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.
Lean Government Conference
October 10, 2011
Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin
At this conference, brought to you by the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence and the Local Government Institute of Wisconsin, you will learn about tools and principles to improve quality, cost effectiveness, service delivery and responsiveness to the public. These tools have transformed manufacturing and service delivery in the private sector - cutting the cost of business, producing higher quality products and services, and improving both customer and employee satisfaction. The conference will focus on successful application of these concepts to the public sector.
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The Public Policy Forum held their annual Salute to Local Government Awards program on June 23, 2011. The award winners are:
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:
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.
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
City of Cedarburg and Village of Grafton officials have agreed to study sharing several municipal services, and saving money, as early as 2012 in the face of significant cuts in state aid payments to municipalities in Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-'13 biennial budget.
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LGI Executive Director, Gary Becker, presented to the June 13, 2011 joint monthly meeting between the City of Evansville and Town of Union on the work of LGI, and what LGI has learned about promoting greater collaboration. The presentation included benefits of collaboration, obstacles to collaboration, and overcoming those obstacles. The City and the Town have an agreement to conduct ongoing joint monthly meetings to explore collaboration and growth issues.
Click here for a copy of the outline from the meeting, which includes these important points.
From the Beloit Daily News:
Sharing equipment, joint purchasing, and combining specialty positions were some of the ideas the Beloit and Janesville city councils tossed around Tuesday evening as ways to collaborate services.
The two councils met at the Beloit Public Library in what they hope will be the first of a series of joint workshops. The purpose was for the councils to get to know each other and to have an open discussion about shared service delivery and cost savings.
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From WBAY-TV Green Bay-Fox Cities-Northeast Wisconsin News:
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, along with local and state officials, unveil a legislative proposal they hope will help grow communities.
It involves creating tax increment financing districts across municipal lines.
The Joint Legislative Committee today introduced three bills, the ideas for which can be traced to LGI's 2010 study Roadmap for Government Transformation.