- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh boomed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as immigrants flooded the city’s steel mills and factories, but needs new ways to attract 21st century immigrants.

That’s why Mayor Bill Peduto announced the city’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative at a news conference Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1knBzbd ) reports a 25-member advisory council will be chosen to form the program,, hopefully in time to begin meeting in July.

The city’s nonprofit and faith-based manager, Betty Cruz, says the program will be similar to other programs in Chicago and other cities.

Despite the city’s rich immigrant history, the region now skews older and less diverse than some areas of the country. The city hopes to bolster its sister city program and teach immigrants about city government, among other goals of the program.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com