December 9, 2013 – With the short holiday season, the February 1, 2014 deadline is just around the corner for submitting your Category II Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) application to earn statutory revenue sharing funds. Category II requires a consolidation of services plan be developed that documents existing and planned collaborative initiatives. Submissions must include:
- An update on the status of any new proposals submitted in the previous years’ (FY 2012 and 2013) consolidation plans, including whether or not the previous proposals have been fully implemented, a listing of the barriers experienced in implementing the proposals, and an estimated timeline of the steps to accomplish the proposals.
- One or more new proposals to increase the existing level of cooperation, collaboration, consolidation, innovation, or privatization, either within the jurisdiction or with other jurisdictions. Include an estimate of the potential savings amount and an estimated timeline for implementing the new proposals.
Submit a copy of the consolidation plan to the Michigan Department of Treasury by the February 1, 2014 deadline using this template.
So is that all there is to do? No way. It takes time and effort to develop and implement shared service arrangements since partners such as other local governments, authorities, DDAs, private service providers, or school districts must be engaged and their support proactively solicited. An effective method to do so is by leveraging the online tools of SEMCOG’s partner Munetrix to generate your EVIP submission as well as a creative aid for connecting with potential partners. For more information about EVIP Category II Consolidation of Services, register for a free December 19th 2:00pm webinar.
And to help fund the cost of implementing service consolidations, the State of Michigan has provided the Competitive Grant Assistance Program (CGAP). The deadline to apply for such grants is January 24, 2014; learn more at the Department of Treasury website.
In the meantime, have an enjoyable holiday season from your friends at SEMCOG. Contact Dave Boerger.
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