Third Annual Congress, 2011

Third Annual Congress

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Twentieth Century Club


On Friday, June 17, 2011, the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), an initiative of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Metropolitan Studies, held their third annual Congress at the Twentieth Century Club in Oakland.


Nearly 100 attendees participated in the Congress, including CONNECT municipality representatives, representatives of local government related organizations, members of the local media, and other interested constituents.

The Congress was led by outgoing CONNECT Chair and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, newly elected Chair and Edgewood Council President Pat Schaefer and Center for Metropolitan Studies Director Dr. David Miller.  Also elected to officer positions were: First Vice Chair Dan DeMarco, Commissioner of Ross Township; Second Vice Chair Kathy Coder, Bellevue Council President and Secretary/Treasurer Marcia Taylor, Assistant Manager of Mount Lebanon.

Congress attendees were treated to lunch during which KDKA anchor Ken Rice welcomed attendees and outlined his perspective on the importance of local government cooperation in the Pittsburgh region, Dr. Miller described how CONNECT’s unique structure of city and first-ring suburb cooperation sets it apart from the efforts of other metropolitan areas and Associate Director Kathy Risko outlined the accomplishments of the past year.

After the presentations, conference attendees participated in a working session where 25 proposed resolutions were brought before the Congress for consideration and voted on. Resolutions addressed a variety of issues including: acceptance of a major study on improved governance over water/sewer issues, emergency medical services, economic development, blighted and abandoned buildings, energy savings opportunities, and public transit. All 25 resolutions that were proposed at the Congress were passed.  The resolutions that were adopted will assist the officers, members and professional staff to guide and implement the work of CONNECT for the next year.

Congress Materials:

Congress Video - View videos of the luncheon presentation and the working session to see the presentations and discussions from the event.
Congress Photos
Resolutions as Adopted

CONNECT Multijurisdictional Sewer Management Study (accepted in Resolution 11-03)
PWSA Multi-Municipal Conveyance Sewers Map (accepted in Resolution 11-03)
Critical Condition: The EMS Crisis in Pittsburgh and its Neighboring Communities (updated for 2011 Congress, accepted in Resolution 11-08)
SPC's Future Investment in Transit Oriented Development (FIT) Tool (discussed in Resolution 11-18)

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania's Quick Guide: New Tools to Address Blight and Abandonment (as discussed during Resolution 11-22)