Pittsburgh: Preparation and Participation for the Win

The city of Pittsburgh is a finalist for this year’s City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities promote economic equity.
by The city of Pittsburgh | May 1, 2019 AT 10:00 AM
(364 ratings)

The city of Pittsburgh is a finalist for this year's City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities promote economic equity.

You can help select this year's City Accelerator participants! Check out the cities' pitches, and then let us know which ones you think should be a part of this important program by giving them a star rating and leaving your comments below!

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What is the city proposing?

Using the City Accelerator process, Pittsburgh would like to focus primarily on implementing two critical pre-bid tools: 1) Vendor Outreach Marketing and 2) Joint Venture, Teaming, and Mentor-Protégé Relationships. Their second goal is to build a library of sub-prime contractor lists of minority-owned businesses that can be readily available as large projects come down the pike, increasing participation from minority businesses.

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For a detailed description of the mission and purpose of the City Accelerator’s cohort on promoting economic equity, click here.

Public response is one of several criteria being used by the City Accelerator to select cohort cities. The number of ratings or comments by themselves do not determine final status or selection.

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The City Accelerator wants your feedback. Ask a question or share your thoughts on the problem and the proposed approach - and we welcome your comment on what a solution would mean for city residents

Be part of the campaign for civic innovation at the City Accelerator, presented by Citi Foundation.

Shirley Merriman

On: 05-16-2019

Great city

Shelly

On: 05-16-2019

Moving Pittsburgh forward🎉🎉

Sam A

On: 05-15-2019

Pittsburgh has yet to implement the procurement study from 4 years ago, or the City Accelerator step study from 3 years ago. Do those first

Emma

On: 05-15-2019

Fostering mentor-protege relationships between more established contractors and newer ones has been proven to be effective at the federal level. Launching a similar initiative in Pittsburgh is building on that record of success, and is also unique to smaller cities.

Emily

On: 05-14-2019

There's a lot to be done in Pittsburgh, but there's enough potential here to do it. Making sure our minority businesses succeed is the first step. Because, as we know, what helps our minority businesses, helps us all!

Justin

On: 05-14-2019

This grant would be a great help in advancing the hard work our city and neighbors have put in towards creating a more equitable city. A much needed endeavor.

Janelle Smith

On: 05-14-2019

There is a lot of work to be done in Pittsburgh, and this is a great opportunity to move another step forward in the right direction.

Denise

On: 05-14-2019

Great pitch

Gina Winstead

On: 05-13-2019

Pittsburgh presents a unique opportunity to turn the tide in our region. Let's do this!

Anonymous

On: 05-13-2019

Pittsburgh would be a great fit for this project.

Kim MacNeil

On: 05-13-2019

Great Job!!!

chris

On: 05-13-2019

Here we go!

Lindsay

On: 05-13-2019

Exactly what Pittsburgh needs!

Heidi

On: 05-13-2019

thumbs up

Nancy

On: 05-13-2019

Let’s bring Pittsburgh up to speed with this great possibility

Melinda

On: 05-13-2019

Many realistic, actionable proposals that other cities can replicate.

greg f

On: 05-13-2019

great city lots to do

Gail

On: 05-13-2019

A great proposal

Joy

On: 05-13-2019

This project will help small businesses grow and make sure progress is felt for all instead of the few.

D. Madden

On: 05-13-2019

Pittsburgh is Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patty P

On: 05-13-2019

After seeing the statistics on how few veterans gain contracts in Pittsburgh, we definitely need to rework systems and processes. With the extremely high number of veterans we have here, we need to do a better job of giving them opportunities after they have served their country (and many are still serving in the Reserves or National Guard). They should be rewarded for their sacrifices. This proposal/pitch is timely for our area and worthy of selection.

Scott

On: 05-13-2019

great initiative, let's do this!

Edward Green

On: 05-13-2019

The Pittsburgh City Accelerator would be a tremendous transformation for minorities to having a fair opportunity in building this "A Most Livable City" as those in the past have contribute. The City Accelerator with its unique approach, work not only in the community, but has the making as a model other cities across this nation will emulate. This city, my town, has this unique character, cultural interest, and most importantly community involvement with sustainable vision for the future to come.

Machelle stewart

On: 05-13-2019

Very exciting

Lisa

On: 05-13-2019

Sign me up for this please

Asa

On: 05-13-2019

Good campaign idea

Sean

On: 05-13-2019

100% on board for this

Jay

On: 05-13-2019

Go pittsburgh

Noel

On: 05-13-2019

💛🖤💛🖤💛

Gary Harper

On: 05-13-2019

Way to go Pittsburgh! Always ahead of the curve.

Jim

On: 05-13-2019

Great

Sylvia

On: 05-13-2019

Great ideas in this presentation

Mike

On: 05-13-2019

👌🏾👍🏾

Adam

On: 05-13-2019

Helping minorities will help our city

Marshall

On: 05-13-2019

This is a long time coming

Anonymous

On: 05-13-2019

So much progress

Martha G.

On: 05-12-2019

I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for over 50 years. Seeing the City continuing to make strides to make things more open and transparent is amazing. Glad to call Pittsburgh my City.

Matt

On: 05-12-2019

Love to see this kind of progress from my hometown

Ryan

On: 05-12-2019

Cool ideas

Sara

On: 05-12-2019

❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jules

On: 05-12-2019

Fabulous

Tess

On: 05-12-2019

This would be awesome

Ellen

On: 05-12-2019

Sounds good

Ash

On: 05-12-2019

Great ideas from a great city

Sam

On: 05-12-2019

Good luck. You deserve this👍

Justin

On: 05-12-2019

Pittsburgh is always on the cutting edge

Mary

On: 05-12-2019

More diversity will make Pittsburgh an even better city!

Jake

On: 05-12-2019

Go pgh!

Anonymous

On: 05-12-2019

They should be selected into the cohort

Nick

On: 05-12-2019

Would love to have this mentor program available!

Ahmed

On: 05-12-2019

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Anonymous

On: 05-12-2019

This would be a great pair with the City’s new office of equity! great timing!

Lindsey

On: 05-12-2019

Great ideas

Tj

On: 05-12-2019

Awesome

Cindy

On: 05-12-2019

Great to see the City is wanting to diversify their vendor pool!

Steve

On: 05-12-2019

The bridges are in horrible shape the roads have pot holes . The city neighborhoods are littered with abandoned homes and lots and the city is overall in need of repairs. Let's just fix the problems it does not matter about which group or demographic fixes the problems just fix them.

Shirley Merriman

On: 05-12-2019

Such a nice family atmosphere.

Deb H.

On: 05-12-2019

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Love Pittsburgh! Great idea

Susie

On: 05-12-2019

👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Kelly Schleicher Osuanah

On: 05-12-2019

Fantastic!

Nan Cooley

On: 05-12-2019

Great city! Excellent plan !

Leslie Kelder

On: 05-12-2019

Fabulous!

LizLuehrman

On: 05-12-2019

Love Pittsburgh!!! Great plan!!

Marco

On: 05-12-2019

Can’t wait for this!

Bob S.

On: 05-12-2019

5stars

Jon

On: 05-12-2019

Sounds great!

Brandon

On: 05-12-2019

The city could definetly benefit from this. Their plan is well lain out in comparison to practically all the other cities.

Marcy

On: 05-11-2019

The rest of the cities seem to have vague plans but Pittsburgh has a clear vision of what they want to do. Good luck Pittsburgh!

JA

On: 05-11-2019

Great work by Pittsburgh

Matt

On: 05-11-2019

The city is in desperate need of something like this! Please choose Pittsburgh

Shelly

On: 05-11-2019

After such a sad/rough year for Pittsburgh, this would be amazing! Pittsburgh strong

Holly

On: 05-11-2019

Fantastic progress - thanks for all you are doing to promote equity and inclusivity

Anonymous

On: 05-11-2019

Great city and moving in the right direction

Anonymous

On: 05-11-2019

This is exactly what PGH needs

Rachel

On: 05-11-2019

Sounds amazing!

Christine Bethea

On: 05-11-2019

Glad to see the city’s commitment to a diverse group of vendors continue!

Chris

On: 05-11-2019

Great step moving forward in positive direction!

Mike T

On: 05-10-2019

This was an easy vote to make! All things going in the right direction. Vote 5 stars!!!

J.O.

On: 05-10-2019

Pittsburgh is going through a “construction boom” likely to last for the next years. An initiative like this would help maximize the tools and resources available to increase minority business participation.

Christine

On: 05-10-2019

Pittsburgh has so much going for it, we just need to make sure it's accessible to everyone!

DB

On: 05-10-2019

Concise case made for important work. Pittsburgh - "...if it's not for all, it's not for us".

Anonymous

On: 05-10-2019

A great plan to ensure that government investments are leveraged to benefit all Pittsburghers.

Emily

On: 05-10-2019

As Pittsburgh becomes more and more diverse across a variety of metrics, it becomes more and more important for our city to embrace, celebrate, and honor the variety of business owners who are helping to grow our local economy by providing them with a more equitable opportunity to win contracts with the City and grow themselves.

Katie

On: 05-10-2019

Inclusivity is so important. I think this initiative is a great step forward.

Deb C

On: 05-10-2019

Impressive project that could have very clear benefits for the City and its residents.

Connie mccaslin

On: 05-10-2019

Pittsburgh deserves this!

Janet K. Manuel

On: 05-10-2019

By implementing these initiatives will definitely assist with the “Roadmap to Inclusive Procurement” and set the City apart by ensuring “Inclusivity” is all encompassing.

Victoria Snyder

On: 05-10-2019

A great way to find companies that need the most support as MWDBEs.

Dave Tinker

On: 05-10-2019

Making the bidding process more accessible for business owners who historically have been overlooked is good government.

Pam Vogel

On: 05-10-2019

Go Pittsburgh, we need to be on the forefront of inclusive procurement!

Darlene Watson

On: 05-10-2019

I am so excited for my City of Pittsburgh.

Karina Ricks

On: 05-10-2019

Building a business ecosystem. Great!

Mica Lee Williams

On: 05-10-2019

I'm really pleased to see the mentor-protege prong, as well as the focus on inclusion of minority-owned businesses. Yes. I think Pittsburgh is the perfect place for this initiative.

Ida McIntyre-Johnston

On: 05-10-2019

👍

Ida McIntyre-Johnston

On: 05-10-2019

Sounds like an awesome plan!

Melissa

On: 05-09-2019

Great to see that the City and administration are ready to tackle such a large issue. Good luck and can't wait to see how this works out!

Ed Pikula

On: 05-09-2019

A no brainer!

Dave

On: 05-09-2019

Comprehensive and diverse outreach is key to any competitive procurement.

Mark

On: 05-08-2019

da best for da burgh

Flore

On: 05-07-2019

Increasing minorities participation is a necessity and the existing system needs further improvement to truly become inclusive. Some progress was made but more work is needed. This grant will help.

Sandy Burkett

On: 05-07-2019

As a Native American/Woman Owned business concerned with improving business opportunities for diverse businesses, I am happy to see this plan. I sincerely hope that it comes to fruition. Pittsburgh is growing in so many ways, this is needed!

Wayne

On: 05-07-2019

A Solid plan, that should be implemented

James

On: 05-06-2019

The City of Pittsburgh needs this!! This will be fantastic!

Jess Nordquist

On: 05-04-2019

Sounds like a well thought out and inclusive plan.

Kim Bode

On: 05-02-2019

Looks like a great way to solve a complex problem

Rick

On: 05-02-2019

It's great that the City of Pittsburgh is taking strides to improve their procurement processes to allow more diverse businesses to have an equitable opportunity to build capacity and to receive contracts on all levels.

Nick

On: 05-02-2019

Streamlining this bid process seems like a good way to cut costs and be more efficient. Two things city government, and any business, really needs.