The PVPC developed the Municipal Partnerships program in response to increasing community requests for assistance in identifying opportunities for efficiency and economy of scale, and to recent state program policies and resources encouraging and incentivizing municipalities and schools to pursue collaboration, partnerships, and shared service opportunities. PVPC member communities have expressed interest in shared service collaborations covering a range of services including e-permitting/e-government, collaborative fiscal planning, shared inspections and animal control, shared municipal support services opportunities, shared grant writing, regional recycling and waste disposal programs, shared information technology services, bulk purchasing and procurement services, shared public health services, and equipment sharing.
Projects of note include studies of school regionalization, shared emergency dispatch operations, and shared local public health services, as well as working with towns in a regional school district desiring opportunities for working more collaboratively on school budget and related matters. Throughout 2013, new projects were developed and previous projects from 2012 were expanded and are ongoing efforts within the region. Projects currently in process for 2014 include a Shared Conservation Agent, Shared Municipal Accounting Services, Shared Public Health Nurse Assistance Services, Regional Bike Share Plan, and a Shared Police Department/Personnel Study. Additionally, the PVPC is hosting a series of Regional Roundtable Discussions with local leaders of our 43 member municipalities that focus on specific municipal service issues. Through these discussions, we anticipate identifying ways that we can assist to address these issues through enhanced or a shared service approach.
For more information, contact Joshua A. Garcia - Municipal Services Coordinator.