Pitt’s Small Business Development Center is helping displaced energy workers start their own businesses.

On Thursday, a few dozen people, including Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, stopped by to mark the first step in what could be a self-sustaining electric grid in the neighborhood.

Last week, thanks to the University of Pittsburgh's Institute of Politics and the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum, I was able to participate with their annual Legislator for a Day program, a part of Pitt Day in Harrisburg.