Blight Bootcamp returns for second year


Blight Bootcamp will kick off on Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. with a community-led service event followed by a pre-conference cookout and celebration.

The main conference will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Propel Hazelwood, 5401 Glenwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207. The conference registration will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast and lunch provided. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. Cost of attendance is $15 however, scholarships are available upon request. Visit to register or contact Lydia Kramer at 412-361-2099 ext. 4. 

In November last year, the Blight Working Group successfully hosted the first-ever Blight Bootcamp Conference. The event welcomed more than 120 residents and organizations across the city and county to learn ways that can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight. Hosted and supported by the Blight Working Group, the conference is designed to offer residents the opportunity to get involved in their neighborhood’s efforts to help get rid of overgrown lots and abandoned structures.

This year’s conference aims to mobilize and equip residents and organizations in the City of Pittsburgh with knowledge and learning opportunities to lead the fight against blight. The Blight Working Group has worked with organizations across the city to create a series of sessions that dive deeper into blight-related issues residents face in their communities.

The second annual Blight Bootcamp will focus on three significant areas of blight remediation work: green space projects, building acquisition and improvement, and organization of resident and volunteers in projects. The main conference, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 8, will be packed with nine sessions each featuring a wide array of speakers that expand residents’ knowledge and awareness of resources and methods to improving their own neighborhoods. 

Funding for this effort was made possible by GTECH Strategies, Neighborhood Allies, Google, Loveland Technologies and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. The Blight Working Group is a consortium of dedicated partners whose mission is to steward opportunities of connection, learning, and resources that support, strengthen, and align assets of community based organizations and residents to combat blight and disinvestment in their communities. 

Go to: for more information on the Blight Bootcamp Conference 2016. 


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