Collaboration & Partnerships

Overview

Collaboration & Partnerships

This section identifies ways in which local agencies are working together, as well as with community-based organizations, in service to shared constituencies and clients.

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Partnering with Community-Based Organizations for More Inclusive Public Engagement

Partnering with Community-Based Organizations for More Inclusive Public Engagement

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.

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Successful Local Agency Partnerships

Successful Local Agency Partnerships

These videotaped presentations include insights on the benefits and challenges of city or county partnerships with businesses, community organizations, and schools.

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Public Engagement and Shared Services and Joint Use

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.

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Working with Others to Achieve Goals

Local agency processes are group decision-making processes in which one needs the support of others to make things happen.

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Collaboration Promotes Economic Development and Advances Sustainability

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.

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Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

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.

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