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LANSING, Michigan - Having Michigan communities share services is a hot topic in Lansing these days and it's something the Michigan Municipal League has encouraged its members to do for years. Lansing area communities have been praised recently for efforts to consolidate and share services. And Lansing lawmakers recently approved a package of bills that will make sharing services easier for Michigan communities.To help even more Michigan communities share services, the League is hosting an education session on this topic March 20 in Lansing. The session, Creative Consolidation: The Steps to Success in Shared Services, is part of a pre-conference series of education seminars the League is having at the start of its annual Capital Conference, March 20-21. Registration for the Conference starts Jan. 11. View the Conference agenda here.Here is the description of the shared services session: Revenues are shrinking and costs are rising. Consolidation of services is fast becoming the new reality for local governments hard-pressed to meet their community’s needs with ever-tighter budgets. What are the legalities that can aid or impede service consolidation? What are the key steps to making the transition work for both the municipal employer and employee? Where are Michigan’s success stories in shared services, and what can be learned from them? This session is an essential start to the collaborative process.Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at email@example.com or 734-669-6317.
Members of Michigan Women in Government gathered for the annual MWIG Breakfast at Convention Thursday morning. MWIG President and Battle Creek Mayor Susan Baldwin introduced the topic of shared services and the Leagues Arnold Weinfeld discussed the challenges facing local governments in meeting the new EVIP requirements set by the state to earn back revenue sharing funds. Each table was asked to discuss their own ideas for shared services initiatives.
The discussions at each table ranged from the challenges of private versus public service providing, to the need for nurturing more involvement in local government within each community, and even the issues of deer management in suburban areas.
Brooklyn Village Manager Jennifer Coe remarked that her community leaders always look forward to the new ideas she brings back from Convention, a point that drew enthusiastic agreement from everyone else at the table.
Obviously, the MWIG Breakfast was a great start to a full day!
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