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Neighborhood Allies President Joins City Officials and Industry Leaders to Discuss Pittsburgh’s Comeback

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Last night, Presley joined other local leaders including Mayor Peduto, for a robust discussion on Pittsburgh’s comeback and efforts to create opportunity for all who call it home.

The event’s panelists and moderator from left to right: Kevin McMahon (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust), Stefani Pashman (Partner4Work), Ronald Brownstein (The Atlantic), Presley Gillespie (Neighborhood Allies) and Andrew Moore (CMU)

The evening began with a few opening remarks from The Atlanic’s President, Margaret Low, and then a fireside chat with Mayor Peduto where he and Ron Brownstein discussed civic innovation and what it means for Pittsburgh.

The discussion continued with a panel of experts sharing the role and experience of their respective organizations role in Pittsburgh’s comeback and renewal. Andrew Moore, Dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, discussed the role technology has played in our city’s resurgence and the attraction and retention of not only individuals but start ups and large tech companies.  Kevin McMahon of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust discussed how the city’s arts and cultural offerings and cultural district have made Pittsburgh an “it” city.  Stefani Pashman, CEO of Partner4Work detailed how they are working to connect all Pittsburghers with job opportunities and training a workforce with the skills to compete for the jobs that the city is creating. Presley focused on the work that we are doing to bridge economic growth and development to all neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, and how we, as a city, ensure that everyone benefits from the region’s transformation.

The full discussion is available on the AtlanticLIVE facebook page. Watch now or follow the conversation on twitter: #RenewalSeries.

Thank you to The Atlantic’s Renewal Series for showcasing and lifting up our collective work and the progress we are making in Pittsburgh! For more information on the Renewal Project, visit their website.


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