Friday, February 6, 2004
Towns explore joint savings
In a time of tight municipal budgets, local governments can save money, improve services, and increase efficiency by joining forces with neighboring towns.To jumpstart cooperative ventures, the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) is hosting a special breakfast meeting of chief administrative officers (town managers, town administrators, etc.), selectmen, and MAGIC and MAPC representatives.Managers and local officials will brainstorm ideas for joint action, considering such activities as cooperative purchasing; sharing of staff, expertise, and equipment; and cost-effective, targeted training and capacity building.Steve Daly, Project Director in MAPC's Services Division, will report on MAPC's cooperative purchasing consortia and suggest cost-cutting steps MAGIC towns could take.
MAGIC is a subregion of MAPC, the regional planning agency for the 101 communities of metro Boston. MAGIC consists of local officials from Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, and Stow. Members meet monthly to address multi-community issues related to planning, infrastructure, and service delivery.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 10, from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough.
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