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Uber rolling out inner-city jobs program

| Monday, May 11, 2015, 1:08 p.m.

Smartphone-based car service Uber is starting a job creation program in Pittsburgh that focuses on employing inner city residents.

The Uber UP (Urban Partnership) program announced Monday is part of a regional venture between the company and the nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. The program is designed to provide entrepreneurial opportunities by working with community groups.

“Together, we will reach thousands of urban residents through local events, skill-building courses and information sessions in an effort to ensure that the opportunity of entrepreneurship is available to all,” Uber officials said in a statement.

In Pittsburgh, Uber is partnering with The Heinz Endowments, The Design Center, Global Pittsburgh, The Center for Women and The Kingsley Association to connect with residents.

Uber Pittsburgh's General Manager Jennifer Krusius said the partnership aims to generate 50,000 driver jobs nationwide, including 1,000 through the Pittsburgh program.

“We know we have great opportunities to offer people in terms of building entrepreneurial opportunities and starting a business and making good money,” she said.

The Pittsburgh program announcement was made at the Kingsley Community Center on Frankstown Avenue.

Uber is initiating the program across the East Coast. Other cities include Baltimore and Boston.

Melissa Daniels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8511 or mdaniels@tribweb.com.

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