Submitted By Amy Bishop, Graduate
Still lacking an official name, the initiative is centered around creating a forum, or congress, in which all 36 communities would act as equal partners in finding common ground on issues that face the Pittsburgh area.
“We note an increasing sense of common issues associated with the city and these surrounding communities,” Miller said. “GSPIA should be creating an opportunity for discussion of these issues.”
A planning meeting for the congress is set for October 31. Miller has invited a representative from each of the 36 municipalities to come together to discuss whether a congress of this scope is desired and whether it is feasible.
According to Miller, most current intergovernmental cooperation starts at the city border and moves outward to the county border. This will be an opportunity for these common-border communities to begin a conversation that includes the City of Pittsburgh.