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
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.