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Noting it has been 200 years since Pittsboro was officially incorporated into a city and renamed Pittsburgh, and that what once was the gateway to the West for pioneers is perhaps becoming the gateway to the future for pioneers in driverless cars and traffic-flow management, Mayor Bill Peduto said 25 percent of the city’s population has no access to that future—and that needs to change.

“We have Uber working with CMU to develop autonomous cars, Google doubling its employees, Apple doubling its footprint. We have Tata Steel from India, and Taiwan’s version of GE looking to perhaps locate here. That’s a lot of opportunity,” he told the African American Chamber of Commerce PowerBreakfast audience March18. “But 25 percent of the city has no connection to that, because we are divided by zip codes.”

Peduto said the city’s Black youth need to be connected to the kind of training that will let them compete for the increasingly tech-based jobs the city is nurturing, and thanks to a recent meeting at the White House, he may have a way to help do that.

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