Mayor Luke Raventahl’s Letter for January 2013

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Dear Neighbors,

On the heels of a successful and impressive 2012, I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished and look forward to further fueling our City’s rebirth and resurgence in 2013. Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance, marked by job creation and neighborhood development throughout the City, is in full swing. For the first time in decades, our population is growing. Crime is at a historic low, having decreased for six straight years. And, at over 1.2 million, there are more jobs in Pittsburgh today than ever before. While we worked hard to expand Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance into more neighborhoods last year, there is still work to be done.

Our 2013 budget is balanced, contains no new tax increases or layoffs, and enhances the City’s commitment to investing in neighborhoods and infrastructure. Over $16 million is dedicated to projects throughout the City – from spray parks and community projects, to recreation and senior centers, to playgrounds and ball fields. We’ll continue to deploy innovative strategies to ensure that Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance reaches all of our City’s 90 neighborhoods.

Whether it’s capitalizing on the impact of dedicated volunteerism through servePGH, or investing in the future of our young people through The Pittsburgh Promise, we recognize that the greatest strength we have in Pittsburgh is our people. This year, I look forward to working with residents to transform more blocks through Green Up and Love Your Block, assist and impact residents through Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative and Snow Angels, and foster more informed and effective civic leadership through Civic Leadership Academy and Civic LEAF Academy. Together, we’ll write the next chapter in Pittsburgh’s remarkable history.

I’m excited about the new projects and initiatives that will come your way this year. Advanced public safety efforts, greener programs and practices, volunteer opportunities with new servePGH initiatives, and more – Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance will have an even greater impact in 2013.


Luke Ravenstahl

Mayor, City of Pittsburgh