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South Central Service Cooperative has been facilitating programs and services between local governments and school districts across south central Minnesota since 1976. We believe services are most effective when implemented at a regional level rather than a “one size fits all approach,” which may occur when mandates are managed at the state and federal levels. Facilitating services regionally creates economies of scale and maintains a consistency in process that positively affects local governments and school districts.

Since 1976, South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) has been facilitating programs and services between local governments across south central Minnesota. Tighter state and federal budgets have increased pressure on local governments to maintain or reduce costs. Sharing services regionally creates economies of scale as well as maintains a consistency in process that positively impacts local governments. Regionally facilitated programs allow local governments to retain the benefits of decentralized control. This cost-savings strategy can be an effective way to manage costs during these difficult financial times.

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South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) partners with several nationally known companies to provide a variety of standard and tailor-made insurance plans and services that are efficient and priced right. As the result of insurance pooling, specially negotiated rates are available to public and non-profit employers who become (are) members of the cooperative network. There are no membership fees for joining any of these insurance programs. 

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South Central Service Cooperative offers professional development opportunities through workshops and training sessions at the SCSC Conference Center or other venues in the Mankato area, as well as online.

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Communication is an essential support for successful local governments. Many municipalities and governmental agencies in greater Minnesota may not have, or cannot afford, communications staff. SCSC can implement the R.A.C.E. (Research, Action Plan, Communication and Evaluation) process to help define needs, implement strategy and provide specialized communication services.

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SOCRATES provides a variety of technical services and partner agreements to meet member information technology needs. By focusing on affordable solutions and support, SOCRATES helps member organizations efficiently meet their goals.

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The South Central Service Cooperative Wellness and Health Promotion Program is designed as a tool by which to facilitate the improved overall physical, mental and social well-being of all member participants. 

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