"Americans understand that their voices are stronger when they join with others who share the same vision. When community citizens, agency personnel and organization leaders, from the public and private sectors, all work together toward a common vision, they maximize their resources.
Community based collaboration is the process by which citizens, agencies, organizations, and businesses make formal, sustained commitments to work together to accomplish a shared vision. Community based collaboration requires a commitment to share decision-making and the allocation of human, physical and financial resources.
Taking a community based approach acknowledges that citizens are the key to the communities future.
When communities do not develop a pattern of collaboration, they diminish community development potential. Without collaboration lack of direction, win-lose behaviors, lack of commitment, and poor planning result -- all with negative effects within the community.
This is the first in a three part series to assist communities to effectively plan, develop and implement real community based collaboration..."