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Volume 2, Summer 2015

Featured Video
Wherrett Lecture: Francis Fukuyama

Renowned author Francis Fukuyama gave a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh on October 27th as part of the Center for Metropolitan Studies’ Wherrett Lecture Series.


In an effort to reduce duplication of road repair and to lessen the hardship to residents and businesses, CONNECT held the first-ever regional Utilities Summit on March 12 with the goal of developing a collaborative partnership between the utility companies and municipalities. At the Summit, nearly 140 attendees, including representatives from utility companies and municipalities, discussed planning processes, established relationships, and had a discussion that set the groundwork for future communication and coordination. 


The University of Pittsburgh has launched a new website promoting the university's Year of Sustainability. The site features GSPIA faculty Shanti Gamper-Rabindran and the Congress of Neighboring Communities, an initiative of David Miller (founder) and Kathy Risko (executive director). 


The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs will host the National Academy of Public Administration's 13th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference, May 28-30, 2014.


The swearing-in ceremony for Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Bill Peduto, MPPM '11, will begin at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 6 on the steps of the City-County Building in Downtown, Pittsburgh.


Dr. William R. Barnes, former director for "emerging issues" at the National League of Cities (NLC), recently spoke at the University Club as part of the Wherrett Lecture series on local government.  Barnes suggested that current and prospective public servants "should take time to go 'offline' and rethink some of the ideas" underpinning the performance and delivery of public service.

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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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