Our Mission

In all urban and most rural areas of the United States and other developed countries the primary policy actors (local governments, civic institutions, private interests, and citizens/citizen groups) need to work across their boundaries with each other and national/state actors to deal with a vast array of complex social, environmental and economic problems that can only be addressed at the local level. The skills and strategies necessary to manage across these boundaries are still in their infancy.  We are committed to hastening their development.

Upcoming Events
Featured Video
2016 Wherrett Lecture: Margaret Weir

Margaret Weir is Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Her research centers on social policy, poverty, and urban politics in the United States and Europe. 


News
03/13/2017

GSPIA Dean John Keeler presented George N. Cretekos (MPA ‘70) with the Distinguished Alumnus Award recently at a private dinner in his honor in sunny Sand Key, Florida. Cretekos was recognized for his lifelong commitment to public service with special dedication to the community of Clearwater, Florida, where he has served as a member of the City Council and, since 2012, as Mayor.  To read George's bio, click here.


03/02/2017

Kristen Maser Michaels named to theincline.com’s Who’s Next listing of the top 20 up-and-comers under age 40 among local community leaders and activists.  Michaels, 34, is executive director of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT). The organization works with the City of Pittsburgh and the 39 municipalities that create the urban core of Allegheny County to find ways they can work together across political boundaries.

10/20/2016

The Congress of Neighboring Communities has released its 2015-2016 Annual Report.  The report highlights the policy work CONNECT members have undertaken over the past year including sewer regionalization, infrastructure coordination, blight, and emergency medical services. As CONNECT’s network continues to grow stronger, its policy work advances through cross-boundary strategies in the city and surrounding municipalities.

08/16/2016

In an analysis of 150 cities across the US, WalletHub examined how well government officials are meeting their obligations to deliver services and asked a panel of experts to weigh in - including GSPIA’s own, Professor David Miller. Among other recommendations, Miller suggests that cities with limited resources consider the development of new horizontal intergovernmental systems between local governments to address these public policy concerns. Read more.

05/25/2016

GSPIA associate professor Sabina Deitrick’s recent editorial in PennLive examines the current trends in digital governance among Pennsylvania’s municipalities. In the article, Deitrick explains how students in her capstone seminar on planning and governance conducted a survey of Pennsylvania municipalities to assess the state of digital governance in the Commonwealth.  The students examined how local governments in Pennsylvania incorporated digital technologies into their governance structures and then explored the barriers municipalities face in making the transition from paper to digital.

Flagship Initiatives

Featured Publication

Professor David Y. Miller, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and co-author Raymond W. Cox III, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the University of Akron, have collaborated on a new book – Governing the Metropolitan Region: America's New Frontier.

The book highlights the multiple dimensions of intergovernmental relationships that create both competition and cooperation in metropolitan regions. According to the publisher, Governing the Metropolitan Region is a new, up-to-date text for the basic local government management courses that address the structural, political and management issues associated with regional and metropolitan government.

 
 

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