Consolidation of Services
Facilitating regional consolidation is a vital responsive service provided by GPCOG. We believe that collaborative initiatives can save our member municipalities money and improve public services.
One ongoing initiative, that fosters collaboration between cities and towns, is the Metro Regional Coalition. Formally organized in 2006, the Metro Regional Coalition was formed for “the purpose of finding, exploring, and implementing opportunities for regional cooperation in the provision of municipal services and infrastructure.”
We have proudly provided consolidation services to a number of key projects
Fire/EMS Regional Capacity
In 2015 and 2016, GPCOG staff worked with Jim Damicis, of Camoin Associates, to conduct a data-driven assessment of Fire/EMS capacity in the region. The final report identifies issues and opportunities for cooperation and collaboration among the Fire/EMS departments in the region.
Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation
In 2009, GPCOG’s Metro Regional Coalition (MRC) teamed up with the Portland Regional Chamber to form the Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation. GPEDC links private, educational and public institutions in pursuit of sustainable economic prosperity on behalf of the communities of Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook.
Regional Forensic Crime Lab
GPCOG helped plan and implement the creation of a Regional Forensic Crime Lab that was formalized through an Interlocal Agreement between its municipal members and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. The regional crime lab, which opened in 2009, enables participating communities to provide forensic services in an efficient and cost-effective manner by sharing the cost of equipment and technology.
If your community is interested in exploring opportunities for regional consolidation of services, please contact Chris Hall, Director of Regional Initiatives, at 207-774-9891 ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.