Monday, October 19, 2015

"a partnership-based program with cities and towns"

The article does not reference it but this may be the kind of deal that Franklin is part of to bring the joint emergency dispatch center to reality. 

There is not much money attached to Gov. Charlie Baker's "Community Compacts" program, but local officials who have signed on say it may help in other ways. 
The push for the agreements, which encourage the towns to adopt "best practices" in return for state support, has seen results in MetroWest and the Milford area - Ashland, Marlborough and Medway have signed the compacts, while Natick, Upton, Mendon and Hopkinton are listed as considering the pacts. Forty-one communities statewide have signed on to the program.


Medway Town Administrator Michael Boynton said his town pledged in September to improve communication within the community. 
"It's about doing more outreach," he said. "We want to be more interactive, and use social media, the Web and video." 
Though the town could pursue greater outreach on its own, Boynton said he believed the state's expertise on these matters would help Medway achieve its goal. 
"I think, while you can always do anything on your own, there's certainly a benefit to partnering with the state," he said.

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