Examples Database: Solutions for Cities

By Glaubinger, Cheryl | Nation's Cities Weekly, February 23, 2004 | Go to article overview

Examples Database: Solutions for Cities


Glaubinger, Cheryl, Nation's Cities Weekly


These examples of regional alliances and intergovernmental agreements were selected from NLC's Examples of Programs for Cities database. Cities have discovered the mutual benefits of cooperation in many areas, such as education, public safety, public works, and recreation.

Member cities and state municipal leagues may request additional research on this or other topics by calling the librarians at the Municipal Reference Service (MRS) at 202-626-3130. They also may access the Examples database through CityNet on the Web for free (call MRS for details).

If your city participates in noteworthy regional alliances or intergovernmental agreements, please notify MRS so they may be added to the database.

Cities near Kansas City, Missouri

Population: 441,545

Address: City of Kansas City, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

Contact: City Hall, (816) 513-3360

The Mid-America Regional Council, a partnership of cities in the Kansas City area, coordinates emergency response operations in the bi-state region. Networks for 911 dispatchers, top officials, and ambulances and emergency rooms connect jurisdictions across state lines. When a city in the region receives federal or state funds for emergency operations, it consults the Council to determine what purchases or services would best benefit the entire region. Some members develop expert rescue teams or purchase equipment with excess capacity with the intention of sharing their resources and abilities with the larger region. By pooling their resources, the council members save money and increase their regional capacity to respond to a wide variety of possible disasters.

Source: Homeland improvement. by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. National Journal, v34 n37 (Sep. 14, 2002) p2606-12, Washington, DC: National Journal Group, Inc.

Lake County, Ohio

Address: Lake County, 105 Main Street, Painesville, OH 44077

Contact: 440-350-2500

Designed especially for use during emergency events, Lake County's mixed-mode voice communications system provides interoperability among area municipalities and the county. All 40 local police, fire, and EMS departments are connected to the system, as well as 25 public service agencies and all area schools. Incorporating a mix of digital and analog technologies, the system uses more than 1,100 mobile radios, 85 control stations, and an eight-position dispatch console. It is also compatible with the radio system used in neighboring Geauga County.

Source: Interoperability drives county's radio upgrade. American City & County, v117 n12 (Aug. 2002) p36, Atlanta, GA: Intertec Publishing Corporation.

Fraser, Colorado

Population: 910

Program Name: Grand Beginnings

Address: Town of Fraser, PO Box 120, Fraser, CO 80442

Contact: Chuck Reid, (970) 726-5491

Email: creid@town.fraser.co.us

Fraser's Grand Beginnings program promotes successful early development for children by fostering shared responsibility for early childhood issues and respecting and encouraging safe, quality-care education and activities. The town leads an intergovernmental agreement that provides administrative funding for Grand Beginnings. Its partners include Grand County, five municipalities within the County, and one school district. Grand Begin-nings co-sponsors an annual "Children's Fair" that features family activities and public health-care assistance. The organization also sponsors an annual "Caregiver Appreciation Dinner" for all Grand County child-care providers.

Source: National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families

Cedar Hill, De Soto, Duncanville and Lancaster, Texas

Program Name: Regional Training Center

Address: City of De Soto, 211 East Peasant Run Road, Suite A, De Soto, TX 75115-3939

Contact: City Hall, (972) 230-9600

Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster joined forces to create the Regional Training Center, where municipal employees can receive continuing education in all aspects of their jobs.

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