Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC) kicked off a several months-long training and assistance program this morning (Oct. 19) teaching Lean Continuous Improvement to the cities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, and Baldwin County in south Alabama.
ATAC is facilitating this program jointly with its sister center, the Alabama Productivity Center at the University of Alabama.
Both universities provided funds to support the training as did each of the participating entities.
Lean is a continuous improvement process that has its roots in automotive manufacturing. However, its methodologies are applicable and effectively used in the service industry, in healthcare, and in a variety of government agencies. All organizations – including municipal and county governments – are immersed in a slow economy and having to think of ways to more efficiently and effectively use available resources. This is the idea behind the Lean Government initiative.
Today’s training event is for the City of Gulf Shores and is attended by a broad representation of city leaders and managers from such groups as police department, fire department, human resources, parks and recreation, library, public works and the city council and city manager’s office.