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Pittsburgh is a city on the rise, yet too many of our neighbors remain cut off from opportunity by poverty, structural racism, and discrimination. For Pittsburgh to thrive, city leaders must implement a targeted equitable development strategy to ensure that all of us participate in and benefit from the region’s economic transformation, especially those at risk of being left behind.

All In Pittsburgh approach

Racial equity and inclusion

Our lead organizations are rooted in and committed to improving outcomes for Pittsburgh’s low-income communities of color. They approach the work through a racial equity lens and reflect Pittsburgh’s diversity and are Black-led.

Community voice and power

We are committed to including residents and community-based organizations in the change process, and increasing the voice and capacity of these individuals and groups in the development and policymaking process.

Accountability to results

We are rigorously focused on achieving measurable results for Pittsburghers who are economically insecure. We are committed to monitoring key indicators of progress toward our desired equitable development results and using data disaggregated by race, income, and geography to track and measure progress and inform strategy.

Policy and systems change

Equitable development requires citywide and institutional policy change, shifts in development and employment practices, and projects that deliver tangible benefits, demonstrate what works, and inform policy.

Cross-sector partnerships

We are bringing together leaders from the public, nonprofit, community, and private sector who are committed to achieving our results, removing barriers toward achieving them, and aligning effort.

National expertise

As a flagship partner for the PolicyLink All-In Cities initiative, we have access to deep policy development and implementation expertise, research, and best practices from across the country.


All In Pittsburgh evolved from conversations that began between Neighborhood Allies and Urban Innovation 21 after the first P4 Summit in 2015. In an effort to make Pittsburgh more racially and economically inclusive, these two local partners engaged PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity, to create a shared definition for equitable development and craft an agenda to make it the reality.

Between February 2015 and September 2016, the local coalition undertook a research and engagement process to craft a shared definition of equitable development and put forth an action agenda for making equitable development Pittsburgh’s reality. In September 2016, we unveiled Equitable Development: The Path to an All In Pittsburgh, a report outlining a roadmap to ensure everyone participates in and benefits from the region’s economic transformation.

Our coalition has now expanded and is comprised of Neighborhood Allies, UrbanKind Institute, Mongalo-Winston Consulting, and PolicyLink. We are now working together to implement these recommendations, and have assembled a multi-sector steering committee to drive change and advance the work. The organizations on the committee have a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity in Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and throughout the region.

The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, while leading by example through P4 and 100 Percent Pittsburgh respectively, have continued to collaborate on this major effort to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable.

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