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Akron, Ohio

MAYOR HORRIGAN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ADVANCE COST-SAVING PARTNERSHIP WITH COUNTY ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SHARED SERVICES

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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-22-2016

Akron, Ohio, November 21, 2016 – This afternoon Mayor Horrigan introduced legislation to the Budget and Finance Committee of City Council authorizing an intergovernmental agreement with the County of Summit for information technology shared services, with the objectives of reducing redundancy and improving City technology operations and services for both employees and the public, at a very low cost to taxpayers.

“The City’s Information Technology personnel has reduced in size in recent years, and right now we are not using our resources as efficiently as we should,”  Mayor Horrigan said of the origin of the collaboration.  “From my first day in office, my plan has been to transform our traditional IT functions into a performance management and innovation department that leverages data to make smarter, more efficient, and more informed decisions about how we spend taxpayer funds.”

“Making use of County staff for routine IT support will eliminate redundancy and free up our phenomenal City employees for higher level planning and catalytic projects.  Also, leveraging economies of scale for purchasing software and cross-training staff will reduce costs for both entities.  I’m thrilled to announce this win-win partnership with the County as a meaningful and much-needed step in the right direction.”

The proposed agreement is not a merger or a consolidation of the respective Information Technology departments, but will simply provide for both the City and the County to utilize each other’s services at reduced rates compared to outside consultants or vendors.  Summit County Council authorized the intergovernmental agreement on September 12, 2016.  City Council is expected to vote on the agreement as early as next week.

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
www.akronohio.gov
Phone: 330/375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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