FY 12 Projects Final Reports

Community Innovation Challenge Grant Success Stories

Results from the first round of the CIC program (FY2012)

The CIC grant program is designed to not only benefit grant recipients, but also provide insight to all 351 municipalities in the Commonwealth.  After completing their projects, the first round grant recipients developed final reports to share their work with other municipalities.  The reports follow a standardized format and include the project goals, implementation plan, budget, challenges and solutions, and outcomes.  If applicable, the reports also contain drafts of documents necessary for the successful implementation of the projects, such as intermunicipal agreements.  Project contact information is included at the end of each report.  Please reach out to the project manager with any questions about a project.

If you are unable to open any of the files, or you have general questions about the reports, please contact Tim Dodd, A&F Local Government Program Manager, at (617)-727-2040 ext. 35405 or tim.dodd@state.ma.us

This chart details which best practices are captured by which projects:


Internal efficiency

(Single municipality)

Intermunicipal AgreementRegional Governing StructureUse of TechnologyShared EquipmentShared PersonnelCollaboration with an Outside Entity (e.g. nonprofits, businesses, and other governmental agencies)
Monomoy Regional School District Transition (Monomoy Regional School District)     
Regionalizing Special Education services for Children with Dyslexia (Manchester-Essex Regional School District)      
Regionalized Technology Support Services (Hampshire Regional School District)   
Southeast Technology Network (Town of Abington) 
Special Education Cost Savings through Full Regionalization (Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District)      
Town of Granville to join Southwick-Tolland Regional School District (Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District)   
Vocational/Technical School District Expansion (Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional District)     
Pioneer Valley Conservation Commissions Compact (Pioneer Valley Planning Commission)     
Regional Equipment Sharing Cooperative (Town of Brookfield)     
Regionalizing Municipal Storm water Management in Central Massachusetts through Collaborative Education, Data Management, and Policy Development (Town of Spencer)     
Shared Municipal Portable Closed Loop Pressure Wash Water Recycle System for Commercial Fishing Fleets (Town of Chatham)     
Berkshire On-line Municipal Building Permits (Berkshire Regional Planning Commission)     
Cloud-based Open Source Integrated Municipal Financial Management (Town of Royalston)    
Commonwealth Citizens Connect App (City of Boston)    
Digital Regionalization: Permit, License, and Inspection Automation (Cape Cod Commission)     
Berkshire Health Alliance Public Health Nursing Program     
Franklin County Cooperative Public Health Service (Franklin Regional Council of Governments      
Provision of Electronic Food Inspections (Town of Ashland)     
Ashland-Hopkinton Fire Services Collaborative (Town of Hopkinton)     
Franklin County Regional Dog Officer Control and Kennel (Franklin Regional Council of Governments)   
NoFIRES- Northwestern Juvenile Fire Intervention Response, Education, and Safety Partnership (City of Northampton)      
Southeastern Fire Department Electronic Records and Permitting Collaborative (Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District)      
Centralized Facility and Infrastructure Asset Maintenance System (Town of Hanover)      
Consolidation of Information Technology and Maintenance Services (Town of Middleborough)      
Libraries as Part of Emergency Response Teams (Town of Andover)       
Shared Transportation Resources among Five Municipalities and One Business in the Acton Region (Town of Acton)    
Massachusetts Statewide Performance Management Program (City of Lowell)