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Mayor Rahm Emanuel today met with City department leaders and their employees to discuss the progress of current efficiency initiatives aimed at improving city services, achieving cost savings and streamlining operations.
“I commend these departments for the real progress they are making,” said Mayor Emanuel. "The entire city government should be focused on delivering better services to Chicago's taxpayers at a lower cost; for our city to be the most competitive in the nation, our government needs to be as effective and efficient as it can be. These departments and agencies are doing that."
The meeting came on the heels of an announcement that Chicago will receive an investment of $2 million a year for three years from Bloomberg Philanthropies to create an Innovation Delivery Team tasked with developing and implementing new solutions to improve the efficiency of City government, namely in the areas of time in line for permitting and licensing, and the energy costs faced by homeowners.
During a visit to the Water Management Jardine facility as part of his ongoing outreach with city departments, Mayor Emanuel received progress reports from Water Management Commissioner Thomas Powers, General Services and Fleet Management Commissioner David Reynolds, Chancellor of the City Colleges Cheryl Hyman, Chief Technology Officer John Tolva, and several city employees from those agencies.
The Commissioners and employees detailed improvements they've achieved in their departments. Highlights from their reports include:
City Colleges of Chicago:
Department of General Services and Fleet Management:
Mayor's Office of Technology
Department of Water Management
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