The Municipal Innovation Council (MIC) has officially launched in partnership with the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII).
Joining together are the Town of Saugeen Shores, Arran-Elderslie, Brockton, Huron-Kinloss, Kincardine, South Bruce and the County of Bruce in a three-year pilot project aimed at finding - and implementing - smarter and more effective ways of delivering municipal services.
The MIC will connect municipal governments across the region to engage in opportunities to leverage learning, explore public private-partnerships, and change the way municipalities are doing business.
The MIC project will cost the town of Saugeen Shores almost $31,000 a year for three years.
South Bruce Peninsula will pay just over $29,000, Kincardine almost $27,000, while Huron-Kinloss will be charged just over $22,000 a year.
Bruce County will join MIC at cost of $50,000 a year for the next 3 years.
South Bruce Peninsula council chose to opt out of the MIC, after being turned down for a one year membership.
More than 100 participants were present for the MIC's inauguration at Lakeshore Recreation Jan 16, 2020.
The formal launch was followed by a working session with MIC partners to start the process of identifying key issues and areas of focus that could benefit from new approaches.
"Innovation is about finding the right ideas and solutions to a problem - and then implementing them," say Bruce Wallace, NII’s President and CEO.
"We know that change isn’t always easy. So NII has pledged to support our municipalities in their drive to transform how they act on key issues that matter to people."