Jeff Mermuys: Towns can work together to solve economic crisis
Motivated by the national economic downturn and Illinois' fiscal crisis, the City of Wood Dale and Village of Itasca held a joint meeting on March 16 to discuss collaborative efforts moving into the future. To have a meeting like this, both entities displayed trust and openness among leadership and a willingness to work together.
The two communities believe it is in their best interests to move faster and farther in finding greater efficiency and reducing the cost of local government, while still ensuring quality service delivery. This meeting was the first step in developing a longstanding partnership between the two organizations.
Moving forward, points of emphasis will focus around starting with smaller and easier to implement programs and moving toward larger programs with higher visibility. To accomplish this, well-defined goals must be established and each community must process and assess each case individually on its own merit.
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