Newsroom note: What to expect from our new reporting initiative on economic development in the Pittsburgh region

PublicSource is thrilled to announce the debut of Developing Pittsburgh — a focused reporting project with a goal to provide vital information, transparency and accountability about the design, planning and development of the Pittsburgh region.

Our weekly coverage will track the ins and outs of economic development and how it’s shaping communities.

Who is this for?

Developing Pittsburgh is in-depth enough for developers and government officials, but accessible to everyone invested in the long-term prosperity of our city and region. We’ll aim to always illuminate the issues from all perspectives, from developers to activists and government officials to residents. We are planning coverage that we expect will create a community primed for fair and open discussions.

What can you expect?

While in-depth coverage remains a hallmark of the PublicSource experience, we’ll be doing things a bit differently for Developing Pittsburgh. You’ll still see deeply reported stories (and we have some exciting ones to share soon), but you’ll also see more regular, incremental reporting each week. This way, you’ll know the latest about changes and decisions that may affect you and what you do next.

We hired reporter Tom Lisi to focus entirely on producing Developing Pittsburgh stories. And we promoted longtime public safety reporter Jeffrey Benzing to assistant editor to focus on this coverage. The team will be demystifying the process and policies related to economic development issues and talking with the key players, institutions and communities that guide change.

PublicSource's Developing Pittsburgh team: assistant editor Jeff Benzing (left) and reporter Tom Lisi. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

In this vein of reporting, we will continue our coverage of the affordable housing shortage and transportation infrastructure, among other related issues. Our focus areas will be within the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

You’ll see our stories here on PublicSource.org and in a new newsletter featuring our original reporting and a weekly rundown of everything you need to know on economic development. Sign up here.

We also want to hear from you — really!

Development isn’t just bricks and mortar. It’s not just policy. It’s how a community works and affects who gets to participate in the process. We are a resource for you, and we see our new endeavor as an invitation to a conversation.

If you have story tips and ideas, people or groups we should know about, or a perspective to share in an essay or some other creative means, send them to tom@publicsource.org or to jeff@publicsource.org.

Thank you for learning more about Developing Pittsburgh, We hope you’ll check back regularly for the exciting stories we have in the pipeline.

The project is made possible with the generous support from The Heinz Endowments.

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