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.

CONNECT Wishes you and your Community a Fun and Safe Summer!

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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:

-No August Executive Committee Meeting, see ALCOSAN Plant Tour info below!-


Thursday, September 21, 2017


Riverfront Park (Aspinwall Borough)

285 River Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA  15215

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Pittsburgh City-County Building

414 Grant St

Pittsburgh, PA  15219

Room Number TBD.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Millvale Community Center

416 Lincoln Ave

Millvale, PA  15209

-No December Executive Committee Meeting. Happy Holidays!-

Save the Date:

CONNECT/PAAC Transit-Oriented Development Meeting

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Castle Shannon Municipal Center

3310 McRoberts Rd

Castle Shannon, PA  15234


Thursday, August 17, 2017


3300 Preble Ave

Pittsburgh, PA  15233

RSVP required! Sign up here.

Health Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Ross Township Municipal Center

1000 Ross Municipal Dr

Pittsburgh, PA  15237


CONNECT/Utilities Meetup

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Pennsylvania One Call

925 Irwin Run Rd

West Mifflin, PA  15122


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