City approves first RCOs, groups get help to apply
January 22, 2019
The Registered Community Organization (RCO) process is now underway. The Larimer Consensus Group and Oakland Planning and Development Corporation have completed the application process and are now established as RCOs.
As RCOs, these organizations will receive notification of public hearings, be guaranteed meetings with developers/applicants prior to public hearings, be able to develop neighborhood plans for city approval, and be recognized on official maps, brochures, and directories as a result of their RCO status.
The RCO legislation, supported by Mayor Peduto and approved as legislation by the City Council in late 2018, supports neighborhood groups and the work they do on behalf of residents and their communities.
An organization can apply to be an RCO at any time throughout the year. Registration is free, and applications will be accepted throughout 2019 and beyond. Download an application at https://goo.gl/1q9N11.
For community groups that are interested in applying for Registered Community Organization (RCO) status, the City of Pittsburgh is sponsoring free training with options for either classroom training or one-on-one sessions, both available for registration at http://www.rcopgh.com/training.
Classroom training will provide extra assistance on organizational strategies to engage their communities and other partners. The class will also review systems and documentation necessary for submitting the RCO application. Those who sign up with other nearby community groups will have an opportunity to plan and coordinate together.
The first training session will take place on January 25, from 9-11:30 a.m. at The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management in Downtown Pittsburgh, 339 Sixth Ave, Suite 750.
Registration is open for all community groups. Additional sessions will be held throughout the year and refined based upon feedback from community organizations.
The city’s RCO website, http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/rco, has been updated and provides material on becoming an RCO, a map illustrating existing RCOs, Development Activities Meeting guidance, and more.
Additionally, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management has been working to develop the technical assistance services. They have developed a separate RCO Services website, http://www.rcopgh.com/, which has downloadable, customizable templates as well as a calendar for training session opportunities.