Jerry Andree, Township Manager

Jerry Andree, Township Manager

No level of government has more impact on daily life than local government. That’s why my colleagues and I at Cranberry Township are passionate about pushing the limits of excellence to provide the best possible services to our residents and customers.

However, being well-served is not a passive achievement; it is a collective undertaking. Through this blog, we offer our personal reflections on that assignment. 

Apr 01

The Census Counts in Many Ways

Posted on April 1, 2020 at 1:31 PM by Jerry Andree

We’re counting on you!

Or rather, we need you to be counted.

April 1 marks Census Day, the official push for gathering accurate data. Those filling out the Census are instructed to list their place of residence and number of people in their household effective that date.

This data is important to every American, and especially to Cranberry Township residents. Our community has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade, with neighborhoods and communities popping up across the map.

Getting an accurate account of these new developments and the residents in them is crucial, as things like government representation and state and federal funding is based upon those figures.

That federal funding is tied to more than 100 programs, from schools to road construction projects to fire and EMS allocations. The numbers are critical in the formula that is used to distribute a portion of fuel tax you pay at the pumps back to the municipalities to maintain their streets

Additionally, businesses looking to open or relocate often use Census data to determine if an area is a good fit for their company. The Township always wants to present an accurate picture of the community to attract high quality employers on both the national and international arena and accurate data will help in that quest.

With the current stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus in effect through April 30, many of our residents find themselves with time on their hands. We encourage you to take a few moments and complete a Census document via mail or online at 2020census.gov. With just a few minutes, you’ll be helping our community address growth and prepare for the next decade. Make those minutes count!

If you have any feedback on the Census or anything else happening in our community, please reach out to jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.

Mar 26

Coming Together: Why Cranberry Is Special

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 4:03 PM by Jerry Andree

In Cranberry Township, people care deeply about each other.

Initiatives like the Cranberry CUP (Cranberry Uniting People), the Cranberry Township Community Chest and dozens more showcase residents coming together to help each other in times of need.

We are in a time unlike any other we have experienced in our lifetime that is challenging all of us.

While there is uncertainty and fear, there is also an opportunity to focus on that common theme: Cranberry Uniting People.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the time to strengthen that resolve of pulling together to help each other. We are blessed to be served by world class health systems staffed with dedicated health professionals, many of whom are our family members and neighbors. We are fortunate to have very dedicated volunteers and staff ready to respond to any fire, police or emergency medical issues, under all circumstances. Your local government employees are working diligently to keep those important public services available to each and every home, such as sanitary sewer, water and solid waste disposal.

In the private sector, companies like MSA are stepping up in a time of need. They’re providing more than 65,000 respirators to local healthcare facilities. They’re giving back to the community that has sustained them for decades.

One of the ways we as a Township are strengthening that core value is working with the volunteers that have offered to assist our neighbors in meeting non-emergency concerns. Accordingly, we have formed a Community Response Team to help address those unforeseen challenges we may face as a community.

If you have any unique challenges that you may need help to address, please reach out.

This current crisis will pass. Until we reach that end, I encourage everyone to wash their hands, sanitize your immediate surroundings, and heed the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For now, practice physical distancing – but don’t forget your neighbors, family and friends. Reach out using technology and check in on one another. Maybe even use this as a chance to refresh an old relationship.

Just know the community will continue to practice caring for each other.

I look forward to seeing you soon at our next community gathering!

I’d love to hear from you and how you’re helping each other. Email me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.


Feb 06

Township Communication Efforts Are No Secret

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 3:19 PM by Jerry Andree

The average American spends 3 hours and 30 minutes on their phone each day.

While research shows most of that time is spent scrolling through social media or watching videos, there is seemingly endless information out there on any topic you can imagine.

That includes Cranberry Township, where a few mobile swipes can put everything you want or need to know at your fingertips.

In the last few months, we’ve worked diligently to make that information easier to find, digest and decipher.

A completely redesigned website with a focus on mobile accessibility and a clean interface was rolled out at the beginning of 2020. A new email blast, Cranberry Central, puts Board of Supervisors actions, events and other news directly into your inbox. The Township maintains a heavy presence on all social media platforms, along with a text alert system that informs residents of breaking news in an instant.

This is all in addition to the traditional media avenues like the quarterly Cranberry Today magazine, bill inserts, brochures, video screens and electronic signage used by the Township Communications Team to share information.

For those who miss the days of old fashioned, face-to-face conversation, the Board of Supervisors meet twice per month. Business is transparently conducted, and residents have a forum to bring any comments or concerns they might have directly to Township leaders. This is in addition to events like the Manager’s Coffees, which address different topics each month.

I don’t point this out to brag.

I point it out to emphasize that the Township emphatically and efficiently uses many tools to communicate with residents.

Still, no amount of work seems to be enough, as we still hear from residents who say they didn’t know about something, or don’t know where to find information.

That is unfortunate. Even more unfortunate is when that perceived lack of information leads to residents assuming the Township is not being transparent. We’d be naïve to think this won’t happen regardless of how much we share.

We’d ask that you take a break from your Instagram feed or next game of Candy Crush and check out what is happening in your community. Better yet, sign up to receive our new email blast at www.cranberrytownship.org/communications.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about Cranberry’s communications.  You can reach me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.