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Blight Bootcamp is Back! Find Out How to Fight Blight In Your Community

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Find Out How to Fight Blight In Your Community: Blight Bootcamp is Back!

Attend this event to learn about resources and best practices to increase the impact of community-led blight elimination efforts

Blight Bootcamp will kick off on Friday, October 7th at 3:00 with a community-led service event followed by a pre-conference cookout and celebration. The main conference will take place on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at the Propel Hazelwood (5401 Glenwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15207.) The conference registration will begin at 8am with breakfast and lunch provided. The conference will begin at 9am. Cost of attendance is $15 however, scholarships are available upon request. Please visit to register or contact Lydia Kramer at 412-361-2099 ext. 4.2015-11-blight-bootcamp-group_edited

In November last year, the Blight Working Group successfully hosted the first-ever Blight Bootcamp Conference. The event welcomed over 120 residents and organizations across the City and County to learn ways that can improve their neighborhoods by remediating blight.  Hosted and supported by the Blight Working Group, the conference is designed to offer residents the opportunity to  get involved in their neighborhood’s efforts to help get rid of overgrown lots and abandoned structures. Due to the tremendous positive response from last year’s event, we are excited to announce Blight Bootcamp will return on October 7th and 8th, 2016.

“Blight Bootcamp is a great way to engage and educate residents on how they can get involved in reducing blight and making a positive change in their community. Hazelwood is proud to be the host neighborhood for this year’s conference” says Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director of the Hazelwood Initiative.

This year’s conference aims to mobilize and equip residents and organizations in the City of Pittsburgh with knowledge and learning opportunities to half-page-register-now-2016lead the fight against blight. The Blight Working Group has worked with organizations across the City to create a series of sessions that dive deeper into blight-related issues residents face in their communities. The 2nd annual Blight Bootcamp will focus on three significant areas of blight remediation work: green space projects, building acquisition and improvement, and organization of resident and volunteers in projects. The main conference, taking place on Saturday, October 8th, will be packed with 9 sessions each featuring a wide array of speakers that expand residents’ knowledge and awareness of resources and methods to improving their own neighborhoods.

Funding for this effort was made possible by GTECH Strategies, Neighborhood Allies, Google, Loveland Technologies and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. The Blight Working Group is a consortium of dedicated partners whose mission is to steward opportunities of connection, learning, and resources that support, strengthen, and align assets of community based organizations and residents to combat blight and disinvestment in their communities.


Click here for more information on the Blight Bootcamp Conference 2016.



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