Manchester-Bidwell Corporation

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Some big names will share some big thoughts this weekend at Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s “Big Idea Session.” During 10-15 minute fast-paced, focused presentations, leaders from around the world will deliver their thoughts on how to improve the arts, education and technology.  We’ll ask National Center for Arts and Technology chief operations officer Paulo Nzambi about the conference and who’s slate to present.

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The struggle between Israelis and Palestinians continues to make daily headlines. But in one of Israel’s oldest cities, Arabs and Jews are coming together to start a project that has its origin in Pittsburgh — Manchester Bidwell Corporation arts and jobs training model.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and if it’s up to two Pennsylvania politicians, the rest of the nation will flatter Pittsburgh’s Manchester-Bidwell Corporation.

Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) have introduced legislation modeled after the local program.

The National Program for Arts and Technology Act would help communities create centers to teach unemployed and underemployed adults and at-risk-youth the skills needed to be competitive in the marketplace.