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Act 47 Oversight
The City of Pittsburgh has been under Act 47 state oversight since 2003. In late 2007, former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl along with Act 47 coordinators said the city was ready to be released. Now, Mayor Peduto is asking Governor Tom Corbett to keep Pittsburgh under Act 47 oversight to allow his administration to work on a final recovery plan. Duquesne University Law Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick joins us to discuss what's behind Peduto's decision.
29 Tablets in Homewood
Could Homewood be the next home for tablet computer manufacturing? Through a series of public symposiums called 29 Tablets, people in the Homewood and Pittsburgh community will have the chance to explore this possibility. The project organizers Andrew Thornhill, founder of Thornhill & Studio and Elwin Green, of the hyperlocal news site Homewood Nation, think the concept could benefit entrepreneurs and promote job creation in the struggling neighborhood.
Pennsylvania has the 8th largest population of women veterans in the country. The Veteran’s Leadership program which provides housing, employment and support services for eligible local veterans was recently selected by the Newman’s Own Foundation to receive a $45,000 grant to help female Veteran’s with career development. We’ll learn more about Project Journey’s mission from Coordinator Trudy Friend and Development Director and Community Relations Michelle Margittai.