Cranberry Township has been named a Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities for the 11th year in a row.
Being recognized as a Banner Community indicates a commitment to professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders. This work, in turn, engages community stakeholders.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Manipole said though the Township has earned the distinction many times, it remains a significant achievement.
“For decades, the Board of Supervisors has remained focused on providing high-quality services while being mindful of our taxpayers,” he said. “Being named a Banner Community is a tremendous honor that confirms our continued commitment to making Cranberry a place people want to be.”
Manipole added the support of the community cannot be understated.
“While the Board does what it can to make Cranberry great, the Township can thrive only if the community at large is on board,” he said. “Time after time, our community has shown that they care deeply about the past, present, and future of Cranberry Township and are willing to put in the work to ensure continued success.”
Cranberry is one of 16 municipalities to have been part of the Banner Community Program since its inception in 2013.
To be eligible for the distinction, municipalities must:
- Participate in educational or training programs through ALOM, the Local Government Academy or the PA Department of Community & Economic Development
- Be active members in good standing with ALOM and the county municipal associations
- Be active members in good standing in a COG and attend COG meeting and participate in a COG cooperative purchasing program
- Conduct a Local Government Week activity by conducting a local activity promoting local government or communicating with the community about delivery of services
- Conduct an effective Citizen Communication Program by offering a municipal newsletter or web-based communication effort
- Promote and implement long term sustainable governing practices by earning certification through Sustainable Pittsburgh, managing employee pensions at funding levels of 90% or above, and implementing goals of an up-to-date Municipal Comprehensive Plan
The Allegheny League of Municipalities is a nonprofit organization created in the early 1960s to coordinate the needs of the area’s local elected officials. In 1974, it was officially established as the Allegheny League of Municipalities to coordinate, advocate, and educate the hundreds of elected officials within its member municipalities in Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania. The organization educates elected officials, delivers essential resources, and advocates for sound policy and legislation.