March 4th, 2014
Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporations, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and the Bidwell Training Center in Pittsburgh, is nationally recognized as a visionary community leader with marked success in community adaptation and revitalization. Manchester Bidwell Corporation — developed by Mr. Strickland over several decades — is a nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh that provides job training for adults, and arts education and mentoring to young people. Under his leadership, Manchester Bidwell has become a successful business model for social change, whose organizational culture fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility and integrity. President Obama selected Mr. Strickland to be one of the founding members of the White House Council for Community Solutions.