His plan will support equitable access to technology, city resources and information by closing the digital divide and opening communication between the government and its constituents.
(MCT) -- Flanked by city government officials, tech business representatives and nonprofit and higher-education leaders in a packed room at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty Tuesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto laid out his administration’s “Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” described as a strategic plan to “support equitable access to technology, city resources and information.”
The plan will be spearheaded by the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Innovation and Performance, formerly City Information Systems before it was rechristened by Peduto in his first months in office.
“To be truly successful, Pittsburgh’s technology boom has to be accessible for all,” Peduto said. “This plan will enable us to be a model for cities around the country in providing equitable services and opportunities for residents and businesses in every neighborhood.”
The goals of the road map, which encompasses 100 projects and city initiatives, include:
Debra Lam, Peduto’s chief Innovation and Performance officer, said the plan was the result of extensive review of best practices in cities around the world and called it a “living document that will continue to evolve over time.”
City officials said the plan doesn’t come with a dedicated budget, but described it as more of a comprehensive approach that will affect virtually every area in which city government interacts with residents, business and community groups.
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