Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

In an effort to make Pittsburgh a more inclusive and welcoming city, Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with faith-based and nonprofit leaders introduced a six-piece legislative package Tuesday that will make living in the city a safer place for immigrants and refugees. 

“Pittsburgh is a city where all who live, work, and learn here are valued and respected,” said Councilman Gilman. “It is the City of Pittsburgh’s duty to serve and protect all of its residents regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, country of origin, sexual orientation, or status as an immigrant or refugee.” 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council approves $880 million budget

Allegheny County Council approves $880 million budget

Allegheny County Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to pass the county’s $880.3 million 2017 Comprehensive Fiscal Plan. 


The 2017 budget calls for no tax or millage increases and does not include any one-time revenues for the fifth consecutive year. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County pledge to end hiring barriers for criminal offenders

The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have teamed up to sign a White House measure Monday that would eliminate hiring barriers for individuals with criminal records. 

Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald signed the White House Fair Chance Business Pledge and called on area businesses and corporations to join the county and city to end unfair hiring processes against those with a criminal history.
Monday, October 24, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Report shows economic contributions of immigrants across Pittsburgh region

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald held a press conference Tuesday morning to release the findings of a report on the economic impact immigrants and Latinos have on Western Pennsylvania. 

“Advancing the Pittsburgh Region: A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants” was developed through a partnership between the city, Welcoming Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) and PA Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh-Allegheny Conference. 

“This report shows that immigrants advance the economy of the Pittsburgh Region,” said John Feinblatt, Chairman of PNAE. “Immigrants work in Pittsburgh’s top industries like manufacturing, education, and health care; strengthen the local tax base; and start businesses that create jobs in Allegheny County and across the region.” 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Lifesaving app comes to Pittsburgh along with other public safety measures

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 4) was joined by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Bill Peduto, along with medical professionals, to announce a three-point plan to enable Pittsburghers to take action while awaiting response by EMS professionals. 

The officials introduced PulsePoint, a smartphone app to alert bystanders throughout the county and city of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR. 

“We know that mere minutes can save peoples’ lives and through this public-private partnership, we have the ability to allow citizens to offer that lifesaving help,” said County Executive Fitzgerald. 
Thursday, July 7, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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