In many instances, implementing changes in policy or practice requires crossing internal administrative boundaries within a particular local agency. Local officials can ensure that the various departments within the agency are pulling together. The challenge for local officials is to make sure that leadership is provided at each of the necessary points to foster effective coordination.
A city initiative to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists provides an example. The effort may require the planning department to revise zoning codes, the public works department to re-program street and sidewalk improvements and the police department to enforce traffic restrictions. Meanwhile, the City Manager’s Office may need to set deadlines and priorities and facilitate ongoing communication among city departments and with planning commissioners, city council members, the mayor and the public. Coordinating all of these internal activities can be a key component of a successful local partnership.