Jerry Andree, Township Manager

Jerry Andree, Township Manager

No level of government has more impact on daily life than local government. That’s why my colleagues and I at Cranberry Township are passionate about pushing the limits of excellence to provide the best possible services to our residents and customers.

However, being well-served is not a passive achievement; it is a collective undertaking. Through this blog, we offer our personal reflections on that assignment. 

Mar 26

Coming Together: Why Cranberry Is Special

Posted on March 26, 2020 at 4:03 PM by Jerry Andree

In Cranberry Township, people care deeply about each other.

Initiatives like the Cranberry CUP (Cranberry Uniting People), the Cranberry Township Community Chest and dozens more showcase residents coming together to help each other in times of need.

We are in a time unlike any other we have experienced in our lifetime that is challenging all of us.

While there is uncertainty and fear, there is also an opportunity to focus on that common theme: Cranberry Uniting People.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the time to strengthen that resolve of pulling together to help each other. We are blessed to be served by world class health systems staffed with dedicated health professionals, many of whom are our family members and neighbors. We are fortunate to have very dedicated volunteers and staff ready to respond to any fire, police or emergency medical issues, under all circumstances. Your local government employees are working diligently to keep those important public services available to each and every home, such as sanitary sewer, water and solid waste disposal.

In the private sector, companies like MSA are stepping up in a time of need. They’re providing more than 65,000 respirators to local healthcare facilities. They’re giving back to the community that has sustained them for decades.

One of the ways we as a Township are strengthening that core value is working with the volunteers that have offered to assist our neighbors in meeting non-emergency concerns. Accordingly, we have formed a Community Response Team to help address those unforeseen challenges we may face as a community.

If you have any unique challenges that you may need help to address, please reach out.

This current crisis will pass. Until we reach that end, I encourage everyone to wash their hands, sanitize your immediate surroundings, and heed the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For now, practice physical distancing – but don’t forget your neighbors, family and friends. Reach out using technology and check in on one another. Maybe even use this as a chance to refresh an old relationship.

Just know the community will continue to practice caring for each other.

I look forward to seeing you soon at our next community gathering!

I’d love to hear from you and how you’re helping each other. Email me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.


Feb 06

Township Communication Efforts Are No Secret

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 3:19 PM by Jerry Andree

The average American spends 3 hours and 30 minutes on their phone each day.

While research shows most of that time is spent scrolling through social media or watching videos, there is seemingly endless information out there on any topic you can imagine.

That includes Cranberry Township, where a few mobile swipes can put everything you want or need to know at your fingertips.

In the last few months, we’ve worked diligently to make that information easier to find, digest and decipher.

A completely redesigned website with a focus on mobile accessibility and a clean interface was rolled out at the beginning of 2020. A new email blast, Cranberry Central, puts Board of Supervisors actions, events and other news directly into your inbox. The Township maintains a heavy presence on all social media platforms, along with a text alert system that informs residents of breaking news in an instant.

This is all in addition to the traditional media avenues like the quarterly Cranberry Today magazine, bill inserts, brochures, video screens and electronic signage used by the Township Communications Team to share information.

For those who miss the days of old fashioned, face-to-face conversation, the Board of Supervisors meet twice per month. Business is transparently conducted, and residents have a forum to bring any comments or concerns they might have directly to Township leaders. This is in addition to events like the Manager’s Coffees, which address different topics each month.

I don’t point this out to brag.

I point it out to emphasize that the Township emphatically and efficiently uses many tools to communicate with residents.

Still, no amount of work seems to be enough, as we still hear from residents who say they didn’t know about something, or don’t know where to find information.

That is unfortunate. Even more unfortunate is when that perceived lack of information leads to residents assuming the Township is not being transparent. We’d be naïve to think this won’t happen regardless of how much we share.

We’d ask that you take a break from your Instagram feed or next game of Candy Crush and check out what is happening in your community. Better yet, sign up to receive our new email blast at www.cranberrytownship.org/communications.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about Cranberry’s communications.  You can reach me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.

Jan 24

Westinghouse Sale Shows the Power of Community

Posted on January 24, 2020 at 2:19 PM by Jerry Andree

Numbers don’t lie. But perhaps sometimes they don’t show the whole picture. 

If you’ve read any national real estate or regional news publication or watched the local news, you’ve heard the sale price of the property that houses Westinghouse’s global headquarters in Cranberry Woods. According to those reports, it is a record-setting amount. 

As one would suspect, the noise being made was about the sale price and the real estate transfer tax the Township and Seneca Valley School District would receive.  

Yes, the amount was not anticipated, meaning $727,000 will soon flow into Township coffers. 

However, that money will help meet our budget goal of $1.4M in real estate transfer revenue for 2020 and is less than 1 percent of our total Township budget. 

What those reports are missing – and what the numbers don’t show - is what this demonstrates about the faith of the private sector in the vitality of this community. A major investor willing to invest a record amount in Cranberry Township screams that they have confidence in what is happening here. 

Our community works very hard to build value that has staying power. The Cranberry Woods Business Park and the Route 228 Corridor is a testament to that commitment.  

The basic principle of our Cranberry Plan is to build and maintain a world-class community in which to live. Everything else will take care of itself – an idea that has proven to be true time and again. 

World-class companies have located here because they can find the kinds of employees they are seeking. The Cranberry Woods Business Park is also a testament to the shared vision of our community partner MSA Safety, the developer of Cranberry Woods, who shared the same vision of building a world-class community. 

So, yes, you and every resident of Cranberry Township should be smiling ear-to-ear. I consider our residents to be shareholders of this Township and as such, you experienced a huge outside investment into your community.  

Our task is to continue to ensure that investment is well cared for. We continue to be the place to invest not only in the companies located here, but into everything that makes this place such an attractive place to live, work and play. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts or comments. Reach me at jerry.andree@cranberrytownship.org.