and foreign-born residents to build strong, inclusive communities where every resident has the opportunity to thrive. 

posted 9/23/15 @ 11:20 am

Today’s final installation of OpenStreetsPGH included a new event: celebrating citizenship in a public space with a pop-up naturalization ceremony. Surrounded by family, friends, and open streets enthusiasts in Market Square, nine individuals took the oath to become new Americans today.

posted 8/07/15 @ 4:07 pm

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

posted 8/07/15 @ 4:05 pm

Mayor William Peduto today hosted the first-ever naturalization ceremony in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers, in partnership with City Council President Bruce Kraus and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez, followed by the release of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Plan, a community-driven roadmap to build a more welcoming experience for Pittsburgh’s immigrant community and a more livable city for all residents.

posted 6/16/15 @ 9:56 pm

Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative is partnering with Citiparks to present the Spark! Film Series at this summer’s Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park. Spark! includes a vibrant lineup of films that feature stories from diverse cultures. The series seeks to bring together Pittsburghers of all backgrounds and spark an engaging cultural dialogue.

posted 6/16/15 @ 8:50 pm

The City of Pittsburgh, as part of the Welcoming Economies Global Network, joins with cities and economic development agencies from various Great Lakes states in a Day of Action today – highlighting the cost local economies face under the current H-1B visa cap imposed by the federal government.

posted 6/16/15 @ 7:51 pm

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

posted 6/16/15 @ 6:51 pm

On Monday Pittsburgh and 10 other cities will formally join Cities for Citizenship, an initiative launched by Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago in partnership with Citi, the founding corporate partner, which aims to increase citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents to forge more inclusive and economically robust cities.

posted 6/16/15 @ 5:52 pm

Today, Mayor William Peduto joined more than 20 mayors from across the country to launch Cities United for Immigration Action (CUIA) – a nationwide coalition of mayors working together to ensure the successful implementation of the president’s immigration reform plan.

posted 6/16/15 @ 4:52 pm

Mayor William Peduto today announced the members of the city’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council, whose work will shape the initiative over the next three years.

posted 6/16/15 @ 12:52 pm

Mayor William Peduto announced today that applications are open for the fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA).  This season, the CLA will designate half of its available slots for new Americans and recent immigrants as part of the City’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative.  Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about city government and its departments.

posted 6/16/15 @ 10:53 am

With more than 100 community leaders in attendance, Mayor William Peduto today launched Welcoming Pittsburgh, an effort to improve quality of life and economic prosperity for immigrants and native born residents alike.

posted 6/16/15 @ 5:53 am
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