Our Mission

The Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) brings together the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities to identify common public policy challenges and advocates for collective change on behalf of Allegheny County’s urban core.

Our effectiveness comes from engaged municipalities who are: tackling the community’s most pressing policy issues, building strong relationships with partners and stakeholders, and advocating for public policy change.

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We Wish all our Members, Partners, and Friends

a Fun and Safe Summer!

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Recent News:
October 30, 2017

The Congress of Neighboring Communities has released its 2016-2017 Annual Report. The report highlights CONNECT’s latest strategic priorities for the organization, as well as policy work CONNECT members have undertaken over the past year including infrastructure coordination, public health and the opioid epidemic, and transportation. As CONNECT’s network continues to grow stronger, its policy work advances through cross-boundary strategies in the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities. For the full CONNECT Annual Report, click here.

April 13, 2017

The University Times recently featured Kristen Maser Michaels in a new series, "Making Pitt Work." The goal of the series is to profile University staff by providing a glimpse of some of the less recognized employees whose primary business is making Pitt work. Kristen is the Executive Director of CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities), but as the article conveys is probably much better known outside the University.

March 02, 2017

Kristen Maser Michaels named to theincline.com’s Who’s Next listing of the top 20 up-and-comers under age 40 among local community leaders and activists.  Michaels, 34, is executive director of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT). The organization works with the City of Pittsburgh and the 39 municipalities that create the urban core of Allegheny County to find ways they can work together across political boundaries.

October 20, 2016

The Congress of Neighboring Communities has released its 2015-2016 Annual Report.  The report highlights the policy work CONNECT members have undertaken over the past year including sewer regionalization, infrastructure coordination, blight, and emergency medical services. As CONNECT’s network continues to grow stronger, its policy work advances through cross-boundary strategies in the city and surrounding municipalities.

Upcoming Events

CONNECT Executive Committee Meetings:


Thursday, September 20, 2018
10-11:45AM
Shaler Township Municipal Building
300 Wetzel Rd.
Glenshaw, PA 15116

Thursday, October 18, 2018
10-11:45AM
Castle Shannon Municipal Building

3310 McRoberts Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Thursday, November 15, 2018
10-11:45AM
Location TBD.

No December 2018 Executive Committee Meeting – Happy Holidays!

Save the Date:


Tree Ordinance Workshop

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

9AM-12PM

Tree Pittsburgh, 32 62nd Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Join experts from Tree Pittsburgh to learn how your community can take steps to protect and maintain your tree canopy. Space is limited, so RSVP here!


CONNECT/Utilities Fall Meetup

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

9-11AM

PA One Call 
925 Irwin Run Rd, West Mifflin, PA 15122


CONNECT Fifth Annual Friendraiser

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

5:30-8PM

Hitchhiker Brewing Co.

1500 S. Canal Street - in Sharpsburg!
Pittsburgh PA 15215

 

Click here for a full schedule of 2018 CONNECT meetings and events.