State seeks partnerships
with private sector
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[SEPT. 9, 2003]
CHICAGO -- In an ongoing
effort to find new ways to fund state services, Gov. Rod Blagojevich
announced Friday that his office will initiate state partnerships
with the private sector to boost funding for state services.
"We owe it to taxpayers to be
continually looking for new ways to make government work for them
without asking them to cough up more money in general taxes,"
Blagojevich said. "That's exactly what we will be able to do by
opening certain state assets for limited use by the private sector.
This concept has worked in other states and cities. We can make it
work in Illinois too."
The governor has asked his staff and
state agencies to identify property or other assets that may be of
interest to companies from the private sector. For example, a seed
or flower distributor may be interested in donating plantings for
roadside beautification programs in return for the right to post
their logo at the site.
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Other public groups have achieved
success through similar partnerships. In New York City, the parks
department named Roller Blade as a corporate sponsor and in return
received funds to purchase skates for city youth and build a public
rink. The parks department also worked with Earthlink, naming it
their official Web provider, and in exchange received funds to wire
every public recreation center for Internet access.
governor's office has established a phone number interested
corporations can call to get more information or share ideas for
partnerships: (312) 814-8270.
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