The Innovation and Citizen Engagement Department is responsible for management of municipal-owned facilities, energy usage, broadband initiatives, shared services and intergovernmental agreements and citizen engagement strategies.
This department oversees the management of municipal-owned facilities, ensuring optimal operations and maintenance. The city’s facility portfolio amounts to over 170,000 square feet of floor space. These facilities provide the “place” where staff and the public conduct the business and events of the city.
The City of Montrose consumes a great deal of energy as it carries out its functions. Our department analyzes facility related energy usage and implements initiatives to control costs related to city energy use. Since 2008 the city has reduced its energy costs for the ten largest facilities by 20%, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It is the goal of our City Council to “Increase Availability and Public Access to High Speed Broadband Internet”. Our department is actively pursuing strategies aimed at achieving this goal. In 2014 voters approved “Measure A” allowing the City to recoup its rights to provide advanced telecommunication services to the public.
Shared Services and Intergovernmental Agreements
The City of Montrose for many years has been a leader in our region in taking advantage of innovative arrangements to share services amongst other governmental and non-profit agencies in an effort to provide the best service for the lowest cost. Shared services arrangements in the area of animal services, turf and field maintenance, information services, septic receiving, fleet and finance have benefited the public by reducing costs while maintaining or improving services.
Our department develops and implements electronic government to citizen relationship strategies and directs implementation of plans to improve the interaction between the municipal government and the Montrose community. The City of Montrose strives to ensure that citizens have a direct voice in the decisions that ultimately affect them. Included in these strategies and systems are crowd sourcing input of improvement ideas and identification of issues, use social media channels and tools to allow increased public participation when considering projects.