Municipal Collaboration

Please note our name change: we are now the MAPC Municipal Collaboration Department (no longer the Municipal Governance Department).

The MAPC Municipal Collaboration team provides a variety of services that focus on collaborative action to a range of clients. Our mission is to assist local governments, public coalitions and professional associations in establishing and sustaining success through collaborative ventures.

Specialties include:

  • Local government leaders professional forums
  • Collective procurement programs
  • Grant-related financial, planning, operations and project management services
  • Local technical assistance on collaborative projects

The Municipal Collaboration Team prides itself in providing high value services to the hundreds of clients it serves in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Regional Services Consortiums

Since 1999, MAPC has helped to organize and support collegial forums among town managers and administrators. The groups meet periodically to share interests and information and to work on problem-solving within a casual format. Consortiums have engaged in collective procurement activities, group training and educational forums. As peer forums, consortiums provide equal leadership opportunities for all, causing the best and most achievable ideas to rise to the top for action.

Learn more about our work with consortiums.

Collective Procurement Program

MAPC’s Collective Procurement Program provides services to over 600 municipal buyers in five of the six New England states by contracting for:

  • Public safety, public works and general use cars, SUVs and trucks in partnership with the Greater Boston Police Council (GBPC)
  • Fire apparatus, ambulances and emergency response equipment in partnership with the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts (FCAM)
  • Highway maintenance services and materials
  • Office supplies
  • Water system leak detection services
  • Municipal employee procurement cards
  • Bicycle racks and the Metro Boston bike share service

Learn more about our GBPC Program

Learn more about our FCAM Program

Learn more about the Regional Bike Parking Program.

MAPC takes pride in its commitment to offering a full range of M.G.L. c.30B compliant value-added services in support of municipal buyers − ranging from specification and procurement design, process management, contracting, vendor and contract management, and buyer/seller relationship troubleshooting.

Grant Management and Program Support Services

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

MAPC’s Municipal Collaboration team serves as grant recipient for Massachusetts’ four homeland security regions, managing grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Our statewide team of experienced professionals staffs the regional councils and provides planning, procurement, budgeting, reporting, administrative, project development, and contractor, vendor and project management services as partners with the councils in emergency preparedness planning and implementing programs that help make the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work.

Learn more about our Homeland Security work.

Law Enforcement

The Municipal Collaboration team provides similar services to MetroLEC, the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council, in support of its CyberCrime investigative unit.

Support to Local Governments through the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program

The Municipal Collaboration team provides technical assistance to local governments seeking to collaborate to jointly provide services to their communities with an eye toward cost-cutting efficiencies and effective service delivery. This service is funded under the Commonwealth’s District Local Technical Assistance program through which MAPC annually selects projects proposed by municipal partners that show promise for meeting the program’s goals.

Learn more about our DLTA-funded work.


Contact Mark Fine, Heidi Anderson, or Amy Reilly of our Municipal Collaboration team.