2011 November Mckenna Analyzing Shared Services for County, Municipalities
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McKenna Associates has embarked on a study that "could provide a guide for shared services for communities throughout the state," according to Crain's Detroit Business.

McKenna was hired by West Michigan's Van Buren County and its 29 municipalities to study and report on opportunities for communities to save money, cut costs and create efficiencies by sharing services. The project was commissioned in response to Michigan's new Economic Vitality Incentive Program announced by Govenor Rick Snyder earlier this year.

"With townships, cities, villages, the county, and even the road commission participating, we think we'll have the most comprehensive study in the state," said Larry Nielsen, Paw Paw Village Manager and a member of the selection committee that hired McKenna, citing the firm's success in assisting Michigan municipalities as a determining factor.

The McKenna team is led by firm president Phillip C. McKenna, AICP, PCP and Marie Donigan, a three-term State Representative and former city official from Royal Oak who chaired the House Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee and possesses expertise in municipal services and government efficiencies. The team will complete work on the project by December 20, 2011.

"Everyone's looking at sharing services, but we want to go beyond the obvious, get creative and find ways we can not only share services to reduce costs, but ideally increase value to citizens," said Manager Nielsen.

For more on this project or on studying shared services, contact your McKenna planner or Phil McKenna at pmckenna@mcka.com or 888.226.4326.

Northville based McKenna Associates provides community planning and design services to counties, cities, townships, and villages throughout the Midwest.