Members of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.'s Leadership Pittsburgh (LP) class visited the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) last Thursday, April 5, to explore the revitalization of Mount Washington's main street, its connections to quality of life and community and economic redevelopment and the strength of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Region.
The group from Leadership Pittsburgh is made up of influential senior leaders from a variety of industries, and this portion of their day-long session focused on reshaping communities offers them a unique opportunity to broaden their understanding of the importance of Main Street redevelopment to Pittsburgh and the region, the issues and challenges surrounding it and the state and local policies impacting it.
Chris Beichner, executive director, MWCDC, will engage in a conversation with LP participants about the importance of Mount Washington's Main Street to the Mount Washington community, the persons/plans/visions that have guided Main Street redevelopment efforts and the state and local policies that have contributed to successes in Mount Washington's Main Street redevelopment.
"We are thrilled to open our doors to the leaders in the Leadership Pittsburgh program. The issue of Main Street redevelopment is one that we are passionate about and eager to inform others who may want to get involved in the effort," Mr. Beichner said.
Additional groups of LP participants visited locations in East Liberty, West End, South Side, North Side, Lawrenceville, Carrick and Bloomfield/Garfield to have similar conversations about Main Street redevelopment.
The entirety of the day was designed to challenge the LP participants as leaders, decision-makers and influencers to consider the role that they can play in influencing, affecting and impacting Main Street redevelopment in the City of Pittsburgh and in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
This experience is part of the LP class' yearlong examination of critical regional issues (including the economy, public education, inclusion, local government and the arts) and is intended to increase their awareness of state and local public policy impacting each. The LP Program is designed to deepen civic-engagement, develop executive-level networks, and further empower senior leaders to impact their business and the regional agenda at a leadership level.
LP's approach to community leadership development has attracted leaders this year from organizations such as BNY Mellon; Giant Eagle, Inc.; PNC; Highmark; UPMC Health Plan; Carnegie Mellon University; University of Pittsburgh; The Heinz Endowments; U.S. Steel; FedEx Ground; and other top Pittsburgh businesses, non-profits and public institutions.