On November 10th, 2016, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was honored by the United States Conference of Mayors and the Partner America Program, for his hard work and efforts to improve small business within his community.
Since entering office in 2014, Mayor Peduto has been a fierce advocate for immigrant small business owners and entrepreneurs. His work included communication and planning with these businesses throughout Pittsburgh to better understand the unique challenges they face, and develop methods and solutions to improve the Cities involvement in their success. This involvement lead to the development of his "Welcoming Pittsburgh" immigrant initiative, and included improved accessibility to resources and mentor-based programs.
Mayor Peduto's work has also included direct involvement with the over $2 billion redevelopment of the city's East End. These efforts resulted in the the transformation of Pittsburghs' economy into a "Med/Ed New Economy," and has established "community-based" development plans that have encouraged investments in niche industries throughout the city.
In recognition of these and his many other contributions to Pittsburgh's small business community, Mayor Peduto was honored with the United States Conference of Mayors / Partner America Small Business Advocate Award in the City Council Chambers. Also in attendance were Jeff Bean, Managing Director of the Partner America Program, and Curtis Cello, Director of Field Operations for Partner America.
Pictures from Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto's Small Business Advocate Award Ceremony: