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Metro Newsroom

City-County Merger the Focus at National Conference

Monday November 7, 2005

Communities eyeing merger will be in Louisville Nov. 8-11

The successful merger of Louisville and Jefferson County - the nation’s largest local-government consolidation in nearly three decades - will be highlighted during a national conference on government collaboration to be held in Louisville November 8-11.

Leaders from more than 24 states are expected to attend the conference - including representatives from many communities that are considering merger or consolidation of services. The Merger Workshop will include representatives of more than 50 communities that have contacted Louisville Metro for information since the community’s 2003 merger.
The conference, “Collaborative Government: Is Your Community Ready?” will examine successful models of local-government collaboration across the United States. The event is hosted by Louisville Metro Government, in cooperation with the Alliance for Regional Stewardship. At a “Lessons from Merger Workshop” on Nov. 8-9, attendees from other communities will explore the Louisville-Jefferson County merger experience.
The Louisville-Jefferson County merger resulted in:
· Louisville becoming the nation’s 16th largest city - instead of 67th;
· A 10 percent reduction in the local government workforce, with no reduction of services;
· The immediate consolidation of the separate city and county police forces;
· Commitment to creating MetroSafe, a $70 million emergency-communications system to link police, fire, EMS and other first responders of multiple jurisdictions throughout Louisville Metro and surrounding counties;
· A stronger credit rating than either the former city or county.

Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said the conference “is a great way for civic, business, and government leaders to network and explore the many ways that local governments are saving money, improving services, and promoting economic development through collaboration.”

The Alliance for Regional Stewardship is a national nonprofit organization that fosters regional cooperation and action among civic, business, government and non-profit leaders.