Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide
Local government officials around the state face unprecedented budget cuts and increased demand for services. Confronted with these challenges, cities, counties, and schools throughout Minnesota have refused to let the traditional approach of tax increases and service cuts be their only response to budget shortfalls. They've instead chosen a path of innovation and service redesign. For example:
Although the potential magnitude of savings from innovation and service redesign is likely far less than the size of the financial problems ahead, redesign is still necessary. Minnesota local government officials must change their organizations.
The difficulty is discovering—and actually implementing—the innovation and redesign. This work can be perplexing, complicated, and not easily replicated. With this guide as a starting point, our hope is that we will ultimately stimulate a broader discussion and idea exchange between local government officials
Now is the time to innovate. Download tools to help you with your innovation efforts. (The Guide was updated in January 2013)
Author of the Minnesota Local Government Innovation and Redesign Guide
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University of Minnesota
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