Local Recovery Story: Community-driven planning in PA

Authors: ada On Tuesday, a number of organizations met to plan out how portions of the Recovery Act should be spent in counties in Pennsylvania. These organizations covered many sectors: for-profit, non-profit, academic, government, grassroots, labor, and community development. The purpose of the meeting was to identify community-driven and sustainability-based priorities for Recovery money. Cross posted from Everybody Vote.

B-PEP, REMP & Green Innovators partner on ARRA Priorities

  Everybody VOTE & PA VOICE partner B-PEP’s Regional Equity Monitoring Project (REMP) played a lead role with Pittsburgh Green Innovators and Penn State University’s Extension Service in leading a facilitated planning session focused on identifying community-driven, sustainability-based priorities for portions of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. Over 50 people from across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County participated in the session, representing the for-profit, non-profit, academic, government, grass roots, labor and community development sectors. Event partners established core collaborative values and shared priorities to begin capitalizing on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities offered by ARRA funding, and to help establish a shared, open process for establishing recommendations and increasing access to funding that can have a real impact on our Pittsburgh neighborhoods and communities across Allegheny County. Today’s 4/28/09 meeting was the first in what participants determined would be a series of meetings to establish recommendations to City and County officials, to share resources and information, and to begin to establish a long-term collaborative effort to help build a more sustainable Pittsburgh region.

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