Lean Government Conference to Help Maryland with Budget Challenge

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A conference on May 15th will familiarize government leaders with techniques for improving service and efficiency. The conference is designed to offer strategies to help Maryland’s state, county, and local governments deal with ever-more difficult budget challenges.

“’Lean’ is a performance improvement system that has been used in the private sector for half a century,” explains Jeff Fuchs, Director of the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC), organizers of the conference. “Lean is used today by Boeing, Herman Miller, Dell, Cleveland Clinic, the U.S. Navy, and many others. Lean is not about headcount reduction or broad-brush cost-cutting. Lean engages employees to solve problems, reduce waste, create streamlined and hassle-free processes, and deliver better value for citizens.”

Lean has been used in the public sector for about a decade. Governments from federal to city, and across all functions, have achieved substantial results. For example, lean has been used for many years in cities like Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, and Jacksonville. Almost a dozen other states are rolling out lean statewide, and all four branches of the military have active lean programs.

“The theme of the conference is ‘People, Process, Performance,’ and it is really about how to build high-performance government,” says Fuchs. The conference is tailored to government leaders. Government employee guest speakers from Michigan, Florida, Iowa, and other states will describe their results, how they achieved them, and how Maryland government can do the same. Dominick Murray, Maryland Secretary of Economic Development, will offer perspectives and encouragement for participants.

The Lean Government Conference will be held at the BWI Westin Hotel in Linthicum Heights on Wednesday, May 15th, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Conference information, case studies, and registration are at http://www.mwcmc.org/leangovernment. All state, county, and city government departments are invited.

The Maryland World Class Consortia is a 501c3 non-profit established in 1996. The MWCC provides educational and support resources that increase the competitiveness of Maryland business and grow the Maryland and regional economies.

For more information: Jeff Fuchs, MWCC Director, (443) 865-2198 or jfuchs(at)choosemaryland(dot)org.

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