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2023 Banner Community Program Application

The Allegheny League of Municipalities, in conjunction with Allegheny County and program sponsor HRG Engineering, is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2023 Banner Community Program. Honored municipalities and authorities distinguish themselves as model communities through their commitment to sustainable practices including professional development, intergovernmental cooperation, sound fiscal management and proactive communications to engage community stakeholders.

Last year’s program was a huge success and resulted in a record 80 communities earning the Banner Community designation. In addition, through a partnership with HRG Engineering and Allegheny County, Banner Community designees were eligible for registration scholarships to the Spring Educational Conference held in April 2022.  

The application below reflects efforts undertaken by a municipal government during the 2022 calendar year. Applications may be submitted at any time from now until the deadline of January 20, 2023. We appreciate your support of our association and encourage your community to seek the Banner Community Designation this year. Please feel free to contact ALOM with any questions you may have regarding the application procedure.

Please fill out the fields below completely and accurately. If you close the application mid-session, please be advised that you will have to start your application over from the beginning.

This form is only for municipalities applying to the Banner Community Program. If you are applying as a municipal authority instead, please click here to access the correct application.

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Section I: Intergovernmental Cooperation

The municipality is an active member in good standing with ALOM, County Association, and the applicable Council of Governments (COG).

Part A

The municipality appoints a Delegate to serve as liaison to County Association (ALOM, Association of Township Officials, Boroughs Association, Allegheny County/Western Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners, etc.):



Part B

Appoints a Delegate to serve as representative to, and regularly attend meetings of, the affiliated Council of Governments (COG):





Section II: Professional Development

Part A

The municipality sent at least one representative to the ALOM Annual Spring Conference in 2022 and/or commits to attending in 2023:



Part B

The municpality participates in two or more of the following professional development opportunities (in-person or virtual trainings are acceptable)



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Section III: Pension, Finance and Employee Benefits

Part A: Pension And Employee Benefits

The municipality implements a sustainable employee benefits program by completing at least three requirements from the options below:


Please enter the funding ratio as a percentage (e.g., 85%).

Please enter the funding ratio as a percentage (e.g., 85%).

Part B: Municipal Finance

The municipality implements prudent financial management by completing at least four requirements from the options below:


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Section IV: Comprehensive Planning

The municipality implements sustainable governing practices by completing at least three requirements from the options below:


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Examples include, but are not limited to: Allegheny Places, Main Street Program, Recycling/Yard Waste, Vacant Property, Open Streets, Live Well Allegheny, and Multi-Municipal Planning

Section V: Emergency Preparedness

The municipality completes essential requirements to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of the community.

Section VI: Communications and Community Outreach

The municipality engages community members and external stakeholers by conducting an effective and sustained communications program.

Part A

The municipality keeps residents and community stakeholders informed through a comprehensive and sustained communications program by completing at least two of the following requirements:

Please attach a copy of your newletter or provide a web link below:



Part B

Works with school district and other comunity stakeholders to better engage residents with the good work being done at the local level by completing at least three of the following requirements:

Local Government Week is usually held in PA during the 2nd week of April. Municipalities are encouraged to pass a resolution/proclamation, draft a letter to the editor, share information on website, newsletter, etc.

Examples include Class Discussion, Career Day, DARE Program, Junior Council Member, Joint Planning Initiative, etc.






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Click below to submit your municipality's application for the Banner Community Program.