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Town of Eden (population 7688)

Name of service/government operation: SOUTHTOWNS COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT COALITION

Form of sharing: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES- especially related to agriculture and tourism

Services affected: municial support of agriculture in our communities

Year started: 2001

Partners: towns of Eden, Evans, Brant, North Collins, Concord and Sardenia and villages of Angola and Farnham

Primary goal(s)/motivation(s): to encourage people from outside of our area to visit.

What planning process preceded the sharing? Discussion over several months with elected leaders of various municipalities

What governance structures and/or agreements are required to maintain this agreement? by-laws of shared not for profit requires an elected official from each municipality be on the controlling board of directors. It also requires and annual membership fee be paid by each municipality.

Challenges: coordination of staff support from each municipality . Eventually it will require staff hired specifically for the work of the coalition

Benefits: regular contact among officials from various municipalities, shared cost of expanded activities by entities involved.

Impact on budget: little impact on individual municipal budgets

Impact on labor: little impact

Impact on service: improved and shared focus on agriculture and tourism

Key contact: Glenn Nellis, supervisor town of eden ,. and Lori Szewczgk , community affairs director for town of Evans