Pittsburgh foundations take active role in region's rejuvenation

PITTSBURGH – In 2002, several Pittsburgh philanthropic foundations joined together to buy a 178-acre brownfield site – Hazelwood Green – next to acres of land next to the Monongahela River.The group included the Benedum Foundation, the R.K. Mellon Foundation and the Heinz Endowments – a ground-breaking move that demonstrated the influence that foundations hold in Pittsburgh and their willingness to take risks that foundations in other cities would avoid.

Bottoms a no-show on city leaders' trip to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – A delegation of nearly 120 metro Atlanta leaders arrived in this Pennsylvania city to learn how it has transformed itself from a steel and manufacturing city to one focused on innovation and technology.The delegation also heard repeatedly about how Pittsburgh wants to be a “city for all” – to welcome economic vitality – for people of all income, races and ethnicity.

Learn4Life report shows slight educational uptick in metro Atlanta

Learn4Life, a novel nonprofit that is focused on improving education outcomes in the five-county metro Atlanta region, released its third annual report Monday morning – one that shows slight progress in several indicators.

The “State of Education in Metro Atlanta” is measuring early grade literacy, 8thgrade math proficiency and high school graduation as the key indicators of the region’s overall performance towards its cradle-to-career vision.