Your tax dollars at work (really!)
Municipal governments spend millions on capital improvements, and are always under budget pressures. This article features the case study of the Village of Lombard, Illinois, which streamlined the process of geotechnical data acquisition and integrated outsourced services. Historically, the procurement of geotechnical services had been inconsistent and not always satisfactory. For each project, an RFP needed to be written, a consultant selected, and the working contract administered. After studying the problem, staff decided that a yearly contract to one reliable firm would save money, cut down contract review time, and eliminate redundancies. The streamlining initiative demonstrated positive benefits to the village and helped create a positive environment and commitment to continuous improvement.