James Myers Jr.

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James Myers Jr.

Community Relations Specialist and SPUR Business Development Coordinator

James Myers Jr. is the Community Relations Specialist and SPUR Business Development Coordinator at Urban Innovation21, where he recruits entrepreneurs who have an interest in starting a business and/or have an existing business looking to expand.  With community relations, he serves on the board for the Hill District Consensus Group, Hill District Growth Development Fund, and the New Hill District Business Association.  With business development, he leads continuous outreach efforts to underserved communities along with the Hill Community Development Corporation to inspire entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition.  James works in collaboration with Duquesne University Small Business Development Center and other business support organizations. He serves as a presenter for Urban Innovation21 programs at business and education conferences as a form of outreach and responsibility of community relations.   

James is a recent graduate of Carlow University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business management.  While attending Carlow Univestiy, he was awarded for academic excellence, named to the dean’s list, and received the Kathleen Wynne Hufnagel Memorial Endowed Scholarship in recognition of community projects and contribution to the betterment of communities in Pittsburgh. James is a member and recipient of the UPMC Fellow Scholarship with the National Black MBA Association, Pittsburgh Chapter.  During his academic tenure, he has been a recipient of the NEED/Johnny Gammage Scholarship for developing solutions to barriers between community based organizations and the fraternal order of police.  He has received the Poise Foundation Scholarship for academic recognition and community affairs.

James is a community leader and graduate of the Coro Civic Leadership Program with its focus on the green economy and leadership succession in the communities of the Hill District and Uptown.  He is a member of the Next Leaders for Green Communities who established the inaugural 5K race/marathon for the Hill District in September of 2011.  The race attracted over 200 participants and currently the team of leaders are working with Pittsburgh Marathon to bring the race back to the Hill District while attracting runners from across the Pittsburgh region.

James serves as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for PGH Green Innovators, where he aspires to connect Hill District residents to the Energy Innovation Center, formerly Connelley Trade School.  He teaches an Introduction to Renewable Energy course at University Prep/Margaret Milliones to juniors and seniors exploring fuel cell technology, wind and solar power. 

James’ professional career includes that of an educator, coordinator and consultant. He has served as Community Energy Advocate for Gtech Strategies while leading conserving energy campaigns in the communities of Homewood and Hazelwood with an outstanding response from community residents. James’ career path also extends to teaching at the Urban League of Pittsburgh Charter School. He is a native of Pittsburgh and a Hill District resident.