City Receives Three Grants Through Dutchess County “Municipal Innovation Grant Program”
The City has been notified by Dutchess County that we have been selected as the recipient of three separate grants – all awarded under the County’s “Municipal Innovation Grant Program”
One grant, in the amount of $75,000 funds our participation in the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). A second award in the amount of $168,700 was made for the 911 Phone System Consolidation & Shared Network Initiative, and the third grant was awarded for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in the amount of $256,850. The CIT program award continues prior year’s funding and reflects the demonstrated success of the City’s efforts in this important area of training and development. The 911 Phone System grant will permit significant modernization of the system, enhancing public safety operations throughout the area for years to come.
The Municipal Innovation Grant Program was announced back in 2013 by County Executive Marcus Molinaro. The program was created to incentivize municipalities, through a competitive grant program process, to consolidate services, produce shared services, eliminate layers of government, evaluate municipal consolidation opportunities and implementation possibilities, establish the regional delivery of services, and/or implement efficiency improvements. The grant program is administered under the direction of the Dutchess County Department of Planning & Development.
The City of Poughkeepsie expresses its appreciation to Dutchess County and to our partners at its Planning and Development Department. In addition to annual grant support, Dutchess County provides the City with significant non-financial support. The City and County recently completed a successful consolidation of the City’s transit system, which resulted in expanded routes and broadened transit’s hours of operations in the City to include Sundays. That initiative is estimated to save City of Poughkeepsie taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and won the state-wide “Government Efficiency Award” from the New York Conference of Mayors earlier this year.
City Administrator, Marc Nelson, said “This grant program has an extremely high return on investment, not just in the City but throughout the region. This strong support in such a competitive grant program signals growing confidence that the City is getting its fiscal house in order while improving its delivery of services”.