Applications for the Spring 2016 Civic Leadership Academy are now available!  The Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) is a FREE ten week course for City residents that provides an inside look on how City departments and authorities operate.Throughout the course, 12 City departments and authorities present on their day-to-day operations, budgets, new initiatives, and upcoming projects, and residents have the opportunity to ask questions, tour facilities, and network with fellow civic-minded residents.
30 students are accepted into the program from all different backgrounds, ages, and from neighborhoods all over the city.  We will also continue to reserve up to 15 seats for New Americans as part of Mayor Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative. 
Applications are due Friday March 4th, and classes begin Wednesday, March 30th.  Students will be alerted of their acceptance by the third week of March.  Classes are held every Wednesday for 10 weeks from 6-8:30 pm downtown as well as various locations throughout the city. 

The City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works advises that the northbound travel lane and parking lane of Smithfield Street — spanning from Fourth Ave. to Fifth Ave. — will be closed to accommodate the reconstruction of the Forbes Ave. and Smithfield St. intersection beginning Monday morning, February 15, 2016.
This closure is expected to be in effect for approximately six months. 

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Attached are the latest designs for the Campus Advantage project on Forbes Avenue. The developer presented these designs at the Public meeting on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
The new designs have a significantly larger footprint for the building because they include the neighboring lot (Arby's). The designs also show a lower building height than the original drawings.
Please review the attached designs and provide any feedback, concerns, or questions you have. OPDC intends to sit down with the developers prior to their Planning Commission briefing.
  • Planning Commission briefing: Tuesday, February 23
  • Planning Commission hearing: Tuesday, March 8.    

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Do you want to do business with the City and other government organizations?  Learn about Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certification and more!  Position your business to Win City Contracts!
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8-11 AM
Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium
Hill House Association
1835 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Limited Seating!  Event is FREE!
 The police have recently been receiving calls and reports involving different types of phone scams in the area.  Some examples of the phone scams are the Duquesne Light scam, the IRS scam and the "Grandparent Scam".  Please see the links below for information about these scams and feel free to share this information and contact us with any questions.  

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FEBRUARY 22, 2016, JUNE 6, 2016 and SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
4:00-7:00 p.m. ! City-County Building, 6th Floor
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Small Business Resource Fair.
The Mayor's Office in partnership with the URA will host a complimentary, government focused, Small Business Resource Fair. The purpose of the event is to oer small business owners in-person access to representatives from all relevant departments within city services (zoning, permits, ADA compliance, etc.). You will have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered ― all in one location. This event would be ideal for small business owners such as restaurateurs, retail owners, contractors, etc.
See attached flyer for more info,