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2012 Code for America Opens 'Civic Accelerator' in San Francisco

From the San Francisco Chronicle
by James Temple
January 6, 2012
The nonprofit Code for America plans to open a first-of-its-kind "civic accelerator" in San Francisco, a program designed to house, mentor, and fund startups focused on using technology to improve government efficiency.
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2012 Local Governments Poised to Reinvent Themselves

Local governments find new ways to cut costs and improve efficiency.
This white paper highlights the following:

01/13/2012 - Shared Services & Cost-Saving Collaboration

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Source: Excerpted and adapted from Monte Mercer, "Shared Services and Cost-Saving Collaboration Deserve Repect," PM Magazine, May 2011, published by ICMA (International City/County Management Association).

2011 Case Study Resource Directory Now Available

With limited resources, collaboration and partnerships between local units of government play an important role in enhancing and improving service delivery and addressing difficult issues.  
The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin is pleased to announce the release of a resource directory which includes case study examples of collaboration between local units of government and other entitites.  This directory was created in part from submissions of examples from local government officials across the state.
Case Study Resource Directory
This is a working resource directory, as it will be added to and enhanced as more examples present themselves.

2011 LGI Presents Session on Consolidation of Services at Wisconsin Counties Association Conference

The Wisconsin Counties Association Conference was held the last week of September.  Wisconsin Eye covered key portions of the conference and have posted the video to their website.  Coverage includes:

  • Union Negotiations in the New Landscape
  • WCA's Second General Assembly
  • Budgeting In the New Environment
  • Highway Maintenance in an Era of Budget Cuts

In addition, the Local Government Institute co-presented a session on Consolidation of Services.  A summary of the information presented can be found here: Presentation Outline 0911.pdf

Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measurements

Performance measurements help us know how we are doing in meeting our objectives.  If our objective is the highest level of service at the lowest cost with the least environmental impact, the only way to know whether we are hitting those objectives is through the selection of appropriate performance measures. 
This publication from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describes a set of performance measures to meet the objectives described above.
Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measurements - 2.6 mb

07/20/11 Supercharging Structural Innovation

Supercharging Structural Innovation

by Stephen Goldsmith - deputy mayor of operations for the City of New York.  Last week, an important event occurred that could dramatically reshape the face of municipal reform. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced $24 million in grants designed to prove that a dedicated "innovation delivery team" can effectively help mayors design and implement new solutions to pressing city challenges.

2011 Salute To Local Government Awards

The Public Policy Forum held their annual Salute to Local Government Awards program on June 23, 2011.  The award winners are:

Innovative Response to Tough Budget Times
Green Practices, Sensible Solutions Initiative
Village of Bayside
Effective use of Technology
Electronic Case File and Website Upgrade Projects
City of Milwaukee Municipal Court

Intergovernmental Cooperation

07/05/11 Working Across Boundaries To Benefit The Region


The Local Government Institute has documented the factors contributing to successful collaboration for delivering services across jurisdictional boundaries in our report A Roadmap for Government Transformation.  We have reported on the findings from other groups as to what makes for successful cooperation across boundaries.  The latest comes from a group of economic development professionals in the midwest.  Their success factors include:

2011 Louisville, Lexington To Partner To Attract Regional Economic Development

From the Daily Journal:
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky's two largest cities plan to study ways they can partner to attract regional economic development.
Mayors from both cities say they specifically are interested in becoming more competitive in advanced manufacturing, such as the automobile industry.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer noted that the region already has two Ford plants and a Toyota plant, but said there is room for more.
The formal partnership of the two cities will build on an informal one that began a few years ago.
"These two communities have always been at opposite poles, and it's crazy in this state for these two communities to not work together," Host said.

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