Shared services, staff, and procurement have many potential challenges or benefits, such as how existing service levels may be affected. However, local budgeting and planning processes can evaluate the consequences of opportunities for sharing or consolidating services. Developing common regulations and processes for code inspection, development review, and other functions could also facilitate the use of shared services or staff. For example, coordinating to adopt the same international building codes or creating a uniform rental registration program can create cost saving opportunities for shared code inspection staff.

Action 1

Proactively explore opportunities to share services and identify opportunities for joint procurement.

Implementers

Local governments

Action 2

Inventory projected needs for the next five years across all services and infrastructure, and share that information with counties, COGs, and neighboring communities on a recurring basis, with an invitation to partner on service delivery and purchases.

Implementers

Local governments

Action 3

Provide technical assistance to connect lower capacity municipalities with partnership opportunities.

Implementers

CMAP, MPC, COGs, and counties

Action 4

Work together to adopt more uniform processes and regulations for common activities to better facilitate the use of shared services or staff.

Implementers

Neighboring municipalities