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From concerns about student health and education to a looming municipal financial crisis, Duquesne officials are reaching out to local non-profit groups and governmental agencies in preparation for the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Allegheny Health Network, in partnership with the Duquesne City School District, will administer free COVID-19 tests to Duquesne’s schoolchildren from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday (June 5) at Duquesne Education Center, 300 Kennedy Ave.
The Squirrel Hill Health Council has also worked with Duquesne to administer the tests and is currently scheduling a return, city officials said.
At the May council meeting, Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby reported that she and school Superintendent Sue Moyer recently met with an official from the Pittsburgh Foundation about possible collaboration.
Nesby also met recently with Allegheny County Economic Development Director Lance Chimka about the potential financial crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions that may impact the city’s economic 3rd and 4th quarter due to a lack of tax revenue.
Nesby said that Chimka assured her that the county and the Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association will work with the city to help mitigate the financial shortfall.
A follow-up meeting, involving all Allegheny County municipalities, is scheduled for June.
Nesby said she met with members of the Regional Industrial Development Corp. to discuss bringing new development to the industrial park, including premium homes and a renewable energy facility. The projects could bring an additional 40 to 120 jobs to the city, she said.
Two other groups were also on Nesby’s calendar.
Put People First! PA, a lobbying organization that unites lower socioeconomic residents in the state, is working to bring more COVID-19 testing to Duquesne.
The Youth Participatory Budget Council is planning community meetings to teach the residents how money is allocated in the city, how they can participate in local politics, what resources are available and how to make the most of them, Nesby said.
Originally published June 04, 2020.