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City-County Collaboration Saves $11 Million for FY2012



Alvarez & Marsal

IBM Corporation

Mayer Brown

Schiff Hardin LLP

The City of Chicago and Cook County will save a combined $11 million in FY2012 as a result of their first three months of collaboration, President Preckwinkle and Mayor Emanuel announced last month.


These budgeted savings were published in the first quarterly report of the Joint Committee on City-County Collaboration, a seven-member group of non-profit, community, and business leaders charged by the Mayor and President to improve the quality while reducing the cost of services provided by the two government bodies. The committee highlighted services that have improved as a result of City-County collaboration, including increased coordination on homeland security and anti-violence initiatives.


The collaboration progress reflects the pro bono work of Schiff Hardin LLP, Alvarez & Marsal, Civic Consulting, and City and County Staff on initial recommendations, and more recent work by Mayer Brown and IBM Corporation


Wolff Quote


"The members of the Collaboration Committee were eager to participate in this first time endeavor by the City and County to improve and streamline services and lower costs to taxpayers," said Paula Wolff, Senior Executive at Metropolis Strategies. "Civic Consulting staff and pro bono partners were indispensable in beginning the rigorous work of redesigning the governmental agencies' activities."


For more information, contact Lydia Murray.


WTTW Chicago Tonight: City-County Collaboration Identifies Savings


FOX Chicago News: Chicago/Cook County Collaboration Saves $11 Million 

City, County Announce Merger to Transform Workforce Development 


Mayer Brown


The City and County will merge workforce development efforts across the region, Cook County President Preckwinkle and Chicago Mayor Emanuel announced last month.

Today, four different boards and associated staffs support approximately 100 agencies and organizations. The merger aims to create a single Chicagoland Workforce Board as a centralized partner for businesses seeking employees and residents seeking jobs, whether in the city or suburbs.

Workforce Development consolidation was one of the 19 recommendations made in June by the Joint Committee on City-County Collaboration. "The collaboration initiative is rapidly becoming a national best practice," said Collaboration Committee member Ralph Moore, President of Ralph G. Moore and Associates. "Gathering the region's brightest minds in the area of workforce development on one team will result in more effective strategies while eliminating the debilitating competition for dollars and talent between the separate initiatives."

Mayer Brown helped develop the initial recommendation for consolidation and will continue to provide legal support to the effort. David Narefsky, Partner at Mayer Brown, said, "The consolidated workforce initiative is an excellent example of innovative City-County collaboration on shared services. Mayer Brown is very excited to provide legal support for this important project."

For more information, contact Jim Mavros.

Yahoo! News: Chicago and Cook County to Collaborate on Workforce Development and Job Creation

Chicago Public Schools Launch School Support Centers


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will create new School Support Centers to connect principals to administrative and facilities services. The Centers are part of the new CPS administration's effort to give principals and schools the operational resources and support that they need to be able to devote their time to improving student achievement.


The School Support Centers will consolidate new and existing school support functions, all accessible through a single phone number, to quickly connect principals and school staff to support services. New service delivery standards have been established to ensure schools receive appropriate responses within acceptable time periods. 



The Centers are part of a larger initiative led by Civic Consulting Alliance and our partners over a four-month period to reorganize the CPS central office.


"We received focused attention and exceptional guidance on how to best implement a new model of delivering operational support to our schools," said Tim Cawley, Chief Administrative Officer for Chicago Public Schools.  


For more information, contact Brian Fabes.
Seven Employers Join Commute Options Pilot


The Boeing Company

The Boston Consulting Group

CompassX Strategy

Grand Victoria Foundation

Metropolitan Planning Council

Since last spring, seven Chicago-area employers have joined a commute options pilot to encourage employees to reduce the cost and increase the sustainability of their commutes. The pilot program demonstrates the potential for employers to add to their sustainability portfolio while improving commutes for their workforce.


The commute options pilot was inspired by the Chicago Climate Action Plan and is being led by the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) in partnership with Civic Consulting Alliance. The Boston Consulting Group laid the groundwork for the project last summer, and CompassX Strategy developed the program and initial outreach. Funding support was provided by Grand Victoria Foundation and The Boeing Company. The program was spotlighted at the national Association of Commute Transportation conference in August. 



A participating company's employee commented on the program's introduction of a shuttle: "I know that without this shuttle, I would have likely reconsidered my employment. The shuttle allows me to commute without the long, hard drive."


On December 1st, MPC will hold a roundtable, "Better Commutes, Less Congestion: Employers Unlock the Region's Gridlock," featuring a discussion on how commute options are helping solve commute challenges in the Chicago area.


For more information, contact Tom McKone.


City Colleges, Partners, Civic Consulting Featured at National Economic Growth Summit



The Boston Consulting Group


The Chicago Community Trust

The Joyce Foundation


Lantern Partners

McKinsey & Company

Last month, Dr. Michael E. Porter's Initiative for a Competitive Inner City hosted a national summit, "Creating an Urban Growth Agenda."
The summit spotlighted how Chicago's unique model for partnership between corporate, municipal, and civic actors contributes to economic growth.
Reinvention at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) was a case study. Reinvention, the largest and most comprehensive community college reform effort in the nation, aims to make CCC an economic engine of Chicago and its residents. Building on the pro bono contribution of The Boston Consulting Group in 2007, Civic Consulting Alliance partners have been working behind the scenes for nearly four years to support Reinvention.
The discussion featured CCC Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, Civic Consulting Alliance Board Chair James Glerum, and leadership from partner organizations, Accenture, The Chicago Community Trust, and KPMG LLP. Videos from the summit can be viewed here.
For more information, contact Shruti Jayaraman.