In 2001, Brown, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties (BOW) in Northeast Wisconsin entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to operate regional landfill(s) and recycling facilities in lieu of operating three smaller separate facilities. Foth assisted BOW with this original Agreement and in 2018, the BOW partners asked Foth to help evaluate the existing BOW agreement and determine the next step for BOW future operations.
The BOW Planning Team was established to facilitate the review process that included the BOW solid waste directors and a strategic consulting team at Foth with planning, engineering, accounting, and legal expertise. The BOW Planning Team met monthly to accomplish four goals:
Meetings were held in a neutral location that helped the BOW Planning Team to build rapport and trust. The process allowed for creative thinking, understanding of each BOW partner, and positive progress. The phased approach focused the economic and options analysis which was documented through written memorandum. The BOW Planning Team leveraged their consensus to gain support from each governing board and county executives.
On November 16, 2020, the BOW directors, executives, and boards celebrated approval and execution of an Amended and Restated Intergovernmental Solid Waste Disposal Agreement through a signing ceremony at the future Brown County South Landfill site. The goals of the project were met with the following impact:
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