Once known as the “Steel City,” Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as a hub for technology, education, and finance. The city hasn’t rebounded uniformly however, as some neighborhoods have experienced a disconnection from the new economy. Pittsburgh is one of 10 cities taking part in the Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps program. Through this program, the city is engaging with citizens to build and sustain resilience in low-income communities through initiatives like Love Your [Resilient] Block.
Pittsburgh has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2009, when former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl signed the Declaration of Service. Current Mayor William Peduto reaffirmed the city’s commitment to service by signing the Declaration again in 2014.
Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto believes that volunteer-led anti-litter strategies are vital for keeping Pittsburgh streets clean. By establishing community-based development plans and encouraging the investment into niche industries, Mayor Peduto has had hands-on experience in building a new Pittsburgh.
Chief Resilience Officer Grant Ervin
Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant Ervin served as the regional director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide smart growth and sustainable development policy organization. He also served as public policy manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group.