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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Thank you to all who joined us at CONNECT's Ninth Annual Congress Legislative Session & Reception!

Thursday, April 19th, 2018, 4-7 p.m.

The Circuit Center, 5 Hot Metal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

 

The event brought together more than 100 attendees from municipal members and partner public and nonprofit agencies! Thank you to all who joined us, check out our event webpage for more information!

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, June 21, 2018
10-11:45AM
West Homestead Muni. Building
456 West Eighth Ave.
West Homestead, PA 15120

Thursday, July 26, 2018
(NOTE THE DATE CHANGE!)
10-11:45AM
Forest Hills Borough Building
4400 Greensburg Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

No August Executive Committee Meeting!


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:

 

Coordinate PA Training for CONNECT Municipalities
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
9-11:00AM
PA One Call
925 Irwin Run Rd, West Mifflin, PA 15122
(RSVP to CONNECT@pitt.edu – space limit 12)


Coordinate PA Training for CONNECT Municipalities 
Monday, August 6, 2018
1-3:00PM
PA One Call 
925 Irwin Run Rd, West Mifflin, PA 15122
(RSVP to CONNECT@pitt.edu – space limit 12)


Coordinate PA Training for CONNECT Municipalities 
Thursday, August 16, 2018
9-11:00AM
PA One Call 
925 Irwin Run Rd, West Mifflin, PA 15122
(RSVP to CONNECT@pitt.edu – space limit 12)

 

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