Last update 12/16/2009
The Smart Growth Partnership enables communities to enhance their viability, quality of life, and long-term sustainability by providing education and technical assistance, and by promoting smart growth principles.
Through the efforts of the SGP, smart growth principles and practices have been instilled into the governance and development of Westmoreland County. The SGP is recognized by the communities of Westmoreland County as a quality community resource for land use, education and technical assistance.
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HOW SMART GROWTH PARTNERSHIP WAS FORMED
The SGP originated from the City of Greensburg's Bicentennial Celebration in 1999. The slogan for that yearlong event was "What a Past - What a Future". This phrase prompted the then-President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg(UPG), Dr. Frank Cassell, to convene an assembly of community leaders at the campus to identify major community problems that needed to be addressed. Sprawl and related issues seemed to be the group's greatest concern.
Concurrently, then-Senator Allen Kukovich and his staff were developing a proposal for a public-private partnership to help address the issues of community planning in the region.
In the fall of 1999, a meeting of these community leaders was convened at the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg to discuss the direction of growth in Westmoreland County. An idea was presented and accepted to establish a local private non-profit organization that would work in partnership with communities and other organizations to promote effective comprehensive planning. During the following year, a number of meetings were held as the idea was refined and fashioned into a working partnership.
The core group became known as the Board of Directors. This group oversees the financial dealings of the Partnership and works with the Executive Director to set policy direction. The Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis. For more information about the Board members, please see the Board of Director Profiles.
At the close of 2000, the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, John A. Robertshaw, Jr. and Allegheny Power committed funding to support the SGP. These, along with the Mary Jennings Hillman Foundation that began its support of Smart Growth in July of 2001, committed nearly $300,000 to start up the SGP.
The SGP was housed at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg from it's inception until June 30, 2008. On July 1, 2008 SGP became a program of the Penn State Cooperative Extension and moved its office location to the GreenForge Building on Donohoe Road.
On Friday, August 8, 2008 we held an Open House at our new office location in the GreenForge Building at 226 Donohoe Road, Suite 105. The GreenForge Building is a part of a Conservation Campus, where like-minded organizations have the chance to interact on a daily basis - sharing ideas, resources, and energies. Please click here to read more about the Conservation Campus
To see the aerial view of the GreenForge Building, please click here
FundingThe Smart Growth Partnership deeply appreciates the generosity of its funders. Without their support we could not exist.
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Richard King Mellon Foundation
Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
John A. Robertshaw, Jr.
Westmoreland County Cooperative Extension Association
West Penn Power (formerly Allegheny Power)
Robertshaw Charitable Foundation
Arnold D. & Winifred W. Palmer Foundation
The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, affiliated with The Pittsburgh Foundation
Please call 724-552-0118 to discuss funding opportunities for the Smart Growth Partnership.
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