If you read one post on IheartPGH this year – I hope it is this post. There are some very exciting and important things happening right now that are important in the future of this city.
In January 2014, Bill Peduto will become the next mayor of the City of Pittsburgh. Mayor-Elect Peduto has pledged to make his administration transparent and knowledgeable. There is a lot of interesting stuff happening around the transition from the current mayor to Bill Peduto and the transition team is working very hard to make sure as many people as possible are a part of the process.
Here are three things you should know about right now regarding the transition, be sure to check out number 3 because the deadline to apply is Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5pm.
1. Meet the Executive Team
Peduto has the transition by appointing an Executive Team of eight very talented people – you can think of the executive team as kind of like the Mayor’s cabinet. Click here to read in-depth bios about each of the executive team members.
2. Website: OurNewPittsburgh.com
Take a moment to visit OurNewPittsburgh.com and add a bookmark to the site. Peduto and his team have been posting regular updates to this city about the transition process online.
3. Apply to be a part of the Transition Teams
Mayor-Elect Peduto is looking for a few good Pittsburghers to help generate ideas for what the future of Pittsburgh should look like.
Transition Teams are part time, volunteer positions. These transition teams will meet in November and December and present ideas to Peduto and the Executive team by the end of the year.
There are 8 Transition Teams:
- Economic Development
- Innovation & Performance
- Administration & Finance
- Operations & Infrastructure
- Housing & Urban Empowerment
- Education & Neighborhood Reinvestment
- Public Safety
- Law & Ethics
The application for the Transition Team is very straightforward (a resume and a personal statement). Applications are due Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5pm. Click here to learn more about the teams and to submit your application.
It is so important that many different voices – from all backgrounds and neighborhoods are part of these transition teams. I sincerely hope that you will consider applying to volunteer your time to help shape the future of the city and that you will encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the process and we can help Peduto build a better Pittsburgh by inviting more people to the table.
Here are some recent articles from local news about Bill Peduto and the Transition Teams:
- Peduto wants residents to join transition teams (triblive.com)
- Mayor-elect Bill Peduto to cast wider net for at-will Pittsburgh government jobs (post-gazette.com)
- Peduto names eight transition teams to help as he becomes mayor (post-gazette.com)
- Peduto’s Office Accepting Applications For Transition Teams (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Mayor-Elect Peduto Starts Transition Plan (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Pittsburgh’s mayor will shift city out of park (triblive.com)