Efficient Government Network

Welcome to the Efficient GovNetwork

The Efficient Government Network is a group of Northeast Ohio stakeholders, primarily from political subdivisions (aka cities, counties, school boards etc.) who convene, connect and share ideas and best practices for local government collaboration.

Created in the fall of 2010, the Network grew out of the EfficientGovNow contest (supported by the Fund for Our Economic Future). This competition gave birth to innovative ideas - and action - that targeted collaboration and efficiency. Now, the Network’s mission is to continue the momentum in the region and hopefully beyond.

The Feasibility Study

On November 29, 2012 the State of Ohio, through its Local Government Innovation Fund program, awarded EGN a $100,000 grant to determine the Network’s long-term sustainability. Using the grant funds, EGN will work to achieve three primary objectives:

  • Determine the role(s) EGN should play in assisting local governments and other public sector entities to achieve more sustainable, efficient and cost-effective solutions;
  • Identify alternative organizational approaches that would position EGN to serve these roles more effectively; and
  • Advise EGN on implementing recommended organizational approaches and frameworks

The objectives will be primarily achieved through a feasibility study conducted by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), a provider of strategic research, analysis, management guidance and implementation support to local governments throughout the Northeast.

EGN wants YOUR input in order to help facilitate more and better local government collaboration and efficiency in Northeast Ohio. The first step is to assess the regional awareness of EGN, its resources and capabilities; evaluating the existing “collaborative infrastructure” resources present in the 16 county northeast Ohio region. Please click here to take the survey.

Who Is Behind This

The Efficient Gov Network is a collaboration among local government officials, employees and those generally interested in a more collaborative and efficient local government structure in Northeast Ohio. The launch of the Network was supported by The Fund for Our Economic Future.

The intention of the EfficientGovNetwork engagement project is to engage elected officials, community/government relations professionals and citizens throughout Northeast Ohio on local government collaboration and efficiency efforts, opportunities and challenges.

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Efficient Government Network

Sponsors

The Fund for Our Economic Future Advance Northeast Ohio

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2012 LGIF Annual Report

In the 2012-2013 biennial budget, $45 million was authorized to the Local Government Innovation Fund. View here.

LGIF Round Three Grants Announced

The grant recipients for Round 3 of the Local Government Innovation Fund program have been announced. View here.

Beyond Boundaries Report

Cost Savings for Schools and Local Governments


On June 14, 2012 the Governor released a shared services report to serve as a roadmap to cost savings for schools and local governments. See the report here.

More materials about LGIF here.

The Network

Comprised of government officials and employees, the public and others -- will help convene, connect and share ideas and best practices for local government collaboration.

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Government Collaboration In the News

Revere school board supports exploring Revere Recreation Center - Bath
http://bath.ohio.com

BATH TWP.:The Revere Board of Education approved a resolution June 26 to support the exploration of a Revere Community Recreation Center. The vote was 4-1, with board member George Seifert casting the lone no vote. A group of organizations and citizens within the footprint of the school district is looking into the possibility of building a community recreation center.

Vindy.com - Study to be sought for merger of departments
http://www.vindy.com

By William K. Alcorn alcorn@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The possible merger of the Youngstown and Mahoning County health departments has gotten to the money-commitment stage. The city, which supports its health department with general-fund revenue, will pay up to half the cost of a $5,000 short-term study on the merger, said Mayor Charles Sammarone.

What to do with Ohio's extra cash? editorial
http://www.cleveland.com

Yet some budget adjustments are merited. Given that state cuts in this biennium were especially deep for local schools and governments, the state should channel a good chunk of its extra revenue into funds geared to helping big-city school districts and local governments that innovate, The Plain Dealer editorial board writes.

Vindy.com - New website to help NE Ohio communities
http://www.vindy.com

By DAVID SKOLNICK skolnick@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A Northeast Ohio consortium has created a website that, its officials say, is designed to help the area's residents and elected officials better understand the region's challenges and research solutions for its future. The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium unveiled the site - cat.neoscc.org - at its Tuesday board meeting at the Covelli Centre.

Muskegon chamber re-enters the municipal water debate with new consultant's study
http://www.mlive.com

MUSKEGON, MI - The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is wading back into the Muskegon-area municipal water services issue. Little positive movement in the discussions of water consolidation in the Muskegon metro area has been accomplished since the chamber's shared service study of last summer.

Shared Services: State urges local governments to do more - The Times-Gazette - Hillsboro, OH
http://timesgazette.com

6/25/2012 6:26:00 PM Shared Services: State urges local governments to do more As Hillsboro considers partnering with Paint Creek for fire & EMS coverage, the 'Beyond Boundaries' study encourages local governments to pool resources Meetings this week to discuss the Hillsboro-Paint Creek fire proposal Paint Creek Joint EMS/FIre District board meeting 7 p.m.

Our View: Fire issue deserves deliberate, careful thought by council - The Times-Gazette - Hillsboro, OH
http://timesgazette.com

6/25/2012 6:33:00 PM Our View: Fire issue deserves deliberate, careful thought by council Our story today on the increased movement toward shared services and regionalism offers a reminder that falling revenues for local government services are requiring creative solutions by school and government leaders.

'Shared services:' County Police, towns duplicate public safety - Union County Navigator - A Social Network for Union County, NJ
http://www.summitnavigator.com

By Cheryl Hehl, Staff Writer Union and Bergen counties are the only counties in the state that continue to hold onto county police divisions, despite local municipalities maintaining strong public safety departments on their own. And while shared services is a hot topic coming out of Trenton lately, many towns have resisted sharing issues of public safety with outside municipalities.

The Network

Comprised of government officials and employees, the public and others -- will help convene, connect and share ideas and best practices for local government collaboration.

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Innovation Fund

The Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) is a program within the Ohio Department of Development. It will provide financial assistance to Ohio political subdivisions. The assistance is for planning and implementing projects that seek to create efficient and effective government service delivery for one or more entities.

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Reports & Other Resources

Government collaboration is a subject area that has been discussed for decades. Numerous reports, studies and articles have been released on the subject area.

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Podcasts

Hear interviews and commentary from officials across the region about how collaboration efforts have been implemented in their community.

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