PRESS RELEASE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/press Office of the Mayor (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, DISTRICT ATTORNEY ZAPPALA ANNOUNCE NPTF TAKES ACTION ON ONE OF CITY'S WORST NUISANCE PROPERTIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2635 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) December 19, 2013</strong>&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala today announced their request to evict the tenants at 901 Constance Street in the City&rsquo;s Spring Garden neighborhood and secure the property, following the City&rsquo;s response to nearly 100 calls at and around the property in recent years. The request was granted by Judge David Cashman this morning. The continuous drug and nuisance activity reported at this property exemplifies the type of issues that the NPTF works to put an end to in order to keep the City&rsquo;s neighborhoods safe.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Today marks another big win for the Nuisance Property Task Force,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &ldquo;By evicting the tenants of this property, we are removing the illegal and dangerous activity that has plagued this area, making the Spring Garden neighborhood safer for residents.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since 2010, there has been a nearly 90 percent increase in criminal and nuisance activity at this property, as well as more than six search warrants executed. The NPTF targeted 901 Constance Street with the Expedited Eviction of Drug Traffickers Act, as well as declaring it disruptive under the City&rsquo;s Disruptive Property Ordinance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The task force has been extremely productive at sending the message that operating any type of property, business or residential, in a way that substantially impacts public safety and quality of life for those around it, is unacceptable to the community,&rdquo; said District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=786">The NPTF was created in 2010</a> by Mayor Ravenstahl and District Attorney Zappala, under the supervision of City Solicitor Dan Regan, to send a clear message to landlords and tenants that illegal activity will not be tolerated in City neighborhoods. The task force has taken action against nuisance properties like 901 Constance Street that are used to facilitate or attract criminal, drug and nuisance activities. The NPTF is comprised of representatives of the City Law Department, the District Attorney&rsquo;s Office, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Bureau of Building Inspection. Since its launch, the NPTF has evicted tenants from more than 100 problem properties, and is actively monitoring over 70 other properties.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:24:49 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL PRESENTS 2014 BUDGET & FIVE-YEAR PLAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2590 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 12, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl this morning presented Pittsburgh&#39;s 2014 Operating and Capital Budget and Five-Year Plan to City employees, members of City Council and community leaders in City Council Chambers. For the eighth year in a row, the Mayor&rsquo;s proposed $480 million budget is balanced, contains no new tax increases or layoffs, and advances the City&rsquo;s commitment to investing in neighborhoods and infrastructure. In addition, the plan holds the line on spending, budgets revenues conservatively &ndash; estimating expenditures to be less than revenues in every year of the plan, and continues the fiscal responsibility that has been the hallmark of the Ravenstahl administration.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t be more pleased with how far we&rsquo;ve come,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;We have brought financial stability back to City government. We have taken the City from the brink of bankruptcy to financial recovery, and we have done it together. We made a promise to the people of Pittsburgh seven years ago, and we have kept that promise.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The backbone of the City&rsquo;s financial success has been the commitment to paying down past debts, resulting in the retiring of a quarter of a billion dollars of debt. In the year 2018, the City will reach a debt cliff, and in 2019 debt service payments will reduce by more than $30 million, freeing up money for more capital investment. The City has received 10 bond rating upgrades and its&nbsp;investment status has gone from &lsquo;junk&rsquo; grade to &lsquo;A&rsquo; status -&nbsp;bringing the City&#39;s credit score to the highest it&#39;s been in a decade.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Five years without acquiring any new debt meant we all had to make sacrifices; we had to do more with less,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t easy, and it wasn&rsquo;t always the most popular choice. While other governments were increasing taxes and laying off workers &ndash; we balanced our budgets, kept our streamlined workforce and, in fact, cut taxes.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the course of the five-year plan, the proposed budget commits $25 million to a pay-as-you-go capital budget while pledging an additional $25 million to the pension fund. Top capital projects include:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">$30 million in projects throughout the City to improve neighborhoods&rsquo; quality of life, including additional spray parks and improvements to recreation centers and playgrounds</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$5 million toward ongoing efforts to modernize and improve the City&rsquo;s fleet</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$7 million to ensure another robust paving program</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$2 million in demolition</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">The budget has already been approved by the ICA and Act 47. City Council has until December 31st to pass the Mayor&rsquo;s budget or make modifications. Read Mayor Ravenstahl&#39;s budget address <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/2014Address_Letterhead.pdf">here</a>.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:57:14 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES YARD DEBRIS SPECIAL COLLECTION TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2557 <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) November 4, 2013</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that City Environmental Services crews will hold a special fall yard debris collection on Saturday, November 9. &nbsp;Bagged leaves, tree branches and bushes will be picked up and recycled for compost as long as those items are properly packaged.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The following items will only be accepted if properly packaged:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bagged leaves: </strong>Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at your normal refuse collection site. &nbsp;Bags should not exceed 35 pounds. &nbsp;Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Tree branches and bushes:</strong> Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding five feet in length. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four inches.</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;">City residents must place materials out for residential collection by City refuse/recycling crews on Friday, November 8. Please note that City crews will not collect dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or independent contractors will not be collected by City crews.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:55:07 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL 'ALTERNATIVE HOMECOMING' FOR TEENS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CARNEGIE MUSEUMS OF ART AN NATURAL HISTORY & CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2554 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 28, 2013&nbsp; </strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh has once again partnered with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History to host Pittsburgh&rsquo;s second alternative homecoming dance. The dance will be held for local teens who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school&rsquo;s dances. This year&rsquo;s event, &ldquo;The Hectic Glow,&rdquo; will take place Saturday, November 2, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave. The attendance capacity has been expanded to 200 in response to last year&rsquo;s high attendance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Creating an environment for all of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s young people to express themselves and feel confident about who they are is an important effort that we take seriously,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By working collaboratively with schools, community organizations and businesses, we can provide teens with encouraging outlets to develop their interests and skills amongst their peers in safe, unique environments. The Alternative Homecoming is opportunity for friends to hang out together, participate in a wide variety of activities and feel comfortable.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Teens will be encouraged to leave a positive legacy in the world, in celebration of John Green&rsquo;s blockbuster novel <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em>, recently filmed in Pittsburgh. The story chronicles the lives of two teens living with terminal cancer. In the same spirit, proceeds from the event will be donated to a fund supporting Pittsburgh-area teens living with the disease. The event is open to all current high school students or teens age 14-17. Tickets to the event can be purchased for $5 online at <a href="http://carnegielibrary.org/althomecoming">carnegielibrary.org/althomecoming</a> or at the Teen reference desk at CLP - Main in Oakland.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At last year&rsquo;s first-ever alternative homecoming, a sold-out crowd of 150 teens danced and crafted the night away as they celebrated local author Stephen Chbosky&rsquo;s novel <em>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</em>, as well as citywide anti-bullying efforts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This year, teens will be invited to take part in a number of new and creative activities throughout the space, including the TeenSpeak! social issues forum.&nbsp; Hosted by the Mayor&rsquo;s Youth Council, the forum encourages attendees to embrace their potential to be transformative leaders, and discuss civic and social themes that affect their demographic. Other activities for the night include:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Ultraviolet dance party, with DJ Joey J of CLP &ndash; Main, Teen Department</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Neon face painting, in celebration of 2013 Carnegie International artist He An</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Green screen photobooth, courtesy of The Labs @ CLP</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Dramatic wildlife scavenger hunt, with Teen Docents from Carnegie Museum of Natural History</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Flashlight tours through Carnegie Museum of Natural History exhibits</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">LED light-up corsages from Assemble</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Memory book to record the legacy you want to leave in the world, in honor of the themes presented in <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em></li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Guest passes for a future visit to the 2013 Carnegie International, courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Decorate your own Smiley cookie, courtesy of Eat&rsquo;n Park</li> </ul> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:45:51 -0400 MAYOR, ICA ANNOUNCE APPROVAL OF 2014 BUDGET AND FIVE-YEAR PLAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2550 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 24, 2013</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) has approved the City&#39;s amended 2014 budget and five-year financial plan. ICA Board sent official communication to the Mayor this morning granting the approval.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;I&rsquo;d like to thank the ICA and City employees for working hard on this budget approval,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Over the past seven years, we have reduced our debt by almost a quarter of a billion dollars, received ten bond rating upgrades and addressed key neighborhood infrastructure needs &ndash; all without raising, and actually cutting, taxes. We have worked hard to bring back financial stability and responsible fiscal leadership to City government, and this budget and updated financial plan does just that.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Mayor&rsquo;s balanced budget and updated five-year plan continues to invest in public safety, public works, technology upgrades and quality-of-life improvements for Pittsburgh residents. While maintaining a healthy savings account, the $479 million budget adds another $25 million to the City&rsquo;s historic pay-as-you-go capital budget and contributes an additional $25 million to the pension fund more than is required by law. Additionally, there will be no tax increases, layoffs or services cuts for the seventh year in a row.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The original budget proposal, submitted on September 23, was revised based on joint input from the City Controller, City Council and ICA board members. The primary amendment was a clarification of the commitment to bolster the pension fund.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;We appreciated the collaborative effort with the current administration and City Council, and look forward to working with the new administration, which will then have 90 days to make any amendments,&quot; said Nicholas Varischetti, ICA Board Chair. &quot;This level of collaboration in this amended budget is important at a time of transition, especially as we consider what conditions must be met to attain sustainable fiscal recovery that will lead to exiting the City&#39;s financially distressed status.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:06:46 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS, ENCOURAGES SAFETY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2522 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 9, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s official trick-or-treat hours will be on Thursday, October 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Mayor also reminded residents that trick-or-treating is not the only way to celebrate Halloween. Residents are encouraged to visit the City&rsquo;s user-friendly <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/halloween">Halloween webpage</a> to find festivities hosted by community and church groups in their neighborhood, and to download a printable safety guide that includes activity sheets for children.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;While Halloween is a fun, festive time in Pittsburgh, it&rsquo;s important that everyone works together to help keep our children safe,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Drive cautiously, remain alert and encourage safety in your neighborhood. Our Halloween safety guide includes helpful and interactive information that will teach young people the importance of trick-or-treating safety. Together, we can make this Halloween a treat for all residents.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Community and church groups throughout the city will host parties, parades and other family-friendly festivities for all ages throughout the weekend. Groups that register their event on the City&rsquo;s 2013 Halloween webpage, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/halloween">pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/halloween</a>, will receive Halloween activity brochures for the children attending their event, as well as special recognition from the Mayor for their efforts in keeping Pittsburgh safe on Halloween. Also on the site, residents can use an interactive map to easily search for registered events in their neighborhood.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:40:10 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ISSUES STATEMENT ON PASSING OF PHILLIPE PETITE, MANAGER OF CITY'S EQUAL OPPORTUNITY REVIEW COMMISSION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2516 <p><strong style="font-size: 12px; text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(PITTSBURGH) October 3, 2013</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em>&quot;I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Phil Petite, and my prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. Phil was a dedicated City employee for the last 24 years, and his devoted advocacy for women and minority-owned businesses will not be forgotten. He will be missed.&rdquo;</em></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:52:46 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH WEDNESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2479 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(PITTSBURGH) September 10, 2013</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, September 11, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Greenfield, Homewood, South Side, and Sheraden Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 11.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:54:11 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS TUESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2455 <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) September 9, 2013 </strong>&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Tuesday, September 10 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Tuesday, September 10 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Locations:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-422-6551</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">7321 Frankstown Avenue</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-244-4190</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">12th and Bingham Streets</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-488-8404</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">720 Sherwood Avenue</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-777-5012</div> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:51:31 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH SATURDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2445 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(PITTSBURGH) August 30, 2013</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and three will be open tomorrow, August 31, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Greenfield, Homewood, South Side, and Sheraden Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 30, and the Greenfield, Homewood, and Sheraden Cooling Centers will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 31.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:40:36 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH FRIDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2443 <div style="text-align: justify;"> <p><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(PITTSBURGH) August 29, 2013</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, August 30, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div>745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p>Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:00:02 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS THURSDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2442 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 28, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Thursday, August 29 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Thursday, August 29 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:56:39 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS WEDNESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2421 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 20, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Wednesday, August 21 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Wednesday, August 21 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:06:44 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, PDP ANNOUNCE NEW DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART PROGRAM, CALL FOR ARTISTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2407 <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 12, 2013</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), today announced a new three-year initiative to bring temporary public art to Market Square. Selected artists, or teams of artists, are invited to submit artwork to be displayed during the spring season for the next three years. The program will build on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s reputation as a strong arts community where public art contributes to the City&rsquo;s quality of life. Applications are available at&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/public-art/opportunities">pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/public-art/opportunities</a>. &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Over the last few years, our city&rsquo;s urban core has transformed into a 24/7 destination spot where people want to work, live and visit,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;In addition to new small businesses, thousands of new jobs and new quality housing opportunities, this creative addition of public artwork by our city&rsquo;s own residents will add to the vibrancy of Market Square.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Through an open call for applications, artists are invited to submit proposals for existing works of art to be displayed in Market Square, or to submit their qualifications to create new work. Artwork will be temporarily displayed from February through April 2014, 2015 and 2016. All works of art will be judged by a jury team comprised of local stakeholders, arts professionals and City staff. The artist selection process will be managed by the Office of Public Art, a program of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and established partner of the City of Pittsburgh public art division. &nbsp;<strong>Applications are due to the <a href="http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/public-art">Office of Public Art</a> by 5 p.m., September 20, 2013.</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Market Square is a bustling center of activity, entertainment and socializing for the majority of the year,&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">said Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the PDP. &quot;</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">Our goal with this program is to extend the seasonal life of Market Square through temporary public art during the winter months, supporting the businesses in Downtown and enlivening our streets.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">This public art program is a component of the PDP&rsquo;s <em>Downtown Activation and Public Art Initiative</em>, which creates a range of programming and installations that enliven Downtown through the use of public art, creative placemaking and entrepreneurship. This program is made possible through generous grants from The Heinz Endowments and a source that wishes to remain anonymous.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">For more information, applicants are encouraged to contact Morton Brown, Public Art Manager for the City of Pittsburgh at 412-255-8996 or <a href="mailto:morton.brown@pittsburghpa.gov">morton.brown@pittsburghpa.gov</a>, or Renee Piechocki at 412-391-2060 x233 or <a href="mailto:publicart@pittsburghartscouncil.org">publicart@pittsburghartscouncil.org</a>.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:58:14 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE TO CONNECT ENTREPRENEURS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP LAUNCH NEW BUSINESSES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2391 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 1, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a new website designed to connect entrepreneurs with opportunities and serve as a &ldquo;launchpad&rdquo; for local and new businesses. The site, <a href="http://launchpgh.com">LAUNCHPGH.com</a>, is a portal for entrepreneurs, investors, developers and job seekers who want instant access to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s best business and networking resources.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;One of our goals when we formed PowerUp Pittsburgh was to create a more robust entrepreneur environment in Pittsburgh, and this website helps us reach that goal,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;LAUNCHPGH.com provides helpful information for businesses of all sizes - whether you&rsquo;re a first-time entrepreneur in Pittsburgh, a local venture capitalist or investor, or looking for job opportunities with a new startup - this site will point you in the right direction.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A project of the City&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ura.org/business_owners/powerup_pittsburgh.php">Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh</a> (URA) and <a href="http://www.ura.org/business_owners/powerup_pittsburgh.php">PowerUp Pittsburgh</a>, LAUNCHPGH.com offers a substantial spread of information &ndash; from funding opportunities to local business events &ndash; in a responsive, mobile-friendly and easy-to-navigate design. The site is divided into three main categories: Biz, Buzz and Burgh.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">The <strong>Biz </strong>circle provides information about funding and investment opportunities, including a funding 101 section as well as local resources ranging from coworker space options to job boards.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">The <strong>Buzz </strong>circle connects visitors to what&rsquo;s happening in the City, including news, events and contests, and contains a section to submit event listings.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">The <strong>Burgh </strong>circle showcases Pittsburgh, including fun facts and accolades, amenities, a photo gallery and more.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">The site also enables users to share the information across major social networking channels.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;LAUNGHPGH.com fills a critical gap in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pittsburgh by providing startups, growing companies and investors with a single information portal to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s entrepreneur scene,&rdquo; said Jay Katarincic, managing director, <a href="http://www.drapertriangle.com/">Draper Triangle Ventures</a>. &ldquo;The comprehensive resources are invaluable whether you are trying to start a company, want to work in a fast growth company or are interested in funding a company in Pittsburgh.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The URA was uniquely situated to pull together all of the initial partnerships to support an entrepreneur-friendly environment,&rdquo; said Tom Link, director, URA Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). &ldquo;After expanding our Business Development Center into the CIE and bringing on board an innovation and entrepreneurship strategist, we felt this was the logical next step.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Designed by <a href="http://www.walltowall.com/">Wall-to-Wall Studios</a>, the user-friendly site was developed by the URA and the 20 organizational members of PowerUp Pittsburgh. &nbsp;Key team players included Terri Glueck from Innovation Works, Jeremy Hirsch from Aptus Digital, Don Morrison from Blue Tree Allied Angels, Jorgen Pedersen from RE2, and Julien Scranton from Pittsburgh Technology Council.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Entrepreneurs are busy and hate red tape,&rdquo; said Terri Glueck, director of communications and community development, <a href="https://www.innovationworks.org/">Innovation Works</a>. &ldquo;They need reliable information in one place that helps them make connections and decisions quickly and LAUNCHPGH is built with that in mind. The site aggregates a lot of data in one place and connects entrepreneurs to the people and resources that can be the most useful to them.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">PowerUp Pittsburgh is a citywide strategy to accelerate the commercialization of technology innovation activities to create jobs in the Pittsburgh region, particularly in the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s underserved neighborhoods.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:08:19 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES 23 NEW 'LOVE YOUR BLOCK' GRANT RECIPIENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2384 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 31, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the 23 organizations that will receive funding through the fifth round of his <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock">Love Your Block</a> (LYB) grant program, a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative. Through the block revitalization program, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, the City awards $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a special $2,000 prize will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria. Fall project implementation will take place from August 31 to October 31, 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Love Your Block continues to provide an opportunity for residents to serve their communities by carrying out creative block revitalization projects and encouraging community spirit throughout Pittsburgh,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Over the past two years, Love Your Block volunteers have beautified approximately 200 city blocks, collected over 20,000 pounds of litter and created 150 new community green spaces.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Love Your Block is one of nine innovative service initiatives that are part of Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative, which engages volunteers to help tackle Pittsburgh&rsquo;s greatest challenges. In addition to receiving funds to purchase necessary supplies, organizations also receive support from City services, such as trash collection and graffiti removal. In choosing the recipients for the fall, the City gave special consideration to projects that engage local veterans and projects that beautify local business districts. Applications for the next round of spring grants will be available early next year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Love Your Block is made possible thanks to The Home Depot Foundation, which generously donated $130,000 to the initiative and enabled the City to increase the number of revitalization projects from 20 to 50 per year. It is also supported by the Corporation for National Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While all of the projects <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2181">this past spring</a> were impressive, Lawrenceville United was selected to win the &ldquo;Best Block Revitalization Project&rdquo; and will receive an additional $2,000 Home Depot gift card for future block enhancements. The group revitalized an area between 50th and 51st Streets in Lawrenceville and leveraged over $1,200 in donations for the project. Pictures of their work are available on the servePGH website <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/gallery?pwi_album_selected=Lawrenceville_United_LYB_Spring_2013&amp;pwi_albumpage=1">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Love Your Block helped our organization get face time with City workers and agency representatives,&rdquo; said Becky Thatcher, Community Project Coordinator of Lawrenceville United.&nbsp; &ldquo;That face time has allowed relationships to grow and flourish and to establish long-lasting partnerships that we can utilize to continue to make positive change in our neighborhood. Our neighborhood will continue to see the possibilities and ability to easily transform blight and vacancy into pride and space for the community.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>GRANT RECIPIENTS:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Beechview Community Garden</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the hillside of a local community garden by planting flowers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Beechview Walking Club</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the local business district by planting flowers and installing a community bulletin board.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Borland Community Garden</strong><br /> Volunteers will add improvements to the Borland Community Garden in East Liberty by installing raised planter beds.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Community Alliance of Spring Garden East Deutschtown</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the facade of a historic house in Spring Garden.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>The Corner &ndash; A Program of Friendship Community Church</strong><br /> Volunteers will create an art installation for community use in West Oakland.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Deutschtown Merchants Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a walkway on East Ohio Street by planting flowers and picking up litter.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Elliott Community Group</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a lot on Lorenz Avenue by installing flower boxes and panel fencing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Fineview Citizens Council</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a lot on the corner of Lafayette and Federal Streets by planting flowers and picking up litter.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Greenfield Community Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify Magee Park and promote community engagement in Greenfield.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Jehoshabeath Eli</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a community building in Perry South.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Kolano Design</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the local business district by planting flowers along the 6000 block of Penn Circle South in East Liberty.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>MLK (Moving the Lives of Kids) Mural Project</strong><br /> Volunteers will install mosaic art at a community gateway in Squirrel Hill.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Monongahela Marsden Block Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify vacant lots in Hazelwood.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Mulford Street Corridor Block Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify vacant lots in Homewood by planting flowers and picking up litter.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Oakland Business Improvement District</strong><br /> Volunteers will plant flowers and beautify the 3500 block of Forbes Avenue in Oakland.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Oakland Planning and Development Corporation</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify building facades along Atwood Street in Oakland.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Observatory Hill, Inc.</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the Observatory Hill business district along Perrysville Avenue.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Oliver Baptist Church</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify vacant lots along Centre Avenue in the Hill District.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Save Race Street Committee</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot at 7110 Race Street in Homewood.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition Gateway Committee</strong><br /> Volunteers will install planters and beautify Murray Avenue.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Southside Chamber of Commerce</strong><br /> Volunteers will install dog waste stations and clean up litter in Southside.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Tree of Hope</strong><br /> Volunteers will turn a vacant lot into a community green space on Rosetta Street in Garfield.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Uptown Partners</strong><br /> Volunteers will improve a community garden by installing a fence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize city blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges and more.&nbsp; Over 3,744 volunteers have committed nearly 32,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servePGH</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE</strong><br /> Founded in September 2009 in New York City by 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.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:11:07 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL EXPANDS COOL ROOFS PROGRAM TO NONPROFITS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2382 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 29, 2013</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications for <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cool-roofs">Cool Roofs</a>, the newest <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative, are now available to nonprofit organizations. Cool Roofs coats the roofs of city buildings with reflective white paint, making them more energy efficient.&nbsp; In an effort to expand the program&rsquo;s impact, organizations that have been incorporated as a nonprofit through the Pennsylvania Department of State may apply for materials and resources to coat their rooftops at no cost. Applications are available <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/cool-roofs-application-v1.pdf">here</a>&nbsp;and will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 16, 2013. Special priority will be given to applications submitted by August 16, 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I am excited to expand Cool Roofs to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s nonprofits, and provide the benefits of this sustainable and environmentally-friendly technology to more organizations throughout the city,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This program expands Pittsburgh&rsquo;s &lsquo;green revolution,&rsquo; and provides support to our vital nonprofit community. Cool Roofs are also proven to reduce the urban heat island effect, an important sustainability goal for the City of Pittsburgh.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To be eligible for Cool Roofs, nonprofit organizations must commit to both providing volunteers to carry out the coating process and reporting utility information, in exchange for in-kind materials and technical assistance. Nonprofits must also demonstrate that their roof meets the appropriate guidelines for coating, which can be found in the Cool Roofs application. An eligible roof will receive: reflective paint/primer, rollers and other paint supplies, technical assistance from the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, and supplies for volunteers such as sunglasses and safety guides. Benefits of coating a roof include: cooler and more comfortable building temperatures, an increase in the efficiency of roof-mounted air conditioning equipment, and protection against thermal expansion and UV radiation on the roofs, making them more durable and longer-lasting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Funded by a $56,000 grant allocated from a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund Grant and $25,000 from the City&rsquo;s Green Trust Fund, Cool Roofs was first implemented in Pittsburgh in June 2013 through collaboration between the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Service and Civic Engagement (servePGH), the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, and the Department of Public Works. &nbsp;$35,000 of this funding will be allocated to the nonprofit mini-grant portion of the program. In its first year, Cool Roofs will coat approximately 50,000 square feet of City rooftops with reflective white paint, lowering the City&rsquo;s CO2 emissions by an estimated 50 tons and engaging 200 volunteers.<br /> <br /> For more information about Cool Roofs, please visit <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cool-roofs">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cool-roofs</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Cities of Service</strong><br /> Founded in September 2009 in New York City by 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.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About servePGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize close to over 600 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 35,000 pounds of litter, and more.&nbsp; To date, over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 32,000 hours of service through servePGH.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency</strong><br /> In October 2008, Mayor Ravenstahl hired the City&#39;s first-ever Sustainability Coordinator and created the Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency to provide guidance on greening the City&#39;s operations and facilities. The Sustainability Coordinator is tasked with implementing the municipal recommendations of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, adopted in August 2008, as well as collaborating with individuals from all departments to strengthen existing environmental initiatives and ensure that sustainability is integrated into all City operations. Since its creation, the office has led initiatives to reduce energy use in City-owned buildings, utilize solar energy in City operations and involve citizens through activities like recycling and tree planting.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:16:44 -0400 WASHINGTON BLVD & PENN AVE CLOSED, COMMUTERS URGED TO AVOID AREAS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2365 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="font-size: 12px;">(PITTSBURGH) July 16, 2013</strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp; &nbsp;</span>Washington Boulevard and Penn Avenue in East Liberty have been closed by City public safety officials due to flooding. Commuters are asked to use extreme caution and avoid the areas until further notice.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:36:10 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS THURSDAY AND FRIDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2364 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 16, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:06:13 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL LAUNCHES 'GREEN UP TO GROW UP' INITIATIVE, PROMOTES HEALTHY LIVING FOR YOUNG RESIDENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2362 <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH, PA) &nbsp;July 16, 2013</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by volunteers and community leaders in Manchester, launched the new &ldquo;Green Up to Grow Up&rdquo; program, an expansion of his successful <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/greenup/">Green Up Pittsburgh</a> and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/ediblegardens">Edible Gardens</a> initiatives. Green Up to Grow Up will provide city youths with resources and opportunities to learn the basics of vegetable gardening, engage in garden maintenance and participate in healthy eating seminars and activities. The program is made possible thanks to a $5,000 grant presented today by the American Beverage Association, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Beverage Association.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;It is critical to involve our young people in the creation of a healthier Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &nbsp;&ldquo;This new program will engage city youths in fun, hands-on experiences to ensure that people of all ages have access to the tools and resources needed to sustain healthier lifestyles.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Young residents will be able to take gardening classes, learn to grow their own healthy food, and learn how to incorporate fresh produce into a healthy diet. Meal planning and exercise activities are also slated to be involved in the program.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Tony Crisci, Executive Director of the PA Beverage Association, spoke about the organization&rsquo;s contribution. &quot;The Beverage Association is pleased to be a part of this community initiative. The project is in line with our industry&#39;s goals of giving back to communities where our employees work and live.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&quot;It&#39;s important that we encourage students to eat healthy, and that we learn to plant our own fresh food options,&rdquo; said Lisa Freeman, steward for the Manchester Community Garden. &ldquo;This garden belongs to our neighborhood and to all the students who have helped to create this beautiful community asset.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:29:39 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, COMMUNITY LEADERS BREAK GROUND ON CITY'S FIFTH SPRAY PARK IN BELTZHOOVER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2359 <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) &nbsp; July 17, 2013</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by community leaders and City officials, broke ground on the City&rsquo;s fifth spray park, which will be located adjacent to Warrington Community Center in Beltzhoover. The announcement comes less than two months after <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2246">two new spray parks opened</a> in Shadyside and the East Hills. The free, family-friendly addition to the Beltzhoover neighborhood is scheduled to be open in late August and will offer residents a fun, safe way to stay cool during the hot summer months.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Since opening the region&rsquo;s first spray park just four years ago, City residents continue to embrace the unique fun of these 21st-century aquatic facilities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This spray park will create a new centerpiece for the Beltzhoover neighborhood and serve as a hub of summertime entertainment for generations to come.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The former Warrington Swimming Pool on East Warrington Avenue will be transformed into an 11,000-square-foot spray park featuring a water bucket, sea monster, flower shower and various in-ground water features operated via manual or sensor-activated control systems. &nbsp;Its urban park design will incorporate graphic elements representing the confluence of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s rivers at Point State Park. The $500,000 park is expected to be open in late August.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&quot;Building a spray park adjacent to the community center will certainly benefit our children,&rdquo; said Raymont Conner of the Beltzhoover Civic Association. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited that the state-of-the-art facility will offer local families a free and fun way to stay cool throughout the warm months.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The City&rsquo;s current four spray parks &ndash; located in Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside and Troy Hill &ndash; provide free recreation for residents of all ages and offer an extended operating season from late spring to early fall, before and after traditional swimming pools open and close. Spray parks offer many advantages over traditional swimming pools &ndash; they conserve water, require less staffing and offer increased accessibility to people with disabilities. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the many free and affordable recreation opportunities available in our neighborhoods this summer. Spray parks operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and pools operate Mon.-Fri. from 1 to 7:45 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. from 1 to 5:45 p.m.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:42:16 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2356 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 15, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div>745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p>Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:19:58 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS SUNDAY AND MONDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2354 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 12, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Sunday, July 14 and Monday, July 15 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Sunday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div>745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p>Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:19:18 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD FOR FALL CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CLASS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2342 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH, PA) July 9, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications for the fall 2013 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) are now available. One of the Mayor&rsquo;s 10 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiatives, CLA is a free 10-week course that aims to educate residents about local government. Beginning September 18, and concluding on November 20, participants will attend 10 weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to learn how different City departments work to ensure a safer, more livable City and to become more informed civic leaders. <strong>Applications are available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/cla">pittsburghpa.gov/cla</a> and must be submitted by August 23rd.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The Civic Leadership Academy is a unique opportunity for residents to get a behind-the-scenes look at how their local government works to improve their communities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &quot;To date, nearly 150 residents have graduated from CLA, each with a renewed commitment to becoming more informed and effective community leaders.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants are given the opportunity to interact one-on-one with City departments, directors and staff members. Session topics include urban redevelopment and processes, city planning and park services, protection of waterways and rivers, public safety efforts, animal control ventures and more. Sessions include tours, interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations and engaging activities. To date, seven classes totaling 149 residents have graduated from CLA and the Youth CLA combined.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Throughout the 10-week course, the civic leaders plan a service project that they will complete after graduation to address the pressing challenges in and around the City of Pittsburgh. Every CLA class has done its part to make Pittsburgh a more livable City. Previous graduates have conducted river cleanups in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage authority, raised money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, planted native plants at the Larimer Community Garden and revitalized a parklet in East Carnegie.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live within Pittsburgh City limits and/or be a business owner who operates within Pittsburgh City limits. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday August 23rd. For more information and to apply for CLA, visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/cla">pittsburghpa.gov/cla</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">CLA is supported, in part, by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program. It is one of 10 signature initiatives within Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s servePGH initiative.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl&nbsp; launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor&#39;s Office of Service &amp; Civic Engagement has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize over 600 City blocks, clean up over 35,000 pounds of litter, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more. To date, more than 3,700 volunteers have committed over 32,000 hours of service through servePGH.&nbsp; Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong><br /> The Civic Leadership Academy is supported 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 over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:44:52 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2341 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 8, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden, and South Side Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div>745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</div> <p>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p>Market House, South Side Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:40:53 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS SATURDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2339 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 5, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open Saturday, July 6 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Saturday, July 6 &nbsp;from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div><span style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue</span><br style="text-align: justify;" /> <span style="text-align: justify;">412-422-6551</span></div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:34:49 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES CITY'S CREDIT RATING UPGRADED THREE NOTCHES TO HIGHEST IN MORE THAN A DECADE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2330 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 28, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh&#39;s credit rating has been upgraded three levels from BBB stable to A stable. Standard &amp; Poor&rsquo;s Rating Services (S&amp;P) awarded the upgrade based on improved financial management and planning, reduced debt and growing reserves. The increase brings the City&rsquo;s credit rating to the highest it&rsquo;s been in more than a decade.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;In 2006, we inherited a city under financial distress with a low bond rating,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By focusing on economic development, debt reduction, pension reform, labor peace and prudent fiscal management, we have made great strides in improving Pittsburgh&#39;s financial health. Through hard work and dedication, and the contributions of so many, we&#39;ve become a model city for success in municipal finance.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Citing the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic success despite the country&rsquo;s economic recession, S&amp;P awarded the City&rsquo;s 10th bond <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/credit2013.pdf">upgrade</a>. For the first time in more than 10 years, all three major rating agencies &ndash; Standard and Poor&#39;s, Moody&#39;s and Fitch &ndash; have the City at an &ldquo;A&rdquo; rating. The improved rating puts the City in a stronger position to borrow money at favorable terms. The City&rsquo;s credit rating has improved significantly. It was last rated as junk status by all three agencies in 2003. In 2006, when Mayor Ravenstahl became Mayor, ratings were borderline junk grade.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City last <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1249">received a credit rating upgrade</a> in January 2012, after Mayor Ravenstahl and City leaders encouraged international bond rating agencies in New York City to upgrade the City&rsquo;s rating. As a result of that upgrade, the City saved $1 million in insurance costs and successfully refinanced bonds that resulted in saving $5 million dollars, all of which was put into the pay-as-you-go capital budget.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;The upgrade reflects our assessment of the City&#39;s restoration of structurally balanced operations, growth in reserves, reduced debt profile, and actions to address its large long-term liabilities,&quot; said Standard &amp; Poor&#39;s credit analyst Andrew Teras. &quot;While these trends have progressed over the last several years, we believe that, at this time, the City has demonstrated a proven ability to maintain an enhanced credit profile featuring improved financial management and planning, consistently favorable budget performance, and strong reserves and liquidity.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Under Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s leadership, the City has made great strides in improving its financial stability and strength. Last year, Act 47 overseers petitioned to remove the City&rsquo;s financially &ldquo;distressed&rdquo; status. The City has maintained a five-year, $125 million, pay-as-you-go capital budget, stabilized the pension fund, and reduced the debt principal by 30 percent, or almost $250 million, to date, with an additional 10 percent, or $90 million, reduction expected by next year.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:38:02 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH WEDNESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2324 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 25, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open today, June 25, and tomorrow, June 26, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided.&nbsp; In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet, or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Tuesday, June 25, and Wednesday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong><br /> Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:50:02 -0400 MAYOR ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY GROUPS TO HOST NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS ON AUGUST 6 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2323 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 25, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today encouraged Pittsburgh residents and neighborhood groups to participate in this year&rsquo;s National Night Out (NNO) celebration, to be held on Tuesday, <strong>August 6</strong>, 2013. National Night Out is a great opportunity for Pittsburgh residents, businesses and organizations to host fun events - such as picnics and porch parties - that build positive relationships between neighbors and the police officers who help to ensure the safety of our City. This year&rsquo;s NNO theme is, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a Beautiful Night in the Neighborhood.&rdquo; The Mayor encourages participating groups to register their event on the City&rsquo;s NNO <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/nno">webpage</a> to receive helpful resources, including a new planning guide.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The City of Pittsburgh has experienced a steady decline in crime rates in recent years, which wouldn&rsquo;t be possible without the efforts of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhood watch groups acting in partnership with law enforcement,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Cooperation between residents and police is vital to ensuring the safety and security of our city, and to the continued success of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">NNO promotes residents&rsquo; involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie - sending a unified message that crime is not welcome. This year&rsquo;s new planning guide provides an easy reference to help residents plan a fun, safe and family-friendly event in their neighborhood. When residents register their event, they will receive the tools and instructions needed to organize a successful celebration and a packet of useful public safety information created specifically for local community groups. Each packet includes:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Tips on how to start a local block watch,</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Information about the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/bwib/register">Block Watch in a Box</a> initiative</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">An informational sheet that lists all public safety contacts specific to that community,</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">An informative brochure about 311 and 911</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">A copy of the Public Safety edition of the Mayor&rsquo;s Newsletter.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Last year, more than 25 organizations participated in the City&rsquo;s NNO celebration, hosting porch parties, picnics, neighborhood carnivals and more. View photos from last year&rsquo;s neighborhood events <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.433416346701698.95734.114050818638254&amp;type=3">here</a>.<br /> <br /> NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and is an opportunity for neighborhoods to raise awareness of crime prevention in a fun, family-friendly environment. In addition, it is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, encourage participation in neighborhood anticrime programs and strengthen police-community partnerships.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Ravenstahl will issue a proclamation declaring August 6, 2013, &ldquo;National Night Out&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh. All community groups participating in NNO will receive a thank you letter from the Mayor and a certificate of participation in the event.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:16:38 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS TODAY AND TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2320 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 24, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open today, June 24, and tomorrow, June 25, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided.&nbsp; In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet, or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong><br /> Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:25:56 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE THREE COOLING CENTERS THIS WEEKEND http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2317 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 21, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; The City&#39;s Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open today, June 21, through Sunday, June 23 to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more, as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Friday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong><br /> Homewood Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Market House Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 12th and Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center<br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:41:44 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR CITY'S SECOND CIVIC LEAF ACADEMY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2314 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 20, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are now available for the second session of the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/green/civicleaf">Civic Leaders for an Environmentally Alternate Future (LEAF) Academy</a>, which educates students about their environmental impact, connects them with City resources, and helps develop leadership skills. High school and college students are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 5 at <a href="http://ccb0001MOGroupsMO_COMMDEPTMedia - PRESS RELEASESpittsburghpa.govgreen">pittsburghpa.gov/green</a>. The five-week program begins July 22.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Pittsburgh continues to gain international recognition as a leader in sustainability, and Civic LEAF Academy teaches our students how to live and lead a green lifestyle in their homes, schools and communities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By educating young residents about the value of environmental initiatives and connecting them with City resources, we will prepare the next generation of young leaders and ensure that Pittsburgh remains a cleaner, more environmentally friendly city whose quality of life continues to improve.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Civic LEAF Academy gives Pittsburgh&rsquo;s high school and college students a behind-the-scenes look at City government&rsquo;s role in developing a sustainable, green city. Building off of the success of last year&rsquo;s inaugural program, which looked at issues of urban agriculture and regional food security, this summer&rsquo;s Civic LEAF Academy invites young residents to get a closer look at the environmental impacts of their decisions in relation to community safety and health. During 14 afternoon sessions, participants will learn how to make better decisions to improve their personal health and their community&rsquo;s health by eating healthier, reducing energy waste and educating their peers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Students will tour various LEED-certified, sustainable facilities, including Highmark&rsquo;s green roof, UPMC Children&rsquo;s Hospital, and the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s sustainable campus, and will be introduced to careers in sustainability. Throughout the program, students will learn about City initiatives that increase the City&rsquo;s sustainability and reduce energy waste &ndash; including <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cool-roofs">Cool Roofs</a>, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/ediblegardens">Edible Gardens</a> and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1268">streetlight conversions</a>. More information, including a detailed schedule, can be viewed <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/2013_Final__LEAF_Program.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;By participating in this program, young residents will learn how they can impact our environment through everyday decisions &ndash; such as eating locally grown food and reducing energy consumption &ndash; that will improve quality of life, minimize fire hazard and increase safety for all residents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Up to eight rising ninth-grade through rising twelfth-grade students will be selected to participate in the Academy. Students must live and attend school in the City of Pittsburgh. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, demonstrate interest in local government and environmental protection, and indicate commitment to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and school. Interested students may apply at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/green">pittsburghpa.gov/green</a>. Applications are due by Friday, July 5.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As co-chair of the Green Government Task Force, Mayor Ravenstahl remains dedicated to promoting clean energy initiatives. Since spearheading the City&rsquo;s adoption of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan in 2008, the Mayor has led the City in taking great steps toward a greener, more sustainable City. To date, business district <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1268">streetlights have been converted</a> to energy-efficient LEDs, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1345">recycling and blight reduction programming</a> has expanded and &ldquo;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1681">Green Central</a>&rdquo; &ndash; the City&rsquo;s first one-stop-shop for information about sustainability &ndash; is set to open later this year.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:38:43 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES 130 NEW ON-STREET RECYCLING BINS TO BE PLACED IN BUSINESS DISTRICTS, CITY RECEIVES $400K RECYCLING PERFORMANCE GRANT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2302 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 13, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that more City business districts will receive on-street recycling bins in an effort to expand recycling citywide. Currently, more than 50 containers are placed in various business districts, and an additional 80 containers will be installed in the coming weeks. The Mayor also announced that the City has received a $433,000 performance grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in recognition of its successful recycling efforts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Recycling benefits our city and its residents by cutting landfill fees, saving taxpayer money and reducing waste,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m proud to say that from 2007 to 2012 over 78,000 tons of waste was recycled and over 19,000 tons was composted &ndash; saving the City $1.9 million in landfill costs and generating $3.4 million in recycling revenue as a result. Additionally, participation in recycling has increased from 49 percent in 2007 to 69 percent in 2012. These citywide efforts are helping to lower Pittsburgh&rsquo;s carbon footprint and make our city a greener, cleaner city.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Department of Public Works&#39; Bureau of Environmental Services will collect recycling materials from more on-street recycling containers in business districts throughout the city. Currently, more than 50 containers are placed in business districts in East Liberty, Bloomfield, Mt. Washington, Southside, North Shore and Downtown. An additional 80 containers will be installed in Lawrenceville, Oakland, Shadyside, the Strip District and Squirrel Hill. The goal is to have these recycling bins in every business district throughout the city. The more than 130 blue containers were purchased through a generous DEP grant and funds from the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/tcob/">Taking Care of Business</a> program, and will be installed by DPW employees and serviced by City refuse workers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Last year, the City collected and recycled over 15,700 tons of residential materials. Commercial tonnage totals are currently being compiled. The DEP&rsquo;s Recycling Program Performance Grant was awarded, via the City&rsquo;s application, based on the 53,400 tons of residential and commercial materials recycled by residents and businesses in 2011. The grant funding will be placed in the general fund to help expand on the City&rsquo;s growing recycling efforts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through the Mayor&rsquo;s Together Green <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=231">single-stream recycling</a> program, launched in 2008, the City has recovered valuable resources, saved energy and reduced landfill costs. With community support and the addition of special collection bins, everything from yard debris to appliances to batteries can now be recycled in the city.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Download your Pittsburgh curbside recycling and waste removal schedule <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/html/collection_schedules.html">here</a>.&nbsp; To find the next Special Collections Recycling Drive, click <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/html/recycling.html">here</a>.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:18:02 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS WARN RESIDENTS OF THE POTENTIAL OF SEVERE WEATHER THIS EVENING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2297 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2013&nbsp;</strong>City officials urge residents to be prepared for the possibility of widespread severe weather later this evening and into early tomorrow. The National Weather Service has indicated that there is a high probability of dangerous storms that may hit the Pittsburgh area, causing the potential for flash flooding and winds of up to 65 MPH.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;We urge residents to err on the side of caution, stay indoors and check on your elderly neighbors and family,&rdquo; Mayor Ravenstahl said, &ldquo;As always, stay tuned to local media and your national weather radio for new developments.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Both public safety and public works departments have added additional personnel, and public safety has directed the prepositioning of units and equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;We are prepared to respond to a worst possible storm scenario, but we need the public to help us by exercising extreme caution,&rdquo; said Public Safety Director Huss. &ldquo;Do not drive into flooded water, and look out for downed trees and power lines,&quot;.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All 2,000-plus public safety employees have completed the City&#39;s Swift Water Rescue Training program. The new initiative better prepares public safety personnel on how to stay safe and make rescues during flashflood situations. In addition, the program equips every first responder with throw bags and adds more boats to flood-prone areas, among other strategies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the interest of public safety, various Citiparks events have been cancelled for this evening. A full list is available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/">pittsburghpa.gov</a>. Those planning to attend any events this evening, such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival, are asked to follow any emergency safety instructions provided by event staff and/or City public safety officials.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:00:08 -0400 MAYOR LUKE RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES NEW THIRD AVENUE BIKE STATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2289 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 11, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that Downtown Pittsburgh will be even more bike-friendly with the opening of the new <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/BikeStationPics.pdf">Third Avenue Bike Station</a>, which offers more than 50 new parking spaces for cyclists. This project transformed an unused space on the ground level of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghparking.com/">Pittsburgh Parking Authority</a>&rsquo;s Third Avenue Garage &ndash; located only a block from Market Square &ndash; into a much-needed bike parking facility for cyclists. The bike station includes two areas: a free, public area that offers a bike fix-it area and space for approximately 30 bikes, as well as a premium parking area available by annual lease ($100/year) that offers secure, weather-protected storage lockers and parking for up to 24 bikes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Providing cyclists with safe, secure parking for their bikes is another step forward in making Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Project Pop Up: Downtown has made great strides in increasing Downtown&rsquo;s vibrancy and bringing more people into the heart of our city. This collaborative project will make shopping, dining and entertainment amenities more accessible to cyclists as we continue to make Pittsburgh an even more livable city for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Led by <a href="http://www.bikepgh.org">BikePGH</a>, this project was made possible thanks to a $10,000 grant from the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1746">Mayor&rsquo;s Project Pop Up: Downtown</a> program, $7,200 from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, and the donation of parts and labor by the PSX Group, one of the Parking Authority&#39;s systems contractors, worth $4,200.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve loved working on this project. Not only does it stay true to the spirit of the Mayor&rsquo;s Project Pop Up program by taking an underutilized space and making it vibrant and interesting, it addresses a true need in the heart of Downtown,&rdquo; says Scott Bricker BikePGH Executive Director. &ldquo;The Third Avenue Bike Station shows off the City&rsquo;s dedication to bike transportation and sustainability, while helping Pittsburghers save a few bucks and stay healthy.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Third Avenue Bike Station provides the city&rsquo;s growing cyclist population with a protected and safe space to park their bikes. Bicyclists may choose from two parking options:</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Free Bicycle Parking:</strong><br /> The free-use public component contains room for approximately 30 bicycles, a bike Fix-It station and a colorful tile mosaic on the floor in a fun, retro video game design thanks to local architect Lucia Aguirre.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Premium Bicycle Parking:</strong><br /> The premium fenced-in section includes spaces to be sold to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. An annual season lease is for one year, beginning July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. Cost is $100 per year. Approximately 24 bikes are able to park in the premium area, which includes lockers. Access to this secured area is via a magnetically locked door, which is opened through the use of a proximity badge. Interested residents are asked to call 412-560-2504 for more details.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This is a much-needed amenity and we appreciate Mayor Ravenstahl, the Parking Authority and Bike Pittsburgh for working collaboratively and hope to see more of these projects in public and private garages throughout Downtown to meet the demand of our growing cycling community&rdquo;, states Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the <a href="http://downtownpittsburgh.com">Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since introducing new bike and pedestrian initiatives in 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl has worked with organizations such as BikePGH to make Pittsburgh an even more bike-friendly city. Currently, the city boasts 500 bike racks and 75 miles of riverfront trails and bike lanes, and bike commuting has increased by nearly 300 percent over the last decade. Additionally, Pittsburgh is recognized as a bronze-level, bike-friendly community and one of the top 30 most bike-friendly cities by <em>Bicycling Magazine</em>, and was chosen as the host city for the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1725">2014 Pro Walk/Bike Conference</a> - which will welcome nearly 1,000 bicycle and walking professionals to our City. Earlier this year, Mayor Ravenstahl also announced a new citywide bike share system.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Projects scheduled for 2013 include the recent installation of the City&rsquo;s first green bike lane on Liberty Avenue thanks to a generous $23,000 grant from Bikes Belong. The lane will is painted green in an effort to increase the lane&rsquo;s visibility and improve safety. Additionally, the City will contribute $25,000 this year toward a $100,000 educational campaign sponsored by the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) to help ensure that both drivers and bicyclists are lawful, cautions and respectful of one another. This campaign will provide information and tips to drivers on how to safely share City streets with pedestrians and cyclists in dense urban areas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:27:35 -0400 CITY GEARS UP FOR ANOTHER ACTION-PACKED SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2279 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH &nbsp; June 6, 2013) &nbsp;</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is gearing up for another action-packed summer. &nbsp;Free copies of the 2013 Citiparks Summer Magazine are now available at various locations throughout the City, providing easy information on the City&#39;s 2013 schedule of summer events such as community festivals, competitions and family activities like movie and jazz nights in the parks. The 60-page booklet is also available online at <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;Summer is the perfect time to visit Pittsburgh&#39;s parks, trails and rivers to rediscover the treasures that surround us each day,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &quot;Head to the great outdoors &ndash; across town or just around the corner in your own neighborhood &ndash; and you&rsquo;ll be amazed by all there is to do in the City of Pittsburgh this summer.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Print copies of the Summer Magazine are available at Citiparks facilities, the City-County Building, Carnegie Library branches within City limits and a variety of other locations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Information and schedules for Citiparks programs and events are also available by visiting <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a> or by calling 412-255-2539.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Riverview Park Heritage Day</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This popular annual event showcases Riverview Park, an urban oasis just north of Downtown Pittsburgh. &nbsp;Free Heritage Day activities this Saturday, June 8, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. will include tours of the landmark Allegheny Observatory, pony rides, a variety of kids&rsquo; activities and refreshments. &nbsp;For information, call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Free Concert Series</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whether you love jazz or classical, you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free performance by attending one &ndash; or all &ndash; of Citiparks four popular concert series: &nbsp;&ldquo;Stars at Riverview Jazz Series&rdquo; (Saturdays, June 8 &ndash; August 31), &ldquo;Bach, Beethoven and Brunch&quot; (Sundays, June 16 &ndash; August 11), Mellon Square Series (Thursdays, June 20 - August 29) and &ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&quot; (Sundays, August 4 &ndash; 25). &nbsp;For information, call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an evening of cinema under the stars. &nbsp;Free movies take place at seven locations including Schenley Park and the West End Overlook. &nbsp;The 2013 &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; schedule will include The Dark Night Rises, Jack Reacher, Finding Nemo, Jack the Giant Slayer, Chimpanzee, Skyfall, The Avengers, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and many other movie favorites for all members of the family. &nbsp;The series kicks off on Saturday, June 8, at two locations: &nbsp;&ldquo;The Pirates! Band of Misfits&rdquo; (PG) at Grandview Park and &ldquo;American Graffiti&rdquo; (PG) at Riverview Park. &nbsp;For information, call 412-422-6426 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Swimming Pools and Spray Parks</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Friday, June 14, Citiparks will open 18 outdoor swimming pools for the summer season. &nbsp;Individuals can currently purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City&rsquo;s four popular spray parks &ndash; located in Beechview, East Hills, Shadyside and Troy Hill &ndash; are already open for the season. &nbsp;From the tiniest toddler to a pre-teen adventurer, and even those using wheelchairs, children of all ages and abilities can enjoy spray parks. &nbsp;The season runs until early fall and admission is free. &nbsp;For information, call 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>. &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Miniature Golf Course</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also beginning on June 14, golfers of all ages can play a round of miniature golf at the ice rink in Schenley Park. &nbsp;The Schenley Park Miniature Golf Course promises a challenging 18 holes of fun and excitement for the entire family. &nbsp;Head out for a little friendly competition on the putting green, surrounded by whimsical scenery in a beautiful park setting. &nbsp;For information, call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bob O&rsquo;Connor Summer Tennis Classic</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The seventh annual tournament &ndash; taking place June 15 &ndash; 23 and open to tennis enthusiasts aged 16 and older &ndash; honors the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late mayor. &nbsp;The men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s A open singles and A open doubles are USTA-sanctioned events. &nbsp;For information, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Summer Soul Line Dancing</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Whether you&rsquo;re an experienced dancer or a novice on the dance floor, step out to an area park for Citiparks popular Summer Soul Line Dancing. &nbsp;Instructor Roland Ford incorporates R&amp;B music in free classes that begin with basic steps and finish with more advanced moves. &nbsp;Free dance sessions once again will take place in Highland Park following &ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&rdquo; concerts as well as at Mellon Park Tennis Center and Schenley Park Skating Rink. &nbsp;A new location added in 2013 is the West End Overlook. &nbsp;For information, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Citiparks Roving Art Cart &ndash; celebrating 40 years of art and smiles!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The 40th anniversary season offers many free opportunities for children to express themselves this summer. &nbsp;The Roving Art Cart visits a neighborhood park and/or playground Tuesday through Friday July 18 &ndash; August 16. &nbsp;Children can paint, sculpt, bead and create a summer of magic and fun. For information, call 412-665-3665 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Farmers&#39; Markets</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Five Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets opened in May and two additional markets will open later this month:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Mondays<br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. East Liberty, Penn Circle West</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Tuesdays<br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. South Side, 18th and Carson Street</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Wednesdays<br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carrick, Carrick Shopping Center, Brownsville Road &amp; Parkfield Street (opening June 19)</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Thursdays<br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beechview, Broadway Avenue &amp; Belasco Street (opening June 27)<br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bloomfield, St. Maria Goretti school parking lot, Cedarville Street and Friendship Avenue</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Fridays<br /> 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown Pittsburgh, City-County Building, Grant Street<br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. North Side, East Park, East Ohio Street &amp; Cedar Avenue</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">All markets sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items. For more information on Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets, call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:17:01 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL INVITES RESIDENTS TO ATTEND WATERSHED AWARENESS AND RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2278 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 6, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that his <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy/propelpgh/">Propel Pittsburgh Commission</a>, in partnership with the <a href="http://www.prc.org/">Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC)</a>, will host a <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/rain_barrel_poster.pdf">Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel Workshop</a> to teach residents how to help protect our rivers and streams by living better on land. Residents are invited to attend the workshop in the City-County Building lobby next Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $50 per person or $55 per couple; RSVP date is Tuesday, June 11. In addition to information about improving watershed conditions, participants will receive a 55-gallon rain barrel and installation hardware, compliments of the Coca-Cola Foundation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;To remain America&rsquo;s &lsquo;Most Livable City,&rsquo; we must all do our part to live efficiently and sustainably by conserving, saving and protecting our natural resources,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This workshop reinforces the importance of our role in protecting our environment by protecting our most valuable resource &ndash; fresh, clean rainwater.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the training session, residents will learn how to manage and reuse stormwater runoff by harvesting rainwater from their roof, storing it and using it on their landscape &ndash; ultimately contributing to improved water quality in our rivers and streams. They will also learn how to reduce their contribution to combined sewer overflow, flooding and polluted urban runoff. Each participant, or couple, will receive a 55-gallon rain barrel and installation hardware, and will learn how to assemble and install the barrel and be introduced to other rainwater harvesting options. Participants will receive the hardware at the workshop, but will receive a voucher for the barrel, to be picked up at a later date and time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This workshop is a great opportunity for Pittsburgh residents to learn the simple ways they can help improve and protect our environment - by learning how to practice watershed protection and conservation in their own backyard,&quot; said Nancy Martin, Environmental Educator at PRC.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Residents should RSVP by Tuesday, June 11, by calling Nancy Martin at 412-488-7490, extension 247, or registering online <a href="http://www.zerowastepgh.org/ZW-PRC-rainbarrel.html">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the City&rsquo;s annual <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2162">Earth Market</a>, the Mayor&rsquo;s Propel Commission, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and the PA Resources Council, gave away 40 rain barrels to help residents manage and reuse stormwater runoff.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:45:15 -0400 MAYOR LUKE RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES DEDICATION OF ARTIST-DESIGNED PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2277 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 7, 2013</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today invited residents to attend the dedication ceremony for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s first-ever, artist-designed pedestrian bridge. Designed by local artist <a href="http://www.sheilaklein.com/">Sheila Klein</a>, &ldquo;Shady Liberty&rdquo; bridge connects East Liberty to Shadyside, and transforms the bridge into a unique pathway, bringing together the two neighborhoods and creating an enjoyable space for pedestrians. The dedication ceremony will be held next Friday, June 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;It has been a priority of my administration to develop and connect Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 90 neighborhoods in creative and efficient ways,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;The beautifully designed bridge enhances the area&rsquo;s overall environment and speaks to the character of both East Liberty and Shadyside, while providing pedestrians with easier access to the numerous amenities located in both of these East End neighborhoods.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The bridge, named &ldquo;Shady Liberty&rdquo; by its designer-artist Sheila Klein, is the first-ever, artist-designed pedestrian bridge in Pittsburgh. Initiated in 2007, the City of Pittsburgh, its Urban Redevelopment Authority and local development and construction companies came together with a plan to provide residents with a pedestrian corridor between the second level of the progressing <a href="http://www.mosites.net/portfolio_3.html">Eastside Development</a> in East Liberty and Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. The $950,000 project, funded mostly by PennDOT and also with the support of local foundations, was completed last June. Final deck art work was completed last month.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Realizing the pedestrian-only bridge&rsquo;s potential to be unique, the City organized community meetings to search for and select a qualified and engaging artist.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">Klein&rsquo;s design &ndash; incorporating curving fence poles for hanging glass orbs and large glass sequins, handcrafted at the nearby Pittsburgh Glass Center, to decorate the fencing &ndash; creatively incorporates art in our neighborhoods while providing a much-anticipated pedestrian throughway. View the bridge&rsquo;s design </span><a href="http://www.sheilaklein.com/Example/project_pages/Shady Liberty/projects_shadyliberty02.html" style="font-size: 12px;">here</a><span style="font-size: 12px;">.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The dedication ceremony, led by City Public Art Manager Morton Brown, will take place on the upper parking deck of the Eastside Development, 5880 Centre Avenue, and is free and open to the public.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:39:04 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, COMMUNITY LEADERS LAUNCH NEW, ENERGY-SAVING 'COOL ROOFS' INITIATIVE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2275 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, volunteers and community members today launched the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cool-roofs">Cool Roofs</a> program, a new <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative that will coat the roofs of 10 City-owned buildings with reflective paint, making them more energy efficient. Following a kickoff event later this week, community volunteers are scheduled to paint the roof of Fire Engine 27 in Mt. Washington in the program&rsquo;s first step to lower the City&rsquo;s Co2 emissions and reduce Pittsburgh&rsquo;s carbon footprint.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Cool Roofs is another volunteer-fueled step forward in our efforts to make Pittsburgh a greener, more sustainable City,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By reducing internal building temperatures, we will decrease our energy usage, lower our carbon footprint and reduce operating costs &ndash; saving taxpayer dollars. Cool Roofs showcases our commitment to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s sustainable future and the tremendous impact of volunteerism our city.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Cool Roofs program, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.citiesofservice.org/resources/blueprints/cool-roofs/">based on the Cities of Service Cool Roofs Blueprint</a>, will equip Pittsburgh with more sustainable and energy-efficient buildings by coating City-owned buildings with white reflective paint, reducing internal building temperature by up to 30 percent and lowering Co2 emissions. In its first year, 10 roofs will be coated, covering approximately 50,000 square feet and reducing the City&rsquo;s Co2 emissions by 50 tons. The City&rsquo;s Department of Public Works will work with volunteers to clean and paint the roofs, and all will receive safety and instruction training. Organizations interested in volunteering, in groups of 10-20 volunteers aged 18 or older, should contact servePGH at 412-255-2280 or email <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Cool%20Roofs">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Funded by $56,000 allocated from a&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1807">Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund Grant</a> and $25,000 from the City&rsquo;s Green Trust Fund, Cool Roofs is a combined effort between Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s Office of Service &amp; Civic Engagement, Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Public Works. The City of New York, the first City to implement Cool Roofs, has continually donated its time and resources to help bring Cool Roofs to Pittsburgh. Additionally, the Student Conservation Association has offered support through the Green Cities Fellow Corps and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority provided water bottles for volunteers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information about Cool Roofs, a calendar of painting dates and other project information, please visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/cool-roofs">pittsburghpa.gov/cool-roofs</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As co-chair of the Green Government Task Force, Mayor Ravenstahl remains dedicated to promoting clean energy initiatives. Since spearheading the City&rsquo;s adoption of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan in 2008, the Mayor has led the City in taking great steps toward a greener, more sustainable City. To date, business district <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1268">streetlights have been converted</a> to energy-efficient LEDs, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1345">recycling and blight reduction programming</a> has expanded and &ldquo;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1681">Green Central</a>&rdquo; &ndash; the City&rsquo;s first one-stop-shop for information about sustainability &ndash; is set to open later this year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Cities of Service</strong><br /> Founded in September 2009 in New York City by 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.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About servePGH</strong><br /> By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize close to over 600 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 35,000 pounds of litter, and more.&nbsp; To date, over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 32,000 hours of service through servePGH.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency</strong><br /> In October 2008, Mayor Ravenstahl hired the City&#39;s first-ever Sustainability Coordinator and created the Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency to provide guidance on greening the City&#39;s operations and facilities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Sustainability Coordinator is tasked with implementing the municipal recommendations of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, adopted in August 2008, as well as collaborating with individuals from all departments to strengthen existing environmental initiatives and ensure that sustainability is integrated into all City operations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since its creation, the office has led initiatives to reduce energy use in City-owned buildings, utilize solar energy in City operations and involve citizens through activities like recycling and tree planting.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:13:56 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2269 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp; June 4, 2013</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/ship/">Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership</a> (SHIP), a&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a>&nbsp;program that repairs and weatherizes homes of vulnerable Pittsburgh residents, will collaborate with the <a href="http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/rkmellon/">Richard King Mellon Foundation</a> and <a href="http://pittsburghfoundation.org/">The Pittsburgh Foundation</a> to increase services over the next year. SHIP has been awarded two generous grants totaling $575,000.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I am pleased to partner with the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The Pittsburgh Foundation to continue to improve the quality of life for our City&rsquo;s most vulnerable residents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Through these collaborations, we are ready to serve more residents who need help making costly, but necessary, home repairs, and to help keep Pittsburgh one of America&rsquo;s &lsquo;Most Livable Cities&rsquo; for all our residents.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The grants were given in the amounts of $500,000 from The Richard King Mellon Foundation and $75,000 from The Pittsburgh Foundation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As part of Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative, SHIP began serving City of Pittsburgh residents in January 2012, after <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1141">receiving a $500,000 grant</a> from The Home Depot Foundation. To date, SHIP has engaged over 1,100 volunteers, leveraged over $600,000 of monetary and in-kind donations, and repaired and weatherized 75 homes, 20 of which are owned by veterans.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This summer, thanks to the new funding partnership, SHIP will engage more than 700 volunteers and repair 75 total homes. Funding from The Pittsburgh Foundation will support 24 renovations in the Hilltop neighborhoods of Allentown, Arlington, Knoxville, and Mt. Oliver to help seniors age in place; and funding from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will support 51 renovations in the East End neighborhood of Homewood.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="font-size: 12px;">About SHIP</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 12px;">SHIP repairs and weatherizes the homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents in collaboration with local nonprofits and citizen volunteers. The first-ever collaboration of its kind, SHIP allows low-income homeowners access to a variety of services at once. SHIP is a joint effort of the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Service and Civic Engagement, the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, and the following organizations: ACTION-Housing Inc., Nazareth Housing Services, The Pittsburgh Project and Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is the grantee for the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation grants and will be working with SHIP partners. SHIP&rsquo;s community partners are Operation Better Block and The Birmingham Foundation. Find more information at </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/ship" style="font-size: 12px;">pittsburghpa.gov/SHIP</a><span style="font-size: 12px;">.</span><br /> <br /> <strong style="font-size: 12px;">About Cities of Service and servePGH</strong><br /> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Founded in New York City in September 2009, Cities of Service supports mayors who leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective. The coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 12px;">By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through ten new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize close to over 600 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 35,000 pounds of litter, and more.&nbsp; To date, over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 32,000 hours of service through servePGH.</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 09:41:16 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH FRIDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2256 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(PITTSBURGH) May 30, 2013</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, May 31, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, May 31.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 09:26:29 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2254 <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 29, 2013 </strong>&nbsp; The City&#39;s Greenfield, Homewood, Market House, and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open this Thursday, May 30th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided. &nbsp;In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet, or utilize exercise equipment.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the City&rsquo;s Healthy Active Living Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity. For more information, please call Citiparks at 412-422-6405 or any of the individual Healthy Active Living Centers.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The Greenfield, Homewood, Market House and Sheraden Healthy Active Living Centers will be open for a Cooling Island on Thursday, May 30, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Locations:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">745 Greenfield Avenue</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-422-6551</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">7321 Frankstown Avenue</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-244-4190</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Market House Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">12th and Bingham Streets</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-488-8404</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">720 Sherwood Avenue</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">412-777-5012</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:21:14 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES NEW BIKE RACKS TO BE INSTALLED DOWNTOWN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2248 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 4, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City has begun the installation of 50 additional bike racks in downtown Pittsburgh. The new racks are being installed as part of a larger strategy to include more bike racks in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s business districts in an effort to provide access for cyclists and spur neighborhood economic activity. To date, more than 150 racks have been installed in other neighborhoods, ranging from South Side to Bloomfield, as a result of this strategy - bringing the total number of City-installed bike racks to over 500.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;From installing green bike lanes and launching a citywide bike share system, to increasing the number of bike racks, lanes and on-street corrals - we continue to work to make Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Additional inverted &ldquo;U&rdquo; racks will be installed downtown based on supply and demand. Installation began today and will be completed by the month&#39;s end. The racks cost approximately $100 each and will continue to be installed across the city in neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville and Squirrel Hill.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;More people than ever are riding bikes Downtown, yet supply of secure bike parking has not kept up with demand,&quot; said Scott Bricker, Executive Director of BikePGH. &quot;With this commitment from the City of Pittsburgh, it will be even easier to stop for a bite to eat, go to a meeting, or go shopping with peace of mind that your vehicle will be there when it&#39;s time to leave.&quot;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">&quot;With more and more people living and working downtown, these new bike racks will add to Pittsburgh&#39;s vibrancy, providing more transportation options and allowing cyclists to easily enjoy the shopping, dining and entertainment offered in our city&#39;s expanding golden triangle,&quot;&nbsp;said Yarone Zober, chief of staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and chairman of the Board of Directors for the URA.&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since introducing new bike and pedestrian initiatives in 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl has worked with organizations such as <a href="http://www.bikepgh.org">BikePGH</a> to make Pittsburgh a an even more bike-friendly city. Currently, the city boasts 500 bike racks and 75 miles of riverfront trails and bike lanes, and bike commuting has increased by nearly 300 percent over the last decade. Additionally, Pittsburgh is recognized as a bronze-level, bike-friendly community and one of the top 30 most bike-friendly cities by Bicycling Magazine, and was chosen as the host city for the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1725">2014 Pro Walk/Bike Conference</a> - which will welcome nearly 1,000 bicycle and walking professionals to our City. Earlier this year, Mayor Ravenstahl also announced a new <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2090">citywide bike share system</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Projects scheduled for 2013 include the recent installation of the City&rsquo;s first green bike lane on Liberty Avenue thanks to a generous $23,000 grant from <a href="http://www.bikesbelong.org/">Bikes Belong</a>. The lane will is painted green in an effort to increase the lane&rsquo;s visibility and improve safety. Additionally, the City will contribute $25,000 this year toward a $100,000 educational campaign sponsored by the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) to help ensure that both drivers and bicyclists are lawful, cautions and respectful of one another. This campaign will provide information and tips to drivers on how to safely share City streets with pedestrians and cyclists in dense urban areas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:04:13 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES CITY'S TWO NEW SPRAY PARKS TO OPEN THIS WEEKEND http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2246 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="font-size: 12px;">(PITTSBURGH) May 23, 2013</strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City&rsquo;s two newest spray parks will be opening this weekend in the Shadyside and East Hills neighborhoods. Community members are encouraged to join City leaders at ribbon cutting celebrations to be held at 12 p.m. this Friday, May 24, at Mellon Park in Shadyside and </span><span style="font-size: 12px;">1 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at East Hills Park</span><span style="font-size: 12px;">. All four of the City&rsquo;s spray parks will officially be open on Saturday at 1 p.m., offering residents a fun, safe way to stay cool this summer.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Spray parks offer many advantages over traditional swimming pools - they conserve water, require less staffing and offer increased accessibility to people with disabilities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our swimming pools and spray parks are just a few of the many free or affordable recreation opportunities for Pittsburgh residents this summer, where friends and neighbors can meet on hot summer days and enjoy their neighborhoods in our most livable city.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City&#39;s four spray parks provide free recreation for residents of all ages, and use less water than swimming pools by operating via manual or sensor-activated control systems. They offer an extended operating season from late spring to early fall, before and after traditional swimming pools open and close.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The former East Hills Swimming Pool on Wilmer Drive has transformed into an innovative, 2,400-square-foot spray park that incorporated overall beautification and improvements of the site including flower gardens, shade trees, flowering shrubs and improved walkways and access. East Hills residents played an active role in the park&rsquo;s design, reviewing design concepts and selecting water features that were incorporated in the spray park. The construction also included the renovation of adjacent outdoor basketball courts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In Shadyside, adjacent to the Mellon Park Tennis Center at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard, the new spray park was added to a popular recreational area that includes indoor/outdoor tennis courts, a playground and ball fields. The site was chosen due to the extreme popularity of a single water feature in the park that attracted children for many decades. The spray park &ndash; which includes a water bucket, misting poles and various in-ground water features &ndash; complements the existing playground.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">These two free facilities &ndash; along with Citiparks&rsquo; two existing spray parks in Beechview and Troy Hill &ndash; will operate daily through early fall beginning this Saturday, May 25. The City&rsquo;s swimming pools will open Friday, June 14. Spray parks and pools will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:15:08 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES 2013 PAVING PLAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2239 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 17, 2013</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City&rsquo;s Department of Public Works will pave another 40 miles of city streets this year, and announced that the <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/2013PavingPlan.pdf">2013 Paving Plan</a> is now available online. All six DPW divisions, representing the entire City, have begun paving work, and the Mayor reminds residents to connect with the City&rsquo;s social media outlets &ndash; including its <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/">website</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/city.of.pittsburgh">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/CityPGH">Twitter</a> pages &ndash; to receive weekly paving schedules. Residents can also call the Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 Response Line to receive paving information.</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This year&#39;s capital budget allows us to invest in our infrastructure and improve even more roads in our city,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;Paving and resurfacing city streets is just one way that we work to keep Pittsburgh as America&#39;s &#39;Most Livable City.&#39;&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">This year, the City will invest $10 million into a robust paving program, resurfacing 40 miles of City streets, totaling 302 miles of streets paved since 2006. The City posted its <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/2013PavingPlan.pdf">2013 Paving Plan</a> to its website today. The Plan includes streets to be paved and City maps showing roads paved from 2006 to 2012. The list is subject to change based on utility disruptions and other unforeseen events. Residents can also follow DPW on Twitter using the Twitter handle &ldquo;@CityPGH_DPW&rdquo; to receive weekly paving schedules and road closures that affect residents&rsquo; commutes.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The average life of a surfaced street is 10-12 years. Street resurfacing is prioritized based on outlined criteria and defined for primary, secondary, and tertiary streets. Streets to be resurfaced are compiled from the following criteria: overall street condition, which is monitored in the Cart&egrave;graph Pavement Management System (PMS); high traffic volume streets; condition of surrounding streets; and time since last resurfacing. Based on environmental conditions, the street paving work season is performed through November.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The DPW&rsquo;s Asphalt Paving Division uses an electronic database for tracking, monitoring and scheduling street maintenance. This Cartegraph Pavement Management System (PMS) itemizes streets based on individual street segments defined by road surface type, from intersection to intersection.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:22:55 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR NEIGHBORS TO LOVE THEIR BLOCK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2224 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 14, 2013</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s fall 2013 <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/">Love Your Block</a> grant award program. The block revitalization program gives up to 30 local nonprofit organizations $1,000 in the form of a Home Depot gift card to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Project implementation will take place from August 31 to October 31, 2013. <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/grantapplication?m=apply">Applications</a> will be available until Friday, June 14. Love Your Block is one of the Mayor&rsquo;s 10 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH </a>initiatives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;After four successful seasons of Love Your Block, it is clear that Pittsburgh residents are declaring their commitment to service by having organized over 40 community projects to date in their neighborhoods,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This fall, special consideration will be given to projects that engage and beautify local business districts. Encouraged projects include installing flowerboxes, creating pop-up cafes and shops, and projects that take place in neighborhoods with a high population of veterans. City department leaders will meet with the grant awardees and provide City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal to support the projects, as feasible. A full list of available City services can be found in the Love Your Block <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/grantapplication?m=apply">application</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013. </strong>Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status in early July. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place in August 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To date, grantees have impacted approximately 150 blocks by collecting 16,436 pounds of litter, creating 127 green spaces, leveraging almost $24,000 in donations and recruiting around 1,700 volunteers through the program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The spring 2013 Love Your Block season is currently underway as 24 projects are set to take place by June 30.&nbsp; Read about the spring 2013 Love Your Block projects <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2181">here</a>. Love Your Block is funded by The Home Depot Foundation and is supported in part by the Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Cities of Service and servePGH</strong><br /> Founded in New York City in September 2009, Cities of Service supports mayors who leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective. The coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through ten new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize close to over 600 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 35,000 pounds of litter, and more.&nbsp; To date, over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 32,000 hours of service through servePGH.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 10:38:01 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES 'SUPER SATURDAY' EVENT TO EDUCATE, TRAIN PROMISE COACHES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2217 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 9, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that his newest mentoring campaign, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/promisecoaches">Promise Coaches</a>, will host a &ldquo;Super Saturday&rdquo; training session next Saturday, May 18 to provide residents the opportunity to become a greater positive influence in the lives of others. Promise Coaches, a <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">servePGH</a> initiative, equips adults with resources and skills to guide young people through high school and on to higher education. At the event, participants will learn about resources available in the City of Pittsburgh that can help steer the young people in their lives toward successful futures. The sessions will include information about how to effectively communicate, the importance of an ongoing relationship with your student, and will include presentations by The Pittsburgh Promise and Pittsburgh Public Schools. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to become registered Promise Coaches at the event.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Our Promise Coaches Campaign equips Pittsburgh residents with the skills and resources they need to make a positive change in the lives of our city&#39;s youths,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers &ndash; anyone can help a young person in their life become &lsquo;Promise Ready&rsquo; and help grow the college-going culture among our city&rsquo;s students.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Promise Coaches&rsquo; Super Saturday event will take place on May 18, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Crossroad&rsquo;s United Methodist Church, 325 North Highland Avenue, in East Liberty.&nbsp; Super Saturday will feature two sets of workshops, allowing participants to select the workshops they wish to attend.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>First session:</strong><br /> 9:30 to 11 a.m.</p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;">Promise Coaches: Helping your Student Navigate to Graduation and Beyond</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;">Communicating with Your Student: Moving from Crazy to Calm</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;">Graduation Guide with Neighborhood Learning Alliance</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Second session:</strong><br /> 11:15 a.m. to noon</p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;">Pittsburgh Promise: For Your Student</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;">Financial Aid and FAFSA: Putting the Puzzle Together</li> <li style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;">From Middle School to High School: How to Choose the Right School for Your Student</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">This free event is for both current Promise Coaches and those interested in becoming Coaches. Participants will receive free breakfast and are eligible to win door prizes. To register online, residents are encouraged to visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/supersaturday">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/supersaturday</a>, email <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Promise%20Coaches">servePGH@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or call servePGH at 412-255-2280.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This effort will better inform and equip caring adult volunteers to engage and help students navigate high school and prepare for successful, fulfilling and productive careers. It is a win for students, a win for the volunteers and a win for our city. Joining with Mayor Ravenstahl, we are continuing to build on existing mentoring efforts to ensure that all young people know that we care about them and are here to help them reach their fullest potential.&rdquo; said Colleen Fedor, Executive Director of one of the Campaign&rsquo;s partner agencies, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, one of the Campaign&#39;s partner agencies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Last February, Mayor Ravenstahl <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2014">launched the Promise Coaches Campaign</a>, designed to equip adults in Pittsburgh with the resources and skills necessary to guide young people through high school and onto higher education and careers. The campaign, funded by a $100,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation and led by the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative, is supported by The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Schools and The Pittsburgh Promise. Since its launch, the campaign has trained over 150 Coaches and hosted 10 workshops.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 09:53:33 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES FINAL PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR OPENSPACEPGH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2214 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 6, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the opening of the public comment period and the final public meetings for <a href="http://planpgh.com/openspacepgh/">OpenSpacePGH</a> - the City&rsquo;s open space, parks and recreation planning effort. The public comment period for the draft of OpenSpacePGH will be available from May 7 to June 7 and can be accessed at <a href="http://exchange.planpgh.com/portal">http://exchange.planpgh.com/portal</a>, with paper copies of the plan available at all Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations. Draft recommendations were created with public input from nearly 3,000 residents and experts in the field. OpenSpacePGH is part of <a href="http://planpgh.com">PLANPGH</a>, the City&#39;s 25-year comprehensive growth plan, which includes 12 components and is projected to be completed in 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Incorporating residents&rsquo; ideas, concerns and suggestions into the planning process will help us make the best decisions on how and where to improve open space opportunities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Community involvement is a key element to PLANPGH&rsquo;s success. Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings, share their thoughts and have a greater hand in making Pittsburgh even more livable for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">OpenSpacePGH is anticipated to be the second adopted component of PLANPGH &ndash; following behind <a href="http://planpgh.com/preservepgh/">PRESERVEPGH </a>&ndash; and will guide the City&rsquo;s development by determining which areas are best left protected as open space. <a href="http://planpgh.com/movepgh">MOVEPGH </a>is also in its final stages.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The final public meetings &ndash; which are free and open to the public &ndash; will educate residents on the findings of the draft plan, and inform them about how they can use the plan to help create change in their neighborhoods. Residents are also encouraged to share ideas about how to best set priorities for open space programs in various neighborhoods across the city.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">OpenSpacePGH meetings will take place on the following dates and locations:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Tuesday, May 7th</strong><br /> 6 to 8 p.m.<br /> Kaufman Center, 1825 Centre Avenue (Hill District)</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Wednesday, May 8th</strong><br /> 6 to 8 p.m.<br /> Kingsley Center, 6435 Frankstown Road (Larimer)</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Thursday, May 9th</strong><br /> 6 to 8 p.m.<br /> Knoxville Elder Ado, 320 Brownsville Road (Knoxville)</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Tuesday, May 14th</strong><br /> 6 to 8 p.m.<br /> Schenley Ice Rink, Overlook Drive (Squirrel Hill South)</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Wednesday, May 15th</strong><br /> 6 to 8 p.m.<br /> Propel Northside, 1805 Buena Vista Street (North Side &ndash; parking lot accessed off of Brighton Road)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, residents are encouraged to contact Andrew Dash, Senior Planner, Department of City Planning by phone at 412-255-0760 or by e-mail at <a href="mailto:andrew.dash@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=OpenSpacePGH">andrew.dash@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 10:10:48 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES YARD DEBRIS SPECIAL COLLECTION TO TAKE PLACE ON SAT., MAY 18 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2211 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 3, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that City Environmental Services crews will hold a special spring yard debris collection on Sat., May 18.&nbsp; Bagged leaves, tree branches and bushes will be picked up and recycled for compost as long as those items are properly packaged.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The following items will only be accepted if properly packaged:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bagged leaves</strong>: Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at your normal refuse collection site. Bags should not exceed 35 pounds.&nbsp; Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Tree branches and bushes</strong>: Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding five feet. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four inches.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">City residents must place materials out for residential collection by City refuse/recycling crews on Fri., May 17. Please note that City crews will not collect dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or independent contractors will not be collected by City crews.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 09:43:03 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR CITY'S THIRD YOUTH CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2199 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH) May 2, 2013</strong><span style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s third annual Youth Civic Leadership Academy (YCLA), a free six-session program designed to educate and engage high school students about the inner-workings of City government. From visiting a water treatment plant to meeting with fire fighters and emergency responders, students will learn the ins and outs of Pittsburgh local government. YCLA will take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening beginning July 9 through July 25, 2013 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. YCLA is the youth component of the Mayor&rsquo;s Civic Leadership Academy, and part of his <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The Youth Civic Leadership Academy allows us the unique opportunity to continue educating our young residents through the summer months and help develop their leadership skills,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;More than 125 Civic Leadership Academy graduates have gone on to do great things in their communities. Engaging our local youth now will give them a head start on what they can do for themselves and for our City in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The sessions will highlight different City departments and the services they provide that help make Pittsburgh America&rsquo;s &ldquo;Most Livable City.&rdquo; Participants will enjoy tours, hands-on demonstrations and fun activities to get an up-close and personal view of how each department helps to operate the City. YCLA will conclude with a graduation ceremony, and graduates will develop a group service project based on their experiences.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Applicants must be a high school student residing within Pittsburgh City limits at the time of application.&nbsp; Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, interested in community service and civic engagement, and committed to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and/or school communities. The City will provide bus/shuttle transportation to sessions held outside the Downtown area, as well as Port Authority bus passes for all sessions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Interested youths may apply online at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">pittsburghpa.gov/ycla</a>&nbsp; or request a hard copy application by contacting the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Service &amp; Civic Engagement at 412-255-2280 or <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Youth%20Civic%20Leadership%20Academy">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp; <strong>Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on June 3, 2013</strong>; late applications will not be accepted.&nbsp; Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-June.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City of Pittsburgh is thankful to the Corporation for National &amp; Community Service for its dedication of AmeriCorps VISTA resources to servePGH.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through 10 new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more.&nbsp; Over 3,700 volunteers have committed more than 32,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 10:30:52 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES 24 NEW LOVE YOUR BLOCK GRANT RECIPIENTS, PROJECTS TO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2181 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) April 23, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the 24 recipients who will receive funding through the fourth round of his servePGH initiative&#39;s &ldquo;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock">Love Your Block</a>&rdquo; grant program &ndash; bringing the total number of projects to 64. From Garfield to Elliott, and Beltzhoover to Spring Garden, resident volunteers will partner with the City to transform blighted lots into community assets. Thanks to the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1407">generous support of The Home Depot Foundation</a>, organizations will be awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment. Additionally, a special $2,000 prize will be given to the organization with the most impressive block transformation. Spring project implementation will begin this weekend in <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/events">Highland Park and the South Side</a>, and will continue through the end of June.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;With the generous support of our City departments and The Home Depot Foundation, Pittsburgh residents have the resources to make real change in their neighborhoods,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;As we grow our city&rsquo;s dedication to volunteerism, these 24 projects will be a testament to the commitment of our residents to serve their communities and transform blight to beauty.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Love Your Block is one of 10 innovative service initiatives that are part of Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative, which engages volunteers to help tackle Pittsburgh&rsquo;s greatest challenges. The block revitalization program gives organizations $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Organizations also receive support from City services, such as trash collection and graffiti removal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In choosing the spring recipients, the City gave special consideration to projects that engage local veterans and veteran organizations, and that demonstrate a creative solution to an identified community issue. Since the launch of servePGH in 2011, resident volunteers have helped to spruce up 150 city blocks, collected over 16,000 pounds of litter, created 127 new community green spaces and more.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Love Your Block is made possible thanks to The Home Depot Foundation, which generously donated $130,000 to the initiative and enabled the City to increase the number of revitalization projects from 20 to 50 per year. It is also supported by the Corporation for National Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We are extremely grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for their investment in this program and their national commitment to supporting vibrant and sustainable communities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.<br /> <br /> Applications for the next round of fall grants will be available this summer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock">pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock</a>, email <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a> or call 412-255-2280.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>2013 SPRING GRANT RECIPIENTS:</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Banksville Civic Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the area around a community hockey rink in Banksville.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Beltzhoover Civic Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will create a community green space in Beltzhoover.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify Nelson Mandela Peace Park in Garfield.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Community Alliance of Spring Garden-East Deutschtown</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify vacant lots in Spring Garden.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Deutschtown Merchants Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a lot and install fencing in a community garden in Deutschtown/East Allegheny.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Elliott Community Group</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot and create a community garden for veterans in Elliott.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Fineview Citizens Council</strong><br /> Volunteers will install a garden shed, stone bench and welcome sign in Fineview.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Friends of the Riverfront</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify existing trails with plantings and a cleanup along Eliza Furnace Trail and Three Rivers Heritage Trail.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Gangsters for God</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot in Homewood.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Larimer Green Team</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify vacant lots along Frankstown Avenue in Larimer.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Lawrenceville United</strong><br /> Volunteers will create an outdoor green space and clean up sections of Lawrenceville.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Neighbors of Grandview Avenue</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a main entrance along Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Oakland Planning and Development Corporation</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify an entrance to Oakland.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Oakwood Civic Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a lot at the entrance of Oakwood.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Observatory Hill, Inc.</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot in Observatory Hill/Perry North.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5/Keys Service Corps</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a play area, plant flowers and create community art in the Northside.<br /> <br /> <strong>Polish Hill Civic Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the Harmer St. City steps and clean up sections of Polish Hill.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Sheraden Kiwanis Club</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the Sheraden War Memorial.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Soldiers and Sailors Museum</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the veteran monuments around the museum in Oakland.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Southside Chamber of Commerce</strong><br /> Volunteers will revitalize a community center, install planters and clean up along E. Carson St. in the South Side.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Southside Community Council</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify existing green spaces along E. Carson St. in the South Side.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Tree Pittsburgh</strong><br /> Volunteers will plant trees for the Highland Park community.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify the community facility on Washington Boulevard.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><strong>West Pittsburgh Partnership</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot in Elliott.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through 10 new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize city blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges and more.&nbsp; More than 3,700 volunteers have committed nearly 32,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servePGH</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:34:06 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2013 SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2179 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) April 29, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP). This year&rsquo;s six-week jobs program will place over 300 young residents in employment with the City, who will gain valuable work experience, earn wages and contribute to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic growth. Since Ravenstahl brought back the program in 2007, nearly 2,700 young people have received summer jobs ranging from restoring and conserving City parks to administrative tasks in an office setting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Our young residents are the future of Pittsburgh, and we must provide them with tools, knowledge and opportunities to ensure their success and to help our City thrive,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By providing opportunity to gain real-world experience with local businesses and organizations, we continue to work hard to prepare our future leaders.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The locally and federally funded six-week PSYEP will begin Monday, July 1 and continue through Friday, August 9, and is available to City of Pittsburgh residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Youths will be assigned to perform outdoor work, including restoration and conservation of City parks, public property and vacant lots, or internships, including general office work in a variety of local businesses or organizations. They will be paid $7.25 per hour, $6.00 per hour for Work Readiness Training and may work up to 30 hours per week.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Applications are available by download at pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/pittsburghpartnership/psyep or by visiting one of the application centers:&nbsp; Goodwill of SWPA (Southside) at 2400 East Carson Street (412-632-1740), Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (East) at 5321 Penn Avenue (412-362-8580) or West End Works (West) at 825 Lorenz Avenue (412-533-2029).&nbsp; Applications will also be available at several neighborhood and community organizations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Applications must be submitted in person, with the required eligibility documentation stated in the guidelines, to one of the application centers.&nbsp; Applications are accepted from Wednesday, May 1, 2013 until Monday, May 13, 2013.&nbsp; Applicants who are less than 18 years of age must have their application signed by a parent or legal guardian.&nbsp; Applicants are selected by a random lottery; selected applicants will be notified by phone or e-mail.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information about the 2013 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program, please contact Jim Brenner, Youth Program Supervisor at 412-255-2675.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The 2013 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program is made possible through Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and generous grant funding provided by the Keith T. Hammond Fund; Jane Holmes Hall for Boys Memorial Fund and the Harry W. and Irene Freye Fund from The Pittsburgh Foundation in the amount of $125,000, and a grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in the amount of $75,000.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:44:38 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITY'S EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS, SECOND-ANNUAL 'EARTH MARKET' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2162 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) April 19, 2013</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the City&rsquo;s celebration of Earth Day, which takes place this Monday, April 22. From Citiparks&rsquo; three-day celebration, to the second-annual &ldquo;Earth Market&rdquo; in Market Square, to the Mayor&rsquo;s fifth-annual free tree giveaway - Mayor Ravenstahl encourages all residents to celebrate our planet and pledge to make greener, more sustainable choices.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Earth Day celebrations remind us all of our responsibility to take care of our environment by making sustainable choices,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our second annual Earth Market will be an enjoyable event for all ages, as well as a valuable resource for information about green initiatives all over the city. As we celebrate Earth Day, we are reminded to strive for sustainable and environmentally friendly habits in our daily lives. I encourage residents to commit to creating greener goals for themselves and their families.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City, in partnership with the Frick Environmental Center, will host a three-day weekend &ndash; April 19 through 21 &ndash; of Earth Day activities, including nature walks, tree plantings and a community campfire. Find more information <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/2013-earth-day-flyer.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On Wednesday, April 24, the City will hold its second-annual family friendly &ldquo;Earth Market&rdquo; in Market Square from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where local organizations and businesses will share sustainable resources, promote citywide green initiatives and support the growth of the local green economy. The Market will bring over two dozen vendors offering sustainable green resources, retail items, free giveaways and fun activities for children. From the Citiparks Roving Art Cart and a local magician performing green-themed magic tricks, to sustainable product demonstrations and free greening resources &ndash; Earth Market will provide the knowledge and tools needed to live greener, cleaner lifestyles.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Mayor&rsquo;s Propel Commission, in partnership with Coca-Cola and the PA Resource Council, will giveaway 40 rain barrels to help residents manage and reuse stormwater runoff. For a complete listing of City-sponsored Earth Day celebration events and a full list of Earth Market vendors, click <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/green">here</a>. Also at the Market, the City will give away 1,000 flowering dogwood tree seedlings at 11:30 a.m. in an effort to promote a greener City and fulfill the TreeVitalize Initiative&rsquo;s goal of planting 20,000 trees throughout the region. So far, over 14,000 trees have been planted in nearly 60 neighborhoods by 3,500 volunteers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At Earth Market, &nbsp;the City&rsquo;s Green Champion Award will be presented to two outstanding green organizations:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Pittsburgh FLOWW &ndash; an environmental organization created by a group of teen delegates from across the country after they conducted environmental work in Sri Lanka</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Operation Better Block&rsquo;s Junior Green Corps &ndash; a youth work readiness program that manages 20 formerly vacant City lots that they&rsquo;ve turned into community gardens&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Read more about the groups&rsquo; impressive accomplishments in the special Earth Day edition of the <a href="http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=44bbc1ec9a969b2bd59c34d5f&amp;id=993f301cfc&amp;e=e10f037970">Green Scene</a>.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:38:49 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES FOUR OPEN AMERICORPS VISTA POSITIONS WITHIN CITY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2141 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 27, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is seeking four qualified year-round AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to support his servePGH program. These positions will involve management and hands-on work on a number of service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods, ranging from reducing blight to mentoring youths to providing fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods. Applications will be accepted until April 30th, 2013, or until the positions are filled.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;One reason why servePGH has been so successful is the level of commitment to service these AmeriCorps VISTA members have shown, and I&rsquo;m excited to continue this opportunity,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;They will work closely with City departments and local organizations on programs that engage citizen volunteers to help tackle Pittsburgh&rsquo;s greatest challenges, and further fuel our city&rsquo;s Third Renaissance.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Full-time applications are being accepted for a Youth Service Associate, Community Engagement Associate, Neighborhood Service Associate and Civic Engagement Associate. These associates will serve full-time in the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Service and Civic Engagement (servePGH) for one year, beginning July 2013. Successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government, community organizing, partnership building and neighborhood revitalization. The four available positions were made possible through a successful application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps VISTA program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor&rsquo;s degree, strong written and oral presentation skills, experience in project management, and commitment to collaboration and problem solving. &nbsp;A basic living allowance of $946 per month, a $5,550 education award or a $1,500 end-of-service stipend upon completion of a year of service, and basic health coverage is provided by the CNCS.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Within the past two years, VISTA members in the Mayor&rsquo;s Office have been extremely successful. Their work has helped servePGH grown from five to 10 robust service plans tackling high-priority City challenges. To date, servePGH has engaged 3,700 volunteers in 32,000 hours of service, revitalized over 600 City blocks, removed 35,600 pounds of litter from City streets, and weatherized and repaired over 70 homes of veteran, senior and disabled residents.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To view additional requirements and to find out how to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, click <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/servePGH_VISTA_2013application.pdf">here</a>. <strong>Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">More than 50,000 citizens are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Pennsylvania. The 3,400 AmeriCorps members alone have recruited nearly 62,000 volunteers, tutored or mentored more than 110,000 disadvantaged children and youth, provide more than 2,330,530 hours of service valued at over $49 million dollars and raise more than $27 million dollars in cash or in-kind resources.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. &nbsp;Through 10 new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl engages citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more. ServePGH is funded by a competitive Cities of Service Leadership Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Foundation &ndash; along with private foundation, government and corporate grants &ndash; and is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. In total, servePGH has secured $1.3 million in funding sources. Additional information is available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong><br /> AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a 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. Since 1994, more than 37,000 Pennsylvania residents have served more than 47 million hours</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:15:55 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL LAUNCHES CITY'S FIRST MOBILE TALK SHOW TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS IN POLICY PLANNING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2129 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 26, 2013</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the launch of <a href="http://planpgh.com/talkpgh/">TALKPGH</a>, the City&rsquo;s first mobile outreach vehicle program. TALKPGH will creatively engage residents to gather insight about their neighborhoods, which will be used to develop the City&rsquo;s public art and urban design plans -&nbsp;<a href="http://planpgh.com/artpgh/">ARTPGH</a> and <a href="http://planpgh.com/designpgh/">DESIGNPGH</a>. From <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/TALKPGH_Schedule.pdf">April 6th through the 25th</a>, the TALKPGH vehicle will visit each of the City&rsquo;s 90 neighborhoods to interview residents about their communities, and collect ideas about how they can be improved through public art and urban design. TALKPGH is an initiative of <a href="http://www.planpgh.com/">PLANPGH</a>, the City&rsquo;s first-ever 25-year comprehensive plan, which includes 12 components and is anticipated to be completed in 2014.</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Through this creative and innovative planning process, residents will have the opportunity to share what makes their neighborhood special, and how it can be improved through public art and urban design,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;TALKPGH is an exciting way to actively engage residents in creating policies that will help preserve and enhance those qualities. We want to make it easy and exciting for residents to work with us on this important effort.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The City has teamed up with local artist Jon Rubin to facilitate the project. Rubin and his film crew will conduct interviews, alongside City staff, and will ask residents general, open-ended questions about their neighborhood. Residents are encouraged to speak about what they feel are strengths and weaknesses, and how they think art and design can be improved.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The unique vehicle features a cargo area with transparent sides, which will act as windows for the public to watch &ldquo;live&rdquo; as residents are being interviewed. Interviews will be taped and will air as a web series this summer on the TALKPGH website. TALKPGH aims to engage residents in the planning process as well as drive attendance and participation at public meetings and workshops. A round of community workshops for the ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH plans will be held from April 22nd through 30th.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">To aid in this endeavor, the City of Pittsburgh is looking for liaisons, interviewees and suggested locations in which to film the 90-neighborhood talk show. Residents who are interested in being interviewed about their neighborhood may sign up on the project&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.planpgh.com/talkpgh/">website</a> or by calling the auto set-up system at 408-800-3176. Interviewees will be predetermined in each neighborhood prior to the vehicle visiting that neighborhood. If the schedule is not filled during the time of filming, residents who are not pre-determined may also be interviewed. Residents are also encouraged to recommend neighbors to be interviewed as well as feasible locations where the vehicle may park legally for a one-hour filming session.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://planpgh.com/artpgh/">ARTPGH</a> will create a strategy for the City to engage local, regional and national artists, facilitate care for its extensive art collection, and involve artists in public space, facility and infrastructure design.&nbsp;<a href="http://planpgh.com/designpgh/" style="font-size: 12px;">DESIGNPGH</a><span style="font-size: 12px;"> will examine existing types of urban design and devise a plan with set guidelines to inform future developers about the quality and character of design that is expected and feasible in our neighborhoods.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH are being conducted by the Department of City Planning and partnering consultants, including Urban Design Associates, Barbara Goldstein and local artist Jon Rubin.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:27:34 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES CITY TO CHALLENGE UPMC STATUS AS 'PURELY PUBLIC CHARITY' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2119 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH) March 20, 2013 </strong><span style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that he is directing the City of Pittsburgh Law Department to challenge UPMC&rsquo;s status as an &ldquo;institution of purely public charity&rdquo; (IPPC). This challenge comes on the heels of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling last year that reaffirmed that institutions like UPMC must meet a specific set of standards to qualify for charitable tax-exemptions.&nbsp;</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Following an extensive review process by <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/opinion.pdf">legal counsel</a>, we are confident that UPMC fails to meet the standards set by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to be classified as an institution of purely public charity,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;UPMC must act like the charity it claims to be. It is time for UPMC to engage in a serious conversation with the City and key stakeholders about its responsibilities to our community.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">According to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, whether an entity is an IPPC depends on its satisfaction of the 5-pronged test announced in Hospital Utilization Project v. Commonwealth, popularly known as the &ldquo;HUP Test.&rdquo; The annual window to challenge UPMC&rsquo;s tax-exemption status will close on March 31.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Under the HUP test, an organization must establish that it does all of the following to qualify as an IPPC:&nbsp;</div> <ol> <li style="text-align: justify;">Advances a charitable purpose</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Donates or renders gratuitously a substantial portion of its services</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Benefits a substantial and indefinite class of persons who legitimate subjects of charity</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Relieves the government of some of its burden</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Operates entirely free of profit motive&nbsp;</li> </ol> <div style="text-align: justify;">Based on publicly available information &ndash; including but not limited to UPMC&rsquo;s Consolidated Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service for FY 2011 &ndash; the City believes that UPMC fails the HUP test in one or more respects and, therefore, is not an IPPC.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">Among the reasons that UPMC fails the HUP Test are the following:&nbsp;</span></div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">It donates at most less than two percent, and perhaps less than one percent, of the net patient revenues (over $5.7 billion) to patients eligible for financial assistance.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Dozens of its operations, divisions, subsidiaries and/or affiliates are for-profit entities and do not donate any services.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Through the closing of hospitals in under-served communities and opening others in high-income and already well-served areas, and threatening to reject its competitor&rsquo;s insurance coverage, UPMC has exhibited an anti-competitive, pro-profit motive.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;">The City also contends that UPMC is failing to pay millions of dollars of payroll taxes each year, in violation of state and local law. To remedy this violation, the City is seeking the following:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">A declaratory judgment that UPMC is not an IPPC exempt from the payment of the City&rsquo;s Payroll Tax.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">An order requiring UPMC to file quarterly payroll tax returns covering all of its operations beginning from March 31, 2007 to the present.&nbsp;</li> </ul> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:07:37 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, COMMUNITY MEMBERS CELEBRATE 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF SERVEPGH INITIATIVE, HONOR IMPRESSIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2111 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 20, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined community members and volunteers to celebrate the second anniversary of his service initiative, servePGH. Mayor Ravenstahl released <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/servePGH-Year2-Report-Web.pdf">servePGH&rsquo;s second annual report to the community</a>, which highlights the program&rsquo;s successes and charts the course for 2013-2014, which will engage even more resident volunteers to help tackle the City&rsquo;s most pressing challenges. To date, over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 30,000 hours of service through servePGH. The celebration also included the completion of a Love Your Block revitalization project in the Elliott neighborhood.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I am extremely proud of the great strides our City has accomplished together through servePGH over the last two years,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Today is a celebration and true testament of how much we can accomplish when partnerships are built between businesses, organizations, local government and community members. It is my hope that this celebration will inspire even more residents to join our efforts and work alongside us as we continue to tackle our City&rsquo;s greatest challenges.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In just two years, Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s servePGH initiative has grown from five to 10 robust service programs tackling high-priority City challenges, ranging from reducing blight to mentoring youths to providing fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods. To date, servePGH has engaged 3,700 volunteers in 32,000 hours of service, revitalized over 600 City blocks, removed 35,600 pounds of litter from City streets, and weatherized and repaired over 70 homes of veteran, senior and disabled residents.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2013, Mayor Ravenstahl will continue to mobilize volunteers and serve an even broader group of Pittsburgh residents and communities with the addition of new youth and green initiatives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With additional supportive partnerships, in 2013 the Mayor expects to:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">plant 10-15 edible gardens in targeted &ldquo;food deserts&rdquo; throughout the City to harvest 2,000 pounds of fresh produce for 200 families, through the new <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/ediblegardens">Green Up Pittsburgh: Edible Gardens</a> program.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">recruit 500 adults to become <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/promisecoaches">Promise Coaches</a> to guide Pittsburgh&rsquo;s young residents toward educational success.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">coat 50,000 sq. ft. of City-owned rooftops with reflective paint to reduce the City&rsquo;s carbon emissions by 45 metric tons and decrease electricity usage in coated buildings by 10-15 percent, through the new Cool Roofs program.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">complete 50 high impact revitalization projects and engage 1,500 volunteers, including at least 250 veterans, through <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/">Love Your Block</a>.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">establish 30 new <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/reddupzone/">Redd Up Zones</a>, bringing the total to 100 Redd Up Zones in the City.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">repair over 70 homes through the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/ship/">Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership</a> by engaging 720 volunteers.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">remain the number one employer partner for the Be a 6th Grade Mentor program and increase mentorship by 30 percent through the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/mentor/">Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative</a>.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">educate 75 community leaders about City government through the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/">Civic Leadership Academy</a>.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">recognize 52 outstanding volunteer residents and organizations with <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/csa/">Citizen Service Awards</a>.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Read Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s servePGH Year Two Report to the Community, or learn more about or volunteer with servePGH, at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servePGH</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Before the celebration event, more than two dozen volunteers mulched, cleaned up and prepared a garden site on Lorenz Avenue for spring cleaning. The site, in Elliott, was a former Love Your Block project, when volunteers &ndash; with the help of City services and a $500 grant from The Home Depot Foundation &ndash; <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/photos/?pwi_album_selected=Elliott_Community_Group&amp;pwi_albumpage=1">transformed a vacant lot into a community garden</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. ServePGH is funded by a competitive Cities of Service Leadership Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Foundation &ndash; along with private foundation, government and corporate grants &ndash; and is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. In total, servePGH has secured $1.3 million in funding sources.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE</strong><br /> The City of Pittsburgh is grateful to the <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">Corporation for National &amp; Community Service</a> for their support of the servePGH initiative.&nbsp; Mayor Ravenstahl&#39;s servePGH is supported 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 over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects. Mayor Ravenstahl&#39;s Office of Service and Civic Engagement hosts six AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the initiative&#39;s ten programs.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:07:16 -0400 IBM EXPERTS PRESENT RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION, MAYOR RAVENSTAHL HIGHLIGHTS CITY'S PROGRESS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2097 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH) March 14, 2013</strong><span style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the release of IBM&rsquo;s official written recommendations on how to help make local transportation more convenient, efficient, cost effective and eco-friendly, and highlighted the City&rsquo;s progress to date.&nbsp;</span>Pittsburgh was one of only 100 cities chosen from a pool of more than 400 applicants over the past three years to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, which funded the work last year of top IBM experts who studied local transportation opportunities.<span style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;In October, IBM </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1789" style="text-align: justify;">presented verbal recommendations</a><span style="text-align: justify;">, which focused mostly on the numerous benefits realized when all transportation agencies work close together.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;As we continue to work with local universities and stakeholders to improve our city&rsquo;s multi-modal transportation system, we are committed to utilizing IBM&rsquo;s recommendations to help prioritize our next steps,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;I want to thank the IBM team of experts for working diligently with stakeholders, local leadership and our city planners to help identify ways we can work together to improve the future of our region by creating smarter transportation strategies.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Mindful of the City&rsquo;s comprehensive transportation plan, <a href="http://www.planpgh.com/movepgh/">MOVEPGH</a>, the IBM team studied the City&rsquo;s challenges, constraints and strengths to create a tangible roadmap of near-term and long-term actions that can be implemented. Recommendations aim to help Pittsburgh develop into a technologically empowered &ldquo;Smarter City&rdquo; by improving urban transportation planning.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The proposed recommendations include:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Streamlining traffic flow by developing a distributed traffic management center</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Empowering travelers by creating an integrated transportation data and information services platform</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Promoting alternative modes of transportation to reduce the number of cars on the road</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Coordinating governance for data sharing to develop and deliver a shared transportation data vision and framework</li> </ul> <div>The full report can be viewed&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/IBM_Smarter_Cities_Report_2013.pdf">here</a>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We look forward to partnering with the City and IBM in implementing the recommendations of this report, particularly in developing a transportation data analytics center to deploy technology that makes all transportation modes in Pittsburgh smarter,&rdquo; said Al Biehler, Carnegie Mellon&rsquo;s University Transportation Center Executive Director.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Since reviewing IBM&rsquo;s written and verbal recommendations, the City has continued to work hard to improve transportation, increase safety and mobility and enhance Pittsburgh residents&rsquo; quality of life. Some of the continuing progress includes:</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Policy</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The City&rsquo;s first 25-year transportation plan, <a href="http://www.planpgh.com/movepgh/">MOVEPGH</a>, is currently in its policy development stage. Including ideas and suggestions from residents and stakeholders during multiple public forums, MOVEPGH will develop innovative transportation solutions from the City of Pittsburgh. In November, the City identified its priority projects and encouraged residents to continue to provide helpful input.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bike Share System</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Earlier this week, Mayor Ravenstahl &ndash; joined by BikePGH, stakeholders and residents &ndash; announced plans for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s first-ever bike share system. <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2090">Pittsburgh Bike Share</a> will include 500 bikes available for point-to-point trips to any of the 50 solar-powered stations planned throughout the City of Pittsburgh. The system is intended to enhance mobility within the city, promote tourism and provide a fun and healthy way to visit Pittsburgh&rsquo;s diverse and exciting neighborhoods.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Senior Planner Staff Member</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The City is currently accepting applications for a <a href="https://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/employmentcenter/JobDetails.aspx?Postings=1777">Senior Planner</a>, a new position created to help coordinate ongoing efforts between the City, stakeholders and IBM to improve transportation. The Senior Planner will assist with transportation impact analysis and development review, help develop the first set of policies to implement IBM&#39;s recommendations, and assist the Principal Transportation Planner in all areas of transportation planning. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until Monday, March 18, 2013.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>City&#39;s First Smart Site</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The City is working together with Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/traffic21/index.aspx">Traffic 21 initiative</a>, the University of Pittsburgh, PennDOT, IBM, a number of foundations and others to focus on the Smarter Cities Challenge recommendations. The group will create framework and resources to devise a &quot;smarter&quot; approach to development that incorporates developers&#39; and community members&#39; aspirations regarding large scale infrastructure and investment, including the possibility of creating the city&#39;s first Smart Site.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Data Transparency</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The City is collaborating with universities and other stakeholders to collect, store and manage vast amounts of data and increase transparency. Recently, City data was used when dozens of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s best and brightest coders had 24 hours to turn government data into an app that benefits Pittsburgh residents, visitors or businesses during <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=2065">Steel City Codefest</a>, the City&rsquo;s first-ever civic software app development competition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:23:59 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES RFP FOR POPULATION RENAISSANCE STUDY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2095 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH) March 19, 2013 &nbsp;</strong><span style="text-align: justify;"> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a request for proposals (RFP) for the City&rsquo;s new Population Renaissance Study, which will help Pittsburgh better position itself to competitively attract those who are relocating to urban areas. The study will use data and surveys to better understand the underlying factors that drive national trends of migration to cities. This study will build off </span><a href="http://planpgh.com/" style="text-align: justify;">PLANPGH</a><span style="text-align: justify;">, the City&rsquo;s first-ever comprehensive plan.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;As Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance continues to progress, our population is growing for the first time in decades and even more young people are calling Pittsburgh home,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This study will help continue this positive momentum by allowing us to learn what factors determine where people choose to live, and to enact policies that will retain and attract a diverse population to America&rsquo;s &lsquo;Most Livable City.&rsquo;&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Pittsburgh experienced an estimated growth of nearly 2,000 people between 2010 and 2011. 2010 Census data shows that more young people between the ages of 20-24 call Pittsburgh home than ever before, and the City&rsquo;s median age is 33. Many possible explanations for these trends will be examined, including municipal governance/structure, housing, transportation, schools and more. Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s goal is to integrate these findings into PLANPGH and craft future policy decisions based on them.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Our growth over the last few years may be modest, but it validates a trend that has been hypothesized since the onset of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance - with sound planning and policies in place, we hope to keep that trend going for decades to come,&rdquo; said Noor Ismail, Director of City Planning.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The RFP can be found on the Department of City Planning&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/rfp">website</a>. Proposals must be submitted to City Planning by 4 p.m. on <strong>Friday, April 12, 2013</strong>. The study is expected to take six to nine months to complete.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:36:34 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, COMMUNITY PARTNERS ANNOUNCE NEW CITYWIDE BIKE SHARE SYSTEM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2090 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 11, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by <a href="http://www.bikepgh.org">BikePGH</a>, <a href="http://www.bakery-square.com">Bakery Square</a> and project stakeholders, announced plans for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s first-ever bike share system. Pittsburgh Bike Share will include 500 bikes available for point-to-point trips to any of the 50 solar-powered stations planned throughout the City of Pittsburgh. The system is intended to enhance mobility within the city, promote tourism and provide a fun and healthy way to visit Pittsburgh&rsquo;s diverse and exciting neighborhoods. Similar citywide systems have proven to be extremely successful in Washington, DC, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis and elsewhere.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Pittsburgh Bike Share will promote healthy living and cleaner air, while encouraging residents, visitors and commuters to visit the city&rsquo;s diverse communities and thriving neighborhood business districts,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;This new system represents another significant step forward in our efforts to make Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since introducing new bike and pedestrian initiatives in 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl has worked with organizations such as BikePGH to make Pittsburgh even more bike-friendly. Currently, the city boasts 500 bike racks and 75 miles of riverfront trails and bike lanes, and bike commuting has increased by nearly 300 percent over the last decade. Additionally, Pittsburgh is recognized as a bronze-level, bike-friendly community and one of the top 30 most bike-friendly cities by Bicycling Magazine.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Bike share and bicycle friendly streets are must haves for any city to be relevant and&nbsp;competitive in the 21st century,&rdquo; said Scott Bricker, Executive Director of BikePGH. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s about creating places that are attractive, vibrant and healthy,and a big component of a livable city is one that&rsquo;s easy, safe and convenient to get around by bike.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Annual bike share members are given a special key used to access a bike, while casual users are given a code in which to access a bike from any station, any time. An app called <a href="http://www.spotcycle.net">Spotcycle</a> allows anyone to determine if a bike or empty dock is available at any station. Members will be able to access the system for a cost of:</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;">&bull; $75 for an annual membership<br /> &bull; $25 for a monthly membership<br /> &bull; $15 for a three-day pass<br /> &bull; $7 for a 24-hour pass</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pittsburgh Bike Share is made possible thanks to a strong private-public partnership between the City, Bakery Square, BikePGH and <a href="http://www.altaplanning.com">Alta Planning + Design</a>. Support has been provided from various City departments including the Department of City Planning and the Department of Public Works. Pittsburgh Bike Share is expected to cost $3 million. To date, the project has received a generous $1.6 million grant from the PA Department of Transportation and is in the process of securing $400,000 in matching funds from foundations and $1 million from interested corporate sponsors. Pittsburgh Bike Share is expected to be up and running by the summer of 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Pittsburgh Bike Share is a huge asset to the neighborhood business districts around the East End,&rdquo; said Gregg Perelman of Walnut Capital, Inc., the developers of Bakery Square.&nbsp;&ldquo;A person working at Bakery Square will be able to grab a bike and go to lunch or shop in the many surrounding communities of East Liberty, Shadyside, Highland Park, Point Breeze and Larimer, in a convenient and sustainable way.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Residents are encouraged to attend the following upcoming community meetings to discuss the new bike share system and review suggested locations for the 50 stations that will be located citywide. For more details, visit <a href="http://www.pghbikeshare.org">pghbikeshare.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;">6 p.m.<br /> Tues., April 2, 2013&nbsp;<br /> Carnegie-Mellon University&nbsp;<br /> McKenna, Peter and Wright Rooms<br /> 5032 Forbes Avenue&nbsp;<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15213&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;">12 noon<br /> Wed., April 3, 2013<br /> Point Park University<br /> Lawrence Hall Ballroom<br /> 201 Wood Street<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15219</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:09:55 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES SOUTH SIDE SHUTTLE AND TAXI SERVICE AFTER ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE, ENCOURAGES PARADE GOERS TO BE SAFE & RESPONSIBLE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2089 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 11, 2013 </strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a collaboration between the City and numerous local organizations to increase safety and ease transportation and parking congestion after this Saturday&rsquo;s 144th St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade and celebration. Free shuttle service will be provided between Second Avenue downtown and the South Side from 12 noon to 4 a.m. as part of this one-day pilot program. The Mayor reminds everyone to be safe and responsible as increased public safety enforcement will ensure a safe, family-friendly event for everyone.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We urge everyone to be safe and responsible during this year&rsquo;s St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade- one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most anticipated and fun traditions,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;In addition to increasing safety measures, we have teamed up with numerous local organizations to provide parking and transportation options that will help to decrease traffic congestion in the South Side following the parade.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">South Side employees and visitors are encouraged to park, for free, in the Pittsburgh Parking Authority&rsquo;s Second Avenue parking lot at the 10th Street Bridge this Saturday, March 16, where shuttles will transport riders to the Carson Street corridor and South Side Works. There will be five specified taxi stands and 10 shuttle stops along the route. More than 800 spaces will be available in the Parking Authority lot, and overnight parking is permitted. Shuttles will run at 15-minute intervals from noon through 4 a.m. View or download a map of the shuttle route and taxi stand locations&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/SouthSide_shuttleMap.pdf">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The pilot program is an initiative of Mayor Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan&rsquo;s transportation and mobility group under the City&rsquo;s contract with the Responsible Hospitality Institute. Project partners include:&nbsp;</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc; margin-left: 40px;"> <li style="margin: 0px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: justify;">Pittsburgh Transportation Group</li> <li style="margin: 0px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: justify;">Star Transportation Group&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin: 0px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: justify;">Molly&rsquo;s Trolleys</li> <li style="margin: 0px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: justify;">Green Gears Pedicabs</li> <li style="margin: 0px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: justify;">South Side Bar and Restaurant Association</li> <li style="margin: 0px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: justify;">South Side Chamber of Commerce</li> <li style="margin: 0px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); text-align: justify;">South Side Community Council</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Increased safety measures will provide a safe, secure and family-friendly event, as police officers, firefighters and paramedics will be on-hand during the festivities. Residents and visitors are reminded that consumption of alcoholic beverages will be illegal along the parade route and will not be tolerated. Parade-goers are also encouraged to continue the celebration at <a href="http://marketsquarepgh.com/events2.html">Irish Fair in the Square</a> at Market Square after the parade.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:06:29 -0400 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES IMPROVED LOCATION FOR PITTSBURGH PUBLIC MARKET http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2081 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 6, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Pittsburgh Public Market will move to its new and improved location this summer. At 2401 Penn Avenue, the new location will allow the Market to remain in the Strip District while doubling its available space, and adding essential amenities such as air-conditioning, heating and restrooms. Earlier this year, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) provided a $40,000 grant to <a href="http://www.neighborsinthestrip.com/">Neighbors in the Strip</a> to support the Market&rsquo;s relocation and pre-development. It is expected to be open this summer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The Pittsburgh Public Market&rsquo;s move further up Penn Avenue will make the corridor more walkable and attractive to pedestrians and shoppers, and will further expand the business district,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This is exactly what Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance is about &ndash; growing businesses, improving our neighborhoods and creating jobs.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The new location will provide greater space and improved amenities, enabling the Market to expand its services. Neighbors in the Strip will have the ability to cook on site and operate a commercial kitchen, and air conditioning will allow chocolates, candy and ice cream to be sold again.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;The Public Market represents what Pittsburgh is all about - entrepreneurism, creativity and family,&quot; said NITS Director Becky Rodgers. &quot;The last public market in Pittsburgh was located across the river on the Northside and demolished in 1965 to make room for Allegheny Center. Thanks to Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s commitment and &lsquo;get it done&rsquo; attitude, we have reinstated a great part of Pittsburgh tradition.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2010, the URA provided a $100,000 grant to help establish the much-anticipated public market in the Strip District. Since then, the Pittsburgh Public Market has created over 130 local jobs and helped more than 70 businesses establish themselves - resulting in $2.4 million in gross sales. The Market has served as a great incubator for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s local businesses. Many businesses started in the Market, built a client base and progressed to neighborhood storefronts, such as the Crested Duck Charcuterie in Beechview.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The expanded space creates greater availability for merchant space, and new and expanding businesses are encouraged to consider the opportunity. Contact Neighbors in the Strip at 412-201-4774 or call Tiffani, the Market&rsquo;s manager, at 412-281-4505.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:33:06 -0500 CITY'S PICNIC SHELTER PERMIT DAY ANNOUNCED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2076 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 5, 2013</strong> &nbsp; The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s Annual Shelter Permit Day will be held on Saturday, March 23 in the lobby of the City-County Building, located at 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Pittsburgh residents who are interested in reserving any of the City&rsquo;s 26 picnic shelters from May 1st through September 30th are encouraged to attend.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Due to the high demand to reserve shelters, applicants will participate in a lottery selection process. The lottery will be conducted for City residents only. Lottery numbers will be distributed from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on the portico of the City-County Building. Numbers will be called inside the lobby starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Applicants must be at least 21 years old and provide proof of residency to obtain a permit. Payment in full can be made in the form of cash, money order or certified check, and should be made payable to: Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Reservations are currently being accepted for rental of the enclosed shelters located in Banksville Park, West End Park and at the West End/Elliott Overlook. These shelters are available for rental year-round. Shelter permits can be purchased Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Works, located at 611 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, call 412-255-2790.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:41:56 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CONTINUE PARTNERSHIPS TO PROVIDE PRE-TEST TRAINING FOR FIREFIGHTER AND POLICE ACADEMY APPLICANTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2069 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 26, 2013</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today introduced to City Council legislation that will continue the City&rsquo;s partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County and E.B. Jacobs, Inc. to provide no-cost pre-test practice training to better prepare firefighter and police academy candidates for the Civil Service Written Exam. The training provides test-taking strategies to better equip all applicants to achieve higher scores. With the help of last year&rsquo;s pilot training program, over 900 applicants passed the Civil Service Written Exam. The number of minority applicants increased by 200 applicants, resulting in the City&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1669">most diverse police class</a> in more than a decade.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important for the City to take an active role in producing higher-scoring firefighter and police academy applicants,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By partnering with CCAC to prepare applicants, we can increase the number of eligible candidates and attract greater diversity in our Fire and Police Bureaus.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City is currently recruiting for police officers. &nbsp;The Civil Service Written and Oral Exams will be conducted in May and June of this year, in order to establish a Civil Service Eligibility List for August. More than 1,100 applicants have already applied, 200 of which are of minority background.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Under the Mayor&rsquo;s direction, the City&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/diversecity365/">DiverseCity 365</a> program last year partnered with CCAC to provide applicants with free police test prep classes, after obtaining feedback from diverse candidates.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The customized training developed, organized, facilitated and implemented by CCAC increases awareness about what to expect and how to prepare for the Civil Service Written Exam. The sessions provide detailed information about the exam, soft skills for test-taking, exam anxiety and time-management strategies, and provide applicants the opportunity to take a practice exam.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">E.B. Jacobs, through an RPF last year, was selected to provide consulting, testing and selections services for police officers. The City will enter into a Supplemental Agreement with EB Jacobs, Inc. to perform the same consulting, testing and selection services this year. The scope of services for this contract will include, but are not limited to:&nbsp; the use of EB Jacobs&#39; Written Examination called the Law Enforcement Aptitude Battery (LEAB), analysis and scoring of the LEAB examinations, training oral board assessors and the use of EB Jacobs&#39; Oral Board Examination, provision for candidate pre-test materials (for both examination instruments), overall examination statistical analyses and final scoring.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About DiverseCity 365 Recruitment</strong><br /> In 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl hired Equal Employment Opportunity Officer Tamiko Stanley to kick off DiverseCity 365, an aggressive job-application outreach program. After launching DiverseCity 365 police officer recruitment in 2008, there were more than 1,000 applicants, of which more than 250 were minority. The following tour of the DiverseCity 365 recruitment in 2011 produced more than 2,000 applicants, with more than 400 minority applicants. That recruitment phase yielded the most diverse police recruit group in more than a decade.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:48:59 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL CONGRATULATES WINNERS OF STEEL CITY CODEFEST http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2065 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 25, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today congratulated the winners of the <a href="http://www.steelcitycodefest.org/">Steel City Codefest</a> &ndash; the City&rsquo;s first-ever civic software application (app) development competition. Dozens of the City&rsquo;s best and brightest coders had 24 hours to turn government data into an app that benefits Pittsburgh residents, visitors or businesses. Three winners were chosen, presenting helpful improvements to parking, energy usage and open data sharing. The competition marks the first major event generated from the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ura.org/business_owners/powerup_pittsburgh.php">PowerUp Pittsburgh</a> initiative.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Steel City Codefest builds off of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s strong spirit of innovation, collaboration and competition, and demonstrates the positive change that can happen when we tap into our greatest resource &ndash; our residents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m impressed at the interesting and innovative apps created to benefit the Pittsburgh community and improve the City&rsquo;s high-tech climate. Congratulations to the winners &ndash; and all participants &ndash; and thank you for your hard work and desire to make our city even more livable.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb 23, 20 teams &ndash; comprised of 85 participants &ndash; kicked off 24 hours of work to turn government data into amazing apps to benefit the Pittsburgh community. Participants were given access to City, County, State and Federal datasets prior to the event.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The creative apps provided solutions and improvements to many aspects of daily life in Pittsburgh, including finding and paying for nearby parking; submitting 311- and DPW-related problems; health management; perks and rewards for being green; civic sharing of open data; and finding nearby events based on interests. Of the 20 apps created, three winners were chosen based on civic engagement, technical sophistication, user interface design, and artistic merit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The <strong>enLightened</strong> app enables residents to share and compare their energy usage and costs with others across neighborhoods, zips, cities, counties and states. It allows users to be aware of their usage compared to similar residences, share information about to save energy and cut costs, and take part in social energy conservation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>OpenDataPgh</strong> connects Pittsburgh&rsquo;s communities with City government through an open data platform, empowering residents to share, educate and create a private-public partnership to enhance lives and solve problems together. The app strives to take the consumer of data beyond the tech community to a more mainstream audience through the use of a simple interactive app generator.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>ParkIt</strong> allows a user to pay for parking from their mobile device, receive an alert prior to expiration and allows them to add on more time. It also displays a map to show an estimated number of spots available and presents an option for businesses to validate and pay for a customer&rsquo;s parking.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Each winning team participant received a Nexus 7 tablet.&nbsp;The participants will retain ownership of the apps they developed, and the City may explore funding options and work with some of the teams to get their apps out to the public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">View details and examples of every team&rsquo;s app <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/Codefest_PDF.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px">Notable Mentions:<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whoa, Buddy!<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Redd Up Recycle<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I &lt;3 Neighborhood</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px">Finalists:<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; enLightened<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; OpenDataPgh<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ParkIt<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pittsburgh Park My Ride<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Syndy</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px">Winners:<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; enLightened<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; OpenDataPgh<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ParkIt</p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px"><a href="http://steelcitycodefest.org/judges">Judges</a>:<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;Rob Stephany - Heinz Endowment<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;Andrew Moore - Google<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;Paolo Pedercini - Carnegie Mellon University<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;Sabina Deitrick - University of Pittsburgh<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;M. Bernardine Dias - Carnegie Mellon Univeristy<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp;David Passmore - City of Pittsburgh</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Learn more about the Codefest <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1887">here</a>.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:17:34 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL UNVEILS NEW, ADA-ACCESSIBLE FITNESS ROOM AT SOUTH SIDE MARKET HOUSE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2056 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 21, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today cut the ribbon to unveil the South Side Market House&rsquo;s new, ADA-accessible fitness room, celebrating the completed second phase of the Market House&rsquo;s historic renovation. The second of three renovation phases includes a remodeled fitness room, restoration of the entire second floor and improved ADA accessibility, bringing the building one phase away from complete usability. The market house building, closed in 2011 due to structural deficiencies, is one of the last two remaining 19th-century market houses in Pittsburgh.</p> <p>&ldquo;The South Side Market House is a valuable asset for the City of Pittsburgh, offering activities for residents of all ages while preserving a piece of our rich history,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Despite being almost 100 years old, after this renovation, this facility is going to be outstanding and is a true testament to our dedication to providing the highest quality of life for residents.&rdquo;</p> <p>The South Side Market House reopened in June 2012 after the completion of the first phase of renovations, which restored and upgraded the building&rsquo;s first floor to include office and meeting space, flat screen TVs, easier access and new signage. Phase I was originally slated to cost $1 million, but cost under $250,000 thanks to in-house work provided by the City&rsquo;s Department of Public Works.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project&rsquo;s second phase includes a remodeled gym and renovation of the entire second floor, bringing complete ADA-accessibility. Citiparks committed $20,000 for the project&rsquo;s second phase materials and the City&rsquo;s Facilities Maintenance staff provided the labor. Extensively rehabilitated restrooms and showers received new fixtures, plumbing and ceramic tile. The gym, offices and facilities have been repainted, and the office areas received new floors. The gym floor was also refinished. Phase II totaled $115,000.</p> <p>The project&rsquo;s final phase &ndash; the addition of an art studio &ndash; will begin this summer and is anticipated to be completed by the end of this year.</p> <p>The Market House is one of the largest of the City&rsquo;s 15 healthy active living centers and also serves as a recreation facility and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1810">voting location</a>. The center is open and available to seniors Monday through Friday, is utilized by organizations for various programs including youth dance programs and sporting leagues, and is used once a month by the Food Bank. It also serves as a satellite site for programs based in the recreation facility on 22nd Street.</p> <p>The South Side Market House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located within a City Historic District, and was awarded a Historic Landmark plaque.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:29:15 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF STEVEN M. TOPRANI TO LEAD INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF POLICE DEPARTMENT PROCEDURES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2047 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 18, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the selection of Steven M. Toprani, former Washington County District Attorney, to lead the City&rsquo;s independent review of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police policies and procedures as they relate to officers who hold other jobs or own businesses not regulated by the Police Bureau.&nbsp; Mr. Toprani will begin work immediately reviewing current police policies and procedures as they relate to governing officers who &ldquo;work outside of work&rdquo;. Mr. Toprani will then make recommendations to reform those policies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Our goal is to implement clear-cut policies that reform if, how and when officers can conduct other work or business outside of their capacities as officers. &nbsp;We must ensure that the primary focus of every officer is keeping our neighborhoods safe,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &quot;As a highly respected former district attorney,&nbsp;Mr. Toprani&nbsp;has conducted numerous internal investigations and understands not only the letter of the law, but best practices when it comes to implementing measures to improve transparency and accountability. I look forward to his work and have directed our law department to work closely with him to ensure a comprehensive, thorough and expeditious review. Once his findings and recommendations are complete, my office will make them available to the public.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Mr. Toprani currently serves as counsel with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo &amp; Lampl. He recently served as the District Attorney for Washington County, and during that time handled multiple cases related to improving police policies and procedures.&nbsp; His work as District Attorney included: organizing a county Chiefs of Police Association to establish uniform police procedures and improve interdepartmental communication; prosecuting police officers for crimes such as public corruption; and investigating police officers for potential conflicts of interest in private employment. In addition, Mr. Toprani advised municipal police chiefs on policies and created specialized investigation units that established policies and procedures for employee conduct.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Prior to serving as District Attorney, Mr. Toprani worked in private practice and served as assistant counsel in Governor Rendell&rsquo;s Office of General Counsel, where he aided the Department of Public Welfare.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:25:30 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, THRILL MILL TO PRESENT WINNER OF $25K 'BUSINESS BOUT' AWARD FOR BEST STARTUP IDEA http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2042 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) &nbsp; Feb. 13, 2013 </strong>&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today will join&nbsp;<a href="http://thrillmill.com/">Thrill Mill</a>&nbsp;in announcing the winner of the 2013 Business Bout award - Thrill Mill&#39;s annual business plan competition that awards grant funding to the best startup idea. This year&rsquo;s winner,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xUciI66pU0">Project Aura</a>, will receive a $25,000 grant from the Urban Redevelopment Authority&#39;s (URA) Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and will join the first class of companies to occupy the City&rsquo;s newest incubator, the Hustle Den. The Hustle Den offers one year of free office space and support to startup teams. The build out for the 5,000-square-foot space was funded by a $150,000 URA loan, which leveraged $750,000 in funding awarded to Thrill Mill, Inc. from an anonymous foundation. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at 6024 Broad St., East Liberty.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&quot;The City&#39;s new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has allowed us to identify and support opportunities - like the Business Bout award and the Hustle Den - that align with our ongoing efforts to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, and to establish Pittsburgh as a top destination for startups and new business creation,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;We are pleased to support Thrill Mill, and look forward to celebrating the future success of Project Aura and the entire first class of the Hustle Den.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">After receiving over 150 entries for Thrill Mill&#39;s Business Bout competition, finalists were judged by a panel that included members from the Hustle Den&#39;s board of directors, the URA and the anonymous foundation. Project Aura is a Carnegie Mellon University spin off company created by two undergraduate engineering students, Jonathan Ota and Ethan Frier, whose product is a bicycle lighting system that aims to reshape bike safety. Business Bout funding will allow them to expand from an idea to formation and early commercialization activity.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We are very excited to play our part to work within and positively impact the growing innovation ecosystem in Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Bobby Zappala, Thrill Mill cofounder. &ldquo;By focusing on young, often idea-stage businesses across all industries, Thrill Mill fills a gap in our region&#39;s current incubator offerings, encouraging those who might otherwise leave Pittsburgh to pursue their dreams of building their own business right here instead.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Project Aura will join the first class of startups to occupy the Hustle Den, which actively seeks entrepreneurs across all industries to enable collaboration and interaction across a variety of skill sets and disciplines. Those interested in joining the Hustle Den next year can contact Zappala at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bobby@thrillmill.com">bobby@thrillmill.com</a>&nbsp;for more information. &nbsp;The current list of companies making up the first class includes:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Project Aura</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Orro</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">The Q</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Private Lender Nexus</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">NAViSection</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">SaladSpeciality</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Scholar Hero</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Haitian Families First</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">OpenCurriculum</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Source</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Student InTuition</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Allegheny Organics</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Kennedy Blue Communications</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Sponsortise</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT THE URA&rsquo;S CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (CIE)</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The CIE was created through Mayor Luke Ravenstahl&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1135">PowerUp Pittsburgh initiative</a>&nbsp;with a mission to ensure effective collaboration among government and the Pittsburgh region&rsquo;s innovation, technology and entrepreneur communities to drive job growth in Pittsburgh. The Center works to achieve this mission by leveraging partnerships to execute high-impact programs and projects, including:</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Unleashing market opportunities for job growth</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Unlocking access to capital to fuel company startup and growth</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Connecting education to entrepreneurs</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Making government work for entrepreneurs</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Accelerating innovation</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT THRILL MILL, INC.</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Thrill Mill, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that encompasses a business plan competition, a business incubator space and a music festival. The purpose of Thrill Mill is to create an organic, self-sustaining cycle of entrepreneurial growth that will invigorate the strong entrepreneurial core of students and professionals, generate new businesses and jobs in the Pittsburgh region, thus attracting new investors and ultimately creating a cycle of innovation that will drive Pittsburgh as the next generation matures. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:53:00 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL INVITES RESIDENTS TO SENIOR CENTERS TO RECEIVE ONE-ON-ONE ASSISTANCE WITH PROPERTY TAX RELIEF http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2032 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) February 11, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the next step in the City&rsquo;s continued effort to provide residents with one-on-one assistance to help keep their taxes low in light of Allegheny County&rsquo;s property reassessment. From February 12th through 28th, the City&rsquo;s Real Estate department employees will visit senior centers to help residents take full advantage of the available property tax relief programs. The schedule, as well as important information and a helpful calculation tool, is available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist">pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We will continue to provide one-on-one assistance for property owners, much like we helped thousands of residents successfully fight their appeals,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;If residents need help filling out tax relief forms, or simply want to be certain that they are receiving all of the tax reductions, please call 3-1-1 to schedule an appointment at one of our senior centers. City employees will be happy to talk with you over the phone or meet with you in person.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After calling the Mayor&rsquo;s 311 hotline to schedule an appointment at a nearby senior center, residents can ask questions and receive help filling out the Homestead Exemption and Senior Tax Relief forms to ensure maximum benefit. The following senior centers will host meetings at 15-minute intervals from 9 to 11 a.m., with the last meeting ending at 11 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse;border-color: #f5f5f5;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Date</strong></td> <td><strong>Location</strong></td> <td><strong>Address</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 12</td> <td>Greenfield</td> <td>745 Greenfield Ave.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 13</td> <td>Lawrenceville</td> <td>4600 Butler St.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 14</td> <td>Homewood</td> <td>7321 Frankstown Ave.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 15</td> <td>Morningside</td> <td>6944 Presidents Way</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 18</td> <td>West End</td> <td>80 Wabash St.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 19</td> <td>Beechview</td> <td>1555 Broadway Ave.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 20</td> <td>Brighton Heights</td> <td>3515 McClure Ave.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 21</td> <td>Mt. Washington</td> <td>122 Virginia Ave.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 22</td> <td>Sheraden</td> <td>720 Sherwood Ave.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 26</td> <td>Hazelwood</td> <td>5344 Second Ave.</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 27</td> <td>Northside</td> <td>Allegheny Square</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Feb. 28</td> <td>Southside</td> <td>12th St. &amp; Bingham St.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: justify;">Residents are required to bring the following information to their appointment:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">A copy of proof of age or disabiliy.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">A copy of proof of 2011 Income.&nbsp; Acceptable proof includes:&nbsp; 2011 Federal Income Tax Return, including a 2011 Social Security Statement and W-2 form if employed; or a 2011 Pennsylvania Property Tax - Rent Rebate Return.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">To qualify for the tax relief programs, residents must meet the following requirements:</p> <ul style=""> <li style="text-align: justify;">Applicant must have owned and occupied a home, as the principal residence, in Allegheny County for at least (10) continuous years.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Applicant must own and occupy the property as principal residence.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Owner or spouse must be born before December 31, 1959, or be permanently disabled and over the age of 18.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Total household income in 2011, including only 50% of Social Security and SSI, must be less than $30,000.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Last month, City Council passed Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1959">proposed reduced millage rate and tax reduction enhancements</a> to lessen homeowners&rsquo; property taxes &ndash; the millage rate has been reduced from 10.8 to 7.56 mills; the Homestead Exemption was raised from $10,000 to $15,000; and the Senior Tax Relief was increased from 30 percent to 40 percent. The Mayor also unveiled a user-friendly <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1996">Property Tax Worksheet</a> to help residents calculate their 2013 property tax bill.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:07:08 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL WELCOMES ADA-FRIENDLY TAXIS, HIGHLIGHTS OTHER EFFORTS TO BENEFIT PITTSBURGH'S DISABILITIES COMMUNITY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2028 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp;&nbsp; Feb. 11, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined <a href="http://www.pghtrans.com/">Pittsburgh Transportation Group</a> (PTG) and members of the City and County American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Taskforce in welcoming 15 new, handicapped-accessible taxis to offer service to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.&nbsp; The taxis made their first official &ldquo;run&rdquo; today picking up Lucy Spruill, an ADA taskforce member, and bringing her to the press announcement held at Market Square.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Since I&rsquo;ve been Mayor, we&rsquo;ve made significant strides in making sure that Pittsburgh is a livable city for everyone,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl, &ldquo;This has included the installation of over&nbsp; 500 ADA-friendly crosswalks and an aggressive plan to make all City intersections audible and safe for the hearing- and vision-impaired. As we continue to improve our efforts, I&rsquo;m thrilled that PTG has recognized the needs of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s disabled community by adding handicapped-accessible taxis to its fleet.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The vehicles were built to include dramatic enhancements in accessibility, comfort, durability and safety for the ADA community.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Built for as many as six individuals including the driver, wheelchair or scooter, and four additional passengers, they clearly are the best specialized vehicle on the market,&rdquo; said Jamie Campolongo, PTG President. &ldquo;This robust design allows the wheelchair passenger to actually ride shotgun and not be relegated to the rear of the vehicle. &ldquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Fares remain the same as they are for all <a href="http://www.pghtrans.com/yellow_cab.cfm">Yellow Cabs</a>.&nbsp; For wheelchair service, the customer simply calls Yellow Cab at 412-321-8100 and requests wheelchair service.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Having accessible taxis in Pittsburgh is a great feature for residents and visitors with disabilities and we salute Mayor Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh Transportation Group for recognizing this need,&rdquo; said ADA Taskforce Chair Paul O&rsquo;Hanlon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">At the announcement, Mayor Ravenstahl highlighted other steps the City is taking to improve the ADA environment.&nbsp; Last year, the Mayor created the City&rsquo;s One Step Packet, which provides business owners with information on federal ADA requirements and available resources, such as information on the Urban Redevelopment Authority&rsquo;s small business programs that may provide financial assistance for businesses wishing to become ADA-friendly. In addition, the Mayor introduced legislation that waives over $200 in permitting fees that a business owner must pay when making handicapped-accessible renovations. The One Step Packet can be obtained by visiting <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cp/">pittsburghpa.gov/dcp</a> or by calling the Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 Response Line.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;The One Step Packet not only helps the disabilities community improve life quality, but it also benefits business owners,&rdquo; said Lucy Spruill, Issues Director for United Cerebral Palsy. &ldquo;By removing the barrier created by a single step, businesses open themselves up to the entire community by being inclusive of people with mobility disabilities. This is a win-win solution for both sides.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The packet also includes a listing of architectural firms who have committed to providing no-cost, or low-cost, services to businesses interested in creating an accessible entrance.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;With the goal of accessibility at its heart, this customer-friendly packet provides information that could help businesses make capital improvements at a significantly reduced cost,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">At the Mayor&rsquo;s direction, the City has been working hard to install more ADA-friendly curb ramps at City intersections and audible traffic signals for the visually impaired.&nbsp; These audible traffic signals safely instruct visually impaired pedestrians when and which way it is safe to cross and include vibrating arrows for deaf pedestrians.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Other efforts include the creation of the ADA Coordinator position and the addition of an accessibility checklist to the Special Event Permit Applications, which guides event organizers on how to make events more accessible.&nbsp; The City has developed a strategy to make all the traffic signals audible over the next 10 years.&nbsp; Hospital Compliance Guidelines for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing consumers was recently released and a similar packet is in the works for cognitively impaired consumers.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:02:26 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MAKE PITTSBURGH EVEN MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2015 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify"><strong style="font-size: 12px">(PITTSBURGH, PA) Feb. 5, 2013 &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today introduced legislation to provide over $135,000 to add new bike infrastructure to the City&rsquo;s 50 miles of riverfront trails and bike lanes and 500 bike racks &ndash; continuing his efforts to make Pittsburgh an even more bike-friendly city. Other efforts to be completed in 2013 include the installation of the City&rsquo;s first-ever green bike lane and the launch of a new, $100,000 educational campaign to encourage bike safety.</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Since introducing new bicycle and pedestrian initiatives in 2007, we have aggressively worked to make Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city by providing more bike lanes, more bike racks and more on-street bike corrals,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;As a result of these efforts, Pittsburgh has celebrated such milestones as being named a bronze-level, bike-friendly community and one of the top 30 most bike-friendly cities by <em>Bicycling Magazine</em>, as well as being chosen as the host city for the&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1725">2014 Pro Walk/Bike Conference</a>&nbsp;- which will welcome nearly 1,000 bicycle and walking professionals to our City.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">Bike commuting in the city has increased by 270 percent over the last decade &ndash; making Pittsburgh the 13th highest bicycle commuting rate in the Country (<em>American Community Survey</em>, 2011). As the City of Pittsburgh experiences an increase in cyclists, the City is expanding its bicycle infrastructure to tap into the economic development potential of bicycling. Currently the City boasts 500 bike racks, 50 miles of riverfront trails and bike lanes and two on-street bike corrals.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">Projects scheduled for 2013 include the installation of the City&rsquo;s first green bike lane on Liberty Avenue thanks to a generous $23,000 grant from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bikesbelong.org/">Bikes Belong</a>. The lane will be painted green in an effort to increase the lane&rsquo;s visibility and improve safety. Additionally, the City will contribute $25,000 this year toward a $100,000 educational campaign sponsored by the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) to help ensure that both drivers and bicyclists are lawful, cautions and respectful of one another. This campaign will provide information and tips to drivers on how to safely share City streets with pedestrians and cyclists in dense urban areas.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Pittsburgh has come a long way in the last five years in improving bicycle safety and infrastructure to create a more flourishing urban environment,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our City&rsquo;s pedestrian and bicycle friendliness are key components to residents&rsquo; quality of life and help us grow our City&rsquo;s population. As the City encourages walking and biking, we remind everyone that when driving, biking or walking, safety not only for yourself, but for your fellow street users, is paramount.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:55:41 -0500 MAYOR LAUNCHES NEW SERVEPGH MENTORING INITIATIVE, KICKS OFF TRAINING TO MAKE MORE STUDENTS 'PROMISE READY' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2014 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH, PA) Feb. 5, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today launched his newest mentoring initiative, Promise Coaches, which equips adults with the skills needed to mentor young people through high school and on to higher education, while increasing the number of &lsquo;Promise ready&rsquo; students eligible to receive $40,000 for college from The Pittsburgh Promise. Funded by a $100,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation and led by the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH initiative &ndash; with support from The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Schools and The Pittsburgh Promise &ndash; a series of mentoring workshops will be held throughout the City. By this summer, 500 volunteers will be trained to become Promise Coaches.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;We are extremely grateful to The Coca-Cola Foundation for their support of Pittsburgh&#39;s young people through our new Promise Coaches program,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By providing programs like Promise Coaches and The Pittsburgh Promise, we&rsquo;re equipping residents with the tools necessary to ensure that our young people have successful careers and bright futures full of success and achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Promise Coaches Campaign is designed to provide Pittsburgh&rsquo;s adults with helpful tools, resources and skills to help navigate a young person through high school and on to higher education. Unlike traditional mentoring programs, this program does not match adults with young people. Instead, it offers a wealth of resources for mentoring relationships that already exist.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">By participating in a 90-minute training session, volunteer &ldquo;Promise Coaches&rdquo; will learn how to have productive and engaging conversations with young people, how to act as a support system, and how to foster each individual&rsquo;s unique qualities to help lead them to success. After today&rsquo;s launch, the program&rsquo;s first 35 volunteers participated in interactive exercises to learn what is required for students to graduate and how they can guide them through graduation to college.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;We wholeheartedly believe in the importance of helping each and every young person succeed,&rdquo; said Colleen Fedor, executive director of The Mentoring Partnership. &ldquo;This effort will better inform and equip caring adult volunteers to engage and help students navigate high-school and prepare for successful, fulfilling and productive careers. It is a win for students, a win for the volunteers and a win for our city. Joining with Mayor Ravenstahl, we are continuing to build on existing mentoring efforts to ensure that all young people know that we care about them and are here to help them reach their fullest potential.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Promise Coaches mirrors the goals of <a href="http://pittsburghpromise.org">The Pittsburgh Promise</a> &ndash; both programs aim to increase both high school and college graduation rates among Pittsburgh residents while increasing the number of students eligible to receive the $40,000 scholarship available to all public and charter school students in the City that meet attendance and GPA requirements.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Residents can sign up to become a Promise Coach, or find more information about the program, at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/promisecoaches">pittsburghpa.gov/promisecoaches</a>&nbsp;or by contacting Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s servePGH office at 412-255-2280 or <a href="mailto:promise.coaches@gmail.com?subject=Promise%20Coaches">promise.coaches@gmail.com</a>. Future trainings will be held at: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh; Mount Ararat Community Activity Center; School 2 Career, a program of Oakland Planning and Development Corporation; Neighborhood Learning Alliance; and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">This new initiative is the latest of Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s efforts to support and encourage mentoring activities. The <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mentor">Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative</a> has partnered with Everybody Wins! and Be a 6th Grade Mentor to successfully recruit nearly 60 City employees as mentors, and the City of Pittsburgh has become the largest local employer to participate in the United Way&rsquo;s program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>About ServePGH</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through 10 new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize more than 600 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 29,000 pounds of litter, and more. Over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 30,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information&nbsp;is available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>About The Coca-Cola Foundation</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded more than $70 million to 263 community organizations around the world in 2011 to support sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active, healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, click <a href="http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html">here</a>.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:49:36 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES CITY'S CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH TRIBUTE TO AFRICAN AMERICANS IN ARMED FORCES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=2004 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 1, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the City&rsquo;s celebration of Black History Month and invited residents to a free opening reception of the &ldquo;A Call to Freedom&rdquo; exhibit in the City-County Building lobby on Mon., Feb 4 at 6 p.m. The exhibit will feature photographs and other memorabilia honoring the role of African Americans in the Armed Forces during the Civil War period, and will continue weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thurs., Feb. 28.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;The City&rsquo;s 2013 Black History Month exhibit will showcase an inspiring collection of photographs and memorabilia honoring individuals who have left a lasting legacy here in western Pennsylvania as well as throughout the world,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;A Call to Freedom&rdquo; highlights the historic role of African Americans soldiers, nurses and field doctors in the Civil War. It will include a look at the U.S. Colored Troops, one of the first predominantly African American regiments in the U.S. Armed Forces.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The public is invited to attend the exhibit&rsquo;s opening reception on Monday, Feb., from 6 to 8 p.m, which will include remarks by Mayor Ravenstahl and others involved in the City&rsquo;s Black History Month celebration, a musical performance by Kevin Howard and refreshments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The City&rsquo;s 2013 celebration of Black History Month is sponsored by BNY Mellon WAMO 100.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:39:37 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR CITY'S FIRST 'EDIBLE GARDENS' PROGRAM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1998 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH, PA)&nbsp; Jan. 30, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are now available for his spring 2013 Edible Gardens program, an expansion of his successful <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/greenup/">Green Up Pittsburgh</a> program and <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiatives. The new program will engage community&nbsp;volunteers to improve access to healthy foods in 10 to 15 low-income City neighborhoods where&nbsp; fresh produce is scarce. Through the program, volunteers will transform vacant lots into community gardens to grow, maintain and harvest&nbsp;nearly one ton of fresh produce&nbsp;for at&nbsp;least 200 families in its first year. At&nbsp;the One Young World Summit, Ravenstahl joined Jamie Oliver and&nbsp;announced that the City will embrace Jamie&#39;s<a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/why"> Food Revolution</a><span style="color: #000000">, &nbsp;a national movement to inspire families to cook meals and eat healthier.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;This program not only fulfills our promise to inspire more families to eat fresh, healthy food, but improves community&nbsp;pride by transforming vacant lots into true neighborhood assets,&quot;&nbsp;said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &quot;Our residents&nbsp;are amazing volunteers who have worked hard utilizing our ServePGH and Green UP programs to transform vacant lots and mentor young people. I have no doubt that this initiative will be just as embraced by our residents.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Targeting &ldquo;food deserts&rdquo; within City limits, Edible Gardens will spread the importance of healthy diets to neighbors while educating volunteers about how to produce healthy, locally grown produce.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Residents who live a significant distance from grocery stores or farmers markets are encouraged to apply to grow fruits and vegetables on a nearby City-owned lot in their neighborhood. Volunteers will work side by side with the Mayor&#39;s Green Up Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Green Team on vacant properties to create, design and plant produce. Community garden stewards will be responsible for maintenance, weeding, harvesting and distribution throughout the season.&nbsp; Assistance from the Mayor&#39;s Green Team will be available upon request.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/greenup/">Applications</a> are required, and those received by February 22 will be given priority; however, completed applications will be accepted throughout the growing season.&nbsp; Application approval and an orientation will be required prior to planting.&nbsp; The first gardens will be planted in March and April 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">A $100,000 <a href="http://www.citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a> Impact Volunteering Fund grant, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, was awarded to the City to support two of the initiatives that are part of Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s high-impact service plan, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">servePGH</a>, and $44,000 will be dedicated to the Edible Gardens program.&nbsp; More than 60 mayors competed for this grant, and Pittsburgh is one of 19 U.S.&nbsp; cities selected based on the quality of the initiative, potential for impact and implementation plan.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;We are extremely grateful to Cities of Service and Bloomberg Philanthropies for their investment in this program and their continued national commitment to service and volunteerism,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Other Edible Gardens partners include Grow Pittsburgh and The Penn State Center.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/ediblegardens">pittsburghpa.gov/ediblegardens</a> to apply.&nbsp; For more information, email <a href="mailto:chelsea.peluso@pittsburghpa.gov?subject=Edible%20Gardens">chelsea.peluso@pittsburghpa.gov </a>or call 412-255-8680.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>About Cities of Service, servePGH and Green Up Pittsburgh</strong><br /> Founded in New York City in September 2009, Cities of Service supports mayors who leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective. The coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through 10 new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize more than 600 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 29,000 pounds of litter, and more. &nbsp;Over 3,700 volunteers have committed over 30,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">In 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl introduced the Green Up Pittsburgh Program to combat the increasing problem of overgrown vacant and abandoned lots in our City neighborhoods. The program aims to stabilize City-owned vacant lots with goals of reducing blight and public safety hazards, inspiring community pride, and promoting environmental values.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:51:46 -0500 MAYOR UNVEILS TOOL TO HELP RESIDENTS DETERMINE TAX BILL AFTER ALLEGHENY COUNTY REASSESSMENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1996 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Jan. 29, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today unveiled a user-friendly web tool to help property owners determine their 2013 property tax bill in light of Allegheny County&rsquo;s property reassessments. City Council today passed the Mayor&rsquo;s proposal to lower the property taxation rate, or millage rate, by 30 percent and to increase two tax relief programs. The tool, which can be found at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist">pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist</a>, allows property owners to enter their 2012 assessed value and receive an estimate of their tax bill. The estimation will include the reduced property taxation rate and the increased Homestead Exemption and Senior Tax Relief credit. Tax bills will be mailed this February.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;My goal has been to ensure that our property owners have the most help possible throughout this confusing reassessment process, and this tool does just that,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Many of our residents and seniors are on a fixed income and need to know if their tax bill will go up or down, and if so, by how much. This user-friendly tool will help residents budget for their 2013 tax bill and understand how the increase in the Homestead Exemption and Senior Tax Relief credit will help keep their taxes low.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">City Council today approved the Mayor&rsquo;s call to reduce the millage rate from 10.8 to 7.56 mils and to increase the following tax assistance programs:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify">Homestead Exemption: Owner-occupied properties receive a reduction in the value at which their property is taxed. <strong>The current exemption is $10,000 and it will be raised to $15,000.</strong> As an example, a $100,000 home with this exemption was taxed at a $90,000 value. It will now be taxed at an $85,000 value.</li> <li style="text-align: justify">Senior Tax Relief: Income-eligible property owners, or their spouses born before December 31, 1959, receive a reduction in the value at which their property is taxed. Currently, the program exempts 30% of value from a home prior to the Homestead Exemption being applied. <strong>It will now be increased to a 40% exemption.</strong></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify">In addition to the tax bill calculator, the Mayor reminded residents that the City is still helping them file tax relief forms and answer any remaining questions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;We will continue to provide one-on-one assistance for property owners, much like we helped thousands of residents successfully fight their appeals. If residents need help filling out tax relief forms, or simply want to be certain that they are receiving all of the tax reductions, please call 3-1-1 or visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist">pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist</a>. City employees will be happy to talk with you over the phone or meet with you in person.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:50:58 -0500 CITY ANNOUNCES MEMBERS, CHAIR OF ICA'S NONPROFIT TASKFORCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1990 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>PITTSBURGH) Jan. 25, 2013 &nbsp; </strong>City officials&nbsp;today announced that the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority&rsquo;s (ICA) Nonprofit Sector Support Task Force is fully constituted with 36 members , including residents and representatives from the business, nonprofit, foundation, academic, labor, civic and governmental community.&nbsp; Don Smith, president of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, will serve as the Task Force chair.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On October 16, 2012 the Board of Directors of the ICA approved the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 2013 budget on the condition that a high level task force be established to &ldquo;review, study, benchmark, develop and submit a written proposal to the City and the ICA regarding the level, length, and form of support from the nonprofit sector to the City of Pittsburgh.&rdquo; The&nbsp;Task Force&nbsp;is being convened to meet that requirement. Meetings will be public and a report is expected to be submitted by June 30, 2013 to the ICA and City. &nbsp; Meeting dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;The ICA was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly though the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Act for Cities of the Second Class or Act 11 of 2004. &nbsp;The ICA is an oversight board consisting of five members, one each appointed by the Governor, and the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Senate and House of Representatives. &nbsp;Among other duties, the ICA is charged with helping the City of Pittsburgh generate annual positive financial results, and the coordination of this Task Force is an outpost of that responsibility. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A full list of Task Force members can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/TaskForceMembers.pdf">here</a>. Don Smith&#39;s bio can be found <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/Bio_Donald_F._Smith,_Jr.pdf">here</a>.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:36:55 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES PITTSBURGH LANDS SECOND 'GREEN' NATIONAL CONFERENCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1988 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 4, 2013&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; Months after Pittsburgh bested Boston and New York City to land the 2014 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1725">Pro Walk/Pro Bike National Conference</a>, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City has been chosen again to host another national conference that focuses on best practices in urban sustainability.&nbsp; On November 4-7, the City will host hundreds of urban forestry professionals for the National Arbor Day Foundation&rsquo;s Partners in Community Forestry 2013 National Conference at the Westin Hotel Downtown. Urban forestry professionals from across the country will visit Pittsburgh to discuss best practices in maintaining and growing trees in an urban environment and learn about Pittsburgh&rsquo;s efforts to improve its &ldquo;urban canopy.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Over the past six years, we&rsquo;ve established strong partnerships with residents and stakeholders that have resulted in thousands of tree plantings in vacant lots, business districts and parks,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Most importantly, we&rsquo;re planning ahead by developing a robust plan to further improve our urban forest and provide better health and cleaner air for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s families. This conference will showcase our work and bring together the best and brightest to collaborate and cultivate best &lsquo;tree&rsquo; practices for the country.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Planners will discuss the crucial role that trees play in residents&rsquo; daily lives when it comes to protecting the environment and improving quality of life. The City will showcase its first Urban Forest Master Plan. In collaboration with <a href="http://treepittsburgh.org/">Tree Pittsburgh</a>, the <a href="http://treeschangeeverything.org/">Urban Forest Master Plan</a>&nbsp; details a management framework that includes goals and objectives based around improved quality of life, pollution mitigation and economic influence.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Other efforts the City will showcase include the aggressive initiative to plant 20,000 trees in the region, and the Urban Tree Canopy Study. In partnership with TreePittsburgh and the TreeVitalize initiative, the Mayor&rsquo;s and partners&rsquo; goal to plant 20,000 trees is on the horizon. As of fall 2012, just over 18,000 trees have been planted, 3,000 of which were planted last year. About 2,000 trees are slated to be planted this spring, and the 20,000th tree is set to be planted this fall.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Urban Tree Canopy Study, conducted by the University of Vermont and partially funded by the <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cp/html/shade_tree_commission.html">Mayor&rsquo;s Shade Tree Commission</a>, utilized LIDAR technology to analyze the City&rsquo;s tree canopy and determine target areas for new tree planting and allows for an overall increase in the City&rsquo;s shade canopy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl created the Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, and hired the City&rsquo;s first Urban Forester, Sustainability Coordinator, and Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:02:36 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES BAKERY SQUARE 2.0 TO BREAK GROUND http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1985 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Jan. 23, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that local developer Walnut Capital and its partner at Bakery Square, the RCG Longview Fund, have officially closed on the purchase of the vacant Reizenstein School, making way for the more than $100 million Bakery Square 2.0 development, just across the street from Bakery Square 1.0.&nbsp; The purchase returns the property to the City&rsquo;s tax rolls after nearly 50 years and allows the developers to begin demolition for Phase 1 of the mixed-use development.&nbsp; Acquisition financing for the purchase and demolition was provided by the Employee Real Estate Construction Trust Funds (ERECT Funds), which is supported by the local building trades unions and provides high quality union construction jobs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Bakery Square 2.0 will be another world class development and is expected to create more than 1,200 new jobs and offer amazing office and housing opportunities that will attract new businesses and residents,&rdquo; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Bakery Square 2.0 builds off of the success of Bakery Square 1.0, both of which are made possible due to strong support from Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s administration.&nbsp; A <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1673">$2 million federal grant</a>, secured by the Mayor and the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), will help prepare infrastructure at the site.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;The success story of Bakery Square is one of a strong public-private partnership that has spurred millions of private investment in and around East Liberty, Larimer and Shadyside - from the opening of Target, to the historic renovation of the Highland Building,&nbsp; to the dozens of new restaurants and retail ventures,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Across the street, the $100 million Bakery Square 1.0 development established the growing need for quality office and retail space near the bustling &ldquo;eds and meds&rdquo; corridor.&nbsp; Bakery Square 1.0 was made possible by $10.5 million in tax increment financing, rehabilitation and new markets tax credits, and other state funds &ndash; all encouraged and supported by Mayor Ravenstahl.&nbsp; The development has attracted over $50 million in private investment, grown Pittsburgh&rsquo;s high-tech economy by providing office space for new and growing tenants such as Google, UPMC Technology Development, Veterans Administration, Pitt and the Software Engineering Institute, created over 1,000 jobs and generates nearly $7 million annually in new taxes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&rdquo;What we are most proud of at Bakery Square 2.0 is the continuation of the public-private partnership started at Bakery Square, which permits us to leverage the public investment&rdquo;, said Todd Reidbord of Walnut Capital.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are able to accommodate the growth at Bakery Square 2.0 due to forward thinking investments made by Mayor Ravenstahl and supported by the City&rsquo;s URA.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s $7 million commitment to reconstruct Penn Avenue from a one- to two-way road resulted in Target&rsquo;s commitment to open one of a handful urban stores. Last June, the Mayor announced the City&rsquo;s successful receipt of a $15 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant that will allow for $34 million in public infrastructure improvements to create a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1500">new multi-modal transit center in East Liberty</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;As the East End experiences Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance and continues to grow, we are also making sure that multi-modal transit improvements keep pace with this transformation,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Work for Phase 1 of Bakery Square 2.0 is expected to begin in March and includes the construction of 175 new apartments.&nbsp; This project will provide highly desirable living opportunities for new residents moving here for the medical and high technology jobs at Bakery Square and surrounding developments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>About the Project</strong><br /> Bakery Square 2.0 will exceed current best practices in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, and emphasize green and sustainable standards of design and construction. Office buildings will be designed to the highest levels of sustainability.&nbsp; Internal streets will be built to minimum dimensions in order to reduce impervious surfaces and privilege the pedestrian over the automobile. Green infrastructure solutions that internally manage stormwater will be implemented throughout the project. Bakery Square 2.0 will extend pathways for cars, pedestrians and cyclists, integrating Bakery Square to the surrounding network of urban neighborhoods.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:47:15 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL URGES RESIDENTS TO STAY SAFE DURING FREEZING TEMPERATURES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1982 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Jan. 22, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; With the coldest air of the season poised to arrive this evening through Wednesday, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today outlined top safety tips for residents and seniors.&nbsp; The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory through Wednesday as wind chills are expected to reach as low as -12 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Extreme cold can have a serious impact on our residents and their homes,&quot;&nbsp;Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I urge all residents to follow these safety tips, stay indoors as much as possible and check on their elderly loved ones and neighbors.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">According to weather experts, if the temperature remains below 12 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 hours or longer, significant troubles may occur, such as increased fire risk due to improper use of space heaters, and water pipe bursts.</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify">Stay indoors as much as possible, as the added factor of wind chill can cause your body temperature to drop quicker than normal.</li> <li style="text-align: justify">If you must go out, dress warmly, always tell someone your plans and watch for signs of hypothermia, including uncontrollable shivering and disorientation.</li> <li style="text-align: justify">While inside, conserve as much heat as possible by closing off unused rooms and using towels to cover cracks under doors.</li> <li style="text-align: justify">To prevent frozen or burst pipes in your house, leave your taps open slightly so they continuously drip and take steps to ensure circulation of heated air around the pipes, like opening the cabinet doors by your kitchen and bathroom sinks.</li> <li style="text-align: justify">If you&rsquo;re going to be gone during a cold weather spell, be sure to leave your heat on at least 55&ordm;F.</li> <li style="text-align: justify">When using a space heater, place it on a hard, level surface at least three feet away from any rugs and bedding.&nbsp; If possible, buy a heater with a guard around the heating element for further protection.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify">To prepare your car, make sure your tire pressure and antifreeze are at the correct levels.&nbsp; You can check both of these yourself with home testers. Also be sure to updgrade your windshield wiper fluid to a winter time mix.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify">Find specific information related to wind chills and greater preparedness in all winter weather <a href="http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather">here</a>. Visit the City&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/ema">Emergency Management homepage</a> for more safety tips.</li> </ul> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:18:42 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL'S SPRING 2013 CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1976 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH, PA) January&nbsp;18</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that applications are now available for his Spring 2013 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a free 10-week course designed to educate residents about local government in the City of Pittsburgh.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;The Civic Leadership Academy is a wonderful, unique program that invites residents to learn about our local government,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;To date, 149 City residents have graduated from the Academy, with a better understanding of the jobs our great city workers do and a&nbsp;deeper appreciation for public service.&quot;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The 10-week course, beginning on March 13 and ending May 15, provides up to 30 participants the opportunity to meet City directors and staff members and to gain hands-on experience in how City departments are working to ensure a safer, more livable City. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with City Planning, the URA, the Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, BBI, Animal Control and many more departments. Throughout the sessions, participants will learn about budgeting processes; city planning and economic development; public works and parks services; the protection of water and rivers; public safety efforts, and more.</p> <p>The interactive sessions include walking tours, hands-on demonstrations, activities, and question and answer sessions, designed to give residents an up-close and personal view of how each department helps the City operate. At the conclusion of the course, the participants will put their new-found knowledge to use to plan their own service project. In past years, program participants have participated in block revitalization projects, anti-litter campaigns and fundraising efforts. Recently, the Fall 2012 Civic Leadership Academy raised approximately $1,000 for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.</p> <p>City directors will develop their sessions to include tours, hands-on demonstrations and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the City. At the conclusion of the course, the Mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.</p> <p>To date, seven classes totaling 149 residents have graduated from the Civic Leadership Academy. The Youth Civic Leadership Academy, for high school aged youth, will release its 2013 application this Spring.</p> <p>Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years old and live within Pittsburgh City limits and/or be a business owner who operates within Pittsburgh City limits. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday February 22, 2013. For more information and to apply for the Civic Leadership Academy, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://cla.pittsburghpa.gov/" target="_blank">cla.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p>The Civic Leadership Academy is supported, in part, by Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.&nbsp; It is one of eight signature initiatives within Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH initiative</a>.</p> <div> <hr align="left" noshade="noshade" size="1" width="525" /> </div> <p><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through eight new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more.&nbsp; Over 3,000 volunteers have committed nearly 30,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong><br /> The Civic Leadership Academy is supported 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 over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:40:00 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ISSUES STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSED GUN CONTROL MEASURES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1968 <p><span style="font-family: 'Arial', 'sans-serif'; color: #505050; font-size: 10pt"><em>&quot;I strongly support President Obama&rsquo;s comprehensive plan to curb gun violence and help prevent senseless tragedies from happening in our neighborhoods.&nbsp;Like so many cities and communities throughout&nbsp;our nation,&nbsp;all of us&nbsp;have been deeply affected by gun violence. &nbsp;As a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, I, along with hundreds of mayors called on&nbsp;President Obama&nbsp;to put forth a common sense proposal that will protect our families by making it harder for guns to get in the hands of dangerous people. I am extremely pleased that the President&rsquo;s plan included all of the legislative proposals&nbsp;our Coalition called for, including requiring a background check for all gun sales, and banning military-style assault weapons.&quot;</em></span></p> <p style="line-height: 15.75pt; background: #f4f4f4">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:37:09 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES INCREASED ENFORCEMENT, AGGRESSIVE PLAN TO IMPROVE SOUTH SIDE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1965 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Jan. 15, 2013</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by City public safety officials, announced an aggressive enforcement blitz to restore safety to the South Side business district and nearby residential area.&nbsp; The announcement follows a year-long study by the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) that brought together residents, business owners, community stakeholders and government leaders to identify and propose quality of life and safety recommendations. While the study looked at strategies to improve all City business districts with a nighttime economy, the Mayor directed City efforts to be focused immediately at restoring civility to the South Side.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;It is clear that we need an all-hands-on-deck strategy to restore safety to the South Side neighborhood,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This study has great recommendations that will improve certain aspects of the South Side, such as enhanced cooperation among bar and restaurant owners and plans to improve parking and transportation. These strategies, and others, will ultimately lessen the burden on our public safety officers, but we must take action now to restore order to this neighborhood. &rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The short-term solution to improving the quality of life for South Side residents involves an aggressive approach to public safety.&nbsp; Beginning this Friday, the Mayor&rsquo;s strategy will increase the deployment of building inspectors and firefighters who will crack down on overcrowded bars that are violating the building code. In addition, &ldquo;alleyway&rdquo; saturation patrols will cite for disorderly conduct, such as public drunkenness and urination. Roving DUI patrols and towing enforcement will also be increased.&nbsp; Lastly, public works crews will increase litter pick-ups and trash removal. The Mayor and safety officials will meet with bar owners this week to inform them of the enforcement blitz.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I have directed my public safety chiefs to continue this enforcement blitz for as long as it takes to restore the quality of life that each and every Pittsburgh resident deserves,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This will not be a once in a while tactic. Every weekend, we will have this ramped up enforcement. If you go to the South Side and take part in any illegal activity, chances are you will be cited or arrested.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to this blitz, other mid- and long-term recommendations of the study, officially called The Pittsburgh Sociable City Plan,&nbsp; will be implemented that will ultimately lessen the need for aggressive enforcement.&nbsp; The Mayor has charged the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to develop an enhanced training program for officers who will specifically deal with the nighttime management of entertainment destinations. Through the Sociable City Plan, the City is conducting meetings to focus on how to adapt parking systems to meet nighttime demand, support services required for security and enforcement, and enhance revenue. The goal is to encourage employees and patrons to use remote parking areas with shuttle services in order to free up neighborhood parking space for residents.&nbsp; One proposed plan is to utilize the parking area near the 10th Street Bridge as a pilot location for remote parking. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition, Councilman Bruce Kraus and RHI will partner with UPMC, Dollar Bank and local universities to develop a social marketing campaign that addresses patron personal accountability and public behavior.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Since the study was launched last April, the South Side Bar and Restaurant Association was formed, and enhanced communication has taken place between police and bar owners.&nbsp; More than 200 stakeholders, representing&nbsp; 17 governmental departments and agencies, 47 businesses, 20 community groups and several universities , have attended strategic meetings leading to the formation of the Plan.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:11:06 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL PROPOSES REDUCED MILLAGE RATE, OTHER ENHANCEMENTS TO LESSEN HOMEOWNERS' PROPERTY TAXES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1959 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Jan. 14, 2013</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the City&rsquo;s proposed reduced tax millage rate for 2013, and other measures and tax reduction enhancements to lessen homeowners&rsquo; property taxes, following Allegheny County&rsquo;s property reassessment. The City recently received the final 2012 reassessed real estate file from Allegheny County.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This has been an extremely difficult and frustrating process for homeowners and small businesses, and we&rsquo;ve done everything we can to help taxpayers make sense of this ridiculous mess,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Through one-on-one appeal assistance and subsidized appraisals, we helped thousands of homeowners lower their tax bills. This next step in this process continues the policy which I have practiced for six straight years in office: we will not raise taxes, and we will go further by returning as much money back to the taxpayers as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City&rsquo;s property tax millage rate will be reduced by 30 percent, in proportion to the total increase in taxable value from 2002 to 2012.&nbsp; During that time, property values increased from $13.6 to $20.2 billion. However when existing tax reductions are taken into account, the taxable value increased from $13.6 to $16.9 billion, bringing the City&rsquo;s taxable real estate amount to $126.7 million.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Mayor will introduce legislation to City Council tomorrow morning proposing that the City&rsquo;s millage rate be reduced from 10.8 to 7.56 mils.&nbsp; Using a real world example, a house valued at $100,000 would go from generating $1,080 in City taxes to $756, a 30 percent tax reduction.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;In addition, we must make sure we are doing everything we can to protect homeowners from being taxed out of their homes, especially our low-income seniors,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.<br /> <br /> The Mayor&rsquo;s legislation will propose enhancements to the City&rsquo;s current tax reduction programs, by increasing the Homestead Exemption by 50 percent and the Senior Tax Relief Credit by 30 percent. The proposed new enhancements will be automatically applied to homeowners who are already enrolled in these programs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;There still are eligible seniors and homeowners throughout the City who are not aware of these tax relief programs, and it will be our goal to make sure we educate residents on how to lower their tax bills through more one-on-one assistance.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information on the reassessment and tax relief programs or to request Homestead Exemption or Senior Tax Relief Credit forms, residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 or visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist">pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist</a>. In addition, City finance employees will meet one-on-one with residents to help them fill out tax relief forms. Residents must call 3-1-1 to schedule.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <u><strong>About Current Tax Reduction Programs</strong></u></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Homestead Exemption (Act 50):</strong>&nbsp; Owner-occupied properties may receive a reduction in the value at which their property is taxed.&nbsp; The current exemption is $10,000 and the Mayor&rsquo;s legislation proposes raising it to $15,000.&nbsp; Using the above example, in the past, a $100,000 house would be taxed based on a $90,000 value and under this proposal it will now be taxed on an $85,000 value.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Senior Tax Relief (Act 77):</strong>&nbsp; Income-eligible property owners or their spouses born before December 31, 1959, may receive a reduction in the value at which their property is taxed. Currently, the income eligible senior tax relief program exempts 30 percent of value from your property prior to the homestead exemption being applied.&nbsp; The Mayor proposes that this exemption be raised to 40 percent. Continuing the example, a $100,000 house would be taxed on $70,000 after the 30% reduction and under this proposal it would now be taxed at $60,000.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:59:18 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES URA TO VOTE ON GRANT TO SUPPORT THE PITTSBURGH PUBLIC MARKET http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1953 <p style="widows: 2; text-transform: none; background-color: rgb(255,255,255); text-indent: 0px; font: 13px Tahoma; white-space: normal; orphans: 2; letter-spacing: normal; color: rgb(80,0,80); word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(PITTSBURGH) Jan. 10, 2013 &nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Urban Redevelopment Authority board at its monthly meeting&nbsp;this afternoon will vote on providing The Neighbors in the Strip with a $40,000 grant to support the relocation of the Pittsburgh Public Market to its improved location in the Strip District.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &quot;The URA&#39;s work to help establish the Pittsburgh Public Market has helped our small businesses grow and fluorish and created more local jobs,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;We&#39;re pleased to continue our support for the Market&nbsp;through this&nbsp;grant.&quot;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">In 2010, the URA provided a $100,000 grant to help establish the much-anticipated public market in the Strip District. Since then, the Pittsburgh Public Market has created over 100 local jobs and helped 70 businesses establish themselves - resulting in $2.4 million in gross sales. The new location will allow the&nbsp;Market to remain in the Strip District while doubling its available space, and adding essential amenities such as air-conditioning, heating, and restrooms.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&quot;The Public Market represents what Pittsburgh is all about - entrepreneurism, creativity, and family,&quot; said NITS Director Becky Rodgers. &quot;The last public market in Pittsburgh was located across the river on the Northside and demolished in 1965 to make room for Allegheny Center. Thanks to the Mayor&#39;s commitment and get it done attitude, we have reinstated a great part of Pittsburgh tradition.&quot;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The $40,000 URA grant will allow NITS to begin necessary design improvements to the facility, and help with legal and administration expenses.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:00:30 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO VOTE ON BEGINNING OF TIF PROCESS FOR 178-ACRE HAZELWOOD RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1946 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Jan. 8 &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Mayor Ravenstahl today announced that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors will vote this Thursday, January 10, on the initial steps of approving a&nbsp;historic tax increment financing (TIF) project that will be key to transforming 178-acres of riverfront property in Hazelwood that has sat vacant for more than 15 years.&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;The development of this site will continue our efforts to connect our neighborhoods to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most beautiful natural assets, our riverfronts,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;There has been tremendous neighborhood investment on both sides of the Monongahela River over the last few years and the much-anticipated transformation of the Hazelwood site will build on this momentum, creating thousands of new jobs and renewing a neighborhood in the process.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">In 2002, the Hazelwood LTV site was sold for $10 million to the Almono LP, which is comprised of local foundations and RIDC. &nbsp;Almono LP is seeking TIF financing of up to ten percent of the total project costs in order to cover public infrastructure improvements that will allow the development to be successful. Some of these improvements may include: the building of roads, rights-of-ways, nearby traffic improvements, storm water infrastructure, and the creation of public open spaces.</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">Upon completion, Almono LP anticipates that this project will create over 3,000 jobs, increase annual real estate tax revenue from about $100,000 to $ 11 million, and result in a total investment approaching $1 billion dollars.&nbsp;The board will vote Thursday on a &quot;notice of intent&quot; for Almono LP to develop a TIF Plan.&nbsp; The board will vote to authorize the development of a preliminary proposal for a TIF Plan, which will include a basic conditions report and an economic impact study.</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Successful developments along the Monongahela Riverfront, such as the South Side Works, were made possible thanks to support from the URA and tax increment financing,&rdquo; said Acting URA Director Robert Rubinstein. &ldquo;We look forward to beginning this next TIF process with Almono LP and our local foundations, so that we can realize the Mayor&rsquo;s vision of connecting more neighborhoods to our beautiful riverfronts.&rdquo;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify">The redevelopment of the former steel site follows a spate of recent multi-million investment and job growth nearby &nbsp;along the Monongahela riverfront. Recent projects, which were made possible by TIFs, &nbsp;include the completion of the $65 million <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=146">Bridgeside Point II </a>office building, the $13 million <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1411">South Shore Riverfront Park</a>, and the soon-to-be-completed $24.2 million HYATT hotel. The 123-acre South Side Works development has resulted in construction that has contributed $225.8 million in taxable property value. The development has benefited from $25 million in TIF funds to date.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The URA Board meeting will take place at 2 p.m. at 200 Ross Street, Floor 13.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:23:26 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL, STUDENTS DEDICATE CITY'S NEWEST TRANSFORMED VACANT LOT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1922 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Dec. 20</strong> &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined Pittsburgh Weil Pre K-5 students to officially unveil the City&rsquo;s newest Green Up project, called The Promise Park. &nbsp;The transformed vacant lot turned community garden is located on Centre Avenue next door to the elementary school, and was officially dedicated to students today, who will help take care of it.</p> <p>&ldquo;This park represents the transformation that can take place when we care for one another and take pride in our community,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;We want students to recognize that they too can transform, and reach for the stars, thanks to the dedication of their teachers, the community, and of course, The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.&rdquo;</p> <p>The vacant lot was transformed by the Mayor&rsquo;s Green Up Team into a community garden and sitting area. &nbsp;City workers planted over 20 rose bushes, and about 500 other perennials. In addition, a Christmas tree has been planted and students today decorated the tree with 26 angels to honor the victims of the Newton, Connecticut tragedy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this senseless, horrible tragedy,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;It is our goal to remember and honor the victims, not the perpetrator.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Promise Park serves to remind students that, through The Pittsburgh Promise, they can reach the dream of higher education, achieve their goals and be successful. Since the Mayor co-founded The Pittsburgh Promise with Pittsburgh Public Schools in 2007, over $30 million in Promise scholarships has helped nearly 3,800 students pursue higher education.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2007, Mayor Ravenstahl introduced the Green Up Pittsburgh Program to combat the increasing problem of overgrown vacant and abandoned lots in neighborhoods. The program aims to stabilize City-owned vacant lots with goals of reducing blight and public safety hazards, inspiring community pride, and promoting environmental values. Through the program, the City provides resources for the greening of vacant lots and partners with community stewards who help take care of them. Since its inception, over 100 vacant lots have been transformed into community green spaces. To learn more about green up and other greening opportunities, visit <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives">www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives</a></p> <p>The Mayor&rsquo;s Green Up program is made possible by generous grants from the Department of Community and Economic Development. In addition, Target provided financial support for the Promise Park.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:19:45 -0500 MAYOR, STAKEHOLDERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS BREAK GROUND FOR HOMEWOOD'S NEWEST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1916 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Dec. 18, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by Oxford Development Company, S&amp;A Homes, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and community members, officially broke ground on the Homewood Station Senior Apartments, an $11.5 million, mixed-use development that will provide 41 new mixed-income residential units. Located at the corner of North Homewood Ave. and Susquehanna St., the four-story building will include ground floor commercial space for neighborhood businesses, as well as a caf&eacute;. Completion of this initial phase is anticipated for December 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Over the last three years, we have worked closely with the Homewood community to prepare a plan for its future,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Hundreds of residents and stakeholders have come together in a community planning effort, called &lsquo;Bridging the Busway,&rsquo; that seeks to harness the power of transit as an engine for neighborhood revitalization. This project is the first major step to put that plan into action.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The new apartment building will provide adjacent access to the East Busway, along with other&nbsp; amenities&nbsp; including&nbsp; a&nbsp; public&nbsp; plaza&nbsp; and&nbsp; public&nbsp; spaces&nbsp; within&nbsp; the&nbsp; building&nbsp; for socializing. The building aims to achieve LEED certification. All units will be offered to households at or below 60 percent of the area median income.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This project builds off the market strengths of the community &ndash; newly constructed single family housing, Helen Faison School and adjacency to the neighborhood of North Point Breeze &ndash; to create multiple paths for sustained economic development,&rdquo; said Steven J. Guy, president and CEO, Oxford Development Company.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This first phase of five was supported with a $10 million Low Income Housing Tax Credit through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and land sold through the URA, along with a $317,000 URA grant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;PHFA enthusiastically supports this project that further fulfills our mission of providing quality, affordable housing to Pennsylvanians,&rdquo; said Brian A. Hudson Sr., PHFA executive director and CEO. &ldquo;The project is exciting because this senior housing development implements the neighborhood-driven &lsquo;Bridging the Busway&rsquo; plan and takes grassroots momentum in Homewood to the next level.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Four additional phases for mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment, as well as infrastructure improvements and greening initiatives, are envisioned for the entire one-acre site.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Our company is proud to be part of the continuing Renaissance in this City, and this development is important to ensure that seniors remain in their neighborhood and their City,&nbsp; in&nbsp; safe&nbsp; and&nbsp; quality housing,&rdquo; said&nbsp; Andy&nbsp; Haines, executive vice&nbsp; president, S&amp;A Homes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the last few years, Homewood has seen a number of new housing and business developments, and commercial rehabilitations that have spurred interest from investors and community advocates. Newly constructed and rehabbed homes and the brand new Helen S. Faison Arts Academy sit adjacent to the project site and the Homewood Station of the East Busway.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;I want to thank Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for his continued commitment and vision to reinvest in the Homewood community,&rdquo; said Councilman Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, Pittsburgh City Council, 9th District. &ldquo;This senior low-rise, probably the most significant project to occur in the community in the last 20 years, will provide seniors with quality affordable housing and world class amenities. This is the first step of revitalizing the business corridor and transforming this neighborhood.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Grassroots community projects, including a number of real estate interventions, are under way that will help spur additional investment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This project is&nbsp; the first&nbsp; step&nbsp; toward a&nbsp; new and&nbsp; improved Homewood,&rdquo; said&nbsp; Jerome<br /> Jackson, executive director, Operation Better Block.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Additional project partners include BNY Mellon, RBC Capital, Bridgeway Capital, Operation Better Block, and Community Empowerment Association. Pre-leasing begins fall 2013. Contact NDC Real Estate Management at 412-578-7800 for more information.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:00:42 -0500 MAYOR INVITES LOCAL LEADERS, RESIDENTS TO SERVE ON THE NONPROFIT SECTOR SUPPORT TASK FORCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1906 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><b style="color: rgb(80, 0, 80); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 17.981481552124023px;">(PITTSBURGH) Dec. 13 &nbsp;&nbsp;</b>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today invited local leaders from the business, nonprofit, foundation, academic, labor, civic and government community to serve on the Task Force to serve on the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority&rsquo;s (ICA) Nonprofit Sector Support Task Force. On October 16, 2012 the Board of Directors of the ICA approved the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 2013 budget on the condition that a high level task force be established to &ldquo;review, study, benchmark, develop and submit a written proposal to the City and the ICA regarding the level, length, and form of support from the nonprofit sector to the City of Pittsburgh.&rdquo; The task force is being convened to meet that requirement.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Pursuant to the ICA mandate, invitations this morning were sent to potential appointees for their consideration. Governor Tom Corbett and the four caucus leaders of the Pennsylvania General Assembly have also been invited to appoint a representative.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Consistent with the stipulations of the ICA authorizing resolution, the Task Force will be constituted by the end of the year. &nbsp;Task Force meetings will be public and a report is expected to be submitted by June 30, 2013. &nbsp;Other details and logistics will be determined once the invitees confirm their participation and the Task Force conducts its first meeting.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">To encourage transparency, Mayor Ravenstahl also invites interested residents to apply to participate in this important endeavor. &nbsp;Pittsburghers are asked to submit their names and brief narratives as to why they want to serve on the Task Force. <strong>Nominations should be submitted by December 21, 2012,</strong> and may be made via email to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nonprofitsectorsupport@pittsburghpa.gov">nonprofitsectorsupport@pittsburghpa.gov</a>&nbsp;or via US mail to:&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Nonprofit Sector Support Task Force</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Room 526, City County Building</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">414 Grant Street</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Pittsburgh, PA 15219</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The ICA was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly though the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Act for Cities of the Second Class or Act 11 of 2004. &nbsp;The ICA is an oversight board consisting of five members, one each appointed by the Governor, and the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Senate and House of Representatives. &nbsp;Among other duties, the ICA is charged with helping the City of Pittsburgh generate annual positive financial results, and the coordination of this Task Force is an outpost of that responsibility. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:57:08 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO VOTE TO ISSUE RFP FOR POSSIBLE SHERADEN GROCERY STORE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1903 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) December 13, 2012</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of a grocery store in the City&rsquo;s Sheraden neighborhood, pending authorization from its Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting this afternoon. The available site, located at 2928 Sheraden Boulevard, presents a prime opportunity for the neighborhood, which currently lacks in fresh food selections.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Providing residents with quality, fresh food options in their own community is key to ensuring a neighborhood&rsquo;s strength and potential for growth,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;We continue to work to provide residents with local grocery options, as shown by our efforts to bring IGA into Beechview and Shop &lsquo;n Save into the Hill District. Our hope is that this effort to attract a smaller grocer will be successful - creating new jobs, growing the community and furthering Sheraden&rsquo;s revitalization in the process.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In December 2011, the URA, with Community Development Block Grants and funds provided by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, bought the property and a nearby parking lot for a total of $425,000.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;The issuance of this RFP further demonstrates the commitment of investment in our neighborhoods,&rdquo; said Councilwoman Kail-Smith. &ldquo;I am pleased that the southwest is beginning to benefit from Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance. For the residents who have dedicated time and personal investment in Sheraden, this is the pivotal moment they have been waiting for and their faith in a revitalized Sheraden is about to become reality.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This site was purchased because it is a key property in an important location in this neighborhood, and we wanted to ensure that it would serve the best interest of the community,&rdquo; said URA Acting Executive Director, Robert Rubinstein. &ldquo;The property is across from the K-8 Langley School and a short walk to the busway, providing an opportunity for a smaller grocer to favorably compete for Sheraden residents&rsquo; food dollars.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Additional nearby investment includes the purchase of seven abandoned or foreclosed houses on Bergman Street and its surrounding area as part of the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1237">Neighborhood Stabilization Program</a>. These houses will then be rehabilitated and sold to homeowners. Three units are currently under construction and are estimated to be completed by early 2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Proposals will be accepted by a grocer looking to acquire the property, renovate it and open a neighborhood-based store; a grocer to which the URA can lease the property to open a store; or a developer that would bring a grocer as its primary tenant.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The URA expects to have the RFP ready to post within a few weeks following the Board meeting. The URA Board of Directors meets this afternoon, Thurs., Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross Street, Downtown.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:38:49 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES FACEBOOK CONTEST FOR TWO FREE TICKETS TO THE JACK REACHER U.S. PREMIERE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1899 <div class="im" style="color: rgb(80, 0, 80); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <p><b>(PITTSBURGH) Dec. 7&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will be launching a Facebook contest this Monday, in which the winner will receive two free tickets to the U.S. premiere of Paramount&#39;s Jack Reacher, to be held at 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 15 at the South Side Works Cinema.</span></p> </div> <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">&quot;We&#39;re extremely<b><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></b><b style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; background-color: transparent;"> </b><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; background-color: transparent;">thrilled</span><b style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; background-color: transparent;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></b><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;that Pittsburgh will be hosting its first </span><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; background-color: transparent;">U.S. premiere in decades, and we wanted to share that excitement with our thousands of Facebook fans,&quot; Ravenstahl said.</span> &quot;We&#39;ve created a climate of growth and opportunity here in Pittsburgh, and with the film tax credits extended by Governor Corbett, we will not only spur our local economy through more film productions, but put our beautiful City on the world screen for all to see.&quot;</p> <p style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 18px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Starting Monday at 12 noon, the City will be posting daily trivia questions pertaining to the Jack Reacher movie and it&#39;s filming throughout Pittsburgh last year. The first five City Facebook fans to guess correctly will be entered into the contest and a winner will be chosen randomly at 1 p.m. on Friday. Questions will be posted daily at 12 noon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:09:02 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES CITY'S FIRST 'APP' DEVELOPMENT COMPETITION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1887 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp; Nov. 28</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City of Pittsburgh will launch its first-ever civic software application (app) development competition designed to grow the City&rsquo;s innovation and technology community through the creation of technology infrastructure that will benefit citizens. The competition, called The Steel City Codefest, marks the first major event generated from the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ura.org/business_owners/powerup_pittsburgh.php">PowerUp Pittsburgh</a> initiative and will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 23 and run through 2 p.m. on Sun, Feb. 24 in the Google Pittsburgh offices at Bakery Square, located at 6425 Penn Avenue.</p> <p>&ldquo;Steel City Codefest builds off of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s strong spirit of innovation, collaboration and competition and encourages innovators to come together to build interesting and creative solutions that will benefit our community and improve our City&rsquo;s tech climate,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our ultimate goal is to create an opportunity for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s best and brightest minds to connect and use their skills to create apps that are useful to City residents and organizations.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first-of-its-kind event in the region will challenge developers to turn government data into an application that benefits Pittsburgh residents, visitors or businesses. Codefest participants will be given access to City, County, State and Federal datasets prior to the event and teams of one to six people will have 24 hours to create software applications.&nbsp; The Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System, which is a program of the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) will be assisting with data collection.</p> <p>&ldquo;For the past seven years, UCSUR has helped residents and community organizations find and use public information,&rdquo; said Bob Gradeck, research project manager at UCSUR. &ldquo;Through Steel City Codefest, we are excited to support the work of software developers in building apps that will improve communities and the lives of Pittsburgh residents.&rdquo;</p> <p>Due to space constraints, participation is limited to the first 100 people who register. Registration begins today at the Codefest website, <a href="http://www.steelcitycodefest.org">www.steelcitycodefest.org</a>. To facilitate team creation, participants are encouraged to reference the question and answer section of the Codefest website, where they can advertise for teams or team members, and post ideas for apps to be created during the contest. In addition, organizers will provide at least one opportunity in advance for participants to meet and build teams.</p> <p>Participants will be able to stay overnight in the Google Pittsburgh offices to work on their apps.&nbsp; Participant registration is $10, which includes food and a T-shirt. While diverse skill sets are welcome, participants with backgrounds in technology, design and community development are especially suited for this event.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are happy to partner with the City and URA to host the Steel City Codefest at Google Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Andrew Moore, vice president of engineering, Google. &nbsp;&ldquo;We hope this event provides a platform for developers to come together and build innovative solutions to improve our community.&rdquo;</p> <p>Several winning teams will be chosen by judges using the following criteria: Civic Engagement - meets a clear community need; Technical Sophistication - overcomes interesting technical challenges; User Interface Design - presents an effective interface that facilitates the user experience; and Artistic Merit.</p> <p>Each team member from the winning teams will receive a Nexus 7 tablet.</p> <p>In addition to the main event, the Mayor will host a mixer the night before to encourage participants to build ideas and form teams before the data is released. Additional information on the contest, how to register, and the mixer can be found at <a href="http://www.steelcitycodefest.org/">www.steelcitycodefest.org</a>.</p> <p>The codefest was coordinated by Jennifer Wilhelm, the URA&rsquo;s new innovation &amp; entrepreneurship strategist. Partners include the URA&rsquo;s Center for Innovation &amp; Entrepreneurship, Google Pittsburgh, Bakery Square, the University of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Center for Social and Urban Research, MAYA Design and Traffic 21. ShowClix, a URA client, is the official ticketing sponsor.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:18:06 -0500 BROOKINGS INSTITUTION RECOGNIZES PITTSBURGH AS ONE OF THREE U.S. CITIES FULLY RECOVERED FROM ECONOMIC RECESSION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1885 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 30, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Brookings Institution has recognized Pittsburgh as <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-usa-cities-recovery-idUSBRE8AT08R20121130">one of only&nbsp; three U.S. cities seeing economic recovery</a> based on employment levels and gross domestic product. Ravenstahl cited a growing eds, meds and energy economy, combined with Third Renaissance momentum in City neighborhoods as catalysts for economic growth.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh has turned the corner and is the national example of how to grow jobs and innovate, despite a challenging national economy,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Currently, there are more people employed in Pittsburgh than ever before and for the first time in decades our population is growing. But there is still much more work to be done to ensure that Pittsburgh grows even more jobs and remains America&rsquo;s &lsquo;most livable&rsquo; city for years to come.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pittsburgh&rsquo;s impressive economic growth is another indication that Pittsburgh has fully recovered from the recession, according to Brookings Institution, noting that a full recovery includes an economy that has &quot;returned to its long-term pre-recession rates of economic growth.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;While we are extremely excited that the world keeps recognizing our economic successes, we must not view this as another pat on the back, but as a challenge to keep improving,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Through partnerships that nurture innovation and job growth, and balanced budgets that hold the line on taxes and invest in programs to keep our neighborhoods safe and clean, we will continue to work together to make sure that Pittsburgh stays on top for years to come.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/reports/2012/11/30%20global%20metro%20monitor/30%20global%20monitor.pdf">report</a>, only three U.S. metropolitan areas have fully recovered from the economic recession: Pittsburgh, PA; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Dallas, Texas.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:19:19 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES 4th ANNUAL (PITTSBURGH)RED/WORLD AIDS DAY EVENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1883 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp; Nov. 29, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, joined by representatives from over 30 local HIV/AIDS corporations and organizations, today announced a full line-up for the City&rsquo;s fourth annual (PITTSBURGH)<sup>Red</sup>/World AIDS Day celebration, which kicks off today. Events ranging from meetings to a gala to free HIV testing &ndash; and including this Saturday&rsquo;s newly added Rally and Advocates March &ndash; aim to bring awareness that HIV/AIDS is not only a national issue, but one that affects Pittsburgh&rsquo;s residents and neighbors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This annual celebration is a great opportunity to shed much-needed light on the importance of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and here in Pittsburgh,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;In the Pittsburgh region, more than 3,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, and that number continues to increase. Oftentimes, people don&rsquo;t even realize that they are infected. (PITTSBURGH)RED provides the ideal platform to learn more, get tested and reach out to those affected by HIV/AIDS.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Mayor encourages all residents to wear red or a red ribbon this week to show their support. Local companies and organizations have organized visual displays, educational components and free HIV testing throughout the week. Partner organizations, including Starbucks&rsquo; Downtown and east End locations, have distributed 20,000 educational cards with removable red wearable ribbons. As in recent years, the Pittsburgh skyline will light up red as the Highmark spire atop Fifth Avenue Place, the BNY Mellon sign, The Gulf Tower and Bakery Square lights all turn red in honor of World AIDS Day.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">New to the event line-up this year is a free Rally and Advocates March that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Dohorty Hall, Room 2210. Emceed by Rosemary Welch from WYEP, speakers will include Mayor Ravenstahl, Stuart Fisk from the Positive Health Clinic, and HIV/AIDS activists Pamela Smith from Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and Branden Mikal Dudek from Persad. The March starts at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Forbes &amp; Morewood Avenues and will proceed down Forbes Ave. to the William Pitt Union, where there will be free HIV testing, music, giveaways, food and drink, and informational tables by various student and HIV/AIDS organizations.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is the fourth year that Mayor Ravenstahl has led the&nbsp;(PITTSBURGH)<sup>Red</sup>&nbsp;initiative, whose goal is to bring awareness that HIV/AIDS is still very much a disease that affects all residents, locally and nationally. The Pittsburgh campaign began when U2 lead singer Bono asked mayors from across the U.S. &ndash; including Mayor Ravenstahl &ndash; to light a local landmark red on World AIDS Day. The iconic Highmark spire on top of Fifth Avenue Place was selected.&nbsp; Since then, at the Mayor&rsquo;s request, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh has organized the local campaign annually.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Below is the celebration&rsquo;s full line-up of events:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><u><strong>Thursday, November 29</strong></u></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>1 to 6 p.m.</strong></u><br /> Annual &ldquo;Getting to Zero&rdquo; symposium<br /> University Club<br /> University Dr. A, 15260<br /> The PA/MidAtlantic Education &amp; Training Center</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>7:30 p.m.</strong></u><br /> The 25th Annual World AIDS Day Ceremony<br /> Heinz Memorial Chapel<br /> South Bellefield Avenue, 15260<br /> Reception to follow in Reconciliation Hall<br /> Sponsored by the Pitt Men&rsquo;s Study</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>10 p.m. to midnight</strong></u><br /> Free HIV testing<br /> Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman Street., 15222<br /> Allegheny County Health Department van</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><u><strong>Friday, November 30</strong></u></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>9 to 11 p.m.</strong></u><br /> Free HIV testing available in the Allegheny County Health Department van<br /> East Carson Street, South Side.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>8 p.m. to 2 a.m.</strong></u><br /> World AIDS Day National House Ball<br /> Hilton Garden Inn in Oakland,<br /> Sponsored by the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and Candie Man Ebony</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><u><strong>Saturday, December 1</strong></u></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>11 a.m. to 6 p.m.</strong></u><br /> I Made It! For the Holidays Holiday Market<br /> Bakery Square<br /> Proceeds from photos with Santa will benefit&nbsp;(PITTSBURGH)<sup>Red</sup>.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>6 p.m.</strong></u><br /> Rally and Advocates March<br /> Rally begins at Doherty Hall, Room 2210, Carnegie Mellon University<br /> March begins at corner of Forbes &amp; Morewood and will proceed down Forbes Avenue to the William Pitt Union.&nbsp;<br /> *March begins at 6:30 p.m.<br /> Speakers include Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Stuart Fisk from the Positive Health Clinic and HIV/AIDS activists Pamela Smith and Branden Mikal Dudek.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>7 to 10 p.m.</strong></u><br /> 8th Annual Red Ribbon Gala<br /> Omni William Penn Hotel<br /> Sponsored by Educating Teens about HIV</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify;"><u><strong>9 p.m. to 2 a.m.</strong></u><br /> Cruze Bar Goes (RED) with drink specials, free condoms and (RED) giveaways.<br /> Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman Street, Strip District<br /> Sponsored by Belvedere (RED)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, visit <a href="http://pittsburghred.org">pittsburghred.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) RED PARTNERS INCLUDE:</strong><br /> AIDS Leadership for Prevention and Health Awareness (ALPHA), ALCOA, Allegheny County Health Department, BNY Mellon, Bakery Square, Belvedere (RED), Bonacile Enterprises, Candie Man Ebony, Carnegie Mellon University, City of Pittsburgh, Cruze Bar, Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation, Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, Dreams of Hope, Educating Teens About HIV/AIDS, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, Mayor&#39;s LGBT Council, Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education Training Center, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Pitt Men&rsquo;s Study, Positive Health Clinic, Prevention Point Pittsburgh, R.A.P.H.A Program; (RED) TM, Revive Marketing Group, Shepherd Wellness Center, Slippery Rock University, Starbucks, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC/Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment, and WYEP.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:28:53 -0500 MAYOR CALLS FOR SNOW ANGELS TO HELP NEIGHBORS-IN-NEED THIS WINTER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1876 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 26, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today put out a citywide call for Snow Angels &ndash; volunteers who provide snow removal for senior or physically disabled residents &ndash; and encouraged neighbors-in-need to apply for assistance. The <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snowangels">Snow Angels</a> program, a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative, matches able-bodied volunteers with senior and physically disabled residents in their own neighborhood to remove snow from their sidewalks and walkways. Launched last winter, Snow Angels volunteers removed over 27,000 square feet of snow during its inaugural season. Residents may sign up to volunteer or apply for assistance at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snowangels">pittsburghpa.gov/snowangels</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;As snow moves into the forecast, it&rsquo;s time to call on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s culture of neighbors helping neighbors,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Last year, the Snow Angels program was very successful, minimizing the hardship of snow removal for almost 200 seniors and residents in need. It&rsquo;s important that residents stay safe and are looked after by loved ones all year round, but especially during the difficult winter months. I encourage volunteers and recipients to sign up today and help ensure a safe, pleasant winter for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Individual residents, community groups, schools and organizations are encouraged to apply to be Snow Angels. To receive assistance from a Snow Angel, City residents must be age 60 or older, or have a physical disability and lack snow removal resources. Volunteers have 24 hours after the snow stops falling to remove the snow, if not expected to melt within 24 hours.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In winter 2011, the Mayor&rsquo;s call for Snow Angels volunteers and recipients was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. During the initial launch, 187 senior and disabled residents-in-need were matched with 81 individual and group volunteers throughout the City. Many volunteers took on multiple houses to ensure that needy residents received help. In just one winter season, Snow Angels volunteers removed over 27,000 square feet of snow.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Apply online at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/snowangels">pittsburghpa.gov/snowangels</a> or request a hard copy application by calling the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH office at 412-255-2280 or emailing <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:53:04 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEXT ROUND OF OPPORTUNITY FOR NEIGHBORS TO LOVE THEIR BLOCK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1874 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 21, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s spring 2013 <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/">Love Your Block</a> grant award program. Local nonprofit organizations have until February 14, 2013 to apply. The block revitalization program gives up to 30 organizations $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Project implementation will take place from April 27 to June 30, 2013. Love Your Block is one of eight service initiatives in the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiative.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Love Your Block continues to successfully provide Pittsburgh residents with the tools they need to revitalize our neighborhoods block by block,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I continue to be inspired by the wonderful projects we&#39;ve seen in the past, and invite residents and community leaders to come up with creative ideas to help revitalize their community for the spring 2013 season.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ravenstahl encourages organizations from all 90 neighborhoods to propose their ideas. Special consideration will be given to projects that engage local veterans and veterans&rsquo; organizations. Encouraged projects include veterans&rsquo; monument beautification and projects that take place in neighborhoods with a high population of veterans. City leaders will meet with the awardees and deploy City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal to support the projects, as feasible. A full list of available City services can be found in the&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/grantapplication?m=intro">Love Your Block applications</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Applicants for the spring 2013 program must be a qualified nonprofit organization or have the support of a nonprofit fiscal agent, and the impacted area must be within City limits.&nbsp;<strong>Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on February 14, 2013</strong>; late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by early March 2013. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place in April 2013, location and time will be announced to grantees at a later date.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This year&rsquo;s fall round of Love Your Block grants enabled creative projects to come to fruition all across the City, from installing and planting flower boxes,&nbsp;to beautifying veterans memorials, to planting a community meditation garden. Grantees impacted 49 blocks by collecting 6,676 pounds of litter, creating 99 green spaces, leveraging over $14,000 in donations and recruiting over 700 volunteers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While all of the projects this past season were impressive, Community Alliance of Spring Garden-East Deutschtown was the group selected to win the &ldquo;best block revitalization project&rdquo; and will receive an additional $2,000 Home Depot gift card for future block enhancements. The group revitalized vacant lots and buildings along Spring Garden Avenue and leveraged over $4,750 in donations for their project. Pictures of their work are available on the servePGH website <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/photos/?pwi_album_selected=Spring_Garden&amp;pwi_albumpage=1">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Not only is our neighborhood more attractive because of the Love Your Block event, but also residents and volunteers have come to know each other better and to feel a mutual sense of commitment and optimism for our community,&rdquo; said Ruth Ann Dailey of Community Alliance of Spring Garden- East Deutschtown group. &ldquo;We believe this will stimulate additional private investment and expand our base of hard-working volunteers, which will lead to even more progress.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Love Your Block is made possible, in large part, thanks to the Home Depot Foundation. The selected projects each receive one $1,000 gift card. Love Your Block is also supported in part by Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Cities of Service and servePGH</strong><br /> Founded in New York City in September 2009, Cities of Service supports mayors who leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective. The coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockerfeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through eight new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize close to 200 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 21,000 pounds of litter, and more.&nbsp; Over 3,000 volunteers have committed over 30,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:00:54 -0500 MAYOR SPREADS EARLY HOLIDAY CHEER WITH FREE PARKING FOR DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY SHOPPING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1863 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 15, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today brought holiday cheer to Pittsburgh business owners and their customers, announcing free parking on Saturdays at all Parking Authority garages, giving a boost to Downtown&rsquo;s burgeoning shopping, dining and cultural scene. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority (PPA) board this afternoon approved the Mayor&rsquo;s proposed Holiday Shopper and Special Event Parking Program for the 2012 holiday season.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;During this holiday season, I want to do everything I can to help make Downtown a customer-friendly shopping and entertainment destination,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;By offering free parking, we make it possible for customers to more readily enjoy all that Downtown has to offer. The established and flourishing restaurants and businesses, old and new, in Market Square and throughout our Golden Triangle, continue to fuel Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Shoppers may park for free at any of the Parking Authority garages all day Saturday throughout the holiday season. The program begins this weekend following the 52nd Annual Light Up Night celebration and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 22.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We are grateful to the Mayor for providing Pittsburghers with even more reasons to shop, dine and be entertained this holiday season,&rdquo; said Jeremy Waldrup, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership&rsquo;s president and CEO. &ldquo;Free parking is a great way to support Downtown&rsquo;s unique shopping, dining and cultural destinations.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This free parking announcement follows Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s announcement yesterday of the Downtown Action Strategy, a three-year plan to revitalize the City&rsquo;s downtown retail environment. Similarly, since its $5 million improvement project, Market Square has seen almost 30 new restaurants, numerous facade renovations and hundreds of new residences. The project, led by Mayor Ravenstahl, has also become a major stimulant for private investment in and around the area.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pittsburgh Parking Authority garage locations: Oliver Avenue; Fort Duquesne and Sixth; Third Avenue; Mellon Square; Ninth and Penn; Wood/Allies; First Avenue Garage and Station; Smithfield/Liberty; Grant Street; Oakland garage at Meyran; Shadyside garage at Bellefonte.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 12:46:09 -0500 MAYOR RAVENSTAHL TO JOIN MAYORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT IBM SMARTER CITIES CHALLENGE SUMMIT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1861 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 14, 2012 &nbsp;</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl tomorrow will join high-level urban policy experts and 20 mayors &ndash; from Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and the U.S. &ndash; at the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Summit in New York. The one-day summit will host moderated panels of mayors and policy experts about themes including urban mobility, economic growth and citizen engagement. Mayor Ravenstahl will speak about his experiences with the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge in Pittsburgh just a few weeks ago, which resulted in recommendations on how to make transportation more convenient, efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m thankful for the opportunity granted to us by IBM to take a closer look at our transportation networks and determine how we can improve them to better reach our City&rsquo;s full economic potential,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;After receiving valuable recommendations, which we will incorporate into our comprehensive MOVEPGH plan, I welcome the opportunity to speak about these strategies and to hear other leaders speak at the Summit.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Earlier this year, IBM selected Pittsburgh as one of 33 worldwide recipients out of approximately 150 applicants who competed for an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant-funded study of local transportation. During three weeks at the end of September and into October, IBM experts from around the world walked City streets, rode buses, visited economic development zones and saw pilot projects demonstrated. As a result, the team formed recommendations to help spur more transit-oriented development to revitalize neighborhoods. Recommendations that can be read <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1789">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the Summit, the Mayor will participate in a panel on urban mobility at 11 a.m. to discuss his perspective on transportation and the importance of accessible transit for a city&rsquo;s economic development strategy.&nbsp;The Summit is an opportunity for the Mayor Ravenstahl, and all participants, to interact with mayors from around the world.&nbsp;Mayor Ravenstahl&nbsp;will discuss different strategies the City is using to promote the development of a smarter and faster transportation system and encourage citizens to adopt new modes of travel&nbsp;along with:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Han Beum Deuk, City of Cheongiu&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Samuel Mwale, Principal Administrative Secretary, Office of the President of Kenya</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Roberto Visentin, City of Siracusa, Italy</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">moderated by Tom Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">The panel will be video recorded and released on the Smarter Cities Challenge <a href="http://smartercitieschallenge.org/summit-2012.html">website</a> and other IBM materials after the Summit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>ABOUT THE IBM SMARTER CITIES CHALLENGE</strong><br /> The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program - IBM&#39;s single largest - in which IBM is awarding $50 million worth of consulting services to 100 municipalities worldwide through 2013. The grant provides city planners with IBM analysts who live in the recipient city for at least three weeks to provide &ldquo;intelligent technology&rdquo; services worth the equivalent of approximately $400,000. The City of Pittsburgh is one of 33 worldwide recipients.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">IBM&#39;s consultants and technology specialists help municipalities analyze and prioritize their needs, review strengths and weaknesses and learn from the successful strategies used by other cities worldwide.&nbsp; After studying the role that intelligent technology might play in uniting and advancing different aspects of city life, IBM then outlines a range of concrete strategies designed to help make cities healthier, safer, smarter, more prosperous and attractive to current and prospective residents and businesses.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:14:35 -0500 MAYOR, STAKEHOLDERS UNVEIL NEW STRATEGY TO ATTRACT & RETAIN DOWNTOWN RETAIL http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1859 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 14, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), members of the Downtown Retail Task Force, Downtown stakeholders and representatives from Point Park University, outlined a new strategy to attract and retain retail businesses in Downtown Pittsburgh. The three-year <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/110512_Downtown_Action_Strategy_2_.pdf">Downtown Action Strategy</a> plan aims to improve the retail experience in the City&rsquo;s urban core by creating a new branding and marketing strategy, improving public infrastructure and space, and providing recommendations for new policies and incentives to enhance the neighborhood&rsquo;s safety and walkability.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Over the last few years, Downtown Pittsburgh has begun its transformation into a vibrant 24/7 destination spot, and the much-anticipated Downtown Action Strategy plan is a big step forward in furthering this vision,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;By sitting down with Downtown&rsquo;s dedicated stakeholders, we have identified key strategies that will help our City&rsquo;s Golden Triangle continue to grow and thrive by attracting even more retailers and shoppers to enjoy all that Downtown has to offer.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In January 2012, Mayor Ravenstahl convened the Downtown Retail Task Force &ndash; composed of representatives from the URA and Downtown retailers, businesses, organizations, universities and public office &ndash; to focus on key areas to improve Downtown&rsquo;s retail environment: branding and marketing, retail attraction and retention, and urban design. As a result of these meetings, the Downtown Action Strategy was developed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The new strategy develops a retail attraction and retention strategy that considers vacant space, desired retailers and an outreach plan; creates a Downtown Retailer&rsquo;s Association; develops a database to identify available properties; explores possibilities for coordinating building code requirements with upper-floor redevelopments; and more. The strategy focuses on pedestrian accessibility and comfort, key streets&rsquo; proximity to significant retail destinations and aims to entice locally owned businesses and restaurants. Smithfield Street, Wood Street and Forbes Avenue have been identified as key corridors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;A vibrant Downtown Pittsburgh is important to Point Park University&rsquo;s students, faculty and staff,&rdquo; said Paul Hennigan, president of Point Park University.&nbsp; &ldquo;Our unique location in the City&rsquo;s center enriches the academic experience by connecting our students and graduates with internships, jobs, entertainment, arts and culture.&nbsp; As our investment in Downtown is realized through the Academic Village, we support and welcome the City&rsquo;s continued efforts to enhance the Downtown neighborhood.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Immediately following the news conference, the Mayor and Jeremy Waldrup, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, led a tour of Downtown retailers, including: Boutique La Passerelle, Bluebird Kitchen, SPLASH, Serendipity, the Fairmont Hotel and Heinz Healey&rsquo;s Gentleman&rsquo;s Apparel. Downtown retailers shared their enthusiasm for the Downtown Action Strategy at today&rsquo;s launch.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;At Macy&rsquo;s, we are so pleased to be the center of shopping in Downtown Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Joe Hladiuk, vice president and general manager of Macy&rsquo;s Downtown. &ldquo;We know this is a vibrant retail market and thoroughly support the need for attracting additional retail outlets to the Golden Triangle.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Wall-to-Wall Studios assisted in developing branding solutions and Stantec Architecture Inc. provided urban design and facilitated committee meetings.<br /> <br /> The entire Downtown Action Strategy is available for review at <a href="http://www.pghnow.org">pghnow.org</a>.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:19:23 -0500 MAYOR TO LIGHT CITY'S HOLIDAY TREE THIS FRIDAY AT NOON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1858 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 14, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will officially kick off the City&rsquo;s holiday festivities by lighting the City&rsquo;s holiday tree on the City-County Building&rsquo;s portico this Fri., Nov. 16 at noon &ndash; just hours before Pittsburgh&rsquo;s skyscrapers illuminate the skyline during Light Up Night.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The Great Gift&rdquo; will serve as this year&rsquo;s theme for the City&rsquo;s annual tree lighting ceremony. The Mayor encourages Pittsburgh families to make donations of new or gently used toys as well as non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Food &amp; Toy Drive. The organization will be on-site collecting items and monetary donations from 12 to 1 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Let us ring in the holiday season the way Pittsburghs know how &ndash; by celebrating and giving,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Come down to the portico during lunchtime, bring your family and friends and a donation. In return, enjoy free caroling, warm coffee and sweets, and be part of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s memorable tree lighting ceremony.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As the crowd gathers before noon, the Salvation Army Ensemble will perform on the portico.&nbsp; Beginning at noon, Coro Latinoamericano Choir will perform.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Throughout the City&rsquo;s lunchtime celebration, individuals will have an opportunity to meet Santa Claus and numerous mascots including Iceburgh, Steely McBeam and Buster the Recycling Raccoon. They can also donate new and gently used toys as well as non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army Food &amp; Toy Drive.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At 12:35 p.m., Mayor Ravenstahl will lead the countdown to light the decorated holiday tree &ndash; a blue spruce donated by Rudy Coran of the City&#39;s Windgap neighborhood.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Students from the City of Pittsburgh public, private, parochial and charter schools have participated in the holiday tree decorating project. Citiparks has once again sponsored an ornament competition for school students in kindergarten through college, and all entries will hang on the holiday tree.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s theme of &lsquo;The Great Gift&#39; encourages students to make ornaments that exemplify a gift that they can give this holiday season, such as donating time, goods or sharing a special talent,&rdquo; said Mayor Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;Throughout the weeks ahead, the beautiful hand-crafted ornaments decorating the tree will serve as a visual reminder of our talented students attending our City&rsquo;s schools.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Following the tree lighting ceremony, the Point Park University Singers will resume performing holiday music until 1 p.m. All attending the gathering will enjoy cookies provided by the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh as well as coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:05:00 -0500 MAYOR PRESENTS FY 2013 OPERATING & CAPITAL BUDGET AND FIVE-YEAR PLAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1856 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 13, 2012&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl this morning presented Pittsburgh&#39;s 2013 Budget and Five-Year Plan to City employees, members of City Council and community leaders at City Council Chambers. For the seventh year in a row, the Mayor&rsquo;s proposed $470 million budget is balanced, contains no new tax increases or layoffs and enhances the City&rsquo;s commitment to investing in neighborhoods and infrastructure. In addition, the budget holds the line on spending, budgets revenues conservatively &ndash; estimating expenditures to be less than revenues in every year of the plan, and continues the fiscal responsibility that has been the hallmark of the Ravenstahl administration.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;Almost one decade ago, our City was facing bankruptcy and entered Act 47 oversight,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;Today, however, we&rsquo;ve brought the promise back to Pittsburgh. Today, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance is in full swing and is marked by both job creation and neighborhood development throughout the City - from East Liberty to East Ohio Street, from the West End to the South Side, from Downtown to Allentown. We can say, for the first time in my lifetime, that Pittsburgh&rsquo;s population is growing again. Crime is at a historic low, having decreased for six straight years. And perhaps most importantly, at over 1.2 million, there are more jobs in Pittsburgh today than ever before.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The backbone of the City&rsquo;s financial success has been the commitment to paying down past debts, resulting in the retiring of a quarter of a billion dollars of past debts. The City will reach a debt cliff starting in the year 2018, and in 2019 debt service payments will reduce by more than $30 million, freeing up money for more capital investment.<br /> Over the course of the five-year plan, the proposed budget commits $25 million to a pay-as-you-go capital budget while pledging an additional $25 million to the pension fund.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The proposed $65 million 2013 capital budget will fund essential quality-of-life services such as public safety, public works, and parks and recreation.&nbsp; Top capital projects include:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">$16 million in capital projects throughout the City to improve neighborhoods&rsquo; quality of life, including two additional spray parks and improvements to recreation centers and playgrounds</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$2 million investment in public safety radios. Bureaus will receive new top-of-the-line radios that not only comply with new federal mandates, but ensure that this important communication system is sustainable for years to come</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$7 million toward ongoing efforts to modernize and improve the City&rsquo;s fleet</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$10 million to ensure another robust paving program</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$3 million in demolition&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">The budget has already been approved by the ICA and Act 47. Last Thursday, the State&rsquo;s Act 47 team, citing balanced budgets and future financial stability, requested that the City be released from their oversight. The State&rsquo;s secretary of economic development will make that determination in the coming months.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">City Council has until December 31st to pass the Mayor&rsquo;s budget or make modifications.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We should be most proud that we were able to turn ourselves around despite a national economic recession,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &quot;While other governments are increasing taxes and laying off workers, we&rsquo;ve been able to balance our budgets and save for a rainy day. In fact, we actually cut taxes. While we&rsquo;ve brought the Promise back to Pittsburgh, there is still much more work to do.&nbsp;But we must keep working together to ensure we remain a financially strong city.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:43:33 -0500 MAYOR LAUNCHES NEW "NEIGHBORHOOD RENAISSANCE FUND," AWARDS FIRST 12 GRANTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1854 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 13, 2012</strong>&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the first round of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Renaissance Fund (NRF) grants, which will award almost $275,000 to a dozen community organizations, and will provide resources to create and carry out development vision plans for their community, helping to ensure growth and success.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Neighborhoods that have successful community development plans are better positioned to attract investment, which then spurs job creation and economic development,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This program will help ensure that Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance is felt in all of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 90 neighborhoods.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Fund was created by Mayor Ravenstahl, and is a collaboration between the Department of City Planning, the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Design Center. Its goal is to assist targeted communities in creating neighborhood development plans, and to give community groups the expertise and guidance needed to pursue real estate development projects and other strategic initiatives. The NRF is administered by the Design Center through its signature <a href="http://www.designcenterpgh.org/design-fund/">Design Fund</a> program, which awards competitive grants to community organizations and provides technical assistance to work with architects, planners, landscape architects and other design professionals toward neighborhood revitalization projects.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We are delighted to be expanding the family of community groups we serve through the Design Fund, which supports catalytic projects in a number of neighborhoods that have suffered in recent years from blight, vacancy and deteriorating business districts,&rdquo; said Stephen A. Glassman, Design Center President and CEO. &quot;We appreciate the support of Mayor Ravenstahl&nbsp;and the foundation communities, and their understanding of the importance of working together to enhance community development in the City of Pittsburgh.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Grants were submitted by 28 organizations following a series of informational meetings held throughout the City, which uncovered more than 130 potential development projects for future consideration. The funded applicants and their projects are:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">$25,000 to West End Alliance for an adaptive reuse study for a closed and vacant school</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$15,000 to Pittsburgh Musical Theater for implementation of fa&ccedil;ade improvements and expansion at its West End location</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$15,000 to Central Northside Neighborhood Council for sign and gateway design for its Allegheny City Central branding plan</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$15,000 to Troy Hill Citizens for implementation of their park plan and programming</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$25,000 to Community Alliance of Spring Garden-East Deutschtown for gateway design at the Route 28 exit at the 16th Street Bridge</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$25,000 to Brookline SPDC for a market study and branding for Brookline Boulevard</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$15,000 to Beltzhoover Civic Association for parklet design/build project on a historic streetcar turnaround site</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$35,000 to Hilltop Alliance for multi-year neighborhood housing strategy plan for blight and foreclosure mitigation in the south Hilltop communities</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$50,000 to Economic Development South for a plan for a destination &ldquo;dairy district&rdquo; on Brownsville Road in Carrick</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$18,725 to Polish Hill Civic Association for mixed use plan for Brereton-Dobson site of two vacant lots and four deteriorating, fire-damaged houses</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$10,000 to Focus on Renewal/Ujamaa Collective for project facilitation and workshops for Centre Avenue development in the Hill District</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">$25,000 to Point Breeze North Development Corporation for Simonton Street study for infill housing and corridor design</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About Pittsburgh Renaissance Fund</strong><br /> The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Renaissance Fund initiative was created by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and established by the URA in April 2012 with an initial start-up grant of $300,000. The Design Center has raised matching funds through local foundations and other funding sources. To date, matching funds contributions have been committed by the Buhl Foundation, the Birmingham Foundation, Bridgeway Capital, and CDBG grants from City Council members Natalia Rudiak and Theresa Kail-Smith.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Design Center</strong><br /> The Design Center is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the value of good design, planning and public policy in support of more livable and sustainable communities in the Pittsburgh region through its three core programs: Design Fund, Design Consults and Design Allies.&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.designcenterpgh.org">designcenterpgh.org</a>.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:34:54 -0500 MAYOR VISITS LOCAL VETERANS WITH NOTES OF THANKS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1847 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(Pittsburgh) Nov. 9, 2012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today reminded residents to attend tomorrow&#39;s Veterans Day parade, after visitng&nbsp; with local veterans at the Veterans Affairs University Drive Campus Hospital in Oakland. The Mayor brought thank you cards to the Veterans, which have been collected over the last week as a special Veterans Day project through his servePGH initiative. In total, 500 thank you cards signed by City employees and residents will be delivered to the veterans at two VA hospitals and one domiciliary located in the City.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;Visiting with local veterans today was definitely the highlight of my day,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;What&#39;s amazing to me is that for how much our veterans have sacrificed for our country, they expect nothing in return and are always so thankful. The least that we can do is thank them for their sacrifice. A great way to thank them is to attend tomorrow&#39;s Veterans Day parade.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">This past April, the Mayor had the opportunity to attend the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 83), a program sponsored by the Secretary of Defense that aims to increase the public&#39;s understanding of national defense. While in attendance, he had the chance to speak with some of our country&rsquo;s current service members and learn about their daily lives. In his online journal about this experience, the Mayor wrote &ldquo;The members of our military are special in every way.&nbsp; If you know an active duty member or a veteran, take some time during your busy day to tell them thanks.&nbsp; It will go a long way.&rdquo; Now, as Veterans Day approaches, Mayor Ravenstahl again remembers the sacrifices our country&rsquo;s military makes, and has always made.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Mayor put out a special call to City Departments last week, asking them to make a difference in the lives of veterans by writing a thank you card. All of the cards handed out to the eight different City departments were returned with notes of thanks and signatures. Cards were also signed this morning at a Citywide AmeriCorps event, with over 150 AmeriCorps members in attendance. Additionally, thank you cards were available in the City-County lobby earlier this week to be signed by the general public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The remainder will be handed out to veterans with their breakfast trays on Veterans Day, November 11<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Read more about Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s servePGH initiative&rsquo;s work with veterans in his <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/November_Newsletter.pdf">November newsletter</a>.</p> <p align="left">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:05:56 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO VOTE ON RETAIL, RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IN HILL DISTRICT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1846 <p style="text-align: justify; "><br /> <strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 8, 2012</strong>&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors will vote this afternoon on preliminary actions to bring a new, $16 million residential and retail development to the historic New Granada Theatre Block in the Hill District. Currently vacant land in the Hill, acquired by the URA, will be transformed into 51 residential units, 7,200 square feet of retail space, approximately 25 on-site parking spaces and a courtyard.&nbsp; In addition, the board will vote on final actions to provide financing for the last phase of the Garfield Homeownership Choice program, making way for the construction of the last four of 47 units of housing along Kincaid Street in Garfield.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;These neighborhood projects further our mission to revitalize our neighborhoods by creating jobs, providing new housing and improving the overall quality of life for our residents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Residences at New Granada Square will involve the construction of a mixed-income, mixed-use building located between Wylie and Centre Avenues.&nbsp; The 51-unit U-shaped building will house 16 two-bedroom apartments and 35 one-bedroom units, as well as approximately 7,200 square feet of new retail space at street level along Centre Avenue.&nbsp; Of those 51 units, 42 units will be affordable to households with incomes at or below 60 percent of area median income, and nine units will be at market rate. In addition, 25 on-site parking spaces and a new courtyard green space will be created.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Today is a great day for Hill District and Garfield residents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Earlier today, myself and community leaders announced that construction of the Hill&rsquo;s grocery store is right around the corner, and with the Consol Arena and adjacent 28-acre development site, we believe that this neighborhood is on the move and ripe for more investment.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Hill Community Development Corporation and Ralph A. Falbo, Inc. have created a new development entity, New Granada Square Housing, LP to undertake this development.&nbsp; The URA actions will provide the developer with evidence of site control required to submit an application for Low Income Housing Tax Credits to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).&nbsp; The tax credits, if approved, will raise approximately $10.8 million in private equity needed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;The Residences at New Granada Square is of great importance and will accelerate the redevelopment of the commercial district along Centre Avenue,&quot; said R. Daniel Lavelle, City Councilman, District 6, and URA board vice chairman. &quot;It will also serve to support neighborhood goals of quality mixed-income housing and culturally relevant development and programming.&nbsp; I want to thank the Mayor, Hill CDC and&nbsp; URA for their great work.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">For the Garfield Homeownership Choice program, the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation (BGC) will acquire 23 parcels of land along Kincaid Street and Jordan Way for the new construction of four detached, single-family for-sale homes.&nbsp; The URA will enter into an agreement with the BGC to provide a portion of the construction financing through approximately $733,000 in URA grants and loans.&nbsp; Deferred second mortgage loans will be made available to income eligible purchasers of the completed units. Forty three new and affordable homes have been completed and sold in prior phases.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Our second mortgage funds help to make these homes more affordable because the borrowers will not have to borrow as much for a conventional first mortgage in order to buy,&rdquo; said Tom Cummings, URA director of housing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Once completed, these four homes are expected to generate annual income taxes of approximately $5,000 per year and annual real estate taxes of approximately $13,000 to the three taxing bodies. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The overall project received $1 million in financing from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) in October 2002. Garfield was one of the first neighborhoods selected by PHFA for funding through its Homeownership Choice Program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The URA Board of Directors meets on Thurs., Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross Street, Downtown.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:39:44 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES ART AND DESIGN PUBLIC MEETINGS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1835 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 7, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the first public meetings for ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH, the Public Art and Urban Design components of the City&rsquo;s first comprehensive plan, called PLANPGH. Conducted by the Department of City Planning and its consultants, these meetings will educate residents about current modes of public art and urban design, including best practice examples, and invite them to provide input that will be used to form policies that will effectively shape the City over the next 25 years. Information will also be presented about the </span><a href="http://www.planpgh.com/artpgh">ARTPGH</a> <span style="color:#000000;">and </span><a href="http://www.planpgh.com/designpgh">DESIGNPGH</a> <span style="color:#000000;">plans, including the process, goals and outcomes of this endeavor. <a href="http://www.planpgh.com">PLANPGH</a></span><span style="color:#000000;">, the City&rsquo;s first-ever 25-year comprehensive plan, includes 12 components &ndash; some of which have been in the works since 2010 &ndash; and is anticipated to be completed in 2014.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;High-quality public art and urban design demonstrates to residents and visitors that Pittsburgh is not only &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Most Livable City,&rdquo; but one that plans and builds in a functional and aesthetic way,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Every resident should feel welcome, comfortable and enthusiastic about working with us on this important effort. By engaging residents in the planning process, we&rsquo;re ensuring that Pittsburgh continues to grow as a wonderful City with a great quality of life for everyone.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">ARTPGH will create a strategy for the City to engage local, regional and national artists, facilitate care for its extensive art collection, and involve artists in public space, facility and infrastructure design. DESIGNPGH will examine existing types of urban design and devise a plan with set guidelines that will inform future developers about the quality and character of design that is expected and feasible in our neighborhoods.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The public art and urban design plans are heavily dependent on public participation and are estimated to be completed over the next 18 months. The public meetings and workshops will engage City residents to ensure community voices are heard and integrated into the plan. ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH collectively have a $585,000 budget, which is funded by the City of Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation and Colcom Foundation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Six meetings, conveniently located throughout the City, will allow residents to participate near where they live or work.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Tuesday, November 13th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m:</strong><br /> Carnegie Library Brookline<br /> 708 Brookline Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15226, 412-561-1003<br /> Public Transportation: Bus 39 and 41, T Blue Line</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">and</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Kaufmann Center<br /> 1825 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, 412-392-4400<br /> Public Transportation: Bus 81, 82 and 83</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Wednesday, November 14th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m:</strong><br /> The Brashear Association<br /> 2005 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, 412-431-2236<br /> Public Transportation: Bus: 48, 51, 54, 75, 81 and 83</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">and</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Schenley Ice Rink<br /> 1 Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15207, 412-422-6523</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Thursday, November 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m:</strong><br /> The Kingsley Association 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, 412-661-8751<br /> Public Transportation: Bus: 74, 77, 82, 86 and 89</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">and</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Children&#39;s Museum of Pittsburgh<br /> 10 Children&rsquo;s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, 412-322-5058<br /> Public Transportation: Bus: 1, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 2, 4, 54, 6, 7 and 8</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">RSVP is requested, but not required. We kindly ask that you please RSVP to the meeting you plan on attending using one of three methods</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">RSVP on our </span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/planpgh">Facebook page</a></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Use the </span><a href="http://planpgh.com/artpgh/block?id=509">RSVP form</a> <span style="color:#000000;">on the PLANPGH website</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Contact Morton Brown, Public Art Manager, at 412-255-8996 or</span> morton.brown@pittsburghpa.gov<span style="color:#000000;">.</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The next round of public meetings will occur in March 2013, when the public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the work completed to that date. There will be ongoing opportunities and subsequent public meetings for the public to become involved with ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH over the next 12 months. Please visit planpgh.com to sign up for email updates related to ARTPGH, DESIGNPGH and other components of PLANPGH.</span></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:52:54 -0500 RAVENSTAHL ANNOUNCES SCHENLEY CENTER TIF NOTE PAID OFF FIVE YEARS EARLY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1831 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 6</strong>&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the $5.25M Schenley Center Tax Increment Financing (TIF) note has been paid off, five years earlier than scheduled, and directed the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) to initiate action to formally dissolve the TIF district at their November board meeting.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">In December 1997, a TIF district was created in order to partially fund a parking garage and site preparation activities for the Schenley Center project in Oakland.&nbsp; The 20-year TIF District and associated debt was originally scheduled to be paid off in 2017.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;This is a win-win for everyone and proof that Tax Increment Financing does work,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Now the taxing bodies will receive the entire tax increment five years early, property values have significantly increased and the number of jobs created by this project has exceeded our goals.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Before the TIF, the Schenley Center parcels generated $1,531 annually in taxes to the City, County and School District. During the TIF, the taxing bodies received $204,336 annually. Now that the TIF debt has been paid off the taxing bodies will receive $612,232 annually in taxes.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">In 1997, the properties were assessed at $56,800 and it was estimated that 110 new jobs would be created.&nbsp; Today, those properties are assessed at $20,132,600 and 180 full-time jobs have been created.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;I was involved in this project since its inception and applaud the Kossmans for their vision and high-quality development of this difficult site,&rdquo; said Robert Rubinstein, URA acting executive director.&nbsp; &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t point to a better example of &lsquo;but for the TIF, this project would not have occurred.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The project along Bigelow Boulevard was undertaken by Schenley Center Associates, L.P., a partnership of the Kossman Development Company. They constructed a 176-room Residence Inn extended-stay hotel, the 156-room Schenley Gardens Assisted Living Center with an Alzheimers unit, and a 273-space parking garage.&nbsp; The $42.2M project was constructed in 1998.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Due to extraordinary site preparation costs, and the need for structured parking in this high density development, TIF funding was used to help offset the funding gap. Some of the challenging site conditions included the construction of an emergency access drive to the rear of the assisted living center, and the construction of a foundation system, including soil retention walls.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The TIF note was repaid using 75 percent of the increased real estate tax increment realized by the three taxing bodies from the increased assessed value of the project.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Once its Board votes to dissolve the TIF district the URA will seek the approval of the three taxing bodies. The URA Board of Directors meets on Thurs., Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross Street, Downtown.</span></p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:37:51 -0500 CITY, COUNTY TO HOST SECOND TOTE BAG DRIVE FOR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1830 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) November 7, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the City and County will join The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project&nbsp;</span><span style="color:#000000;">in collecting tote bags, backpacks and gym bags</span><span style="color:#000000;">&nbsp;in honor of America Recycles Day, November 15. Residents are encouraged to drop off new or gently used bags and backpacks from Nov. 12-18 at one of 13 participating locations. Collected bags will be distributed to local food pantries, reducing the need for plastic bags and enabling patrons to securely transport their food. Residents are also encouraged to make small food donations.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Throughout our City, families and individuals rely on food pantries, particularly during the winter and holiday season,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;City and County employees, their families and all residents are encouraged to contribute to the tote bag drive and participate in this unique recycling opportunity to improve our environment while making an impact on the lives of those in need.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The use of reusable bags reduces the need for plastic bags and spares food pantries the expense of purchasing bags, freeing up valuable resources for food. Tote bags are typically able to carry twice as much as standard plastic bags.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Our region has a great tradition of coming together and supporting important causes like the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project,&rdquo; said Fitzgerald. &ldquo;By donating new or gently used tote bags, backpacks and gym bags, we&rsquo;ll not only make it easier for our friends and neighbors to carry home items from food pantries, but we&rsquo;ll also be reducing the need for thousands of flimsy plastic bags. I encourage everyone to contribute to this effort and help us meet our goal of collecting 10,000 reusable bags and backpacks.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Drop-off locations are:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">City-County Building lobby, near &ldquo;Hard to Recycle&rdquo; collection (414 Grant Street, 15219)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Allegheny County Courthouse, Information Center in Courtyard &amp; County Executive&rsquo;s Office, Room 101 (436 Grant Street, 15219)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Allegheny County Health Department Clack Center, Public drop-off in Building #5, Employee drop-off in Buildings #1, #5 &amp; #7 (3901 Penn Avenue, 15224)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Allegheny County Economic Development, Regional Enterprise Tower, Drop-off for building tenants only (425 6th Ave, Suite 800, 15219)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">County Office Building, Room 347-A (542 Forbes Avenue, 15219)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Allegheny County Human Services Building, Main Lobby (One Smithfield Street, 15222)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Allegheny County Medical Examiner&rsquo;s Office (1520 Penn Avenue, 15222)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&middot;&nbsp; Allegheny County Health Department</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center, 2nd Floor (400 North Lexington Street, 15208)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">South Park Administrative Offices (Buffalo Drive, 15129)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Kane Regional Center &ndash; Ross Township (110 McIntyre Road, 15237)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Kane Regional Center &ndash; Scott Township (300 Kane Boulevard, 15243)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Kane Regional Center &ndash; Glen-Hazel (955 Rivermont Drive, 15207)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Kane Regional Center &ndash; McKeesport (100 Ninth Street, 15132)</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Each year, America Recycles Day presents the opportunity to expand the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s and Allegheny County&#39;s recycling efforts beyond the collection of the traditional plastic, metal, glass and paper materials. At the end of last year&rsquo;s one-week drive, the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project collected 359 bags, surpassing their annual goal to collect 10,000 bags by 65 bags. This year, officials hope to bring even greater success.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Since 1997, America Recycles Day has encouraged communities across the country to come together on November 15 to educate and motivate citizens about the benefits of recycling. Over the past 15 years, community leaders, neighbors and friends across the United States have hosted annual America Recycles events. Celebrating America Recycles Day in Pittsburgh helps protect the environment while serving the needy.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Recycling in Pittsburgh</strong><br /> In 2008, Mayor Ravenstahl launched the &ldquo;Together Green&rdquo; campaign, simplifying City recycling by offering curbside single stream recycling. Over the past five years, the City has seen a 100 percent improvement in recycling, saving taxpayers over $300,000 per year in landfill fees. With community support and addition of special collection bins, everything from yard debris to appliances to batteries can be recycled within Allegheny County.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Download your Pittsburgh curbside recycling and waste removal schedule </span><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/html/collection_schedules.html">here</a><span style="color:#000000;">.</span> <span style="color:#000000;">For more information about recycling drop-off locations in Pittsburgh, view</span> <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/green_guide_2011.pdf">the Mayor&rsquo;s Green Guide</a><span style="color:#000000;">.</span> <span style="color:#000000;">To find the next Special Collections Recycling Drive, click </span><a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/alleghenygreen/recycle.aspx">here</a><span style="color:#000000;">.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Allegheny Green</span></strong><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Allegheny Green is a comprehensive initiative to promote sustainable practices through countywide policies, programs, and projects. Allegheny County encourages residents, businesses, and municipalities to undertake green activities that support economic interests in an environmentally appropriate and equitable manner. The county focuses on our physical plant and assets, how we conduct business, and the critical role of our staff in achieving our collective goal of reducing our ecological footprint. We are leading by example with programs such as the green roof demonstration project and by setting aggressive goals for reducing energy and water consumption. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/alleghenygreen">alleghenycounty.us/alleghenygreen</a>.</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:25:13 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES YARD DEBRIS SPECIAL COLLECTION TO TAKE PLACE ON SAT., NOV. 10 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1822 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 8, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that City Environmental Services crews will hold a special fall yard debris collection on Sat., Nov. 10.&nbsp; Bagged leaves, tree branches and bushes will be picked up and recycled for compost as long as those items are properly packaged.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The following items will only be accepted if properly packaged:</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Bagged leaves:</strong> Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at your normal refuse collection site.&nbsp; Bags should not exceed 35 pounds.&nbsp; Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Tree branches and bushes:</strong> Cut, bundle and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding five feet in length. Tree branch diameter should not exceed four inches.</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">City residents must place materials out for residential collection by City refuse/recycling crews on Fri., Nov. 9. Please note that City crews will not collect dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or independent contractors will not be collected by City crews.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Yard debris materials can also be dumped at the following Public Works locations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat. Nov, 10:</span><br /> <em><span style="color:#000000;">* Normally open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., call divisions for Saturday openings.</span></em></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">2nd Division&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dallas Ave. at Hamilton Ave., East End</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">3rd Division&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 40 Melanchton St., Hazelwood</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">5th Division&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1330 Hassler St., West End</span></li> </ul> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:12:28 -0500 RAVENSTAHL PROMOTES FIRE SAFETY DURING DAYLIGHT SAVINGS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1821 <p><strong style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 2, 2012 &nbsp;</strong><span style="text-align: justify; "><font face="RobotoBold"><span style="line-height: 19.5px; ">M</span></font>a</span><span style="text-align: justify; ">yor Luke</span><span style="text-align: justify; "> Ravenstahl reminds citizens to change smoke detector batteries while changing back their clocks. Daylight Savings Time is this weekend and clocks are to be turned back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday.&nbsp; According to the National Fire Protection Agency, roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working </span><span style="text-align: justify; ">s</span><span style="text-align: justify; ">moke alarm</span><span style="text-align: justify; ">s</span><span style="text-align: justify; ">.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Taking a few minutes to change the batteries in your smoke alarms can mean a world of difference in making sure your family is safe,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;As we approach this holiday season, accidental fires become more common, so this step is even more important.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire firefighters continue to be available to install free smoke detectors in City homes. All residents have to do is call the Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 Response Line and provide their name and address. Firefighters from their neighborhood will call them and schedule a time to install the&nbsp;smoke detectors, free of cost.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The International Fire Code requires that residential homes have a working smoke detector on every level of the home and inside every sleeping area.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; ">For a list of home fire safety and prevention tips, click</span><span style="font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; ">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/fireprevention" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; ">here</a><span style="font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.5px; ">.</span></p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 18:16:02 -0500 CITY TO UNVEIL PRIORITIES FROM COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1820 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 2 </strong>Over the past year, public input has been sought for the City&rsquo;s first 25-year transportation plan, MovePGH, which is one component of the Mayor&rsquo;s citywide comprehensive plan. MovePGH will develop innovative transportation solutions for the City of Pittsburgh. During the MOVEPGH public comment period, Pittsburgh residents and stakeholders submitted project ideas for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s transportation future.<br /> <br /> The MovePGH team, based in part on the public&rsquo;s input, has assessed and prioritized several transportation projects. For an opportunity to see how these projects rank and to provide input, the public is invited to attend a MovePGH Prioritization Workshop that will be repeated four times over the course of two days at varying locations across the City:</p> <p style="margin-left:.25in;"><strong>Wednesday, November 7</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong></p> <p style="margin-left:.75in;">1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Kaufmann Center on 1825 Centre Avenue</p> <p style="margin-left:.75in;">6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Carnegie Library, East Liberty Branch, 130 S. Whitfield Street</p> <p style="margin-left:.75in;"><strong>Thursday, November 8</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><br /> <br /> 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Avenue<br /> <br /> 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah Street</p> <p><br /> In addition to the Prioritization Workshop, the public is invited to join the Department of City Planning for a <strong>Peer Cities Summit on Nov. 9, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, Rangos 3, 5032 Forbes Ave.</strong>&nbsp; At the summit, representatives from some of the nation&rsquo;s most innovative transportation projects will speak, including Milwaukee&rsquo;s Park East Freeway, Chicago&rsquo;s Bicycle Program, and Cincinnati&rsquo;s The Banks. &nbsp;The Summit will offer an opportunity to learn how these projects achieved public buy-in, secured funding, and impacted communities. To learn more about the summit, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.planpgh.com/movepgh">www.planpgh.com/movepgh</a>, and follow live workshop updates on facebook<strong>.</strong>com/planpgh and twitter at @planpgh.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:35:05 -0400 CITY REPORTS ON OVERNIGHT SAFETY RESPONSES TO STORM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1819 <p>(PITTSBURGH) Oct. 30 &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl reported this morning that City public safety and public works crews responded swiftly to flash flooding and downed trees during the evening, ensuring that all City roadways will be open today. In Pittsburgh, no major life safety incidents occurred as a result of high winds and rain caused by post-hurricane Sandy. &nbsp;Approximately 70 City residents in the East Hills area are without power, with 350 without power in Allegheny and Beaver counties.</p> <p>&ldquo;City workers did a great job responding swiftly over night to downed trees and flash flooding,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;While the worst of the storm appears to be over, residents must remain cautious as the risk of flash flooding in some areas still remains.&rdquo;</p> <p>Residents are reminded to never walk or drive through standing water. Residents should report power outages directly to their electric providers. Non-emergency calls, including trees that are down, but not blocking roadways or on power lines, should be directed to the Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 Response Line.&nbsp; As always, residents should call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.</p> <p><strong>Overnight Safety Response:</strong></p> <p>Swift Water Rescue Crews deployed to the Streets Run Road area for water on the roadway and to Routes 51 and 88 for a report of flooding. Public Works crews readied barricades at both locations. While the creek at Rt. 51 and 88 remains high, officials are closely monitoring it and at this time both roadways are open.</p> <p>Public Works crews responded to multiple calls for trees blocking roadways mainly in the following areas: along the East Busway in Bloomfield, areas near Saw Mill Run Boulevard at Edgebrook Street, McCardle Roadway and areas in Mt. Washington, Rutherford Street in Beechview, and Arlington Avenue in Allentown. All trees were removed and the roadways reopened.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 06:05:54 -0400 MAYOR DIRECTS NON-EMERGENCY CITY EMPLOYEES TO STAY HOME http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1818 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Oct. 29</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; In light of recent weather-related and other developments regarding Tropical Storm Sandy, including the decision to close Pittsburgh Public Schools, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that he has ordered non-emergency City personnel to stay home tomorrow.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As this storm bears down on our City, we need to make sure we are keeping all residents out of harm&#39;s way whenever possible,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;The most recent weather patterns, according to the National Weather Service, show that Pittsburgh may be getting more rain and damaging winds than previously expected. We must adjust accordingly and adapt our response to this unpredictable storm.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Refuse and recycling pickup will still resume as usual tomorrow. The Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 Response Line will still be staffed to take non-emergency calls such as downed trees that are not posing imminent danger. In addition, public safety and public works personnel will be working around the clock to keep residents safe during and after the storm.<br /> <br /> The Mayor encourages residents to continue to stay informed, stay home and check on their loved ones and elderly neighbors.</span></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:45:57 -0400 MAYOR, PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR BRIEF PUBLIC ON PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE SANDY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1815 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Oct. 29&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Public Safety Director Michael Huss today briefed the media and public on the City&rsquo;s preparation for Hurricane Sandy. The Mayor informed residents that Halloween will be moved from Wednesday to Saturday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Public safety and public works crews are prepared to respond to damage caused by high winds and heavy rains - including downed power lines and trees, and flash flooding.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;City crews are prepared to respond to the worst possible case scenario from this unpredictable storm, but we are hoping and praying for the best,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p>City crews, including PWSA spent the weekend cleaning catch basins and culverts. DPW readied snow plows, and all City bureaus prepared personnel plans in advance of the storm.</p> <p>&ldquo;Police officers, firefighters and paramedics are more equipped than ever to deal with swift water, after receiving significant training and resources,&rdquo; Public Safety Director Michael Huss said. &nbsp;&ldquo;We need residents to exercise common sense and to not drive or walk through standing water.&rdquo;</p> <p>Starting&nbsp; at 3 pm today, the Emergency Operations Center will be activated. &nbsp;Due to the high wind the national weather service is predicting, residents should expect power outages, downed-trees and power lines. If rain persists, flash flooding may occur in low-lying areas.Public works crews have forestry crews on 24-hour shifts to deal with downed trees and firefighters will be deployed to clear and open roads.</p> <p>&ldquo;All public safety bureaus are working together,&rdquo; Huss said. &ldquo;As the storm approaches, we are nimble and ready to adjust our response appropriately.&rdquo;</p> <p>What Residents Should do:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Stay Informed. &nbsp;Stay Home. Check on Loved Ones</strong>. Follow the City&rsquo;s Facebook or Twitter pages for updates, or the City&rsquo;s homepage at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov">www.pittsburghpa.gov</a>. Stay tuned to local media updates or your weather radio.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Have basic provision items on hand now to deal with possible power outages &ndash; including batteries, flashlights, water and food.<br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:38:17 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH CARNEGIE MUSEUMS, LIBRARY TO HOST 'ALTERNATIVE HOMECOMING' FOR TEENS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1811 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) November 1, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh has partnered with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History to host the City&rsquo;s first-ever alternative homecoming dance for local teens who find it difficult or intimidating to attend their own school&rsquo;s dance among their classmates. The dance, called &ldquo;Wallflowers and Wildflowers: Alternative Homecoming&rdquo; will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History&rsquo;s Hall of North American Wildlife and Botany, 4400 Forbes Avenue. Tickets can be bought in advance at the library&#39;s TEEN desk for $3 and are available at the door for $5 the day of the dance, and proceeds benefit free teen programming at partnering organizations. Wallflowers and Wildflowers is strictly for teens in grades 9 through 12 or ages 14 through 17.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Part of the strategy to stop and prevent bullying is to provide a safe and encouraging outlet for our young people to be themselves and feel confident about who they are,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Bullying is a serious issue that we are combating by working collaboratively with schools, community organizations and businesses to help residents learn the signs of bullying, realize how dangerous it is and equip them with the tools to step in and make our City even safer and more welcoming.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Inspired by the recently released movie <em>Perks of Being a Wallflower</em>, filmed here in Pittsburgh, the </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy/advisorygroups/">Mayor&rsquo;s Youth Council</a> <span style="color:#000000;">worked with teen program coordinators at the museums and library to develop ways to curb bullying and provide events and resources for students. &ldquo;Wallflowers and Wildflowers: Alternative Homecoming&rdquo; offers a judgment-free environment and welcomes all high-school aged teens to enjoy food, drinks and music along with a silent screening of the movie, raffle items, arts activities and a literary live green screen &ldquo;homecoming portrait.&rdquo; The Youth Council hopes that all students, including nontraditional students, embrace this opportunity to celebrate the hidden wallflower in all of us. Students are welcome to bring friends, a date or come alone, and dress as formally or casually as they&rsquo;d like.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">&quot;The Wildflowers and Wallflowers alternative homecoming is a great opportunity for the Youth Council and other teen leaders from the Carnegie Museums and Library to provide an outlet for&nbsp;</span><span style="color:#000000;">many students and friends that they know feel uncomfortable with the average school function,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Attendees really have the opportunity to shape this event into whatever they imagine it to be, and I think that it will result in a comfortable and welcoming environment for our young residents to enjoy our world class museum, relax and have fun without the difficulties of peer pressure.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&quot;Many students in the region can&#39;t take part in traditional homecoming festivities because they attend high school with no sports teams, are home schooled or cyber schooled, are unable to afford it, or because they can&#39;t bring the date they want, among many other reasons,&rdquo; said Joseph Wilk, Teen Specialist at Carnegie Library, Main. &ldquo;We hope to offer a memorable, fun alternative where they can express themselves and transform from a wallflower to a wildflower.&quot;</span></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:29:25 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES VOTING POLLS, SENIOR PROGRAMMING TO RETURN TO RENOVATED SOUTH SIDE MARKET HOUSE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1810 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October, 25, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that voting polls will return to the South Side Market House for this year&rsquo;s presidential election on Tuesday, November 6, and that completed second-floor renovations will enable programming to resume mid-month. Additionally, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank&rsquo;s Produce to People program will resume this Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. Earlier this year, Ravenstahl cut the ribbon to reopen the first floor of the historic Market House, marking the completion of the first of three phases to bring the building back to complete usability.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;The South Side Market House is a valuable piece of our City&rsquo;s historic fabric that offers quality programming for senior residents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thankful to the Department of Public Works&rsquo; hard work to rehab and reopen the Market House and turn it back to the community.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The project&rsquo;s second phase, to be completed in mid-November, includes a remodeled gym and renovation of the entire second floor, bringing complete ADA-accessibility. Citiparks committed $20,000 for the project&rsquo;s second phase materials and the City&rsquo;s Facilities Maintenance staff provided the labor. Extensively rehabilitated restrooms and showers received new fixtures, plumbing and ceramic tile. The gym, offices and facilities have been repainted, and the office areas received new floors. The gym floor was also refinished.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank&rsquo;s Produce to People program distributes produce and other grocery items to <a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/programs/produce.aspx">qualifying needy families</a> in neighborhoods across Allegheny County. Families often carry away more than 40 pounds of food, but are reminded to bring their own boxes, bags or wheeled carts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Earlier this year, Ravenstahl and senior residents <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1512">celebrated the Market House&rsquo;s reopening</a> and completed first phase of renovation, which included full access to the building&rsquo;s first floor, new office and meeting room, upgraded paint and doors, flat screen TVs, easier access and new signage. The project, originally slated for almost $1 million in repairs, cost under $250,000 thanks to in-house work provided by the City&rsquo;s Public Works department, thereby saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Market House, almost 100 years old, is one of the largest of the City&rsquo;s 15 healthy active living centers and also serves as a recreation facility. The center is open and available to seniors Monday through Friday, is utilized by organizations for various programs including youth dance programs and sporting leagues, and is used once a month by the Food Bank. The market house building, closed in 2011 due to structural deficiencies, is one of the last two remaining 19th-century market houses in Pittsburgh.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:48:57 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITY AWARDED $100,000 CITIES OF SERVICE GRANT TO IMPLEMENT TWO NEW SERVEPGH INTIATIVES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1807 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 24, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh has been awarded a $100,000 Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant to support Ravenstahl&rsquo;s proposal to embark on new high-impact volunteering programs within his</span> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a><span style="color:#000000;"> program, which engages volunteers to tackle Pittsburgh&rsquo;s greatest challenges. The grant will fund two new initiatives &ndash; a new project called Cool Roofs and an expansion of the Green Up Pittsburgh program, called Edible Gardens &ndash; in support of Ravenstahl&rsquo;s work to help Pittsburgh become more sustainable and energy efficient. More than 60 mayors competed for the grant, and Pittsburgh is one of 18 U.S. cities selected based on quality of initiatives, potential for impact and implementation plans.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&quot;ServePGH is a vital part of helping our &#39;most livable&#39; city become even cleaner, safe and more sustainable,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This high-impact volunteer program has already improved the City by revitalizing neighborhoods, promoting education and cleaning up litter. Here in Pittsburgh, a spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism is in the air, and with this generous Cities of Service grant, we&rsquo;re able to fuel it further.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of</span> <a href="http://www.citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a><span style="color:#000000;">, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and embracing the power of volunteers as a strategy to address local challenges.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Cool Roofs, a new program to equip Pittsburgh with more sustainable and energy efficient&nbsp; buildings, will coat City-owned buildings with white reflective paint, resulting in a reduction of internal building temperature of up to 30 percent and reducing Co2 emissions. In the first year, 10 Downtown roofs will be coated over the course of eight months, covering approximately 50,000 square feet and reducing the City&rsquo;s carbon emissions by 50 tons. The City&rsquo;s Department of Public Works will work with volunteers to clean and paint the roofs, and all will receive safety and instruction training.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">As an expansion of the Mayor&rsquo;s Green Up program, Edible Gardens will engage volunteers to improve access to healthy foods in more than a dozen low-income City neighborhoods where access to fresh produce markets is scarce. At last week&rsquo;s One Young World Summit, Ravenstahl announced that throughout the next year, the City will embrace</span> <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/why">Jamie Oliver&rsquo;s Food Revolution</a><span style="color:#000000;"> &ndash; a national movement to inspire families to cook meals and eat healthier.&nbsp; Outside of City efforts to increase the number of farmers markets, create new bike lanes and trails, and grow the CityFit Wellness at Work initiative, this Cities of Service grant will fund a new program called Edible Gardens, which will increase the amount of fresh produce available to residents in &ldquo;food deserts&rdquo; by engaging volunteers and community members to design, establish, maintain and harvest edible garden sites. The program is anticipated to produce nearly one ton of produce for at least 200 families. Both projects are set to launch in the spring of 2013.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">By obtaining a Cities of Service grant, Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged thousands of residents in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize 200 city blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 21,760 pounds of litter, and more. &nbsp;Over $1 million in grant funding has been leveraged since the program&#39;s inception, and more than 2,800 volunteers have committed over 29,902 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Cities of Service model focuses on &ldquo;impact volunteering&rdquo; &ndash; volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear outcomes and measures to gauge progress. The City of Pittsburgh is one of dozens of cities across the nation that have adopted the model since its introduction in 2009.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>About Cities of Service</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Founded in New York City in September 2009, Cities of Service supports mayors who leverage citizen service strategies, addressing local needs and making government more effective. The coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</span></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:07:04 -0400 MAYOR HIGHLIGHTS CITYWIDE PLAYGROUND RENOVATIONS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1806 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 13, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today addressed the progress of citywide playground renovations to improve safety and function of the City&rsquo;s 130 parks, and to continue to provide safe, family friendly places for children to have fun. Ten parks &ndash; from Brookline to Squirrel Hill to Manchester &ndash; will see a total of $627,857 in safety surface improvements and painting enhancements.&nbsp;<strong>Photo opportunity: &nbsp;</strong></span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Tomorrow, crews will be at Westinghouse Park, 7025 Thomas Blvd, in Point Breeze installing new safety surface around the swingset and playground. Media are welcome to visit the park between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and may speak to William Thomas about playground renovations.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;By investing in and improving our parks, we ensure that Pittsburgh residents are provided with safe, family friendly places to gather with friends and neighbors,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our playgrounds are one of many free recreational amenities offered around the City.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><font color="#000000">Playgrounds will receive new safety surfaces, using a brand new product called&nbsp;</font><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Softile KrosLOCK DuraSAFE &quot;Plus,&quot; which incorporates a locking system so tiles remain tight, secure and vandal-resistant.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Creative Design and Spaces, a contractor of SofSURFACES&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">is the certified installer working on City sites.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Playgrounds will also receive electrostatic painting enhancements, an innovative method of painting. Electrostatic painting, provided by local company Electro-Kote, atomizes and statically charges the paint as it leaves the spray gun, charging it to draw only to the metal and wrap around even the most intricate shapes, preventing overspray, splatter, mess and waste.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><font color="#000000">To make the playgrounds more ADA accessible, ramps are being installed at parks where surfaces are not level with the ground - East Carnegie Parklet, Heth&#39;s Playground, Moore Park and Pauline Parklet. The remaining parks have playground surfaces that are even with the ground and are, therefore, already ADA accessible. Gaps in surfaces have also been filled in to prevent tripping.</font></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">While renovations are currently underway, progress can be seen at many of the parks. East Carnegie Parklet, Moore Park and Pauline Parklet are completed. &nbsp;Below are details of all 10 parks receiving renovations.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Brookline Memorial Park, Brookline</strong><br /> <em>Brookline Blvd</em><br /> $7,022.89<br /> Safety surface renovation</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Catalano Parklet, Spring Garden</strong><br /> <em>Spring Garden Avenue &amp; High Street</em><br /> $57,245.02<br /> Safety surface renovation and painting improvements<br /> <br /> <strong>Davis Parklet, Squirrel Hill</strong><br /> <em>Hobart &amp; Wightman Streets</em><br /> $94,718.41</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Safety surface renovation and painting improvements</span><br /> <span style="color:#000000;">Fire Truck spring toy repaired, swings installed&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>East Carnegie Parklet, East Carnegie</strong><br /> <em>Doolittle &amp; Alter Streets</em><br /> $60,031.68</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Safety surface renovation and painting improvements</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Esplen Tot Lot, Esplen</strong><br /> <em>Esplen Street</em><br /> $4,189.98<br /> Safety surface renovation</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Heth&rsquo;s Playground, Morningside</strong><br /> <em>Heth&#39;s Avenue &amp; Hampton Street</em><br /> $51,806.76</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Safety surface renovation and painting improvements</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Marmaduke Playground, Manchester</strong><br /> <em>Page &amp; Fontella Streets</em><br /> $78,130.87</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Safety surface renovation and painting improvements</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Moore Park, Brookline</strong><br /> <em>Pioneer Ave</em><br /> $89,895.65</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Safety surface renovation and painting improvements</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Pauline Parklet, Beechview</strong><br /> <em>Pauline Avenue &amp; Pauling Place</em><br /> $95,680.98</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Safety surface renovation and painting improvements</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Westinghouse Park, Point Breeze</strong><br /> <em>Thomas Blvd &amp; Murtland Street</em><br /> $89,134.96</span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Safety surface renovation and painting improvements</span></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:56:57 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITY'S TRICK-OR-TREATING HOURS, EMPHASIZES SAFETY AS PRIORITY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1795 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 17, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl reminds residents that the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s official Halloween trick-or-treating hours are on Wed., Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to visit the City&rsquo;s</span> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/halloween/">user-friendly website</a> <span style="color:#000000;">to download a printable Halloween safety guide which includes activity sheets for children and a safety message from the Mayor and Police Chief Harper.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;While Halloween is a fun, festive time in Pittsburgh, it&rsquo;s important that our children stay safe,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our Halloween safety guide includes helpful and interactive information that will teach young people </span>the importance of trick-or-treating safety.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Community groups or churches holding Halloween activities may register their event on the</span> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/halloween/">City&rsquo;s webpage</a><span style="color:#000000;">. Upon registering, groups will receive copies of the Halloween safety guide along with special recognition from Mayor Ravenstahl. These resources provide a fun, interactive way for children to learn about the importance of trick-or-treating safety.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:10:17 -0400 MAYOR, COMMUNITY & LOCAL LEADERS ANNOUNCE $1.6M IN FEDERAL FUNDING AWARDED TO NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1794 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 17, 2012</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by community leaders from East Liberty Development, Inc. (ELDI) and the Hill House Economic Development Corporation, announced $1.6 million in federal funding awards that will help advance two neighborhood development projects. The Community Economic Development grants, awarded from the Office of Community Services (OCS), which operates under the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, will help fund the transformation of a long-vacant East Liberty building into a boutique hotel and help to fill the funding gap needed to construct the Hill District&rsquo;s Shop &lsquo;N Save grocery store. Secured with help from Mayor Ravenstahl, Senator Robert Casey and Congressman Mike Doyle, the grants will strengthen the two communities and create hundreds of jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Neighborhood projects like these are crucial to continuing Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance, which is marked by job creation, neighborhood growth and economic development,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;I am grateful to President Obama and his Administration for continuing to invest in the City of Pittsburgh and our 90 neighborhoods.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Thanks to an almost $800,000 OCS grant, ELDI will renovate East Liberty&rsquo;s 5-story, former YMCA building into a 63-room, boutique hotel. The City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) provided $550,000 in loans to help finance the acquisition of the building. After sitting vacant for 10 years, the building will be developed to include a restaurant, exercise facilities, coffee bar, specialty retail, and event and programming spaces. The $19 million project will generate over 100 new jobs and is currently planning a construction closing in the next few months.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The boutique hotel, coupled with developments such as <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1379">Walnut at Highland</a>, is an essential piece of the larger master plan created in East Liberty by ELDI, the City, community stakeholders and the URA. The plan includes housing, improved public infrastructure, and retail and commercial centers, and will result in over $400 million in investment on 17 acres of land that span the East Liberty business district. When completed, the projects will create nearly 2,400 jobs, $17 million in tax revenue each year and will re-establish East Liberty as a destination spot.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;This project supports the first transformative development on the Garfield edge of the historic core of the East Liberty commercial district,&rdquo; said ELDI Executive Director Maelene Myers. &ldquo;This will be a significant anchor for the commercial core and establishes a market edge that will provide momentum for a move up Penn Avenue into the Garfield community.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">A $789,000 OCS grant will fuel the Hill House Economic Development Corporation&rsquo;s work to bring a much-needed Shop &lsquo;N Save grocery store to the Hill District. The $11.5 million project will provide a 30,000 -square-foot, full-service grocery store, as well as 6,800 square feet of retail space, and will create more than 100 jobs. The project is made possible thanks to a list of funders, including a $1 million Community Development Block Grant and $275,800 in deferred land acquisition financing from the URA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We are delighted to receive the news that our OCS grant application has been approved,&rdquo; responded Cheryl Hall-Russell, President and CEO of the Hill House Association and the Hill House Economic Development Corporation.&nbsp; &ldquo;This has been a very difficult project to complete and our community has been waiting a long time for fresh food and new retail options.&nbsp; We have been steadfast in our commitment to ensure a full-service grocery store comes to the Hill.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Both projects have received support from Mayor Ravenstahl, Senator Casey and Congressman Doyle.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;I am proud to support these projects that will create family-sustaining jobs in the historic communities of East Liberty and the Hill District,&rdquo; said Senator Casey. &ldquo;These funds will invest in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic revitalization through the development of commercial centers that will bring hundreds of new jobs. I commend the East Liberty Development Initiative (ELDI), the Hill House Association and the Hill House Economic Development Corporation for their leadership in making these projects a reality.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We all welcome the addition of a full service grocery store to serve the Hill District,&rdquo; Congressman Doyle said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve been without a full-service grocery store for far too long.&nbsp; This new enterprise will improve neighborhood residents&rsquo; access to healthy, affordable food &ndash; and bring new jobs to the neighborhood.&nbsp; Likewise, the redevelopment of the old East Liberty YMCA will help revitalize the neighborhood&rsquo;s business district and create new jobs for community residents. Working with community organizations like the Hill House and East Liberty Development, Inc, we have been able to accomplish our shared goals of significantly improving the quality of life for residents of the Hill District and East Liberty.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>About the Office of Community Services</strong><br /> The <a href="http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/about">Office of Community Services</a> (OCS) is an Office of the Administration for Children and Families, which operates under the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. OCS partners with states, communities and agencies to eliminate causes of poverty, increase self-sufficiency of individuals and families, and revitalize communities. Community Economic Development is a federal grant program funding community development corporations that address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of sustainable business development and employment opportunities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>About ELDI</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.eastliberty.org/">East Liberty Development, Inc.</a> is a 501(c)3 community development corporation in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s East Liberty neighborhood. The mission of ELDI is to foster the revitalization of the East Liberty community.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>About Hill House Association</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.hillhouse.org/">The Hill House Association</a>, and its Hill House Economic Development Corporation arm &ndash; a 501(c)3 community development corporation &ndash; serves 70,000 people a year and has evolved to become a leader in the revival of the historic Hill District neighborhood.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:39:35 -0400 MAYOR, COUNCILMAN O'CONNOR UNVEIL REDESIGNED ENTRANCE CORRIDOR TO GREENFIELD COMMUNITY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1791 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 14, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor today, joined by project stakeholders and community members, unveiled the&nbsp; redesigned and beautified entrance intersection to the Greenfield neighborhood. The City and the Greenfield community have transformed the over 20-year-old neighborhood portal monument into a sustainable landscape, incorporating a welcome sign, flowers and existing traffic control equipment. The Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/greenup/">Green Up Pittsburgh</a>&nbsp;program and Department of Public Works (DPW) teams worked with community members to make the neighborhood even more welcoming to residents and visitors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;This community project is a great example of how dedicated neighbors, working together with the City, local businesses and our foundation community, can have a positive impact on their neighborhood,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;I commend and thank all those who worked hard to beautify the Greenfield neighborhood and bring this project to fruition.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The $68,000 Greenfield Neighborhood Portal Project accommodates existing traffic control equipment and improves pedestrian safety, mobility and ADA accessibility. The existing &ldquo;Welcome to Greenfield&rdquo; sign and landscaping beds, built in the 1980s, were showing signs of aging and weatherizing, and were in need of replacement.&nbsp;Greenfield residents worked together to raise nearly one-third of the project&rsquo;s total cost, and to obtain materials from residents and businesses in the neighborhood. The Mayor&rsquo;s Green Up Pittsburgh program and DPW crews contributed $11,600 worth of pro-bono service work. Councilman O&rsquo;Connor&rsquo;s office provided $24,100 for the project, and the Laurel Foundation provided a $10,000 grant.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so glad that I was in the position to allocate the final funding that allowed this project to be completed,&rdquo; said Councilman O&rsquo;Connor.&nbsp; &ldquo;Greenfield is in the heart of my Council District and this portal is the perfect welcome to our ever-growing and special neighborhood.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</p> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 15:19:06 -0400 IBM EXPERTS PRESENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CITY LEADERS AND TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1789 <p align="left">(PITTSBURGH) October 12, 2012 - A team of experts from IBM today presented recommendations to regional transportation leaders on how to make transportation more convenient, efficient, cost effective and eco-friendly. Earlier this year, IBM selected Pittsburgh as one of 33 worldwide recipients out of approximately 150 applicants who competed for an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant-funded study of a local issue. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I want to thank IBM for their work over the past three weeks and all of the stakeholders who provided input on how we can work together to improve the future of our region by creating smarter transportation strategies,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our city planners are hard at work finalizing the city&rsquo;s first ever comprehensive transportation plan and these recommendations will help us prioritize our next steps.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Recommendations focused mostly on the numerous benefits realized when all transportation agencies work close together, which is a key focus of the mayor&rsquo;s comprehensive transportation strategy. IBM also suggested incentives for commuters to use more than one mode of transportation, as well as the development of smart phone &ldquo;apps&rdquo; and programs to encourage travel and parking at more diverse times.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Audience members at Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Heinz Building included nearly 70 people from public and private agencies and advocacy groups that the IBM team interviewed over the last three weeks. During that time, the team of six IBMers hailing from the U.S, Norway, India and Mexico also walked the streets, rode the buses, visited economic development zones, and saw pilot projects demonstrated. &nbsp;IBM also worked with Carnegie Mellon University and incorporated ideas from its Traffic 21 Initiative.<br /> <br /> The IBM team provided input for MovePGH, the city&#39;s first 25-year comprehensive transportation plan that will provide a blueprint on how to best synchronize and improve Pittsburgh&rsquo;s transportation options, such as trains, buses, bicycles, walking and cars. &nbsp;When complete, MovePGH will prioritize City transportation-related capital projects and recommend ways to spur more transit-oriented development to revitalize neighborhoods. The plan solicits input from all six transportation agencies that operate within the City, so that everyone is working from the same blueprint and able to leverage the most grant funding. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Other recommendations include:<br /> <br /> - Simulate and predict traffic density, emissions, property values, and parking revenue. &nbsp;The simulations would be based on potential and historical property zoning decisions, commuter behavior patterns, fees, economic development, and street design. &nbsp;Such modeling would enable the city to make more informed and cost effective decisions without expensive and time consuming trial-and-error.<br /> <br /> - Empower travelers by giving them resources such as mobile apps, online accounts and free, interactive software tools to help them better plan their trips, share tips, and receive advisories tailored to the different modes of travels they may use in a single or multiple trips. &nbsp;This will help them identify the most cost effective, timely, convenient, and environmentally responsible routes. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> - Collect and analyze traffic congestion, traffic signal information, and accident reports in real time, enabling authorities to adjust traffic signals on the fly, issue traveler advisories, and perform repairs and plan improvements accordingly. &nbsp;Technologies such as transponders on public and private vehicles, as well as smart cards, can capture information and inform any trip-planning apps that one day may be used by travelers.<br /> <br /> - &nbsp;Coordinate multiple transportation-related agencies. &nbsp;A &quot;super agency&quot; can better set, encourage, measure, reward and adjust goals. &nbsp;Better coordination means that it becomes easier to identify and apply for grants and subsidies to defray costs, as well as seek revenue, such as from variable parking, roadway, bridge and tunnel pricing.<br /> <br /> Each of IBM&#39;s recommendations took public and private costs into account, and provided strategies for either economic self sufficiency or new revenue. While IBM&#39;s report today was primarily oral, it expects to deliver a more comprehensive written report within two months. &nbsp;The report will provide further detail about how the city might implement IBM&#39;s recommendations.</p> <p align="left">The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program -- IBM&#39;s single largest -- in which IBM is awarding $50 million worth of consulting services to 100 municipalities worldwide through 2013. &nbsp;Each engagement is valued at approximately $400,000. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more information on IBM&#39;s Smarter Cities Challenge grant program, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.smartercitieschallenge.org/" target="_blank">www.smartercitieschallenge.org</a></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:06:15 -0400 MAYOR LUKE RAVENSTAHL AND LOCAL LEADERS WELCOME INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT OF WORLD'S FUTURE LEADERS TO PITTSBURGH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1788 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>PITTSBURGH, Oct. 11, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Three years after the City put on a safe and successful G-20&nbsp;Economic Summit, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and local leaders today announced plans to once again &ldquo;roll out the red carpet&rdquo; for world leaders. Pittsburgh will be the first U.S. city to host the One Young World Summit on Oct. 18-22, following in the footsteps of London and Zurich after beating several other international cities for the bid. The Summit will bring together nearly 1,500 future leaders from 190 countries, making it one of the largest representations of countries other than the Olympics and United Nations.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Pittsburgh is a place that has overcome challenges to emerge as one of the most successful cities in the world in terms of job creation and quality of life,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled and excited to expose so many young leaders to our beautiful city, and to have them discuss solutions to the world&rsquo;s greatest challenges in a place whose people are known for their innovation, hard work, and &lsquo;get it done&rsquo; attitude. We&rsquo;re anticipating four days of spirited discussion about how our next generation of world leaders will tackle the key challenges facing countries.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;One of the reasons we selected Pittsburgh over competing cities for the 2012 Summit was the opportunity for delegates to overlay their debates on key global issues against the unique and successful transformation story of the city,&rdquo; said Kate Robertson, co-founder of One Young World. &ldquo;Delegates won&rsquo;t simply attend the Summit in a conference center and go home; they&rsquo;ll feel that they really connected with the city that welcomed them and encouraged their goals of achieving grassroots change around the world.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Mayor and members of the One Young World Pittsburgh Partnership &ndash; a group of corporate leaders who worked to coordinate the conference and delegate activities &ndash; also highlighted top events that will be taking place during the Summit, including a Bridge Party and an opening reception put on by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The Mayor also declared Oct. 15-22 &ldquo;One Young World Week&rdquo; in Pittsburgh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Mayor Ravenstahl will participate in several events throughout the weekend, including the Opening Ceremony and Bridge Party. During the Closing Ceremony, the Mayor will pass the One Young World Baton to Mayor Parks Tau of the 2014 host city, Johannesburg, South Africa.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">In addition to President Bill Clinton&rsquo;s opening keynote address, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and musician and social activist Bob Geldof KBE will speak to the delegates about the challenges they face and the positive change and impact they can provide.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Summit will serve as a platform for delegates, supported by world-renowned Counselors, to address and identify solutions to the same issues that world leaders tackle every day &ndash; including global business, global health, education, sustainable development, leadership and governance, human rights and social business.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Delegate debates on global issues and resolutions for change, along with the results of an international survey of 20-29 year olds, will shed light on the views and attitudes of young people from around the world on issues ranging from obesity to education and politics.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Confirmed Counselors, who will help guide delegates through three days of plenary sessions, are:</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">President Bill Clinton (keynote speaker only at Opening Ceremony)</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Arianna Huffington - <em>founder and CEO, Huffington Post</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Bernard Kouchner - <em>doctor, humanitarian, co-founder of M&eacute;decins Sans</em> <em>Fronti&egrave;res and M&eacute;decins du Monde</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Bill Strickland - <em>president and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Bob Geldof - <em>activist and musician</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Carole Stone -<em> founder, YouGov</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Carolyn Miles - <em>president &amp; CEO, Save the Children</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Christine Ockrent - <em>journalist</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Doug Richard - <em>entrepreneur</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Elio Leoni-Sceti - <em>co-founder and chairman, LSG Holdings</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Fatima Bhutto - <em>author</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Glenn Manoff - <em>director - social business and sustainability, O2</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Hans Reitz - <em>founder &amp; managing director, The Grameen Creative Lab</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Imran Khan - <em>politician</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Jack Dorsey - <em>co-founder, chairman and chief product guru at Twitter, co-founder and chief executive of mobile payments at Square</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">James Chau - <em>anchor, China Central Television (CCTV)</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Jamie Oliver - <em>chef, BBC broadcaster and campaigner</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Jan Peter Balkenende - <em>Dutch politician and former Prime Minister of the Netherlands</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Jeremy Gilley - <em>British actor, filmmaker, founder of Peace One Day</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Jimmy Wales - <em>founder and CEO, Wikipedia</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Joss Stone - <em>musician</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Kal Penn - <em>actor and civil servant</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Ken Roth - <em>executive director, Human Rights Watch</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Manfred Honeck - <em>music director, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Marc Kielburger - <em>co-founder, Free the Children and Me to We</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Michael Hastings - <em>journalist and writer</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Michiel Bakker - <em>director-global food services, Google</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Muhammad Yunus - <em>founder, Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Natalia Vodianova - <em>model and health advocate</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Oscar Morales - <em>campaigner, founder of One Million Voices Against The FARC</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Paul Polman - <em>Global CEO, Unilever</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Pete Cashmore - <em>founder and CEO, Mashable</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Peter Solmssen - <em>general counsel, Siemens Corporation</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Rahul Gandhi - <em>politician and general-secretary of the Indian National Congress</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima - <em>former long-distance runner</em></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Will Hutton - <em>columnist and former editor-in-chief, The Observer</em></span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Final list of Counselors to be announced in coming weeks.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Summit will also feature several special events, including:</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">An opening ceremony held in Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, set to the world-famous Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Children&#39;s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">A symbolic and culturally celebratory &ldquo;Bridge Party&rdquo; on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Roberto Clemente Bridge</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Breakout sessions held at the University of Pittsburgh&#39;s Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms and in dozens of sites throughout Pittsburgh</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">A relaxed evening of &ldquo;Home Dinners,&rdquo; where delegates will dine with area families, who will open their doors and hearts to One Young World</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">This is the first time the Summit will be hosted in the U.S.&nbsp; The first two were held in London and<br /> Zurich respectively.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">While media interviews with Counselors may be possible, they cannot be guaranteed. Opportunities for interviews with One Young World delegates to learn about the interesting projects and programs they have implemented around the world can be arranged.</span></p> <p><br /> <span style="color:#000000;"><u>AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS</u></span></p> <p><strong>Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 </strong></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">4:30 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address &nbsp;&ndash; Mayor Ravenstahl attending</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">7:00 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Bridge Party for Delegates &ndash; Mayor Ravenstahl attending</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Friday Oct. 19, 2012</strong></span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">8:00-10:00 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Plenary Session 1: Education</strong><br /> <em>P</em><em>ete Cashmore, James Chau and &nbsp;Elio Leoni-Sceti</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">10:00-11:00 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Spe</strong><strong>ci</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>l Session: The Food Revolution</strong><br /> <em>Ja</em><em>mie Oliver</em><br /> &ndash; Mayor Ravenstahl attending</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">11:00-11:15 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session<br /> <em>J</em><em>oss Stone</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">11:15-11:30 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session<br /> <em>Ja</em><em>n Peter Balkenende</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">11:30-11:45 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session<br /> <em>J</em><em>eremy Gilley</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session<br /> <em>P</em><em>au</em><em>l Polman</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">12:15-12:30 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session<br /> <em>Ken Roth</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">2:00-2:30 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Spe</strong><strong>ci</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>l Session:&nbsp; One Young World Social Business Fund</strong><br /> <em>M</em><em>uha</em><em>mmad Yunus</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">2:30-2:45 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session: Integrity<br /> <em>P</em><em>eter Solmssen</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">2:45-4:45 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Plenary Session 2: Transparency and Integrity</strong><br /> <em>Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus, Jack Dorsey, Jan Peter Balkenende, and Paul</em><br /> <em>P</em><em>olman</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">4:45-6:30 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Breakouts</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">6:30-7:00 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Delegates Report Back on Breakouts</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">7:00-8:00 p.m. 8:30-11:00 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Session: Women Up<br /> <em>Fatima Bhutto, Carole Stone, Natalia Vodianova, and Carolyn Miles</em><br /> Cultural District Gallery Crawl</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Sa</strong><strong>turday Oct. 20, 2012</strong></span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">8:00-10:00 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Plenary Session 3:&nbsp; Global Health</strong><br /> <em>Na</em><em>talia Vodianova, Doug Richard, and James Chau</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">10:00:10:30 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session: WE Day at One Young World<br /> <em>M</em><em>a</em><em>r</em><em>c Kielburger</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">11:00 a.m.-Noon</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Session: Ethical Business<br /> <em>Will Hutton and panel of experts</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">Noon-2:00 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Plenary Session 4: Human Rights</strong><br /> <em>Fatima Bhutto, Hans Reitz, and Christine Ockrent</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">2:15-5:30 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Breakout Sessions</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">6:30-10:00 p.m.<br /> 10:00-11:00 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Home Dinners&rdquo; with more than 120 Pittsburgh Families<br /> Night Owl Sessions</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Sunda</strong><strong>y Oct. 21, 2012</strong></span></p> <table border="0" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">8:00-8:30 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Spe</strong><strong>ci</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>l Session: Sport and Society</strong><br /> <em>Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">8:30-10:30 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Plenary Session 5: Global Business</strong><br /> <em>D</em><em>oug Richard, Carole Stone, Michael Hastings, Glenn Manoff and Will Hutton</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">11:00-11:30 a.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">11:30 a.m.-Noon</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Special Speaker Session</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">Noon-2:00 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Plenary Session 6: Leadership and Governance</strong><br /> <em>Carole Stone, Michael Hastings, Bill Strickland, and Kal Penn</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">3:00-5:00 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Plenary Session 7:&nbsp; Sustainable Development</strong><br /> <em>Carole Stone, Hans Reitz</em></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">5:15-6:15 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Closing Ceremony: Mayor of Pittsburgh &nbsp;presenting Host City Baton to Mayor of Johannesburg</span></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" width="150"><span style="color:#000000;">6:30-10:30 p.m.</span></td> <td valign="top"><span style="color:#000000;">Dinner and Entertainment</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">More information on the Summit and opportunities for involvement with One Young World is available at OneYoungWorldPittsburgh.com and OneYoungWorld.com.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ndash; ENDS &ndash;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">For further information about One Young World, or to request media credentials, please contact:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Angela Braun Mineo<br /> angela.mineo@havasww.com&nbsp;<br /> T: 412-456-0991</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Media can also register for credentials at www.oneyoungworld.com/media.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>About One Young World</strong><br /> One Young World is a global youth leadership summit, bringing together 1,500 delegates from 190 countries worldwide. Unlike any other event in the world, One Young World gives delegates the kind of media platform and forum afforded ordinarily only to those who lead countries and corporations. One Young World gives them a platform for their views, vision and ideas to create real resolutions for real change. Supported by Counselors including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof KBE and Muhammad Yunus, delegates tell the world what the leaders of tomorrow think and feel &ndash; and what they demand of the leaders of today. Founded by David Jones, Global CEO of Havas, and Kate Robertson, UK Group Chairman, Havas, One Young World is a unique event that offers international decision makers powerful insight into where our world may be heading.</span></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:57:08 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO VOTE ON REDEVELOPMENT OF FORMER SAKS FIFTH AVENUE PROPERTY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1787 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 11, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors will vote this afternoon to enter into exclusive negotiations with Millcraft Investments, McKnight Realty Partners and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority for the redevelopment of the former Saks Fifth Avenue department store property. The currently vacant properties will transform into 100 residential units, 20,000 square feet of retail space and hundreds of private and public parking spaces.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;This proposal will advance our mission to create jobs, provide new residential opportunities, address our parking needs and add to our retail corridor,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Millcraft and McKnight Realty have shown a strong commitment to progressing Pittsburgh&rsquo;s revitalization, and we are pleased to work with them to advance this goal.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">In August 2012, the URA issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking developers to pursue retail and air rights (office, residential, etc.) opportunities as part of a mixed-use parking garage development at the site of the former Saks Fifth Avenue department store Downtown. The URA received three proposals. The redeveloper plans to construct 101 residential units above a multi-story parking garage with street level retail along Smithfield St. and Fifth Ave.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;The preliminary plans by this development team exceeded our goals for the site, which included maximizing street level retail, incorporating much needed parking and air rights development of new residential units,&rdquo; said Robert Rubinstein, URA acting executive director.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">William Rudolph, principal at McKnight Realty Partners, is also a member of the URA Board of Directors.&nbsp; He has recused himself from any previous discussions on this project and will continue to recuse himself from consideration of the Board of Directors or any other Authority action regarding the proposal.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The URA Board of Directors meets today, Thurs., Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross Street, Downtown.</span></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:20:23 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW LOAN PROGRAM TO SPUR MORE DOWNTOWN RETAIL IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1786 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) Thursday, Oct. 11</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation today announced the launch of a new loan program that will spur more retail ventures in historic downtown buildings, furthering the economic growth of downtown.&nbsp; Funding for this new program is being provided by a $500,000 grant from the Colcom Foundation to Landmarks Community Capital (LCC), Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation&rsquo;s (PHLF) lending subsidiary. This latest initiative is a result of the Mayor&rsquo;s Downtown Stakeholders Working Group&rsquo;s effort to create programs that encourage more downtown retail and job creation.&nbsp; The loan program will provide low-interest financing to building owners and first floor retail tenants for often costly improvements related to historic building facades, storefronts and interior spaces.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;I want to thank the Colcom Foundation for their continued support of projects that advance Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;It is through strong partnerships such as this that we will create more jobs and further the progress you can see now as you walk the Fifth, Forbes and Wood Street corridors.&nbsp; Major new buildings are rising amidst a historic environment that grows more attractive with restoration and quality retail by the day.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The new loan program builds off of the Mayor and PHLF&rsquo;s Downtown Preservation Program, which is renovating about a dozen downtown historic buildings with a $4 million grant from Governor Corbett, and complements other programs such as the Mayor&rsquo;s Storefront Renovation Program and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership&rsquo;s Paris to Pittsburgh program.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;The Colcom Foundation responded excitingly to this request because of LCC&rsquo;s experience and track record in lending throughout the City of Pittsburgh and region,&rdquo; said Colcom Vice President John Rohe.&nbsp; &ldquo;This initiative also furthers the Foundation&rsquo;s existing commitments to the downtown planters, to the tree-lined streets, storefront facades, and the Paris to Pittsburgh program.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Applications for funding are now available on the LCC&rsquo;s website at</span> <a href="http://www.landmarkscommunitycapital.org">www.landmarkscommunitycapital.org</a><span style="color:#000000;">. Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $30,000 and can be paired with other available sources from the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and other lenders.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Arthur Ziegler, President of PHLF, pointed out that this partnership and this collection of tools led by a mayor for a downtown area is unique in the United States, and the outcome will be a revitalization of the downtown that will be a model for cities throughout the country.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:31:16 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, REMINDS RESIDENTS TO 'CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHANGE YOUR BATTERY' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1769 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 5, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will celebrate National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 through Oct. 13., during which City firefighters will offer free home safety inspections and distribute free batteries for smoke detectors. The week&#39;s events will educate children and families about fire safety and invite residents to get a behind-the-scenes view of the job of a firefighter. Ravenstahl encourages residents to adopt the life-saving habit of the </span><a href="http://www.energizer.com/learning-center/fire-safety/Pages/default.aspx">Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery</a><span style="color:#000000;"> program by replacing the batteries in their smoke detectors when they turn the clocks back on Nov. 4. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;The safety of our residents and families is our highest priority,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;</span><span style="color:#000000;">This week, I encourage residents to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms, establish a two-ways-out escape plan and get to know their local firefighters. </span><span style="color:#000000;">Our firefighters and public safety professionals are the best at what they do - saving lives - but we need residents to take the necessary steps to prevent fires, stay safe and know how to react in an emergency.&quot;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Fire Prevention Week will kick off this Sunday at Wilkinsburg&#39;s Fire Safety House, at the corner of Wallace and Center Streets, inviting children and families to visit the Fire Safety Trailer from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. The trailer, acquired when the City </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=803">merged forces</a> <span style="color:#000000;">with the Borough of Wilkinsburg, provides residents of all ages the opportunity to learn how to react during an emergency. By simulating hazards in the home, the trailer uses theatre smoke to create a smoke-filled bedroom or home, allowing firefighters to instruct what to do when the smoke detector goes off and residents wake to find smoke in their room.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">On Saturday, Oct. 13, residents are invited to Engine Three&#39;s open house, located at 1401 Penn Avenue in the Strip District from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where firefighters will demonstrate fire safety tips and prevention, and the Fire Safety Trailer will be available. Firefighters will also go door-to-door offering home safety inspections, distributing Energizer batteries for smoke detectors, and ensuring that all residents and families have detectors and escape plans. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Residents may request a smoke detector by calling the Mayor&#39;s 311 hotline, and can also request that a firefighter installs smoke detectors in their home at no charge.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">For a list of home fire safety and prevention tips, click</span> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/fireprevention">here</a>.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 12:07:57 -0400 MAYOR, COUNCILMAN KICK OFF CITY'S HISPANIC HERITAGE WEEK CELEBRATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1758 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) October 1, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle today kicked off Hispanic Heritage Week, Oct. 1 through Oct. 7, in the City of Pittsburgh, announcing a list of events to celebrate Pittsburgh&rsquo;s rich Hispanic culture. The City, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, will host events in honor of <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/hispanic-heritage-month">Hispanic Heritage Month</a> &ndash; Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. &ndash; ranging from lectures and forums, to a film series and Hispanic culture fair. Low-cost flu shots will also be offered. The week-long celebration comes after last week&#39;s announcement at The Pittsburgh Promise&#39;s annual meeting that a new Promise initiative will attract and welcome Latinos to Pittsburgh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Pittsburgh is a welcoming city, a diverse city, and we&#39;re increasing our efforts to reach out to our Hispanic community,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;I&rsquo;m thrilled for this opportunity to celebrate Pittsburgh&rsquo;s rich Hispanic culture and demonstrate the valuable contribution it adds to our City&#39;s vibrancy.&nbsp;By partnering with our universities and Hispanic community leaders, as well as The Pittsburgh Promise, we&#39;re making sure that Pittsburgh&#39;s range of opportunities reach all of our residents.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Pittsburgh Promise &ndash; in collaboration with the City&rsquo;s Hispanic community leaders and leaders in the corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit education, political and community development sectors &ndash; has taken the next step to help attract Latinos to Pittsburgh. Together, the group will reach out to families and organizations within a 300-mile radius of the City to highlight our thriving economy, vibrant culture and career opportunities, and encourage them to come to Pittsburgh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&quot;It is an honor for Pittsburgh to recognize Hispanic heritage in a week of celebrations that highlight the many ways our culture has been enriched by the contributions of Hispanics in Pittsburgh and the US,&quot; said Councilman Lavelle. &quot;It is a community that has been welcomed in our City, which continues to grow and which provides a key to the future success of our region.&quot; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">The week-long celebration includes the following events:</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><u><strong>Tuesday, Oct. 2</strong></u><br /> <strong>2 p.m.</strong><br /> City Council Post Agenda on Latino Community Relations in Pittsburgh<br /> <em>City County Building, Grant Street</em></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><u><strong>Wednesday, Oct. 3</strong></u><br /> <strong>6:30 to 8:30 p.m.</strong><br /> Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Hispanic Community: A Focus on Healthcare<br /> <em>2500 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh</em></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Providing Health Care for an Invisible Community: Salud Para Ninos Celebrating 10 Years of Service&rdquo;<br /> By Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Director and Founder of Salud Para Ninos, Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Pittsburgh</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;De la Mano con la Salud: A Network of Latino Men&rdquo;<br /> By Patricia Documet, MD, DrPH, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>7:30 p.m.</strong><br /> Lation America Cultural Union, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: &ldquo;La guagua aerea&rdquo; (Luis Molina Casanova, 1993, Puerto Rico)<br /> <em>100 Porter Hall</em></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><u><strong>Friday, Oct. 5</strong></u><br /> <strong>Noon to 8 p.m.</strong><br /> Hispanic Heritage Celebration Fair, including performances by local artists and vendors<br /> * Flu shots will be available for $29.99 and are covered under most insurances, including Medicare part B.<br /> <em>Market Square</em></span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><u><strong>Saturday, Oct. 6</strong></u><br /> <strong>7:30 p.m.</strong><br /> Lation America Cultural Union, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series: &ldquo;Nueba Yol&rdquo; (Angel Muniz, 1995, Dominican Republic)<br /> <em>100 Porter Hall</em></span></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:24:04 -0400 MAYOR KICKS OFF AMERICORPS VOLUNTEERING IN PITTSBURGH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1752 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) September 28, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Fresh from a Downtown service project, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today at a pep rally in the City-County Building lobby energized 400 who this month began their year of service volunteering at local schools and non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh. As Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s citizen-service initiative </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH </a><span style="color:#000000;">grows to impact more youths, seniors and neighborhoods, the number of Americorps volunteers impacting Pittsburgh has also increased.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Citizen service is a quality-of-life strategy that we&rsquo;ve deployed in Pittsburgh that, in a short time, has shown real results,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;From the thousands of volunteers who have helped shovel their neighbors&rsquo; sidewalks, beautify a vacant lot, or mentor a child &ndash; to the hundreds of Americorps volunteers who will touch more lives this year, Pittsburgh is truly fortunate to have such a great number of service-oriented young men and women who are committed to making our City even more livable. It&rsquo;s important that we come together as a City to celebrate and recognize their commitment and dedication.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">At the rally, Mayor Ravenstahl welcomed the new members &ndash; most of whom are from other cities &ndash; and led them in the AmeriCorps Pledge. Earlier in the day, AmeriCorps members completed a service project involving the cleanup of several blocks within the Cultural District. Pittsburgh&rsquo;s gathering showed the City&rsquo;s appreciation for each member&rsquo;s decision to dedicate a year of their lives to full-time service, and to fire up AmeriCorps members for their upcoming service year.<br /> <br /> Mayor Ravenstahl is the first mayor to access national service resources on behalf of the City of Pittsburgh, and has six AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in his Office of Service and Civic Engagement, which runs servePGH. In 2011 alone, 120 Pittsburgh organizations were served by AmeriCorps members, including mentoring agencies, community groups and start-ups. Members assisted 8,720 low-income residents including job training services, case management and home repairs, and raised $1,520,859 in monetary and in-kind donations. Their direct economic impact on the City during 2011 was $2,353,401.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>AmeriCorps members from the following programs were in attendance:</strong><br /> KEYS Service Corps<br /> Compass AmeriCorps<br /> Pittsburgh Health Corps<br /> Public Allies<br /> PULSE<br /> Change a Heart<br /> Jumpstart<br /> Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s servePGH<br /> HandsOn Tech Pittsburgh<br /> North Hills Community Outreach<br /> Pennsylvania Campus Compact<br /> Braddock Youth Project</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>About servePGH:</strong><br /> By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through eight new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged thousands of citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize 200 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 21,760 pounds of litter, and more.&nbsp; Over 2,800 volunteers have committed over 29,902 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at</span> <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>About AmeriCorps</strong></span><br /> <span style="color:#000000;">AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.&nbsp; AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, assist veterans and military families, provide health services, run after-school programs, help communities respond to disasters and build the capacity of nonprofit groups to become self-sustaining, among many other activities.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">AmeriCorps members in recent years have stepped up their role in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, supporting 3.4 million community volunteers in 2011 alone. In exchange for a year of full-time service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have given 1 billion hours of service through AmeriCorps.&nbsp; AmeriCorps is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>About the Corporation for National and Community Service:</strong><br /> The City of Pittsburgh is grateful to the</span> <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">Corporation for National &amp; Community Service</a><span style="color:#000000;"> for their support of the servePGH initiative.&nbsp; Mayor Ravenstahl&#39;s Office of Service and Civic Engagement hosts six AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the initiative&#39;s eight programs.</span></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:54:35 -0400 MAYOR, PDP ANNOUNCE 'PROJECT POP UP: DOWNTOWN' THE RECIPIENT OF PRESTIGIOUS 2012 DOWNTOWN MERIT AWARD http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1746 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) September 25, 2012</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that during its most recent annual conference, the International Downtown Association recognized Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership with a Downtown Merit Award for its work related to Project Pop Up: Downtown.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Adding to the vibrancy of downtown Pittsburgh has been one of the great successes of the Project Pop-Up: Downtown,&rdquo; said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy to congratulate the people whose participation in the project helps to showcase the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of our City.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Project Pop Up: Downtown is a program of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, in conjunction with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Department of City Planning and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and generously funded by The Heinz Endowments, Colcom Foundation and an anonymous donor. Since 2011&rsquo;s Light Up Night&reg;, Project Pop Up: Downtown has been animating key Downtown vacant or underused storefronts and public spaces, improving the vibrancy, safety and economic health of Downtown.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership&rsquo;s project received the IDA Merit Award for delivering excellence in downtown management&rdquo;, said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. &ldquo;Each year the IDA Awards Jury recognizes organizations that utilize best practices in our industry. Project Pop Up: Downtown is a shining example of excellent downtown management that delivers real results.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">Project Pop Up: Downtown was recognized as part of the Events and Programming category which incorporates organizations working to further their City centers by completing the following:</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; "><span style="color:#000000;">&bull; Focusing on programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown with events that promote downtown and attract visitors.<br /> &bull; Delivering projects that communicate the vision, mission, function, and achievements of the downtown or business district association.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The launch of the program awarded 11 grants of up to $10,000 to turn vacant spaces into art and/or retail ventures for up to 12 months. &quot;In addition to the grants awarded, the program was contingent upon the generosity of property owners who kindly donated their properties to the program participants for the six to twelve month pop-up term.&quot; said Bethany Tucke, Project Pop Up: Downtown, Program Director. Original program participants included Awesome Books, an independent book store; Dream Cream, an ice-cream shop that helps fund dreams of local residents; Boutique 208, a craft and artist co-op; and interactive installations, including Robot Repairs and Main Feature.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Since its inception, Project Pop Up: Downtown has also produced unique events including Project Pop Up: Bocce, a one-night-only bocce court, Project Pop-Up: Urban Forest where residents and visitors were able to escape the busy streets of Pittsburgh into an oasis of relaxation to sit amongst a variety of trees, and most recently, Project Pop Up: Night Market which transforms a Downtown parking lot into a marketplace featuring Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most creative and independent vendors, artists and chefs. Guests are encouraged to stroll, eat and shop throughout the collection of vendors.<br /> <br /> Project Pop Up: Night Market will occur again this Friday, September 28th at 917-919 Liberty Avenue from 7 p.m. to midnight. Food vendors participating in this market include Conflict Kitchen and Pork &amp; Beans, and handmade ware vendors include beads of light and Erra Creations, among others. The night market will complement the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust&rsquo;s Gallery Crawl occurring throughout the Cultural District.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><u>About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership</u></span><br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP advances initiatives that foster economic vitality and improve Downtown life &ndash; for a moment or for a lifetime. The PDP&rsquo;s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, economic development, marketing and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and &ldquo;like&rdquo; on Facebook. The PDP is a member of the International Downtown Association.</span></p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:14:37 -0400 CITY SELECTED TO HOST ACCLAIMED PRO WALK/PRO BIKE CONFERENCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1725 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) September 13, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Ravenstahl is proud to announce that the City of Pittsburgh has been selected to host the 2014 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference. The Pro Walk/Pro Bike will host nearly 1,000 bicycle and walking professionals - including engineers, architects, planners, health professionals and advocates - who will celebrate Pittsburgh&rsquo;s active pedestrian transportation culture and the City&rsquo;s many successful bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. The conference will showcase Pittsburgh&rsquo;s walkable neighborhoods, accessible riverfronts, welcoming public spaces and popular bikeways and trails, while City officials learn from the best and brightest how to make Pittsburgh&#39;s neighborhoods and streets even safer and more livable. The Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference will be held in Pittsburgh on September 8-12, 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Conference organizers chose Pittsburgh over Boston and New York City, and we couldn&#39;t be more excited to show off all of our efforts to make Pittsburgh even more livable through our bicycle and pedestrian initiatives,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;This conference will open up even more eyes and minds to Pittsburgh&#39;s comeback and unveil us as a world class city for biking and walking. In addition, we will share and learn best practices from some of the best transportation planners in the world.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Since the Mayor introduced new bicycle and pedestrian initiatives in 2008, the City has made great strides in expanding infrastructure and improving cyclists and pedestrian safety. As a result, Pittsburgh is recognized as a leading American city in bicycle and pedestrian friendliness. Since 2008, nearly 30 miles of on-street bicycle infrastructure has been installed across the City, which include both designated bike lanes and shared lanes. As part of the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/tcob/">Taking Care of Business</a> program, 500 bicycle racks were installed in City business districts. In addition, the City installed its <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1434">first on-street bicycle corral</a> in the South Side earlier this year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none; ">&quot;There&#39;s been a buzz about Pittsburgh for years in the biking and walking world, but it remains a hidden gem. Pro Walk Pro Bike will be the great unveiling of Pittsburgh to all the leading advocates, planners, urban designers and engineers who are transforming cities throughout the world into world class places for biking and walking,&quot; said Scott Bricker, BikePGH executive director. &quot;It will be our time to shine, to show off our wonderful neighborhoods, river fronts, bridges, public spaces, bikeways and steps, but also learn from the best and brightest how to make Pittsburgh&#39;s neighborhoods and streets safer and more livable.&quot; </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">By the end of this year, additional on-street bike corrals will be installed, including the City&#39;s first green bicycle lane, which is painted green to increase the visibility of the cyclist and improve safety.&nbsp; Corrals, which swap one automobile parking space for eight bicycle spots, will be installed in Shadyside, Southside and Squirrel Hill.</p> <p>&ldquo;The fact that this conference is coming to Pittsburgh is a testament to the vibrancy of our City and will reinforce the message that we offer something for everyone, from outdoor recreation to arts and culture,&rdquo; says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Since 2000, Pittsburgh has experienced a 270 percent increase in cycling commuting. According to the 2010 census, the City of Pittsburgh ranks 13th in cycling, 3rd in walking and 4th in active commuting (walking and cycling combined) among America&#39;s major urban areas.&nbsp; In 2010, the City was recognized as a <a href="http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/communities/bfc_pittsburgh.php">Bicycle Friendly Community</a> by the League of American Bicyclists, and will reapply next year in pursuit of silver status. In the meantime, residents and commuters will be invited to public meetings to contribute to decision-making processes that will determine additional bike-friendly improvements, including buffered bike lanes, bicycle boulevards, cycle tracks and bicycle traffic signals. Additionally, the City has received federal funding for a bicycle wayfinding sign system and a bike share program, both of which will be implemented in the next few years.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.bikewalk.org/">The National Center for Bicycling and Walking</a></strong> was established in 1977, and is now a program of Project for Public Spaces, NCBW specializes in Safe Routes to School planning services, and working on health and transportation policy in low income/low resource areas ranging from the inner urban core of cities, to rural areas. Learn more at</p> <p><a href="http://www.pps.org"><strong>Project for Public Spaces</strong></a> (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization, founded in 1975, that is dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering&nbsp;Placemaking&nbsp;approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.</p> <p align="center">###</p> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:54:44 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO TAKE VOTE ON PLAN TO MARKET HAZELWOOD PROPERTIES FOR DEVELOPMENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1724 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) September 13, 2012 &nbsp;</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of numerous URA-owned sites in the city&rsquo;s Hazelwood neighborhood, pending authorization from the URA Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting held this afternoon. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ura.org/developers/availableProperties/Hazelwood-2ndAvCommercialDistrict.pdf">available sites</a>&nbsp;are located at or near the highly trafficked Second Avenue corridor.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;This method of aggressively marketing neighborhood properties for new redevelopment opportunities has proven successful in creating jobs, growing communities and rebuilding neighborhoods,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our hope is that this strategy will prove successful in Hazelwood, and help further the community&rsquo;s revitalization.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">In 2011, the URA issued RFQs for URA-owned properties in Homewood and Larimer and received four and nine responses, respectively, from developers. &nbsp;The process resulted in a new senior housing residence being developed by S &amp; A Homes/Oxford in a critical location in Homewood, and the selection of developers in Larimer. Just last month, the URA issued an RFQ for properties in the Hill District and received developer interest in all available parcels. Tomorrow the URA Board of Directors will vote on selling the parcels located at 2123-2137 Centre&nbsp;Avenue&nbsp;to E. Properties &amp; Development LLC. &nbsp;E Properties seeks to transform the currently vacant area into a four-story, 33,000-square-foot, mixed-use building.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;I thinks it&rsquo;s great that the URA is focusing attention on Hazelwood in the same way they&rsquo;ve done in similar neighborhoods and met with success,&rdquo; said Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor. &ldquo;This opportunity for development bodes well for a future where the LTV site becomes a component of a larger picture that embraces local businesses and neighbors.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;The time couldn&#39;t be more favorable for developers to invest in Hazelwood&#39;s retail corridor,&rdquo; said Jim Richter, Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. executive director. &ldquo;Second Avenue is one of the gateways to the City, and with the recent completion of the Almono Master Plan, along with key properties owned by the URA, the entire Hazelwood area is on the cusp of successful redevelopment. Recognizing that, the Mayor, the URA and Councilman O&#39;Connor have taken the logical next step in redevelopment by issuing this RFP. &nbsp;We at the Hazelwood Initiative are grateful for this opportunity, applaud their approach and look forward to assisting in the process in any way we can.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The majority of the available parcels are vacant properties; a historic preservation opportunity exists with the former Spahr building, located at 4847 Second&nbsp;Avenue.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The URA expects to have the RFP ready to post within the next two weeks following the Board meeting. &nbsp;The URA Board of Directors meets today, Thurs., Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross Street, Downtown.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:39:26 -0400 MAYOR, DEVELOPER, OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND ON LAWRENCEVILLE'S NEWEST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1723 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) September 12, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by developer Bob Mistick, elected officials and community members, officially broke ground on Lawrenceville&rsquo;s newest housing development, Hatfield+Home.&nbsp; Located only a block from the river and within the Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard corridor, this $4.1 million project will produce 14 new houses along Hatfield Street between Home Street and Cotton Way, and will help fuel Lawrenceville&rsquo;s renewal.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;New housing options like Hatfield+Home are a key element to the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/alleghenyriverfront/">Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan</a>, which aims to capitalize on our greatest natural asset &ndash; our rivers &ndash; by connecting more neighborhoods to riverfronts,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m pleased to see this formerly vacant, URA-owned property transform into new, quality homes for residents.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">One of the first new housing developments in Central Lawrenceville, Hatfield + Home, is part of a recent surge in residential construction in the Lawrenceville neighborhood, including the Locomotive Lofts apartments, Doughboy Square and the Botero renovations at 48th Street.&nbsp; Under the Mayor&rsquo;s leadership, housing projects funded by the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have resulted in $35 million total investment in Lawrenceville and hundreds of new construction jobs. Also, an additional $18.5 million in investment is planned for the next couple of years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to be playing into Lawrenceville&rsquo;s transformation,&rdquo; said Bob Mistick, developer and principal, Mistick Construction.&nbsp; &ldquo;This is the most dynamic neighborhood in Pittsburgh now, and the Mayor&rsquo;s vision for the riverfront promises to strengthen that vitality even more.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s an important plan, and we hope that what we&rsquo;re doing will help it move forward.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Hatfield+Home development will provide six different home plans with two- and three-bedroom units scheduled to sell in the mid-$200,000 to the high-$300,000 range.&nbsp; Four homes will be fully detached and the 10 will be built as two-unit duplexes.&nbsp; All of the homes will be Energy Star compliant with landscaped patios, fenced back yards and individual garage parking.&nbsp; Some units will offer small vegetable gardens as options.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;It&#39;s an exciting project, and a big step toward reconnecting all the great things being done throughout the commercial corridor and residential districts closer to the Allegheny riverfront,&quot; said Lauren Byrne, Lawrenceville United executive director.&nbsp; &quot;The development team worked closely with the community to achieve a design that complements and embraces Lawrenceville&#39;s rich history and elements of its historical architecture, but also includes more modern elements to make a statement about the neighborhood&rsquo;s future.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Hatfield+Home project represents the best elements of urban planning and development,&rdquo; said Matthew Galluzzo, Lawrenceville Corporation executive director.&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Together with our public and private partners, we have worked in earnest to foster and support what will be both a contextually sensitive and market-changing development for the neighborhood.&nbsp; We commend Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the administration for their continued commitment to the revitalization of Lawrenceville, and we thank Mistick Costruction for investing in a shared vision.&nbsp; This project represents an important step as we reestablish Lawrenceville&#39;s connection to the riverfront, and we&#39;re proud to consider ourselves partners in this process.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The URA assembled the site and provided a $200,000 grant from its Pittsburgh Housing Construction Fund.&nbsp; Hatfield+Home will be built in two phases with the first six units scheduled for completion early in 2013. Sales are being handled by RE/MAX Select Realty.&nbsp; For more information go to <a href="http://www.hatfieldandhome.com">www.hatfieldandhome.com</a> or contact Christa Ross, RE/MAX Select Realty at 724-779-1437 or christa@greenhomespgh.com.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:49:30 -0400 FORBES.COM SAYS PITTSBURGH'S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ARE AMONG HAPPIEST IN THE COUNTRY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1718 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) September 11, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today proudly announced that Pittsburgh has been recognized as a city where young professionals are happiest. Forbes.com named Pittsburgh one of the country&#39;s top 20 cities with the happiest young professionals, factoring in which attributes contribute most to workplace happiness. This latest accolade complements the City&#39;s work to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, advance new developments and create jobs.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&quot;Pittsburgh is highly ranked as a great place for seniors, an affordable place to buy a home, and now an exciting city for young professionals,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;With initiatives like PowerUp Pittsburgh and new developments like Bakery Square attracting high-tech tenants like Google, we&#39;re creating new jobs and providing opportunities for students and young people to establish their careers in Pittsburgh.&quot;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">More than 38,000 employed young professionals were asked about factors that contribute to workplace happiness, including: work-life balance, growth opportunities, compensation and daily tasks. Read more&nbsp;</span><a href="http://goo.gl/AQVfi">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The most recent census data shows that&nbsp;Pittsburgh&#39;s median age has dropped over the last decade to age 33.&nbsp;Recently, Recently, Forbes also named Pittsburgh one of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45gdef/pittsburgh-pennsylvania-2/#gallerycontent">&quot;25 Best Places to Retire in 2012&quot;</a>, and 24/7 Wall Street deemed Pittsburgh one of <a href="http://247wallst.com/2012/07/09/the-10-best-cities-for-millennials/">10 Best Cities for Millennials</a> (aged 19-29).&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:42:19 -0400 CITY RECYCLING DROP-OFF STATION TEMPORARILY CLOSED TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1706 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) Sept. 7, 2012 &nbsp;</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">The City of Pittsburgh Recycling Drop-off at Construction Junction, located at 214 N. Lexington St., will be temporarily closed this Sat., Sept. 8, for the annual </span><a href="http://www.constructionjunction.org/pages/bigpour" style="text-align: justify; ">Steel City Big Pour</a><span style="text-align: justify; ">, a fundraiser to benefit Construction Junction.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">On this day, everyone who uses this drop-off site is encouraged to take their recycling to the City of Pittsburgh 2nd Division, located at 6814 Hamilton Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">The Construction Junction Recycling Drop-off will reopen Sun., Sept. 9. &nbsp;For more information, contact the City of Pittsburgh Recycling Division at 412-255-2631.</span></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:40:44 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1691 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Aug. 30, 2012</strong>&nbsp;- Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. on Friday, August 31st, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on&nbsp;Friday, August 31, 2012.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify; ">Locations:</h3> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:04:42 -0400 CITY LIVING ON THE RISE ACCORDING TO REALSTATS ANALYSIS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1688 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Aug. 30&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today cited a <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/GoldMedalCommunities2012.pdf">housing and real estate report</a> released by South Side-based real estate analysts, RealSTATs, that indicated that Pittsburgh has one of the best housing markets out of the 404 regional communities studied.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;To see Pittsburgh at the top of the list out of over 400 competing communities is remarkable,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;These numbers tell us that our strategy to drive more residential development Downtown and into more neighborhoods is working.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">According to the report, last year families spent over $3.7 billion buying over 20,000 homes in the 404 communities within the five counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland. Real estate and data analysis experts at RealSTATs identified top performing communities based on eight factors, including: home price appreciation, number of home sales and increase in number of home sales.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While the overall winner was Adams Township, the City&rsquo;s Second Ward &ndash; which is comprised of Downtown and part of the Strip District &ndash; was awarded the 2012 Metropolitan Pittsburgh Silver Medal.&nbsp; Pittsburgh took the Gold Medal in median home price percentage appreciation and the bronze in the increase in number of home sales from years 2000-2011.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Six Pittsburgh wards comprising neighborhoods in the Northside, South Side, Downtown and Lawrenceville were at the top of the list in the average home price annual percentage appreciation, measured from 2000 to 2011.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Under the Mayor&#39;s leadership, the City&#39;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has invested in affordable and market-rate housing projects in many City neighborhoods, including the aforementioned wards. In addition, the Mayor&#39;s Tax Abatement program has driven more residential investment in neighborhoods, especially Downtown.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;The URA invests wisely into housing projects that will spur a great deal of private investment,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;For example, our effort to renew the Garden Theater Block in the Central North Side has resulted in over $12 million in new neighborhood housing, commercial and retail projects.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:08:55 -0400 NO CITY REFUSE PICKUP ON LABOR DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1687 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="text-align: justify; ">The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Public Works announced today that there will be no refuse, bulk waste or recycling collection on Monday, September 3, 2012 in observance of Labor Day.</span><br style="text-align: justify; " /> <br style="text-align: justify; " /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">Residents whose pickup falls on Monday&nbsp;</span><strong style="text-align: justify; ">will be serviced on&nbsp;</strong><strong style="text-align: justify; ">Tuesday</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">, September 4th.&nbsp; This will continue through the end of the week with Friday&rsquo;s normally scheduled collection being picked up on Saturday, September 8th.</span><br style="text-align: justify; " /> <br style="text-align: justify; " /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">For more information concerning collection schedules, visit the City of Pittsburgh website at <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/">pittsburghpa.gov/dpw</a></span><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;or contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.</span></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:32:10 -0400 MAYOR PRESENTS PITTSBURGH'S TRANSFORMATION STORY AT WHITE HOUSE FORUM ON URBAN INNOVATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1686 <p style="text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH) Aug. 27&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today presented Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic revitalization story to federal officials, community stakeholders, public policy organizations and innovation leaders at the&nbsp;White&nbsp;House&nbsp;Forum on Urban Innovation, located at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This was truly a great experience that gave me the opportunity to speak to more than 100 national leaders about the Third Renaissance Pittsburgh is experiencing,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I talked a lot about successful developments like Bakery Square and its up and coming second phase and had the opportunity to network with Mayor Michael Bloomberg&rsquo;s Office, among other attendees, who are doing great things with technology to improve the relationship between citizens and their government.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As one of only eight speakers nationwide, Mayor Ravenstahl spoke on how Pittsburgh is successfully creating jobs, improving economic resilience and strengthening its communities through strong partnerships and dedicated leadership. Mayor Ravenstahl highlighted the City&rsquo;s PowerUp Pittsburgh Initiative, among others as successful efforts that forge partnerships to create more jobs and grow Pittsburgh&rsquo;s high-tech innovation economy.&nbsp;At the end of the Mayor&rsquo;s presentation, he was asked to talk more about The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;What we are doing here in Pittsburgh to invest in our young people and an educated workforce is truly remarkable and provoked questions from the Mayor of Hartford, who is actually pursuing a similar program in his city,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Other attendees included representatives from IBM&rsquo;s Smarter Cities Challenge, who discussed how they are helping cities implement technology solutions to solve their greatest challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;As a recent grant recipient of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, I was able to talk about our experience in working with IBM consultants to implement traffic congestion solutions in our city&rsquo;s most densely populated neighborhoods,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited for IBM to report to us their high-tech recommendations next month.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The&nbsp;White&nbsp;House&nbsp;Forum on Urban Innovation is a part of a new set of conversations hosted by the&nbsp;White&nbsp;House&nbsp;to spotlight stories of social innovation on the ground. White&nbsp;House&nbsp;representatives seek to learn from pioneers who are driving change in challenging times and to explore new ways federal policymaking can support their endeavors.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:18:06 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES WINNER OF GREEN CENTRAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1681 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 27, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that two groups from Chatham University have won the City&rsquo;s Green Central Student Design Competition, a contest that invited college students to redesign the City-County Building&rsquo;s sixth floor into a one-stop-shop for green- and sustainability-related information. &ldquo;Green Central&rdquo; will connect students and residents with information about the City&rsquo;s greening efforts and resources to jumpstart their own greening projects, and is projected to open next spring.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Green Central is a great opportunity to share all the ways our City works to be one of the cleanest and greenest in the country,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Residents will be connected with green resources and City initiatives, like the new 2030 District, helping them to be an active part of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growing leadership in sustainability. I thank all of the students for submitting their designs and congratulate the winners.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Green Central will encourage education about issues of sustainable development among college students and connect students to local government while dissolving the gap between residents and accessible information needed to jumpstart their greening projects. The City-County Building&rsquo;s sixth floor corridor is currently an open space serving multiple City departments. By implementing the winning designs, it will be transitioned into an accessible communications center.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Teams &ldquo;Green Bean&rsquo;s Design&rdquo; and &ldquo;Strada&rdquo; Style won the competition, beating out two teams from the University of Pittsburgh. After much deliberation, judges &ndash; including members of the Mayor&rsquo;s Green Commission, City architects, and&nbsp; city and authority sustainability coordinators &ndash; decided to award a tie and incorporate elements from both team&rsquo;s designs.&nbsp;All students&rsquo; designs are on display in the City-County Building lobby through August 30, 2012.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Students worked within a $25,000 budget, provided by the </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=196">Mayor&rsquo;s Green Trust Fund</a>.<span style="color:#000000;"> As a hub for all things green, the corridor&rsquo;s redesign is based on green efficiency. Students&rsquo; designs were required to incorporate recycling pick-up and drop-off bins, be mindful of the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and incorporate usage of sustainable materials (e.g. low VOC paints, recycled plastics or metals, LED lighting, motion sensors to reduce run time on electronic equipment). Historical elements such as marble flooring, wall siding, embellishment on elevators and molding remain a part of the design.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Construction is expected to begin this fall. When completed in the spring, Green Central will provide information pamphlets, posters, resource guides, educational information, photos, program applications and other information supporting economic development, environmental protection and social awareness and action.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">In 2006, the City of Pittsburgh and the Green Building Alliance (GBA) formed the</span> <a href="http://pittsburghclimate.org/about-us/green-government-task-force/">Green Government Task Force</a><span style="color:#000000;"> to create a </span><a href="http://pittsburghclimate.org">Climate Action Plan</a><span style="color:#000000;">. The Plan outlines the measures that government, businesses, higher education institutions and residents can take to help lessen the local effects of global climate change. The City set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 20 percent by 2023. The development of Green Central helps fulfill the goals outlined in the Climate Action Plan.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>ABOUT THE COMPETITION</strong><br /> Students were required to submit design plans and details, model images and a narrative describing their project&rsquo;s elements and methods. They were also responsible for completing a $25,000 sustainable interior renovation and design budget. Students were invited to participate individually or in teams. Four groups of students (12 students total) competed &ndash; two from the University of Pittsburgh and two from Chatham University. Students attended workshops about sustainable interior development, met with local sustainability professionals and learned about the City&rsquo;s commitment to sustainability.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Scoring was based on a list of elements, including use of sustainable materials, recycling bins and pickup, usage of hanging and pamphlet display space, seating, implementation of an interactive kiosk, budget, feasibility and appearance.</span></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:13:11 -0400 MAYOR, OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE COMPLETED LOWER MCARDLE BRIDGE REHAB http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1678 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 22, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Lower McArdle Bridge on P.J. McArdle Roadway has re-opened, citing the bridge&rsquo;s completed rehabilitation and thanking residents, business owners and visitors for their patience. The 80-year-old bridge was closed in January last year due to corroding steel and a deteriorating concrete deck. The $10 million project reconnects the South Side with Mt. Washington and the Liberty Bridge, allowing residents to easily commute to and from the flourishing neighborhood business districts. The rehab is the latest of nearby repairs and improvements, including last week&rsquo;s reopening of Mt. Washington&rsquo;s Wyoming Street.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;After much patience and hard work, the Lower McArdle Bridge is officially open and safe for all drivers,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;All vehicles now have complete, unrestricted and easy access to travel to and from the South Side and Mt. Washington. I want to thank residents, business owners and visitors for their patience during this process. The safety of our streets is of the highest priority, and we&rsquo;ve taken the steps necessary to repair this throughway and ensure its safety and sustainability.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The open bridge and roadway will help to shorten travel time and ease traffic patterns. The new structure can now support all legal loads and is expected to do so for many decades to come. The $10 million rehabilitation project combined federal, state and City funds, and called for deck replacement, steel repairs and painting. PennDOT funded the majority of the project, with the City funding the remainder.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We are very pleased to see this key piece of infrastructure rehabilitated, restoring a vital link in the transportation system&rdquo; said Dan Cessna, District Executive of PennDOT Engineering District 11.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">In 2007, the City performed about $300,000 in interim repairs to keep the bridge open while awaiting funding for major reconstruction. Once the rehabilitation project was kicked off, it had been slowed by freight train traffic under the bridge that continually interrupted the work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">McArdle Roadway&rsquo;s re-opening is the latest of completed repairs and improvements in the South Side and Mt. Washington neighborhoods. Wyoming Street, which re-opened last week, was closed in October last year due to failure of a retaining wall. January&rsquo;s landslide left parts of Mt. Washington roads closed as crews constructed a cement wall along the hillside to prevent further landslides.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:48:45 -0400 MAYOR, TREK DEVELOPMENT GROUP ANNOUNCE START OF HOUSING DEVELOPMENT THAT WILL RENOVATE HISTORIC SCHOOL http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1676 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 21, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, joined by TREK Development Group today celebrated the start of the Dinwiddie Street Housing development&rsquo;s third phase, which includes historic renovations of the vacant Miller School into eight loft apartments and 18 new townhome units along Heldman Street in the Hill District neighborhood. Dinwiddie Street - once a few blocks of vacant and underutilized homes - has been transformed in the project&rsquo;s first two phases to include 46 new rental townhomes and apartment units.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Over the last six years, the City and its partners have invested over $120 million to create 41 single-family units and 490 multi-family units in the Hill District,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;These investments are community-driven solutions that provide affordable and quality housing options for residents, while revitalizing more areas of this up and coming neighborhood.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Dinwiddie Street Housing units are built to meet ENERGY STAR standards, incorporating high efficiency and alternative energy strategies, which results in substantial savings for tenants. Systems such as independent heat pumps &ndash; which are 45 percent more efficient than standard HVAC systems &ndash; and solar panels will help tenants save upwards of $900 per year on their utility bills, while reducing the City&rsquo;s carbon footprint. Consistent with the units in the first two phases, the units in Phase III will be offered to households at or below 60 percent of the area median income.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Phase III of the four-phase project is supported with a $1.5 million Rental Housing Development and Improvement Program loan from the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Completion of Phase III is anticipated for June 2013. Total project costs are estimated at $9.4 million.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">In addition to the newly constructed residences on Dinwiddie Street, a number of the street&rsquo;s original brownstone houses have been rehabilitated to create a rich mix of urban housing. The URA, Trek Development Group and the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh are advancing a fa&ccedil;ade improvement program for existing housing in the Hill District in alignment with the ongoing development efforts, providing up to $7,500 per household. To date, five owner-occupants are participating in the program. The Design Center is working to identify other applicants.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&quot;We are proud to be playing a role in the revitalization of the lower Hill District,&rdquo; said William J. Gatti, Jr., President, TREK Development Group.&nbsp; &ldquo;A block-by-block, and building-by-building restoration and reconstruction of the neighborhood that mixes residents of different ages and incomes is a more vital and sustainable re-development model. The re-use of this important historic structure serves as a source of neighborhood identity and pride and creates some very dynamic and dramatic living spaces. It is a win for all.&quot;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Dinwiddie Street Housing project has been designed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative with Mistick Construction as the general contractor. Additional funding partners include PNC Bank, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Commonwealth Financing Agency.</span></p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:11:11 -0400 CITY RECEIVES $2M INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT FOR BAKERY SQUARE 2.0 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1673 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 20, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, Acting Asst. Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine and developers Walnut Capital and the RCG Longview Fund, to announce that the City has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the construction of public infrastructure at the $120 million Bakery Square 2.0 development. The grant will help fund the public amenities necessary to construct&nbsp;400,000 square feet of office and high-tech lab space on the site of the former Reizenstein School.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;I am extremely grateful to President Obama and the Economic Development Administration for their support of this great project that will create much needed high-tech office space to support the growth of our innovation economy,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;With this grant, we will advance the successful development of Bakery Square to create thousands of more jobs.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Bakery Square 2.0 will provide much needed office space for growing tenants like Google, UPMC, Veterans Administration, Carnegie Mellon&nbsp;and the University of Pittsburgh. Companies looking for space in the near future will also be accommodated, since the Oakland / University / Medical Center office market has the lowest vacancy rates in the region and the most exponential growth rate. Bakery Square 2.0 will further connect the neighborhoods of East Liberty and Larimer that are seeing a combined total of $440 million in new development either completed or underway.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;These nearly $2 million EDA investments in Pittsburgh are examples of the Obama Administration&rsquo;s commitment to supporting growth and innovation in urban communities,&rdquo; said Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. &ldquo;The grants announced today will provide training that supports a 21st century workforce, as well as infrastructure improvements in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Bakery Square complex, which will bring new businesses to the region and help local businesses and workers build things here and sell them everywhere to create American jobs.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;This federal grant will help provide the public infrastructure necessary for the second phase of the Bakery Square redevelopment, which has brought new life to the old Nabisco bakery site,&quot; Congressman Doyle said today at the press conference announcing the award.&nbsp; &quot;Bakery Square has been a great example of a successful public-private partnership to redevelop and re-purpose an old industrial site and revitalize a distressed community.&nbsp; Bakery Square 2.0 will build on the original project&#39;s success and create more office and lab space for Google, UPMC, other current tenants, and new tenants from local universities and medical centers.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The grant will be matched by funds provided by Walnut Capital, the RCG Longview Fund and&nbsp;the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund.&nbsp; City Council recently passed legislation allowing the City&rsquo;s Department of Public Works (DPW) to sign on as a co-applicant with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and the URA to act as the City&rsquo;s agent for administration throughout the funding process.&nbsp; The URA will work with DPW to construct the streets and associated public infrastructure, such as street lighting, curbing and storm, sanitary and water facilities, which will ultimately be dedicated to the City.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Following the press conference, Mayor Ravenstahl and Todd Reidbord, president of Walnut Capital, will lead Acting Asst. Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Erskine&nbsp;on a tour of the Bakery Square facilities</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;The growth potential of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s new technology economy is unparalleled in this market,&quot; said Todd Reidbord, president, Walnut Capital. &ldquo;By drawing on the strengths of our universities, institutions and high tech partners, we are able to extend this growth into the communities of Shadyside, Larimer and East Liberty. We are grateful to the Economic Development Administration for this grant that will allow for us to provide this much needed space to help grow Pittsburgh&rsquo;s high tech economy and neighborhoods.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:19:17 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES THE START OF THE MOST DIVERSE POLICE CLASS IN CITY'S RECENT HISTORY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1669 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp; Aug. 20&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the start of the City&rsquo;s newest police class, which is marked by the highest diversity among participants in over a decade. With a total of 41 applicants, 22 percent are female and over 10 percent are minority. By comparison, these numbers are double the average of female and minority participation over the last decade and a result of the City&rsquo;s targeted minority recruitment, education and awareness campaign called DiverseCity365.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This is by far the most diverse police class that the City has put on in at least 11 years,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;While there is still much work to be done, we are on our way to a more diversified police force.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Of 41 participants, there is one Asian male, one black male, one black female, one Indian female and one Hispanic male. &nbsp;A total of nine females are in the class.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Under the Mayor&rsquo;s direction, the City&rsquo;s Department of Personnel expanded their recruitment efforts to include areas outside of Pittsburgh, such as neighboring boroughs and even other cities and states such as New York and Florida. In addition, the&nbsp;DiverseCity365&nbsp;Campaign partnered with CCAC to provide applicants with free police test prep classes.&nbsp; As a result of these efforts and more, last spring drew a record number of applicants. Over 2100 applicants applied for the police test, almost double the best year on record for applicants in 1999.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This class is as geographically diverse as any other as well, and many of the recruits swear by the advantage of the free classes at CCAC,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All 41 members of this police class reported to their first day of class today at the Public Safety Training Academy. Veteran recruits will conclude their in-classroom training on Sept. 27 and will be sworn in the following day. All other recruits will be sworn in Mar. 29.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s clear that our hard work to attract more minorities to City government works,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Not only have we significantly increased the percentage of minorities in leadership positions, but we&rsquo;ve begun to improve the minority representation of our police bureau - a task that so many thought could not be done.&quot;</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:53:03 -0400 PITTSBURGH REIGNS AS ONE OF WORLD'S MOST LIVABLE CITIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1662 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 16, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today proudly announced that Pittsburgh has retained its title as one of the most livable cities in the world. For the second year in a row, <em>The Economist</em> ranked Pittsburgh 30th among the top 50 most livable cities in the world, and one of only two U.S. cities in the top 30. This latest accolade complements the City&rsquo;s reign as America&rsquo;s &ldquo;Most Livable City,&rdquo; awarded by <em>The Economist</em> and <em>Forbes.com</em> for the past three consecutive years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Our work to make Pittsburgh even better continues. This year, our City&#39;s crime rate dropped again for the fifth consecutive year to all-time historic lows,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;We continue to roll up our sleeves and make Pittsburgh even more livable by creating new developments Downtown and in neighborhoods across the City, building strong infrastructure to support our thriving economy and by investing in our young people through The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Economist Intelligence Unit&rsquo;s (EIU) Global Livability Survey studied 140 cities under five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Honolulu is the most livable city in the United States, placing 26th. Read more <a href="http://goo.gl/6kdmq">here</a>.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:39:07 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW SERVEPGH INITIATIVE TO MAKE MORE STUDENTS 'PROMISE READY' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1647 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 13, 2012 &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded the City and its partners $100,000 to make way for a new initiative that will help increase the number of &lsquo;Promise Ready&rsquo; students and post-secondary education graduates by equipping more adults with the skills to mentor young people. The initiative - led by the Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">ServePGH</a> initiative with support from The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the United Way of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and the Pittsburgh Promise - will hold a series of mentoring workshops in targeted communities in order to inspire more &ldquo;Promise Coaches.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We are extremely grateful to Coca-Cola for their support of Pittsburgh&#39;s young people through our new Promise Coaches program,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This initiative reminds the community that everyone can play a role in the lives of our young residents. Whether you&rsquo;re a neighbor to a young person, or their older cousin, we want to give you the tools to help guide them to success and achievement.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Promise Coaches aims to&nbsp;increase both high school and college graduation rates among Pittsburgh residents through a series of community workshops, mirroring <a href="http://www.pittsburghpromise.org">The Pittsburgh Promise</a>&#39;s goals. Additionally, it aims to increase the number of public school graduates who receive funding from The Promise, a $40,000 scholarship available to all public and charter school students in the City of Pittsburgh that meet attendance and GPA requirements.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are thrilled and grateful to learn of Coca-Cola Foundation&rsquo;s investment in the Promise Coaches Initiative,&quot; said Saleem Gubhril, executive director of The Pittsburgh Promise. &quot;This grant enables our city, our public schools and our community to point all our arrows in the same direction, namely Promise-readiness, for all of our kids.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Unlike traditional mentoring programs, this program does not match adults with young people. Instead, it offers a wealth of resources for mentoring relationships that already exist. Citywide, adults can attend trainings, have access to both online and print resources, and commit to staying involved and engaged in a youth&rsquo;s life through high school and higher education.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We wholeheartedly believe in the importance of helping each and every young person succeed,&rdquo; said Colleen Fedor, executive director of The Mentoring Partnership. &ldquo;This effort will better inform and equip caring adult volunteers to engage and help students navigate high-school and prepare for successful, fulfilling and productive careers.&nbsp; It is a win for students, a win for the volunteers and a win for our city.&nbsp; Joining with Mayor Ravenstahl, we are continuing to build on existing mentoring efforts to ensure that all young people know that we care about them and are here to help them reach their fullest potential.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The initiative resulted from a series of meetings with education and community leaders, all of whom have the goal to improve Pittsburgh&rsquo;s graduation rates. The group assessed the need for a new mentoring campaign that focused on high school and college graduation, and modeled the initiative from Philadelphia&rsquo;s successful <a href="http://www.phillygradcoach.org/">Graduation Coach</a>&nbsp;initiative, which is being promoted as best practice by <a href="http://www.citiesofservice.org/">Cities of Service</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Mayor&rsquo;s ServePGH initiative already supports mentoring activities. The City of Pittsburgh is the largest local employer to participate in the United Way&rsquo;s Be a 6<sup>th</sup> Grade Mentor program. Over 50 City employees, including the Mayor, mentored 6th grade students during the 2011-2012 school year. In addition, employees are encouraged to read to elementary school students during their lunch hour through a new partnership with Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Everybody Wins!.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>About ServePGH</strong><br /> By obtaining a Cities of Service grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Rockerfeller Foundation, Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through eight new and innovative servePGH initiatives, the Mayor has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize close to 200 City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, clean up over 18,200 pounds of litter, and more.&nbsp; Over 2,400 volunteers have committed over 19,500 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>About The Coca-Cola Foundation</strong><br /> The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded more than $70 million to 263 community organizations around the world in 2011 to support sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active, healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to <a href="http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html">www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html</a>.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:17:02 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES WYOMING ST. IN MT. WASHINGTON WILL OPEN TODAY AT NOON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1646 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) August 13, 2012 &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that Mount Washington&#39;s Wyoming Street, from Sycamore Street to Grandview Avenue (in both directions) will open today at 12 noon.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">By completing the work in-house, the Department of Public Works saved over $250,000. Wyoming Street was closed on October 31, 2012, due to failure of a retaining wall.</span></p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:25:48 -0400 MAYOR, PHLF PRESIDENT, OFFICIALS AND STAKEHOLDERS KICK OFF DOWNTOWN PRESERVATION PROJECT TO REIGNITE HISTORIC CHARM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1641 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 9, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by Arthur Ziegler, president of the Pittsburgh History &amp; Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), elected officials and key stakeholders, officially kicked off the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1124">Downtown Preservation Project</a> . This much-anticipated $4 million facade renovation project will reignite historic charm to six key downtown buildings that border areas of significant public and private investment in the Wood Street and Fifth Avenue corridor. The officials today ceremonially knocked off tile to kick off facade restoration at the Kashi Building, located at 254 and 256 Fifth Avenue. Soon, the historic building will better complement new development and&nbsp; be spruced up with new historically significant windows, signage and lighting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Through strong partnerships with public and private partners, we raise the bar of what Downtown can and should be,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By mixing historic redevelopment with new development, Pittsburgh is a model for how to reignite an urban core. I want to thank the Governor, his staff and all of the elected officials whose support helped to make this project possible. We believe that with this reinvestment, these properties will not only attract more tenants, but add significantly to Downtown&rsquo;s vitality.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Fifth and Wood corridor is experiencing tremendous reinvestment, from PNC&rsquo;s $400M world headquarters now under construction, to the newly revitalized&nbsp; Market Square, to the $86M Gardens project set to break ground this fall.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Downtown Preservation Project is the result of a funding request made by Mayor Ravenstahl to then Governor Rendell.&nbsp; When Governor Corbett took office, he conducted an extensive review of RACP-funded (Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program) projects and affirmed the Commonwealth&rsquo;s support for this project through a $4M RACP grant award. Mayor Ravenstahl created a partnership with PHLF to tap their expertise in this specialized kind of construction management and architectural proficiency.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;The Mayor has a vision for the role of historic preservation in creating economic development and attractive living,&rdquo; said Arthur Ziegler. &ldquo;We already see many results of the Mayor&rsquo;s vision of the value of historic restoration as we look along Fifth Avenue, where buildings were in poor condition a few years ago but are now teaming with new residential and retail life. Together we also welcome the commitments of new buildings by PNC and the Piatt family on blocks that were architecturally undistinguished so that our City grows in an organic way with the best of the past contributing to the best of the present. This amazing partnership is producing amazing results.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Nine facades will be included in this renovation. The project will be complete by the end of the year, weather permitting.<br /> <br /> <strong>Kashi buildings</strong><br /> <em>254 and 256 Fifth Ave.; 445 Wood St.</em><br /> Masonry, storefront and canopy restoration, window replacement, new lighting, and new, historically appropriate signage<br /> <br /> <strong>&quot;Three Sisters&quot; buildings</strong><br /> <em>418, 420 and 422 Wood St.</em><br /> Removal of all facade cladding, window replacement, storefront renovation and full restoration of remaining cast-iron facade elements, and historically appropriate replacement of non-existent facade features<br /> <br /> <strong>Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) building</strong><br /> <em>419-423 Wood St.</em><br /> Full restoration of limestone facade including repair of damage caused by metal cladding mounting brackets, window replacement, storefront renovation and removal of all orange corrugated metal cladding</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><em><strong>Thompson building</strong><br /> 435 Market St.</em><br /> Full restoration of masonry facade, window replacement and storefront renovation</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:38:10 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO VOTE TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL ENERGY SAVINGS PROGRAM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1638 <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 8, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors will vote to expand the URA&rsquo;s successful pilot Business Energy Savings Program citywide. The additional $20,000 in funding will allow the program to conduct energy audits for 50 small- to medium-sized businesses. Created in June 2010, the pilot program included a $400 URA matching grant toward the cost of an energy audit, which provided recommendations for energy efficiency improvements along with projected costs and savings.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;By expanding the Energy Savings Program citywide, we are progressing the greening of our city while helping local small businesses save money by reducing their utility bills,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">Businesses that made the improvements were then eligible for a low interest loan of up to $50,000 through the URA&rsquo;s <a href="http://ura.org/business_owners/loan_programs.php">Pittsburgh Business Growth Fund</a>. Loans could be used for qualifying energy efficiency improvements including insulation, air and duct sealing, efficient heating and cooling systems, lighting, refrigeration, water heating equipment, other high-efficiency equipment and efficient windows and doors.</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">Working with AllFacilities Energy Group, six businesses served as pilot cases and helped develop the &ldquo;Energy Tracker&rdquo; - an affordable, comprehensive and easy to understand and implement energy audit for small businesses that details the return on investment of making specific energy efficiency upgrades.&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;So far, five of the six property owners expressed an interest in implementing the energy improvements,&rdquo; said Tom Link, director, URA Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. &ldquo;One of the businesses has already received a URA financing commitment to complete energy efficiency upgrades.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">The participating businesses include:&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; ">A for the People Insurance, Hill District</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">The Werner Building, East Liberty</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">The Union Project, East Liberty</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Trey&rsquo;s Laundromat, Mt. Washington</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Jalen&rsquo;s Barber Shop, Northside</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Midwest Presort, Spring Garden</li> </ul> <div style="text-align: justify; ">For these six businesses, a total of $137,000 in improvements were recommended, which would result in an average energy cost savings of 15 percent, or approximately $18,000 annually, for each business.</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">Businesses who participate in the program must be located in the City of Pittsburgh, current on all federal, state or local taxes and any existing private or publicly financed loan, and will be required to sign an affidavit to that effect. &nbsp;Businesses will also be required to provide follow-up reporting to the URA as to the implementation of the improvements and annual cost savings. &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify; ">For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ura.org/">www.ura.org</a> or contact Tom Link at 412-255-6540.&nbsp;The URA Board of Directors meets Thurs., August 9 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross St., Downtown.</div> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:04:31 -0400 MAYOR LAUNCHES CITY'S FIRST PUBLIC ART AND URBAN DESIGN PLANS, INCLUDES RESIDENTS IN PLANNING PROCESSES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1632 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) August 7, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the launch of ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH, the City&rsquo;s first public art and urban design plans. ARTPGH will create a strategy for the City to engage local, regional and national artists, facilitate care for its extensive art collection, and involve artists in public space, facility and infrastructure design. DESIGNPGH will examine existing types of urban design and devise a plan with set guidelines that will inform future developers about the quality and character of design that is expected and feasible in our neighborhoods. The City&rsquo;s first-ever 25-year comprehensive plan, </span><a href="http://www.planpgh.com/" style="text-align: justify; ">PLANPGH</a><span style="text-align: justify; ">, includes 12 components &ndash; some of which have been in the works since 2010 &ndash; and is anticipated to be completed in 2014.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;High-quality public art and urban design demonstrates to residents and visitors that Pittsburgh is not only &rdquo;America&rsquo;s Most Livable City,&rdquo; but one that plans and builds in a functional and aesthetic way, &ldquo;Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By engaging residents in the planning process, we&rsquo;re ensuring that Pittsburgh continues to grow as a wonderful City with a great quality of life for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Other components of PLANPGH, such as <a href="http://planpgh.com/preservepgh/">PRESERVEPGH</a>, <a href="http://planpgh.com/?showplan=openspace">OPENSPACEPGH</a> and <a href="http://planpgh.com/movepgh/">MOVEPGH</a>, are currently being developed. Once completed, all components will be integrated to set investment priorities, coordinate neighborhood-scale planning efforts and guide the City&rsquo;s land use and development decision-making processes for the next 25 years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The public art and urban design plans are heavily dependent on public participation and are estimated to be completed over the next 18 months. Throughout the planning process, public meetings and workshops will engage City residents to ensure community voices are heard and integrated into the plan. Residents will be invited to public meetings, where City officials will present examples of best practices and recommendations for new policies for art and design that will target the needs and desires of our residents. Residents will also be educated on current modes of public art and urban design, best practice examples, and their input will be used to form policies that will effectively shape the City of Pittsburgh over the next 25 years. ARTPGH and DESIGNPGH collectively have a $585,000 budget, which is funded by the City of Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation and Colcom Foundation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Through a national search and interview process, the City hired <a href="http://www.urbandesignassociates.com/">Urban Design Associates</a> (UDA), headquartered in Pittsburgh, to work with City staff to conduct the planning process and public interaction of these two plans. In addition, <a href="http://www.sanjose.com/news/2012/04/18/sj_qa_barbara_goldstein_public_art_program_director1">Barbara Goldstein</a> will be the lead sub-consultant on the ARTPGH process and <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/cas/people/rubin-john.html">Jon Rubin</a> will lead the public outreach process for both plans.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Visit <a href="http://www.planpgh.com/">planpgh.com</a> to sign up for email updates related to ARTPGH, DESIGNPGH, and other components of PLANPGH. The 25-year comprehensive plan will serve as a guidebook for making policy, attracting investment and determining the most effective use of taxpayer dollars. It will guide elected officials, City staff and stakeholders in making Pittsburgh an even better place to live, work and visit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">For more information about ARTPGH, please contact Morton Brown, Public Art Manager, at 412-255-8996 or <a href="mailto:morton.brown@pittsburghpa.gov">morton.brown@pittsburghpa.gov</a>. For more information about DESIGNPGH, please contact Kate Rakus, Senior Planner, at 412-255-2470 or <a href="mailto:kate.rakus@pittsburghpa.gov">kate.rakus@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 09:42:52 -0400 MAYOR ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1630 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) August 6, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; "> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl reminds residents to participate in this year&rsquo;s National Night Out (NNO) to be held tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 7 in neighborhoods throughout the city. NNO is an annual nationwide celebration during which residents and community groups hold fun, family-friendly events in an effort to strengthen police and community partnerships, encourage neighborhood camaraderie and promote crime awareness and prevention. This year, nearly 40 events &ndash; ranging from porch parties to cookouts to community festivals &ndash; will take place in many neighborhoods. Residents can quickly and easily find NNO events in their neighborhood at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/nno/">pittsburghpa.gov/nno</a></span><span style="text-align: justify; ">, which includes an interactive map of all registered events.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;As we celebrate Pittsburgh&rsquo;s sixth consecutive year of historic crime lows, the City&rsquo;s public safety officials continue their efforts to drive down crime rates even lower in our neighborhoods,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;National Night Out provides an opportunity for residents and families to host fun events that build relationships between neighbors and police officers, and send a clear message to criminals that crime is not welcome.&rdquo;</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">The theme for this year&rsquo;s family-friendly events is, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a beautiful night in the neighborhood&rdquo; &ndash; a theme that reflects Pittsburgh&rsquo;s rich character of 90 unique neighborhoods. Ravenstahl encourages residents to attend NNO events in their neighborhood and gather with neighbors to talk about how they can keep their neighborhood safe.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">Registered events will be visited by the Mayor, local law enforcement officials, firemen and other public safety personnel, providing an opportunity for residents to discuss any safety concerns they may have. Upon registration, community groups were provided a packet including information about the many public safety resources available for their neighborhood. Each packet includes: information about 911 and the Mayor&rsquo;s 311 hotline, 10 tips about how to keep your neighborhood safe, burglary prevention tips and the Mayor&rsquo;s public safety newsletter. Children are invited to participate in a coloring contest and to submit an essay about what they can do to help keep their community safe.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, encourage participation in neighborhood anti-crime programs and strengthen police-community partnerships. Last year, over 30 Pittsburgh neighborhoods participated in NNO.</span></p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 12:18:40 -0400 PITTSBURGH RANKED ONE OF COUNTRY'S 'BEST CITIES FOR SUCCESSFUL AGING' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1628 <p style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) August 2, 2012&nbsp; &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today proudly announced that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.milkeninstitute.org/about/about.taf">The Milken Institute</a>&nbsp;ranked Pittsburgh 10th on its first &quot;Best Cities for Successful Aging&quot; index, which measures the success of how individual cities address the needs of older Americans and their aspirations for staying vital, healthy and engaged. Criteria included access to and quality of health care, wellness activities, housing needs, transportation, employment opportunities and community engagement. Pittsburgh &ndash; ranked 10th in the top 100 large metros &ndash; was singled out for its affordable living, relatively low crime rate, large senior community and available activities.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;From youths to seniors, the City provides quality care, engaging activities and helpful programs to ensure that Pittsburgh is a great place for everyone to live,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Senior residents are a cherished part of our communities. By providing neighborhood-based volunteer initiatives like &lsquo;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/snowangels/">Snow Angels</a>,&rsquo; in addition to the numerous programs offered through our Healthy Active Living Centers, we continue to prioritize the safety and quality of life of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s senior population.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The City of Pittsburgh is one of the largest providers of senior independent living services in the country. With 14 Healthy Active Living Centers, 8,000 registered seniors and an extensive list of programs and services, the City&rsquo;s senior population is active and engaged. From health and fitness programs, to transportation and activities, to computer training and adult enrichment programs - many opportunities are available to the City&rsquo;s senior population. Surveys show that seniors are happy, too. An impressive 99 percent of participants would recommend the Centers, and 96 percent rate the services as &ldquo;good to excellent.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Find information about programs and Center locations&nbsp;<a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/healthy_active_living.htm">here</a>.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:01:51 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH SATURDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1625 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 2, 2012</strong> -&nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 4th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p>When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</p> <p>The Cooling Centers will be open on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on&nbsp;Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</p> <h3>Locations:</h3> <p><strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</p> <p><strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p><strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p><strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:02:33 -0400 MAYOR INVITES RESIDENTS, STAKEHOLDERS, COMMUTERS TO FINAL MOVEPGH WORKSHOP http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1624 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 2, 2012 </strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the last of four public workshops for MOVEPGH, the transportation component of the City&rsquo;s first-ever 25-year comprehensive growth plan. The three-day workshop will allow residents, stakeholders and commuters to discuss ideas for the future of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s transportation system, specifically issues facing the City&rsquo;s East End neighborhoods. MOVEPGH will provide a cohesive vision of the City&rsquo;s transportation network over the next 25 years, and is one of 12 components of PLANPGH. <strong>The workshops will be held August 6th through 8th at the Carnegie Public Library in East Liberty - 130 S. Whitfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;In order for our transportation plan to be successful, we must make sure commuters have an active voice in the process,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Our plan to advance economic activity requires that all City transportation agencies are guided by one blueprint so that our transportation systems meet the needs of our innovative, 21st-Century economy.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">MOVEPGH Workshop #4 will focus on transportation issues and opportunities relevant to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s East End neighborhoods, providing an opportunity for City residents and stakeholders to submit comments and ideas for improving the transportation system as it relates to areas experiencing recent growth. Topics will include: increasing transportation choices; developing street designs that include multi-modal transportation options; and developing strategies for maximizing street capacity.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The public is encouraged to drop in any time during the following open house hours to interact with the planning team and express ideas, plans and concerns:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Monday, August 6</strong><br /> <strong>11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</strong></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Tuesday, August 7</strong><br /> <strong>11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.&nbsp;</strong></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Wednesday, August 8</strong><br /> <strong>11 a.m. to 3 p.m. &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>6 p.m.</strong> - The event will conclude with an evening wrap-up event where the MOVEPGH team will provide a progress report for the week and receive public input on the plan.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">In addition to the workshops, the public can join the study team and neighbors in walking and biking audits of East End neighborhoods to provide input regarding improvements to the City&rsquo;s pedestrian and bicycle friendliness. Tours will begin at East Liberty Carnegie Library and will include nearby neighborhoods. There are five times to choose from:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Sunday, August 5 at 4 p.m.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Monday, August 6 at 12 p.m. or 6 p.m.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Tuesday, August 7 at 12 p.m. or 6 p.m.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>ABOUT MOVEPGH</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">As the transportation component of PLANPGH, MOVEPGH will provide a vision for the City&rsquo;s transportation network over the next 25 years. MOVEPGH will include policy recommendations for strengthening multi-modal transportation connections with the existing car-oriented system. The City&rsquo;s 1999 bicycle plan will be updated to include pedestrian infrastructure. The plan will also create a street design manual, which will bring all design standards for street projects to follow into one user-friendly volume. &nbsp;The plan is anticipated to be completed in 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">MOVEPGH is funded by the City of Pittsburgh as well as through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Heinz Endowments.</p> <p>For more information, please contact Patrick Roberts, Transportation Planner, Department of City Planning at 412-255-2224 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:patrick.roberts@pittsburghpa.gov">patrick.roberts@pittsburghpa.gov</a>, or visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.planpgh.com/" target="_blank">www.planpgh.com</a>,&nbsp;where you can register for automatic email updates about planning events.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 11:24:01 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1620 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) August 1, 2012</strong> - Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 2nd, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on&nbsp;Thursday, August 2, 2012.</p> <h3 style="text-align: justify; ">Locations:</h3> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:34:53 -0400 MAYOR LAUNCHES MINI-GRANT PROGRAM TO STRENGTHEN NEIGHBORHOOD BUSINESS DISTRICTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1619 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Aug. 1, 2012</strong> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by Brookline community stakeholders, neighborhood business district leaders and residents, officially kicked off the Pittsburgh &ldquo;Biz Buzz&rdquo; Program,&rdquo; a small grant program designed to help smaller neighborhood business districts attract more customers through short- and medium-term marketing projects and activities. The goals of the program are to create a buzz about the business district through the use of social media and word-of-mouth, and to increase foot traffic as well as bring newcomers into the neighborhood&rsquo;s businesses. Business district leaders design their own program, with support from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).</p> <p>&ldquo;Our neighborhood business districts are the heartbeat of our communities and this program will strengthen them,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &nbsp;&ldquo;The Biz Buzz program gives small businesses and volunteers the tools to make an immediate impact on their districts, much like our Love Your Block revitalization program, which increases community pride and beautifies neighborhood streets.&rdquo;</p> <p>The program encourages projects that can be accomplished by volunteers, working with businesses. &nbsp;Thirty smaller, non-Mainstreets districts throughout the City are eligible. Prior to submitting an application, applicants must meet with URA staff to discuss their project or activity. If accepted, the district is awarded a grant, up to $7,000, accompanied by technical assistance and support from URA staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;When talking with groups, we have been stressing the &lsquo;48x48x48&rsquo; strategy to determine what a business district group can accomplish in 48 hours, 48 days and 48 weeks,&rdquo; said Josette Fitzgibbons, the URA&rsquo;s Biz Buzz project manager and Mainstreets coordinator. &nbsp;&ldquo;We want these ideas to come from the community. &nbsp;We&rsquo;re encouraging the community to be creative, and focus on what is unique and cool about their district.&rdquo;</p> <p>The business district of Brookline is the first Biz Buzz grant awardee, for its &ldquo;Boulevard Bucks&rdquo; &ndash; a shoppers rewards program in conjunction with their &ldquo;Because You&#39;re Mine, I Walk the Line: Brookline&rdquo; campaign. Kicking off today, shoppers who spend a total of $50 at three the participating businesses will receive $5 in Boulevard Bucks - good for future purchases with those merchants. The participating Brookline businesses can be found at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Because-Youre-Mine-I-Shop-the-Line/391877737534429">Because You&rsquo;re Mine, I Shop the Line Facebook page</a>, or in the Brookline Shop Local printed directory. The campaign will also help patrons access businesses during the Brookline Boulevard Improvement Project construction scheduled to begin this spring (additional information below).</p> <p>During the press event, the Mayor presented a check for $2,500 to Nate Mallory, Brookline Chamber of Commerce board member and owner of Cannon Coffee.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our proposal is designed to encourage neighborhood residents to shop locally and to rebrand the Brookline Boulevard as an entire business district &ndash; not just a couple of bakeries and a few restaurants,&rdquo; said Nate Mallory. &nbsp;&ldquo;With the help of the Biz Buzz funding, we&rsquo;re hoping to get the word out about Brookline and bring in new customers &ndash; and possibly new residents!&rdquo;</p> <p>The URA&rsquo;s Biz Buzz team is currently working with groups in Beechview and Elliot, and will soon be reaching out to other Pittsburgh neighborhoods citywide. The team plans to present 7-8 grants with the program&rsquo;s current $45,000 in URA funding. The URA is currently seeking State and City funding to expand the program next year. Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information on the Biz Buzz Small Grant Program, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ura.org/business_owners/mainstreets.php">URA.org</a>.</p> <h3>ABOUT THE BROOKLINE BOULEVARD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT&nbsp;</h3> <p>The $5.8 million Brookline Boulevard Improvement Project consists of streetscape improvements to the commercial district of Brookline Boulevard from Pioneer Avenue to Starkamp Street. These improvements involve new street lights, street trees, planting beds and traffic signal equipment, as well as new pavement, pavements markings, crosswalks, ADA accommodations and sidewalks.&nbsp;The project is currently fully designed and funded on the City&rsquo;s Federal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). &nbsp;Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2013, finishing by mid-November.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:46:30 -0400 MAYOR URGES DRIVERS AND BICYCLISTS TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS IN LIGHT OF RECENT TRAGEDIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1618 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) Aug. 1, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; In light of the recent bicycle tragedies in the City of Pittsburgh and the forthcoming two-week long bicycle celebration, BikeFest, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and BikePGH today reminded drivers and bicyclists to be lawful, cautious and respectful of one another.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Pittsburgh has come a long way in the last five years in improving bicycle safety and infrastructure to create a more flourishing urban environment,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our City&rsquo;s pedestrian and bicycle friendliness are key components to residents&rsquo; quality of life and help us grow our City&rsquo;s population. More than ever, residents and visitors seek walkable neighborhoods and bicycle access to enjoy the City&rsquo;s cultural opportunities, recreation amenities or merely to get to work, school or the grocery store.&nbsp; As the City encourages walking and biking, we remind everyone that when driving, biking or walking, safety not only for yourself, but for your fellow street users, is paramount.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">In recent months there have been several serious crashes involving drivers hitting bicyclists and pedestrians resulting in severe injuries and even death after James Price was killed in a hit and run.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;My thoughts and deepest sympathies go to the victims, families and friends affected by these recent incidents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Hit and runs will not be tolerated on Pittsburgh&rsquo;s streets. Our neighborhood camera system is up and running throughout our City and our police officers are ever more on the lookout for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. As a driver, you never want to be put in a position where you have tragically injured a bicyclist or pedestrian, so drive safe and be cautious.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">State law declares that bicyclists have equal access to our streets unless otherwise signed and that motorists must pass bicyclists with at least 4 feet. Due to population density, the City of Pittsburgh, unlike its adjacent suburban and rural areas, experiences a high percentage of cyclists and pedestrians. As a result, motorists must be extra vigilant and careful.&nbsp; Staying alert and driving safely is vital to saving lives.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Although everyone must share space on our streets, much more responsibility rests on the shoulders of people driving cars, which have far greater ability to hurt and kill. Slow down, and treat bicyclists and pedestrians with care and respect,&rdquo; says Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh. They could be your friend, family member, doctor, minister or anyone.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Starting August 5th drivers will be seeing even more bicyclists on the streets due to PedalPGH and over 80 bicycling events during BikePGH&rsquo;s annual BikeFest celebration. The events are &quot;shared road&quot; type of events, which means that motorists should be hyper-aware of many more bicyclists on the streets. Drivers should also be aware that they will encounter more group rides than usual. Please be patient and pass only when it is safe to do so.<br /> <br /> Following the recent bicycle accidents on Penn Avenue, the City is working with BikePGH and PennDOT to improve the safety of Penn Ave. &nbsp;In the short term, the City and BikePGH will be creating an alternate bike route. The route will take cyclists off of Penn Avenue inbound and direct them to Braddock Avenue onto Mead Street. The City will be installing shared road signs, directional signs and on-street markings within the month.</p> <p><em>Safety tips for cyclists and motorists can be found at&nbsp;<a href="http://bike-pgh.org/resources/share-the-road/">bike-pgh.org/resources/share-the-road/</a>.</em></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:12:51 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITYFIT WELLNESS AT WORK PROGRAM HAS HELPED EMPLOYEES LOSE A COMBINED TON OF WEIGHT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1610 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 31, 2012</strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that City employees who are enrolled in the<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/cityfit/"> Mayor&rsquo;s CityFit Wellness at Work</a> Weight Watchers program have lost a combined 2,000 pounds &ndash; that&rsquo;s a ton of weight. The announcement comes just weeks after the Mayor kicked off the CityFit 10,000 Step Challenge, a 12-week employee wellness walking program that helps City workers become more physically active by tracking daily steps using a pedometer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&ldquo;Through CityFit, we are improving the culture of our workforce and our employees are healthier, happier and more productive,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud of our employees for embracing the CityFit program and reaching such a remarkable milestone. This program&rsquo;s momentum is really picking up, and by next year I&rsquo;m confident we will double the amount of employees who will take part in our Cityfit program.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">When Mayor Luke Ravenstahl consolidated the City&rsquo;s healthcare providers from three to one, saving taxpayers $17 million dollars, the City worked with its healthcare provider, Highmark, to create the wellness at work initiative.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Highmark partners with its customers to integrate wellness programs into the fabric of every workplace. &nbsp;The City&rsquo;s Wellness Program is a model for improving health, reducing risk, and increasing productivity. They&rsquo;ve taken action and they are seeing results that are good for employees, their families, and the bottom line,&rdquo; said Donald Fischer, MD. SVP &amp; Chief Medical Office, Highmark.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;Nearly 1,000 employees participate in the Cityfit program, which offers everything from blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol screenings, low-cost gym memberships, nutritional counseling and friendly competition between City employees through CityFit softball, basketball and dodgeball.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Since the City introduced the Weight Watchers program in April 2011, employees who weighed in at the City-County Building or who have reported their losses have lost a total of 2,000 pounds. Presently in its fifth session, CityFit&rsquo;s Weight Watchers program has almost 50 active members and five lifetime members. Lifetime members are those that have achieved their goal and have kept their weight within two pounds of that goal.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;I see employees in our building every day, who have a brighter smile, and are hardly recognizable because of the amount of weight they lost,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;The fact that we have five employees who have reached and maintained their goal weight is truly a feat and I congratulate them on their success.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Harvard medical studies show that individuals who lose a modest amount weight - at least 5 to 10 percent of initial body weight - and exercised regularly reduced the risk of development diabetes by almost 60 percent over three years. &nbsp;Of the 133 Weight Watcher employees who have registered over the five sessions, 20 percent of members who weigh in at the City-County Building have lost 5 to 10 percent of their initial body weight so far.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Obesity results in significant increases in medical costs for full-time employees. &nbsp;Less than 5 percent of the City&#39;s employees participate in the Weight Watchers at Work program, even less are tracked in-house, yet their success in having lost a TON of weight has decreased medical costs by $12,000 annually. &nbsp;For each member who moves from being overweight to a healthy weight the City saves approximately $1,551 annually. &nbsp;For each member who moves from being medically obese to a healthy weight, the City saves approximately $2,224 annually. Over $1 million has been saved in decreased workers&rsquo; compensation from 2007 to 2010. Because health and wellness at work is so important to the Mayor, he recently hired a new Wellness Coordinator to further CityFit&rsquo;s efforts.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:56:03 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE FOUR COOLING CENTERS ON MONDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1603 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">(PITTSBURGH) July 27, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. on Monday, July 30th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2012.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:57:26 -0400 MAYOR, PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR WARN RESIDENTS OF THE POTENTIAL OF SEVERE WEATHER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1596 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp; JULY 26&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>City officials urge residents to be prepared for the possibility of widespread severe weather this afternoon and into the evening. The National Weather Service has indicated that there is a high probability of storms that may hit the Pittsburgh area, causing the potential for flash flooding and wind damage.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;We urge residents to err on the side of caution, stay indoors, and check on your elderly neighbors and family. As always, stay tuned to local media and your national weather radio for new developments,&quot; Mayor Ravenstahl said.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Both public safety and public works departments have added additional personnel. Emergency Management has directed the prepositioning of units and equipment.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&quot;We are prepared to respond to a worst possible case scenario storm, but we need the public to help us by remaining vigilant and exercising extreme caution.&quot;Residents must use extreme caution, especially during their rush hour commute. Do not drive into flooded water, and look out for downed trees and powerlines,&quot; said Public Safety Director Michael Huss.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">All 2,000-plus public safety employees have completed the City&#39;s recent Swift Water Rescue Training program. The new initiative, launched by Director Huss, better prepares public safety personnel on how to stay safe and make rescues during flash flood situations. In addition, the program equips every first responder with throw bags, adds more rafts to flood prone areas and creates an elite square of swift water rescue teams, among other strategies. Pittsburgh is the only city in America that has received such a comprehensive training, which proved successful during last week&#39;s flash flood on Rt. 88 and 51. Public safety personnel were equipped with throw bags and life jackets and responded swiftly making several rescues.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the interest of public safety, City pools will be closed at 2 p.m. today. Also, the Mayor&#39;s Big League games held this evening and the Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park at Brookline Memorial Park are cancelled.<br /> <br /> PLEASE NOTE:&nbsp; &quot;Cooling centers&quot; at four Citiparks Healthy Active Living Centers WILL REMAIN OPEN until 7 p.m. this evening.<br /> <br /> Scheduled BIG League championship games at PNC Park on Friday, July 27, will take place as planned at 4, 6 and 8 p.m.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:00:36 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH THURSDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1591 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">(PITTSBURGH) July 25, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, July 26th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday,&nbsp; July 25th, and Thursday, July 26th.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:18:44 -0400 CITY ACTIVATES FOUR COOLING CENTERS TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1590 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) July 24, 2012</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. tomorrow,&nbsp; July 25th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, July 25, 2012.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:46:19 -0400 MAYOR LUKE RAVENSTAHL DECLARES THE WEEK OF JULY 23 "YOGA WEEK IN PITTSBURGH" IN HONOR OF WHIRL MAGAZINE'S WHIRL YOGA FEST + HEALTHY LIFESTYLE EXPO http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1589 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">Pittsburgh, PA (July 24, 2012)</strong><span style="text-align: justify; "> WHIRL Magazine salutes the growing health and wellness community in Western Pennsylvania with the first-ever yoga festival, this Saturday, July 28</span><sup style="text-align: justify; ">th</sup><span style="text-align: justify; "> from sunrise at 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Point State park. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, WHIRL publishers and event creators Jack and Christine Tumpson today announced final details of the event.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Pittsburgh&rsquo;s yoga scene is booming and there are more small businesses in Pittsburgh dedicated to health and wellness than ever before,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This fun, family-friendly event gives people the opportunity to learn and take part in healthy-active living in one of the nation&rsquo;s most beautiful urban parks.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo will feature classes and specialty workshops from 25 of the top yoga instructors in the region.&nbsp; Yoga ambassadors include, South Hills Power Yoga, BYS Yoga, Schoolhouse Yoga, Moonglow Yoga, Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, Fitwell Studios, Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and Yoga Flow.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Special guests include Sherri Baptiste of the world-renowned Baptiste Power of Yoga, and Pittsburgh native Jim Donovan, formerly of Rusted Root, who will both lead workshops.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;It is clear that Greater Pittsburgh is a leader in the healthy lifestyle movement,&rdquo; says WHIRL Magazine Publisher Jack Tumpson. &ldquo;WHIRL Magazine will reinforce its ongoing support of local businesses and the people behind them through the One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s workforce weight loss program,CityFit, encourages and makes it easy for City employees to get fit and healthy. The City sponsors many healthy programs for our employees, such as Weight Watchers, low cost gym memberships, and free nutrition lunch and learns. WHIRL Magazine is providing CityFit with 10 tickets to the One WHIRL Yoga Fest as part of this program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Bike Pittsburgh will be on-site to valet bicycles.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are encouraging everyone to take alternative modes of transportation, especially bikes,&rdquo; says WHIRL Editor in Chief Christine Tumpson. There will also be a Kids Tent where children will be able to partake in kid and family-friendly yoga classes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Tickets are just $15 for a full-day of classes and a $10 student ticket is also available.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Official event sponsors include The Breathe Project, UPMC Health Plan, Piatt Properties, Natural Fitness, and Janet M. McKee HHC, AADP, and Bike Pittsburgh.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">From the Breathe Project: &ldquo;We in the Breathe Project, the growing coalition of organizations and individuals working to improve the region&rsquo;s air quality, are proud to be participating in the first-ever One Whirl Yoga Fest.&nbsp; Clean air is essential for high-demand recreational activities such as yoga, and the success of such a popular exercise movement marks a healthy community and economy. We want Pittsburgh to be the place where all our exercise routines &ndash; from running to biking to yoga workshops in the park &ndash; begin with fresh, clean air.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">For more information about the One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo, go to <a href="http://www.whirlmagazine.com/yogafest">www.whirlmagazine.com/yogafest</a> or contact Julia Weiskopf, at <a href="mailto:jweiskopf@whirlmagazine.com">jweiskopf@whirlmagazine.com</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;412-431-7888.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">View event photo <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/YogaFest.JPG">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:58:19 -0400 UPDATE: TWO CITY INTERSECTIONS EXPERIENCING FLOODING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1581 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) JULY 20</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Lebanon Road and Mifflin Road are currently open. Commuters should avoid Rt. 51 at 88, Baldwin Road, and Streets Run Road. Crews are currently cleaning these roads, but they will not&nbsp; likely be cleared by rush hour.<br /> <br /> <br /> <em><u>Previous Alert:</u></em><br /> <em>The intersection of Routes 51 and 88 and the intersection of Mifflin and Lebanon Roads are currently flooded. Residents are urged to take alternate routes. Public safety personnel are deployed to both intersections and are actively monitoring the situation.</em></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:56:42 -0400 MAYOR INTRODUCES LEGISLATION CREATING GUIDELINES ON MAXIMIZING MARKET BASED REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1580 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH) July 20, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today sent legislation to City Council that develops a Market Based Revenue Opportunity (MBRO) Program by enacting an MBRO Policy that provides responsible and community-minded guidelines for allowing marketing opportunities on City-owned assets. The program will enable the City to generate more revenue for capital needs.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;We have worked closely with Council members and the community to craft the best possible policy,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I want to thank our law department, City Council and members of the task force for their diligence in seeing this policy through. Through this program, we will improve our ability to raise revenue and, in turn, be able to invest more in our neighborhoods.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The proposed MBRO policy is a roadmap of allowances and restrictions for advertising and sponsorship on City assets. &nbsp;Commercial advertising and the advertising of City events may be advertised on City buildings, vehicles, street furniture, park structures and the City website. Many restrictions exist. For example, emergency vehicles and public safety uniforms are excluded from advertisements and there may be no advertisements for alcohol, tobacco or fire arms.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The City has a revenue-sharing contract with The Active Network, a leader in public-private advertising.&nbsp; The Active Network will assist the City in achieving the highest return on MBRO proposals. All proposed MBRO opportunities will go through an individual competitive request for proposal (RFP) process.&nbsp; Once the MBRO policy is passed by City Council and signed by the Mayor, the City hopes to issue RFP&rsquo;s for vendor supplied and maintained business district recycling containers. This MBRO would generate revenue and, in turn, neighborhoods would be provided with additional recycling options.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, then City Council President, sponsored legislation in May of 2006 that started the MBRO process through the creation of a MBRO Task Force that investigated potential revenue-generating opportunities in all City-owned property. The Task Force comprised of City and community representatives provided input as to the parameters of the MBRO program. The City&#39;s Law Department crafted the policy.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:40:03 -0400 CITY ACTIVATES FOUR COOLING CENTERS SUNDAY AND MONDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1579 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">(PITTSBURGH) July 20, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 22nd, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 23th.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:46:22 -0400 MT. WASHINGTON'S WOODRUFF STREET & WABASH TUNNEL CLOSED DUE TO DOWN TREES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1577 <p><strong>(Pittsburgh) July 19, 2012&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp; Woodruff Street, from Virginia Avenue to Rt. 51, and the Wabash Tunnel are currently closed while Department of Public Works crews address down trees. Residents are asked to consider alternate routes.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:50:50 -0400 CITY PARTNERS WITH PENN STATE TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE STORM WATER MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1575 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 20, 2012</strong> &nbsp; The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 95 building along with homes on Saline and Alexis Streets in the City&rsquo;s Greenfield neighborhood&rsquo;s Four Mile Run area will have lessened street and basement flooding thanks to a collaborative partnership with the City, Penn State Center, Local 95 and community members.&nbsp; Leaders today gathered to officially cut the ribbon on a storm water mitigation project that may serve as an example for other flood prone areas.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Residents in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Four Mile Run neighborhood will see reduced flooding from heavy rains thanks to this innovative green infrastructure project that we hope will serve as a model for other flood prone areas,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I want to thank Local 95, the Penn State Center, TreeVitalize &ndash; and of course, our hard working Public Works crews for their collaboration and efforts to make this project a reality.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The mitigation project uses specially designed curbs and planting strips to collect and channel storm runoff. The sidewalks are made of pervious concrete, which allows rainwater to run into the gravel and earth below instead of into the street. The design is intended to prevent large amounts of water from overwhelming nearby streams and storm water systems.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The collaborative project is the fruit of relationships the Penn State Center has built over the years with City residents, community groups, government and local corporations,&rdquo; said Penn State Center director Dr. Deno De Ciantis said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Our interest is to promote research-based best management practices to accomplish specific goals identified by our local communities.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Community volunteers and members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 95 planted 12 sweet bay magnolia and serviceberry trees provided by TreeVitalize, and Penn State students and Penn State Center staff planted perennials, grasses and shrubs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This is truly an innovative and impressive project that not only solves a long-standing problem, but has great potential for broader use,&rdquo; said City Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an excellent example of what government can achieve by working with community stakeholders to achieve a common goal.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The concrete was donated by Bryan Materials Group, which also donated training for City construction workers. The City&rsquo;s Department of Public Works donated the construction labor. TreeVitalize awarded 12 trees for the project and Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor donated neighborhood needs funding for the shrubs, perennials and grass.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information on The Penn State Center, visit <a href="http://pittsburgh.center.psu.edu/">pittsburgh.center.psu.edu</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh is a collaboration of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, Cooperative Extension, and Outreach, connecting local needs to the knowledge resources throughout the Penn State system.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:27:26 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES 22 NEW 'LOVE YOUR BLOCK' GRANT RECIPIENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1572 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 19, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the 22 recipients who will receive funding through the third round of his servePGH initiative&#39;s &ldquo;Love Your Block&rdquo; (LYB) grant program.&nbsp; The block revitalization program provides an opportunity for local volunteers and residents to partner with the City to transform blighted lots into community assets. This past spring, Mayor Ravenstahl announced that organizations will now be awarded $1,000 - up from $500 -&nbsp; to purchase supplies and equipment to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers, thanks to the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation.&nbsp; In addition, a special $2,000 prize will be given to the organization that best transforms their block.&nbsp; Organizations also receive support from City services.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&ldquo;With twice as many organizations receiving more support than ever to carry out their innovative neighborhood revitalization plans, more residents will be a part of the growing movement of impact volunteerism,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;Since the launch of this program, citizens have helped to spruce up 100 city blocks, collected nearly 10,000 pounds of litter and created 30 new community gardens.&quot;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The program is one of seven service initiatives that are a part of the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH plan, which coordinates volunteers to help address the Pittsburgh&rsquo;s greatest challenges. In choosing the recipients, the City gave special consideration to projects that demonstrate a creative solution to an identified community issue, impact an outdoor community space utilized by and/or honoring veterans, and leverage local and/or veteran volunteers. City departments will meet with the awardees and deploy City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal, as feasible.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Home Depot Foundation generously donated $130,000 to the initiative, enabling the City to increase the number of LYB revitalization projects from 20 to 50 per year.&nbsp; Project implementation will take place from August through October, and applications for the next round of grants will be available this winter.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&ldquo;With The Home Depot Foundation&rsquo;s support for Love Your Block, Pittsburgh residents have implemented creative solutions to neighborhood eyesores in every corner of the city,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;We are extremely grateful to the Home Depot Foundation for their investment in this program and their national commitment to supporting vibrant and sustainable communities.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">For more information, visit </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">PittsburghPA.gov/servepgh</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">, email </span><a href="http://servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">or call 412-255-2280.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>GRANT RECIPIENTS</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>1. 900 Block of Liberty Coalition</strong><br /> The Coalition will conduct a Dare to Care superhero certification class for kids and make banners of superheroes to display outside the Toonseum to promote diversity and civic engagement.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>2. American Legion</strong><br /> Participants will plant red, white, and blue flowers on a vacant lot honoring veterans.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>3. Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation</strong><br /> The Corporation and volunteers will beautify around a veterans memorial.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>4. Brashear 9th Grade Promise Readiness Corps</strong><br /> The Corps and volunteers will revitalize and beautify a neighborhood playground.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>5. Clean Green Hill</strong><br /> Participants will revitalize 6 vacant lots around the 2400 Block of Wylie Ave. by planting gardens.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>6. Community Alliance of Spring Garden</strong><br /> Volunteers will plant around and paint the adjacent wall of a vacant building.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>7. Deutschtown Merchants Association</strong><br /> Neighborhood volunteers will beautify a pedestrian walkway and spruce up the local business district.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>8. Fineview Citizens Council</strong><br /> Participants will revive community gardens and beautify vacant properties and City steps.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>9. Hillcrest Seventh-Day Adventist Church</strong><br /> The Church and volunteers will clean up City steps frequented by community members and beautify an adjacent vacant lot.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>10. Larimer Green Team</strong><br /> The Green Team will lead the creation of a community garden.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>11. Lawrenceville United</strong><br /> Participants will plant flowers in window boxes on a series of adjacent homes.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>12. Mount Washington CDC</strong><br /> Volunteers will clean and beautify the trail head at Emerald View Park.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>13. Mt. Washington VFW</strong><br /> The VFW will lead a beautification project around a veterans memorial.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>14. Mulford St. Corridor Block Association</strong><br /> Volunteers will remove debris and plant flowers on a vacant lot.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>15. Neighborhood Inter-Generational Beautification Crew</strong><br /> The Crew will engage cross-generational volunteers in installing a garden on a vacant lot.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>16. Northside Common Ministries</strong><br /> The Ministries will engage youth in painting banners and garden boxes to promote healthy eating and recycling, as well as clearing weeds and planting flowers around telephone poles and abandoned homes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>17. Oakland Planning &amp; Development Corporation</strong><br /> Volunteers will beautify a vacant lot.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>18. Shambhala Meditation Center of Pittsburgh</strong><br /> The organization will create a public meditative garden.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>19. Slavonic Political Citizens Club</strong><br /> Participants will beautify around a veterans memorial, including repainting memorial canons and beautifying a nearby tot lot.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>20. The Open Door</strong><br /> Volunteers will install benches and planters at a corner and bus stop frequented by neighborhood youth.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>21. West End Alliance</strong><br /> Participants will be beautifying a vacant lot in the Westwood neighborhood.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>22. West Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development</strong><br /> Volunteers will restore a veterans war memorial to its original form by placing a wrought iron fence around it.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and to answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize city blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges and more.&nbsp; Over 1,800 volunteers have committed nearly 12,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh.&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:32:30 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD FOR CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CLASS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1571 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>(PITTSBURGH, PA) July 19, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a free 10-week course designed to educate residents about local government in the City of Pittsburgh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&quot;This unique program provides residents the opportunity to learn how their local government operates to improve their communities,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;To date, 95 residents have successfully graduated from CLA, each with a renewed commitment to becoming more informed, effective community and municipal leaders.&quot;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Beginning September 12, and ending November 14, up to 25 participants will attend 10 weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to learn how different City departments work to ensure a safer, more livable City.&nbsp; Session topics include city organization and vision; budgeting processes; city planning and economic development; public works and parks services; the protection of water and rivers; public safety efforts, and more. City directors will develop their sessions to include tours, hands-on demonstrations and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the City. At the conclusion of the course, the Mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To date, five classes totaling 95 residents have graduated from the Civic Leadership Academy. The Youth Civic Leadership Academy for high school aged youth is currently underway. One hundred percent of graduates have a better understanding of the services that the City provides and how they can access them.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Darlene Yanakos, a graduate from the Fall 2011 session expressed that, &ldquo;The departments who opened their doors to the academy were candid about their successes and failures, giving me a real sense of how the City truly operates for the betterment of its residents.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">At the end of each class, graduates undertake a service project based on what they have learned. Past projects by CLA graduates have included planting native plants at the Larimer Community Garden, launching a recycling awareness campaign at community festivals across the City, revitalizing a parklet in East Carnegie, supporting the Urban Redevelopment Authority&rsquo;s efforts to improve neighborhood business districts, and beautifying Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years old and live within Pittsburgh City limits and/or be a business owner who operates within Pittsburgh City limits. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 13. For more information and to apply for the Civic Leadership Academy, visit </span><a href="http://cla.pittsburghpa.gov">cla.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Civic Leadership Academy is supported, in part, by Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.&nbsp; It is one of seven signature initiatives within Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH initiative</a>.</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>ABOUTSERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more.&nbsp; Over 2,000 volunteers have committed nearly 12,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong><br /> The Civic Leadership Academy is supported 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 over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:20:44 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH THURSDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1569 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">(PITTSBURGH) July 18, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, July 19th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday,&nbsp; July 18th, and Thursday, July 19th.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:31:15 -0400 MAYOR, STAKEHOLDERS BREAK GROUND ON REHAB OF FORMER VACANT LAWRENCEVILLE SITE INTO NEW QUALITY HOUSING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1568 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 17, 2012&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by development partners and community stakeholders, continued Lawrenceville&rsquo;s transformation by breaking ground on 34 new, high-quality housing units. The $5.6 million development, named Locomotive Lofts, will rehabilitate a once-vacant industrial site in Lawrenceville into a LEED certified apartment building.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This housing project will continue Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance by creating new addresses in Lawrenceville,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s also exciting about this project is that this former industrial site has not generated taxes in more than 10 years.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Locomotive Development, a partnership of a.m. Rodriguez Assoc. and Green Development, Inc., will redevelop a former industrial site located at 4840 Harrison Street in Lawrenceville. The $5.6 million project will double the size of the existing four-story building - blending the old structure with modern new construction - as well as provide 42 parking spaces. The new development, which received a $900,000 URA loan, is expected to generate $142,000 in annual local tax revenue.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Under Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s leadership, Lawrenceville has grown to be a vibrant neighborhood with numerous amenities that are located close to downtown and other key employment areas.&rdquo; said Victor Rodriquez, senior vice president, a.m. Rodriguez Associates.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited to embark on what is sure to be a very successful development..&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This newest development builds off the Lawrenceville community&rsquo;s recent transformation into one of Pittsburgh&#39;s trendiest neighborhoods. Under Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s leadership, the URA has invested $4.1 million in 45 Lawrenceville projects, resulting in $50 million in development since 2006.<br /> <br /> LEED certification will be met by using highly efficient HVAC, windows and solar power to help reduce energy use.&nbsp; Units will start at $1,045 for a one-bedroom and $1,590 for a two-bedroom. Construction is expected to be completed by March of 2013. Information on apartment rentals is available at www.cmshousing.com or by calling 412-621-1131.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:36:52 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH WEDNESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1567 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">(PITTSBURGH) July 17, 2012</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, July 18th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on&nbsp;Tuesday,&nbsp; July 17th, and Wednesday, July 18th.</span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:46:36 -0400 CITY LAUNCHES FACEBOOK CONTEST AHEAD OF 'THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' PREMIERE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1562 <h3 style="text-align: center;"><em><em>City looks for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Biggest Batman Fan; Winner to receive two advanced screening tickets this Wednesday</em></em><br /> <em>Fans must visit the City&rsquo;s Facebook page for details</em></h3> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 16, 2012</strong>&nbsp; In celebration of the release of the largest feature film to be filmed in Pittsburgh, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today launched a Facebook contest urging fans to send the City a video (one minute or less), or message (100 words or less), explaining why they are the biggest Batman fan.&nbsp; The winner will receive two free passes from The Pittsburgh Film Office&nbsp; for an advanced screening of Christopher Nolan&rsquo;s &lsquo;The Dark Knight Rises&rsquo; at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at the Loews Waterfront. The winner will also be invited to the Mayor&rsquo;s Proclamation Thursday filming in order to accept the City&rsquo;s official proclamation declaring it &lsquo;Dark Knight Rises&rsquo; Day in the City of Pittsburgh.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This week, we&rsquo;re celebrating the release of one of the world&rsquo;s most highly anticipated movies filmed right here in &lsquo;America&rsquo;s Most Livable City,&rsquo;&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;What this film has already done for Pittsburgh&rsquo;s stature is nothing compared to what it will do when it premieres this week and sets box office records. Pittsburgh is the &lsquo;Hollywood of the East&rsquo; and this translates into increased pride amongst residents and more economic opportunity for local small businesses and union crews.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <u><strong>CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS AND RULES</strong></u><br /> Fans must visit <b id="internal-source-marker_0.8551239827647805" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; font-weight: normal;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/#%21/city.of.pittsburgh"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Calibri; background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Facebook.com/City.of.Pittsburgh</span></a></b>&nbsp; by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. They can utilize the page&rsquo;s &ldquo;message&rdquo; option to submit a link to their video (one minute or less), or to write why they&rsquo;re the biggest Batman fan (100 words or less). Fans are also able to email their video or messages to DarkKnightRisesPittsburgh@gmail.com<br /> <br /> The top five submissions will be posted on the City&rsquo;s Facebook page at <strong>2 p.m.</strong> that day. The entry with the most likes by <strong>4 p.m. </strong>will be declared Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Biggest Batman Fan and awarded the tickets and an invitation to the Mayor&rsquo;s Proclamation Ceremony.<br /> <br /> Contest entrants must be City of Pittsburgh residents and 13 year of age or older. If the entrant is under 18 years old, he or she must agree to be accompanied by an adult if he or she is the winner.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>ABOUT PROCLAMATION THURSDAY</strong></u><br /> On Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m., the winner will be presented with the City&rsquo;s official proclamation declaring it &lsquo;Dark Knight Rises Week&rsquo; in the City of Pittsburgh. The ceremony will be aired live on the City&rsquo;s Cable Channel that day. The ceremony will be taped at Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo; Office, located at Floor 5, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 11:52:21 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH TUESDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1560 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) July 16, 2012</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify; ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers will be open until 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, July 17th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on&nbsp;Monday,&nbsp; July 16th, and Tuesday, July 17th.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:49:54 -0400 CITY ACTIVATES FOUR COOLING CENTERS TOMORROW http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1550 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(PITTSBURGH July 11, 2012)</strong><span style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. tomorrow,&nbsp; July 12th, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, July 12, 2012.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:59:20 -0400 MAYOR, PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR, POLICE CHIEF REMIND RESIDENTS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THEIR SAFETY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1547 <p><img src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/Crime_Stats_Graphs.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/Crime_Stats_Graphs.pdf">Crime Stats Graphs</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)&nbsp;&nbsp; July 11, 2012 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</strong>Standing in front of the new IGA grocery store in the Beechview business district, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and City safety officials today recognized the City&rsquo;s successful efforts to reduce crime and encouraged more residents to partner with officers to help watch their blocks, as the state&rsquo;s and city&rsquo;s &nbsp;burglary rates have recently spiked.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;Our three-pronged approach to public safety has resulted in historic crime lows, and crime rate reductions far below the national average,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;While we are proud that our strategy works, we are ever more vigilant in our efforts to keep crime low. We recognize that the more active our residents are, the safer we will be.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Mayor&rsquo;s crime reduction strategy consists of investing in technology, equipment and training to improve officers&rsquo; ability to crack down on crime, creating and promoting more community-oriented policing tools and focused neighborhood economic development and blight reduction.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Mayor&rsquo;s Neighborhood Camera System is deployed throughout the City, and cameras were recently installed in the Beechview business district. &nbsp;Other safety investments include in-car computers and printers, allowing officers to enter and print reports and tickets from inside the vehicle, improving their efficiency and safety. Millions of dollars have been invested to modernize and improve the police bureau, with $3 million invested this year to buy new patrol cars and safety equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;While overall crime has decreased by 25 percent since 2006, safety agencies throughout the state are seeing an increase in burglaries and Pittsburgh is no exception,&rdquo; said Public Safety Director Michael Huss. &ldquo;Our police do a great job and have made several arrests in serial burglary cases, but we need more block watches and informed residents to familiarize themselves on how to prevent burglaries and help us protect their blocks and property.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The neighborhood&rsquo;s grocery store, IGA, opened last September. Owner Ron Levick remarked on the neighborhood&rsquo;s safety and transformation.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely appreciative of the Mayor&rsquo;s efforts to improve this business district and I&rsquo;m happy to report that our Market on Broadway IGA is doing great. We&rsquo;re pleased with the overwhelming community support that we&rsquo;ve received.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> To help foster stronger relations between officers and community members, the City created the </span><a href="http://communitysafety.pittsburghpa.gov/">Community Safety website</a><span style="color:#000000;">, a tool that gives real-time information about crime alerts and allows residents to share information with police easily and anonymously. Last month, the Mayor launched the </span><u><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/bwib/register">Block Watch in a Box</a></u><span style="color:#000000;"> toolkit, which provides information and resources to help create effective and sustainable safety watch programs or re-energize ones that already exist.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;We know that where there are more active block watches, there is less crime,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Our Block Watch in a Box toolkit makes it easy for residents to set up a safety watch in their neighborhood and connects them with all of the resources they need to be successful.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;The burglaries we are experiencing are not segregated to a few neighborhoods, they are both random and planned acts,&rdquo; said Police Chief Nate Harper. &ldquo;We know that communities who work closely with their crime prevention officers achieve success in combating crime, and we believe that the presence of more block watches will reduce crime.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">In the Carrick neighborhood, residents experienced a spate of increased crime and worked together and with their crime prevention officer to implement neighborhood block watches. In the first five months of this year, reports of robberies, aggravated assaults and burglaries all decreased by 6 percent, 35 percent and 17 percent respectively as compared to the first five months of 2011. Reports of weapons violations decreased by 38 percent. This led to the Mayor&rsquo;s plan to encourage more citizens to adopt their blocks.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;By looking out for each other and building stronger relationships with police, neighbors in Carrick are feeling safer knowing their streets are more secure as a result of their vigilance,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;The third part of our strategy involves ensuring that Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance &ndash; marked by job growth, economic development and neighborhood renewal &ndash; is reaching places in the east, north, west and south. Here in Beechview, we installed brighter LED lights in the business district and, through the URA, helped to bring back the neighborhood grocery store and invest in more small businesses, like the popular Crested Duck Charterie. These investments foster an environment that is conducive to renewal and safety.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">To receive a Block Watch in a Box or learn more, visit </span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety">pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety</a><span style="color:#000000;">. Also, police have posted tips to prevent burglaries on the public safety website. Key tips include: making your home look occupied when you are not home and locking outside doors and windows; keeping outdoor items such as grills or lawn mowers out of sight; using a secure lock on your shed; and investing in exterior lighting.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:50:20 -0400 MAYOR INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MAKE WAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1545 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 10, 2012&nbsp; </strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today introduced legislation that allows the City of Pittsburgh to potentially receive a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the construction of public infrastructure at the $120 million Bakery Square 2.0 development, located at the former Reizenstein School site. The legislation will allow the Department of Public Works (DPW) to sign on as a co-applicant with the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), and allow the URA to act as the City&rsquo;s agent for administration throughout the funding process.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;This grant allows us to continue the economic momentum and transformation of East Liberty, building on the success of Bakery Square, Target and the coming transit center,&rdquo;&nbsp; Ravenstahl said, &ldquo;Bakery Square 2.0 will create thousands of new jobs, millions in tax revenues and bring new residents to the City.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The EDA grant will be matched by funds provided by Walnut Capital and the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund.&nbsp; The URA will work with DPW to construct the streets and associated public infrastructure, such as street lighting, curbing and storm, sanitary and water facilities, which will ultimately be dedicated to the City.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Thanks to the success and expansion of Google, technology jobs are coming in faster than space is available,&rdquo; said Todd Reidbord, president, Walnut Capital. &ldquo;This grant will allow for the expansion of Bakery Square, providing the much needed office space for growing tenants like UPMC, the Veterans Administration and the University of Pittsburgh.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>ABOUT BAKERY SQUARE 2.0</strong><br /> Bakery Square 2.0 will be a $120 million mixed-use development (400,000 square feet of new office/lab space and adjacent high-quality residency options) on the site of the former Reizenstein School. The development will create an estimated 2,400 jobs and generate approximately $7 million in annual tax revenues. Companies looking for space in the near future will also be accommodated, since the Oakland/University/Medical Center office market has the lowest vacancy rates in the region and the most exponential growth rate.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:36:14 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW DOWNTOWN PROJECT TO RECEIVE INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING BOOST http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1537 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 6, 2012&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that another big Downtown project is on its way to hitting the skyline, thanks to a $500,000 grant that will help&nbsp; spur infrastructure improvements, making way for the $80 million Gardens at Market Square project. &nbsp;The City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) successfully applied for and was awarded $500,000 in gaming fund revenues by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The development, located at the Fifth Street entrance into Market Square, will transform dilapidated buildings into a new 18-story, mixed-use, LEED-certified building that will continue to revitalize the Fifth/Forbes Street corridor.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are thrilled that the CFA has awarded these funds for the Gardens at Market Square, a project that will create over 1,000 new jobs, revitalize a key entry point into the ever popular Market Square and continue Downtown&rsquo;s transformation into a 24/7 destination spot,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.<br /> <br /> The awarded funds will be used for infrastructure improvements and engineering and architecture services. The $80 million project, developed by Millcraft Industries, is expected to create 230 construction and 790 permanent jobs, generate $2.1 million in one-time tax revenue and provide $4.3 million annually in local and state tax revenues once completed. The development will consist of office and retail space, a new hotel and a nine-story parking garage.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;One of the reasons our family chose to invest in Pittsburgh is that the public and private sectors work together to make projects happen,&rdquo; said Lucas Piatt, Chief Operating Officer of Millcraft Industries. &ldquo;I want to thank the CFA for recognizing this project&rsquo;s economic impact. We&rsquo;ve invested millions into this market and we plan to keep investing because Pittsburgh hasn&rsquo;t just arrived, it&rsquo;s going to get even better in the years ahead. We are thrilled to complete our third Downtown project during what we believe is one of the most opportune times in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s history.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> CFA awarded a total of $2.5 million to five projects in Allegheny County from the Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund Program (GEDTF), which was established to fund community and economic development projects in Allegheny County through revenues from Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Rivers Casino. The GEDTF program provides grants for single-year and multi-year projects that promote community and economic development in Allegheny County, including: economic and infrastructure development, job training, community improvement, public safety, public interest and costs to administer GEDTF funds.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:55:33 -0400 UPDATE: CITY EXTENDS COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH SUNDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1535 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) July 6, 2012</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify; ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Four City Senior Centers, activated June 28, will remain open until 7 p.m. this weekend to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach over 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Centers will be open for Cooling Islands today, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:04:24 -0400 MAYOR REMINDS RESIDENTS THERE'S MUCH TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEK http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1534 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 3, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today reminded residents of the many fun-filled and family friendly events taking place in the City of Pittsburgh this Independence Day holiday week. Whether you&rsquo;re looking to lounge poolside, enjoy a free movie at your local park or take in a breathtaking fireworks display &ndash; there is something for everyone.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re staying in Pittsburgh this week, it&rsquo;s the perfect time to enjoy our City&rsquo;s amazing and free recreational amenities, as you celebrate the holiday with family and friends,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy Independence Day and thank all of our veterans and active-duty men and women in our armed forces for their dedication and sacrifice.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Families can beat the summer heat at any of the City&rsquo;s 17 low-cost</span> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm">swimming pools</a><span style="color:#000000;">, or splash around at the free</span><span style="color:#000000;"> </span><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/spray_parks.htm">spray parks</a><span style="color:#000000;"> located in Beechview and Troy Hill. Kids are also encouraged to play with friends at any of the City&rsquo;s 130 playgrounds. Added to the list this year are the new Buhl Community Park and the Allegheny Commons playground, which was built in just one day thanks to hundreds of community volunteers and mayors from across the Commonwealth!<br /> <br /> This Fourth of July, residents are invited to attend the much-anticipated</span> <a href="http://www.threeriversregatta.net/">35th Annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta</a>, <span style="color:#000000;">which allows attendees to enjoy the City&rsquo;s most beautiful natural assets - its riverfronts. From concerts to boat shows, the Regatta offers unique activities for the whole family. Topping off the festivities is the &ldquo;Flashes of Freedom&rdquo; Fireworks Fantasia &ndash; a breathtaking, one-of-a-kind fireworks display that you can only find in Pittsburgh.<br /> <br /> Interested in enjoying July 4th while supporting our City&rsquo;s neighborhoods? Citiparks will be hosting an Independence Day celebration at the Elliot Community Festival from 2 to 11 p.m. at the West End/Elliot Overlook &ndash; the perfect location to enjoy the fireworks display. Stop by and enjoy good food, good entertainment and good people. For a full list of 2012 Community Festivals</span>, <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/community_festivals.htm">click here</a>.<br /> <br /> <span style="color:#000000;"><strong><u>Other Citiparks events this week include:</u></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Thursday, July 5</strong><br /> Dusk</span><br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm"><strong>Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park</strong></a><br /> <span style="color:#000000;">Brookline Memorial Park<br /> &quot;Hugo&quot; (PG)<br /> <br /> <strong>Friday, July 6</strong><br /> 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.</span><br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/roving_art_cart.htm"><strong>Roving Art Cart</strong></a><br /> <span style="color:#000000;">Creative experience for youth 5-12 years old<br /> Schenley Oval, Schenley Park<br /> <br /> <strong>Saturday, July 7</strong><br /> 7 to 8:30 p.m.</span><br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/stars_riverview_jazz_series.htm"><strong>Stars at Riverview Jazz Series</strong></a><br /> <span style="color:#000000;">Observatory Hill, Riverview Park<br /> Performer: Jevon Rushton<br /> <br /> <strong>Sunday, July 8</strong><br /> 1 to 9 p.m.</span><br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/mini-golf.htm"><strong>Mini-Golf at Schenley Park</strong></a><br /> <span style="color:#000000;">18 holes of fun for all ages<br /> Schenley Park Skating Rink</span></p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:45:34 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES BROOKLINE'S MOORE POOL TO OPEN TODAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1529 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) July 2, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Ravenstahl today announced that Moore Pool, located at 1801 Pioneer Avenue in Brookline, will open today at 1 p.m. The pool has been temporarily closed for repairs since Citiparks opened its outdoor swimming pools on June 14.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Seventeen Citiparks pools are now in operation:&nbsp; <strong>Ammon </strong>(Hill District), <strong>Banksville, Bloomfield, Highland Park, Homewood, Jack Stack</strong> (Brighton Heights), <strong>Magee </strong>(Greenfield), <strong>McBride </strong>(Lincoln Place), <strong>Moore </strong>(Brookline), <strong>Ormsby </strong>(South Side), <strong>Phillips </strong>(Carrick), <strong>Ream </strong>(Mt. Washington), <strong>Schenley Park, Sue Murray</strong> (North Side), <strong>Sheraden, West Penn</strong>, (Polish Hill) and <strong>Westwood</strong>.<br /> <br /> Riverview Park Pool remains temporarily closed for repairs.<br /> <br /> Hours of operation for outdoor pools are:</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Saturday, Sunday and Holidays (including July 4), 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left; "><span style="color:#000000;">For more Citiparks pool information, call 412-323-7928 or visit</span> <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks">pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Find addresses to all Citiparks pools</span> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming_pools_outdoor_list.htm">here</a>.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 11:56:33 -0400 NO REFUSE PICK-UP ON INDEPENDENCE DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1525 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 29, 2012</strong> &nbsp; The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Public Works announced today that there will be no bulk waste or recycling collection on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in observance of Independence Day.</span><br style="text-align: justify; " /> <br style="text-align: justify; " /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">Residents whose pickup falls on Wednesday&nbsp;</span><strong style="text-align: justify; ">will be serviced on Thursday</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">,</span><strong style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;July 5th.</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp; This will continue through the end of the week with Friday&rsquo;s normally scheduled collection being picked up on Saturday, July 7th.</span><br style="text-align: justify; " /> <br style="text-align: justify; " /> <span style="text-align: justify; ">For more information concerning collection schedules, visit the City of Pittsburgh website at&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/" style="text-align: justify; ">PittsburghPA.gov/DPW</a><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;or contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.</span></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:12:13 -0400 CITY ACTIVATES FOUR COOLING CENTERS TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1523 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">(PITTSBURGH June 28, 2012)</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&nbsp; Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. today through Sunday to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, June 28-29, and Saturday and Sunday, June 30-July 1, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Market House Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 12th &amp; Bingham Streets<br /> 412-488-8404 &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:28:14 -0400 MAYOR, SENIORS CELEBRATE REOPENING OF HISTORIC SOUTH SIDE MARKET HOUSE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1512 <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 25, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today cut the ribbon to reopen the first floor of the South Side Market House, marking the completion of the first of three historic renovation phases that will bring the building to complete usability. The project, originally slated for almost $1 million in repairs, cost under $250,000 thanks to in-house work provided by the City&rsquo;s Public Works department. Phase 2, already underway, will include a remodeled gym and ADA accessible showers. The market house building, closed in 2011 due to structural deficiencies, is one of the last two remaining 19th-century market houses in Pittsburgh.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to reopen this historic structure and turn it back to the community,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This center is important and valuable to South Side residents, and its renovation enabled us to restore quality of life programming to seniors while preserving rich Pittsburgh history. The Public Works tradesman really embraced this project and made an old facility look new. By doing the work in-house, we saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">The first phase of renovation makes available the building&rsquo;s first floor and includes a new office and meeting room, upgraded paint and doors, flat screen TVs, easier access and new signage. The Market House is one of the largest of the City&rsquo;s 15 healthy active living centers and also serves as a recreation facility. The center is open and available to seniors Monday through Friday, is utilized by organizations for various programs including youth dance programs and sporting leagues, and is used once a month by the Food Bank. It also serves as a satellite site for programs based in the recreation facility on 22nd street.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">The market house, built in 1915, served as the food store and meeting place for immigrants who settled in the South Side. In the 1940s, it became a recreation and community center and was remodeled again in 1978 as the &ldquo;new&rdquo; South Side Market House, offering programs for seniors and pre-schoolers, athletic events and community get-togethers. The center closed in 2011, as interior renovations needed to be made to preserve the center&rsquo;s safety and history. Programs were relocated to the Brashear Association on Sarah Street.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">&ldquo;The South Side Market House is a valuable asset for the City of Pittsburgh and when it was closed, residents really felt it,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Although programs continued at the Brashear center, we were anxious to get back to the Market House. Despite being almost 100 years old, after this renovation, this facility is going to be outstanding.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">When the building&rsquo;s structural repairs were evaluated and estimated by private contractors last year, repairs for the lobby floor alone were estimated at over $700,000, bringing the project&rsquo;s bill to almost $1 million. Review from in-house engineers, architects and tradesman showed that the repairs could be made for less, and Public Works crews were eager to get to work. The City&rsquo;s tradesmen made the necessary repairs, as well as additional renovations, and saved the City over approximately $500,000.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">The South Side Market House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located within a City Historic District, and was awarded a Historic Landmark plaque.</span></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:16:05 -0400 UPDATE: ADDITIONAL COOLING CENTERS TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH THURSDAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1503 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH June 19, 2012)</strong><span style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Four City Senior Centers will remain open until 7 p.m. today through Thursday to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Cooling Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Cooling Centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.&nbsp; today, June 19,&nbsp; through Thursday, June 21.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><u><strong>Locations:</strong></u><br /> <br /> <strong>Greenfield Senior Center</strong><br /> 745 Greenfield Avenue<br /> 412-422-6551 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Homewood Senior Center</strong><br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue<br /> 412-244-4190<br /> <br /> <strong>Mt. Washington Senior Center</strong><br /> 122 Virginia Avenue<br /> 412-488-8405 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sheridan Senior Center</strong><br /> 720 Sherwood Avenue<br /> 412-777-5012 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:09:10 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES $15 M GRANT FOR EAST LIBERTY TRANSIT CENTER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1500 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 19, 2012 </strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh has successfully applied for and received a $15 million grant from the U. S. Department of Transportation TIGER IV discretionary grant program. The grant will be matched&nbsp;by the City and State entities and will allow for $34 million dollars in public infrastructure investment, including a new, multi-modal transit center that will serve nearly 1,000 bus arrivals and departures in East Liberty. In addition, the grant will reconnect the busway with the current street grid, making for safer and quicker pedestrian and bike connections for transit riders. The new East Liberty Transit Center&nbsp; will replace the current East Liberty Busway Station and spur more transit-oriented development.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This&nbsp; project will connect more people with the $440 million of public and private investment occurring in this growing neighborhood and provide the multi-modal connections that are needed to keep pace with the transformation of East Liberty,&rdquo; Mayor Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;These transit improvements are exactly the sort of job-creating transportation infrastructure investments that President Obama talked about in his State of the Union address and this TIGER IV award will help create the centerpiece of the 10 &frac12; acre privately-funded EastSide III redevelopment, bringing more jobs and residents to the area.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This project is part of a larger strategy to better connect the transit area with the neighborhood&rsquo;s recent growth, which includes over $440 million in new development either completed or underway. In addition, these improvements will enable a large, privately-funded transit oriented development&nbsp; called EastSide III. The new Transit Center will be at the heart of the proposed East liberty Transit Revitalization District (TRID).<br /> <br /> &quot;This grant is an investment in Pittsburgh and will mean more jobs and economic development in the region,&quot; U.S. Senator Bob Casey said. &quot;This project will create jobs in the short term and over the long run help solidify Pittsburgh as a destination for major employers.&quot;<br /> <br /> &quot;I&#39;m very pleased that the Department of Transportation recognized the value and importance of replacing the current East Liberty Transit Center,&quot; Congressman Mike Doyle said today.&nbsp; &quot;Improving the transportation network in East Liberty is an essential component of the plan to revitalize this part of Pittsburgh.&nbsp; I was glad to be able to provide support for the City&#39;s grant application.&quot;<br /> <br /> Public and private controlled land and infrastructure will be combined to provide for the relocation of critical transit and access ways to optimize safety, functionality and quality. A partnership between the City of Pittsburgh, Port Authority and the Mosites Company was formed in order to address the land use issues for this project.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This game-changing investment marks another &lsquo;win&rsquo; for the strong partnership that has been in place since we started Eastside,&rdquo; said Steve Mosites, President, The Mosites Company. &ldquo;From Mayor Ravenstahl, to the URA, to community stakeholders &ndash; all have been brought to the table to help achieve our joint goal of growing Pittsburgh&rsquo;s East End.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Barriers to access for transit riders, pedestrians and bicyclists will be eliminated by overcoming the physical barrier of the Norfolk Southern Railroad and Busway through the creation of strategic infrastructure. For decades the railroad/busway has served as a physical, social and market barrier between wealth and poverty.&nbsp; Elevated ground planes and strategic open-air bridge placement will re-connect both communities at grade as well as create a pedestrian and bicycle link to the Transit Center.<br /> <br /> &quot;The reconstruction and reconfiguration the busway, public rights of ways, and pedestrian walkways coupled with the exciting new commercial developments in East Liberty are adding even more potential to a booming neighborhood,&quot; State Senator and URA Board Treasurer Jim Ferlo said. &quot; The success of the TIGER grant application is going to further fuel the renaissance of our City&#39;s communities.&quot;<br /> <br /> &quot;East Liberty has emerged as a hub -- not only as a retail destination but also as a jobs engine for the 21st century.&nbsp; The area serves the growing tech industry that is bringing new, talented young people that utilize the city&#39;s internationally-known educational institutions like the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.&rdquo; Senator Jay Costa said. &ldquo;The transit investment announced will help create a critical transportation hub that will connect people with jobs for years to come.&quot;<br /> <br /> The new infrastructure will be integrated with the bike and pedestrian spine of Penn Avenue. Currently, limited parking and cart way width leave an automobile biased environment that discourages the use of public transit between the City&rsquo;s major job centers. By integrating a bicycle garage and service facilities into the transit center we can increase public transit ridership by commuters, business district patrons and recreational users of the Bike Path system.<br /> <br /> &quot;We are excited about being awarded the TIGER IV grant,&rdquo; Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess said. &ldquo;This grant will expand on the exciting new developments occurring in East Liberty. We hope this momentum will carry over to the neighborhoods of Larimer, North Point Breeze and Homewood; positioning them for new development activities.&quot;<br /> <br /> Maelene Myers, Executive Director of East Liberty Development Inc. added, &quot;The TIGER IV grant award from the federal government is an exciting turning point for East Liberty. The long-term and strategic commitment of the city, Mayor Ravenstahl, as well as Senator Casey, Congressman Doyle and private developers like the Mosites Company is transforming East Liberty and the East End. Integrating the future of transit into the heart of our district will only accelerate and strengthen the change that is underway.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The City already has preliminary environmental and historic review approvals on the transit center. Project meetings will begin immediately in order to begin development as soon as possible. Public meetings will also occur.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:15:35 -0400 MAYOR, DUTCH EXPERTS HOST WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE CITY'S BIKE TRANSPORTATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1498 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 19, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that Dutch mobility experts from the Netherlands will meet with City officials next week during the ThinkBike workshops at Carnegie Mellon University on June 21 and 22. The workshops, organized by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl&rsquo;s Office in partnership with the Royal Netherlands Embassy, will bring together Dutch bicycle transportation experts, Pittsburgh transportation planners, engineers, advocates and cyclists to plan and discuss how Oakland&rsquo;s Fifth Avenue corridor can become more bicycle-friendly. Teams of experts will survey the corridor and provide constructive recommendations.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;As our bicycle community grows, we want to make sure that both cyclists and drivers are safe and encourage even more people to bike,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Oakland is both a destination and a pass-through for daily commuters and recreational cyclists. ThinkBike will help us identify infrastructure needs to increase safety, and generate other ideas to improve the City&rsquo;s bicycle friendliness.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">During the two-day ThinkBike workshops, two teams of experts will survey the Fifth/Forbes corridor and discuss and recommend solutions on how to make the bustling corridor more bike friendly. Their outcome will be presented to the public, decision makers, cyclists and other interested parties at the closing session. <strong>The opening session, with opening remarks from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 in Room 1000 in Hamburg Hall at Carnegie Mellon University. The closing session and reception, also open to the public, will be held in the same location from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Mayor Ravenstahl and community leaders understand the benefits of cycling and have undertaken major efforts to make Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city. Currently, the City boasts 500 bike racks and 20 miles of bike lanes, with another 40 planned by the end of the year. Last month, the Mayor unveiled the City&rsquo;s first on-street bike corral at OTB Bicycle Caf&eacute; in the South Side and encouraged business owners to apply for a corral in their business district. Since 2007, Pittsburgh has been named a bronze-level, bike-friendly community and one of the top 30 most bike-friendly cities by <em>Bicycling Magazine</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;The ThinkBike workshop will generate ideas for better integration of the bicycle in urban transportation systems,&rdquo; said Scott Bricker, executive director of BikePGH. &ldquo;Pittsburgh is experiencing a significant increase in cycling. As the City&rsquo;s cycling infrastructure expands, additional pressure for a major facility in Oakland increases.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Thousands of students, staff and employees live in neighborhoods just a short bike ride away from the Fifth/Forbes corridor.&nbsp; Constructing a facility that offers a heightened level of safety and efficiency for cyclists could trigger a major transportation mode shift and improve Oakland&rsquo;s transportation environment.&nbsp; A major increase in cycling would not only greatly increase the traffic volume capacity, but it would improve corridor safety for all users.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;In the Netherlands, more than 60 percent of Dutch people prefer to ride a bike over driving a car or taking the train, and nearly 30 percent of all trips up to five miles in distance are made on bike,&rdquo; said Dutch Ambassador Ren&eacute;e Jones-Bos. &ldquo;Biking is second nature to the Dutch and we are pleased to partner with Pittsburgh to help make the city more bicycle-friendly,&rdquo; added the Ambassador.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>ABOUT THINKBIKE</strong><br /> Through a <a href="http://dc.the-netherlands.org/key-topics/energy--climate/sustainable-transportation">multi-city initiative</a>, Dutch experts and companies are increasing bicycle use in the U.S. and Canada. Toronto was the first Canadian city to host such an event, while Chicago was the first U.S. city to host a bike workshop, followed by Washington, D.C., Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information on ThinkBike, please visit: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/ThinkBike">http://www.facebook.com/ThinkBike</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dutchcycling.nl/" target="_blank">www.dutchcycling.nl</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Follow the ThinkBike discussion on Twitter with #ThinkBike.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:06:25 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE HOMEWOOD COOLING CENTER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1495 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify;">(PITTSBURGH June 18 2012)</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify;">&nbsp; &nbsp;The City&#39;s Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center will be open this Tuesday through Thursday to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center will extend its weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center will be open for a Cooling Island Tuesday, June 19, through Thursday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>Location:</strong><br /> Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue</span>&nbsp;(<a href="http://goo.gl/lQqMD">map</a>)<br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">412-244-4190</span></p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:49:57 -0400 PITTSBURGH TO HOST 113TH ANNUAL PENNSYLVANIA LEAGUE OF CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES CONVENTION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1493 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 18, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and PLCM President Richard P. Vilello, Jr., Mayor of Lock Haven today announced exciting plans for the 113th Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities (PLCM). The Convention will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, June 19 through Friday, June 22 at the Omni William Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh where more than 250 statewide municipal decision-makers and officials will share innovative ideas, discuss issues of mutual concern and attend educational and leadership development sessions centered around the convention&rsquo;s theme, &ldquo;Celebrating Community Renaissance.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am honored and excited to roll out the red carpet for our mayoral leaders and managers,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;While our City is experiencing a period of great excitement, Pittsburgh, like all other municipalities, faces challenges. We will discuss both how we have built key partnerships to ignite reform in our schools through the Pittsburgh Promise, to reclaim our riverfronts and to rebuild our downtown and communities - in addition to discussing our City&rsquo;s greatest hurdles, such as pension reform.<br /> <br /> Since 2006, Pittsburgh&rsquo;s downtown has seen a record $5 billion in new and planned investment. Ravenstahl is working to create economic development opportunities in more neighborhoods by expanding downtown&rsquo;s Golden Triangle and igniting citizen-service to impact neighborhood revitalization.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I truly believe that Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance is not just about brick and mortar development.&nbsp; This Renaissance is about the amazing people in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 90 neighborhoods who push themselves and others to revitalize their yard, their block or their street. It&rsquo;s about the young people who are advancing themselves and changing their course for the better, so that they can give back to their communities. It&rsquo;s about serving others and believing in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s amazing potential.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Convention delegates will kick off the annual convention tomorrow, June 19, at 8:30 a.m., by joining community volunteers to build a new KaBOOM! playground at Allegheny Commons Park, located in the City&rsquo;s Northside neighborhood - building off of the Mayor&rsquo;s successful <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">servePGH</a> initiative. Coordinated by PLCM, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and KaBOOM!, the playground has been made possible thanks to the generous donations of many organizations. Nearby elementary school students helped to create the park&rsquo;s design and will also join delegates and community members during the build.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am looking forward to our convention in Pittsburgh. It is going to be a celebration of Pittsburgh&#39;s Third Renaissance and a coming together of leaders from both large and small Pennsylvania municipalities to work toward all of our own renaissances. From Edinboro to Philadelphia, from Scranton to York, we will be working not just on our survival but on our revival,&rdquo; said PLCM president Richard P. Vilello, Jr., Mayor of Lock Haven. &ldquo;Our Coalition for Sustainable Communities will be there and our chamber partners will be hand-in-hand with us working on Act 47, Act 111 and Pension reform. And for fun, PLCM will be leaving its mark on Pittsburgh with KaBOOM!, by building a playground!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>KEY SPEAKING EVENTS AND SESSIONS<br /> <br /> Thursday, June 21</strong><br /> Scott C. Paine, Ph.D., University of Tampa, Department of Communication Chair, Associate Professor, Communication/Government and World Affairs, will present &ldquo;Public Leadership in a Climate of Political Distrust:&nbsp; How to Lead Ethically;&rdquo; Dennis Yablonsky, former DCED Secretary and current CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, will participate as a panelist on our Coalition for Sustainable Communities Session; and former Governor Edward G. Rendell, partner with Ballard Spahr LLP, will address delegates (via video).<br /> <br /> Throughout the Convention, the League will recognize outstanding individuals. An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday during the Welcome Breakfast, where Karl Eisaman, former mayor of Greensburg, and Kirk Wilson, former mayor of Carlisle, will be presented with President&rsquo;s Lifetime Achievement Awards.&nbsp; The City of Greensburg will also be recognized with the Easton Voting Award for having the highest percentage of voter turnout in 2011.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> During the General Session Luncheon on Thursday, the Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Thomas McMahon, former mayor of Reading and immediate PLCM past president. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Friday, June 22</strong><br /> Friday morning at the U. S. Senatorial Breakfast, U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. will speak. Also, recent graduates Derek J. Detweiler, Freedom High School in Bethlehem, and Beth A. Gilbert, G.A.R. Memorial High School in Wilkes-Barre, will be recognized for their winning essays in the PLCM/Verizon High School Senior Essay Contest.&nbsp; Additionally, a certificate will be presented to Kutztown Mayor Sandra Green, recent graduate of the League&#39;s voluntary Elected Officials Leadership Training Program.<br /> <br /> The Convention will conclude with the annual business meeting, where legislative priorities will be established for the coming year and officers and directors-at-large will be elected to serve on the PLCM Board of Directors.<br /> <br /> In addition, PLCM is excited to announce that the Convention will be &ldquo;green.&rdquo;&nbsp; Through the generosity of Constellation Energy, the endorsed electricity provider for PLCM&rsquo;s Municipal Utility Alliance (MUA) Electricity Procurement Program, the energy usage for this conference has been matched with 100% Green e-Energy Certified Wind Renewable Energy Certificates, or RECs.&nbsp; An REC represents the environmental attributes of electricity generated by wind, solar or other renewable power facilities.&nbsp; The RECs donated for this event are 100% Green e-Energy Certified Wind RECs, and by matching the electricity used for our Annual Convention with these RECs donated by Constellation, PLCM offsets CO2 emissions from 5,346 gallons of gasoline, which is the equivalent of 109.8 barrels of oil consumed.<br /> <br /> The four-day PLCM Convention offers a variety of accredited sessions under PLCM&rsquo;s Elected Officials Leadership Training Program and the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management&#39;s Professional Development Program, which focus on this year&#39;s convention theme.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /> # # #</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The mission of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities is to strengthen, empower and advocate for effective local government.&nbsp; PLCM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania&rsquo;s 3rd class cities. Today, PLCM represents Pennsylvania&rsquo;s cities, townships, town, boroughs, and home rule communities that all share the League&rsquo;s municipal policy interests.&nbsp; The Board of Directors oversees the administration of a wide array of municipal services including legislative advocacy (on both the state and federal level), publications designed to educate and inform, inquiry and research, education and training certification programs, consulting-based programs, and group insurance trusts.&nbsp; For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.plcm.org/">www.plcm.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>Editor&#39;s Note:&nbsp; </em></strong><em>The media is welcome to all sessions, which will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel on Wednesday, June 20 through Friday, June 22.&nbsp; Press kits, which include an agenda and a press badge, will be available.&nbsp; <strong>For an advance copy of our convention agenda, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plcm.org/">www.plcm.org</a>, Annual Convention, Media Materials.</strong> The Bedford Room on the 17<sup>th</sup> floor will be the designated press room during the convention and will be open during the following hours: Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.&nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:54:52 -0400 CITY PUTS MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO WORK THIS SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1481 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City has been successful in increasing the number of summer jobs available through the Mayor&rsquo;s Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) thanks to generous donations from Highmark and the Pittsburgh Foundation. The Department of Personnel this afternoon introduced legislation to City Council to accept the funds.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;I want to thank Highmark and the Pittsburgh Foundation for their commitment to investing in our City and our young people,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Teaching young people the value of hard work and earning an honest day&#39;s paycheck will keep them out of trouble and on the right track.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The program will be split between two employment tracks, conservation service work and white-collar&nbsp;internship positions, and will be funded with $600,000 in CDBG funds allocated by the Mayor, $125,000 provided by the Pittsburgh Foundation and $120,000 provided by Highmark.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;With this additional funding, we will be able to hire about 125 more young people to work in our parks and public properties, as well as with local nonprofits such as the Hill House, LifeWorks and many other community-building organizations,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program allows our local youth to obtain beneficial work experience and plays a major role in our city&rsquo;s economic growth,&quot; said Mary Anne Papale, Highmark&rsquo;s director of community affairs. &ldquo;Highmark is pleased to fund this program for the second consecutive year because it provides participants with the opportunity to gain valuable job-related skills, giving them the chance to follow a path that will help lead them to a promising future.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The City originally expected to hire 250 youths this summer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;This&nbsp;summer jobs program&nbsp;has helped over&nbsp;2,000 young people&nbsp;prepare for 21st-century jobs while, at the same time, make a difference in their community and contribute to Pittsburgh&#39;s economic growth.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The 2012 PSYEP will begin on July 2 and end on August 10, 2012. To date, over 2,000 summer jobs have been provided through PSYEP under Ravenstahl&rsquo;s leadership. The program provides up to 30 hours of experience per week, including work readiness or career exploration training, at a rate of $7.25 per hour.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:04:58 -0400 MAYOR EXPANDS MENTORING INITIATIVE TO INCLUDE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1479 <p style="text-align: justify"><img alt="Image of Mayor Ravenstahl signing executive order" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/mayorsign.jpg" style="width: 496px; height: 377px" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) June 13, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a new opportunity for City employees to mentor early elementary school students through the Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative, one of Ravenstahl&rsquo;s seven signature <a href="file:///I:/MO_COMMDEPT/Media%20-%20PRESS%20RELEASES/pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh">servePGH</a> initiatives that engage residents in addressing City challenges. The new program, Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh, <em>Everybody Wins!&nbsp;</em> enables City employees to spend their lunch hour reading to first through third grade Pittsburgh Public School students. This program is in addition to the successful partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County&rsquo;s <em>Be a 6<sup>th</sup> Grade Mentor</em>, launched in March 2011, through which the Mayor and&nbsp;over 50 City employees have mentored local middle school students each week of the 2011-2012 school year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;&ldquo;By supporting our City&rsquo;s young residents during critical transition points, we can help them create bright futures for themselves and for Pittsburgh,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I am very proud of the 50 City employees who have joined me in mentoring students so far and I hope that even more will join us next year. In fact, I encourage all Pittsburgh residents to consider mentoring a local student.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Last week, Ravenstahl signed an executive order that expanded his Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative to include a partnership with <em>Everybody Wins!</em>, an early elementary literacy mentoring program managed locally by Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh. Driven by the idea that students learn to read up to third grade, the program matches caring adults with young students for weekly lunchtime reading.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">City of Pittsburgh employees have been enthusiastic about joining Mayor Ravenstahl in supporting local middle school students.&nbsp; In its first year, the Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative has become the number one employer of the United Way of Allegheny County&rsquo;s <em>Be a 6<sup>th</sup> Grade Mentor</em> volunteers.&nbsp; This past March, the City of Pittsburgh received a <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1340">Good Neighbor Award</a> from the United Way for its commitment to workplace volunteerism.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">City employees can apply to mentor during the 2012-2013 school year by visiting <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/mentor/">pittsburghpa.gov/mentor</a> or contacting the Office of Service &amp; Civic Engagement at 412-255-2280 or <a href="file://ccb0001/MOGroups/MO_POL/servePGH/Mayor's%20Mentoring%20Initiative/Marketing%20and%20Recognition%20Materials/2012%20outreach/For%20Communications/servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp; Non-City employees are also encouraged to mentor with <em>Be a 6<sup>th</sup> Grade Mentor</em> and <em>Everybody Wins! Power Lunch.</em>&nbsp; To find out more, visit <a href="http://www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org/">unitedwaypittsburgh.org</a> and <a href="http://www.rifpittsburgh.org/">rifpittsburgh.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The City of Pittsburgh is thankful to the Corporation for National &amp; Community Service for its dedication of AmeriCorps VISTA resources to servePGH.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more.&nbsp; Over 1,200 volunteers have committed nearly 9,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:24:28 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES OPENING OF SWIMMING POOLS, REMINDS RESIDENTS OF FREE SPRAY PARKS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1476 <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong style="text-align: justify">(PITTSBURGH) June 11, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that on Thursday, June 14, Citiparks will open its outdoor swimming pools for the 2012 summer season. Citiparks pools offer affordable recreation, with a family of four paying just $60 to swim year-round. Year-round and daily pool tags for outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House are available for purchase at the City-County Building and at pool locations. Citiparks pools will remain open through Labor Day. Ravenstahl also reminded residents that free spray parks are open in Beechview and Troy Hill.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">&quot;Our swimming pools and spray parks are just a few of the many free or affordable recreation opportunities for Pittsburgh residents this summer,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;They are a place where friends and neighbors meet on hot summer days, and our pools also offer swim lessons, water aerobics sessions, community water carnivals and much more.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Daily admission pool tags are available for purchase at any Citiparks pool beginning Thursday, June 14. Cost is $3 for children ages 3 to 15 and $4 for individuals 16 and older.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Year-round admission tags for Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season, are available for purchase at the following locations:</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>Beginning June 1 and continuing throughout summer, </strong><strong>City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Citiparks Office, Fourth Floor, Downtown Pittsburgh, 8:30 a.m. &ndash; 4 p.m.</strong></span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>June 1 &ndash; June 13, </strong><strong>pool operating hours</strong><br /> Oliver Bath House, 38 S. 10th Street, South Side</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>Sunday, June 10</strong>, 1 &ndash; 5:45 p.m.<br /> tags will be sold in advance of the pool opening at Citiparks pool locations</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>June 11 &ndash; June 13</strong>, 4 &ndash; 8 p.m.<br /> tags will be sold in advance of the pool opening at Citiparks pool locations</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>Beginning June 14</strong> (and continuing throughout the summer season)<br /> tags will be available at Citiparks pools during operating hours</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Cost of pool tags for City residents are:</span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Family of four - $60, each additional family member - $10</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Adult (16 years or older) - $30</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Youth (3 &ndash; 15 years old) - $15</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Child (2 and younger) &ndash; free</span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">For non-City residents the cost is $45 for adult or youth.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">For City residents who are disabled veterans and families of active duty military and activated reservist/guard members, pool tags are available at no cost. Proper ID is required.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">The City&rsquo;s spray parks in Beechview and Troy Hill offer water fun for children of all ages.&nbsp; The Beechview facility, located next to Vanucci Playground on Orangewood Street, and the Troy Hill facility, located next to Cowley Playground on Goettman Street, opened for the season in late May.&nbsp; Both spray parks now operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">For more information, call the Citiparks Aquatics Division at 412-323-7928 or visit </span><a href="file:///I:/MO_COMMDEPT/Media%20-%20PRESS%20RELEASES/pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks">pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000"><strong>2012 LOCATIONS OF CITIPARKS OUTDOOR POOLS:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Ammon, 2217 Bedford Avenue, Hill District</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Banksville, 1461 Crane Avenue, Banksville</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Bloomfield, 408 Ella Street, Bloomfield</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Highland, 151 Lake Drive, Highland Park</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Homewood, 540 N. Lang Avenue, Homewood</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Jack Stack, 600 Brighton Woods Road, Brighton Heights</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Magee, 745 Greenfield Avenue, Greenfield</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">McBride, 1785 McBride Street, Lincoln Place</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Moore, 1801 Pioneer Avenue, Brookline</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Ormsby, 79 S. 22nd Street, South Side</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Phillips, 201 Parkfield Street, Carrick</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Ream, 321 Merrimac Street, Mt. Washington</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Riverview, 400 Riverview Avenue, Perry North</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Schenley, Overlook Drive, Schenley Park</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Sue Murray, 301 Cedar Avenue, North Side</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Sheraden, 1071 Adon Street, Sheraden</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">West Penn, 450 30th Street, Polish Hill</span></li> <li style="text-align: justify"><span style="color: #000000">Westwood, 100 Guyland Street, Westwood&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:02:14 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE HOMEWOOD COOLING CENTER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1475 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH June 8 2012)</strong><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-align: justify; ">&nbsp; &nbsp;The City&#39;s Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center will be open this Sunday and Monday to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours. In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center will extend its weekday hours of operation for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">The Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center will be open for a Cooling Island on Sunday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "><strong>Location:</strong><br /> Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue</span>&nbsp;(<a href="http://goo.gl/lQqMD">map</a>)<br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">412-244-4190</span></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:28:13 -0400 MAYOR ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE WEEKEND CITIPARKS EVENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1473 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced an action-packed schedule of free Citiparks events for the weekend of June 9 &amp; 10, reminding residents that there&rsquo;s plenty to enjoy in the City of Pittsburgh &ndash; all without spending a cent!<br /> <br /> &ldquo;While summer doesn&rsquo;t officially arrive for a few weeks, Citiparks is launching many of its summer programs this weekend,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;This summer many families are staying close to home and enjoying all that our region has to offer.&nbsp; I encourage residents to take advantage of the many free, fun-filled activities happening right in their backyards at our City&rsquo;s beautiful parks.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Whether you&rsquo;re looking to relax at a concert, take in a movie under the stars, spend time with neighbors &ndash; or even enjoy a day of adventure and exploration at Riverview Park &ndash; you&rsquo;ll find it all in the City of Pittsburgh this weekend.<br /> <br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a> or call 412-255-2539.<br /> <br /> <strong><em><u>FREE CITIPARKS EVENTS FOR JUNE 9 &amp; 10 INCLUDE:</u></em></strong><br /> <br /> <u><em><strong>SATURDAY, JUNE 9</strong></em></u><br /> Noon to 4 p.m.<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/riverview_park_heritage_day.htm"><strong>RIVERVIEW PARK HERITAGE DAY</strong></a> - Activities include Allegheny Observatory tours, pony rides, climbing wall, children&rsquo;s activities, refreshments and much more<br /> <br /> 6 to 11 p.m.<br /> <strong><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/community_festivals.htm">BLOOMFIELD COMMUNITY FESTIVA</a>L</strong><br /> Immaculate Conception parking lot, Friendship Avenue<br /> <br /> 7 to 8:30 p.m.<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/stars_riverview_jazz_series.htm"><strong>STARS AT RIVERVIEW JAZZ SERIES</strong></a> <em>(followed by Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park)</em> - Spotlights Roby &ldquo;Supersax&rdquo; Edwards<br /> Observatory Hill, Riverview Park<br /> <br /> Dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm"><strong>DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK</strong></a> shows &ldquo;Abduction&rdquo; (PG-13)<br /> Observatory Hill, Riverview Park<br /> <br /> Dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm"><strong>DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK</strong></a> shows &ldquo;Gnomeo &amp; Juliet&rdquo; (G)<br /> Grandview Park, Mt. Washington<br /> <br /> <u><em><strong>SUNDAY, JUNE 10</strong></em></u><br /> 4 to 7 p.m.<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/community_festivals.htm"><strong>SQUIRREL HILL COMMUNITY FESTIVAL</strong></a><br /> Beechwood Blvd. at Darlington Rd.<br /> <br /> 7 to 8:30 p.m.<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm"><strong>CINEMA IN THE PARK KICK-OFF CELEBRATION</strong> </a><em>(followed by Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park)</em> - Including the Citiparks Roving Art Cart, face painting, lawn games and more<br /> Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park<br /> <br /> Dusk<br /> <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm"><strong>DOLLAR BANK CINEMA IN THE PARK</strong></a> shows &ldquo;Gnomeo &amp; Juliet&rdquo; (G)<br /> Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:25:55 -0400 CITY GEARS UP FOR ANOTHER ACTION-PACKED SUMMER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1472 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH&nbsp;&nbsp; June 6, 2012)&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is gearing up for another action-packed summer.&nbsp; Free copies of the 2012 Citiparks Summer Magazine are now available at various locations throughout the City, providing easy information on the City&#39;s 2012 schedule of summer events such as community festivals, competitions and family activities like movie and jazz nights in the parks. The 60-page booklet also includes reference materials including City facility lists and phone numbers.<br /> <br /> &quot;Summer is the perfect time to visit Pittsburgh&#39;s parks, trails and rivers to rediscover the treasures that surround us each day,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &quot;The Summer Magazine is a City resident&#39;s official guide for summer programs and activities.&nbsp; Head to the great outdoors &ndash; across town or just around the corner in your own neighborhood &ndash; and you&rsquo;ll be amazed by all there is to do in the City of Pittsburgh this summer.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Print copies of the Summer Magazine are currently available at Citiparks facilities, the City-County Building, the Schenley Park Visitor Center, the VisitPittsburgh welcome center and Carnegie Library branches within City limits.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Information and schedules for Citiparks programs and events are also available by visiting <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a> or by calling 412-255-2539.<br /> <br /> <strong>Riverview Park Heritage Day</strong><br /> This popular annual event showcases Riverview Park, an urban oasis just north of Downtown Pittsburgh.&nbsp; Free Heritage Day activities this Saturday, June 9, from noon to 4 p.m. will include tours of the landmark Allegheny Observatory, pony rides, a variety of kids&rsquo; activities and refreshments.&nbsp; For information, call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bob O&rsquo;Connor Summer Tennis Classic</strong><br /> The sixth annual tournament &ndash; open to tennis enthusiasts&nbsp; aged 16 to 80+ &ndash; honors the outstanding community spirit demonstrated by the late mayor.&nbsp; The men&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s A open singles and A open doubles are USTA-sanctioned events.&nbsp; For more information, visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Swimming Pools and Spray Parks</strong><br /> On Thursday, June 14, Citiparks will open 18 outdoor swimming pools for the summer season.&nbsp; Individuals can currently purchase pool tags for year-round admission to Citiparks outdoor pools and the Oliver Bath House, which operates in the off season.<br /> <br /> The City&rsquo;s two popular spray parks &ndash; located in Troy Hill (Goettman St.) and Beechview (Orangewood St.) &ndash; are already open for the season.&nbsp; From the tiniest toddler to a pre-teen adventurer, and even those using wheelchairs, children of all ages and abilities can enjoy spray parks.&nbsp; The season runs until early fall and admission is free.&nbsp; For more information call 412-323-7928 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Miniature Golf Course</strong><br /> Also beginning on June 14, golfers of all ages will play a round in Schenley Park &ndash; a round of miniature golf &ndash; at the ice rink.&nbsp; The new Schenley Park Miniature Golf Course promises a challenging 18 holes of fun and excitement for the entire family.&nbsp; Head out for a little friendly competition on the putting green, surrounded by whimsical scenery in a beautiful park setting.&nbsp; For more information call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Summer Soul Line Dancing</strong><br /> Whether you&rsquo;re an experienced dancer or just a novice on the dance floor, step out to an area park for Citiparks popular Summer Soul Line Dancing.&nbsp; Instructor Roland Ford incorporates R&amp;B music in free classes that begin with basic steps and finish with more advanced moves.&nbsp; Free dance sessions will take place in Highland Park following &ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&rdquo; concerts as well as at Mellon Park Tennis Center and Schenley Park Skating Rink.&nbsp; For more information call 412-225-9190 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Three Free Concert Series</strong><br /> Whether you love jazz or classical, you&rsquo;re bound to find the perfect free performance by attending one &ndash; or all &ndash; of Citiparks three popular concert series:&nbsp; &ldquo;Stars at Riverview Jazz Series&rdquo; (Saturdays, June 9 &ndash; August 25), &ldquo;Bach, Beethoven and Brunch (Sundays, June 17 &ndash; August 12) and &ldquo;Reservoir of Jazz&quot; (Sundays, August 5 &ndash; 26).&nbsp; For more information call 412-255-2493 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park</strong><br /> Grab a blanket or lawn chair and head out for an evening of cinema under the stars.&nbsp; Free movies take place at six returning locations and two new venues (Arlington and Highland Park).&nbsp; The 2011 &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; schedule includes<em> <span id="cke_bm_93S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>The Muppets</em><span id="cke_bm_93E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>, <em>Mission Impossible &ndash; Ghost Protoco</em>l, <em>Happy Feet Two</em> and many other movie favorites for all members of the family.&nbsp; &ldquo;Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park&rdquo; kicks off on Saturday, June 9, at two locations:&nbsp;<em> Gnomeo &amp; Juliet </em>(G) at Grandview Park and <em>Abduction</em> (PG-13) at <span id="cke_bm_94E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>Riverview Park.&nbsp; For more information call 412-422-6426 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Farmers&#39; Markets</strong><br /> Five Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets opened in May and two additional markets will open later this month:<br /> <br /> <strong>Mondays</strong><br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. East Liberty, Penn Circle West<br /> <br /> <strong>Tuesdays</strong><br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. South Side, 18th and Carson Street &ndash; NEW LOCATION<br /> <br /> <strong>Wednesdays</strong><br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Carrick, Carrick Shopping Center, Brownsville Road &amp; Parkfield Street<em> (opening June 6)</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Thursdays</strong><br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beechview, Beechview and Broadway avenues<em> (opening June 14)</em><br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bloomfield, Immaculate Conception School parking lot, Cedarville Street and Friendship Avenue<br /> <br /> <strong>Fridays</strong><br /> 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown Pittsburgh, City-County Building, Grant Street<br /> 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. North Side, East Park, East Ohio Street &amp; Cedar Avenue<br /> <br /> All markets sell farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods, while several locations also sell flowers, small gifts and gardening items. For more information on Citiparks Farmers&#39; Markets, call 412-422-6547 or visit <a href="http://www.citiparks.net/">www.Citiparks.net</a>.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:47:14 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO INSPIRE YOUNG, GREEN LEADERS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1454 <p>(PITTSBURGH) May 30, 2012&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a new program that gives Pittsburgh&rsquo;s young residents a &ldquo;behind the scenes&rdquo; look at City government&rsquo;s role in developing a sustainable, green city and teaches them how to live and lead a &ldquo;green&rdquo; lifestyle in their homes, schools and communities. The Civic Leaders for an Environmentally Alternate Future (LEAF) Academy educates students about their environmental impact, connects them with City resources and helps them develop leadership skills to better shape their ecological future and &ldquo;grow up green.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh continues to gain international recognition as a leader in sustainability, and we&rsquo;re making sure that bar pushes forward,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By educating our young residents on the value of environmental initiatives and connecting them with City resources, we will prepare the next generation of young leaders and ensure that Pittsburgh remains a cleaner, more environmentally-friendly city whose quality of life continues to improve.&rdquo;</p> <p>Building off of the success of programs like <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/ycla-application">Civic Leadership Academy</a> and <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/ycla-application">Youth Civic Leadership Academy,</a> whose nearly 100 graduates have undertaken service projects that range from community gardens to recycling campaigns to cleaning war memorials, Civic L.E.A.F. Academy is Ravenstahl&rsquo;s latest program that invites residents to get a closer look at City government and connect with resources to impact their neighborhoods.</p> <p>The five-week program is geared toward middle school, high school and college students and consists of four three-hour Wednesday and Saturday afternoon learning sessions including professional lectures, field trips and hands-on activities. The inaugural session&rsquo;s theme will be urban agriculture. The Academy begins June 18 and continues through July 16. Interested students may apply at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/green">PittsburghPa.gov/Green</a>. Applications are due by Monday, June 11.</p> <p>Up to 16 eighth- through eleventh-grade students will be selected to participate in the Academy. Students must live and attend school in the City of Pittsburgh. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, demonstrate interest in local government and environmental protection, and indicate commitment to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and school.</p> <p>&ldquo;Through my Green Up Pittsburgh and Love Your Block initiatives, we&rsquo;ve transformed almost 200 vacant lots into beautiful community spaces,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Urban gardening is a great tool to improve communities, but its success requires dedicated residents who work with the City to take care of the green spaces. &nbsp;As we gain more community stakeholders, together we will positively impact our environment, one block at a time.&rdquo;</p> <p>While the Civic L.E.A.F Academy provides knowledge about green living and encourages peer mentorship, the program is divided into three components. &ldquo;Sprout&rdquo; introduces middle school students to urban gardening and green technology; &ldquo;Cultivate&rdquo; provides high school students with knowledge about green jobs and future career opportunities; and &ldquo;Grow&rdquo; engages college students in the planning of future Academy programming. The college portion of the program is full for this year.</p> <p>The Mayor remains committed to fostering student involvement in City initiatives relating to sustainability, including climate change. In an effort to protect and preserve our economy and environment, local leaders developed the <a href="http://pittsburghclimate.org/2012/03/pittsburgh-climate-action-plan-version-2/">Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan</a> in 2008, which establishes regional goals to lessen the potentially detrimental impacts of climate-related effects. In addition, The Mayor is proud to support the natural gas industry, which is creating thousands of local jobs, and produces clean-burning domestic energy. The City recently partnered with EQT corporation to purchase new refuse trucks that will run on energy-efficient and clean-burning compressed natural gas.</p> <p>The Mayor has also implemented other cost-saving and energy-efficient initiatives, including the LED streetlights conversion project, and the future creation of &ldquo;Green Central,&rdquo; a one-stop-shop for information on sustainability, located on the City-County building&rsquo;s sixth floor. Last February, the Mayor and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced the start of a handful of energy-efficient building improvements to the historic City-County building that will save taxpayers $475,000 a year and create nearly 40 local jobs in the process. The $3.4 million building improvement project is made possible thanks to President Obama&rsquo;s Recover Act and the Energy Department&rsquo;s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.&nbsp; An energy and weatherization audit was completed and identified the upgrades that would shave the most off of utility bills.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 10:39:41 -0400 CITY TO ACTIVATE HOMEWOOD AND LAWRENCEVILLE COOLING CENTERS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1452 <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 25, 2012</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;The City&#39;s Homewood and Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Community Centers will be open this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, to provide seniors with cooling stations as &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees. Refreshments will be provided during the extended hours.&nbsp;&nbsp;In addition to games hosted by activity directors, seniors can enjoy a game of pool, access the Internet, or utilize exercise equipment.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">When &quot;real feel&quot; temperatures reach 90 degrees or more as reported by the National Weather Service, the Homewood and Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Community Centers will extend their weekday hours of operation from for residents 60 years of age or older. &quot;Real feel&quot; temperature measures a combination of temperature and humidity.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center will be open for a Cooling Island on Saturday, May 26, Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">The Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Community Center will be open on Monday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;"><strong>Locations:</strong><br /> Homewood Healthy Active Living Community Center<br /> 7321 Frankstown Avenue</span> (<a href="http://goo.gl/lQqMD">map</a>)<br /> <span style="color:#000000;">412-244-4190</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><span style="color:#000000;">Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living Community Center<br /> 4600 Butler Street </span>(<a href="http://goo.gl/bGscJ">map</a>)<br /> <span style="color:#000000;">412-622-6918</span></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 11:35:04 -0400 NO CITY REFUSE PICKUP ON MEMORIAL DAY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1449 <p style="text-align: justify;">The City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Department of Public Works announced today that there will be no bulk waste or recycling collection on Monday, May 28, 2012 in observance of Memorial Day.<br /> <br /> Residents whose pickup falls on Monday <strong>will be serviced on Tuesday</strong>,<strong> May 29th.</strong>&nbsp; This will continue through the end of the week with Friday&rsquo;s normally scheduled collection being picked up on Saturday, June 2nd.<br /> <br /> For more information concerning collection schedules, visit the City of Pittsburgh website at <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/">PittsburghPA.gov/DPW</a> or contact Environmental Services at 412-255-2773.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 10:57:17 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR CITY'S CULTURAL HERITAGE PLANNING EFFORT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1448 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 22, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the opening of the public comment period for PRESERVEPGH, the City&rsquo;s cultural heritage planning effort. The draft plan will be available until June 19th, and can be accessed at </span><a href="http://www.planpgh.com/preservepgh">www.planpgh.com/preservepgh</a>. <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Residents are encouraged to review and remark on recommendations that have developed from previous meetings and research. PRESERVEPGH is part of </span><a href="http://www.planpgh.com">PLANPGH</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">, the City&#39;s 12-component strategy to build a 25-year comprehensive growth plan, which is projected to be completed in 2015. PRESERVEPGH is the first component to be completed, and the City&#39;s comprehensive transportation plan, called MOVEPGH, is in its final stages.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;&ldquo;Community involvement is key to the planning process and will help the City make decisions about future historic preservation efforts,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;We ask that interested residents provide feedback and insight on the historic resources they cherish, and how they are cared for and protected.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Since the PRESERVEPGH process began in 2010, the City has worked to identify Pittsburgh&rsquo;s historic and cultural assets, consider the issues and opportunities associated with these resources and develop actionable goals, policy recommendations and strategies. The plan&#39;s current recommendations are the result of public input, interviews with experts, background research and preservation process analysis. Funding for PRESERVEPGH is provided by the City of Pittsburgh, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, and the PA Historical and Museum Commission.<br /> <br /> The public comment period also includes a final set of public meetings. All meetings are free and open to the public. The meetings will take place on the following dates:<br /> <br /> <strong>Monday, June 4<br /> 6 to 8&nbsp; p.m.</strong><br /> The Grand Hall at The Priory, 614 Pressley Street&nbsp; (East Allegheny);<br /> <br /> <strong>Tuesday, June 5</strong><br /> <strong>6 to 8 p.m.</strong><br /> The Brew House, 2100 Mary Street (South Side)<br /> <br /> <strong>Wednesday, June 13</strong><br /> <strong>6 to 8 p.m.</strong><br /> Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Avenue (Larimer);<br /> <br /> <strong>Thursday, June 14</strong><br /> <strong>6 to 8 p.m.</strong><br /> The Village Tavern and Trattoria, 424 S. Main Street (West End). &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Other components of PLANPGH, the City&rsquo;s Comprehensive Plan, such as Open Space, Parks, and Recreation, Transportation, Public Art, etc. are also being developed at this time.&nbsp; Once completed, all &ldquo;chapters&rdquo; will be integrated into a multi-purpose policy document that will set investment priorities, coordinate neighborhood-scale planning efforts, and guide the City&rsquo;s land use and development decision-making processes for many years to come.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">For more information please contact Shelly Majcen, Neighborhood Planner, Department of City Planning at 412-255-2287 or Shelly.Majcen@pittsburghpa.gov</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 11:55:23 -0400 MAYOR AND PARTNERS LAUNCH ANTI-LITTER CAMPAIGN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1445 <p>During a rally today at the now safe, clean and vibrant Market Square, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Councilwoman Theresa Smith and the Pennsylvania Resources Council launched a litter prevention campaign and called on residents to join in on the grassroots movement to keep Pittsburgh&rsquo;s turf the cleanest in America.</p> <p>&ldquo;Pittsburgh truly is America&rsquo;s Most Livable City largely because of residents who take care of their property and work with neighbors to keep their streets safe and clean,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;We form strong partnerships with our neighbors and community organizations to give them the resources they need to beautify vacant lots and tackle litter. And we&rsquo;ve seen great success. This campaign will take our efforts to the next level.&rdquo;</p> <p>The campaign, called DON&rsquo;T TRASH MY TURF! seeks to build off of the momentum of the Mayor&rsquo;s volunteer-fueled ServePGH initiative by encouraging citizens to log on to <a href="http://www.donttrashmyturf.com/">www.donttrashmyturf.com</a>, where they can be connected with a variety litter-related information including links to volunteer opportunities and local clean-up event schedules. The Mayor outlined the campaign&rsquo;s three-step plan which features a public awareness component via a new website and commercials, increased citizen involvement and increased enforcement.&nbsp; The campaign is a partnership between the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pennsylvania Resources Council made possible by a grant from Colcom Foundation.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Education is the key to a cleaner city since littering is a conscious decision people make each and every day,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &ldquo;The second key component is providing opportunities for people to literally take to the streets and get involved, whether it&rsquo;s encouraging people to pick up trash in front of their homes and businesses or organizing more large-scale community clean ups.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Mayor announced today that the City has hired a full-time anti-litter coordinator. Missy Rosenfeld of Carrick, an active community member who has organized graffiti and litter clean-ups in her neighborhood, will help connect more residents with available anti-litter resources. In addition, the Mayor has directed police officials to ramp up their surveillance efforts to catch and convict illegal dumpers.</p> <p>Dave Mazza, Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, informed the crowd that litter cleanup costs in the United States total nearly $11.5 billion annually and that more than 51 billion pieces of litter land on U.S. roadways each year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Litter has enormous consequences, from economic and environmental standpoints in addition to our overall quality of life,&rdquo; said Mazza.&nbsp; &ldquo;PRC commends the City of Pittsburgh on its servePGH initiative that has empowered more than 1,000 community volunteers to clean up litter and transform vacant lots.&nbsp; We look forward to supporting the City&rsquo;s efforts via this comprehensive new campaign.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> A component of the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH intiative organizes neighborhood clean ups. Community groups or businesses adopt Redd Up Zones and hold four clean-ups/year, with the support of the Department of Public Works. Since last October, 39 zones have been formed impacting 474 City blocks through the collection of 6040 pounds of litter.<br /> <br /> Public awareness efforts include a series of DON&rsquo;T TRASH MY TURF! television and radio commercials featuring Mayor Ravenstahl, football star Emmanuel Sanders, radio personality/business owner Bubba and other local celebrities.<br /> <br /> For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Resources Council at 412-488-7490 x246 or visit <a href="http://www.donttrashmyturf.org/">www.DontTrashMyTurf.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">###</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 11:48:09 -0400 MAYOR GIVES CITY RESIDENTS TOOLS TO FORM COMMUNITY BLOCK WATCHES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1438 <p style="text-align: center;margin: 15px 0px; "><a class="greenButton" href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/bwib" style="color: white;">Block Watch in a Box Registration Form</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) May 16, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, alongside police officials and community residents, today introduced a new program to help Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods get even safer. &ldquo;Block Watch in a Box&rdquo; will connect residents with City resources and information to help create or strengthen a block watch in their community. The announcement took place at Phillips Park in Carrick to celebrate the five new block watches that were formed in the neighborhood within the last year. Community leaders, like Phyllis Bianculli, vice president of the <a href="http://www.pghhilltopalliance.com/">Hilltop Alliance</a>, have worked closely with the Mayor&#39;s Office and the Bureau of Police to help create these successful block watches.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Pittsburgh&rsquo;s crime rate is at an historic low, and keeps declining, as a result of the hard work and diligence of our police officers and community members,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Residents like Phyllis and others who work hard to keep our neighborhoods safe truly are an invaluable asset to our city. Through programs like Block Watch in a Box, the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime and other public safety initiatives, we continue to work together to crack down on crime, protect our neighbors and make our streets even safer.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">In the latest of the Mayor&rsquo;s efforts to improve public safety and engage residents in impactful volunteerism, the program will be launched at tomorrow evening&rsquo;s <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/invitation.pdf">citywide public safety meeting</a> at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville, where attendees will be able to receive a kit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Pittsburgh has a strong and longstanding tradition of block watches, which are organized to encourage residents to act on their civic role to report and control crime. Community block watches are resident-driven crime prevention groups built on the concept of neighbors looking out for one another, and can span one block or several streets within a neighborhood. Block watches can be organized as part of a civic association or community development corporation, or an email or phone chain among residents to relay information. Residents should work together and decide what works best for them.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Block Watch in a Box tool kit provides information and resources to help create effective and sustainable neighborhood watch programs, or re-energize ones that already exist. The kit contains information on how to work closely with the police and other City public safety departments to keep your community safe, clean and green &ndash; from start-up resources and public safety connections, to City initiatives and service partners, to training, networking and funding opportunities. Residents can request a Block Watch in a Box kit at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety">pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;I am pleased at this citywide initiative to help in the protection of our neighborhoods and the safe-keeping of our property,&rdquo; said Chief Harper. &ldquo;Block Watch in a Box is a creative and effective initiative that will not only bring neighborhoods together by stimulating sociable interaction but also help to transform our communities by each person being the essential eyes and ears for those areas in which we build, shop, grow, play and worship.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">As residents receive and implement the kit, more information will be added based on residents&rsquo; requests and reviews. The document will be evaluated in August and updated as appropriate. The presidents of the Zone Public Safety Councils will serve as the advisory committee for the evaluation. Also, while the information is currently geared toward residents, a section for business owners and managers will be added in the upcoming weeks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Crime in the City of Pittsburgh has decreased by over 25 percent since 2006, and Pittsburgh is in its sixth consecutive year of declining crime rates. Ravenstahl, the Police Bureau and residents continue to work together to crack down on crime. Through initiatives like the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime (PIRC), the Nuisance Properties Task Force and the Community Safety website, residents and local law enforcement officials continue to work together to reduce homicide rates, cut down on illegal activity and address problem properties. This year, the City will invest $9 million to modernize the public safety fleet.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Detailed information about Pittsburgh&rsquo;s declining crime rates can be found, beginning on page 58, in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/pghbop/2011_Annual_Report_final.pdf">annual report</a>.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 17:26:46 -0400 MAYOR UNVEILS CITY'S FIRST ON-STREET BIKE CORRAL, ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY INFRASTRUCTURE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1434 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by members of the city&rsquo;s growing bike community, unveiled the City&rsquo;s first on-street bicycle corral at the OTB Bicycle Caf&eacute; in the South Side and encouraged business owners to apply today for a bike corral in their business district.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Bike corrals are a proven strategy to increase parking capacity in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhood business districts, while encouraging more residents to bike,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;We are aggressively working to make Pittsburgh a world-class, bike-friendly city by providing more bike lanes, more bike racks and now, more on-street bike corrals.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Since 2007, Pittsburgh has been named a bonze-level, bike-friendly community and one of the top 30 most bike-friendly cities by <em>Bicycling Magazine</em>.&nbsp; Additionally, bike commuting in the city has increased by 270 percent over the last decade &ndash; making Pittsburgh the 13th highest bicycle commuting rate in the Country (<em>American Community Survey</em>, 2011). As the City of Pittsburgh experiences an increase in cyclists, the City is expanding its bicycle infrastructure to tap into the economic development potential of bicycling. Currently the City boasts 500 bike racks and 20 miles of bike lanes, with another 40 planned by the end of the year.<br /> <br /> On-street bicycle corrals replace 1-2 parking spaces with anywhere from 10 to 22 bike spots. Increasing parking capacity allows more customers to shop in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s business districts. The City anticipates installing an additional four on-street corrals this year, and up to five next year. Materials for each City-funded corral costs approximately $1,300.<br /> <br /> Bicycle corrals are typically installed when bike racks cannot be accommodated on sidewalks and/or the bicycle parking demand is high. Corrals will be installed based upon property/business owner applications.&nbsp; Owners located within a local neighborhood business district interested in obtaining a bike corral are encouraged to contact Stephen Patchan, the City&rsquo;s bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, at 412-393-0150 or <a href="mailto:stephen.patchan@pittsburghpa.gov">stephen.patchan@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.<br /> <br /> The applicant will be asked to canvas the location&rsquo;s host block to obtain 70% approval of adjacent businesses and property owners.&nbsp; Once the approval is confirmed, the applicant will enter into a maintenance agreement with the City.&nbsp; As part of the maintenance agreement, the applicant will be required to keep the corral free of debris, oversee snow removal and inform the City of structural issues or damages.&nbsp; Once the maintenance agreement is signed, installation can proceed.<br /> <br /> Bicycle corrals have been installed in cities all over the country including Portland, San Francisco and Minneapolis to great success.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 12:57:11 -0400 MAYOR INVITES RESIDENTS, STAKEHOLDERS, COMMUTERS TO 2ND MOVEPGH WORKSHOP http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1425 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 10, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the second of four public workshops for MOVEPGH, the transportation component of the City&rsquo;s first-ever 25-year comprehensive growth plan. The four-day workshop will allow residents, stakeholders and commuters to discuss ideas for the future of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s transportation system. MOVEPGH will provide a cohesive vision of the City&rsquo;s transportation network over the next 25 years, and is one of 12 components of <a href="http://www.planpgh.com/">PLANPGH</a>. The workshop will be held from May 14 to May 17 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local Union #5 at 5 Hot Metal Street #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;In order for our transportation plan to be successful, we must make sure commuters have an active voice in the process,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Our plan to advance economic&nbsp;activity requires that all City transportation agencies are guided by one blueprint so that our transportation systems meet the needs of our innovative, 21st-Century economy.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">MOVEPGH Workshop #2 will focus on transportation issues and opportunities relevant to Downtown, Uptown, South Shore, Southside and Hazelwood, providing an opportunity for City residents and stakeholders to submit comments and ideas for improving the transportation system as it relates to commuting, recreation, economics and community quality of life.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The workshop includes the following:</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Monday, May 14</strong><br /> <strong>6 p.m. to 8 p.m.</strong><br /> The consultant team will introduce the week&rsquo;s agenda and review work completed to date, including data analysis and preliminary findings, drawings and products from Workshop #1 that was held in March on the North Side. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Tuesday &ndash; Thursday</strong><br /> <strong>May 15 and 16, from, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.</strong><br /> <strong>May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.</strong><br /> Residents and stakeholders are invited to attend drop-in design workshops during these scheduled hours.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Thursday, May 17</strong><br /> <strong>6 p.m. to 8 p.m.</strong><br /> A public presentation will discuss the findings from the previous days&rsquo; input.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">All events will be held at the IBEW Hall.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">As the transportation component of PLANPGH, MOVEPGH will provide a vision of the City&rsquo;s transportation network over the next 25 years. MOVEPGH will include policy recommendations for strengthening multi-modal transportation connections with the existing car-oriented system. The City&rsquo;s 1999 bicycle plan will be updated to include pedestrian infrastructure. The plan will also create a street design manual, which will bring all design standards for street projects to follow into one user-friendly volume.&nbsp; The plan is anticipated to be completed in 2013.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">MOVEPGH is funded by the City of Pittsburgh as well as through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Heinz Endowments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Two additional week-long workshops will be held in June (South &amp; West neighborhoods) and August (East End).&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, please contact Patrick Roberts, Transportation Planner, Department of City Planning, 412-255-2224, <a href="mailto:patrick.roberts@pittsburghpa.gov">patrick.roberts@pittsburghpa.gov</a>, or visit <a href="http://www.planpgh.com/">www.planpgh.com</a>, where you can register for automatic email updates about planning events.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 12:09:22 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES YARD DEBRIS SPECIAL COLLECTION TO TAKE PLACE ON MAY 19 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1424 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that City Environmental Services crews will hold a special spring yard debris collection on Sat., May 19.&nbsp; Bagged leaves, tree branches and bushes will be picked up and recycled for compost as long as those items are properly packaged.<br /> <br /> The following items will only be accepted if properly packaged:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bagged leaves: </strong>Residents must bag leaves in paper bags only and place them out at your normal refuse collection site.&nbsp; Bags should NOT exceed 35 pounds.&nbsp; Leaves in plastic bags will not be accepted.</li> <li style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Tree branches and bushes: </strong>Cut, bundle, and tie branches and bushes in lengths not exceeding five feet in length.&nbsp; Tree branch diameter should not exceed four inches.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">City residents must place materials out for residential collection by City refuse/recycling crews on Fri., May 18. Please note that City crews will not collect dirt, rocks, stones or cement. Yard debris left at the curb by contracted lawn care workers or independent contractors will not be collected by City crews.<br /> <br /> Yard debris materials can also be dumped at the following Public Works locations:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify;">2nd Division&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6814 Hamilton Ave., West Homewood</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">3rd Division&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 40 Melanchton St., Hazelwood</li> <li style="text-align: justify;">5th Division&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1330 Hassler St., West End</li> </ul> Thu, 10 May 2012 09:47:15 -0400 CITY ANNOUNCES FLOOD GATES AT WASHINGTON BOULEVARD OPERATIONAL http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1420 <p><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 4, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that the three flood gates located at intersections along Washington Boulevard have passed several safety tests and are fully operational. Work began on the flood gate system shortly after the flash flood along the PennDOT-owned road, which resulted in great tragedy. Three automated gate systems and five advanced warning signs have been installed along the Boulevard to warn motorists and pedestrians of flash flooding. The gates will be lowered in the threat of a flood.</p> <p>&quot;The City worked collaboratively with PennDOT to make sure this tragedy never happens again,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;This gate system will ensure that during flash flood situations no vehicles enter this part of Washington Boulevard.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The system will use pressure sensors that automatically close the gates and activate the warning signs when a predetermined amount of water is detected on the roadway. When the system activates, it will also notify the appropriate emergency response personnel. The $450,000 project, funded and installed by PennDOT, will be owned and maintained by the City of Pittsburgh.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are very pleased to deploy flood gates along Washington Boulevard &ndash; the first such system in Pennsylvania,&rdquo; said PennDOT District Executive Dan Cessna. &ldquo;This advanced technology is designed to barricade the travel lanes if flooding is detected.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> In addition to the gate system, City officials have implemented a Water Rescue Awareness Plus training program, put together by Public Safety Director Michael Huss. Police, Fire, and EMS leaders have worked together to develop the eight hour training course that trains safety personnel on flood water rescue techniques, such as the use throw bags and personal safety devices. In addition, employees are taught the dangers of water in flood environments.<br /> <br /> At present, 1,200 of the approximate 2,000 safety employees have received the training which will wrap up next month. The program&rsquo;s next step will be to create water rescue teams, including elite teams for the most difficult situations.&nbsp;As part of the preparedness program, the City&nbsp;purchased 11 inflatable swiftwater boats for the most flood-prone areas of the City as well as flotation devices and throw bags to be added on fire trucks and police cars.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m proud of all of our public safety employees who have appreciated the challenge of this swiftwater class,&rdquo; said Michael Huss. &ldquo;I have no doubt that this training will save lives.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The automated flood gate systems have been installed on Washington Boulevard at the Negley Run Road intersection; on Washington Boulevard at the Allegheny River Boulevard intersection; and on Highland Drive and Lemington Avenue, approaching Washington Boulevard.<br /> <br /> The five advanced warning signs have been installed on Butler Street approaching Washington Boulevard; on Allegheny River Boulevard approaching Washington Boulevard; on Negley Run Road approaching Washington Boulevard; on Highland Drive approaching Lemington Avenue; and on Washington Boulevard approaching Negley Run Road.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 11:44:55 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES INSTALLATION OF CITY'S FIRST ON-STREET BIKE CORRAL http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1415 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 3, 2012</strong> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is proud to announce that on Tues., May 15, 2012 at 12 noon, the City&rsquo;s first on-street bicycle corral parking facility <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/poster.pdf">will be unveiled</a> at the OTB Bicycle Caf&eacute; (2518 East Carson St.) at 12 noon. Additionally, the Mayor will proclaim it &ldquo;Frank Lenz Day&rdquo; in the City of Pittsburgh. The proclamation will honor the Pittsburgh native that set off to travel around the world 120 years ago &ndash; proving that cycling offered practical and enjoyable transportation.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Frank Lenz&rsquo;s courage and ambition live on in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growing bicycle community of today,&rdquo; said Mayor Ravenstahl. &ldquo;We are committed to ensuring a world-class bicycle City for residents and visitors alike. It&rsquo;s for that reason that I hired the City&rsquo;s first-ever Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator in 2007, and have worked to increase the City&rsquo;s bike lanes, public bike racks, and now, bike corrals.&rdquo; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Many Pittsburgh neighborhood business districts are at their parking capacity.&nbsp; Adding bicycle infrastructure, such as on-street corrals, not only allows more people to shop in the City&rsquo;s business districts, but also provides the infrastructure to encourage more people to bike.&nbsp; The City is committed to making Pittsburgh a world class bicycle City, and on-street bicycle corrals advance that initiative. It&#39;s this dedication that led Bicycling.com to name Pittsburgh one of &quot;America&#39;s Top 50 Bike Cities&quot; in 2011.<br /> <br /> Installation of the OTB Bicycle Caf&eacute; corral is expected to be the first of several corrals that will be strategically placed within the City as a way to expand parking capacity in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s business districts and accommodate City cyclists. Corrals replace on-street automobile parking spaces with bike racks, and are a proven strategy to increase parking capacity while encouraging people to bike.&nbsp; The design ranges from 1-2 car parking spots being replaced by a minimum of 6 racks, thus significantly increasing the street&#39;s parking spaces and raising the business district&rsquo;s customer capacity.&nbsp; Bicycle corrals are generally installed when bike racks cannot be installed on City sidewalks.&nbsp; Corrals have been installed in cities all over the country including cities such as Portland, San Francisco and Minneapolis to great success. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Future corrals will be installed in the City based upon business owner requests.&nbsp; As part of the program, the City will install the racks and enter into a maintenance agreement with the applicant.&nbsp; Applicants must be a property owner.&nbsp; Businesses may apply, but they must have the property owner&rsquo;s consent.&nbsp; Business and property owners interested in installing an on-street bicycle corral should contact Stephen Patchan, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator at 412-393-0150 or at <a href="mailto:stephen.patchan@pittsburghpa.gov">stephen.patchan@pittsburghpa.gov</a>. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT FRANK LENZ</strong><br /> On May 15th, 1892, Frank Lenz, an accountant from Pittsburgh, persuaded the editor of Outing Magazine to send him around the world on a prototype of the modern bicycle. In front of the post office in downtown, Pittsburgh Lenz began his journey on what is now the Great Allegheny Passage. Lenz travelled to Washington D.C. and New York before heading west.<br /> <br /> Two years into his epic journey, after crossing North America and Asia, Lenz disappeared in Turkey.&nbsp; Despite the international outcry and search, neither his body nor bicycle was ever found. Still, he succeeded in proving that cycling offered practical and enjoyable transportation, and his ardent advocacy helped to spark the great bicycle boom of the 1890s.&nbsp; The Frank Lenz proclamation will be presented to the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 10:02:43 -0400 MAYOR, KEY STAKEHOLDERS ANNOUNCE OPENING OF SOUTH SHORE RIVERFRONT PARK AND AMPHITHEATER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1411 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 2, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, joined by elected officials, development stakeholders and community partners, celebrated the official opening of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s newest Riverfront attraction and urban playground - the South Shore Riverfront Park.&nbsp; Located at the SouthSide Works between the 25th-29th Streets, the 3.2-acre, $13 million public park has transformed the former LTV steel site into a key link within Pittsburgh&rsquo;s beautiful trail system.<br /> <br /> &quot;The world-class South Shore Riverfront Park has reclaimed this former industrial site, and now offers City residents and visitors an experience unlike any other in Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.&nbsp; &quot;The amenities of the park, combined with its proximity to the SouthSide Works retail complex, will repurpose Pittsburgh&rsquo;s riverfronts - inviting thousands of boaters to our shores and setting the standard for future riverfront development around the country. The full economic impact of SouthSide Works will now be realized through this park.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Along with access to great shopping and dining, park amenities include a 1,000-seat amphitheater (2,000 people standing), hiking and biking trail access, and unique features like a water fountain for dogs and historic relics of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s industrial past.&nbsp;&nbsp; The park is located on the site of the former Jones &amp; Laughlin Company steel mill, which once defined Pittsburgh. This 140-year history has been incorporated into the park&rsquo;s design with historical artifacts and interpretive signage. South Shore Riverfront Park also connects the Hot Metal Pedestrian Bridge, Three Rivers Heritage Trail system and Great Allegheny Passage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are thrilled that this important piece of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s riverfront park system is finally in place,&rdquo; said Lisa Schroeder, Riverlife president &amp; CEO. &ldquo;For generations, access to the Monongahela River at the South Shore Riverfront Park site has been a challenge. The new park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the river up close, while also creating a vital link in Three Rivers Park, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Great Allegheny Passage. South Shore Riverfront Park will be a premiere spot for outdoor recreation and relaxation, the type of place that continues to define Pittsburgh as a world-class river city.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The new park will eventually provide access to the river for recreation, entertainment, a private marina, water taxi service and public docking for recreational boating. The next phase, &quot;River Landing,&quot; is currently out to bid and a spring 2013 completion is anticipated.<br /> <br /> A permanent boat dock facility to accommodate 17 transient recreational vessels will be constructed and will enable boaters to access the park, the $400 million SouthSide Works development and the South Side neighborhood.<br /> <br /> &quot;Construction of the tie-up facility will complete a true multi-modal hub,&quot; Robert Rubinstein, URA acting executive director said. &quot;This unique development will now be accessible by boat, bus, bike, car and foot.&quot;<br /> <br /> Funding from both public ($10,650,000) and private ($2,683,000) sources were used for the development of the park. <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/SSRP_Funding.pdf">Funding breakdown.</a><br /> <br /> &quot;This park demonstrates what is best about our development and is a culmination of our original plan: a Live, Work and Play community; a place where everyone is welcome to enjoy one of the City&#39;s greatest assets, the rivers,&quot; said James Lee Soffer, vice president, The Soffer Organization.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Residents are encouraged to attend a special event to celebrate the grand opening of the park and amphitheater on Thursday, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Hosted by Cindy Howes, WYEP Morning Mix host and producer, the free, family-friendly event will feature live music, kid-friendly arts and crafts courtesy of the City&rsquo;s Roving Art Cart, light snacks and drinks provided by Hofbr&auml;uhaus Pittsburgh, bike valet provided by Bike Pittsburgh, and much more. View the invitation <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/rhythm-n-flow">here.</a><br /> <br /> Today, on the 34-acre SouthSide Works site developed by The Soffer Organization, more than 2,000 jobs have been created, and many retailers new to the Pittsburgh market have been attracted, as well as several technology companies, and the America Eagle Outfitters World Headquarters. At full build-out, SouthSide Works will provide 5,600 jobs and over 400 housing units.<br /> <br /> South Shore Riverfront Park was designed by Environmental Planning and Design and Lennon Smith Souleret Engineers. Construction was completed by A. Liberoni, Inc., Allison Park Contractors, Inc., Carl Walker Construction Co. and Brayman Construction Corp.<br /> The South Shore Riverfront Park has been made possible with funding support from: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Honorable Edward Rendell, Governor, Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor; American Eagle Outfitters; Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Friends of the Riverfront; The Heinz Endowments,; NiSource Charitable Foundation/Columbia Gas; Federal Highway Administration Transportation Enhancement Program administered by</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; Laurel Foundation; Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Assistance in Sport Fish Restoration Program; Richard King Mellon Foundation; Riverlife, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area; The Soffer Organization; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Anonymous; and Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. Tax Increment Financing was also approved for this project by the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Pittsburgh Public Schools. Strong support for the project was also provided by U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, State Senator Jay Costa, State Representative Jake Wheatley and City Councilman Bruce Kraus.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 13:04:06 -0400 MAYOR TO ADDRESS RESIDENTS AT JOB FAIR, ANNOUNCE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2012 SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1409 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 2, 2012&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today will address East End Works Job Fair attendees and announce that applications are available for the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP). This year&rsquo;s six-week jobs program will place over 370 young residents in employment with the City, who will gain valuable work experience, earn wages and contribute to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic growth. Since Ravenstahl brought back the program in 2007, over 2,600 young people have received summer jobs ranging from restoring and conserving City parks to administrative tasks in an office setting. The announcement comes during the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board&rsquo;s 6th annual <a href="http://www.imaginecareerweek.org">Imagine Career Week</a>, co-hosted by Lawrenceville United.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;In order for our City to thrive, we must ensure the success of our young residents,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By continuing to work with youth-serving organizations to create City programs like the Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative and the Pittsburgh Promise, we continue to work hard to prepare our future leaders.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The locally and federally funded six-week PSYEP will begin July 2 and continue through August 10, and is available to City of Pittsburgh residents between the ages of 14 and 21. Youths will be assigned to perform outdoor work, including restoration and conservation of City parks, public property and vacant lots, and internships, including general office work in a variety of local businesses. They will be paid $7.25 per hour and may work up to 30 hours per week.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>Ravenstahl will hand out applications at today&rsquo;s job fair at the Teamster Temple, 4701 Butler Street in Lawrenceville, at 4:30 p.m. </strong>Applications are available for download on the Mayor&rsquo;s Youth Policy website at <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy">pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy</a> and also online at <a href="http://pittsburghpartnership.org">PittsburghPartnership.org</a>, and at the PSYEP application centers: YouthLINK (South) at 2600 East Carson Street (412-390-2441) or YouthLINK/Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center at 5321 Penn Avenue (412-452-1513). Applications will be accepted until May 15. Applicants less than 18 years of age must have applications signed by a parent or legal guardian.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Imagine Career Week is a coordinated series of events that provides our region&rsquo;s youths and families with the resources and tools needed for 21st century careers. The week brings together young people, parents, educators, employers and youth-serving agencies that are focused on career education.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 11:04:52 -0400 MAYOR'S BLOCK REVITALIZATION PROGRAM TO IMPACT MORE NEIGHBORHOODS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1407 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) May 1, 2012 </strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Standing at a soon-to-be-transformed vacant lot in the Knoxville neighborhood, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined community volunteers and the Home Depot Foundation to announce the expansion of his successful Love Your Block revitalization program. &nbsp;The program is one of seven service initiatives that are a part of the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH plan, which coordinates volunteers to help address the City&rsquo;s greatest challenges. Last fall, 10 Love Your Block grantees impacted 47 blocks with the help of City departments and 675 volunteers. The program created 17 community gardens, removed 5,480 pounds of litter and leveraged $8,500 in other donations.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;The Home Depot Foundation has recognized this program&rsquo;s impact and has made a generous commitment that will allow us to double our efforts to revitalize more City blocks,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I want to thank the Home Depot Foundation for their generous support and the City employees and community volunteers who worked tirelessly to clean, green and ultimately transform vacant lots.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Mayor&rsquo;s Love Your Block program will receive $130,000 from The Home Depot Foundation, enabling the City to increase the number of Love Your Block (LYB) revitalization projects from 20 to 50 per year and doubling the grant amount to $1,000 per project. &nbsp;In addition, one LYB project per round will be voted &ldquo;best&rdquo; by ServePGH staff members and receive $2,000 in additional funds to be used for future block enhancements.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;We are honored to be a&nbsp;part of The Mayor&rsquo;s Love Your Block Initiative to help residents repair and refurbish homes and neighborhoods,&rdquo; said Kelly&nbsp;Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. &ldquo;The cornerstone of our lives is usually the place we call home, where we gather with our families and friends, and we are proud that our grant funding will be used to make a lasting, physical impact on neighborhoods throughout the city.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Ravenstahl continues to support military veterans by strengthening the neighborhoods in which they live. With this new funding, projects that take place in neighborhoods with a high concentration of veterans, engage veterans as volunteers, or support veterans organizations will be given special consideration.<br /> <br /> Love Your Block provides local organizations with a Home Depot gift card to purchase the supplies and equipment necessary to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. City departments then meet with the awardees and deploy City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal, as necessary. Previously, The Home Depot Foundation donated $10,000 toward the program in the form in $500 Home Depot gift cards. The Mayor made the announcement at a vacant lot on Jucunda St. in the Knoxville neighborhood. The local community group, 400 Block of Jucunda St. Clean-up Committee, is one of 10 current Love Your Block grantees and will be transforming two vacant lots into a community&nbsp; flower garden.<br /> <br /> &quot;Love Your Block definitely changed my perspective of Pittsburgh by showing me that the Mayor wants the same thing as&nbsp;homeowners&nbsp;and residents of the city: a nice place for neighbors to live peacefully amongst one another. It&#39;s these sorts of projects that help neighborhoods thrive for a long time to come,&rdquo; said Kelly Day, Fall 2011 LYB Grantee from Brighton Heights</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Applications for the next round of 25 projects, which will take place this fall, launched today and are available at &nbsp;<a href="http://www.servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock/grantapplication.">www.servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock/grantapplication.</a><br /> <br /> For more information, email <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov"><u>servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</u></a> or call 412-255-2280.<br /> <br /> <strong>About Cities of Service</strong><br /> On September 10, 2009, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl pledged that the City of Pittsburgh would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining Mayor Bloomberg and fifteen other Mayors from across our nation to launch the Cities of Service coalition. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Ravenstahl committed to developing a coordinated strategy to utilize impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy for addressing local challenges.<br /> <br /> The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s service blueprint, <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/files/servePGH-r4.pdf">servePGH</a>, seeks to engage citizens in impacting our City&#39;s greatest challenges through seven service initiative which focus on securing a brighter future for youths through mentoring and educational opportunities, and revitalizing Pittsburgh&#39;s neighborhoods through community renewal projects.<br /> <br /> <strong>About AmeriCorps VISTA</strong><br /> Love Your Block is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a 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 over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.<br /> <br /> <strong>About The Home Depot Foundation</strong><br /> In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantages veterans. Through Team Depot, the company&rsquo;s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and to the facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit <a href="http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/">www.homedepotfoundation.org</a>, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn and like us on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation">www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation</a>.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 14:11:55 -0400 CITY CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY BY PLANTING 60 TREES, RAISING 'TREE CITY' FLAG AT CITY-COUNTY BUILDING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1402 <p style="text-align: justify">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the City&rsquo;s plans to plant 60 trees tomorrow in Homewood, Greenfield, Brighton Heights and Larimer in honor of Arbor Day. Arbor Day, celebrated today, encourages residents to plant trees and promote environmental sustainability. The City also hung its &ldquo;Tree City USA&rdquo; flag today at the City-County Building.<br /> <br /> &quot;We&#39;re&nbsp;connecting residents with opportunities to experience the importance of trees through programs like tree-seedling giveaways and community tree plantings,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;With the efforts of so many individuals and organizations, we&#39;re well on our way to meeting the goal outlined by the TreeVitalize Pittsburgh partnership to plant 20,000 trees by 2012. We continue to educate residents on the importance of planting the right species of trees that will not only improve our city&#39;s air quality, but&nbsp; improve our ability to manage storm water.&quot;<br /> <br /> TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a joint project with the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Tree Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The partnership&#39;s mission is to significantly increase the tree canopy in the region by planting 20,000 trees by 2010.<br /> The City remains an active TreeVitalize partner, and has organized community volunteers to plant 13,000 trees in nearly 60 City neighborhoods since 2008.<br /> <br /> This weekend&#39;s plantings are made possible by in-house work performed by the City&rsquo;s Department of Public Works, community volunteers and funds from DCNR and WPC. Other efforts to plant more trees in the City include the Mayor&rsquo;s Free Tree Giveaway. More than 1,000 trees were given to residents this week during Market Square&rsquo;s Earth Week celebration.<br /> <br /> <strong>SATURDAY TREE PLANTINGS - PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Brighton Heights</strong><br /> 9 a.m. to 12 noon<br /> Antrim St.<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15212</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify">Joined by neighbors, Western PA Conservancy staff and volunteers, TreeVitalize will plant 21 street trees on the site of Brighton Heights Citizens Federation&rsquo;s vacant lot remediation and community garden project. This was one of 20 projects selected to receive a Mayor&rsquo;s Love Your Block grant.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify"><br /> <strong>Greenfield</strong><br /> 9 a.m. to 12 noon<br /> Corner of Saline St. and Alexis St.<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15207</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify">This will be the first-ever stormwater project completed through TreeVitalize, in cooperation with Penn State University and the City of Pittsburgh. The demonstration will include the planting of 15 trees, placement of rain garden soil mix, and the removal of the existing sidewalk, which will be replaced with pervious concrete.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify"><br /> <strong>Homewood</strong><br /> 9 a.m. to 12 noon<br /> Corner of Race St. and Collier St.<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15208</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify">Along with volunteers from the Race Street Beautification Committee, TreeVitalize will plant 21 street trees on both neighborhood sidewalks and on a few City-owned lots.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify"><br /> <strong>Larimer</strong><br /> 9 a.m.&nbsp; to 12 noon<br /> Environment and Energy Community Outreach (EECO) Center<br /> Corner of East Liberty Blvd. and Larimer Ave.<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15206</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify">A lot that was once home to an abandoned former BP gas station is transforming into the location of the new EECO Center. The Center is now an energy efficiency education and training resource for East End neighborhoods. Its roles include demonstrating cost-effective energy efficiency strategies and green technologies. Tomorrow, TreeVitalize volunteers will be planting 12 new trees to accent this new construction. &nbsp;</li> </ul> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:39:25 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD FOR CITY'S SECOND YOUTH CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1399 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong style="text-align: justify">(PITTSBURGH) April 25, 2012 </strong><span style="text-align: justify">&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City&rsquo;s second annual Youth Civic Leadership Academy (YCLA), a free six-week course designed to educate and engage high school students about the inner-workings of City government. The Mayor launched the YCLA program last year, based on his Civic Leadership Academy, a similar program available twice yearly to City adults.&nbsp; Both programs are initiatives of his servePGH service plan.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Our goal is to connect with high school students through fun, hands-on, interactive activities that will show them the importance of City government and public service,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This year, I have grown the program to include fifty participants, who I hope will gain a stronger sense of pride and accomplishment that will lay the foundation for them to become informed, effective and inspired civic leaders.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The sessions will highlight different City departments and the services they provide that help make Pittsburgh the most livable City. City directors will develop their sessions with tours, hands-on demonstrations and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the City. At the conclusion of the course, the Mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The program will take place on six consecutive Wednesday evenings between July 11 and August 15, 2012 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The City will provide bus/shuttle transportation to sessions held outside the Downtown area, as well as Port Authority bus passes for all sessions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Applicants must be a high school student residing within Pittsburgh City limits at the time of application. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, interested in community service and civic engagement, and committed to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and/or school communities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Interested youth may apply online at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/">cla.pittsburghpa.gov</a> or request a hard copy application by calling or emailing the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Service &amp; Civic Engagement.&nbsp;&nbsp; Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on May 31, 2012; late applications will not be accepted.&nbsp; Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-June 2012.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Throughout the course, participants will reflect on their experience and will be provided with the opportunity to develop a group service project that is based on their experience in the program.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">To date, over 100 Pittsburgh residents have participated in the Mayor&rsquo;s Civic Leadership Academy.&nbsp; Past service projects have included a community garden planting, a recycling awareness campaign, a playground rehab in East Carnegie, and the facilitation of small business district revitalization discussions in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/">cla.pittsburghpa.gov</a>, call 412-255-2280, or send an e-mail to <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The City of Pittsburgh is thankful to the Corporation for National &amp; Community Service for its dedication of AmeriCorps VISTA resources to servePGH.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more.&nbsp; Over 1,200 volunteers have committed more than 8,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:05:20 -0400 CITY'S EARTH MARKET SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1397 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl&#39;s first Earth Market in Market Square has been cancelled today, tomorrow, and Thursday due to inclement weather. The Market&nbsp; will take place this Wednesday and Friday only, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Market Square. At the Market in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, dozens of vendors will&nbsp;share sustainable resources, promote citywide green initiatives and support the growth of the local green economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Key events at the Market, including the Mayor&#39;s Tree Giveaway, will still take place.&nbsp; At the Market on Wednesday, April 25, the City will give away 1,000 evergreen trees in an effort to promote a greener City and reach the Treevitalize Initiative&rsquo;s goal of planting 20,000 trees in the county by the end of 2012. So far, over 13,000 trees have been planted in 57 City neighborhoods by 3,500 volunteers.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">To help residents and businesses preserve their confidentiality while going green, the City is partnering with The Paper Exchange and the local ARMA chapter to shred and recycle confidential documents. On Friday, April 27 at Earth Market, and for $5 per box, residents and business owners can shred and recycle confidential documents. It is estimated that one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify;">The Market was originally to be held Mon. - Fri. of this, but has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. For a complete listing&nbsp;of Earth Market vendors, &nbsp;click <a href="http://goo.gl/pytqd" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:17:27 -0400 MAYOR TO ATTEND PRESTIGIOUS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONFERENCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1393 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) April 20, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl this Sunday will be one of 40 business and community leaders from across the country participating in the week-long<a href="http://jcoc.osd.mil/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Joint Civilian Orientation Conference</a>&nbsp;(JCOC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. The program aims to increase leaders&#39; public understanding of national defense by enabling participants to directly observe and engage with U.S. Military.&nbsp;Pittsburgh&rsquo;s history with the program dates back to JCOC 11, which was devoted entirely to Mayors of key cities as a result of a letter from Mayor David Lawrence to President Harry Truman.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;I am very excited and honored to take part in this prestigious program,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Many Pittsburgh residents are veterans or are currently serving in the military, and I&#39;m anxious to learn more about the jobs that they have done and continue to do to protect our great city and nation.&quot;</p> <div> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">Participants are guests of the Secretary of Defense and attend briefings by senior military and civilian officials at the Pentagon. They then gain hands-on experience through operations and interactions with troops and military leaders, visiting military installations on the East Coast.&nbsp;</p> </div> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We very much look forward to meeting Mayor Ravenstahl from the great City of Pittsburgh, and introducing him to his United States Military,&rdquo; said Rose-Ann Lynch, JCOC director. &ldquo;We hope to acquaint him with our Nation&rsquo;s defense programs, and provide him with a sound understanding of the challenges faced by our men and women in uniform and by the families who support them, both on and off the battlefield.&rdquo;</p> <div> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">Every evening, Mayor Ravenstahl will blog about his unique experiences as a JCOC 83 participant. Residents are encouraged to read the Mayor&rsquo;s blog at&nbsp;<a href="http://mayorravenstahl.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">MayorRavenstahl.blogspot.<wbr />com</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">Participants are nominated by Department of Defense officials, military commands, U.S. Coast Guard and JCOC alumni. Nominees are regionally or nationally influential citizens from across the country. Mayor Ravenstahl was invited to participate in the prestigious program following his nomination by the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force,<a href="http://www.defense.gov/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=43" target="_blank">Michael B. Donley</a>.</p> </div> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">The program runs twice a year and is managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. JCOC is the oldest existing DOD outreach program having been held more than 81 times since its inception in 1948.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;The more educated citizens &nbsp;become on the role of government, the more likely they are to become active stakeholders,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;It&rsquo;s for this reason that we have created programs like the Civic Leadership Academy, which help the public better understand the role of City government.&quot;</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:02:28 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES URA BOARD TO CONSIDER PROGRAM TO FURTHER PITTSBURGH'S THIRD RENAISSANCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1390 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong style="text-align: justify">(PITTSBURGH) April, 19, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify"> &nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors today will vote this afternoon to consider establishing a new program to assist targeted communities with creating neighborhood development plans. The new program, called the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Renaissance Fund, is a collaborative effort between the URA, City Planning and the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP). &nbsp;The program would give neighborhood organizations expertise and guidance in developing their own community plans, steering them on a clear path toward pursuing real estate development projects and other strategic initiatives. &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Neighborhoods like East Liberty that have successful community development plans are better positioned to attract public and private investment that spur job creation and economic development,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This program will help more City neighborhoods in the south, west, and north experience Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">The board item today calls for the URA to provide a start-up grant of $300,000 and the CDCP to work with local nonprofits to raise matching funds. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 would be awarded to communities for professional design and planning services. The CDCP would provide technical assistance, outreach, support staff and administrative oversight through their existing <a href="http://designfund.cdcp.org/">Design Fund</a> program guidelines. &nbsp;The Neighborhood Renaissance Fund would be administered by the CDCP.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;The CDCP&rsquo;s Design Fund program is the ideal vehicle for delivering these services,&rdquo; said Steve Glassman, CDCP CEO and President. &ldquo;For more than 25 years, the Design Fund has provided seed grants of up to $40,000 for individual projects and invaluable technical assistance to communities that enable them to hire and use planning and design services effectively. The CDCP looks forward to working with the URA and City Planning to help advance Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance through the Neighborhood Renaissance Fund.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">The program&rsquo;s primary goals, to be established in a 10-12 month time frame, include: identifying neighborhood clusters that generate the greatest needs and opportunities for development; establishing local community consensus on project priorities; forging common shared agendas that cross neighborhood boundaries and are shaped around the built environment; and establishing a reasonable scope of services and the needed planning and design resources for each project.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">The URA Board of Directors meets Thurs., April 19 at 2 p.m. in the URA offices at 200 Ross St., Downtown.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:56:18 -0400 MAYOR ENCOURAGES FAMILIES TO ATTEND CITIPARKS' 7TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1389 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) April 18, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today encouraged residents and families to attend the City&rsquo;s Department of Citiparks&rsquo; 5th annual free Earth Day Celebration from 11:30 to 4 p.m., this Saturday, April 21, at Frick Environmental Center, located at 2005 Beechwood Boulevard. The free, City-sponsored event includes Earth Day activities for the entire family and live musical entertainment. The Mayor today also reminded residents that the City has extended Earth Day festivities with the addition of next week&rsquo;s &ldquo;Earth Market&rdquo; in Market Square, from April 23-27.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;The annual Earth Day celebration at Frick Park is an enjoyable event for all ages,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Residents, families and children should come out and enjoy a day full of nature walks, workshops and entertainment in one of our City&rsquo;s most beautiful parks.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">At the event, a variety of workshops will provide children the opportunity to prepare a butterfly garden, plant sunflowers and other plants, observe bees in their hive, and other fun, engaging activities. Adults can enjoy nature walks and live entertainment. For a full list and description of activities for both adults and children, click <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/earth_day.htm">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The event is also sponsored by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and 91.3fm WYEP. The 151-acre Frick Woods Nature Reserve offers an extensive trail system and an impressive array of habitats filled with Pennsylvania&rsquo;s native plants.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Mayor will extend the City&rsquo;s Earth Week celebration into next week with Earth Market, a week-long market in honor of Earth Day. From April 23-27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Market Square, over a dozen vendors will provide sustainable green resources, retail items and recycling services in an effort to share sustainable resources, promote citywide green initiatives and support the local green economy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">For a complete listing of City-sponsored Earth Week events and a full list of Earth Market vendors, click <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/content?i=335">here</a>.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:54:12 -0400 MAYOR KICKS OFF 2012 PAVING SEASON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1384 <p style="text-align: center;margin: 15px 0px; "><a class="greenButton" href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/pavingPlan2012.pdf" style="color: white;">2012 Paving Plan</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) APRIL 17, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today kicked off the City&rsquo;s 2012 paving season in Squirrel Hill, where Department of Public Works (DPW) crews this week began paving several miles of City streets.&nbsp; Sections of highly traveled roads maintained by DPW&rsquo;s Third Division will be paved in the next few weeks, including parts of Forbes Avenue, Beechwood Boulevard and Greenfield Avenue. &nbsp;All six DPW divisions, representing the entire City, will begin paving work soon, and the Mayor today encouraged citizens to connect with the City&rsquo;s social media outlets, including its <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor">website</a>, <a href="http://facebook.com/city.of.pittsburgh">Facebook </a>and <a href="http://twitter.com/citypgh">Twitter </a>pages, in order to receive up-to-date paving schedules. Residents can also call the Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 Response Line to receive paving information.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;This year&rsquo;s paving season will be one of the most robust of the entire decade,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;We all know that our roads are in need of investment, and this year&rsquo;s capital budget answers the call to pave more roads and invest in our infrastructure.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The total City street miles resurfaced this year is set to increase from about 25 lane miles accomplished in 2011 to 60 lane miles in 2012. The City posted its 2012 <a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/pavingPlan2012.pdf">Paving Plan</a> to its website today. The Plan includes streets to be paved and City maps showing roads paved from 2006 to 2011. Starting today, residents can also follow DPW on Twitter using the Twitter handle &ldquo;@CityPGH_DPW&rdquo;. The department will tweet weekly paving schedules and road closures that affect residents&rsquo; commutes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The average life of a surfaced street is 10-12 years. Street resurfacing is prioritized based on outlined criteria and defined for primary, secondary, and tertiary streets. Streets to be resurfaced are compiled from the following criteria: overall street condition, which is monitored in the Cart&egrave;graph Pavement Management System (PMS); high traffic volume streets; condition of surrounding streets; and time since last resurfacing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The DPW&rsquo;s Asphalt Paving Division uses an electronic database for tracking, monitoring and scheduling street maintenance. This Cartegraph Pavement Management System (PMS) itemizes streets based on individual street segments defined by road surface type, from intersection to intersection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The City today posted its 2012 Paving Plan and proposed street resurfacing list. The list is subject to change based on utility disruptions and other unforeseen events. Last year, the City spent about $5 million dollars and paved about 25 miles. This year&rsquo;s project $11.3 million budget will allow the City to pave about 60 miles. Based on environmental conditions, the street paving work season is performed between April 15 and November 20.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 12:20:16 -0400 MAYOR, COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS CELEBRATE HISTORIC REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1379 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) April 16, 2012</strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined community stakeholders to celebrate the start of the highly anticipated redevelopment of East Liberty&rsquo;s Highland and Wallace Buildings. The Mayor and developers Walnut Capital and Massaro Properties kicked off the historic renovation project with a community street party. Called &ldquo;Walnut on Highland,&rdquo; the $26 million project will create hundreds of jobs and includes 127 market-rate apartments, 15,000 square feet of prime retail space and a 180-car parking garage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The East Liberty neighborhood has experienced tremendous investment and we&rsquo;re making sure that the job creation continues,&rdquo; &nbsp;said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;This historic rehabilitation marks an important milestone in the transformation of this burgeoning corridor. I&rsquo;d like to thank the community, business owners and development team for their continued support of this project.&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The historic Highland Building sat vacant for more than 25 years, and the Wallace Building for five. The City acquired the Highland Building in 2004, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority acquired the Wallace Building in 2009. Over the years, various developers have attempted to redevelop the site, but were unsuccessful due to the costs of historic rehabilitation, as well as the need for more parking. Thanks to the Rendell administration, and now Corbett administration, a $4.5 million RACP grant will help fill the financing gap allowing for the construction of a parking garage. In addition, the site will receive $4 million in historic tax credits and the City&rsquo;s URA provided a facade loan and secondary financing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Over the years, six developers have tried to redevelop these properties, but couldn&rsquo;t get the job done,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;The fact that this project is indeed happening is a testament to the hard work of the City&rsquo;s URA, which collaborates with the state and private sector to advance job creation and economic development in our neighborhoods.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Thanks to the Mayor&rsquo;s dedication to preservation and to retaining the significant fabric and context of our City neighborhoods, the buildings were still standing,&rdquo; said Todd Reidbord, principal of Walnut Capital. &nbsp;&ldquo;The Mayor believed in this project and his team worked hard to help us get this development off of the ground.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The 100-percent historic redevelopment and adaptive reuse of the Highland and Wallace Building development site is an essential piece of &nbsp;the City&rsquo;s and East Liberty Development Incorporated&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.eastliberty.org/community-planning/plans-and-studies/2010-community-plan">master plan</a>. The plan includes housing and improved public infrastructure, as well as retail and commercial centers, and calls for $400 million in investment on 17 acres of land that span the East Liberty business district. When completed, these projects will create nearly 2,400 jobs, $17 million in local and state tax revenue each year, and 457,000 square feet of new goods, services and restaurants that will permanently re-establish East Liberty as a destination.<br /> <br /> The URA sold the Highland Building, two adjacent lots and the Wallace building to Highland-Wallace Joint Venture for $1.875 million last January. The project is on a 12-month timeline with the first rental units scheduled to be available by spring of 2013.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:54:19 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES HOMEWOOD AND HILL DISTRICT HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS AWARDED $2.4M IN PHFA TAX CREDITS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1377 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">(</span>PITTSBURGH) April 13, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; "> &nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)</span><span style="text-align: justify;"> board <a href="http://www.phfa.org/forms/press_releases/current/PHFA2012MFAwards4_12_2012.pdf">awarded</a></span><span style="text-align: justify; "> two Pittsburgh redevelopment projects with Low Income Housing Tax Credits &ndash; Homewood Senior Housing and Addison Terrace Phase I Replacement, located in the Hill District. &nbsp;The board voted yesterday to award $2.4 million worth of tax credits to Pittsburgh projects to provide funding for affordable housing.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Tax credits are a vital financing tool for the construction of much-needed affordable housing in our City,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;We are grateful to the PHFA board and staff, including Executive Director and CEO Brian Hudson, and to all those whose efforts helped to provide generous tax credits for these worthy neighborhood developments. These projects will provide quality housing to residents in our neighborhoods that need it most.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">The incentive program provides an annual tax credit - a dollar for dollar reduction in the taxpayer&rsquo;s federal taxes &ndash; for the first 10 years following the completion of the project. This tax credit is a big win for developers who are able to leverage this incentive to attract potential investors.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&quot;Working with developers and community stakeholders, the City of Pittsburgh has been successful in winning two significant grant awards from PHFA to continue our efforts in rebuilding new housing opportunities that will lead to more sustainable communities,&rdquo; said State Senator Jim Ferlo, representative of the Homewood and Hill District neighborhoods and member of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; "><strong>ABOUT HOMEWOOD SENIOR HOUSING</strong><br /> Homewood Senior Housing is the first of a multi-phased, transit-oriented redevelopment plan along Homewood Ave. The housing will be built on both sides of the East Busway in the Homewood and North Point Breeze neighborhoods. &nbsp;The Phase I building will be located along Homewood Ave., between Tioga and Susquehanna streets.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;This project is an important step in the revitalization of the Homewood community,&rdquo; said Councilman Ricky Burgess. &ldquo;It will help to spur development from the Busway down along the Homewood Ave. corridor.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">The total cost for Phase I is estimated at $11 million, with an approximate $1.1 million tax credit allocation. The 4-story, mixed-use building being developed by the team of S &amp; A Homes and Oxford Development Company includes: 41 apartment units to serve independent elderly, in addition to commercial space for neighborhood-serving businesses and organizations. &nbsp;The five-phase plan includes mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment, along with infrastructure improvements and greening initiatives.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited for the opportunity to participate in the investment into this community,&rdquo; said Andrew Haines, executive vice president of S&amp;A Homes. &ldquo;The Mayor&rsquo;s vision to reinvest in these neighborhoods is one of the reasons Pittsburgh is &lsquo;America&rsquo;s Most Livable City.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">The new development reflects the principles set forth by &ldquo;Bridging the Busway&rdquo; - Homewood&rsquo;s community planning effort that seeks to harness the power of transit as an engine for neighborhood revitalization. Specifically, it focuses on new and innovative ways to develop housing and parks, potential uses for vacant land, strategies for revitalizing neighborhood business districts, and ways to build a sustainable and equitable future for the community.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; "><strong>ABOUT ADDISON TERRACE</strong><br /> Addison Terrace Phase I Replacement is the first of a five-phase housing redevelopment plan in the Hill District. The housing will integrate and reconnect surrounding communities by introducing new buildings, improving existing neighborhood streets and enhancing walkability and neighborhood connectivity. The project &nbsp;replaces obsolete and deteriorated units with modern, &ldquo;green&rdquo; townhomes.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">The total cost for Phase I is estimated at $31 million, with an approximate $1.3 million tax credit allocation. The 80-unit building being developed by the team of Allies and Ross Management and Development Corporation and KBK Enterprises includes: 80 rental units, 16 of which are handicap-accessible, in addition to a community center and open, recreation space.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">Phase I includes numerous green design principles for energy efficiency, water conservation, low maintenance landscapes, stormwater management and the use of eco-friendly products. The project will seek Enterprise Green Community environmental rating.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:35:29 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES EARTH WEEK FESTIVITIES, CITY TO HOLD WEEK-LONG 'EARTH MARKET' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1374 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) April 13, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp; &nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the City&rsquo;s weeks-long celebration of Earth Day, which takes place this April 22. The environmental activities will kick off this Saturday with spring plantings in Bloomfield, and will include a plethora of green-related events. Some of the events include a Redd Up neighborhood &ldquo;blitz&rdquo; in Greenfield and Hazelwood that will transform a post-demo City lot into a community garden. In addition, the Mayor announced the first-ever &ldquo;Earth Market&rdquo; in Market Square, which will also be the site of the Mayor&rsquo;s fourth-annual free tree giveaway.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Earth Day celebrations remind us all of our responsibility to take care of our environment by making sustainable choices,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I encourage residents and families to celebrate our environment in the coming week.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">Ravenstahl will kick off Earth Week, which is April 16-22, this Saturday, April 14, alongside the Bloomfield Development Corporation and community members as they work to beautify the gateway into the Bloomfield neighborhood. On Monday, the Mayor and Councilman O&rsquo;Connor will continue the Earth Week activities by cleaning and greening the Hazelwood and Greenfield communities. Public Works&rsquo; Redd Up and Green Up crews will work throughout the week in the neighborhoods, boarding vacant houses, trimming weeds and trees, and partnering with Hazelwood Initiative to create a new community garden.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">The historically renovated Market Square, however, will be the epicenter of this year&rsquo;s Earth Day celebrations. <a href="http://goo.gl/pPcwe">Earth Market</a> &ndash; taking place April 23-27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. &ndash; is a week-long market in honor of Earth Day, geared to share sustainable resources, promote citywide green initiatives and support the growth of the local green economy. The Market will bring over a dozen vendors towing sustainable green resources, retail items and recycling services.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;From recycled clothing and beauty products, to repurposed housewares and appliances, to sustainable product demonstrations and giveaways - Earth Market will provide the thousands of passers-bys that visit Market Square with the knowledge and tools needed to live greener, cleaner lifestyles,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">Vendors are still able to sign up until Wednesday, April 18 by contacting the City&rsquo;s Sustainability Coordinator, Aftyn Giles, at 412-255-2254 or Aftyn.Giles@PittsburghPA.gov. There is no cost to participate. Attendees are responsible for providing their own tables, chairs, displays and parking. Participants may select any day(s) to participate, including the full week.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">At the Market on Wednesday, April 25, the City will give away 1,000 evergreen trees in an effort to promote a greener City and reach the Treevitalize Initiative&rsquo;s goal of planting 20,000 trees in the county by the end of 2012. So far, over 13,000 trees have been planted in 57 City neighborhoods by 3,500 volunteers.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">To help residents and businesses preserve their confidentiality while going green, the City is partnering with The Paper Exchange and the local ARMA chapter to shred and recycle confidential documents. On Friday, April 27 at Earth Market, and for $5 per box, residents and business owners can shred and recycle confidential documents. It is estimated that one ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify; ">For a complete listing of City-sponsored Earth Week events and a full list of Earth Market vendors, &nbsp;click <a href="http://goo.gl/pytqd">here</a>.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:40:40 -0400 MAYOR ENCOURAGES GRADUATING SENIORS TO 'PICK PITTSBURGH' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1372 <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) April 10, 2012</strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a partnership with local colleges and universities to reach out to graduating seniors, encouraging them to &ldquo;pick Pittsburgh&rdquo; post-graduation. In a letter sent via email&nbsp; to the thousands of graduating seniors at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University and the Community College of Allegheny County, Ravenstahl reminded students of the great reasons to begin their career and make a positive community impact in Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;A main component of our City&rsquo;s Third Renaissance is our ability to retain the educated and talented students that attend our world-class institutions,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;Pittsburgh has so much to offer young people, from available jobs to high quality of life and affordability and I&rsquo;m happy to remind them that Pittsburgh has what they need and want after college.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">The Mayor&#39;s email to students, sent today,&nbsp;touts the region&rsquo;s available jobs and below-average unemployment rate, affordable and unique neighborhoods, and opportunities for community engagement. The email provides links to resources to help students transition to post-collegiate life in Pittsburgh. Websites like <a href="http://www.imaginepittsburgh.com">ImaginePittsburgh</a>, <a href="http://www.pittsburghcityliving.com/">Pittsburgh City Living</a> and the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy/propelpgh/">Propel Pittsburgh Commission</a> help students find jobs, choose which of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s 90 neighborhoods best fit their lifestyle, and how to get involved in their community.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&ldquo;The University of Pittsburgh expects to graduate over 3,000 students this spring, many of which we hope will begin or continue their careers in Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Paul Supowitz, Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations. &ldquo;As one of the nation&rsquo;s top public research universities, we take great pride in educating and training the next generation of top-tier professionals and we don&rsquo;t want to see them leave this great city after finishing college. Mayor Ravenstahl makes it clear that they are both wanted and needed in Pittsburgh&rsquo;s workforce, and it&rsquo;s wonderful to see the Mayor take such an interest in keeping some of our best talent in Pittsburgh.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <span>&quot;Carnegie Mellon students love Pittsburgh,&quot; said Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon. &quot;The City benefits in many ways&nbsp;from the presence of a vibrant student community. I applaud the Mayor for engaging our graduates and for his ongoing efforts to convince the best and brightest to stay here. Many of our students are hired by Pittsburgh companies or companies that have moved to Pittsburgh to be near our universities. Other students start companies and continue the big thinking that brought them to Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh. It&#39;s a great cycle of success.&quot;</span><br /> <br /> The email is the latest of Ravenstahl&rsquo;s efforts to ensure that the City&#39;s skilled, talented and educated young professionals consider staying in Pittsburgh after graduation. The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program, co-founded by the Mayor in 2007, gives public school students up to $40,000 to pursue higher education. The program encourages young people to work in Pittsburgh post-graduation and give back to the community.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Right now we&rsquo;re celebrating the hundreds of first four-year graduates of the Pittsburgh Promise, and it&rsquo;s so exciting to see so many bright young people come back to Pittsburgh to pursue their careers and make a difference in our neighborhoods,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.<br /> <br /> Other efforts include the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/youthpolicy/propelpgh/">Mayor&rsquo;s Propel Pittsburgh Commission</a> which works to meet the needs and concerns of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s young professionals. Composed entirely of members aged 20-34, the Commission encourages greater participation in government, identifies or creates programs and policies related to issues affecting young professionals in Pittsburgh, and informs various elected and appointed officials representing young adults about issues specific to them.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify">Additionally, Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s Office of Youth Policy continues to visit local colleges to provide students with information about City initiatives and services, such as servePGH, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Personnel, to help them get involved in their communities and local government.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:24:05 -0400 MAYOR, COUNCILMAN BURGESS START THE RAZING OF DILAPIDATED HOUSES IN HOMEWOOD 'KILLING FIELDS,' MARKING THE START OF 2012 DEMOLITION SEASON http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1362 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) April 4, 2012&nbsp;</strong> Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess today commenced the demolition of some of Homewood&rsquo;s most dilapidated and dangerous properties located in the proverbial &ldquo;Killing Fields&rdquo; &ndash; a milestone that has been highly anticipated by both community members and City officials. The tearing down of 610-618 Collier Street marks the start of the City&rsquo;s demolition season, and will soon be followed by the demo of nearby 613-619 Collier Street in the coming weeks, and 7306-7384 and 7506-7546 Furmosa Way later this spring.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We made a promise to the Homewood community that we would rid the neighborhood of these unsafe properties, which have been a hotbed for criminal activity, and today we are making good on that promise,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;We can now reclaim and restore this area for the Homewood neighborhood, transforming these blocks into community assets, not eyesores.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Following the Collier Street properties&rsquo; condemnation in December 2008, the City has worked aggressively to either see the vacant houses improved by the property owner, or to demolish the structures that were posing a safety risk to residents. Finally, in late 2011 the Courts ruled to authorize demolition of the structures.<br /> <br /> &quot;This marks the beginning of the renewal and revival of the Homewood community,&rdquo; said Councilman Burgess. &ldquo;Like the fabled phoenix, something significant and sustainable will rise from the dust and bricks on this site.&quot;<br /> <br /> For the past six years, Mayor Ravenstahl has prioritized the demolition and restoration of neglected and blighted properties in order to make Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods cleaner and safer. To date, $20 million has been dedicated to demolishing over 3,700 properties in an effort to enhance public safety efforts in the City&rsquo;s neighborhoods. In 2012, an additional $3.3 million has been dedicated to continuing this progress.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Abandoned and vacant homes encourage illegal and dangerous activities in our neighborhoods,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;When preservation is not an option, demolition is the necessary next step to enhance safety in these areas.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Mayor Ravenstahl and City officials have also ramped up the City&rsquo;s greening efforts in response to the open lots created by demolition. In addition to the work of City departments, like the Department of Public Works&rsquo; &ldquo;Green Team,&rdquo; the Mayor has created programs that provide residents the tools necessary to create their own neighborhood green space or community garden. Programs such as:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/greenup/">Green Up</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/">Love Your Block</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/finance/assets/sideyard_sale_program.pdf">Sideyard Sale Program</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/neighborhoodinitiatives/greenup/resources.htm">Garden Waiver Program</a></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;">Additionally, the City continues its efforts to preserve Pittsburgh&#39;s existing homes and buildings. Recently, the Urban Redevelopment Authority announced that it is seeking funding for a new program called &quot;Preserve Pittsburgh.&quot; The program will work to enhance the historic fabric of the City&#39;s neighborhoods by stabilizing condemned properties that have been identified as significant to the neighborhood by community groups and stakeholders.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:53:29 -0400 MAYOR, DOWNTOWN STAKEHOLDERS OFFICIALLY LAUNCH NEW STOREFRONT REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1353 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> March 27, 2012 &nbsp;&nbsp;A new initiative led by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership officially &ldquo;popped up&rdquo; today. &nbsp;Called &ldquo;Project Pop Up: Downtown,&rdquo; &nbsp;the program provides up to a year of free-lease space for local talent to transform downtown vacant storefronts into quirky, fun and innovative art and retail displays. &nbsp;The pop-ups - ranging from a jetson-based robot repair shop to an ice cream store that serves up dreams - &nbsp;may soon fold into new business enterprises or attract lessees, but in the meantime offer downtown residents and visitors even more culture and vibrancy. At today&rsquo;s official launch, two additional projects announced opening dates, and all 11 rejuvenated storefronts will be active for a special self-guided pop-up tour this Friday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Both the City and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership have vibrant storefront renovation programs that not only help to attract more small businesses, but enliven City streets,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;This collaborative initiative takes our storefront programs one step further to advance Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance. By working closely with downtown stakeholders, we will continue to build on all of the economic momentum that has resulted in dozens of new downtown restaurants, and nearly $5 billion in investment.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The initiative had a &ldquo;soft&rdquo; launch on Light Up Night when two storefronts activated, including the popular Robot Repairs located on Sixth Avenue. On First Night, an additional five &ldquo;pop-ups&rdquo; made their debut, including Awesome Books and The Steel Curtain. At today&rsquo;s official launch, the owners of Dream Cream Ice Cream announced they will open April 27 and BikePark: Third Avenue will open June 1.<br /> <br /> &quot;Pittsburgh is home to so many creative and entrepreneurial people and we are privileged to have assembled such a passionate and talented group as part of the first round. &nbsp;These storefronts are exactly what we want to see more of downtown, they provide unique shopping opportunities and enliven downtown streets with fun and engaging experiences,&rdquo; said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.<br /> <br /> More than 90 artists, entrepreneurs and nonprofits submitted proposals last September to activate vacant downtown storefronts. An artist selection jury conducted by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council selected 11 finalists based on their innovative approach through the use of pop-up art, performance, education, retail or any such combination. Seven storefronts are active every day and all 11 storefronts will be up and running by the beginning of summer. Residents are encouraged to participate in a self-guided tour of the pop-ups this Friday, March 30, at 5 p.m. For additional details, <a href="http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/do/project-pop-up-downtown-event">click here</a>.<br /> <br /> Project Pop Up: Downtown has provided grants of $1,500-$10,000 per project, contingent upon the scale and scope of each storefront. These allocations have been used by the finalists to design, produce and manage their pop-up storefront.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a Pittsburgh-based artist, I appreciate the Mayor&rsquo;s investment in public art and revitalization efforts that represent a commitment to ensuring that Pittsburgh continues to be a thriving and sustainable city,&rdquo; said Toby Fraley, creator of the Project Pop Up installation, Robot Repair. &ldquo;I have already received feedback from downtown employees who detour their morning walking commute to pass Robot Repair and from suburban residents who travel into town to see the installation.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Feedback from the initiative has been so successful, that the City is working on expanding the program to impact more downtown storefronts, such as the &ldquo;Skinny Building&rdquo; at 641 Forbes Avenue.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Some downtown storefronts just don&rsquo;t have the floor space that developers need to attract retail,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;The &lsquo;Skinny Building&rsquo; is an example of a storefront that would be ideal for a signature, semi-permanent artwork display. It is our goal to make this storefront a key display for round two of Project Pop Up.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The program was developed by a downtown stakeholder working group led by the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, and was capitalized with a $25,000 start-up grant from the URA. Additional funding has been provided by the Heinz Foundation, Colcom Foundation and an anonymous donor. &nbsp;Stakeholders include the URA, Department of City Planning, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Senator John Heinz History Center, Point Park University, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, and others.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>POP-UP DISPLAYS AND DESCRIPTIONS:<br /> <a href="http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/_files/docs/ppud-flyer-3-30-12.pdf">Project Pop Up: Downtown - Printable map of storefronts</a></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Dream Cream Ice Cream </strong><em>(to open April 27)</em><br /> <em>539 Liberty Ave</em><br /> More than just a great place for a scoop. A portion of designated flavor sales will be contributed to causes in exchange for community service of the recipient, aka &ldquo;the dreamer.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>Boutique 208</strong><br /> <em>208 Sixth St</em><br /> A retail boutique featuring high quality, handmade wares from lo&shy;cal artisans. Plus, community work&shy;shops.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>Robot Repair</strong><br /> <em>210 Sixth St.</em><br /> Is your robot experiencing techni&shy;cal difficulties? Consider visiting this place for a potential fix.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>Society for the Advance&shy;ment of Miniature Curiosa</strong><br /> <em>131 Seventh St.</em><br /> A gallery, toy theater parlor, per&shy;formance space, and workshop that seeks to spark the resurgence of curiosity and wonderment in Downtown Pittsburgh.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>Symbiotic Collusion</strong><br /> <em>131 Seventh St.</em><br /> A modern music initiative present&shy;ing visual and musical art concepts through installation, education and performance. Performances will in&shy;clude string quartets, bands, orches&shy;tra, and demonstrations.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>Summer Sky Eternal</strong><br /> <em>604 Liberty Ave.</em><br /> No matter what the season, this inter&shy;active digital installation will make you feel a bit warmer on the city street. Step near the screen to see how your movement affects the display.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>The Steel Curtain</strong><br /> <em>1035 Penn Ave.</em><br /> The greatest defensive line of all time comes alive in this installation. See the iconic front four from the Steelers dynasty at this historical display.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>Awesome Books</strong><br /> <em>929 Liberty Ave.</em><br /> An independent Pittsburgh-based bookstore offering new and used books of high quality. Expect read&shy;ings by authors and publishers.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>Community</strong><br /> <em>422 Wood St.</em><br /> A photographic installation of ana&shy;log televisions and morphing por&shy;traiture, displaying a wall of person&shy;alities and identities representing the importance of community.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>Main Feature</strong><br /> <em>420 Wood St.</em><br /> You are the star of this &ldquo;main fea&shy;ture.&rdquo; Have a look for yourself as you approach the marquee, box office and entrance to this movie house.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: justify"><strong>BikePARK: 3rd Ave Garage</strong> <em>(to open June 2012)</em><br /> <em>238 Fourth Ave.</em><br /> A weather-protected and secure place to park your bike, whether you&rsquo;re a bike commuter, Down&shy;town resident or frequent visitor. Monthly memberships available.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:33:02 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES 10 NEW 'LOVE YOUR BLOCK' GRANT RECIPIENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1351 <p style="text-align: justify">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the 10 recipients who will receive funding through his ServePGH initiative&#39;s &ldquo;Love Your Block&rdquo; (LYB) grant program.&nbsp;&nbsp;The&nbsp;block revitalization program provides&nbsp; an opportunity for local volunteers and residents to partner with the City to&nbsp;transform blighted&nbsp;lots&nbsp;&nbsp;into community assets. Thanks to a partnership with the&nbsp;Home Depot Foundation,&nbsp; local nonprofit organizations are awarded $500 dollars to purchase supplies and equipment to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. This is the second round of the program.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Last fall, the positive impact of the first round of Love Your Block grantees was visible across the City,&quot; said Ravenstahl. &quot;Participants leveraged over $7,500 of additional donations, collected 5,480 pounds of litter and impacted 47 City blocks. I look forward to seeing the impressive transformations that this Spring&rsquo;s grantees will make in their neighborhoods.&quot;<br /> <br /> The program is one of seven service initiatives that are a part of the Mayor&rsquo;s servePGH plan, which coordinates volunteers to help address the City&rsquo;s greatest challenges. In choosing the recipients, the City gave special consideration to projects that demonstrate a creative solution to an identified community issue, address one or more vacant lots and leverage local and/or veteran volunteers. City departments will meet with the awardees and deploy City services such as trash collection and graffiti removal, as feasible.<br /> <br /> The Home Depot Foundation generously donated $10,000 toward this program in the form of $500 Home Depot gift cards. For the second of two rounds of grants, the ten selected projects will each receive one gift card. Project implementation will take place this May and June, and applications for the next round of grants will be available this summer. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The generous support from The Home Depot Foundation for the first 20 Love Your Block projects will be complete after this round; however, I am committed not just to continuing this program, but growing it to support 50 projects a year in the future,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;We are extremely grateful to the Home Depot Foundation for their investment in this program and their national commitment to supporting vibrant and sustainable communities.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/">servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock</a>, email <a href="mailto:servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov">servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov</a>, or call 412-255-2280.<br /> <br /> <strong>GRANT RECIPIENTS </strong><br /> <em>400 Block of Jucunda St. Clean-up Committee</em><br /> Reclaim vacant lots by transforming them into gardens<br /> <br /> <em>Deutschtown Merchants Association</em><br /> Beautify the business district on East Ohio St.<br /> <br /> <em>Elliott Community Group</em><br /> Install a welcome sign at the entrance of the neighborhood and beautify the surrounding area<br /> <br /> <em>Habitat for Humanity</em><br /> Conduct &ldquo;front-yard facelifts&rdquo; to a series of adjacent properties in the Hill District<br /> <br /> <em>Lighthouse Memorial Christian Center</em><br /> Beautify the neighborhood by improving the landscape; adding greenery, trees, and flowers<br /> <br /> <em>Oakland Planning &amp; Development Corporation</em><br /> Revitalize the facade of a community building and beautify surrounding area<br /> <br /> <em>Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12</em><br /> Conduct a service-learning project where literary students study and plant urban gardens and showcase original urban nature writing around the school; partnering with the community and developing literary artists in grades 6-12<br /> <br /> <em>Polish Hill Civic Association</em><br /> Beautify two vacant lots by planting gardens and improving the surrounding area<br /> <br /> <em>Uptown Partners</em><br /> Improve the landscape around a municipal building by planting flowers and revitalizing the surrounding area<br /> <br /> <em>YWCA</em><br /> Reclaim vacant lots by implementing community gardens in Homewood<br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism.&nbsp; Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more.&nbsp; Over 1,000 volunteers have committed 4,500 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov</a>. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:45:36 -0400 CITY'S PICNIC SHELTER PERMIT DAY ANNOUNCED http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1346 <p style="text-align: justify;">The City of Pittsburgh&#39;s Annual Shelter Permit Day will be held on Saturday, March 24 in the lobby of the City-County Building, located at 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Pittsburgh residents who are interested in reserving any of the City&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/assets/12-shelter-info.pdf">26 picnic shelters</a> from May 1<sup>st</sup> through September 30<sup>th</sup> are encouraged to attend.<br /> <br /> Due to the high demand to reserve shelters, applicants will participate in a lottery selection process. The lottery will be conducted for City residents only. Lottery numbers will be distributed from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on the portico of the City-County Building. Numbers will be called inside the lobby starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.<br /> <br /> Applicants must be at least 21-years-old and provide proof of residency to obtain a permit. Payment in full can be made in the form of cash, money orders, or by certified check, and should be made payable to: Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.<br /> <br /> Reservations are currently being accepted for rental of the following enclosed shelters, located in Banksville Park, West End Park, and at the West End/Elliott Overlook. These shelters are available for rental year-round. Shelter permits can be purchased Monday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works, located at 611 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.<br /> <br /> For more information, <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/pw/html/shelters.html">click here</a> or call 412-255-2370.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:13:13 -0400 CITY AND CPC CELEBRATE IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY CITY DEPARTMENTS, RESIDENTS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1345 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> March 22, 2012&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and <a href="http://www.cleanpittsburgh.org/">Clean Pittsburgh Commission</a> (CPC) chairman Boris Weinstein today announced that great strides have been made over the past five years to clean up Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods. Five years after challenging City residents and organizations to band together to clean up their community, the CPC today, at its annual Meet &lsquo;n&rsquo; Greet Mixer for neighborhood Clean Pittsburgh stewards at Schenley Park Skating Rink, issued its fifth &ldquo;State of the City Report.&rdquo; The report shows evidence that tremendous progress has been made in the areas of litter, illegal dumping, recycling, graffiti and neighborhood blight.&nbsp;In the five-year period, more than 103,300 volunteers collected an estimated 1,600 tons of litter and cleared 7,000 tires from illegal dumpsites; recycling services resulted in over 65,000 tons of waste recycled into 16,000 tons of compost; and City departments demolished over 2,000 abandoned or dilapidated buildings and removed 8,000 abandoned vehicles.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;I&rsquo;m proud to see all that our residents and employees have accomplished over the last five years by working together to clean up Pittsburgh&rsquo;s communities,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;The hard work of the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, as well as community members and organizations, truly makes an impact on the livability of our City. Through initiatives like the CPC and servePGH, I&rsquo;m confident that Pittsburgh will continue to get cleaner and safer over the next five years.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Mayor&rsquo;s <a href="file:///I:/MO_COMMDEPT/Media%20-%20PRESS%20RELEASES/servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov">ServePGH</a> initiative, which just celebrated its <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=1341">one-year anniversary</a>, is one of several programs that have contributed to the five-year successes. The report highlights many City initiatives and departments that have worked hard to clean up Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods, including Citizens Against Litter, whose volunteers collected about 1,000 tons of litter; Redd Up Zone, which has cleaned up 20 miles of City streets; Love Your Block, which has impacted 47 City blocks; the Bureau of Building Inspection, which demolished over 2,400 buildings; Allegheny CleanWays, which cleared nearly 600 tons of litter and thousands of tires from illegal dumpsites; the Pennsylvania Resources Council, which worked with &ldquo;Stash the Trash&rdquo; schools to pick up over 37 tons of litter; the City&rsquo;s Public Safety department, which removed thousands of abandoned vehicles; and the Public Works department, which assisted in cleaning up over 1,500 vacant lots.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">In 2006, the new CPC unveiled a Five-Year Strategic Plan that challenged City residents and organizations to band together to clean their communities, while City departments provided services to address the City&rsquo;s needs in a collaborative way. The plan&rsquo;s overriding goal was to continue to garner national recognition that Pittsburgh is a clean, safe, environmentally friendly city.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;The Clean Pittsburgh Commission vision for Pittsburgh is a city striving to be recognized as one of the cleanest and greenest cities in America,&rdquo; said Boris Weinstein, CPC chairman and founder of Citizens Against Litter. &ldquo;One could say removing litter is a thankless job because it comes right back, but CPC members know residents appreciate their efforts and the results.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The report contains an overview of the activities of the CPC, whose members and organizations perform and oversee waste management, blight, and property issues, including litter, illegal dumping, vacant lots and buildings, abandoned cars, graffiti and recycling.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The complete 2011 State of the City report can be found <a href="http://www.cleanpittsburgh.org/2011_State_of_the_City_Report-final..pdf">here</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Highlights from the report include:</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>FIVE-YEAR SUCCESSES:</strong></p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Over 103,300 volunteers from Citizens Against Litter and Allegheny CleanWays collected an estimated 1,600 tons of <strong>litter</strong> and cleared 7,000 tires from 158 illegal dumpsites.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">The Pennsylvania Resources Council coordinated 210 &ldquo;Stash the Trash&rdquo; school cleanups, enabling 23,000 students to pick up 37.5 tons of litter. &nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Since last March, <strong>servePGH</strong> has empowered more than 1,000 community members to beautify 47 City blocks; weatherize and restore more than 22 homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents; clean litter from 20 half-mile zones of City streets; and mentor 55 local middle school students.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Through the Mayor&rsquo;s single-stream <strong>recycling</strong> program, the City has recovered valuable resources, saved energy and reduced landfill costs. According to Environmental Services reports, over 65,000 tons of waste was recycled and over 16,000 tons was composted.&nbsp; During this five-year period, the City saved $1.5 million in landfill costs and generated $3 million income, which is double the 2010 income.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">The City&rsquo;s Graffiti Busters removed 35,000 square feet of <strong>graffiti</strong> tags at a cost of $335,000, decreasing the number of tagging incidents in three of the last five years.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Public Works&rsquo; Redd Up crews cleaned up 1,800 vacant lots, removed 22,000 tons of debris and boarded up more than 5,600 properties. Bureau of Building Inspection <strong>demolished</strong> almost 2,400 abandoned/dilapidated buildings.&nbsp; The 2011 total of 649 was twice the number of demolitions in 2007.&nbsp;</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Public Safety has removed 8,000 <strong>abandoned vehicles</strong> from City streets and lots, recording the lowest numbers in the last two of the previous five years. The City&rsquo;s <strong>311</strong> Response Line received 220,000 service requests about abandoned vehicles, property issues, potholes, litter, overgrown lots/sidewalks and police issues.&nbsp; Nearly 90 percent of the calls were resolved or handed off.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; ">At today&rsquo;s Meet &rsquo;n Greet Mixer the commission thanked its 2012 sponsors: Kevin Acklin, Citizens Against Litter, Council President Darlene Harris, Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor, Councilman Bill Peduto, Councilman Bruce Kraus, Giant Eagle, pair Networks and Waste Management.</p> <p style="text-align: center; ">###</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 09:22:22 -0400 CITY, COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE SERVEPGH'S FIRST-YEAR SUCCESSES http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1341 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> March 21, 2012&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl&rsquo;s Office and nearly one-hundred community members today celebrated the first anniversary of the Mayor&rsquo;s citizen-service initiative, servePGH, after dozens of volunteers completed a &ldquo;Love Your Block&rdquo; vacant lot revitalization project adjacent to the Pittsburgh Project, located in the City&rsquo;s Perrysville neighborhood. At the initiatives first &ldquo;birthday party,&rdquo; the City released servePGH&rsquo;s first annual report to the community, highlighted the program&rsquo;s successes and charted the course for 2012&rsquo;s service initiatives that will engage even more citizen volunteers to help solve the City&rsquo;s most pressing challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;This community-service initiative has made valuable and noteworthy contributions to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Neighborhood leaders and volunteers, with guidance from my staff, have really transformed some of our City&rsquo;s most blighted sites and, as a result, have created a greater sense of community pride. I&rsquo;m proud of our accomplishments, and look forward to achieving even more in the year ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">ServePGH is comprised of seven high-impact service initiatives including: Civic Leadership Academy; Love Your Block; Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative; Redd Up Zone; Snow Angels; Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership; and Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s Citizen Service Award. Since last March, servePGH has empowered more than 1,000 community members to beautify 47 City blocks; weatherized and restored more than 22 homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents; cleaned litter at 20 half-mile zones of City streets; and mentored 55 local middle school students.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">After receiving a competitive grant from the Cities of Service Coalition, Ravenstahl implemented the high-impact servePGH service plan on March 22, 2011. The grant encourages cities to utilize impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy to address local challenges.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">In the coming year, Ravenstahl will strengthen current programs and expand on new, high-impact volunteer opportunities in order to meet the pressing needs of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s neighborhoods and youth. Each of the seven servePGH programs will utilize more volunteers, increase their impact and expand their partnerships. The City will continue to work cooperatively with community groups and volunteers by providing services and supplies to carry out each service project.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">With additional supportive partnerships, the Mayor expects to:</p> <ul> <li style="text-align: justify; ">More than double the impact of Love Your Block by completing 50 block revitalization projects.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Remove litter from 20 miles of City streets by naming 40 Redd Up Zones.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Recognize outstanding volunteers by granting his Citizen Service Award.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Repair and weatherize over 50 homes of vulnerable residents through the Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Shovel and de-ice the sidewalks of 200 disabled and elderly residents through the Snow Angels initiative.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Double the number of young people mentored through the Mayor&#39;s Mentoring Initiative</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Provide civic and community leadership training to 100 adult and youth residents through the Civic Leadership Academy.</li> <li style="text-align: justify; ">Develop a new, to-be-announced partnership to help raise Pittsburgh&#39;s graduation rate by engaging volunteers.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify; ">To read Mayor Ravenstahl&rsquo;s servePGH Year One Report to the Community or to volunteer, please visit: <a href="http://servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov">servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>About today&rsquo;s Love Your Block Project at The Pittsburgh Project:</strong><br /> Community members worked to prepare a community blueberry garden at a North Shore site that has been cleaned up by Love Your Block service projects. After the City demolished a building and removed overgrown brush and trees, The Pittsburgh Project received funding in fall 2011 to purchase supplies to beautify the site. Volunteers planted sunflowers to restore the soil then worked to install a fence and plant clover to cover the lot. Today, volunteers continued to expand on that project by digging holes to install the rest of the fence, removing debris, turning the soil and spreading mulch to prepare the ground for planting. By establishing a community blueberry garden, The Pittsburgh Project aims to eliminate the &ldquo;food desert&rdquo; in Perry South and increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;<strong>About Cities of Service:</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:18:23 -0400 CITY TO RECEIVE FRED ROGERS GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD, HONORED FOR WORKPLACE VOLUNTEERISM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1340 <p><b id="internal-source-marker_0.35107772424817085" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">(PITTSBURGH)</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "> March 20, 2012 <span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre; "> </span>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh will receive the United Way of Allegheny County&#39;s Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award at a recognition celebration at &nbsp;the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty this evening. The City is one of 24 companies and institutions honored for being a community leader in workplace volunteerism, namely its commitment to the United Way&rsquo;s Be a 6th Grade Mentor program. The award is given each year on Rogers&rsquo; birthday, March 20, dubbed &ldquo;Won&rsquo;t You Be My Neighbor Day,&rdquo; and celebrates Mr. Rogers&rsquo; legacy of neighborliness.</span></b></p> <div style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); "> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; "><b id="internal-source-marker_0.35107772424817085" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">&ldquo;The future of Pittsburgh lies in the hands of our young people, and through programs like the Pittsburgh Promise and this mentoring initiative, we are charting the course for an even brighter city,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. </span></b></p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; ">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; "><b id="internal-source-marker_0.35107772424817085" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Since Ravenstahl launched the Mayor&rsquo;s Mentoring Initiative as part of his servePGH program in March 2011, over 50 City employees joined the mayor in mentoring a local middle school student. Through the program, City employees are granted two-hours of leave time to serve as mentors every week.The City is currently the number one employer with the most mentor volunteers. Ravenstahl has also worked collaboratively with the United Way of Allegheny County to encourage local corporations and institutions to offer similar opportunities to their employees.</span></b><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; "><b id="internal-source-marker_0.35107772424817085" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">&ldquo;Our commitment to the mentoring program allows City staff to make a direct impact on our children and our communities by positively influencing their lives every week,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;Thousands of Pittsburghers volunteer each year, and I&rsquo;m proud to be one and to have many of them working in my office.&rdquo;</span></b><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; "><b id="internal-source-marker_0.35107772424817085" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">About &ldquo;Won&rsquo;t You Be My Neighbor Day&rdquo;:</span></b></p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; "><b id="internal-source-marker_0.35107772424817085" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Wont You Be My Neighbor Day, instituted by the</span><a href="http://www.fci.org/"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; "> </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Fred Rogers Company</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">, is a day to celebrate volunteerism and honor Pittsburgh&rsquo;s agencies, companies, educators and public servants who work to keep our City as one of America&rsquo;s best places to live. The award ceremony allows Rogers&rsquo; loved ones to acknowledge the ongoing support of his values and help to extend them into a new generation of children, parents and professionals. Rogers would have turned 84 today.</span></b><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; "><b id="internal-source-marker_0.35107772424817085" style="font-weight: normal; "><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Fred Rogers lived and worked in Pittsburgh most of his life, creating a legacy of service to children and their families. The famed children&rsquo;s show </span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: italic; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">Mr. Rogers Neighborhood</span><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; ">, filmed at Pittsburgh&rsquo;s WQED and aired on PBS from 1968 to 2001 and re-ran until 2008, taught generations of children how to be a good neighbor every day. </span></b></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:02:16 -0400 MAYOR DECLARES ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION SAFE, SUCCESSFUL AND GREEN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1333 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> March 19, 2012 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today congratulated parade organizers, spectators, and City officials on a safe, successful, and green St. Patrick&#39;s Day Parade. Safety officials estimate that the 143rd annual parade held Saturday drew approximately 200,000 people into downtown.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;The nation&#39;s 2nd largest St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade was another successful,&nbsp; family-friendly event enjoyed by&nbsp;thousands of&nbsp;residents and visitors,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &quot;I want to congratulate everyone involved - including the thousands of families who attended - on making this celebration extra special.&quot;</p> <p>&ldquo;We couldn&rsquo;t be more pleased with the turnout and the atmosphere at this year&rsquo;s parade,&quot; said Pat O&#39;Brien, parade chairman.&nbsp; &quot;It was a pleasure to see the happy faces of everyone from babies in strollers to Pittsburghers who have made our parade a St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day tradition for decades.&nbsp; Our thanks all of the parade volunteers and City of Pittsburgh employees who made it a great day for the Irish and for Pittsburgh.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">In addition to a safe parade day with minimal arrests and injuries, the City&#39;s Recycling Division collected an estimated 250 pounds&nbsp; of recycled cups, bottles and cans from the Irish Fair in Market Square. This is the first of many events held in Market Square this year where recycling bins will be available.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;Special events held throughout the City account for over 45,000 pounds of material recycled annually,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased that parade-goers embraced the opportunity to &lsquo;go green&rsquo; and utilize the recycling bins we provided along the parade route and in Market Square.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Cleaning the streets following the parade, the City&#39;s first compressed natural gas refuse trucks made their &quot;green&quot; debut.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:13:22 -0400 PITTSBURGH NAMED BY IBM AS 2012 SMARTER CITIES CHALLENGE GRANT RECIPIENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1329 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> March 15, 2012 &nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that IBM has selected Pittsburgh as one of 33 worldwide recipients of their IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. &nbsp;The grant will provide Pittsburgh City Planners with IBM analysts who will live in Pittsburgh for at least three weeks and provide &ldquo;intelligent technology&rdquo; services worth the equivalent of $400,000.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;I am thrilled that Pittsburgh has been chosen and I want to congratulate our City Planning Department on all of their hard work that ultimately resulted in us landing this competitive grant,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;In order to reach our City&rsquo;s full economic potential, we must improve our transportation networks. And that doesn&rsquo;t mean building larger highways, it means connecting more people with multi-modal transportation options like premium transit, rapid bus lines, and creating more bikeable, pedestrian-friendly streets.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> IBM analysts will aid the City in developing its first 25-year comprehensive transportation plan called MovePGH. The plan, which is currently undergoing a public-input process, will provide a blueprint on how to best synchronize and improve Pittsburgh&rsquo;s transportation options in order to become an even better place to live and work. CMU&rsquo;s Traffic 21 Initiative will also work with IBM on the blueprint. More than 150 cities applied for the grant.<br /> <br /> When complete by the end of 2012, MovePGH will prioritize City transportation-related capital projects and recommend ways to spur more transit-oriented development to revitalize neighborhoods. The plan solicits input from all six transportation agencies that operate within the City, so that everyone is working from the same blueprint and able to leverage the most grant funding.<br /> <br /> The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide through 2013.<br /> <br /> &quot;The cities that have been selected are all different, but they had one clear similarity: the strong personal commitment by the city&#39;s leadership to put in place the changes needed to help the city make smarter decisions,&quot; said Stanley S. Litow, IBM vice president of Corporate Citizenship &amp; Corporate Affairs, and President of IBM&#39;s International Foundation. &quot;These cities demonstrated a desire to set an example for other municipalities, an eagerness to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, and a strong commitment to consider implementing recommendations the city felt would be the most feasible and beneficial to their residents.&quot;<br /> <br /> IBM&#39;s consultants and technology specialists will help municipalities analyze and prioritize their needs, review strengths and weaknesses, and learn from the successful strategies used by other cities worldwide. &nbsp;After studying the role that intelligent technology might play in uniting and advancing different aspects of city life, IBM then outlines a range of concrete strategies designed to help make cities healthier, safer, smarter, more prosperous, and attractive to current and prospective residents and businesses.<br /> <br /> A consistent theme in these projects is the collecting, sharing, analyzing and acting on data generated by urban interactions and transactions. &nbsp;Such information can include everything from school test scores, smartphone adoption, crime statistics, foot and vehicle traffic, to tax revenue and library usage. Correlations are then made that link seemingly unrelated aspects of urban life to develop innovative and cost effective strategies to address persistent challenges.<br /> <br /> <strong>About IBM&rsquo;s Smarter Cities Challenge:</strong><br /> IBM&#39;s Smarter Cities Challenge is an outgrowth of IBM&#39;s Corporate Service Corps grants program, in which IBM deploys teams of top employees to areas in the developing world to work on projects that intersect business, technology and society. Since the launch of Corporate Service Corps in 2008, nearly 1,400 IBM employees based in 50 countries have been dispatched on more than 140 team assignments in 24 countries.<br /> <br /> The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM&#39;s Corporate Citizenship program and IBM&rsquo;s International Foundation. IBM has been a leader in corporate social responsibility and citizenship for 100 years. To learn more about IBM&#39;s corporate citizenship initiatives, please visit: www.citizenibm.com<br /> <br /> To find out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit http://smartercitieschallenge.org/ &nbsp;and http://www.youtube.com/user/citizenIBM</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:22:41 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES ELEVEN OPEN AMERICORPS VISTA POSITIONS WITHIN CITY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1325 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong> March 16, 2012 &nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will be seeking five year-round and six summer AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) members to support a variety of servePGH initiatives. These positions will involve work on several service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh neighborhoods and youth. Full-time applications will be accepted until May 1, 2012, or until the positions are filled. Summer applications will be accepted until April 17, 2012, or until the positions are filled.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The AmeriCorps VISTA members will work with the City departments and partners to honor my commitment to engage more residents in community service, and to harness the power of volunteers to address Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most pressing challenges,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen the significant impact that these members have made and are excited to continue this opportunity. During these difficult economic times, we welcome the dedication of VISTA members and acknowledge the importance of their service.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Last year, 375 AmeriCorps members&rsquo; contributed a $2 million economic impact in the City of Pittsburgh through service and volunteerism. Volunteers recruited by AmeriCorps members have devoted over 40,500 hours of service to underserved communities and understaffed nonprofits; assisted over 8,700 low-income residents with job training services and home repairs; collected nearly 3 tons of litter; and mentored over 8,600 youth. Four AmeriCorps VISTA members in the Mayor&rsquo;s office organized volunteers to beautify 50 City blocks; weatherize and restore over 20 homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents; and maintain 20 half-mile zones of City streets.<br /> <br /> The 11 available positions were made possible through a successful application to the Corporation for National and Community Service&rsquo;s (CNCS) AmeriCorps VISTA program.<br /> <br /> Full-time applications are being accepted for a Neighborhood Service Associate, Youth Service Associate, Civic Engagement Associate, Volunteer Service Associate, and Community Engagement Associate. These associates will serve full-time in the Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Service and Civic Engagement for one year, beginning July 2012. Successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government, community organizing, partnership building and neighborhood revitalization.<br /> <br /> Summer full-time positions will support various youth-related summer programs, at locations outside of the Mayor&rsquo;s office, for 10 weeks, beginning June 11, 2012. Successful applicants will gain professional experience in event planning and program development, working closely with the City&rsquo;s Department of Parks and Recreation.<br /> <br /> To find out how to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, and to review job requirements for the full-time positions, click <a href="http://goo.gl/ND9U7">here</a>;&nbsp;for the summer positions, click <a href="http://goo.gl/XbeKw">here</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong><br /> Mayor Ravenstahl launched servePGH in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. &nbsp;Through seven new and innovative servePGH initiatives, Mayor Ravenstahl has engaged citizens in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore vulnerable residents&rsquo; homes, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more. &nbsp;Over 1,000 volunteers have committed 4,500 hours of service through servePGH to date. &nbsp;Additional information is available at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/">servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov</a>. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act&#39;s historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.<br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong><br /> AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:12:42 -0400 MAYOR CHALLENGES RESIDENTS, VISITORS TO GO GREEN ON PARADE DAY, HIGHLIGHTS INCREASED SAFETY http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1324 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH)</strong>&nbsp;March 14, 2012&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, alongside public safety officials and parade representatives, today officially announced&nbsp;the Pittsburgh St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade&rsquo;s&nbsp;2012 Miss Smiling Irish Eyes and Grand Marshal, and highlighted safety, family-friendliness and &ldquo;going green&rdquo; as reasons to attend this Saturday&rsquo;s 143rd&nbsp;edition of the parade. Ravenstahl called on parade-goers to go green for St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day by embracing the City&rsquo;s latest recycling efforts, and introduced the City&rsquo;s new energy-efficient refuse trucks, which will debut on parade day.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;The St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade is one of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s most anticipated and fun traditions,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;This year, we remain focused on public safety to ensure a safe and family-friendly event, while raising the bar for recycling expectations. We are proud to host such an esteemed parade in Pittsburgh that residents and their families can enjoy, and that also stays mindful of our environment.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Increased safety measures will provide a safe, secure and family-friendly event, as police officers, firefighters and paramedics will be on-hand during the festivities. As was the case last year, &nbsp;residents and visitors are reminded that consumption of alcoholic beverages will be illegal along the parade route and will not be tolerated. Alcoholic beverages will, however, be permitted&nbsp;at private establishments and&nbsp;in Market Square from 2 - 5:30 p.m.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Our parade attracts approximately 150,000 visitors from throughout the tri-state and across the country,&rdquo; said Pat O&rsquo;Brien, Chairman of the Pittsburgh St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day Parade.&nbsp; &ldquo;When they come to the parade, they see Pittsburgh at its best as it celebrates the region&rsquo;s deep Irish heritage.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a great day for the Irish and for Pittsburgh.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Residents are also&nbsp;encouraged to recycle more materials during the post-parade week this year than in previous years. From 2010 to 2011, the City increased its recycling by over 15 tons during the post-parade week. This year, he hopes to increase recycling by 20 tons, for a new rate of 598 tons of recycled material. To aid in that effort, recycling bins will be provided in Market Square and along the parade route.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Also on parade day, the City will reveal one of its four new, energy-efficient refuse trucks, which will help with parade clean-up. The trucks, made possible by a pilot partnership with EQT Corporation and the receipt of a $500,000 grant from the State&rsquo;s Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority, will run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and will save over $2.00 per gallon on fuel costs. CNG fuel is a fossil-fuel substitute for gasoline and diesel fuel, and is one of the cleanest, safest burning alternative fuels available. City workers will fuel-up at EQT&rsquo;s recently opened, public-access CNG fueling station located at Smallman Street.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;EQT applauds the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s transition to natural gas vehicles for their refuse fleet,&rdquo; said Lisa Hyland, vice president of EQT Corporation, a downtown-based natural gas company.&nbsp; &ldquo;Making the switch to natural gas will save the City money, improve the local air quality and help reduce our nation&rsquo;s overall dependence on foreign oil.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">One refuse truck will displace nearly 5,000 gallons annually of foreign-produced diesel fuel with locally produced, cleaner natural gas. Also, they will produce 60 to 90 percent less smog and 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than diesel-powered trucks. The trucks run cleaner and quieter, and are safer for working crews. CNG fuel currently costs $1.75 per gallon, as opposed to $4.00 per gallon for diesel fuel, and the CNG trucks will get about three miles per gallon and can travel 20,000 miles per year.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:35:18 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES PITTSBURGH NAMED ONE OF 'TEN AMERICAN COMEBACK CITIES' http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1316 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 5, 2012 &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced another exciting accolade from the Forbes publication. Citing Pittsburgh&rsquo;s economic transformation, below-average unemployment rate, and positive real estate market, Forbes.com today declared Pittsburgh one of &lsquo;Ten American Comeback Cities.&rsquo; Pittsburgh will also be featured in Forbes&rsquo; magazine&rsquo;s March 12, 2012 issue. Forbes analysts made the determination by evaluating IRS data to identify counties that were losing population in 2005 and had gained residents in 2010 or significantly reduced their population loss.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Third Renaissance is here and the world is taking notice,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;More and more people are moving into the Pittsburgh region because of our diverse economy, affordability and all of the cultural and world-class amenities that make Pittsburgh &lsquo;America&rsquo;s Most Livable City&rsquo; and a &#39;Top World Travel Destination&#39;.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Analysis shows that in 2009, more taxpayers moved to Allegheny County than moved out. &nbsp;In addition, 2010 Census data shows that more young people between the ages of 20-24 call Pittsburgh home than ever before. The article, written by Forbes Columnist Jon Bruner, points to Pittsburgh&rsquo;s renewed &ldquo;eds-and-meds&rdquo; economy and the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&#39;s important that we look to these ratings as an opportunity to not only tell our good story and attract more people and businesses to Pittsburgh, but to roll up our sleeves and work on getting even safer, creating more jobs and being more livable,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.<br /> <br /> The designation joins recent accolades such as National Geographic Traveler&rsquo;s top 20 &ldquo;Best of the World&rdquo; places to visit in 2012. Forbes.com in May 2010 named Pittsburgh America&rsquo;s number one &lsquo;most livable&rsquo; city. Other top 10 comeback cities include Minneapolis, Boston, Washington, D.C. and others. To view the full article, visit &ldquo;http://goo.gl/xoh21&ldquo;.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 13:22:52 -0500 MAYOR ENCOURAGES PUBLIC INPUT ON CITY'S FIRST COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1314 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) March 1, 2012</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will host two &ldquo;visioning and goal setting&rdquo; public planning sessions on Thursday, March 8, for MOVEPGH - the City&rsquo;s first multi-model transportation plan. MOVEPGH will serve as a 25-year plan that evaluates transportation needs and opportunities in order to provide a cohesive vision that will guide transportation strategy and investment. At next week&rsquo;s public planning sessions, project stakeholders will present MOVEPGH&rsquo;s vision and goals for public input. Additional community meetings will be held this spring and summer.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;In order for our transporation plan to be successful, we must make sure commuters have an active voice in the process,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &ldquo;Our plan to advance economic&nbsp;activity requires that all city transporation agencies are guided by one blueprint so that our transporation systems meet the needs of our &nbsp;innovative, 21st-Century economy.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Residents will have two opportunities to participate in the open discussion. Both&nbsp;public input sessions&nbsp;will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Lexus Club (PNC Legends Level) located&nbsp;at the Consol Energy Center. The first session is from 12 to 2 p.m., and the second session is from 6 to 8 p.m. After a brief presentation by Paul Moore, Consultant Project Manager of AECOM, residents will help City officials evaluate their needs and expectations for automobiles, public transit, bicycles and pedestrians, culminating to a vision for the multi-modal transportation network.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Through MOVEPGH, all six agencies that are responsible for maintaining the City&rsquo;s transportation systems will be brought together to work toward common goals that align with available funding. The 25-year plan will include three major components: a bicycle/pedestrian plan, a street design manual and a multi-modal transportation plan. MOVEPGH will provide a list of short and long-term transportation improvement projects, and make policy recommendations that align with federal transportation funding opportunities. The comprehensive blueprint will provide framework for a transportation network that capitalizes on 21st-Century trends and opportunities. MOVEPGH is expected to be completed by 2013. The project&rsquo;s website, <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/movepgh">planpgh.com/MOVEPGH</a>, will provide residents and stakeholders with up-to-date project information, as well as a project overview.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>ABOUT MOVEPGH</strong><br /> In 2010, Mayor Ravenstahl formed a MOVEPGH Task Force and Management Committee with diverse membership representing community planning, transportation, infrastructure and development entities, along with mode and user advocacy groups. A project consultant, AECOM, was then chosen following a competitive selection process to work with these stakeholders and encourage additional involvement to develop the plan.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">MOVEPGH is funded by the City of Pittsburgh as well as through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Heinz Endowments.&nbsp; The project is managed by the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.&nbsp; MOVEPGH is a component of the City&rsquo;s first-ever comprehensive plan, PLANPGH.</p> <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>LOCATION DETAILS</strong><br /> Access to the Lexus Club is provided off Centre Avenue through the Verizon Gate. Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the South Lot across from the Verizon Gate.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:44:16 -0500 MAYOR ISSUES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1311 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong style="text-align: justify">(PITTSBURGH) February 28, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify"> &nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh&#39;s Department of Personnel has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Mayor&#39;s 2012 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP). The program will be split between two employment tracts, conservation service work and white-collar&nbsp;internship positions, and will be funded with $600,000 in CDBG funds allocated by the Mayor, with possible additional funding coming from foundations and other sources. The 2012 PSYEP will serve approximately 250&nbsp;City youths between the ages of 14 and 21.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify">&ldquo;Teaching young people the value of hard work and earning an honest day&#39;s paycheck will keep them out of trouble and on the right track,&quot; Ravenstahl said. &quot;This&nbsp;summer jobs program&nbsp;has helped over&nbsp;2,000 young people&nbsp;prepare for 21st-Century jobs while at the same time make a difference in their community and contribute to Pittsburgh&#39;s economic growth.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The 2012 PSYEP will begin on July 2 and end on August 10, 2012. This year, the program has the potential to employ about 250 young individuals. To date, over 2,000 summer jobs have been provided through PSYEP under Ravensthal&rsquo;s leadership. The program provides up to 30 hours of experience per week, including work readiness or career exploration training, at a rate of $7.25 per hour. Contractual agreements with community-based organizations and/or other youth service providers that submit proposals are selected by an independent review panel.<br /> <br /> Instructions, guidelines, and questions related to the RFP, including program requirements, allowable activity, and youth eligibility, are detailed in the document.<br /> <br /> The RFP will be available through the following websites:<br /> <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/">www.pittsburghpa.gov</a><br /> <a href="http://www.pittsburghpartnership.org/">www.pittsburghpartnership.org</a><br /> <a href="http://www.careerlinkpittsburgh.com/">www.careerlinkpittsburgh.com</a><br /> <br /> Responses to the RFP will be due no later than 4:00 p.m. on <strong>March 16, 2012.</strong> The original proposal, with 10 copies, must be delivered to:<br /> Lillian Reese-McGhee, Assistant Director<br /> City of Pittsburgh Department of Personnel,<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; Pittsburgh Partnership<br /> 406 City-County Building<br /> 414 Grant Street<br /> Pittsburgh, PA 15219<br /> PSYEP applications for youths will be available in May.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:05:35 -0500 MAYOR, CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF FREE SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM FOR CITY RESIDENTS' PETS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1309 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: left; ">(PITTSBURGH) February 28, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: left; "> &ndash; Did you know that one spay surgery can save 55 unwanted animals from being born? Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today, along with City Council President Darlene Harris, announced that beginning March 1, City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Care and Control will offer free spay and neuter services for the pets of eligible City residents in an effort to proactively reduce pet overpopulation. The program will be offered to residents on a first come, first served basis.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;It is estimated that over 20,000 homeless pets are euthanized in the Pittsburgh region each year,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl &ldquo;This new program will help to reduce pet overpopulation and decrease euthanasia numbers, saving taxpayer dollars in the process. I encourage residents to do their part to help address local pet overpopulation by having their pets spayed or neutered.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The City pays for all domestic animals that are&nbsp;impounded at the Animal Rescue League. The average cost to impound dogs and cats is over $300,000 a year, and the spay and neuter program is a proactive way of saving City residents that cost. This program will be helpful in reducing the amount of bites, the number of animals that are killed, and the cost to residents who have their personal property destroyed by roaming animals. Animals&rsquo; health will benefit from this program as well.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The money for the program has been allocated over three years in past capital budgets, and it is predicted that over 3,000 animals can be altered from the $170,000.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Spay and neuter programs&nbsp;prove to be a wise investment in saving animal lives and taxpayer dollars&nbsp;as&nbsp;the only proactive way to reduce pet overpopulation,&rdquo; said Harris.&nbsp;&ldquo;Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone&#39;s cat or dog got out just one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good, permanent homes failed. Those are animals that won&#39;t wait in shelters...or worse.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">To qualify and apply for the program, pet owners must send two documentations of City residency, a valid dog license and up-do-date vaccination records, along with a completed application, to the Bureau of Animal Care and Control for approval prior to scheduling the surgery. Once the Bureau determines the applicant&rsquo;s eligibility, it will forward the documents to a participating shelter to handle the scheduling. Each resident is limited to five spay or neuter procedures, as City policy restricts residents from owning more than five animals. For more details about the program, procedure requirements and to download an application, please visit <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/animalcontrol">pittsburghpa.gov/animalcontrol</a> or call the Mayor&rsquo;s 3-1-1 hotline.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;We are excited to work with the City and the other area shelters to help control pet overpopulation and help prevent more animals from becoming homeless,&rdquo; said Dan Rossi, Executive Director of Animal Rescue League. &ldquo;Spay and neuter programs not only help to reduce pet overpopulation but also result in animals that are healthier, happier and live longer lives.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The City&rsquo;s spay and neuter program was first introduced by Council President Harris in February 2011. Currently, the list of participating shelters includes: Animal Rescue League, Animal Friends, and <a>Western Pennsylvania</a> Humane Society.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong><u>About the Bureau of Animal Care and Control</u></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">The Bureau of Animal Care and Control serves City of Pittsburgh residents by providing care, control and resolution to situations dealing with domestic animals and wildlife. It provides assistance to the Public Safety Department, other City departments, the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Game Commission in situations involving domestic and wild animals. It enforces codes, issues citations and appears in Court, keeps parks free of animal nuisance, works with nonprofit animal shelters and provides consultation to other municipalities concerning animal issues.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:05:16 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES CITY AWARDED $20M IN NEW MARKETS TAX CREDITS TO DRIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1304 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong>(PITTSBURGH) February 23, 2012</strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has been awarded $20 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) by the U.S. Treasury Department. The tax credit program aims to aid in economic development, community revitalization and job creation by spurring private investment in low-income communities. The NMTC announcement comes on the heels of President Obama&rsquo;s budget release, which includes plans to expand the program. The URA is one of 70 entities to receive the competitive funding out of more than 300 applicants.</p> <p>&ldquo;This generous award is further proof that our City is moving in the right direction,&rdquo; said Ravenstahl. &nbsp;&ldquo;The millions of dollars these new tax credits leverage mean more development, more neighborhood growth, and, most importantly, more jobs for Pittsburgh residents. I want to thank all of our partners, especially Senator Casey and Congressman Doyle, for their help in this effort.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Previous tax credits from the NMTC program have helped to finance several Pittsburgh developments, including Target, Bakery Square and Market Square Place. More than 2,500 full- and part-time jobs have been created through URA projects funded with NMTC. Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives LLC (PUI), a URA-sponsored Community Development Entity that invests in low-income communities as part of the NMTC program, applied for the latest funding in July 2011. The PUI board, consisting of the URA executive director and staff, foundations, and community development professionals representative of low-income communities throughout the City, decide which projects receive NMTC funding.<br /> <br /> In February 2011, the PUI received $35 million in NMTC. &nbsp;The PUI strategically invests in office, retail, mixed-use and community facility developments designed to rehab blighted sites in the City, acting on opportunities to drive investments in low-income communities that sit adjacent to stabilized markets. To date, $21.8 million in NMTC from that award has been utilized for the 201 Stanwix Street complex and the East End Cooperative Ministry&#39;s proposed Community House.</p> <p>&quot;The New Market Tax Credit is an important tool that helps economically distressed communities attract new investment and revitalize their economies,&quot; Congressman Doyle said. &quot;As someone who&#39;s worked hard in Congress to expand federal aid to hard-hit urban areas like ours, I&#39;m a strong supporter of the New Market Tax Credit, and I&#39;m very pleased to be joining Mayor Ravenstahl and Senator Casey today in announcing that Pittsburgh has won another $20 million in this very competitive process.&quot;</p> <p><strong>ABOUT NMTC:</strong><br /> The NMTC program provides tax credits to investors who make &ldquo;qualified equity investments&rdquo; in investment vehicles called Community Development Entities (CDEs) who are required to invest in low-income communities. &nbsp;Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives LLC (PUI) is a URA-sponsored CDE, which is governed by a board consisting of the URA executive director and staff, foundations and community development professionals that represent low-income communities throughout the City. The board vets projects as they are presented. &nbsp;In addition, the URA has a loan underwriting team with outside NMTC expertise as well as local experience.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:27:26 -0500 MAYOR ANNOUNCES START OF REASSESSMENT APPEAL ASSISTANCE http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1294 <p style="text-align: justify;">Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today encouraged City resident who need help appealing their 2012 property reassessment to call his 311 Response Line today.&nbsp;&nbsp;Customer service representatives are scheduling residents with one-on-one appeal assistance such as help filling out appeal and tax relief forms, low-cost appraisals and legal support&nbsp;as residents prepare for their appeal hearing.&nbsp;&nbsp;The deadline to file a formal appeal is&nbsp;April 2. The Court ordered this year&rsquo;s reassessment values to be used for next year&rsquo;s tax bills, but those values must be appealed this year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Property owners must challenge any unfair or inaccurate reassessment soon &ndash; and the City is going to give you every possible tool to make this frustrating appeal process easier for you,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said.&nbsp; &quot;All residents have to do is call 3-1-1 and city employees will come to the neighborhood&nbsp;senior center nearest you with help and support.&quot;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Mayor&rsquo;s Office has been working collaboratively with City Council and the Controller&rsquo;s Office to coordinate the aggressive appeal assistance plan. Together, City employees will be deployed to neighborhood senior centers to meet one-on-one with residents. The Duquesne Law Clinic will be assisting the Controller&rsquo;s Office in providing legal help.<br /> <br /> To qualify for assistance, the residents&rsquo; property must be located within the City of Pittsburgh and must be a primary, owner-occupied, single-family residential property. &nbsp;In addition, the old assessment value for the property must be under $150,000. &nbsp;City residents aged 65 and older are not subject to the $150,000 requirement.<br /> <br /> Through a competitive process, the City negotiated a $250 appraisal rate, which is a fraction of today&rsquo;s average appraisal cost. The City will subsidize half of that, so a qualifying property owner will pay $125 for an appraisal.<br /> <br /> At Mayor Ravenstahl&#39;s request, starting next week the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will be providing free parking for City residents who come Downtown for their scheduled counseling session, informal review or formal appeal hearing. Residents can park for free at the Authority&#39;s Second Avenue lot, then use the shuttle service to the County Office Building on Grant Street, where appeal hearings are being held. Photo ID will be required when entering the parking lot.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:25:44 -0500 MAYOR ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO REGISTER FOR GREEN CENTRAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1291 <p style="text-align: justify; "><strong style="text-align: justify; ">(PITTSBURGH) February 13, 2012</strong><span style="text-align: justify; ">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that students from Chatham University and the University of Pittsburgh have registered to compete in the City&rsquo;s Green Central Student Design Competition, and invited more students to register by the Feb. 20 deadline. Launched in mid-January, the Competition invites Pittsburgh&rsquo;s college students to redesign the City-County Building&rsquo;s sixth-floor corridor into Pittsburgh&rsquo;s first one-stop-shop for green- and sustainability-related information, or &ldquo;Green Central.&rdquo; The announcement comes on the heels of U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu&rsquo;s </span><a href="http://goo.gl/hSCC5" style="text-align: justify; ">visit last week</a><span style="text-align: justify; ">, which announced the start of a handful of energy-efficient building improvements to the historic City-County Building.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">&ldquo;Green Central will be a great asset as we &lsquo;green&rsquo; our City-County Building,&rdquo; Ravenstahl said. &ldquo;By engaging our universities&rsquo; talented students, the innovative hub will supply residents with information and resources to help them be an active part of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s growing leadership in sustainability.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Seven registrants, including two teams and one individual, have registered to compete so far. Students may participate independently or in teams. Faculty and staff members may also register classes or groups. All participants must be active full- or part-time members of a post-secondary school in the City of Pittsburgh through the duration of the competition. Additional registration information and forms are available at <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/green">pittsburghpa.gov/green</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Green Central will encourage education on issues of sustainable development among college students, and connect students to local government while dissolving the gap between residents and accessible information needed to jumpstart their greening projects. The City-County Building&rsquo;s sixth floor corridor is currently an open space serving multiple City departments. With the help of talented students, it will be transitioned into an accessible communications center.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Students will work within a $25,000 budget, provided by the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article.htm?id=196">Mayor&#39;s Green Trust Fund</a>. As a hub for all things green, the corridor&rsquo;s redesign will be based on green efficiency. Students&rsquo; designs must incorporate recycling pick-up and drop-off bins, be mindful of the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) rating system and incorporate usage of sustainable materials (e.g. low VOC paints, recycled plastics or metals, LED lighting, motion sensors to reduce run time on electronic equipment). Historical elements such as marble flooring, wall siding, embellishment on elevators and molding must remain a part of the design. When completed, Green Central will provide information pamphlets, posters, resource guides, educational information, photos, program applications and other information supporting economic development, environmental protection and social awareness and action.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Students are required to submit design plans and details, model images and a narrative describing their project&rsquo;s elements and methods. They are also responsible for completing a $25,000 sustainable interior renovation and design budget. Since students may have different levels of experience and knowledge with aspects of sustainable design, three local businesses are hosting workshops to help level the playing field.</p> <p style="text-align: justify; ">Massaro CM Services, LLC will host a workshop on budget planning for green projects to focus on creating a project budget for a green or LEED project versus a regular project. Artemis Environmental will host a workshop and tour on green products, material options and the importance and benefits of their use in interior building projects. The Green Building Alliance will host a workshop on creating green interiors, LEED Interior Design + Constructions and becoming a LEED GA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:27:19 -0500 MAYOR, ENERGY SECRETARY HIGHLIGHT ENERGY-EFFICIENT IMPROVEMENTS FOR HISTORIC CITY-COUNTY BUILDING http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/article?id=1288 <p style="text-align: justify"><strong>(PITTSBURGH) February 9, 2012 -&nbsp;</strong>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today a