June 2017

 

Michigan Local Agency Partnering Agreement Signed 

L-R:  John LaMacchia, Assistant Dir. of State and Federal Affairs, Mich. Municipal League;  Bradley Wieferich, Dir. Bureau of Development, Mich. Dept of Transportation;  Theodore Burch, Assistant Div. Administrator, FHWA Mich. Div.; Denise Donohue, Dir. of County Road Association.

 

On June 6, the Michigan Local Public Agency (LPA) Stakeholder Partnering Team Charter was signed by the FHWA Michigan Division, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), County Road Association of Michigan (CRA), and the Michigan Municipal League (MML).

The Charter provides a framework for open communication and resolution of issues to streamline the delivery of Federal-aid projects and program for LPAs. The Charter establishes the LPA Partnering Team guided by 4 co-sponsors, 1 each from the MI Division, MDOT, CRA, and MML, to serve as a forum for identifying and resolving issues, improving information sharing across agencies, and streamlining project delivery.

The development of this partnering team and charter is a result of the MI-STIC adopting the EDC LPA Partnering Initiative.

Stakeholder Partnering offers local public agencies an opportunity to join with their state and federal colleagues in navigating the complexities of the Federal-Aid program to successfully deliver projects.

The many benefits include better communication, lower project costs, reduced administrative burden, and greater compliance with road-building regulations.

Stakeholder Partnering creates open channels of communication that improve relationships and build trust. As a result, local agencies have a greater say in their projects as they move forward and greater control over their project delivery schedules.

State and Federal agencies are able to leverage their programs and maximize the use of limited staffing resources.

Resources 

Find examples of successful practices and other resources at the Stakeholder Partnering Resource Library.

Watch an Overview of the Ohio experiences in establishing their program. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) implemented a stakeholder partnering group in 2014 as a venue for working on a programmatic level with local agencies to deliver Federal-aid projects.

 

L-R back row:  Andrew Kilpatrick, Transportation Engineer, City of Lansing; Tracie Leix, Local Agency Program Engineer, Mich. Dept of Transportation; Kelly Crannell, Local Agency Engineer, Mich. Dept of Transportation;  Sheryl Siddall, Dir. of Engineering, Washtenaw County Road Commission;  William Hazleton, Dir. of Engineering, St. Clair County Road Commission; Lance Malburg, County Highway Engineer, Dickinson County Road Commission.

Front row:  John LaMacchia, Assistant Dir. of State and Federal Affairs, Mich. Municipal League;  Bradley Wieferich, Dir. Bureau of Development, Mich. Dept of Transportation;  Theodore Burch, Assistant Div. Administrator, FHWA Mich. Division; Denise Donohue, Dir. County Road Association.

Photos courtesy of MDOT.

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