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Community Empowerment Association President and CEO Rashad Byrdsong told the New Pittsburgh Courier he has received a letter confirming that Pittsburgh city council will hold a public meeting to be followed by a post agenda legislative meeting on his proposal to create a citywide Community Benefits Agreement.

“This ordinance or law will set in place contractual binding agreements that require community participation—at all tables—when it comes to planning for the use of development dollars,” he said.

The public hearing is scheduled for March 8 at 1:30 p.m. to gauge public support for enacting a Community Benefits Ordinance for the City of Pittsburgh. The singular legislation Byrdsong envisions would cover the entire city, and ensure that any development planned for Black and distressed communities includes:

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