Innamorato, Policy Committee hearing explore enhancing neighborhoods

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, today hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee at New Sun Rising for a discussion about how government and businesses can work together to enhance neighborhoods and ensure all residents benefit from development coming to their communities.

Innamorato was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla and legislators from across the state, where they heard about the needs of local entrepreneurs and nonprofits, Main Street businesses and community development organizations.

“I think it’s important we look at ways to revitalize our communities while keeping things affordable. We want business owners to afford rent in a great shop, and our neighbors to afford housing that doesn’t price them out of their communities and allows them to still enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer,” explained Innamorato.

Sturla added, “At the core of today’s discussion is the notion that as we work to improve communities across Pennsylvania, we can’t price residents out of their homes. Representative Innamorato hosted a great discussion on how members of the community can come together to enhance neighborhoods without chasing homeowners, renters and small businesses away.”

The committee heard testimony from: Councilwoman Deborah Gross, District 7, Pittsburgh City Council; Robert Rubinstein, executive director, Urban Redevelopment Authority; Celeste Scott, housing justice organizer, Pittsburgh United; Jessica Strong, co-founder & CEO, Flexable LLC; Matthew Galluzzo, executive director, Lawrenceville Corp.; Brittany Reno, executive director, Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization; Christine Mondor, principal, evolveEA; Dr. Jessica Mann, director of The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching & Research, Duquesne University; Jayne Miller, president and CEO, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy; and Laura Poskin, director, Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh.

The meeting was one in a series held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.