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p4: Planet, People, Place, Performance

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April 16-17, 2015, the City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments partnered to host an international two-day summit at the Energy Innovation Center in the Hill District on inclusive, innovative, and sustainable models that can be used to develop Pittsburgh as a “city of the future.”

The summit centered on a unifying “p4” framework of Planet, People, Place and Performance.  Over 250 people attended the event, hailing from countries as far as Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The crowd was greeted by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto followed by Heinz Endowments Board Member, André Heinz. Mayor Peduto, who kicked off the summit with a chorological history of the phases of the city before discussing the purpose of the international event remarked on the opportunity he sees in our City.

“This is a wonderful, wonderful time to be a Pittsburgher. We have an opportunity to build on something that is so great and to add upon it the true measurement of being a 21st century city that other cities will want to follow.” –Mayor Peduto

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Throughout the day, summit attendees heard from leading experts in urban development, economic and social equity, sustainability, technology, urban agriculture, transportation and architecture including Angela Glover Blackwell – Founder & CEO of PolicyLink, Mark Hatch – co-founder & CEO of Tech Shop, and Bruce Katz – Vice President & Director of the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

Our very own President, Mr. Presley Gillespie, served as the moderator and interviewer for the People section of the summit on Thursday. On Friday, he co-led the Downtown Pittsburgh tour – one of the three major development sites in Pittsburgh. The other two tour sites were the Almono and Hazelwood sites, and the Eco-Innovation District site in the Hill District.

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Check out this short video to hear what “People” means to Neighborhood Allies President, Presley Gillespie!

“We need to make sure that our people have the resources, talent–the things they need to be able to contribute to society.” –Presley Gillespie

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