2023 Banner Community Designation Includes Borough of Tarentum

Borough of Tarentum – Tarentum Borough has been recognized as a 2023 Banner Community by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM). Now in its 11th year, the program recognizes municipalities that have focused their operations on professional development, prudent fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and proactive communications. This work, in turn, engages community stakeholders. Tarentum Borough is one of a handful of organizations recognized this year.

“The Banner Community Program designation is a public recognition of our local government’s daily efforts on behalf of our residents and businesses. I congratulate our employees and elected officials and thank them for the example they set,” said Scott Dadowski, President of Tarentum Borough. Mayor Bob Lang added “that local government is often considered the most important form of government due to its impact on the daily lives of residents. Nowhere is that more evident than here in Tarentum and the great work our Borough performs to enrich the lives of our friends and neighbors.”

In order to be eligible for consideration for the Banner Communities Program, the municipality’s elected and appointed officials must:

• Participate in educational or training programs
through ALOM, the Local Government Academy, or
the PA Department of Community & Economic
Development, or participate in a governing mentoring program

• Be active members in good standing with ALOM and the county municipal associations, and have a representative attending at least a minimum of 50% of county association meetings

• Be active members in good standing in a COG and attend COG meetings, participate in a COG cooperative purchasing program, and participate in at least one shared municipal service

• Conduct a Local Government Week activity by conducting a local activity promoting local government or communicating with the community about the delivery of services

• Conduct an effective Citizen Communication Program by offering a municipal newsletter or web-based communication effort, and participate in a class discussion on local government or conducting a shadowing program for junior or senior high school students

• Promote and implement long-term sustainable governing practices by earning certification through Sustainable Pittsburgh, managing employee pensions at funding levels of 90% or above, participating in the annual ALOM Wage and Salary Survey Program, 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.