Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto celebrates his 100th day in office today.
In honor of the occasion, the former City Councilman released a statement discussing some of the changes he has made during his short tenure as Mayor.
“When I took the oath of office January 6, I pledged to change the culture of city government. My administration is following through on that pledge, through the hard work, square dealing and good faith I promised that day, and today I am issuing a detailed report on our progress over the first 100 days.”
The report covers many different initiatives that the Peduto administration has implemented, including government restructuring and reform, innovation policies, and most importantly, neighborhood reinvestment.
“Every day when I walk into the Mayor’s office, there is one thing on the top of my to-do list, and that is focusing on neighborhoods that have been left behind. Our economic development efforts are community-driven: in a partnership with our foundation community we created the city’s first Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment to work hand-in-hand with chronically-neglected neighborhoods, and a new Office of Community Affairs collaborates with community groups citywide and reports their needs directly back to my administration.”
Peduto added, “We have projects in the pipeline that will provide neighborhoods citywide ladders of opportunity to join in our city’s overall prosperity.”
The Mayor outlined specific initiatives taking place in the Larimer neighborhood located in Pittsburgh’s East End, the Hill District located near the downtown area, and the Hazelwood area located near the University of Pittsburgh. All of these areas have not “seen investment in decades,” Peduto said.
Peduto also highlighted his administration’s work in government transparency, budget restructuring, and technological advancement.
All in all, the Mayor touted the great strides that have been made during his short stint as Mayor, but he believes more change is to come.
“While we have accomplished a lot in our first 100 days, we have a long way to go to realize our potential as a city poised for greatness. Through every stage of our work — from studying the best ways to fill potholes to striving for cutting-edge neighborhood development models — we have one message for both our residents and the world. Our single focus, from the first 100 days to the next 1,000, is to make comprehensive changes to fashion a city government that serves all residents and makes all of Pittsburgh stronger for generations to come.”