The Allegheny League of Municipalities is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization that emerged in the early 1960s as a result of the need to establish an entity to coordinate the needs of the area’s Local Elected Officials. In 1974 it was officially established as the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM).
Allegheny County is the second largest county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population of over 1.2 million, and is home to nearly 10% of the residents within our state. Allegheny County has 130 separate municipalities, and consequently an independent intergovernmental entity intended to coordinate, advocate and educate the hundreds of elected officials within the 130 municipalities was needed. This need was addressed by the formation of ALOM; and for the past 45 years ALOM has been serving the Local Elected Officials of Allegheny County with pride and vigor.
The mission of ALOM is to foster local government in Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania by educating elected officials, delivering essential resources and advocating for sound policy and legislation. ALOM is helping public servants make their communities better.
- The marquee event of ALOM is the Annual Spring Educational Conference. This event serves as a learning and professional networking opportunity that has proven valuable and become a tradition among many Local Elected Officials. This event has grown over 30% in the last 4 years, and in 2019 welcomed nearly 420 local government elected and appointed officials in addition to 78 exhibitors and a host of speakers, educators and dignitaries.
- ALOM offers Retirement Solutions to member municipalities and is the plan sponsor of a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and a 401(a) Plan. Currently over 30 municipalities participate including the City of Pittsburgh, and the plan assets total over a quarter of a billion dollars.
- The Banner Community Program recognizes municipalities that distinguish themselves as model communities through a commitment to effective, efficient and accountable government principals through implementation of recognized best practices in providing services to their constituents. In 2019, the program was expanded to include municipal authorities, and a record 69 total Banner Communities were designated.
- ALOM works with its respective associations to promote sound legislation at the state and federal level that enhances local government operations, limits unfunded mandates and supports regional priorities.
- ALOM also produces a number of additional publications, resources and networking events for our constituents. These include but are not limited to notarial services, an online Member Marketplace and an Annual Compensation & Benefits Report as well as events such as a Benefits Advisory Seminar, an Annual Golf Outing and Bi-Annual Legislative Reception.
The Associations of ALOM
ALOM serves as a source of staff support and liaison for 3 sub-associations, working to coordinate efforts on their behalf in the public arena and assist in their general operations. These associations are based on municipal code and include: the Allegheny County & Western Pennsylvania Association of Township Commissioners (AC&WPATC) serving townships of the first class, the Allegheny County Association of Township Officials (ACATO) serving townships of the second class, and the Allegheny County Boroughs Association (ACBA) serving boroughs.
The Board of Directors for ALOM is drawn from the municipalities, municipal authorities and municipal associations that were a part of the organization since its inception in 1974. According to the association by-laws, the Board of Directors is structured as follows:
- 3 individuals representing Allegheny County
- 3 individuals representing the City of Pittsburgh
- 2 individuals representing the water and sewer authorities collectively
- 1 individual representing each of the following: City of McKeesport, Penn Hills, and Mt. Lebanon
- 3 individuals representing each of the 3 umbrella Associations of ALOM – AC&WPATC, ACATO & ACBA