What is CONNECT?
The Congress of Neighboring Communities is a nonpartisan initiative that convenes neighboring municipalities, including the city of Pittsburgh, that share borders, challenges, and opportunities in Allegheny County, PA. We provide resources, research, relationships, and opportunities to work together. The CONNECT network serves as both a policy think tank and membership organization, housed by the Center for Metropolitan Studies based in the University of Pittsburgh's nationally-ranked policy school, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Southwestern Pennsylvania is a very fragmented region; we have the country’s most local governments per capita. Immersed in the latest best practices and cutting edge research for governments, we collaborate across sectors and political boundaries in public and private partnerships to co-develop well-informed models and decision making processes built on strong relationships and trust.