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
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.


News
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.

04/28/2016

Dean John Keeler presented Edwin Daley (MPA ’75) with GSPIA’s Distinguished Alumnus Award during a recent alumni gathering in Richmond, VA. Dr. Daley held various positions throughout his 40 year career in local government, and represents the heart and soul of a true and dedicated public servant. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972. He then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in 1973 and began working in the public sector for the City of New Castle, Pennsylvania. 

02/18/2016

A recently released policy brief by professor Jeremy Weber and MPA student Max Harleman highlights how Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee on natural gas wells helps municipalities address the local costs of shale development. Weber and Harleman found that shale development contributed little to municipal tax revenues. However, revenues from the Impact Fee on natural gas wells, introduced in 2012, caused a doubling of non-tax revenues for municipalities with substantial drilling. The largest increase in spending among such municipalities was on roads. To read the full report, click here, or to access the data click here.   

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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