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.

Thank you to all our attendees at our Eighth Annual Congress!

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Circuit Center

5 Hot Metal St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Thank you to our sponsors!


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                      Check out CONNECT's 2015/2016 Annual Report!

Recent News:
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 31, 2016

In late August, community representatives and partners from the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) assembled together for its Health Working Group Meeting to discuss and assess the role that local governments can play in combatting the opioid/heroin crisis in our region. CONNECT hosted the meeting with representatives from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and its partners from the Emergency Medical Services field who helped CONNECT launch the CONNECT Community Paramedic Program (Click here, to  learn more about the program and its Founder and Project Manager, Dan Swayze).

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:

**No April EC Meeting**

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Mt. Oliver Fireman's Hall

120 Brownsville Road

Pittsburgh, PA  15210

Save the Date:

CONNECT 8th Annual Congress
Legislative Session & Reception
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Circuit Center
5 Hot Metal Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Click here for the full CONNECT calendar (.pdf).