A major public forum and a cast of community leaders will come together to jumpstart the conversation on a city-county consolidation plan this June.The Pittsburgh Foundation
and the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics
will co-host a public forum to encourage a community discussion and promote proposed options on the long-debated merits of making the two geographical and political entities one.The Future of City/County Collaboration
on June 5th hopes to initiate a broad public education campaign, including a series of conferences and town hall meetings that will facilitate unrestricted discussion and bring decision-making information to the widest possible audience.
Guest speakers will include community leaders from Charlotte, Miami and Louisville, together with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Allegheny County Chief Executive, Dan Onorato.
“The issues are too important to ignore,” says Grant Oliphant, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation. “It would be irresponsible for us as a community not to consider bold and different ways of managing government, especially in the present economic climate. Our hope is to help the community have that conversation.”
The forum hopes to attract a broad range of community representation—civic and business leaders who can make the partnership happen. Among the agenda topics are enhanced government cooperation, functional consolidation, a full structural merger, federated metropolitan government and more, says Terry Miller, director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. The Future of City/Community Collaboration
will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday June 5 at the Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street.
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Source: Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation; Terry Miller, University of Pittsburgh