The Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) brings together the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities to identify common public policy challenges and advocate 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
  • Advocating for public policy change

Established in 2009, CONNECT convenes the leaders of 43 local governments to identify common issues and work collaboratively to determine solutions. The issues the organization tackles depend on a number of factors including the political climate, current events, the desires and interests of our membership, and capacity. Current policy issue areas include water/sewer management and regionalization, emergency medical service provision and funding, transportation, energy efficiency, blight and abandonment, infrastructure repair coordination and health and wellness.