Cooperation and resolution of community issues is best accomplished by pooling resources. The Borough of Millvale along with Etna Borough and Sharpsburg Borough have joined together to share cost and develop a Comprehensive Plan, River Bend which was completed in 2014.The 3 Boroughs also completed a joint zoning ordinance in 2015. Since 2017, Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg have been coordinating sustainable community development efforts through the Triboro Ecodistrict. Additionally, the Borough of Millvale was awarded funds from the ARTEZ revolving loan when ARTEZ ceased operation.
The loan fund will be operated by Millvale and is available to the following communities; Borough of Aspinwall, Blawnox Borough, Borough of Etna, O’Hara Township, Borough of Millvale, Shaler Township and the Borough of Sharpsburg. The Rivertown community managers also meet on a regular basis in an effort to cooperate and coordinate for the provision of services in order to achieve maximum efficiencies, economies of scale, high quality services, and modern governmental processes. Other cooperation among the local governments are through vehicles such as Councils of Governments (COGs) and other intergovernmental organizations, all efforts support economic growth and vibrancy in the Rivertown communities.
Areas of collaboration or potential collaboration include
- Land Bank with Shaler Area School District
- Blighted Property
- Recycling and Garbage Collection
- Emergency Management Agencies
- Joint Purchasing
- Municipal Officials and Staff Capacity Building
- Planning, Zoning and Code Enforcement
- Public Safety
- Public Works
- Recreation and Parks
- Stormwater Management
- Triboro Ecodistrict