Our vision, mission and values
Driving our efforts, dreams and success in Wilkinsburg.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The WCDC’s work is defined by community input, fact-based solutions, and an ongoing commitment to addressing structural barriers to economic opportunity for marginalized residents.
At the WCDC, we believe that that a sustainable community embraces equity and fully integrates people from all backgrounds and races.
We will embrace and celebrate cultural differences that exist in our community.
We will acknowledge and address structural barriers to economic empowerment, particularly for people who have been marginalized.
We will welcome and engage deeply with people of all backgrounds and races to create economic opportunity and provide access, especially for marginalized residents.
We will track and publish participation and impact data to ensure we are honoring our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Principles of Equitable Development – Measurable Community Benefits for Residents
Equitable Community Engagement
We will involve Wilkinsburg community members most impacted by a project or program.
Equitable Land Use
Our overall vision, plan, and implementation will build on Wilkinsburg’s assets and strengths and aim to keep current residents in place.
We will continue to integrate transit into our practices to ensure we are building a healthy, walkable, livable, and affordable community for all Wilkinsburg residents.
Equitable Economic Development
We will prioritize community-based financial literacy, wealth creation, and job opportunities to prevent displacement of current residents and small businesses in Wilkinsburg.
We will champion housing access for Wilkinsburg residents of all income levels, ensuring that housing does not exceed 30% of a household’s income.