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All-In Pittsburgh Equitable Development Collaborative Celebrates Progress at Two Year Anniversary Event

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The All-In Pittsburgh Equitable Development Collaborative gathered together with more than 100 partners and community members on Thursday, April 11th at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater to celebrate progress and reflect upon and recommit to the work of building an equitable city in which all can benefit from its economic transformation.

Shad Henderson, Dr. Jamil Bey, Carol Hardeman, Malik Bankston, Presley Gillespie, Grant Oliphant, Janera Solomon, and Maxwell King together after the event.

All photos used in this article courtesy of Beth Barbis, photography fellow at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. 

More than 100 guests gathered in the lobby of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater to mark an important milestone for the All-In Pittsburgh Equitable Development Collaborative – its two year anniversary. Community members, city leaders, and nonprofit professionals joined together to celebrate accomplishments, discuss new projects in equitable development, network, and enjoy lunch provided by Chef Claudy Pierre of Emiment Hospitality Solutions Co. The program included words of support and inspiration from several coaltion members, partners and supporters, including Mayor William Peduto, Malik Bankston of the Kingsley Association, Jasiri X of 1Hood Media, Janera Solomon of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Maxwell King of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Grant Oliphant of The Heinz Endowments, Betty Cruz of the Change Angency, Jamil Bey of the UrbanKind Institute, among others.

Each speaker gave context for the complex issues surrounding equitable development that the city of Pittsburgh faces, helping to frame the work of the All-In Pittsburgh Equitable Development Collaborative.

  • Jasiri X, founder of 1Hood Media, gave opening remarks and set the tone for the event - celebrate progress and confront our current challenges. "Literally, lives are on the line if we do not get it right," he said, referring to the struggle for racial equity and justice.

The event also recognized how far the collaborative has come since the creation of the Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh report. Accomplishments in the areas of advocacy and investment, partnerships, institutional and organizational commitments, and sustained infrastucture and expanded operations include wins such as:

  • Appealing to the city concerning cuts to the URA’s 2019 budget with the support of 22 organizations resulting in $2.5 million restored to their budget,
  • Riverside Center For Innovation adopting the All-In Pittsburgh definition of equitable development and have embedded it into their programming including BizFit which helps minority, woman and veteran entrepreneurs in the construction industry to grow sustainable enterprises,
  • Creating a formalized partnership with the PBEOC to co-develop legislation to begin to embed equity within city government operations and decision-making,
  • Initiating a three-year sustainability plan (2020-2023) to guide our work into the future by revisiting our priorities, clarifying our strategic niche, identifying our financial sustainability model, expanding and solidifying partnership agreements,

….among many others! Read more about the specific achievements of the collaborative over the past two years here.

Attendees left the event energized and inspired. Those just beginning their change-making journey emerged ready to begin tackling equity issues in their own lives and throughout the city as a whole, while those already engaged in the work recomitted to walking the path to an All-In Pittsburgh.

This is a transformative moment for our region, and we are moving forward unified, with a diverse, cross-sector, collaborative that truly reflects the wisdom, voice, and lived experience of the people we serve.”- Presley Gillespie, President of Neighborhood Allies

To stay up to date with the work of All-In Pittsburgh, subscribe to the collaborative’s quarterly newsletter here and follow them on Facebook and Twitter @allinpgh and use the hashtag #AllInPGH!

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