Home : TimelineWhat’s Happening at Grounded? June 21, 2018 An enchanted evening was held for Grounded supporters and friends at A Royal Evening in Sherwood Forest a Hosanna House’s Sherwood site. May 15-17, 2018 Evaine K. Sing, Executive Director of Grounded Strategies, & Gordon Hodnett, Grounded Ambassador present at the eighth Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP), the only national conference of its kind. April 21-24, 2018 Grounded Team member, Ariam, attends the National Planning Conference to learn about current issues, trends, challenges, and solutions that are shaping planning today. April 16, 2018 GTECH is now Grounded. On this day we took a step forward and changed our name to one that more closely reflects the work we do. Grounded in people, grounded in places, grounded in community, where we are recommitting ourselves to help people and communities drive their own transformation. March 27, 2018 The National Main Street Center was hosted in Kansas City, Mo., with Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC).The Main Street Program has helped not only the greater Kansas City area but Missouri overall. Missouri Main Street Connection monitors communities in downtown revitalization initiatives and follows a proven methodology to revitalize older, traditional business districts. The Main Street Program is dedicated to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. GTECHer Evaine presented on Main Street Revitalization through Creative Community Collaboration. This session described revitalization efforts on areas that have seen decades of disinvestment, population loss, and vacancy. March 16, 2018 Janaha Jones joins the team. February 1, 2018 Masoud Sayles joins the team. December 7, 2017 Charlie Goodwin, Ben Milleville, & Sarah Williams Wilson joined the GTECH Board. October 24, 2017 We celebrated the ReClaim Central Ambassador cohort with a graduation ceremony. October 17, 2017 Green Playces: Hill District Dedication & Mosaic Unveiling September 26, 2017 ReClaim Clairton Ambassador Graduation September 1, 2017 Grounded launched the CommunityCare pilot program to investigate what motivates and sustains individual participation in stewardship activities. July 17, 2017 Rebecca Mizikar joins the GTECH team May 25, 2017 GTECHer Ian talked through and discussed partnership, gaining perspective on how Green Playces positively affects students, as well as some of the real-world issues that come up when dealing with youth programming. The session highlighted successes and areas that could be strengthened when engaging youth on community development projects. May 10, 2017 GTECHer Evaine presented at the Jefferson Forum on “Data in Action: Using Data and Technology to Advance Community Goals.” April 21, 2017 April 21, 2017, GTECH celebrated 10 years of impact on the ground in communities across Allegheny County. We joined 273 of our closest friends, partners, Ambassadors, and family at the Heinz History Center to recognize this momentous occasion and ring in the next 10 years. April 20, 2017 Executive Director, Evaine K. Sing, presents at Inspire Speakers Series: Environmental Justice & Civic Conversation. April 13, 2017 Ariam Ford joins the GTECH team March 27, 2017 Rachel Bowers joins GTECH as a Project Coordinator March 23-24, 2017 GTECHer Sarah Koenig presented at Westmoreland Conservation District Conference:2017 Engineers’ Worksop about using stakeholder input to inform a data driven methodology for revitalizing an urban watershed; The Route 51 Green Blvd Property Acquisition Planning Study. March 22, 2017 GTECH presents at Green Schools Conference! GTECHer Ian Brown and Kristen Golomb from Propel Schools discussed: “Placemaking – Kids Reclaiming their environment through community design and the arts.” March 21, 2017 GTECH featured on Progrss.com as part of its Creative Cities Tour! Read the article about how GTECH is tackling blight. March 9-10, 2017 GTECH presented at 2017 National Environmental Justice Conference. Evaine & Kate presented on “ReClaim McKeesport: Environmental Justice Through Capacity Building. A Success Story” and James & Sarah presented on the Northside Connections Urban Trail System, “Connecting Communities and Discovering Hidden Gems: Maximizing Resident Engagement in the Creation of an Urban Trail System”. March 1, 2017 You bring the team. We bring the tools. GTECH & Neighborhood Allies rolled out the PGH Mobile Toolbox, a shared community resource to volunteer groups and organizations! January 4, 2017 Anna and Shequaya join the team! Anna joins GTECH’s team as a Project Specialist and Shequaya as our new Administrative Coordinator. January 1, 2017 Evaine is new CEO of GTECH Strategies. November 17, 2016 Congratulations to our CFO, Kevin, for his Pittsburgh Business Time’s CFO of the Year award! November 11, 2016 Evaine, GTECH COO, was honored on November 10 along with 49 other of this year’s Smart 50 honorees from a diverse set of businesses and industries. October 2016 Healthy Homes Incentive Program is featured in a publication for the American Public Health Association’s national conference in Denver. Read the abstract or view the poster. October 9, 2016 Center of Community Progress and GTECH host a training for Flint, MI residents in partnership with Genesee County Habitat for Humanity. September 29, 2016 GTECH goes to Baltimore: Joining the robust Pittsburgh contingent, Evaine presents on Lots to Love while Gavin and Ian present our work with Green Playces for 2016’s Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference. September 2016 Kate joins the team as a Pitt School of Social Work intern. Tom joins the team as a PULSE fellow. August 2016 Tacumba joins the team- learn more about him here! July 2016 Article co-authored by Dr. Samantha Teixeira and Evaine K. Sing is published in Family and Community Health titled “Reclaim Northside: An Environmental Justice Approach to Address Vacant Land in Pittsburgh.” May 17, 2016 Northside activities get highlighted during the PCRG Summit Mobile Workshop via bike tour. May 2016 3 new high school interns begin a summer program with GTECH (thanks Alcoa partners!) April 2016 GTECH’s submission to City Mart’s Social Cohesion Challenge in Bristol, England is short-listed. December 2015 GTECH wins the Green Workplace Challenge! September 2015 First cohort of Ambassadors outside Pittsburgh graduates in the City of McKeesport! September 2015 Joe joins the team as a Heinz intern. July 2015 6587 Hamilton gets solar panels and reduces our energy use! June 2015 ReEnergize Program is transitioned to partner organization, Conservation Consultants, Inc. June 2015 New 3-year strategic plan is released! May 2015 Green Playces Initiative launches. May 2015 Sarah joins the team as our newest Project Manager. April 2015 Lydia Kramer joins the team! April 2015 Lots to Love website goes live! April 2015 Gertie joins the team – GTECH gets a new truck. Gertie the Truck May 2015 Gavin joins the team as a shared Outreach Coordinator with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. February 25, 2015 GTECH wins the 14th Annual Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award, small sized company category. February 2015 Ian joins the team as a new Project Manager. December 2014 ReFuel program is discontinued. September 2013 Lydia Yoder joins the team as a PULSE fellow. July 2013 Ellie joins the team as a GSPIA intern. May 2013 GTECH is finalist in LLGA Cities Pilot the Future challenge and presents at the Cities Summit in San Franciso. September 2012 James joins the team as a Chatham intern June 2012 ReEnergize Program is launched. May 2012 Evaine joins the team as a Lauble Fellow from the Heinz College. May 2012 ReFuel Program installs second oil drop-off bin at Frazier Farms. June 2011 SPARC (Seeding Prosperity and Revitalizing Corridors) program launched. March 2011 GTECH moves to current office at 6587 Hamilton Avenue. October 2010 Andrew is awarded the Hitachi Foundation Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur award. June 2010 ReFuel Program installs its first oil drop off bin outside the Whole Foods Market in East Liberty. August 2009 GTECH gets an office at Construction Junction October 2008 Andrew is awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship, an international award supporting the work of entrepreneurs and their vision for social change. October 2007 GTECH’s first project: turning the Almono site – Pittsburgh’s largest remaining brownfield – into a sunflower farm, growing biofuel crops and remdiating land April 2007 GTECH is officially incorporated! November 2006 A class project at the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University spurs the creation of an organization intent on growing the green economy in Pittsburgh through turning vacant spaces into green places.