Steel Valley COG: 1705 Maple St, Homestead, PA 15120
The TCVCOG, SVCOG and TRCOG have been working collaboratively to put together a meaningful project on vacant property and blight. The project is broken into several phases, and will require participation, effort and financial commitment from our members. Monthly “Blight Buster” meetings will help to expedite phase 1, and shape later phases of the project. These meetings also give our members an opportunity to learn best practices from other towns. Substantial progress on this issue requires participation from our towns, and engagement from many facets of the community. We hope to see your borough represented!
Blight is so much more than just an eyesore. Click the link below to view the Tri-Cog Collaborative’s recent release of their study on the Financial Impact of Blight. Learn what blight is costing your community.
Blight Busters will resume in January of 2016. Stay tuned for schedule of presentations!
EPA Brownfield Grant:
The TCVCOG applies for grant funds for multi-municipal projects. Although many funding sources have disappeared, we did find success most recently with our EPA Brownfield Grant application. This project was applied for on behalf of the tri-COG Collaborative and was funded in the amount of $600,000.
- Identified Brownfields: 286
- Large Developable Sites: 19
- Sites with Phase I Assessments in Progress or Completed: 10
- Sites with Phase II Assessments in Progress or Completed: 6
For more details on the assessment program please check out our Status Reports
Too many times good programs have been dismantled because of an inability to effectively resolve conflict. These previous, unresolved conflicts frequently become obstacles to future efforts, whether working together on a COG project, or outside the COG when considering other joint possibilities. The Local Government Academy recognized that sustainable inter-municipal partnerships need a formal process for resolving conflict and developed the Intergovernmental Consensus & Conflict Resolution Program. Knowing that COGs are not immune to the dangers of unresolved conflicts, the Tri-COG Initiative moved forward, with LGA’s assistance, to develop a framework for resolving conflicts. Within this framework, the Tri-COG has embraced the following principles:
- The most effective way to resolve conflicts is to allow for interventions at the earliest opportunity possible
- The process that is created must be built around the unique characteristics inherent to municipal governance
- A clear structure for working through conflict enhances the opportunity for people in conflict to reach mutually created resolutions
- A unified commitment and adherence to the created structure is essential
- Ending a COG relationship because of an unresolved conflict, whether over membership or project dissatisfaction, should be the choice of last resort
- Building a stronger COG helps municipalities achieve beneficial and lasting relationships with each other, furthering opportunities for lasting intergovernmental cooperation