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

6th Annual Friendraiser

Thursday, October 24

4:30-7:30pm

Parkway Theater

644 Broadway Ave

McKees Rocks, PA 15136

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11th Annual Congress

Thursday, April 16, 2020

4-7pm

The Circuit Center

5 Hot Metal St

Pittsburgh, PA 15203



CONNECT Meetings:


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

456 W 8th Ave

Homestead, PA 15120


CONNECT Bylaws and Strategic Planning Meeting

Thursday, November 21

10A-12P

Ross Township municipal building

1000 Ross Municipal Dr

Pittsburgh, PA 15237


CONNECT Bylaws and Strategic Planning Meeting

Thursday, December 19

Location/Time TBA


Infrastructure & Utilities Working Group

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

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2020
10-11:30am
Location TBA

Economic & Environmental Development Working Group

Thursday, February 13, 2020
1-3pm
Location TBA

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

Public Safety & Health Working Group
Thursday, April 2, 2020
3-5P
Location TBA


Click here for a PDF version of our events