By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local groups in Pittsburgh kicked off an initiative they hope will help the city grow.

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“Avenues of Hope” focuses on several different areas of the city.

Organizers say it is investing in existing businesses and inviting more to come to the area.

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Saturday’s event was focused on Chartiers Avenue.

“We’re hoping to build up a business district from Chartiers Avenue and Windgap Avenue … all the way through to Chartiers and Steuben Street, which includes Chartiers City, Windgap, Sheraden, Elliott and the corner of the West End,” said Theresa Kail-Smith, President of Pittsburgh City Council.

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This is just one of several avenues of Hope projects, which are looking to improve communities.