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Community leaders converge at summit

About 60 professionals representing a wide variety of sectors, from social services, to education, law enforcement, medical and wellness, senior services, and recreation, came together Thursday morning at the Hilliker Y for a Community Collaborative Summit to discuss ideas for how to better work together to meet local needs.

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ABOVE: Tammy Nicholl from the Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties speaks Thursday morning at the Community Collaborative Summit at the Hilliker Y attended by about 60 professionals representing social services, education, law enforcement and other community sectors. To her right is a paper with a question that was posed to attendees during a brainstorming session. FRONT PAGE PHOTO:  Retiring Bellefontaine Fire Chief J.P. Schulz, left, talks during a brainstorming session during the Community Collaborative Summit Thursday at the Hilliker Y with those at his table, from the left, Eric Tom, Logan County Education Foundation; Heather Neer, Logan County Educational Service Center superintendent; Saul Bauer, Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent; and Russells Point Police Chief Joe Freyhof. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

Mike Mullins, a member of the committee that organized the event, spoke to some of the reasoning behind hosting the summit.

“Through my different experiences, I’ve seen that we have many good programs in place in the county, but we aren’t collaborating,” the United Way of Logan County president said.

“This room is full of talent and skills, and we have the ability to pull together a collaboration to improve our county. It would mean less duplication of services and greater utilization of funds and human resources.

“The public would be better served and it would promote a greater quality of life for people who live in Logan County.”

The summit organizational committee first starting meeting in October, but prior to that time, some of the impetus for promoting agency collaboration follows the results of the Logan County Community Needs Assessment that was administered during 2012.

For the full story about the summit, see Friday's Examiner.

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