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Through research and involvement with state and local governments, state and federal agencies, regional organizations and the civic sector, the Center advances innovations in the governing of metropolitan regions that improves the quality of life in urban regions and the expertise of our students in public service wherever their careers take them.

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CMS Policy Brief

Volume 1, Winter 2014/2015

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.


Near the end of their programs, GSPIA students focusing on city management and urban affairs take at least one capstone class, a special course in which they explore real-world policy challenges as part of a team and develop recommendations to address those challenges. A distinctive feature of GSPIA is that many students—from both the MPA program and the MID programs—have the opportunity to engage with issues not only in our region, but in settings as distant as South America.


In the 2013 mayoral election, three GSPIA alumni competed for the office and GSPIA alumnus Bill Peduto won by a landslide. Since 2014, the mayor of Pittsburgh has thus been a GSPIA alumnus, and working with him are five other GSPIAns in manager-level staff positions; approximately 25 more GSPIA alumni are also currently employed by the city. The success of these alumni reflects GSPIA’s commitment to training students for local public service since the founding of the school by Dean Donald Stone, whose first job was in the mayor’s office in Cincinnati.


Professor Sabina Deitrick, co-director of the Urban and Regional Analysis Center and Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR), recently discussed the local labor market in Pittsburgh Today. The article discusses the potential for regional and national labor shortages. Dr. Deitrick comments on the key indicators predicting the future vitality of a region's workforce and the shift in the male-female composition of the labor workforce.


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). 

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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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