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  • Illinois' Municipal Partnering Initiative (MPI)

    A joint buying initiative gaining momentum in suburban Chicago has saved participating communities more than $1.23 million since it was launched three years ago. Thirty communities have joined forces to procure a wide range of public works and construction services.

  • Public works training for city and county employees

    Illinois created a program to nurture future public works managers. Although it is designed for supervisors, it has value for public works personnel at all levels.

  • To screen or not to screen?

  • Bridging Controversy and Consensus

    The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) was faced with juggling competing demands in the reconstruction of two bridges feeding into Annapolis, the 350-year-old state capital. It sson became clear that garnering community support had to be the top priority.

  • Keep the customer satisfied

    Public works departments spend considerable resources handling requests from constituents—answering questions, fulfilling service orders, resolving complaints. To streamline the process, more and more agencies are implementing sophisticated customer relationship management (CRM) systems to process...