A webinar announcement from the New York State Department of State Local Government Partner, Today Governor Cuomo announced the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition (MCEC), inviting local governments to build consortiums and compete for a $20 million award. Under the program, teams of two or more local governments can submit plans demonstrating how government consolidations and innovative restructuring initiatives will yield reductions in property taxes. A panel selected by New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado will pick the winning consortium and plan. The MCEC invites interested and committed local government consortiums in New York State to design a comprehensive Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Plan for all involved municipalities. These consortium proposals will then be measured against each other, seeking the most creative and innovative ways to stimulate the local economy and streamline municipal services and operations, culminating in a $20 million award. These funds will then support local actions that would revolutionize and build a new model of local government services at the regional level for the 21st century. This competition builds upon the Governor’s steadfast commitment to lower property taxes for the residents of New York State. The competition will be made up of two phases. The first phase will consist of interested local governments submitting an “Intent to Propose” form for a chance to become eligible for plan development funding. The second phase will provide the local governments the opportunity to submit a plan for consideration by June 2017 with a winner announced in August. To learn more about this program, please participate in one of our webinars scheduled on December 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM or December 8 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Links to these events are listed here: Click Here to Register for the December 7, 2016 Webinar Click Here to Register for the December 8, 2016 Webinar You must use the registration link at the bottom of the webpage to register. See illustration below. For more information you can call (518)473-3355 or visit the Department of State website at www.dos.ny.gov.