Crossing Boundaries: On the Road to Public-Public Partnerships
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Crossing Boundaries: On the Road to Public-Public Partnerships

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      The importance of public-public partnerships is easily overlooked, despite the fact that these partnerships are the backbone of numerous technology, operations and infrastructure initiatives in metropolitan areas across the U.S. Few studies prior to this white paper have explored the dynamics of crossing the boundaries necessary to establish fruitful partnerships among public agencies. This report recommends strategies for improving collaboration from the bottom up. The recommendations come from local and state leaders who are currently leading the charge within the atmosphere of TEA-21 reauthorization to accommodate the new demands placed on them as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The paper's intent is to focus attention on both vertical and horizontal public/public partnerships. "Collaboration" is defined as any cooperative effort between and among governmental entities (as well as with private partners). Such collaboration can range from very informal, ad hoc activities to more planned, organized and formalized ways of working together. The collaborative parties work toward mutual advantage and common goals. They share a sense of public purpose, leverage resources to yield improved outcomes, and bridge traditional geographic, institutional, and functional boundaries. Collaboration leads to improved understanding of the ways various levels of government interact and carry out their roles and responsibilities. The resulting effect frequently streamlines operations and enhances quality of life for residents of the localities involved.
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