The McHenry County Coordinated Investment Study recently received a 2021 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties. The study, developed with support from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), is an innovative effort by local governments to deliver services more efficiently.
The study features seven recommendations to pursue more service-sharing partnerships and other aspects of intergovernmental coordination, including joint purchasing and collaborative planning. McHenry County officials are already taking action on these ideas, including hiring a shared service coordinator to carry out recommended strategies and build on partnerships formed during the course of the study.
More than 40 local government units, including municipalities and special districts, provided feedback to inform the study, which was supported by CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program. Shared services is a key recommendation of ON TO 2050, the region's long-range plan.