Innovation is a critical source of future competitive advantage for
elected officials and appointed officials. Constituencies at the
polls have time and time again issue their dissatisfaction with the
status quo. Therefore, the ability to consistently develop and build
upon new ideas has a direct impact on the life-expectancy of
officials and on revenue growth. A revenue growth we define only as
non-tax revenue. If Social Security is the "Third Rail" of national
politics; tax increase is local government's death wish.
|Yet, while all new-comers to the
political area want to be labeled innovation leaders, the
legislative pit-falls or budget restraints stifle a newly elected
stake holders success.
|More and more public service professionals have
focused their attention to innovation outsourcing. That is relying
on outside resources not just for service delivery, but for real
economic development and for leading edge ideas. If local and area
officials rely on only local innovation as the norm, how can they
keep their office holders edge? And what's to stop local innovation
"partners" from turning the tables and becoming the expected
contender for your office?
Awareness is part of the problem. Officials with either a myriad of
tasks or an obligated reliance on management, simply do not know
that other good ideas exist, and are sometimes afraid to ask.
Elected and appointed officials need to create "hubs" for idea
sharing. Innovative Government Strategies was created for that
purpose. Beyond getting colleagues talking and creating a dialogue
at a conference, we bring ideas proven to work.
Innovation is so important to government that many local and area
councils of government have established roles such as Director of
Regional Planning, or are in the process of setting up dedicated
development teams. However, applying depleting resources is a
commitment many governments can ill afford or, due to other internal
factors, are not willing to assign quality people to work full-time
on an innovation process or specific new projects.
We know the value of innovation and how to deliver sound
economically viable projects. To better manage expectations, we
offer only performance based agreements. Measurable and quantifiable
in real terms, it guarantees that local funds will not be obligated,
depleted, or used in order to pursue an idea or development venture!
In one local government, providing detention bed space to the
federal government, we found that the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA),
which had been in place for years, did not reimburse the local
government's increased costs over time. A renegotiation of that
agreement increased that daily rate in excess of 60%! New non-tax
In another local community, we found them suffering under a 28%
unemployment rate and a water utility district with 60% excess
capacity. This local government lay stagnant with an economically
blighted area. We were able to attract a federally sponsored and
guaranteed facility using NO local funds. The local government is
now realizing a 25% increase in general revenue, local unemployment
is now in single digits, and the facility contracted for the entire
surplus capacity of the water district. New non-tax revenue!
"Professional Services for Public Service