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:


CONNECTed Sponsors









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      CONNECT Hosts Successful Eighth Annual Congress!


     Check out our event page for more photos and updates!

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:

Thursday, May 18, 2017



Green Tree Borough Building

10 W Manilla Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA  15220

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Bellevue Borough Building
Council Chambers, Second Floor
537 Bayne Avenue
Bellevue, PA 15202

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Churchill Borough Building
Yagle Community Center
2300 William Penn Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15235

No August EC Meeting.

Save the Date:

DEA Police/EMS Personnel Drug Overdose Response Training
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Green Tree Borough Building
10 W Manilla Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Health Working Group Meeting
Thursday, June 8, 2017


Shaler Township Municipal Building
Training Room, Second Floor
300 Wetzel Road
Glenshaw, PA 15116

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