November 29, 2016 – Ashburn, VA:
The League of Kansas Municipalities (the League) signs an agreement with IBTS to offer services to member cities.
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, announces today that it has partnered with the League of Kansas Municipalities (the League) to offer a suite of services to member cities. The League is leading the way for other municipal leagues to assist their member cities and towns in securing needed services.
The League signed a master agreement with IBTS in November of 2016, allowing interested member cities and towns the opportunity to contract IBTS services on a full time or as-needed basis. Many communities in the State of Kansas are facing challenges with budgets and finding qualified personnel. In a time when cities are experiencing an increase in building activity, existing city staff is starting to retire or relocate for new job opportunities. By partnering with IBTS, cities can share resources and provide quality service to its community for an affordable cost. IBTS assists municipalities of all sizes with a range of needs. Under this agreement, the League’s members gain access to Building Department Services, including planning, zoning, permitting, plan review, inspections, floodplain management stormwater services, property maintenance, accessibility reviews, fire code reviews, and GOVmotusTM permitting software.
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 and pay a fee only when services are performed. This type of flexibility gives jurisdictions the opportunity to provide quick turnaround when needed.
“We are excited to partner with the League and to have the opportunity to offer their members a unique set of local government solutions,” says Don Howell, Director of Local Government Solutions at IBTS. “IBTS looks forward to working closely alongside the League in addressing the challenges of each jurisdiction and forming a long relationship with the member communities.”
“The partnership with IBTS allows the League to offer a wide-range of cost-effective services to our members,” says Erik Sartorius, Executive Director at the League. “The IBTS Service Agreement provides a way for local governments to operate more efficiently by reducing costs to citizens and gaining access to professional services that they may not have the resources to provide on their own.”
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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).