Libraries and Local Governments Team Up For Innovative Solutions

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The library training people for call centers? The library as a test bed for solar energy? These are just two of the ten innovative programs that libraries and local governments have developed that utilize public libraries to address critical local needs and provide services that strengthen their communities

The International City and County Management Association (ICMA) through a $500,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have awarded ten local governments and their libraries funds to partner together in new ways to strengthen and improve their communities.  Over 500 communities across the United States submitted proposals underscoring the value of libraries to help solving issues in communities, whether it’s a town of 300 people or a city of 3 million.

See a summary of the ten projects.