Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

The Peduto administration announced this week that it will be launching a new Multicultural Liaison Unit to help build relationships between the Department of Public Safety and the city’s immigrant and refugee population.  


The unit will translate police, fire, and medic materials into the five most common foreign languages in the city: Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Spanish and Swahili.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting firm hired to investigate the issues facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, which it described as “a failed organization atop a dangerous and crumbling structure,” outlined several options for city leaders to consider Monday as they look to try and rework the authority.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Google protest in Pittsburgh postponed, state officials react to Charlottesville events

As the events that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend still reverberate around cities and towns across the country and state, organizers of a protest against Google in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood scheduled for this Saturday have postponed the event.

Organizers for the March on Google said in a blog post earlier this week that there were “credible Alt-Left terrorist threats for the safety of our citizen participants” that led to the cancellation.
Thursday, August 17, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh Mayor signs executive order on responsible contracting, job training efforts

Pittsburgh Mayor signs executive order on responsible contracting, job training efforts

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania and Oxford Development Co. Wednesday to announce an Executive Order to support the local construction industry and new job training opportunities in the city.

The Responsible Contracting order calls for a creation of a labor-management task force that will study ways to assist new businesses that want to invest in the city, support redevelopment in underserved neighborhoods, connect reputable contractors with local construction opportunities, write policy, and connect residents with the training necessary to find good-paying jobs in the construction industry. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Report shows Pittsburgh should be putting $60 million into repairs of some of its buildings

Report shows Pittsburgh should be putting $60 million into repairs of some of its buildings

The City of Pittsburgh needs to spend an estimated $60 million to repair it’s worn-down buildings and structures, including fire houses, police stations, senior centers, and Public Works facilities.  


That’s according to a report by Massaro Construction Management Services on city-owned facilities released Tuesday by Mayor Peduto’s office. The report was commissioned in 2016 to provide a third-party review of Pittsburgh government facilities to help guide city efforts to fully assess their conditions and explore ways to improve them.  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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