How can local agencies get beyond the “usuals” who show up for most public meetings? How can more diverse community members be engaged in discussion of public issues? A key strategy many local agencies use is nurturing relationships with community-based organizations to reach and engage a broader cross section of residents.
This free webinar featured panelists who have excelled in forging effective partnerships between local government and community organizations.The panelists have extensive experience in city and county government as well as nonprofit leadership.
To increase use, create efficiencies and reduce costs, local agencies are pursuing new opportunities for shared public services and the joint use of public facilities.An important part of the success of such local efforts is an informed, engaged and supportive public. Especially for plans characterized by partnerships with less well-known agencies and by fears for a loss of local control, the opportunity for residents to learn more about a possible partnering department or agency and to help shape the new arrangements can be beneficial.
A diverse alliance in the San Francisco Bay Area is showing that cooperation and collaboration among neighboring communities and the business sector can pay big dividends in the new jobs that combine economic development with sustainability.
In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities and counties to provide quality public services and facilities, though resources to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for overcoming limited resources is for cities and counties to combine forces with other agencies and organizations to leverage expertise, staff time and funding.