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Township's quarterly South Fayette Connect magazine to debut

| Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
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The first issue of South Fayette Township’s own magazine will be mailed to all residents.

The next phase of open communication between South Fayette residents and officials will be arriving in mailboxes the first week in April.

South Fayette Connect, the township's quarterly magazine, will make its debut to 7,000 residences and businesses in the township.

The 20-page publication will feature township news, community feature stories, library and recreation events, business news, township history, senior citizen news and photos.

“We really have great content, and almost didn't have room for everything,” said Andrea Iglar, the township's community development director.

Iglar serves as the magazine's editor and did most of the writing and photography, as well as the layout and graphic design.

“We really have a vision to enhance our communication (with residents) all around,” Iglar said.

The township previously purchased eight pages to place its newsletter in another publication.

Township officials earmarked $32,000 in the 2016 budget for four magazine issues, which covers printing and mailing costs.

No advertisements are in the first issue, but Iglar said that is something the township will consider for future issues to help offset costs.

In 2013, commissioners outlined a plan to have a township publication.

The first step was creating the community development director position, which Iglar started in July 2014.

From there, the township updated its website, created a new township logo and used social media to communicate with residents and those working in the community.

“Now it's time to launch the magazine,” Iglar said.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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