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Moving Forward on the Path to an All-In Pittsburgh

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Update! Advancing Equitable Development in Pittsburgh; 3-day site visit with PolicyLink and National Community Development Guru Alan Mallach.

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A few members of the Neighborhood Allies, PolicyLink and Urban Innovation21 Teams

Our partnership with national research and policy experts at PolicyLink, began one year ago this February, with the goal of creating an equitable development agenda for Pittsburgh. Over the past 12 months, we have made great strides–engaging individuals, organizations, policymakers and decision-makers in the conversation; building consensus around what equitable development looks like in Pittsburgh; and prioritizing a set of policy strategies and action items to propel us towards implementation.

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As we work to advance the path to an All-In Pittsburgh, last week (February 7th – 9th) we hosted a few of our friends from PolicyLink- Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO; Michael McAfee, President; Sarah Treuhaft, Senior Director and nationally recognized community development guru Alan Mallach to build upon the equitable development momentum that is growing locally. 

The week began with a knowledge sharing meeting with Alan to help us think about strategies at the neighborhood level and how the All-In Pittsburgh initiative fits alongside our ongoing community building work.

We DSCN0191also convened a breakfast meeting with the philanthropic and banking community to provide a brief update on our work thus far, share our plans for implementation and learn about their ideas for future collaboration. The discussion was focused on why this initiative is so important to Pittsburgh and what collective impact might look like if we all work together to achieve common goals.

Throughout the week, there were multiple meetings with critical stakeholders and partners including the Allegheny Conference on Community IMG_0845Development, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald where we discussed partner roles and how we can work together to make our equitable development agenda a reality. Finally, we re-convened our community partners to review the outcomes from last year’s strategy session and clarify top priorities and action strategies for implementation. We also began to formalize working teams so that we can better understand, align and execute our collective efforts. Stay tuned for our next steps!

For more information on our Equitable Development work, please contact Shad Henderson at shad@neighborhoodallies.org.

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