Fifth Annual Congress, 2013

Fifth Annual Congress

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Twentieth Century Club




The fifth annual legislative session of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), was held at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland on Thursday, November 21, 2013.


Nearly 100 attendees joined us for the event, including appointed and elected officials from CONNECT member municipalities, and representatives from the civic and non-profit community, interested citizens, and members of the media including the Post-Gazette and the Tribune Review.


The legislative session was led by newly elected chair Kathy Coder of Bellevue Borough, and outgoing CONNECT Chair Dan DeMarco of Ross Township. Also elected to officer positions were: First Vice Chair Bill Peduto, Mayor-elect, City of Pittsburgh; Second Vice Chair Mark Sampogna, President of Council, Green Tree Borough; and Secretary/Treasurer Mary Ellen Ramage, Manager, Etna Borough.


Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto both addressed the Congress, stressing the importance of collaboration between the city and the surrounding municipalities.


Municipal representatives adopted 13 resolutions that will guide the work of CONNECT for the next year. The resolutions address a wide range of policy issues, from endorsing the transfer of intermunicipal conveyance lines and wet weather control structures to ALCOSAN  to working with our partners to research land banking best practices and develop a protocol for a multi-municipal land bank that will meet the needs of our member communities.


Thank you to everyone who joined us at our legislative session! We look forward to working with you in the coming year!


Find out more about our annual congress by clicking on the links below.


Congress Materials:

Congress Photos
Resolutions as Adopted 
CONNECT 2012 Annual Report

Media Coverage:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Peduto pushing Pittsburgh-area shared services 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial
Connected Peduto: The next mayor teams up with the suburbs

CONNECT Chair Kathy Coder named Newsmaker by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review