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Advanced Leadership Workshop – Stretching Community Dollars
Local agency leaders learn about partnerships and collaboration

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Group discussions on vexing challenges and partnership resolutions

Workshop Description

Local elected officials have a unique and important role in the development, resilience and success of their communities. Collaborations in the form of shared services, staffing, joint use and planning yield results greater than any one single agency could achieve on its own. Through partnerships, officials recognize and work within the constraints and opportunities other community leaders operate in. In successful collaborations, clarity prevails in leveraging and maximizing finite human and economic resources.

In this workshop, participants engaged with local leaders about best practices and lessons learned in building and furthering collaborations through the framework of the updated Stretching Community Dollars Guidebook.

Workshop Objectives

  • When and how to pursue collaborative opportunities
  • Who participates in a collaborative process
  • What to do when starting and scaling up a collaborative
  • How to design, evaluate, and maintain a collaborative relationship over time and through challenges

Highlights and Activities

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks by L. Dennis Michael, Mayor, City of Rancho Cucamonga and President, League of California Cities
  • Current Community Challenges Discussion – Experiences of Local Leaders/Participants
  • Stretching Community Dollars: An Overview of Partnerships and Collaborations by Martin Gonzalez, Director, ILG
  • Panel Discussion on Collaborations for Health & Safety: Successes and Successes and Benefits
    • Oscar Villegas, Supervisor, Yolo County, District One
    • Lisa Rosales, Chief of Police, City of San Pablo
    • Patrice Chamberlain, Director, CA Summer Meal Coalition
  • Deeper Dive: The Ins and Outs of Collaboration featuring The Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership with Tom Schwedhelm, Vice Mayor, City of Santa Rosa
  • Final Group Exercise: Envisioning a More Collaborative Future

About ILG’s Healthy & Vibrant Communities Project

The Institute for Local Government’s work on Healthy & Vibrant Communities is part of its 2015-2016 work program supported by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs.  Work in this area aims to:

  • Increase awareness of collaborative solutions and approaches among city, county and school officials and staff
  • Develop materials on best practices for policy development and program implementation
  • Support and increase collaborative efforts by cities and counties with capacity to focus on community-based solutions for safety, violence-prevention and healthy eating-active living.

Communities and partnerships are changing as local governments transform through funding and governance changes including realignments of social services and public safety, changes to funding for education and redevelopment. Impacts and opportunities are explored further in the Stretching Community Dollars Guidebook.

Event Photos

Vice Mayor Tom Schwedhelm, former Police Chief, City of Santa Rosa shares the story and experience of the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership Brainstorming partnership solutions for health and safety
Panelists presented on partnerships in their community, how to work with others through transitions, how to initiate and scale-up partnerships, how to partner with different elected officials and organizations, and so much more Chief Lisa Rosales, San Pablo Police Department, shared about community policing and economic development partnerships
Vexing community challenges discussion Mayor L. Dennis Michael, Rancho Cucamonga, welcomed the participants and shared about partnerships in the City of Rancho Cucamonga
Q & A with the Panel Resolving challenges and inspiring leadership
Questions for Vice Mayor Schwedhelm on outcomes and evaluation  

Vice Mayor Tom Schwedhelm, former Police Chief, City of Santa Rosa shares the story and experience of the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership

Brainstorming partnership solutions for health and safety

Panelists presented on partnerships in their community, how to work with others through transitions, how to initiate and scale-up partnerships, how to partner with different elected officials and organizations, and so much more

Chief Lisa Rosales, San Pablo Police Department, shared about community policing and economic development partnerships

Vexing community challenges discussion

Mayor L. Dennis Michael, Rancho Cucamonga, welcomed the participants and shared about partnerships in the City of Rancho Cucamonga

Q & A with the Panel

Resolving challenges and inspiring leadership

Questions for Vice Mayor Schwedhelm on outcomes and evaluation

Resource

Stretching Community Dollars Guidebook
2015-2016 Resource

Most elected officials and key staff understand and appreciate the benefits of working together, and many are engaging in various forms of collaboration in some capacity. While, there are also many documents in existence on collaboration and working together, this guide focuses on bridging the gap between an understanding of and intention to collaborate with purposeful action.

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