The Pittsburgh City Council is set to allocate $1.2 million to the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority to fund several programs.
“These are investments in neighborhoods, which we’ve moved away from over the past two decades,” Councilwoman Deb Gross said.
The investment would include $150,000 for the Pittsburgh Task Force on Employee Ownership.
“The money will be used to provide broader technical assistance, marketing and outreach to provide direct support to individual businesses and employees who have this opportunity,” said Tom Link, director of strategy at URA. .
An additional $250,000 would support the URA’s Equitable Empowerment Fund, which provides resources to small development teams, especially women-owned or minority-owned businesses.
URAs Neighborhood Initiative Fund would receive $500,000. The program provides grants to nonprofits and community organizations to complete projects in neighborhood commercial corridors that “improve the quality of life and maintain the neighborhood as a great place to live.”
The funding would also provide $337,000 to a fund supporting property maintenance at URA-owned facilities and vacant properties. The organization’s Land Care program maintains URA properties year-round, hiring local small or medium-sized businesses to do the work, said URA legal director Nathan Clark.
The city council unanimously recommended the measure in a preliminary vote on Wednesday. That may require a final vote next week.