October & November 2012
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The state of Ohio is strongly encouraging local governments to explore ways to collaborate and share services across boundaries – township, city, county, and state boundaries. The next TMACOG Tech will provide information on why and how to increase collaboration.

Regional Collaboration and Shared Services
Governments leveraging resources and finding efficiencies

Wednesday, October 17, 2:30 - 4 p.m. at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

David Miller, director of policy for the Auditor’s office, will represent Skinny Ohio. Randy Cole, controlling board president and policy advisor for the Office of Budget and Management, will explain the Beyond Boundaries report and state of Ohio efforts to make collaboration easier.

SkinnyOhio.org is a resource website which includes frequently asked questions and news about communities that have successfully shared services. One example on the website is the merger of the fire departments in the Village of Ottawa Hills and the City of Toledo. Frequently asked questions include discussion about merging municipalities, relevant Ohio laws, and forms for estimating the value of heavy equipment that can be shared between communities.

Beyond Boundaries is a report from the Kasich Administration that provides ten recommendations for communities that want to pursue shared services beyond any boundary. The report includes tools needed by local government and school leaders to help them realize opportunities. Presenters will describe easily accessed action plans. More than 50 examples of state programs and shared service initiatives taken from Ohio’s schools and local governments are included, with tips that can be reapplied in communities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

There is no cost to attend TMACOG Tech but please contact Jennifer Allen to register: 419.241.9155 ext. 107.


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