Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto wants to focus on development, not politics in 2nd term

By: Bob Bauder , Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

During his inauguration Wednesday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto plans to outline goals for his next term, including a partnership with major nonprofits and corporations for funding several major initiatives.

Peduto, 53, would not identify the projects, saying he was saving details for his inaugural address, but he has pointed to nonprofits and corporations as potential funders of affordable housing and universal preschool education.

Voters elected Peduto of Point Breeze in November to a second four-year term. His inauguration ceremony is scheduled to start at noon Wednesday at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland. It is open to the public. Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to attend.

“The idea is not writing a check to city government, but a shared vision of what we can work on together and then to recruit others into the initiative as well,” Peduto said. “The inauguration will provide an opportunity to look at the issues that have been discussed as the major initiatives that need a coordinated effort. During the first quarter of 2018, there will be a series of meetings … that will provide the opportunity for public input in helping to shape those issues further.”

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