Mission and Values

Vibrant Pittsburgh Mission

Our mission is to embrace inclusion, to ensure the Pittsburgh region’s growth by attracting, retaining and elevating a diversity of talent, and to promote the region nationally and internationally as a diverse, welcoming region of opportunities.

Vibrant Pittsburgh Statement of Values

We believe that a diverse workforce is essential to the ongoing economic vitality of the Greater Pittsburgh region. We must attract, retain, elevate and educate people of all backgrounds, including New Americans, and create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming.

It is critical that the regional workforce be prepared for the job requirements of today and tomorrow, and that we attract qualified and diverse talent from across the country and around the globe. Skilled, educated foreign-born talent, legally authorized to work in the United States, is a significant source of economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation throughout the country, and also is essential to the long-term success of the Greater Pittsburgh region.

Like the rest of America, Greater Pittsburgh has a proud history of immigrants who came to pursue the American dream and worked side by side with people of varying ethnicities and backgrounds to create greater levels of economic prosperity. Growing and sustaining a qualified and diverse regional workforce is a legacy that can and must continue.

How did we get to where we are today?

In 2010 with a board comprised of business, nonprofit, and foundation leaders, the organization hired its first CEO, Melanie Harrington.

In December 2010, via a press conference with more than 130 community leaders, the Board officially launched the organization and provided the public with an overview of the organization’s 10-year strategic work plan, operational model and  key initiatives.

To expand Vibrant Pittsburgh’s capacity to fulfill its mission and vision, Vibrant Pittsburgh developed the Community Outreach and Inclusion Manager position in 2011 to manage the Vibrant Inclusion Council, which was created to engage leaders of the region’s diverse communities. Other key staff such as the Administrative Coordinator, Welcome Center Program Assistant and Public Ally member were also hired to support these and other initiatives.

In 2012, Vibrant Pittsburgh hired a Director of Marketing and Talent Attraction and re-launched its website.

How are we accomplishing our mission and living our values?

An Overview of Outcomes:

  • Strengthened internal capacity of Vibrant Pittsburgh to achieve its vision and mission through the hiring of new staff and the creation of a Strategic Workplan that will guide our activities for the years to come.
  • Increased visibility of Vibrant Pittsburgh in the community, which in turn facilitated relationship-building with corporate partners and employers, as well as the diverse communities in our region.
  • Enabled Vibrant Pittsburgh to position itself as a convener and connector in the region. As described above, over the last year, Vibrant Pittsburgh has partnered with organizations such as Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), UPMC, The Delta Foundation, The Regional Internship Center, New Pittsburgh Collaborative, Pittsburgh Technology Council, Allegheny Conference, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board Leadership Pittsburgh and Western PA Diversity Initiative (WPDI) on programs and events to help further diversity employment in the Region.
  • Created advisory bodies that ensure greater alignment with employment demands and with regional diversity and inclusion issues. The creation of the HR Leadership Council (that engages 11 local employers to serve as advisors to VP staff and Board) and the Vibrant Inclusion Council (that engages 70 local diverse community groups and organizations), will further support Vibrant Pittsburgh’s promotion and attraction efforts to increase the diversity of the workforce in the region.
  • Enabled Vibrant Pittsburgh to implement efforts to foster retention and a welcoming environment. Vibrant Pittsburgh launched a number of programs for diverse talent in the region, including the New Arrivals Bridge – a community on-boarding program for newcomers – and networking events such as the Dine-Arounds, which aim to connect diverse professional newcomers with one another and other professionals in the region. As noted above, VP also partnered with the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law to create a new community asset, the Immigration Law Clinic, to serve immigrants and internationals as well as the service providers who serve the region’s “New Americans”. Through its Welcome Center, Vibrant Pittsburgh provided referral services to Pittsburgh Region’s immigrants, internationals and newcomers.
  • Enabled Vibrant Pittsburgh to serve as a convener and coordinator of an elevation initiative. Vibrant Pittsburgh partnered with CCAC’s Young Adult Empowerment Program (YAEP) and UPMC which has resulted in the graduation YAEP students and eventual hiring of the students into entry level full-time UPMC healthcare positions.