Check it all out here and please note: public comment on the policy closes this Friday and applications for the first round are set for February 20, 2012 through March 1, 2012 – not a lot of time before, and not a long window of time to submit something.
Please – if you are a taxpayer and want your local government or public entities to consider collaborations and service sharing or even merging, speak up, develop relationships, get going on planning. The EfficientGovNetwork is precisely the place for doing such things and you can check that out here. We have podcasts, videos, materials from successful complete collaborations as well as ones that have gone through feasibility studies and are in the decision-making and implementing phase.
No one will suggest that $1.4 billion taken away from local entities can be made up by any amount of collaboration for the incentive price of $45 million. But it is nothing to sneeze at either.
Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.