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Mayor creates Committee to celebrate Pittsburgh's 200th Anniversary in '16


On March 18, Pittsburgh city government’s 199th birthday, Mayor William Peduto named a committee of more than 25 civic leaders to help him plan events around the 200th anniversary of the city’s incorporation.

The 200th Anniversary committee will be charged with planning celebrations around the anniversary throughout next year. A signature event will feature descendants of Ebenezer Denny, the city’s first mayor, and as many relations as can be located every mayor since.

Pittsburgh city government was incorporated on March 18, 1816.

“We have much to celebrate next year, from the 200th anniversary of Pittsburgh, to the 100th anniversary of the City-County Building to Pittsburgh’s ongoing growth and transformation into a cutting-edge 21st Century city,” Mayor Peduto said. “I am excited by the possibilities and want to thank all members of the anniversary committee for joining me in this effort.”

Committee members include:

Samantha Balbier, Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership.

Esther Bush, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

Karina Chavez, Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education.

Meg Cheever, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Mary Frances Cooper, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Nathan Darity, Amizade.

Craig Davis, VisitPittsburgh.

Rev. Richard L. Freeman, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network.

Presley Gillespie, Neighborhood Allies.

Magdeline Jensen, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

Chris Koch, Design Center.

Andy Masich, Heinz History Center.

Kevin McMahon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Bob Nelkin, United Way of Allegheny County.

Barney Oursler, Pittsburgh United.

Lee Anne Pontis, New Pittsburgh Collaborative.

Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council.

Harish Saluja, Silk Screen Film Festival.

Jack Shea, Allegheny County Labor Council.

Mitch Swain, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

Barbara Sieck Taylor, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania.

Jeremy Waldrup, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Doris Carson Williams, African American Chamber of Commerce.

Dennis Yablonsky, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Lynn Zelevansky, Carnegie Museum of Art.

Arthur Ziegler, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks

The committee’s first meeting is expected to be held early next month.

For more information contact Gloria Forouzan, office manager, Office of Mayor William Peduto, at or 412-255-2632.


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