Some of the country's biggest infrastructure firms have signed up to a new Corporate Members scheme from councils directors' body the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT).
The scheme is designed to strengthen the relationship between the leading local government group and its private sector partners, and already boasts Atkins, Colas Ltd, FCC Environment, Kier Highways, Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd and Veolia as members.
Rupert Clubb, ADEPT president, said: 'Increasingly, ADEPT members work in ever-closer partnerships with our corporate suppliers, delivering key services and infrastructure provision throughout the country.
'Our partners will be working closely with us in evidencing and shaping policy development and delivery, work that we can share with government.
'These partnerships are vital to our work and our ability to deliver effective services. Creating programmes such as our Reducing Dependency programme with Ringway enables us to share best practice.'
Created with Ringway, the Reducing Dependency scheme involved ADEPT members from six local authorities examining how methods such as community commissioning and the co-creation of infrastructure schemes can work to manage demand.
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