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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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 Meetings:


No August Executive Committee Meeting!

Infrastructure & Utilities Working Group
Thursday, September 12
1-3P
Green Tree Borough Building

10 W Manilla Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15220


Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2019
10‐11:45AM
Castle Shannon Municipal Building
3310 McRoberts Rd
Castle Shannon, PA 15234


Economic & Environmental Development Working Group
Thursday, October 10
1-3P
Dormont Rec Center

1801 Dormont Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Public Safety & Health Working Group
Thursday, November 7
3-5P
West Homestead Borough Building

456 W 8th Ave

Homestead, PA 15120

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 21
10-11:30A
Location TBA

Infrastructure & Utilities Working Group

Thursday, January 9, 2020
1-3P
Location TBA

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2020
11:30A-1:30P (working lunch!)
Location TBA

Economic & Environmental Development Working Group

Thursday, January 30, 2020
1-3P
Location TBA

Public Safety & Health Working Group

Thursday, February 13, 2020
3-5P
Location TBA

No February 2020 Executive Committee Meeting!

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 19, 2020
10-11:30A
Location TBA

Save the Date:


TOD Project Wrap-up Party
Thursday, August 29
3-5PM
Mt. Lebanon Muni Building
710 Washington Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228


Sixth Annual Friendraiser

Thursday, October 24, 2019

4:30-7:30PM

Parkway Theater

644 Broadway Avenue

McKees Rocks, PA, 15136

RSVP here (Google Forms link)


CONNECT Annual Legislative Session & Reception
Thursday, April 16, 2020
4-7P
Circuit Center
5 Hot Metal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203


Click here to see a calendar of the remaining events and meetings for 2019/2020!