Since our founding, PCRG has held an annual awards luncheon to recognize the work of our financial partners. Over time, that modest luncheon has grown into a full two-day conference with nationally recognized keynote speakers, innovative session presenters, and attendees from across the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions. However, the main event of our Summit remains the same: an awards ceremony to recognize leadership in community development over the past year.
Community development at its best is achieved by a coalition of disparate stakeholders. From the financial partners who fund the work to those who develop and implement innovative programs, and to on-the-ground community activists, we recognize the contribution made by leaders at all levels. Each year, we present banking awards, community development project awards, and neighborhood leader awards. Our banking awards are determined based on data and discussion with community groups funded by community development banking. But we need your help to decide what projects, programs, and leaders should be recognized for their outstanding work in Pittsburgh and the region.
Community Development Awards pay tribute to projects and programs that have produced revitalization in the physical, social, and cultural fabric of communities in the greater Pittsburgh region. Notable winners include projects that improve the social and cultural fabric of communities, like Hosanna Industries’ Learn While You Earn program, as well as projects that improve physical spaces in communities, like Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation’s redevelopment of Hamnet Place. Last year, New Voices Pittsburgh and Bridgeway Capital were recognized for their achievements in this category. Based on nominations, PCRG may grant this award to up to four projects or programs. Visit our Summit website to read more about the award and to submit your nominations.
Each year’s Neighborhood Leader Award is selected by PCRG and the family of the Bob O’Connor to honor an individual who exemplifies the late mayor’s commitment to neighborhood improvement. Individuals considered for this award are typically those who have significantly impacted their neighborhoods and communities over a long period of time. Awardees are often volunteers, members of Board of Directors, and are deeply engaged in civic leadership. Notable winners include Betty Lane, recognized for her work in Larimer, and James Simon, one of the founding board members of Uptown Partners. Last year, the Neighborhood Leader Award was given to Lauren Byrne Connelly, former Executive Director of Lawrenceville United and an active leader in Pittsburgh civic life. Visit our Summit website to read more about the award and to submit neighborhood leaders you believe deserve recognition.
Award nominations are due on April 14th, so submit your nomination today!