Building One Pennsylvania’s annual Leaders: Building Our Future Together awards ceremony was held November 20 at Santander Stadium in York to celebrate our progress, honor our partners, allies and outstanding leaders, and re-dedicate ourselves to promoting an inclusive, stable and economically prosperous Pennsylvania. Click here to read more about it, including our full list of honorees, sponsors, and news coverage of one of our honorees, Building One America founding president David  Rusk.

Learning from Ferguson: policies for supporting our diverse middle class suburbs

In response to the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, Building One Pennsylvania convened two regional forums in Southeastern Pennsylvania to highlight the underlying regional, state and federal policies and practices that cause destabilization of older municipalities, which typically are also racially and economically diverse. Click here to read to read an article about one of the forums, and click here to read an op-ed by Building One Pennsylvania co-chair, Councilman Marlon Millner.

The Atlantic Magazine says “the diverse suburbs movement has never been more relevant” while discussing Building One Pennsylvania’s work to secure a regional housing mobility program in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Click here for the article.

Building One Pennsylvania held its first regional forum in the Pittsburgh metropolitan region this year. Click here to read more about the May 16, 2014 Building One Southwestern Pennsylvania Forum.

Southeastern Pennsylvania was the site of a regional summit convened by HUD in 2014 to highlight housing mobility issues and the important work done by Building One Pennsylvania to build broad public support for inclusive and sustainable communities. For links to program materials and videos of panels, click here.

Building One Pennsylvania’s annual Leaders: Building Our Future Together awards ceremony, was held November 21 at IBEW Local 380 in Collegeville to celebrate our successes in seeking bi-partisan solutions to the often overlooked fiscal and social challenges of our diverse communities. Click here to read more about our honorees and event sponsors.

November 12, 2013 Building One Pennsylvania op-ed: The General Assembly has an important decision to make when it returns to Harrisburg this coming week – whether to adopt long-overdue legislation to invest in our state’s transportation network, or continue to delay investing in our economy, jobs and middle class communities. [read more]

July 18-19, 2013 Building One America Summit on inclusive suburbs and sustainable regions
Summit brought local leaders from towns, schools, business, labor and faith communities together with experts and federal policymakers from the White House and Congress to seek bipartisan solutions to the unique but common challenges around housing, schools, and infrastructure facing America’s metropolitan regions and its diverse middle-class suburbs. [read more]

HUD Commits $500,000 for Housing Mobility Demonstration Project
Building One Pennsylvania celebrated November 29th an announcement by U.S. HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones of the commitment of $500,000 for a demonstration project in southeast Pennsylvania to reform practices within the Housing Choice Voucher program that reinforce the concentration of poverty and limit opportunities for families. [read more]

White House Roundtable to Highlight Challenges of Diverse, Middle Class Suburbs
Building One Pennsylvania hosted a White House Round Table meeting in August 2012 in Valley Forge with the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, David Agnew. [read more]

The Mismatch Between Jobs and Housing
A regional housing study that the First Suburbs Project advocated for was completed and released by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in early spring of 2012. [read more]

Pushing for Transportation Reauthorization
Building One Pennsylvania and other affiliates of Building One America engaged with members of Congress on federal transportation reauthorization, including convening a meeting in November 2011 with members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and their staff. [read more]

New Report: Middle-Income Communities in Decline
A new study released November 15th by Stanford University captures the concerns of Building One Pennsylvania, reporting that the number of middle income neighborhoods has declined significantly since 1970. [read more]

Building One Pennsylvania October 27th Meeting Delivers Results
Nearly 800 leaders from across the state convened in Lancaster on October 27 for a meeting to present an agenda for change to state and federal policymakers that will stabilize and revitalize our communities through changes in housing policy, school funding, and investments in infrastructure. [read more]

July 18 Forum at the White House
A 32-person delegation from Pennsylvania participated July 18 in a historic forum at the White House on “First Suburbs, Inclusion, Sustainability and Economic Growth.” To read more about the event, visit To read some of the local press coverage, see links below.

Berks Leaders Have Voice at White House
Reading Eagle, July 25, 2011

Bellevue Council President
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 14, 2011

Lehigh Valley Mayor Attends White House Forum
WFMZ-69, July 18, 2011

Suburban Blight
Sunday News, Aug 15, 2010

Summit leaders urge a call to action
Pottstown Mercury, July 25, 2010

Funding fix for schools is statewide challenge
Pottstown Mercury, July 22, 2010

Grassroots summit could start rebellion for a better future
Pottstown Mercury, July 21, 2010

Building One Pa Summit Draws Big Crowd
Pottstown Mercury, July 20, 2010

Building a plan to rebuild Pennsylvania
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, July 18, 2010

Reaching the Summit to avoid hitting the bottom
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, June 30, 2010