Webinars from the Center for Research and Innovation to Focus on Agricultural Incubators, Shared Services

March 19, 2012
NLC's Center for Research and Innovation is hosting two webinars during the month of March.

Economic Development Peer Network Webinar: Agricultural Incubators 
Thursday, March 22, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern time

NLC's Economic Development (ED) Peer Network is holding a webinar featuring Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for economic development at Rutgers University and associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Brennan-Tonetta will discuss the Food Innovation Center, a unique business incubation and economic development accelerator program, which provides business and technology expertise to startup and established food and value-added agriculture businesses in New Jersey and the surrounding region.

The ED Peer Network is open to local elected officials, staff and other economic development stakeholders and provides a bi-monthly webinar and other opportunities to hear from experts and exchange best practices with peers.

Register for this webinar on http://my.nlc.org/eweb. If you have any questions about the NLC Economic Development Peer Network or the upcoming webinar please contact Katie McConnell at mcconnell@nlc.org

Shared Services: The San Carlos, Calif., Experience 
Thursday, March 29, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern time

Facing serious budget constraints, including an annual $3.5 million structural deficit, the elected and appointed leaders of the City of San Carlos, Calif., changed the way that police, fire, parks maintenance and recreation services are delivered to their residents and businesses. The "budget challenges" program successfully emphasized preserving or increasing the level and quality of services in each area while simultaneously reducing costs.

The process involved all-day budget briefings for the public, exploring what the services should look like in the future; discussions and Requests for Proposals with neighboring cities, special districts, the county, the state and private service providers on alternate service delivery models; and reviewing the pros and cons of different service delivery options. The result of the process was maintaining or increasing service to the public, changing the service delivery method in each area and an annual cost savings of almost $4 million through the use of four different strategies in the four service areas.

San Carlos, Calif., Mayor Andy Klein and Assistant City Manager Brian Moura will share the city's approach, lessons learned and what other local governments need to focus on to be successful when considering a shared services approach to addressing budget challenges and community service desires.

Register for this webinar, co-hosted by the Public Technology Institute, athttps://publictechnology.webex.com/publictechnology/onstage/g.php?d=666386379&t=a. If you have any questions about this webinar, contact Julia Pulidindi at pulidindi@nlc.org.