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Public Meeting To Focus On Shared Goals Of County And Cities

MADERA COUNTY — On Saturday, Sept. 30, the County of Madera will host a special joint meeting with the City of Chowchilla and City of Madera to talk about shared goals and how they can be put into action.

The meeting is open to the public and will take place at the Madera Municipal Golf Course, 23200 Avenue 17 in Madera.

Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. followed by a workshop by a third-party facilitator, and will conclude with lunch and an optional golf tournament for those who wish to participate.

The meeting stems from the management workshop conducted by the county at Bass Lake in April 2017. There the board and staff identified several operational priorities including the need to spearhead the formation of an intergovernmental coalition between the county and two cities.

There will be no action items on the agenda. The meeting will provide an opportunity to work collaboratively on shared goals by the three jurisdictions and foster a unified front with local, state and federal officials.

Bill Chiat, Dean of California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Institute for Excellence in County Government and President of Alta Mesa Group, will facilitate the discussion. His expertise spans over 40 years in local and state governments.

Chiat provides organizational development, executive development, and facilitation services for local governments throughout the West, and is an instructor in the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy executive programs.

“This is an enormous step toward collaborating in good faith on issues that affect all three entities,” said Max Rodriguez, Chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors. “The real winners are the shared constituents we serve.”

The meeting is open to the public and will have no impact to the general fund, say organizers.

For additional information please contact the Chief Clerk of the Board office at 559-675-7700.

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