The recent announcement of the Allegheny Regional Asset District's preliminary budget is very reassuring, as it represents a continuing investment in the cultural institutions that contribute so much to the high quality of life that has become the hallmark of our region and made Pittsburgh America's most livable city.
The proposed $90.2 million budget is an all-time record and will increase operating grants to many of the region's cultural and recreational assets, including our own Heinz History Center -- Pittsburgh's oldest cultural institution -- as well as 88 others.
RAD is still a smart investment for our region. It contributes mightily to the ever-growing arts and cultural tourism economic engine, while funding educational museums and arts organizations that are accessible to residents and visitors alike.
Over the past 18 years, the RAD board has done an extraordinary job, thoughtfully making strategic grants to deserving institutions for innovative programming and critical capital projects. In the process, the board has helped our creative community build strong and sustainable cultural assets.
Pittsburghers can take advantage of these wonderful assets during admission-free RADical Days at attractions throughout the region this month. There is much to see and do and lots to be proud of.
Thanks, RAD. Working together we're making a real difference -- and making history here in Western Pennsylvania.
President and CEO
Senator John Heinz History Center
First Published October 9, 2013 8:00 PM