What is CONNECT?

When the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) launched as an initiative of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2008, it received national attention for its innovative, voluntary, and effective facilitation model - and still does today. CONNECT convenes over 43 neighboring municipalities, including the City of Pittsburgh, that share borders, challenges, and opportunities and its leadership represents nearly 900,000 residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Serving as a local government policy and program innovation and incubator, the CONNECT network provides resources, research, relationships, and the trust to act together


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.

Who We Are

We are a team of municipalities, staff, officers, and partners

What We Do

Learn more about our policy areas of interest and our events

Why Our Work Matters

Learn about our impact in Allegheny County