The Pittsburgh Foundation

Survey Says? All In Allegheny Seeks Resident Input

Allegheny County residents participate in a Jan. 27 public session in Carnegie. In the image on the right, Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato talks with a table of participants. Image credit: Michelle McMurray.

Deanna Garcia

By Deanna Garcia
Deanna Garcia is a communications officer at The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Housing affordability, neighborhood safety and air quality are among the topics that county residents are being asked to weigh in on as part of a broad community outreach effort from new Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato and her transition team. Residents are being asked to participate in the All In Allegheny Community Survey, an effort to gather as much community involvement as possible from as many residents as possible representing a wide range of demographic groups.

“We want to hear about the needs, ideas and priorities from many different perspectives, so we want to reach people across a variety of categories – race and ethnicity, age, gender, geography, political affiliation and profession to name a few,” says Michelle McMurray, vice president of Program and Community Engagement at The Pittsburgh Foundation and one of three co-chairs for Innamorato’s All In Allegheny Transition Committee. “From this and other outreach efforts, we hope to build a strong roadmap for the county executive’s first term that reflects the needs and aspirations of the community.”

Foundation President and CEO Lisa Schroeder is serving on the Talent Committee of the Innamorato administration’s effort to fill open positions in county government with the most qualified and diverse team.

In addition to the survey, the transition committee is hosting a series of in-person workshops. A Jan. 27 session in Carnegie drew an energetic crowd that heard from county leaders and learned more about government operations while also having opportunities to give their own ideas and opinions.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Wilkinsburg - Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hosanna House (invitation here)
  • Pittsburgh - Saturday, Feb. 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at CCAC Allegheny Campus (invitation here)
  • Mon Valley - Thursday, Feb. 29th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at McKeesport Palisades Event Center (invitation here)

To date, more than 14,000 people have participated in the survey, and county leaders want everyone to spread the word to try to reach as many of the county’s 1 million residents as possible. The survey is open through the end of February.

File under Civic Engagement