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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor-Elect Peduto Statement on Talent City Initiative

Statement from Mayor-Elect Peduto:

As we close the first round of Talent City at 5:00 pm today, I want to thank the leadership and staff of the Pittsburgh Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics for their hard work in managing the process and reviewing thousands of applications under this initiative.

This project represents a truly historic innovation toward open and good government, the scope of which has never been attempted in the City of Pittsburgh, or anywhere else in the country.  We are excited to commence the second round of Talent City next month, during which will solicit applications for additional positions in the new administration, as well as appointments to Boards, Authorities, and Commissions in our city’s government.

I am very pleased by the overwhelming response by applicants seeking to join our new administration, and look forward to reviewing Talent City’s recommendations in favor of hiring talented individuals to help us build a new Pittsburgh.

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Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayoral transition teams get to work

By Timothy McNulty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More than 500 volunteers for Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto’s transition teams met for four hours in Oakland Saturday afternoon, exhorted by transition chief Kevin Acklin to “take the reins of the hottest city on the planet.”

Exciting as that may sound, the work really revolved around such commonplace but important city government problems as remediating vacant lots, improving computer information systems or tracking low-income housing needs. The Peduto team divvied the crowd up into eight teams to study ways to make government better, which will only have until the end of the month to make recommendations.

The largest group was “education & neighborhood development,” which covered a wall at the University of Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Hall with dozens of Post-It notes full of ideas, many of them circling back to ways to improve city public education, and the dialogue between schools and city leadership. The group’s moderator, Curtiss Porter, who Mr. Peduto is naming his chief education adviser, had a challenge for his team that could have related to all 500 volunteers in the room.

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PRESS RELEASE: Jobs posted on Talent City site in first phase of recruitment plan for new Mayoral administration

PITTSBURGH –  The first phase of a major program began today to recruit a senior management team to help lead Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto’s administration with the posting of key jobs on The Pittsburgh Foundation’s specially-created website,

A total of 30 job descriptions were posted on the site, covering up to 43 positions in the areas of the Mayor’s Office, Finance and Administration, Public Safety and Urban Affairs, and Planning and Innovation, each offering annual salaries of between $60,000 and $106,000.

All except three of the positions have present incumbents. They have been notified of the Mayor-elect’s hiring process and invited to re-apply for their positions using the Talent City website. The deadline for applications for all these positions is December 15, 2013.

“We are very excited to join the foundation community to launch our first step toward building a new Pittsburgh, by opening up these key positions to the public,” said Mayor-elect Bill Peduto. “I encourage all existing incumbents and other interested parties to apply, and we will select candidates best able to serve the residents of this city,” said Mayor-elect Peduto.

“Our primary objective is to play a significant and engaged role in helping to enhance the quality, knowledge and experience of our local city government,” said Grant Oliphant, President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation. “Talent City represents an historic initiative placing the emphasis for local government hiring on skills and expertise rather than patronage.”

Under the Talent City program, launched by the Foundation in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics, all applicants for the posted positions will be screened by one of three specialized bi-partisan selection committees and interviews will be conducted by human resources consultants.

Overseeing the selection process is a 10-member committee, representative of the local community and co-chaired by Mariann Geyer, Vice President External Affairs at Point Park University; Greg Jordan, General Counsel with PNC Financial Services; and local business entrepreneur Greg Spencer.

For the jobs posted today – consisting mostly of high priority existing positions – searches will include national outreach for some positions such as director-level posts, and regional searches will be conducted for others. Recommendations will be delivered to Mayor-elect Peduto by January 5, 2014 comprising between three and five candidates for each position.  The Mayor-elect may choose from these short-lists or request additional candidates for his consideration.

A second phase of recruitment will begin in early 2014 when additional positions  for the Mayoral administration  – comprising new and existing jobs – will be posted on the site. The recruitment process is scheduled to continue for approximately six months and the Oversight Committee will provide on-going advice and evaluations through the fall 2014.

The $275,000 Talent City initiative is designed to provide comprehensive support for the new Mayoral administration in assembling an experienced and qualified team who will help lead Pittsburgh into a new era of development. Prior to the election on November 5, the initiative was endorsed by both Mayoral candidates.

“We congratulate Mayor-elect Peduto for his election victory and we commend and support him in his mission to make Pittsburgh a model for strong, community-engaged and open local government,” said Grant Oliphant.

The website has also received nearly 60 responses from the public on its ‘idea portal’ where suggestions and recommendations can be submitted designed to help the new Mayoral administration to shape policy and prioritize initiatives.

  • A full list of the first phase of job postings for the new Mayoral administration can be accessed at

Post-Gazette: Peduto, Pittsburgh Foundation open website for top city job applications

By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto announced this afternoon that his job website has been fully launched and has begun accepting applications.

The hiring initiative, called Talent City, is backed by about $275,000 of foundation money and will use human resources professionals and selection committees to screen candidates. It’s all a part of Mr. Peduto’s effort to take the politics and patronage out of hiring, he said today, including for positions that traditionally go to campaign foot soldiers. The public safety chief also will be selected with the help of Talent City.

To apply for a job with the administration, visit the Talent City website at The jobs accepting applications today are from 11 different city departments, including the mayor’s office.

The website, created by the Pittsburgh Foundation, posted 43 positions this morning and by the middle of a press conference this afternoon, nine people had already applied. The foundation is working with the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics to set up an objective, nonpartisan hiring process.

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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor-Elect Peduto Travels to Seattle to Attend Three Conferences

SEATTLE, WA –  In an effort to rebuild Pittsburgh’s presence on the national stage, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto traveled to Seattle, Washington this week to participate in three major conferences addressing issues from education and public health to the future of urban libraries to the economic sustainability of cities.

The Mayor-Elect traveled at the invitation of The Grable Foundation, The Sprout Fund, and The National League of Cities, the latter of which welcomed the City of Pittsburgh back as a member.

Joining the Mayor-Elect are Gregg Behr, D’Ann Swanson, and Teresa Serrao of The Grable Foundation, Patrick Dowd of Allies for Children, Mary Frances Cooper of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Cathy Lewis Long and Dustin Stiver of The Sprout Fund.

The Mayor-Elect’s travel costs and conference registration fees were covered by The Grable Foundation.  The Mayor-Elect’s hotel fees were covered by his Council office budget.


The Mayor-Elect’s scheduled meetings and events are as follows:

November 13-14: National Conference on Your City’s Families (

November 13-14: Urban Libraries Council Partners for Success Conference (

November 13-16: National League of Cities Congress of Cities Conference (

November 13, 11:30am to 1:00pm: Democratic Municipal Officials Advisory Board Meeting

November 13, 1:00pm to 3:00pm: National League of Cities, Finance, Administration, and Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee Meeting

November 13, 3:00pm to 4:00pm: Meeting with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

November 13, 7:00pm to 9:00pm: Dinner with Pittsburgh delegation

November 14, 10:00am to 11:00am: Meeting with Mayor Mike McGinn, City of Seattle

November 14, 12:00pm to 1:00pm:  Meeting with Clarence Anthony, Executive Director of National League of Cities

November 14, 1:15pm to 3:00pm: National League of Cities, Large Cities Council Meeting

November 14, 5:00pm to 6:00pm: Meeting with Molly Ward and Kellyn Blossom, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

November 14, 6:30pm to 8:30pm: National League of Cities and Pew Charitable Trusts American Cities Forum and Dinner

November 15, 7:30am to 9:00am: Speaking at the Democratic Municipal Officials National Breakfast Meeting

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Pittsburgh City Paper: Bill is Due

By Chris Potter, Pittsburgh City Paper

It took Bill Peduto less than two hours to declare victory on Election Night: With the election a foregone conclusion, the mayor-elect gave his victory speech at around 9:40 p.m., to the cheers of an audience gathered at Homewood’s Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum. By another reckoning, though, the announcement was nearly a decade in the making.

In that time, Peduto had lost one mayoral run and abandoned another, headed a council majority, and then lost it. This year’s victory came only after he’d painstakingly built a political operation that helped elect allies in races across the city.

And that may have been the easy part.

Asked by a reporter what it meant to win the November election with 84 percent of the vote, Peduto answered, “I have my work cut out for me.”

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Latest Statement by Mayor-Elect Peduto regarding Brashear shooting


Statement by Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto

I commend the men and women of our Pittsburgh Police Bureau, Pittsburgh Public School Police, and cooperating agencies, for their swift response to the shootings earlier this afternoon near Brashear High School.

I am pleased that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening, that several persons have been brought in for questioning, and I thank residents of the surrounding neighborhoods for their cooperation.

While our officers were prepared for the worst, we are very pleased that the shooting did not occur in the school or on school premises.

My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the students, parents, and their families. I know how stressful this situation was for them today, and I understand that counselors will be available on-site at Brashear tomorrow.

I will make sure that we continue to do everything we can as a city to maintain a safe environment for our children, whether in our schools or neighborhoods.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement regarding Brashear shooting

PITTSBURGH – Mayor-Elect Peduto has been in close contact from the National League of Cities Conference in Seattle with Public Safety Director Huss regarding the shootings this afternoon at Brashear High School. Consistent with requests by city police, we advise all residents in the area to lock their homes and stay indoors while the police continue to search for the perpetrator(s).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, parents, and their families.


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Peduto wants residents to join transition teams

By Bob Bauder, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mayor-elect Bill Peduto is tapping into former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell’s playbook.

Peduto on Monday invited city residents to volunteer for eight transition teams. By the end of the day, about 200 people had applied online, a response that Peduto said made for an exciting start to a weeklong recruitment effort.

“Bill’s long understood that when you include everyday people, when you include the residents of Pittsburgh, the outcome is much better,” spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. “This is his whole philosophy of turning government upside down.”

Peduto in September met with former Rendell Chief of Staff David Cohen, now a senior executive at Comcast. Cohen explained Rendell’s transition process and shared Rendell’s transition book.

“There are a lot of similarities to Rendell’s approach to governing Philadelphia,” Toler said.

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Post-Gazette: Peduto to use website to hire his team

By Timothy McNulty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Photo Credit: Bill Wade, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto will seek to hire the sliver of city employees in nonunion jobs through a foundation-backed job website, his transition team announced Friday.

His administration can hire about 100 workers in mostly management positions after it takes over in January, and Mr. Peduto vowed to make the picks without respect to patronage or political IOUs.

“Everyone will be given an opportunity to apply, decisions will be made based on talent, and nobody will be evaluated based upon who they supported at the ballot box,” he said in a prepared statement.

Most of the city’s 3,200 employees, from police officers to refuse workers, are covered by union or civil service job protections. However, his team could pick managers of planning, parks and other departments on its own. The mayor-elect planned to meet with overseers of the foundation-backed Talent City website Friday to discuss how and when the job openings would be posted, with hopes of doing so the week of Nov. 18.

Those seeking to volunteer for non-paid city agencies and boards also should be able to apply through the site. The Talent City oversight committee will have about a month to review applications and make hiring recommendations to Mr. Peduto’s team before he takes office in January.

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