IBTS and the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) Team to Provide Local Government Solutions

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Oklahoma Municipal League is the first municipal league in the U.S. to partner with IBTS to provide Local Government Solutions to member cities and towns.

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Oklahoma Municipal League (OML), through IBTS, is making building department services available to member cities and towns of all sizes.

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) has partnered with the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) through their not-for-profit arm, Oklahoma Municipal Services Corporation (OMSC) to offer a suite of services to member cities and towns. OML is leading the way for other municipal leagues to offer local government solutions to their members.

OMSC signed a master agreement with IBTS in April of 2015, allowing interested member cities and towns the opportunity to contract services in an a la carte manner. By providing this kind of flexibility, IBTS can assist cities and towns of all sizes with a range of needs, from augmentation to providing the full building department functions. Services offered under this agreement include Building Department Services, Floodplain Management, Stormwater Services, Property Maintenance, Accessibility Reviews, Fire Code Reviews, GOVmotusTM Software, and Planning and Zoning Services.

Each interested jurisdiction will work directly with IBTS to identify the services needed now and in the future. Once jurisdictions sign a Service Agreement, they are able to request services, paying a fee only when services are performed. This type of flexibility gives jurisdictions the opportunity to provide quick turnaround when needed. To learn more about the services offered under the OMSC/OML Master Agreement, visit http://www.ibts.org/services/building-department-services/oml.html.

“We are thrilled to work with OML to bring this unique service delivery approach to their members,” says Don Howell, Director of Local Government Services at IBTS. “IBTS looks forward to supporting and working closely with OML as they make their members aware of this program. We commend OML for being a leader and assisting cities and towns in securing services needed.”

“OML is so excited to offer services that are cost-effective and are available to cities and towns of all sizes,” said Carolyn Stager, OML’s Executive Director. “IBTS’s Service Agreement offers options to local governments to access professional services and become more efficient by reducing costs to citizens. As a Municipal League, we are always looking to provide value to our members and making services available in this manner fulfills an important need.”

IBTS has begun to meet with interested jurisdictions to identify service needs and will be exhibiting at the OML Annual Conference in September.

IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).

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