Congressman Doyle Presents $72,750 Check to NorthShore Community Alliance for Tech/Conference Center

August 17, 2005
Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA - U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14)yesterday presented a check to Kevin M. Jordan, Executive Director of the NorthShore Community Alliance (NCA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The NorthShore Community Alliance will use this funding to renovate three vacant buildings on Tripoli Street in Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny neighborhood into an educational facility and community conference center.

“For over 100 years the NorthShore Community Alliance has been helping Pittsburgh’s most disadvantaged residents,” Congressman Doyle said in making the presentation. “I’m pleased to have been able to help them continue and expand upon the important work that they’ve been doing.”

The money will be used to renovate the three vacant buildings into an educational facility and community conference center. The new facility will provide computer training to children and adults in order to help erase the digital divide. NCA will also expand on existing pilot programs that provide entrepreneurial training to members of the community through Robert Morris University and teach young people the fundamentals of robotics in a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, the new facility will be open to local businesses and organizations for use as a conference center.

“East Allegheny, like many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, needs help in making sure that its residents can compete and succeed in the high-tech global economy of the future,” Congressman Doyle observed. “This new facility will help provide residents of the North Side with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s knowledge-driven economy.”

Congressman Doyle worked successfully to have this funding included in H.R 4818, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (Public Law 108-447). The money will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Economic Development Initiative.

"This funding is an important step in our organization’s efforts to raise the $1.5 million that it will take to get the NCA Technology/Conference Center open and functioning," said Kevin Jordan, Executive Director of the NorthShore Community Alliance. “We’re confident that this center will be a cornerstone in revitalizing one of Pittsburgh’s hardest hit communities.”

The NorthShore Community Alliance was established in 1895 as the Allegheny Association for the Improvement of the Poor and was at the forefront of the settlement house movement at the end of the 19th century. The NorthShore Community Alliance was, until recently, known as the Neighborhood Centers Association. The organization provides services to the Allegheny County Department of Children, Youth, and

Families and operates two community centers, the former Manchester House in Manchester and the Limbach Community Center in the North Side neighborhood of East Allegheny. In addition to family counseling, it offers numerous training and educational programs.

 Congressman Doyle presents check to Jason Wells (on far left) and Kevin Jordan (left

Caption: Congressman Doyle presents check to Jason Wells (on far left) and Kevin Jordan (left 
center) of the NorthShore Community Alliance for work on NCA’s Technology Education Center.

More information on the NorthShore Community Alliance can be found at