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Peduto, other 'newbies' to get tips

Aaron Aupperlee
| Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 11:28 p.m.

Mayor-elect Bill Peduto will join more than two dozen newly elected American mayors this week at a Harvard University leadership conference.

The three-day seminar, “Transition and Leadership for Newly Elected Mayors,” co-sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, starts Wednesday and ends Friday.

Peduto will have an opportunity to network with new mayors who will be facing similar budget, infrastructure and other issues, said Sonya Toler, the incoming mayor's spokeswoman.

Harvard's Institute of Politics is paying for the trip and the invitation-only seminar, Toler said.

John McNally, newly elected mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, is expected to attend as well.

Peduto, 49, a Democrat from Point Breeze, beat out Republican Josh Wander in a landslide. He met for the first time with the more than 600 volunteers staffing his transition teams on Saturday in the University of Pittsburgh's David Lawrence Hall. Volunteers set their agendas and issues on which to focus, Toler said.

The Harvard seminar gives new city leaders an opportunity to learn from academics, policy experts and politicians about the complex challenges of governing today, said Trey Grayson, director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The newly elected mayors will participate in sessions that include the transition from the campaign to office, finance and administration, jobs and the economy, public safety, education and technology.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Aaron Aupperlee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7986 or aaupperlee@tribweb.com.

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