LeanOhio Boot Camp comes to Appalachia Ohio

Ohio University and Muskingum Valley Education Service Center partner for training program

July 10, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio (July 10, 2014) - Since January 2012, Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson has brought extensive process improvement experiences to the financially-tested city. Aiming to increase the city’s annual budget carry-over, Everson and city departments worked together to implement the Lean Six Sigma managerial concept, increasing the city’s carry-over by almost 100 percent. 

Now local government agencies and school districts in southeast Ohio will be able to learn successful “lean” methods through a “LeanOhio Boot Camp: Transforming the Public Sector” training program. Tuition scholarships are available for eligible public-sector entities and participants can earn Ohio University Continuing Education Units.

LeanOhio draws on the corporate Lean Six Sigma program, but is specifically tailored to local governments. Participants will have access to the tools and training that many state agencies have used over the past three years to reduce costs and wait times.

For instance, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation improved its process to assign cases and process crime scenes so that law enforcement will get crucial information up to 43 percent faster.

Offered through a partnership between Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC), LeanOhio training sessions are scheduled in Athens, Ironton, Chillicothe and Zanesville. Ten training sessions are scheduled over the coming months; each session consists of five training days over three consecutive weeks.

“We are pleased to partner with the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center to bring this exceptional training to our region,” said Mark Weinberg, founding dean of the Voinovich School. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our local government officials to get high quality training close to home.”

The LeanOhio Boot Camp training will also ready participants to apply for Local Government Efficiency Program grants of up to $100,000 to implement their own process improvement initiatives.

Contact:  Terry Murphy, for more information and registration, at 740-597-9085 or murphyt@ohio.edu.