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Intergovernmental Collaboration and Shared Services

Intergovernmental Collaboration has been receiving increasing attention in Ohio in recent years. Governments are tasked with providing necessary services to their citizens, while managing limited financial resources. Collaboration is not a new concept to Ohio, as many Councils of Governments and Metropolitan and Regional Planning Organizations have been around for decades.  However, newer collaborative efforts among local governments are focusing more on economic development, shared services, and other cost saving efforts than they have in the past.

Recent Projects

Collaborative Health Insurance Purchasing among Ohio's Local Governments

The Center, in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (ODAS) have released two reports focused on collaborative health insurance purchasing among local governments in Ohio.

The Resource Guide is designed to assist public entities in Ohio in making informed decisions about the health benefits they provide for their employees, and to help public officials determine whether or not entering a health benefit consortium is appropriate for their jurisdictions. The report is relevant to a number of Ohio's public entities, including counties, cities, villages, townships, as well as public universities and colleges, school districts, and other special purpose districts.

"Adapting to the Changing Health Insurance Landscape" focuses on providing an integrated description of the use of health benefit consortia by public entities in Ohio and offering information on the costs and benefits associated with the use of these consortia by public entities in Ohio, as well as some of their advantages and disadvantages.

Past Projects

247 Collaborative Actions and Ideas by County

EfficientGovNow 1.0 Project Case Studies

Please see the Publications page for additional reports and articles related to intergovernmental collboration.