The Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the three largest in South Hampton Roads, have come together with the region’s Fortune 500 companies to find ways to make government more efficient for its citizens, providing the best services for their tax dollars. Working with the chief executives of Amerigroup, Dollar Tree, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Norfolk Southern Corporation, and Smithfield Foods, the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach have identified 13 areas in which to combine their resources to reduce costs.
The Hampton Roads Partnership organized the pilot Hampton Roads Shared Services Project (SSP) with Management Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in helping local government leaders.
The services recommended have the potential to save the cities more than a combined $15 million annually. The identified areas include emergency communications, public safety training, elevator inspections, permit applications, sign shops, heavy equipment sharing, employee health benefits, purchasing, information technology, human services and detention facilities.