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.
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:
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.