Allegheny County Municipalities Awarded 'Banner Communities' Designation
Twenty-one municipalities, including eight townships of the second class, were recently honored with the designation of "2013 Banner Communities" from the Allegheny League of Municipalities.The designation is awarded to municipalities that implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and govern in an inclusive, collaborative manner.
The following townships of the second class were named 2013 Banner Communities:
- Cranberry Township, Butler County
- Fawn Township, Allegheny County
- Hampton Township, Allegheny County
- Indiana Township, Allegheny County
- Moon Township, Allegheny County
- North Fayette Township, Allegheny County
- Ohio Township, Allegheny County
- Richland Township, Allegheny County
Collier Township, Etna Borough, Leetsdale Borough, Town of McCandless, Munhall Borough, Reserve Township, Ross Township, Sewickley Borough, Tarentum Borough, Upper St. Clair Township, Whitehall Borough and Wilkins Township in Allegheny County were also named Banner Communities, along with Butler Township in Butler County.
“I’m excited about the good work that these municipalities are doing," said League Executive Director and former PSATS President Richard Hadley. "They all meet the spirit and intent of the program in that they are delivering services to their communities effectively and in ways that enhance the quality of life for their residents. They are a diverse group of municipalities in size and demographics, but they all exhibit the characteristics of leadership and sound local government principals. ALOM is well-represented by these 2013 Banner Communities.”
To be eligible for consideration for the Banner Communities Program, the municipality’s elected and appointed officials must:
- Participate in educational or training programs through ALOM, the Local Government Academy, or the Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development or participate in a governing mentoring program;
- Be active members in good standing with ALOM and the county municipal associations and have a representative attending at least 50 percent of county association meetings;
- Be active members in good standing in a council of government and attend COG meetings, participate in a COG cooperative purchasing program, and participate in at least one shared municipal service;
- Conduct a Local Government Week activity to promote local government or communicate with the community about delivery of services;
- Conduct an effective citizen communication program by offering a municipal newsletter or web-based communication; and
- Participate in a class discussion on local government or conduct a shadowing program for junior or senior high school students.
“Our communities and elected officials have some very impressive things going on in their municipalities,” League Chairman Pete Poninsky said. “The Banner Communities Program is intended to highlight those efforts and set a standard we believe all of our municipalities can meet. These 21 municipalities have a significant amount of intergovernmental cooperation efforts in place, as well as community activities, and mentoring and educational programs taking place, too.”
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald added: “The Allegheny League of Municipalities has a 40-year history of working with boroughs, townships, cities, home rule municipalities, and municipal authorities in our region toward a coordinated approach relating to municipal legislation and services. The Banner Communities Program takes the League’s efforts to improve communication, cooperation, and coordination on issues that are of area-wide concern to a different level. These 21 municipalities really have set a standard of how local government should function, and they should be commended for the work that they do for their residents.”
Representatives from the award-winning municipalities are shown in the photo above.