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January 23, 2017: Mayor Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh

Among other topics, Bill discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • Uber’s autonomous car fleet
  • Pittsburgh as an urban test lab
  • The City of Pittsburgh’s strategic partnerships with Carnegie Mellon and other institutions
  • The pace of cultural and digital changes
  • The sharing of data between government and private entities
  • MetroLab and the benefits of municipal collaboration
  • Pittsburgh’s innovation roadmap
  • Technology’s impact on the Pittsburgh renaissance

Bill Peduto’s Biography

Mayor Peduto is the 60th Mayor of Pittsburgh, a position he has held since 2014. While in office, he has been an advocate of ride sharing transportation throughout the city, most notably being Uber’s recent pilot autonomous car program. Through his time as an elected official and a resident, Mayor Peduto has been able to see Pittsburgh transform into a city driven by technology.

Prior to being elected city executive, Mayor Peduto served as a member of the Pittsburgh City Council where he chaired the Committee on General Services, Technology and the Arts. He also oversaw the City Information Systems department, the Cable Bureau and the Art Commission on Council during his time on the City Council.

Mayor Peduto earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State University and a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh.

I recently caught up with Mayor Peduto over the phone from City Hall in Pittsburgh, and our conversation covered World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnership, as we discussed how the City of Pittsburgh forms strategic partnerships with technology leaders; and Principle Five, External Partnerships, as we discussed how partnerships between municipal, educational, and private organizations facilitate innovation and growth moving forward. We also discussed how Pittsburgh has used technology to correct an economic downturn over the last few decades, as well as a variety of other topics.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview