Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , United States
|| 00, 1964
Nov 08, 2005 01:07pm
|Info||William Peduto is serving his first term as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council. Before being elected to represent the East End neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Friendship, Oakland, Point Breeze, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, he served as chief of staff to former City Councilman Dan Cohen. |
Additionally, William Peduto operated a political consulting business throughout 25 counties of western Pennsylvania. He served as general consultant, campaign manager, finance director and other roles for over one dozen Democrat candidates and elected officials. At 28, he served as western political director for then acting Governor Mark Singel. He has worked on Capitol Hill through a deputy press secretary internship and inside the beltway as a campaign analyst with a political research firm. In addition, Peduto has worked as a busboy, road crew laborer, disc-jockey, Deputy Coroner, ski store clerk, sidewalk painter and spent 10 years delivering the Pittsburgh Press.
On City Council he chairs the Committee on General Services, Technology and the Arts. The Committee is in charge of all contracts and purchases as well as city owned buildings and land. Peduto also oversees the City Information Systems department, the Cable Bureau and the Art Commission on Council.
In addition to his Council duties he serves on several boards which promote economic development and culture throughout the region. As Council’s representative on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, Peduto plays a vital role in creating a comprehensive priority plan for the region’s economic infrastructure including transportation and land development. On the SPC he is Vice Chair of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee. On the Stadium Authority, he oversees the development of the land between Heinz Field and PNC Park. As a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance, Peduto works with organizations and individual artists to promote culture as a tool for economic growth and the arts as a critical industry for this region. He also serves as a Board Member of Carnegie Museums and Libraries, Pittsburgh Community Design Center and PCTV-21.
Peduto volunteers his time to several worthy causes including NCJW/Komen Foundation Race for the Cure, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force AIDS Walk, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, ZOA Holocaust Memorial Tour and the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team.
He has sponsored several worthwhile programs to encourage a New Emerging Pittsburgh, Youth Agenda, Technology and Tolerance. Included in the projects he has sponsored are the UV Loop, the Sprout Fund, FLUX, Cool Space Locator, the Centre-Baum Initiative, Guyasuta Fellowship Program, Pittsburgh Policy Issues OnLine Forum and the Pittsburgh Pride Festival.
As the representative of Council District 8, William Peduto has the opportunity to help guide Pittsburgh’s new economy while preserving the strong knit neighborhoods which make up the district. With over $500 million in projects underway this year, Pittsburgh’s East End has emerged as the Mon Valley of the new emerging region. The district includes major regional institutions including Carlow College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Chatham College, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art, UPMC, the Hillman Cancer Center and others.
In order to balance the necessary economic growth of the region with the quality of life in the neighborhoods, Peduto has put forth a new economic development strategy for Pittsburgh. His plan calls for “Community-Based” development, which merges community plans with economic development initiatives and gives people a voice at the beginning of the process. He supports a more transparent government that utilizes technology to provide more efficient services for less money. He has advanced policies that provide more resources to improve neighborhood corridors through infrastructure upgrades, instead of grants to individual companies. And he has championed greater funding of public transit to build a countywide light rail system that would connect with a regional commuter rail system.
William Peduto is a “reform-Democrat” who believes that issues should outweigh special interests. He has been recognized by the Democratic Leadership Council as one of the “100 to Watch” New Democrats in the nation. Peduto has been profiled by the Pittsburgh Business Times as “One to Watch”, selected by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest” and chosen by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the region's “50 Cultural Forces”.
William Peduto is 38 years old, single and resides in the South Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh.