Friday, December 19, 2008

Sun Prairie, Collaboration Council Adopt Regional Principles of Collaboration (Wisconsin State Journal, Sun Prairie Star)

More than four years after its inception, the 56-member Collaboration Council has drawn what it calls a road map to business development and cooperation among communities in southern Wisconsin that for decades have competed for tax base.

On Dec. 16th, key leaders who represent more than 991,000 people in eight counties signed the Regional Principles of Collaboration, a landmark agreement intended to help guide economic development.

Acting on a recommendation from the committee of the whole, aldermen approved the THRIVE regional principles of collaboration that same day. Adopting the principles demonstrates the city's agreement to support collaborative strategies of an eight-county region to enhance regional culture, sustainable growth and the highest quality of life.

This doesn't mean that we won't have our issues to work out between our neighbors, and it doesn't mean we won't be competing for projects. What it means is that we all need to work together to grow our current employment base that's already here. It means getting companies and people interested in our region as a whole (if they aren't looking at the region they'll never get to us as a City). Finally, it means abiding by certain protocols when marketing our City vs. another within the area.

There will be a lot of work that needs to be done to make the words on the paper reflect how we all operate on a day to day basis. Creation and adoption of these principles is a great first step.

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