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.

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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
12/07/2017

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Manager William D. McKain CPA recently presented the Frank J. Lucchino Distinguished Service Award to GSPIA Alumnus Mr. Randolph (Randy) W. Brockington (MPA '86), Executive Deputy Director of the Office of Administrative and Information Management Services in the Department of Human Services (DHS).

10/30/2017

The Congress of Neighboring Communities has released its 2016-2017 Annual Report. The report highlights CONNECT’s latest strategic priorities for the organization, as well as policy work CONNECT members have undertaken over the past year including infrastructure coordination, public health and the opioid epidemic, and transportation. As CONNECT’s network continues to grow stronger, its policy work advances through cross-boundary strategies in the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities. For the full CONNECT Annual Report, click here.

04/26/2017

The University of Pittsburgh Chapter of the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Public Administration recently welcomed GSPIA members during an induction ceremony at the University Club. GSPIA graduate student inductees (MPA) represent the top of their graduating class based on a student’s cumulative GPA. Inductees included, faculty honorary member Louise Comfort; and student members, Jeffrey Bastian, Martina Lucia Gesell, Max Harleman, Brett R. Morgan, Shuning Tong, and Emma K. Wallis.


04/13/2017

The University Times recently featured Kristen Maser Michaels in a new series, "Making Pitt Work." The goal of the series is to profile University staff by providing a glimpse of some of the less recognized employees whose primary business is making Pitt work. Kristen is the Executive Director of CONNECT (Congress of Neighboring Communities), but as the article conveys is probably much better known outside the University.

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.


 
 

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