From the mayor's office: G-20 Summit public meetings and the July newsletter


Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have announced a series of community brainstorming sessions in preparation for the upcoming G-20 summit on Sept. 24 and 25. The summit, to be hosted by President Barack Obama and held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, will bring together the leaders of the world’s top 20 economies and high ranking international financial officials to address the current world economic crisis.

Onorato and Ravenstahl say,  “We’re inviting the community to help us brainstorm ways to welcome the world to Pittsburgh and to make the summit a success.  We’re calling on Pittsburgh-area businesses, foundations, health care, cultural, educational and hospitality organizations to contribute their resources to help us show the best our ‘most livable city’ has to offer. Pittsburghers are also invited to volunteer to help us to keep our community safe and clean for our guests and residents.”

There will be three Welcome the World brainstorming sessions, which the public is invited to attend:

·         Fri., June 19,  12:00-130 p.m., Point Park University, Lawrence Hall, Ballroom

·         Tues., June 23, 12:00-130 p.m., Robert Morris University, Sewall Center, International Suite

·         Tues., June 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m., University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom

The results of these brainstorming sessions and website comments, along with the many e-mails and calls offering ideas and assistance that have already been received, will be part of the Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership planning process going forward. By the end of the month, the County Executive and Mayor will announce the next steps for the broad partnership of public, private, non-profit and community resources that will be needed to make the summit a success.

Those who cannot attend the sessions in person may share their best ideas and sign up to volunteer at the Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership web site at

For more news from the Mayor’s office, click here for the July newsletter.