Archive for July, 2009

Want to Be A Part of the SOARING Commission?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Today, City Council gave final approval to the creation of the Pittsburgh’s Stimulus Oversight and Reinvestment in New Growth (SOARING) Commission, which will oversee the spending of money that Pittsburgh will receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Now, the commission needs members that want to help prevent waste, fraud, and abuse of these funds, while insuring that the money goes to projects that invest in aging infrastructure and green technologies.

If you are interested in becoming part of this commission: Apply Online!

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Council Holds Special Session to Discuss Technology and Democracy

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Today, Pittsburgh City Council will hold a special session at 1:30pm to examine the use of technology and new media as tools to advance the democratic process in our city.

Technology and new media, such as a government iPhone application, live streaming of government meetings online, and deliberative polling and instant feedback by constituents during government meetings, can be used to bring the residents of Pittsburgh into the democratic process in more ways than ever before.

“We have the ability to connect people and their government without a middle-man,” said Councilman Peduto. “New technologies provide an opportunity for the public to have greater access to government and a greater role in decision making.”

Today’s session will focus on discussions by leading experts in the new media and technology fields on these topics and more, including:

- Dr. Priya Narasimhan- Carnegie Mellon University, creator of YinzCam technology
- Paul Fireman – Vivo
- Brad Winney – Panopto, Inc.
- Jay Resio – MyGov365

To watch a live streaming of this meeting online, beginning at 1:30pm today – click here - and then select “View Live” underneath the section E Democracy.

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City Council Unanimously Approves SOARING Commission

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Today, Pittsburgh City Council gave unanimous preliminary approval to Councilman Bill Peduto’s legislation to create Pittsburgh’s Stimulus Oversight and Reinvestment in New Growth (SOARING) Commission, which will oversee the spending of money that Pittsburgh will receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Pittsburgh has an aging infrastructure of roads, bridges, sewer lines, and buildings that need to be modernized and replaced,” said Councilman Peduto. “The Stimulus Package provides us the perfect opportunity to modernize our infrastructure, as well as projects that stimulate the economy and create sustainable employment.” 

The goal of the SOARING commission is to insure that the federal stimulus dollars allotted to Pittsburgh are spent wisely, and go toward investments in aging infrastructure, and the modernization and greening of the City.  The commission will also work to fight against waste, fraud, and abuse of these federal funds.

Major goals of the commission include:

     – Provide Accountability and Oversight of the City’s Stimulus Tracker Website
     – Adopt a Priority List of All City Projects  
     – Provide Transparency and Details on the Value of Projects on Infrastructure, Energy, and Sustainable Employment For Pittsburgh’s Economy

Check out Councilman Peduto’s powerpoint presentation on the commission to learn more:

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SOARING Commission Update

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Today, City Council voted to hold Councilman Peduto’s stimulus oversight commission legislation for one week.  A vote on the legislation, which would create a new Stimulus Oversight and Reinvestment in New Growth (SOARING) Commission, will be held next Wednesday in Council.  Check back soon for more information about the legislation and the vote!

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