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.

Save the Date!

Complete Streets Workshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Hosanna House

807 Wallace Ave

Wilkinsburg, PA 15221



Complete Streets is a simple idea: streets and sidewalks should be accessible to all residents, regardless of their age or how they get around. The Workshop will include Complete Streets policy education and development, guest speakers, and ordinance development assistance for your community with local experts! The event is geared towards elected and appointed officials, but all are welcome to attend!


This Workshop is brought to you by CONNECT and our partners:

American Heart Association

American Planning Association - Pennsylvania Chapter, Southwest Section
Allegheny County Economic Development
Allegheny County Health Department
Bike Pittsburgh

Live Well Allegheny
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Port Authority of Allegheny County
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission


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Join us for CONNECT's Fourth Annual Friendraiser!

Thursday, October 26, 2017


East End Brewing Company - Larimer Brewpub

147 Julius St

Pittsburgh, PA  15206


We are seeking sponsors! Click here for sponsorship opportunities. Visit our event page for more details.

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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, October 19, 2017


Pittsburgh City-County Building

414 Grant St, Rm 646

Pittsburgh, PA  15219

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Millvale Community Center

416 Lincoln Ave

Millvale, PA  15209

-No December Executive Committee Meeting. Happy Holidays!-

Save the Date:

CONNECT Fourth Annual Friendraiser

Thursday, October 26, 2017


East End Brewing Company 

Larimer Brewpub

147 Julius St

Pittsburgh, PA  15206

Complete Streets Workshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hosanna House

807 Wallace Ave

Wilkinsburg, PA  15221


Click here for the full CONNECT calendar.