Sports and Exhibition Authority en City to Audit Tax Revenue from Pro Sports, Concerts, Conferences <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams are huge drivers of the local economy, but City Councilwoman Natalia </span>Rudiak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in Wednesday’s committee meeting that she’s currently unable to quantify that contribution.</span></p><p>“As we were talking about Act 47, I was talking with constituents and they would constantly ask me ‘How much money do we get out of the stadiums?’” Rudiak said. “To be honest with you, I couldn’t answer that question.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:07:22 +0000 Liz Reid 32332 at City to Audit Tax Revenue from Pro Sports, Concerts, Conferences Penguins Ready to Submit Arena Development Plan <p>Three years after the final event at the Civic Arena — a James Taylor/Carole King reunion concert — and 15 months after the demolition of the arena was completed, the Pittsburgh Penguins are nearly ready to submit their plan for reuse of that site.</p><p>The deal that kept the Penguins from leaving town included the building of a new facility, the Consol Energy Center, and the development rights for the 28 acres on which the old arena and parking lots sat.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 12599 at City Council News With Noah <p></p><p>Legislation to change the powers of the <a href="">Citizen Police Review Board</a> is up for a final vote on Thursday. &nbsp;Currently, the CPRB&nbsp;reviews new police policies&nbsp;<em>after</em> they are implemented, but the new legislation would alter this system resulting in the board reviewing &nbsp;policies&nbsp;<em>before</em> they take effect. Sponsoring Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, who originally wanted to publish an abridged version of the police rule book&nbsp;until it was found to be against state law, says he's hoping to use the CPRB as the "eyes and ears" of the public regarding police policies.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:23:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 9850 at City Council News With Noah City Pursues $20M Grant to Lay Green Groundwork for Civic Arena Redevelopment <p>The demolition of the Civic Arena wrapped up in March of 2012, and a broad stretch of parking spaces now occupies the space where the Igloo once stood.</p><p>Now, the gears of redevelopment could soon begin to turn for the 27-acre site in the lower Hill District, as Pittsburgh City Council is moving legislation to apply for a $20 million federal grant for the project.</p><p>On Wednesday, Council unanimously approved the legislation necessary to apply for the so-called TIGER grant, readying Hill District Councilman Daniel Lavelle's bills for final passage on Tuesday.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:14:48 +0000 Noah Brode 9618 at