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.
from The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee:
As health care costs continue to rise and government entities face reduced funding in the state budget, Milwaukee’s cash-strapped taxing bodies are exploring combining their employee benefits to save money.
Estimating Rural and Urban Minnesota's Interdependencies, by Kate Searls, Minnesota Rural Partners, March 2011
This is the report of a study, funded by US Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development, to document the degree to which rural and urban areas are economically linked. The study looked at Minnesota, but the conclusions apply to Wisconsin as well. Key findings:
• Rural Minnesota provides critical employment in a number of the most sought after industry sectors. Forty percent of Minnesota’s total employment in 17 targeted industry clusters takes place in rural Minnesota.
• Well over half of the state’s jobs in the following clusters are located outside the urban region: