Regional Collaboration Key to County's Success

Chairs, mayors and presidents meet to discuss common goals and partnership opportunities

The chair of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Chris Richardson, will host the first of what is intended to be a quarterly meeting of the chairs, mayors and presidents of the elected boards of our Towns, Fire Districts, School Districts and Parks and Recreation district in March. The date is to be determined once all schedules can be coordinated.

The recent snowstorm that hit at the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend provides an excellent example of the County’s many local government entities working together to serve our citizens. Fire rescue agencies, the County’s Road and Bridge Department and Sheriff’s Office, local Police and Public Works and the School Districts were in constant communication and rely on each other’s efforts to get the job done.

This type of cooperation doesn’t happen by accident. It is the result of building relationships during day-to-day operations. Over the past two years, the County has made an effort to build and reinforce better communication. The County and town managers meet frequently to discuss operational issues and the BOCC has held joint meetings with town trustees. This has helped greatly in operational issues and we intend to continue our collaborative efforts as we work on long-range and strategic issues as well.

The goal of these meetings is to provide a forum for the leaders of the elected boards of the local governments within Elbert County to discuss common issues and seek areas of cooperation. The County is facing growth pressures and in some areas costs of services are rising faster than revenues. By working together, we can seek ways to gain efficiencies by working together on long term planning projects and hopefully reduce costs to our taxpayers by ensuring our efforts are synchronized.