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That was then, let's make it this way now

In the final podcast in the EGN series, Jill Miller Zimon sits down with three of the thought leaders behind the Efficient Government Network—Bob Jaquay of the Gund Foundation and Brad Whitehead & Bethia Burke of the Fund for Our Economic Future. What they say makes you optimistic about how all this EGN stuff is going to turn out after all. This podcast was produced and edited by Luke Frazier.

That was then, let's make it this way now

In the final podcast in the EGN series, Jill Miller Zimon sits down with three of the thought leaders behind the Efficient Government Network—Bob Jaquay of the Gund Foundation and Brad Whitehead & Bethia Burke of the Fund for Our Economic Future. What they say makes you optimistic about how all this EGN stuff is going to turn out after all. This podcast was produced and edited by Luke Frazier.

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EGN Podcast 6--that was then, this is how we want it now by The Civic Commons

The Business of Government & Business is Collaboration

All of our EGN podcast talk about government collaboration has left out one important partner in the whole equation—the business community. What might their role be, besides taking pot shots from the sidelines at the (sometimes) rather large target of government inefficiency? Join Jill Miller Zimon as she gets down to business with Tony Paglia of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce. It turns out they are willing to roll up their sleeves and help take up the cause of better government for all—capitalists included. This podcast was produced by Luke Frazier and edited by Mark Krieger.

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The Business of Government & Business is Collaboration by The Civic Commons

A collaboration a day keeps the naysayers at bay

The Summit County Health District is an example of, well, a healthy collaboration. For about a year now Health Commissioner Gene Nixon has led the charge for combining the work of health clinics throughout the County in new and more effective ways. The District now includes Akron’s and Barberton’s Health Departments as well as many satellite locations. Join EGN Director Jill Miller Zimon as she sits down with Commissioner Nixon to talk about what is working, why it works and what’s next for improving the health of our region. This podcast was produced by Luke Frazier and edited by Mark Krieger.

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A collaboration a day keeps the naysayers at bay by The Civic Commons

Make change, not sames

In EGN Podcast 3 Host Jill Miller Zimon sits down for class with Cleveland State University political science Professor David Elkins—who schools her but good on the need for, and wisdom of, changing government operations in the age of shrinking resources. While the conversation is mostly polite, both Jill and Professor Elkins pledge violence against the silo mentality that keeps the same old, same old way of doing government business. This podcast was produced by Luke Frazier and edited by Mark Krieger.

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Make Change, Not Sames by The Civic Commons

Collaboration: willingness today makes better tomorrows

Join Efficient Gov Network Project Director Jill Miller Zimon as she breaks down the culture of government collaboration with former University Heights’ Mayor Beryl Rothschild and current East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton. Rothschild, an older Jewish woman from a small, relatively affluent suburb with thirty-plus year political experience and Norton, a young African-American in his first term at the helm of an economically distressed city recovering from years of systemic corruption, find common ground when it comes to collaborative thinking. They both understand that it takes a great deal of respect, trust and the willingness to take risks to make collaboration work. This podcast was produced by Luke Frazier and engineered and edited by Mark Krieger.

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EGN Podcast #2: Collaboration: willingness today makes better tomorrows by The Civic Commons

Collaboration that flows like a river

In the pilot EGN podcast, host Jill Miller Zimon travels to Warren’s Riverwalk and talks government collaboration with Mayor Michael O’Brien and Dan Mamula, former Mayor of Struthers, Ohio and current Manager of the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative. The Corridor Initiative is a model of persistence, cooperation and the wisdom of working together—even when it’s not necessarily your city that is going to benefit right away. This podcast is the first of a series that will examine the elements and processes of successful government collaborations in Northeast Ohio. This episode was produced by Luke Frazier and edited by Mark Krieger. Want to say something or see what others are saying about this podcast? Visit here.

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Collaboration that flows like a river by The Civic Commons

Show #23 Emerging Mergers

Yes, it's just a question of whether we should ask questions by conducting a study. And yes, if a municipal merger between Woodmere, Moreland Hills, Pepper Pike and Orange eventually goes through we're talking about 2013 or beyond for a start date. But, hey, it's not too early to start and unpack such a complex issue with such potentially huge ramifications for the region. Like what other cities should consider merging to cut down on our nearly 60 fiefdoms in Cuyahoga County. Join Dan and Luke as they talk with the Mayors Charles Smith and Bruce Akers about their ideas. Then listen to a citizen's round table featuring Azaadjeet Singh of Woodmere, Enid Rosenberg of Pepper Pike and Eric Meli of Moreland Hills as they provide civilian analysis of the questions and factors involved in considering municipal mergers.

Emerging Mergers by The Civic Commons

Show #15: All politics are local, but only some politicians are women

This week on Civic Commons Radio, “All politics are local, but only some politicians are women,” Dan sits down with three lady pols to discuss their lives as elected officials. Miesha Headen of Richmond Heights describes the cold place in her heart that led her to run for office, Theresa Allen of Blanchard Township tells us of potentially violent township meetings, and Jill Zimon of Pepper Pike wonders why everybody thought she was running for school board and not council. It’s a special “women only” roundtable.

Show #15: All politics are local, but only some politicians are women by The Civic Commons

Show #12: The $100 Million Dollar Questions

A Northeast Ohio county is putting together a $100 million economic development fund, but decision makers aren't sure yet how they'll use that money. We talk with a roundtable of economic development professionals about how that money could be used and then with the county official driving the fund and gathering input, who agreed to use the Commons to get input from the public.

Show #12 Growth by The Civic Commons

Show #8: Careful with the Axe, Governor

A new crop of citizens picks up the budget discussion now that the Governor has presented his ideas to the people. Dan guides the citizens through an examination of education and local government funds specifically, and a trucker explains why privatizing the turnpike is a misguided idea.

Show #8: Careful with the axe, Governor by The Civic Commons

Show #7: The Most Credible Show We Can Do on the Budget

A special citizens' roundtable takes on the State budget deficit and attempts to play Governor for a day (calculating cuts and priorities). Dan and the group decide it's more than one show can handle, and we decide to take a collective breath and pick up the budget the next show.

Show #7: The most credible show we can do on the budget by The Civic Commons

Show #4: To Share or Not to Share

After a psychologist informs Dan and Luke that endorphins rage when we freely give of ourselves, a citizens' round table responds to the idea that tax revenue ought to be shared freely itself. Just when things get overly monetized, a librarian reminds us that books, for sure, are meant to be shared.

Show #4: To share or not to share by The Civic Commons

Phil Kouwe of Emergency Services Consulting International

Phil Kouwe of Emergency Services Consulting International discusses feasibility studies for merging and sharing services. The West Shore Council of Governments, a group of eight suburban communities west of Cleveland, is pouring over their study now & Phil shares with us the criteria reviewed in the study and the range of conclusions that are offered - from which the decision makers eventually must choose.

Efficient Government Network Forum

Interviews with participants of Efficient Government Network Forum held at the Knight Center in Akron on October 13, 2011. The forum focused around collaborative efforts in Northeast Ohio. What has worked? What hasn't worked? and How can such efforts be expanded in the future.

Skype Interview #1

With less than 24 hours before the Opportunity Abounds: EGN Regional Collaboration Conference begins at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, listen to Bethia Burke of the Fund for Our Economic Future and Jill Miller Zimon of The Civic Commons preview what EfficientGovNetwork members and conference attendees will experience and hopefully take away from the day.

EGN Archive

Budgeting system will help prioritize
July 05, 2012 http://news.cincinnati.com

Cincinnati faces a projected $34.3 million general fund operating deficit next year. Cuts by the state legislature to the Local Government Fund and estate tax account for $20 million of the $34.3 million projected 2013 operating deficit. Even if council approves the city manager's recommended 2.5 percent property tax increase, the 2013 deficit will still be $26.5 million, necessitating cuts in services.

PV, GV may share superintendent - Financial and Business News - MENAFN
June 28, 2012 http://www.menafn.com

PV, GV may share superintendent Jun 23, 2012 (Star Beacon - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Talks are under way between the Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley boards of education to share a common superintendent in the coming school year.

Lorain, Elyria departments continue sharing staff
June 28, 2012 http://morningjournal.com

The Morning Journal is your source for all Northeast Ohio 24-hour breaking news, local news, sports, entertainment and more. View daily weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with Northeast Ohio's News and Northeast Ohio local Sports. Find Northeast Ohio restaurants, entertainment, cars, homes and jobs at morningjournal.com.

Deer Park joins Silverton, Amberley Village in study to share services
June 27, 2012 http://communitypress.cincinnati.com

Deer Park's city council is studying whether to combine public services with Silverton and Amberley Village - a growing trend in small municipalities across the country. Council approved a resolution permitting Safety-Service Director Mike Berens to contract with Management Partners, as well as Silverton and Amberley Village.

Sharing services could save money
June 26, 2012 http://www.newarkadvocate.com

As school, city and county government leaders struggle to balance their budgets and ponder future tax requests, they might want to reconsider an old idea: sharing services. In 2011, the Kasich administration pitched it to governments so they could improve efficiencies and save money as a way to deal with state funding cuts.

Auroraadvocate.com - Aurora unlikely to join Visioning in Portage or planning commission
June 26, 2012 http://www.auroraadvocate.com

by MIKE LESKO | REPORTER Aurora -- A group of volunteers who wanted to take a more active role in shaping their community a year ago ended up forming Visioning in Portage, in which people work on ideas to make the county a better place to live.

UNE - UNE News and Events
June 26, 2012 http://blog.une.edu.au

The NSW Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Don Page, will be launching a new book that could help councils prepare for the future of local government in NSW in accordance with his Destination 2036 Action Plan. The book, Councils in Cooperation, is a study of shared services in local government.

Kasich Urges Ohio Local Governments to Better Coordinate
June 25, 2012 http://www.governing.com

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's administration released a report this week that aims to allow local governments in the state to better coordinate and share services, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The governor's office surveyed municipalities about current collaboration efforts and released 10 recommendations about local governments, school districts and other agencies could improve their cooperation.

Why wait? - Friday, June 15, 2012 | Courier Electronic Edition - Findlay, Ohio: EDITORIALS
June 25, 2012 http://thecourier.com

As school, city and county government leaders struggle to balance their budgets and ponder future tax requests, they may want to reconsider an old idea: sharing services. Last year, the Kasich administration pitched it to governments so they could improve efficiencies and save money as a way to deal with state funding cuts.

One year on, does sharing services work?
June 21, 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk

Three London boroughs embarked on a large-scale shared service project a year ago, so has it lived up to expectations? As the national purse remains tightly drawn and the next comprehensive spending review looms, all councils are grappling with the question of how to get more out of squeezed funding.

Gov. John Kasich's administration releases study to help local governments share services
June 21, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich's administration on Thursday released a report to municipal groups encouraging them to move more toward sharing resources instead of raising local taxes or waiting for more state funding help.

Report pushes shared services for schools, local governments
June 20, 2012 http://www.dispatch.com

Shrinking budgets have left Ohio schools and local governments with a choice: raise taxes or cut services. A state report being released today focuses on a third option: sharing services to save money. A state report being released today focuses on a third option: sharing services to save money.

More border battles as communities search for cash?
June 20, 2012 http://news.cincinnati.com

Over the past decade, Wooster Pike in Columbia Township has transformed from a blighted, distressed area into a vibrant business corridor. "A lot of good, positive things have happened," said C. Michael Lemon, the township administrator. "And then to have someone come in and say, 'We want to annex it' - that's not well received, to say the least."

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost shares thoughts on equipment sharing in Lake County
June 20, 2012 http://www.news-herald.com

The News-Herald is your source for all Northeast Ohio 24-hour breaking news, local news, sports, life and more. View daily weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with Northeast Ohio's News and Northeast Ohio local Sports. Find Northeast Ohio restaurants, entertainment, cars, homes and jobs at news-herald.com.

Socitm calls on government to follow six shared services principles
June 19, 2012 http://www.computerworlduk.com

The professional association for public sector ICT management (Socitm) has called on the government to follow six defined principles for shared services projects if they are to succeed in cutting costs in the future. Socitm's latest report, entitled 'Shared services time for a re-think?', follows a National Audit Office (NAO) investigation that resulted in the government's attempts to share central department back office functions being lambasted.

Bizzaro Budgeting and Public Sector Innovation - GovLoop - Social Network for Government
June 19, 2012 http://www.govloop.com

Why is it so hard for governments to adopt innovative new technologies? Why does the public sector lag so far behind the private sector in leveraging new technology to create efficiencies? As an organization that works at the intersection of government and technology, these are questions we hear a lot at Code for America.

Court merger considered - Advertiser-Tribune.com | News, sports, jobs, Tiffin, Ohio - The Advertiser-Tribune
June 18, 2012 http://www.advertiser-tribune.com

The Tiffin Municipal Court stands to benefit after Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler approached Judge Mark Repp last month.

Centerville seeks to take on Beavercreek's permits, inspections
June 18, 2012 http://www.daytondailynews.com

By Terry Morris, Staff Writer CENTERVILLE - Centerville has just over half as many residents as Beavercreek, is less than half as big in area and shares no border with the other city. But it hopes to expand the territory of its building services department to include Greene County's largest municipality.

Boost for consolidation
June 18, 2012 http://www.marionstar.com

MARION - A $500,000 state loan has provided much-needed funding for Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey's plan to consolidate emergency dispatch services, he said. Announced June 1 by the Ohio Department of Development Local Government Innovation Fund program, the zero percent-interest loan will provide the money needed to equip a First Consolidated Fire District station at Harding Highway East and Pole Lane Road as a centralized dispatch center, Bailey said.

Vindy.com - Consortium aims to improve life in Youngstown
June 14, 2012 http://www.vindy.com

By LEE MURRAY TheNewsOutlet.org YOUNGSTOWN The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium released a report that discussed its successes and presented ideas on how to improve life in the city. The report came out Wednesday. The NEOSCC met in April at the Overture restaurant at the DeYor Performing Arts Center on West Federal Street.

Historic Triangle saves millions with shared services
June 13, 2012 http://articles.dailypress.com

While the Hampton Roads Partnership touts a pilot program for shared services among three Southside cities, smaller localities in the Historic Triangle have already learned the value of pooling resources - saving millions of dollars over the past seven years.

Two years' 'hard work' spurs cross-border shared services deal
June 12, 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk

The launch of a cross-border shared service involving local authorities across Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire has demonstrated how long it can take to get council partners working closely together to drive back-office savings.

Licking County prepares for new 911 Center
June 11, 2012 http://www.newarkadvocate.com

NEWARK -- Construction should begin later this month to convert the former community-based corrections facility into the Licking County Joint Communication Center, which will be in operation early in 2013. The $2 million project will merge and relocate the Licking County 911 Center and the Licking County Sheriff's Office dispatch center into one operation, with updated technology, at 119 E.

County awarded $100,000 grant to advance study to share services among four communities
June 11, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

A $100,000 Local Government Innovation Fund grant has been awarded to the Cuyahoga County Regional Collaboration Department to advance the merger and shared services study for Moreland Hills, Orange Village, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. Pepper Pike Mayor Richard Bain said the study, which began last year, will be led by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and each mayor of the four suburban communities involved.

State rewards thinking outside the box
June 10, 2012 http://www.cantonrep.com

Find whatever you're looking forwith Totally Local Yellow Pages The issue: Local Government Innovation FundOur view: $75,000 to come to Stark County; don't let it be the last local success Communities throughout Ohio are wrestling with cutbacks in state funding and declines in other sources of revenue.

trails and greenways conference aims to set goals for regional trail system
June 10, 2012 http://www.freshwatercleveland.com

When the Cleveland Clinic decided to expand its offices at the Independence Technology Center, it cited the nearby presence of the planned Hemlock Trail as one of the reasons behind its investment.

Cities see good, bad in pitch to share services | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
June 10, 2012 http://hamptonroads.com

Elected officials in Virginia Beach had mixed reactions Tuesday when briefed on a Hampton Roads Partnership study that says the region's three largest cities could save millions of dollars by pooling some services. Several members of the Beach City Council said they liked portions of the proposal, such as pooling health insurance plans and sharing heavy equipment among Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake.

Panel seeks grant for study - Advertiser-Tribune.com | News, sports, jobs, Tiffin, Ohio - The Advertiser-Tribune
June 09, 2012 http://www.advertiser-tribune.com

Seneca County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss use of an upcoming Local Government Innovation Fund of $100,000 for a feasibility study...

City, university police forces cooperate on cruiser
June 09, 2012 http://www.athensnews.com

The Athens City-University Joint Police Services Advisory Council has announced a new level of town-gown cooperation, and is even requesting citizen input on the design of a new squad car that will be shared by the two police departments. The joint advisory council, or JPAC, was recently formed to foster better connections between law enforcement departments in Athens.

Woodbury Police Department partners with Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, seeks federal grant
June 09, 2012 http://www.nj.com

WOODBURY - The local police department - looking to increase its police presence within the city - recently partnered with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office to apply for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Grant. City council recently authorized a shared services agreement between the two law enforcement agencies by resolution for reasons including "to enhance community policing patrols to target criminal activities."

Ohio Department of Development |
June 08, 2012 http://www.development.ohio.gov

For Immediate Release June 1, 2012 Ohio Communities Collaborate through New Funding Opportunity Local Government Innovation Fund assists with 51 projects Columbus, Ohio - Ohio communities now have the funding assistance they need to consolidate services, improve efficiencies, and ultimately cut costs.

State cost-saving bids pass major state hurdle - Local News
June 07, 2012 http://www.ohio.com

Area governments with ideas for ways to save money are an important step closer to completing their plans. That means eight Summit County communities, the University of Akron, Akron General Health System and a company named Hosted Technology Exchange will probably be forming a fiber-optic network that could allow shared payroll, human relations and other "back office" services.

Cuyahoga County offers services in pursuit of regionalism
June 07, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County's latest efforts to promote regional cooperation are modeled after the Los Angeles area, where county government assists dozens of cities with everything from fire fighting to lifeguards. Ohio's most populous county recently agreed to provide sewer maintenance for Shaker Heights and is talking about supplying a human resources worker for Brooklyn.

Northeast Ohio governments awarded state grants to pursue shared-services programs
June 07, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County and the city of South Euclid were among several local governments that received a combined $3.4 million in grants Friday from the Ohio Department of Development. The new program, called the Local Government Innovation Fund, helps communities pay for initiatives that focus on collaboration and shared services.

Service directors collaborate to curb expenses, expand services - Stow
June 06, 2012 http://stow.ohio.com

They first met last year in Streetsboro. They met again last month in Stow. In about two months, service directors from Copley to Ravenna will meet for lunch in Twinsburg. They'll talk about how each municipality tackles public works projects from road repairs to inspections.

Woodstown, Pilesgrove, Mannington consider sharing one construction code office
June 06, 2012 http://www.nj.com

SALEM - Woodstown, Pilesgrove and Mannington have pulled together to discuss the possible formation of a joint construction code office, according to officials in those areas. The three municipalities recently drafted an agreement defining the shared service, which is currently being reviewed by all three towns, Woodstown Councilman and head of the General Government Committee Ed Segrest said.

Playing Ball | Article Archives | Article Archives | Cleveland Magazine - Your guide to the best of Cleveland
June 05, 2012 http://clevelandmagazine.com

Earlier this year, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald offered to put local city councils and mayors out of business. He told an audience of some 900 people at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Public Square that he had a "practical strategy for creating a functioning, countywide metropolitan government." Hardly a soul blinked.

Efficiency Lessons from Our City Halls and Statehouses
June 05, 2012 http://www.governing.com

Hidden beneath Washington's acrimonious debate about spending and the very role of government is an increasing realization that innovation can in fact reduce government's size while increasing its effectiveness. At the federal level, the extent of Washington's budgetary and regulatory overreach seems finally to have sunk in: Mark Warner, the Democratic senator and former Virginia governor, has proposed eliminating duplicative bureaucracy that hamstrings civil servants and limits their impact.

How Oregon Networks for Solutions
June 05, 2012 http://www.governing.com

Here's an innovative idea: Pull all the key stakeholders together around a key community-level priority and solve the problem. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, via an executive order issued last December, created the infrastructure for this to happen, calling it the "Oregon Solutions Network."

Libraries show way to smarter services - Tampa Bay Times
June 03, 2012 http://www.tampabay.com

It took technology to fully realize the potential of linking 14 separate library systems together in Pinellas County. The 2008 rollout of the unified, online card catalog by the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative has led to a nearly fourfold increase in items loaned across library systems. That has meant fewer books are sitting on shelves gathering dust and more taxpayers are receiving the services they want - even in a time of dwindling support from property taxes and the state.

Ohio Schools Consider Sharing Director | FoodService Director
June 03, 2012 http://www.foodservicedirector.com

May 21-One of the first rules of kindergarten, sharing, is expected to get big support from the city schools board of education Wednesday. Superintendent Rik Goodright will recommend that the city schools enter into a shared services agreement with the Canton Local School District in Ohio.

Mirror, mirror
June 02, 2012 http://www.dispatch.com

As tax-weary voters and a tight economy force local governments to become more efficient and stretch dollars, a yardstick would be helpful. That was the pitch that Gene Krebs of the Greater Ohio Policy Center made to the Ohio Senate this month as he tried, as he has for years, to slip into law a common-sense fix for fiscal flabbiness.

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County collaborate on curbing plastic bags
June 02, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland and Cuyahoga County want to work together to get rid of plastic grocery bags rather than fight over who has the power to restrict them. City Councilman Matt Zone and County Councilwoman Sunny Simon -- along with the county health department, solid waste district and community activists -- will meet Friday to start hammering out how, exactly, to reach that goal.

Bentleyville rejects plans to combine police services
May 30, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

BENTLEYVILLE Mayor Leonard Spremulli has been approached by surrounding communities about the possibility of consolidating police services repeated times over the past two months, but currently the village is uninterested. The talks are in the same vein as Cuyahoga County's recommendation that communities consolidate emergency dispatch centers and update 911 center equipment.

UPDATE: Regional Emergency Services a Growing Trend
May 30, 2012 http://beachwood.patch.com

We are hearing about more and more cities joining forces to cut costs on emergency services. Pepper Pike could move its emergency dispatch services to the Beachwood Police Department, said Police Chief Mark Sechrist. "The beauty of this one is that we're going to be able to do this and maintain the same level service for everyone," Sechrist added.

Pepper Pike to move dispatch to Beachwood as early as July
May 29, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

By Brittney Edelman bedelman@sunnews.com PEPPER PIKE - Following recommendations from Mayor Richard Bain and the city's fire and police departments, council members voted May 15 to begin contract negotiations to move dispatch services to Beachwood. This opportunity will enhance the partnership Pepper Pike already has with Beachwood police and the fire department, Bain said.

County Health Alliance kicks off pilot program
May 29, 2012 http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com

To illustrate the severity of the issue, county officials site the 2012 County Health Rankings, which show Cuyahoga County ranked 65th out of Ohio's 88 counties in health outcomes, which weigh mortality and morbidity measures.

Fairfield Medical to receive award for innovation
May 28, 2012 http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com

LANCASTER -- The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging will honor Fairfield Medical Center with the 2012 Outstanding Service to Seniors award for leadership in older adult care at the 2012 Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame ceremony, slated for 1 p.m. May 16 at the Martin Janis Center in Columbus.

Parma may share information technology services with six counties
May 28, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

For weeks Mayor Tim DeGeeter has talked about the city possibly sharing information technology services with Cuyahoga County. Now, thanks to a new initiative by another nearby county, DeGeeter's idea may grow exponentially. Stark County has proposed studying whether it and five other county governments - along with Parma - can save money and become more efficient by sharing IT services.

Akron Ohio News - Norton moving toward joint dispatch with Barberton, Copley
May 27, 2012 http://www.akron.com

By Maria Lindsay NORTON - At an April 27 special meeting, Norton City Council voted 5-0 to approve an agreement with Barberton and Copley for the application of a $300,000 Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund loan to establish a joint dispatch facility. Council members Todd Bergstrom (Ward 1) and Scott Pelot (at large) were excused from the meeting.

Detroit budget debate: With all these cuts, who's going to cut the grass?
May 27, 2012 http://www.mlive.com

Abstract figures gave way to talk of concrete cuts on Wednesday, as the Detroit City Council continued its review of Mayor Dave Bing's proposed 2012-13 budget. Director of General Services Bradley Dick explained to Council his plan to boost efficiency and reduce service in the face of a proposed $8.59 million funding cut to his department, which handles various shared services for other city agencies.

Cuyahoga County kicks off Health Alliance with 21 cities, 19 organizations
May 17, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Bay Village banned doughnuts at staff meetings. Cuyahoga County knocked down a smoking shack at its administration building and put up a basketball hoop. And Shaker Heights began offering mammograms on-site for employees. But no individual government can tackle Northeast Ohio's health problems on its own, county Executive Ed FitzGerald said Monday during the kick-off for the county's first-ever Health Alliance.

Panel to study shared services
May 17, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/

Recommendations will be given to General Assembly

How Adopting Shared Services Boosts Efficiency
May 17, 2012 http://www.fedtechmagazine.com

No agency likes to give up control of its data and IT applications, but when the Army realized that sharing e-mail services offered by the Defense Information Systems Agency could save it $380 million over five years, the idea became a lot more palatable.

Sharing a Superintendent with Oaklyn?
May 09, 2012 http://collingswood.patch.com

On the table at tonight's board of education meeting is a proposal for the Collingswood school district to share administrative services, including superintendent responsibilities, with neighboring Oaklyn. Shared services have been a major component of cost-cutting measures employed by the district in recent years.

Shared services project to save millions less than originally estimated
May 09, 2012 http://www.dailycal.org

A recent reportshows that shared services - a project to streamline campus administrative tasks into one location by December 2014 - would save millions less than originally estimated, throwing off overall projections for a campus cost-cutting project.The shared services project is an effort within the larger Operational Excellence initiative, a controversial bid to streamline campus operations and ultimately save $75 million annually starting in fiscal year 2016.

Shared services is new 'default' for federal CIOs
May 08, 2012 http://www.federalnewsradio.com

Using shared IT services is not a new phenomenon in federal government. What's new is the push to make shared-first the "default" for federal chief information officers.

Joint meeting: Merger discussions continue for 911 centers
May 03, 2012 http://www.news-star.com

Shawnee city commissioners, Pottawatomie County commissioners and members of the Pottawatomie County 911 trust convened in a joint meeting Monday night to hear about communications systems and discuss everyone's thoughts on a possible merger of city and county 911 centers.

Hertfordshire police join forces with Cambs and Beds to save cash
May 01, 2012 http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk

Police forces in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire are sharing armed response teams, forensics and a major crime unit to make savings of £2 million. The "strategic alliance" has come into effect throughout this month, beginning with a joint scientific services unit for fingerprint, DNA, photography, and audio visual work based in Sandy, Beds.

Consortium will address harm caused by suburban sprawl
May 01, 2012 http://blog.cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The biggest and most ambitious regional planning effort in half a century is taking aim at suburban sprawl and the economic mayhem it's causing in Northeast Ohio.

Superintendent Says Districts Could Share Services | Tri States Public Radio
May 01, 2012 http://www.tristatesradio.com

The Monmouth-Roseville school superintendent hopes the Classroom First Commission will take a look at simple ways to save education dollars.


April 27, 2012 http://www.uticaod.com

Vindy.com - Youngstown, Mahoning officials: Health merger information valuable
April 24, 2012 http://www.vindy.com

By William K. Alcorn alcorn@vindy.com AUSTINTOWN Youngstown and Mahoning County public health officials said information presented by Summit County Public Health Commissioner Gene Nixon about the recent health departments' merger there will be valuable as a merger between the city and county district boards of health here is discussed and debated.

Lake County study analyzes local governments' use of heavy equipment
April 24, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

Lake County has taken the first step toward creating a cost-saving plan that could have cities and townships sharing their big trucks and heavy equipment with each other. Ohio Auditor Dave Yost announced the "Lake County Capital Equipment Utilization Study" Tuesday morning during a news conference in a Painesville Public Works garage.

Study 20 years ago showed value of merging health departments
April 23, 2012 http://www.cantonrep.com

As the discussion begins again regarding the possible merger of Canton's Health Department and the Stark County Health Department ("Health departments to again study possible merger," March 14), let us remember that in 1992, Canton Mayor Richard Watkins initiated a similar study. The study was conducted by attorney Craig Conley and Dr. Murli Manohar.

Suburban schools could stave off annexation with Win-Win
April 23, 2012 http://www.dispatch.com

By Bill Bush The Columbus Dispatch Saturday April 7, 2012 8:45 PM As the city of Columbus continues to expand into neighboring counties, school districts there might consider joining the Win-Win agreement to protect their territory from being annexed into the Columbus district, a consultant told suburban school officials in 2010.

With shared services, cuts could be looming for NN, Hampton firefighters
April 16, 2012 http://www.dailypress.com

A proposed shared services agreement between the Newport News and Hampton fire departments could in future years result in the departments eliminating firefighters. Newport News City Manager Neil Morgan's proposed 2012-13 budget does not include cuts to the fire department.

What Services Should Council Cut? [Poll]
April 16, 2012 http://fairlawn.patch.com

Borough manager Tom Metzler revealed on Tuesday that Fair Lawn was at a financial tipping point, needing to make up approximately $900,000 to balance next year's budget. "There's only three ways to offset that number without it having a tremendous impact," Metzler said. "It's either increase revenue, deplete your surplus or cut services, that's it.

W.D.M. school district, city officials reviving board
April 16, 2012 http://www.desmoinesregister.com

West Des Moines leaders hope to renew a spirit of collaboration this spring. After a decade-long hiatus, the city-school committee will begin meeting again this month. "To me, this is all about building relationships," said Superintendent Peter Ansingh. "It's about getting the right people around the table and looking at where we can go from here."

Five north-metro cities explore joint firefighting
April 16, 2012 http://www.startribune.com

Five north metro cities looking into sharing fire services will take the next step on Thursday, when a task force that has extensively studied the idea lays out the pros and cons at a joint council meeting. Officials from Ramsey, St. Francis, Nowthen, Oak Grove and Bethel will return to their cities after the meeting in St.


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In Ohio, F.T.C. Bans ProMedica-St. Luke's Merger
April 11, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com

WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission has blocked an Ohio hospital merger in a closely watched case that could slow the consolidation of health care providers around the country. In the Ohio case, the commission ruled that the merger of the ProMedica Health System and St.

Scepticism on shared services' benefits | Public Finance - official CIPFA magazine
April 08, 2012 http://www.publicfinance.co.uk

By Keith Aitken | 3 April 2012 Scottish local authorities' progress towards common services and procurement is likely to be at the expense of Scot-tish suppliers, a management expert has warned. Richard Kerley, professor of management at Edinburgh's Queen -Margaret University, told Public Finance that he expected councils to continue to drive down costs by tightening terms and conditions for staff and pooling -purchasing power.

City combines planning, building functions to speed up permitting : The Issaquah Press - News, Sports, Classifieds and More in Issaquah, WA
April 08, 2012 http://www.issaquahpress.com

Browse > Home / Local News / City combines planning, building functions to speed up permitting Step is latest in big City Hall reshuffle The reorganization of City Hall entered a more intense phase March 27, as officials announced a plan to bundle municipal departments into a Development Services Department - a super-agency meant to streamline planning and building functions.

Westwood Officials Disagree on Next Step for Shared Dispatch
April 08, 2012 http://westwood-washington.patch.com

Members of the Westwood Council and Mayor John Birkner disagreed on the best way to continue after they examined a report comparing the potential costs and levels of service available to them if they choose to enter into a shared emergency dispatching agreement during their meeting Tuesday night.

Cuyahoga County signs eight more communities to anti-poaching pact for a total of 28
April 08, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Twenty eight of the 57 municipalities in Cuyahoga County -- including some of the wealthier suburbs -- now have signed a county-led pact against poaching businesses from other communities. The county announced Tuesday the signing of eight communities: Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Fairview Park, Lyndhurst, Olmsted Falls, Westlake and Woodmere.

Shared services gaining ground in higher education
April 08, 2012 http://www.yaledailynews.com

Despite the criticism shared services has received from faculty, administrators at other universities with efforts to streamline and centralize administrative tasks say Yale is at the forefront of a movement in higher education. At the February Yale College Faculty meeting, about 20 professors challenged shared services and its alleged cost-cutting merits, describing it as an across-the-board model that cannot meet the needs of individual departments.

College Councils to Hold Joint Meeting About Sharing Services | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News
April 08, 2012 http://www.wwnytv.com

The college councils at both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are refusing to follow a State University of New York directive to share services when it comes to an administrative position.

Beverly Hills weighs sharing dispatch services
April 08, 2012 http://www.hometownlife.com

Is it worth it? That question came up repeatedly at the March 6 Beverly Hills council meeting regarding a possible dispatch merger between the village and the city of Birmingham. "Before we make hasty decisions to save a penny, look at what we have now," Beverly Hills resident Bruce Cobb said at the meeting.

County health plan rejected
April 04, 2012 http://www.morningjournal.com

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Senators mull whether consolidation authority would cure duplication
April 04, 2012 http://www.govexec.com

President Obama's request for legislative authority to consolidate federal agencies got a mixed reception during a Wednesday Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. Most panel members expressed disappointment at agency progress in addressing duplicative and overlapping programs laid out in recent reports by the Government Accountability Office.

Cosla chief in new shared services call | Herald Scotland
April 04, 2012 http://www.heraldscotland.com

SCOTLAND'S most senior local government figure has warned councils must be more inventive about the services they can share to make the most of squeezed finances. Pat Watters, the long-serving president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla), said demand for services had increased at a time when the amount of money available to councils had fallen.

Group urges governor to increase local funding
April 04, 2012 http://www.limaohio.com

The reductions in state Revenue Sharing funding for Allen County entities from fiscal years 2011 to 2013:Schools: $4.89 millionLocal governments: $2.62 millionEstate tax: $707,591TPP/KWH* phase out: $614,617Total cuts: $8.83 millionSource: Innovation Ohio*TPP: Tangible Personal Property tax reimbursements. KWH: Kilowatt-hour tax reimbursements. LIMA - Gov.

Greenfield Daily Reporter - Joint services faces payroll dilemma
April 04, 2012 http://www.greenfieldreporter.com

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Shared Services Help Pinch Pennies
March 27, 2012 http://www.govexec.com

The idea that federal agencies should be run more like businesses has been around for a long time. Like lots of management principles it goes in and out of vogue. It's back in, but this time along with a looming $14.3 trillion national debt and imminent budget cuts across government.

Waukesha chief opposes shift to shared dispatch - JSOnline
March 27, 2012 http://www.jsonline.com

Waukesha - Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack says the city should not disband his department's dispatch operation in favor of consolidation with the county, contending that the saving to be realized by the city isn't worth the decline in services he expects from such a move.

Counties to share agency director
March 27, 2012 http://www.springfieldnewssun.com

By Matt Sanctis, Staff Writer URBANA - Champaign and Logan counties will share a top administrator for their Departments of Job and Family Services in an experiment that will save cash for each county. Susan Bailey-Evans, director of the Champaign County DJFS, will serve as director for both counties after they agreed to a memorandum of understanding.

School leaders partner to explore shared services - Crystal Lake news, photos and events - TribLocal.com
March 23, 2012 http://triblocal.com

The board presidents from five far northwest suburban school districts have partnered to explore the possibility of sharing facilities, transportation services, and all things in between. Leaders from Community High School District 155, Crystal Lake District 47, Cary District 26, Fox River Grove District 3 and Prairie Grove District 46 are recommending the study to their respective boards as a collaborative cost-savings initiative.

Cambridge board OK's shared services study - Bennington Banner
March 22, 2012 http://www.benningtonbanner.com

Tuesday March 20, 2012 CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Central School board members approved a resolution Monday agreeing to participate in a six- to eight-month study seeking ways toward "greater efficiencies" through resource sharing between area schools.

South Island alliance 'working towards LG reforms' | Voxy.co.nz
March 22, 2012 http://www.voxy.co.nz

The Local Government Sector in the South Island is already advancing towards some of the aims of the recently announced Local Government Reforms said Tasman Mayor and Chair of the South Island Strategic Alliance Richard Kempthorne.

Shared dispatch moves ahead
March 22, 2012 http://www.app.com

Ninety percent of the discussions to consolidate police dispatch between Highlands and Atlantic Highlands have been completed, said Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan. For almost two months, officials from both boroughs have been meeting every two weeks to discuss the possible shared service, said Atlantic Highlands Mayor Frederick J. Rast III.

Village candidates say they'll explore shared services with town | Saugerties Times
March 22, 2012 http://www.saugertiesx.com

When village voters go to the polls Tuesday, March 20, they will find three candidates on the ballot running for the three available seats. Vince Buono and Donald Hackett will be running for their second two-year terms, while Terry Parisian will be running for his first term.

3 of 4 candidates back FD merger study | Two incumbents challenged by newcomers - Fire Engineering
March 21, 2012 http://www.fireengineering.com

Town of Delafield - Two longtime supervisors are being challenged by two newcomers in the April 3 election, with three of the candidates backing an effort to examine consolidating the town Fire Department with a neighboring department. Incumbents Russ Ackley and Pete Van Horn are being challenged by Cindi Duchow and Lisa Cunningham, who is a member of the town's Plan Commission.

Municipal Madness: Shared Services & Condolidation | Current News
March 21, 2012 http://thecitizenscampaign.com

Does your community participate in shared services? Are people talking about possibly consolidating with a neighboring community? What is the right answer? The fact is, there is no right or wrong answer. Both sharing services and consolidation are tools that citizens and elected officials can use to cut costs, and possibly improve services.

Cities, towns getting together to give services
March 21, 2012 http://www.telegram.com

BOSTON — Municipal regionalization, driven largely by tighter municipal budgets since 2008, appears to be taking hold in Massachusetts, project by project, with cash incentives from the state helping many communities find their way. Lt. Gov. Timothy P.

Regional vets district in place for Easton, Mansfield, Norton, Foxborough
March 20, 2012 http://www.wickedlocal.com

Officials from the four member towns met Tuesday in Mansfield to fine tune the functioning of the new Crossroads Veterans Services District, assuring area veterans that their services would be enhanced rather than diminished under the new structure. "If you're a veteran who needs services, what difference does it make if you live on Reservoir Road in Norton or in Mansfield?

How can shared services provide better value?
March 20, 2012 http://www.personneltoday.com

A report from the National Audit Office shows that shared back-office services may not be delivering all the benefits that they should. If an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system were a car, it would require several pairs of hands to turn the wheel, would head where it wants, and consume more petrol than a fuel-injected Lamborghini.

Death By a Thousand Cuts: The Crisis in Government Services
March 19, 2012 http://southbrunswick.patch.com

Despite major savings from last year's pension and health benefits overhaul, New Jersey's state, county, and municipal governments and school districts will be taking in $13 billion less than they need to maintain services at current levels five years from now, according to a study by a blue-ribbon panel of former state officials and foundation leaders conducted for the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.

In his budget, Ohio Gov. Kasich continues call for schools and districts to do more with less
March 19, 2012 http://knowledgeworks.org

Ohio Governor John Kasich's new FY2013 mid-year budget package continues to encourage school districts to do more with less - a call we made more than a year ago in our Ohio Smart Schools initiative.

Mandating shared services worth the political risk
March 19, 2012 http://blog.nj.com

In the decades of debate over the most effective way to curb and hopefully reverse the inexorable rise in local property taxes, governors and legislatures have stepped gingerly around the issue of forced municipal consolidation or mandatory shared services.

Shared vision for councils
March 19, 2012 http://www.times-age.co.nz

By Amie Hickland | Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:40 Wairarapa organisations are putting together their views on the region's future governance after the Shared Services Working Party agreed on draft "visions and objectives" for the three councils this week.

Gov. John Kasich unveils midterm budget plan
March 17, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. John Kasich today unveiled his midterm budget review, a wide-ranging proposal that includes initiatives on education, energy, taxes, local government and capital improvements. Here are some highlights: • Drilling taxes/income tax cut: New taxes for shale drilling. Ohio could raise up to $1 billion over the next five years combined from oil and gas companies.

Public Technology Institute: Shared Services: The San Carlos, CA Experience
March 17, 2012 http://www.pti.org

Facing serious budget constraints including an annual $3.5 Million structural deficit, the elected and appointed leaders of the City of San Carlos, CA, changed the way that Police, Fire, Parks Maintenance and Recreation services are delivered to their residents and businesses.

Takai: First Lady of Shared Services | FedScoop
March 17, 2012 http://fedscoop.com

By David Stegon · Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 · 3:14 pm Is it safe to call Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai the "First Lady of Shared Services?"

School Districts Rally for Efficiency Grant
March 16, 2012 http://southampton.patch.com

Southampton, Tuckahoe and Sag Harbor school districts, among others, look for ways to reduce expenses and property taxes. Several South Fork school districts are jointly applying for a state grant to study how they can become more efficient through shared services and, perhaps, consolidation.

DiPalma Continues to Push for Municipal Shared Services
March 16, 2012 http://middletown.patch.com

For the past six years, Senator Lou DiPalma says he has been looking for ways to gain efficiencies across town lines. His most recent program will explore ways the state can assist in the effort. For State Sen. Lou DiPalma, shared services have been a priority since he served on the Middletown Town Council in 2006.

County commissioners receive proposal to consider fire service exchange
March 16, 2012 http://thisisreno.com

Action that would formally forward a proposal to the city of Reno to enter into an agreement to send the closest fire crew calls for assistance was taken by the Washoe County Board of Fire Commissioners today.

Matawan, Aberdeen may share recycling services | ind.gmnews.com | Independent
March 15, 2012 http://ind.gmnews.com

Matawan, Aberdeen may share recycling services MATAWAN - Borough officials are discussing a shared recycling agreement with Aberdeen Township as a cost-saving measure that would also comply with a new state law. The New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act requires that in addition to recycling pickup, municipalities provide residents with a recycling drop-off service and requires each municipality to have a recycling coordinator.

Orleans tax-sharing deal called key to future
March 15, 2012 http://thedailynewsonline.com

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:52 am By Tom Rivers trivers@batavianews.com The Daily News Online | MEDINA -- Orleans County Legislature Chairman David Callard sees a proposed tax-sharing agreement in Medina as a key to the community's future, allowing Medina to grow its tax base while providing needed services outside the village to companies in growth mode.

A bad bet for E. Cleveland library
March 15, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

The East Cleveland School board made the wrong decision. It should have approved the East Cleveland Public Library board's request to join with the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Now four library board members have quit because the school board passed a vicious resolution against inclusion.

Six East End School Districts To Seek State Funding For Consolidation Study - 27east
March 14, 2012 http://www.27east.com

Six East End school districts and the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services will ask New York State to fund an efficiency study that would consider whether they should engage in shared services, and even weigh the possibility of consolidating some of the districts in the group.

Government shared services scuppered by woolly voluntarism
March 14, 2012 http://wordpress.com

Politicians of all parties make wild claims about the savings that can be achieved through sharing back office services. Cut the bureaucrats before the frontline services, said Eric Pickles when councils protested at the massive cuts they were having to make. The last government made similar claims, just with slightly lower numbers.

Commend Sweeney for shared municipal services mandate | Commentary | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News.
March 14, 2012 http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com

In the decades of debate over the most effective way to curb and hopefully reverse the inexorable rise in local property taxes, governors and legislatures have stepped gingerly around the issue of forced municipal consolidation or mandatory shared services.

Has shared services 'rhetoric' outpaced reality in the private sector? - News
March 14, 2012 http://www.sharedserviceslink.com

Keywords: shared services, finance shared services, public sector, private sector Matthew Garrow-Fisher | News | 6 March 2012 The private sector seems to be much more convinced of the benefits of shared services than the public sector, with adoption in the latter seemingly lagging behind that in the former.

Steve Sweeney's sharing edict would punish small towns
March 14, 2012 http://www.nj.com

Ever wonder what happened to the old concept that elected officials are “public servants”? Just where in the laws of the State of New Jersey is it decreed a single elected official can micro-manage the future of a town that has thrived successfully for over 140 years?

Julie Hardaker: Time for local government rethink - Economy - NZ Herald News
March 14, 2012 http://www.nzherald.co.nz

Council debt has gone up $6 billion since 2002 - $5000 for every Kiwi household, writes Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker. Local government has certainly had its fair share of knocks and knockers lately. We've had criticism about everything from the general performance of councils and councillors to rising debt, unaffordable rates and excessive chief executive remuneration.

The-Daily-Record.com - Counties study costs of coordinating services
March 14, 2012 http://www.the-daily-record.com

WOOSTER -- Commissioners from Wayne, Holmes and Ashland counties are considering working with the Tri-County Computer Services Association for a variety of information technology services. However, before the county officials move forward, a study needs to be done to determine if such an arrangement is feasible and will save the government entities money.

Panel: Government savings are in shared services
March 13, 2012 http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com

MANSFIELD -- Local officials were warned Wednesday not to expect Ohio to rapidly restore funding taken away after the state budget crunch. More than 50 city leaders, township trustees and county officials met at Longview Center for a session on coping with the loss of state revenue.

Watertown Daily Times | Consultant: School merger would benefit students
March 13, 2012 http://www.watertowndailytimes.com

By JONATHAN MONFILETTOJOHNSON NEWSPAPERS BRUSHTON — If St. Regis Falls and Brushton-Moira central schools were to merge, the move would mean more opportunities for students because of a larger school district.That is the point independent consultant Alan Pole emphasized during a presentation he gave to a joint meeting of the St.

WHAT'S NEXT? Number of communities consolidating dispatch services is growing WITH VIDEO - News - Press and Guide
March 12, 2012 http://www.pressandguide.com

Press and Guide is your source for all Dearborn and Dearnborn Heights 24-hour breaking news, local news, sports, entertainment and more. View weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with News and local Sports. Find restaurants, entertainment, cars, homes and jobs at Press and Guide.

Water monitoring network saved after Detroit agrees to contribute - News - Voice News
March 12, 2012 http://www.voicenews.com

The Voice is your source for all northern Macomb & St. Clair counties 24-hour breaking news, local news, sports, entertainment and more. View weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with News and local Sports. Find restaurants, entertainment, cars, homes and jobs at Voice News.

Hamilton Twp. and Maineville consider shared police services
March 12, 2012 http://www.western-star.com

Start your day with top headlines in your inbox and get breaking news e-mail alerts at any time by subscribing to our Headlines e-mail newsletter. By Linda Scott, Contributing writer 12:07 PM Thursday, March 1, 2012 Hamilton Twp. and Maineville have been given the go-ahead to move forward with grant applications for a shared police services feasibility study.

Saline Area Schools Joins County Alliance After Addressing Concers About Local Control
March 12, 2012 http://saline.patch.com

After receiving assurances that doing so would not diminish local control, the Saline Area Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to participate in the Washtenaw Alliance for Education.

Trenton library considers move to new high school
March 12, 2012 http://www.middletownjournal.com

Start your day with top headlines in your inbox and get breaking news e-mail alerts at any time by subscribing to our Headlines e-mail newsletter. By Skip Weaver, Staff Writer 6:33 PM Wednesday, February 29, 2012 TRENTON - The Trenton Public Library is exploring a possible move from its downtown location to the new Edgewood High School in St.

Editorial: Law merger idea has merit, needs work
March 05, 2012 http://news.cincinnati.com

Cincinnati City Council members Christopher Smitherman and Charlie Winburn should fine-tune their idea to get rid of the city’s law department and let Hamilton County handle the legal duties. But their thinking is exactly right: The city and county need to get serious about sharing or merging services.

POLL: What Do You Think About Shared Water Services Between Port and Saukville?
March 05, 2012 http://portwashington-wi.patch.com/

Sharing water services can benefit some communities, a recent study by a Milwaukee engineering firm shows. Port Washington and Saukville have their own water, but the topic of cooperative services has been discussed by residents and candidates for the next Port Washington mayor. Shared services in general has become an increasingly popular topic.

Editorial: N.J. towns that fail to share services should get state aid cut
March 05, 2012 http://www.nj.com

New Jersey's Senate president is taking to heart only half of President Theodore Roosevelt's famous advice. Sen. Steve Sweeney is carrying a big stick, but also speaking loudly and in favor of a plan that has earned the divided endorsement of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Wyoming examines shared services
March 02, 2012 http://communitypress.cincinnati.com

WYOMING - City Council has approved several measures to allow city officials to explore shared services with nearby municipalities. The Local Government Innovation Fund, which helps local municipalities determine where they can share services or collaborate in other ways, offers grant funding for feasibility studies and loan funds when projects are implementd.

Ohio Local Governments to Explore Shared IT Services
March 02, 2012 http://www.govtech.com

February 27, 2012 By Brian Heaton School districts across Ohio's Mahoning and Columbiana counties have been using shared IT services for decades - and now area local governments want in on the action. A group comprised of 10 cities and towns and a handful of county representatives met on Friday, Feb.

Counties to offer imaging services
March 02, 2012 http://www.toledoblade.com

In an expansive office on Adams Street in downtown Toledo, thousands of documents each day are fed into machines and digitally imaged. In Bowling Green, a similar process occurs daily. But while Lucas and Wood counties have invested in the staff and equipment to reduce decades worth of documents into images and microfilm, other counties have not yet made the transition.

Council considers City Hall, Secrest smoking bans
March 01, 2012 http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com

ZANESVILLE -- The sidewalks surrounding City Hall and Secrest Auditorium would be designated as non-smoking areas under legislation sponsored by Council President Dan Vincent and Councilmen David Tarbert and Grant Hutcheson tonight. The Zanesville City Council also will consider an ordinance to partner with the county on a grant application to fund a feasibility study on combining emergency communication centers.

Area School Districts Awarded Grant to Pilot Shared Services
March 01, 2012 http://wtuz.com

Posted: Friday, 24 February 2012 5:33AM Schools in 18 southeastern Ohio counties expect to save millions of dollars by teaming up to better coordinate transportation, share data servers and make joint computer purchases. Those efforts are being backed by a $250,000 competitive grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to implement innovative shared-services programs that could serve as a model for Ohio's 614 school districts.

Survey in works on residents’ feelings about local governance
March 01, 2012 http://www.ngnews.ca

The survey has begun.The News has hired Corporate Research Associated to survey residents in an effort to find out if people support the idea of a governance study, amalgamation, sharing services or keeping the status quo when it comes to running the municipal units.While the issues do get complicated, here…

Lawmakers To Study How Towns Can Share Services
March 01, 2012 http://portsmouth.patch.com

The following is from a State House press release. The General Assembly is embarking on an effort to assist municipalities and school districts in sharing services. The new Joint Commission on Shared Municipal Services will make recommendations to the General Assembly on legislation that could help cities and towns cut the costs involved in providing municipal services by getting together and sharing them.

Sheriff unveils dispatching plan
February 29, 2012 http://www.marionstar.com

MARION - Sheriff Tim Bailey announced a plan for a countywide dispatch, 9-1-1 and emergency operations center on Wednesday that he says will save Marion city, county, township and emergency management agency a half million dollars. Bailey made his announcement during an informational session about Local Government Innovation Fund monies hosted by Sen.

Columbus State partnering with Reynoldsburg schools
February 28, 2012 http://www.dispatch.com

The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday February 22, 2012 4:45 AM Reynoldsburg students will soon be able to take Columbus State Community College courses at their high school and possibly earn a two-year associate degree along with their diploma, officials said last night.

Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Lyndhurst, Moreland Hills, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, University Heights among municipalities that have earned more than $500,000 in recycling rebates
February 28, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com

Fifteen Cuyahoga County municipalities -- including Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Lyndhurst, Moreland Hills, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, South Euclid and University Heights -- have earned more than $500,000 in rebates while participating in two recycling consortiums developed by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District.

Corning session to address consolidation outlook
February 27, 2012 http://www.stargazette.com

An informational presentation focusing on the financial considerations and pros and cons of municipal consolidation and shared services will be offered this week in Corning. "Municipal Consolidation and Shared Services -- Coming to a Town Near You?" is scheduled from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Lucas, Wood counties to partner in document imaging project
February 27, 2012 http://www.wtol.com

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A new partnership is aiming to save taxpayers money in Lucas and Wood counties, and additionally across northwest Ohio. This new effort involves the clerk's office in both Lucas and Wood counties. Lucas County Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter said both counties already have the equipment needed for a regional document imaging project to get off the ground.

New Jersey Gets Serious About Sharing Core Services
February 25, 2012 http://fairlawn.patch.com

Spending caps, rising property tax appeals, and a sluggish economy are spurring elected officials to push for police department consolidation, school district regionalization, and other shared services in a movement that promises to reshape the way government services are provided in New Jersey.

The-Daily-Record.com - Sharing may save Rittman some money
February 25, 2012 http://www.the-daily-record.com

RITTMAN -- In an age of shrinking funding from the state, Rittman will join Wadsworth and Guilford Township to explore the feasibility of sharing fire and emergency medical services. Council authorized City Manager Larry Boggs to work with officials from the other political subdivisions on an application for Local Government Innovation Fund to see if it would make sense for the three entities to share services, equipment and training costs.

Recordpub.com - Kent, Streetsboro, Ravenna eye joint move to pave way for savings
February 24, 2012 http://www.recordpub.com/

Officials in Kent, Ravenna and Streetsboro hope plans to bring an asphalt recycler to the county stick. Kent is taking the lead in Local Government Innovation Fund grant application process to fund the purchase of a $128,000 piece of equipment that reheats used asphalt to patch roads.

Dispatch center could expand to include Barberton - Local News
February 23, 2012 http://www.ohio.com/

NORTON: The joint dispatch center serving both the city of Norton and Copley Township may expand to include Barberton. Copley and Norton officials approved applying for a low-interest loan last week to help with funding. Barberton meets Tuesday to approve a similar ordinance.

The Marion Area Chamber of Commerce is very much a working organization
February 22, 2012 http://www.marionstar.com/

I received a bit of a nasty gram recently, and it actually served as a huge reminder that often we don't do a good enough job of letting people know who and what the Chamber of Commerce is. I'd like to share with you who we really are.

Product of collaboration - Editorials - Ohio
February 21, 2012 http://www.ohio.com/

Collaboration often is easier to talk about than to achieve. Challenged by John Kasich, Ohio’s public colleges and universities have shown they are up to it. In the process, they have done much to advance the idea of the institutions as a functioning system of higher education.

Vindy.com - Proposal to share services advances
February 21, 2012 http://www.vindy.com/

A grant proposal for shared technology services for local governments in Mahoning County will likely be submitted, but it remains to be seen which entities will participate. About 16 people attended an informational meeting Friday at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center to learn about the Local Government Innovation Fund, which offers grants and loans for shared services.

South Euclid to join Beachwood, Euclid, Shaker Heights and University Heights in regional study of dispatch services
February 21, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com/

SOUTH EUCLID -- The city's police department will take part in a study of dispatch services with the cities of Beachwood, Euclid, Shaker Heights and University Heights to consider the establishment of a regional police dispatch center. On Feb.

Carlisle looking for EMS answers
February 21, 2012 http://www.middletownjournal.com/

Start your day with top headlines in your inbox and get breaking news e-mail alerts at any time by subscribing to our Headlines e-mail newsletter. By Skip Weaver, Staff Writer 1:36 AM Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CARLISLE - Mayor Randy Winkler said he is "reaching out" to the city of Franklin and Franklin Twp.

And so with Trust so shall ye reap Collaboration
February 20, 2012 http://theciviccommons.com/

Sometimes you want to get up in the grill of certain politicians and shout, "Get over it! Collaborate or get the hell out of the way!" But then you realize that angrily shouting in an elected official's face might just land you on a watch list somewhere.

The Sound of Ideas: Whence Westlake Water?
February 19, 2012 http://www.ideastream.org/

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Cleveland's water department produces a fine product: Clean, crisp tap water. But customer service woes, an aging network of underground pipes and a stiff increase in rates have many customers howling. None louder than Westlake, which is exploring a plan to buy water from neighboring Avon Lake.

Lake looks at regional dispatching - Sentinel-Tribune | Sentinel-Tribune | Sentinel-Tribune | Said, Comments, Township, Also, L
February 18, 2012 http://www.sent-trib.com/

Lake looks at regional dispatching Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer Monday, 13 February 2012 09:55 MILLBURY - Lake Township is starti...

News: Kent State Releases Case Studies on Northeast Ohio Collaborative Efforts
February 18, 2012 http://www.kent.edu/

Kent State University's Center for Public Administration and Public Policy today is releasing eight case studies on intergovernmental collaborative efforts in Northeast Ohio. The case studies describe how local governments can realize significant cost savings, service improvements and other benefits.

Oakland County, Mich., Taking Shared Services National
February 17, 2012 http://www.govtech.com/

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson February 8, 2012 By Wayne Hanson Oakland County, Mich., Executive L. Brooks Patterson on Wednesday, Feb. 8, announced a local government shared services partnership that will roll out across the nation with the help of the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Recordpub.com - Ravenna seeks grant for joint dispatch center
February 16, 2012 http://www.recordpub.com/

By Diane Smith | staff writerThe city of Ravenna is leading several other communities in seeking a grant for a joint dispatch center in Portage County.Ravenna City Council has approved an ordinance authorizing Mayor Joseph Bica to execute an application for a grant from the Ohio Department of Development's Local Government Innovation Fund.Service Director Kelly Engelhart said the state has $45 million in grants and loans to offer to communities who can prove they would realize a "significant cost savings" by working together.Ravenna would be the lead agency on the grant.

Finance committee talking COG
February 15, 2012 http://www.marionstar.com/

MARION - Sharing services may be a way to reduce costs, and joining a Council of Government, or COG, would provide the vehicle for pursuing such savings, Mayor Scott Schertzer told the Marion City Council finance committee Monday night. Committee members scheduled for the Feb.

A (Lone) Wolf in the Village: Learning the Ropes
February 14, 2012 http://blogspot.com

How does a newly-elected council person learn how to be a council person? They attend newly-elected council person school, that's how! Well, it may not be called exactly that, but between the Center for Local Government, the Hamilton County Planning Commission, the First Suburbs Consortium, and Village Manager Scot Lahrmer, there are plenty of avenues for education.

Ohio to promote teamwork between local governments
February 09, 2012 http://www.newarkadvocate.com/

In western Ottawa County, several local governments share a fire department, and they are looking at sharing a law enforcement district. That's the kind of collaboration the state wants to see more of, so much so that officials are willing to either give or lend local entities the seed money to get started.

Disband Woodmere Police Department –Sun News editorial
February 07, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com/

The discussion surrounding regionalism chiefly involves eliminating the unnecessary duplication of municipal services. With nearly five dozen communities in Cuyahoga County, the problem is widespread as communities have tried to remain autonomous and offer their own police, fire and service departments.

City to partner with other agencies on grant application - The Wadsworth Post
February 07, 2012 http://thepostnewspapers.com/

The city of Wadsworth would like to apply for a Local Government Innovation Fund grant in order to conduct a feasibility study surrounding a shared staffing solution between Wadsworth, Rittman and Seville-Guilford fire departments, Matt Hiscock, director of public safety, said during the Jan. 18 meeting of the Wadsworth Public Safety Committee.

State introduces Local Government Innovation Fund | Toledo Newspaper
February 06, 2012 http://www.toledofreepress.com/

Written by Duane Ramsey | | news@toledofreepress.com Officials from the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Redevelopment hosted a regional information session on the Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF) at Owens Community College on Jan. 18.

South Euclid City Council signs on with county's anti-poaching agreement
February 01, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com/

Count South Euclid in. In a unanimous vote, the city became the 18th to sign on to Cuyahoga County’s anti-poaching protocol at City Council’s Jan. 23 meeting. Prior to the meeting, council’s Committee-of-the-Whole gathered to discuss the agreement for the second time in as many weeks.

Shared and Regional Services Are on the Rise
January 29, 2012 http://www.govtech.com/

Dick Clark, CIO, Montana. Photo by Thomas Lee Photography January 3, 2012 By David Raths Early last year, Montana CIO Dick Clark was driving down Interstate 90 west of Missoula when he had an epiphany. He and other state CIOs had just been talking about their experiences negotiating with cloud computing vendors.

Ohio mulls public-private partners
January 27, 2012 http://communitypress.cincinnati.com/

Ohio’s transportation director said last week the state needs to look at all options for raising money to fund highway projects, except raising the state fuel tax. That could mean privatization of highway rest stops, leasing of the Ohio Turnpike and tolls for highways, including Interstate 75.

Woodmere may shut police department and hire Orange for protection
January 27, 2012 http://blog.cleveland.com/

Lonnie Timmons III, The Plain Dealer WOODMERE, Ohio -- The tiny village that boasts one of the highest ratio of police officers per resident in the country, 1 to 50, is close to eliminating its force. Mayor Charles E.

Johnson: We’ve come a long way | Toledo Newspaper
January 25, 2012 http://www.toledofreepress.com/

I read with considerable excitement and pride the Jan. 15 edition of Toledo Free Press, dedicated to the collaboration of agencies of economic development in Toledo and Northwest Ohio. It may have been the first time I've seen all of the development agencies "on the same page," literally, publicly presenting the new era of "working together with unity of purpose."

The-News-Leader.com - Area leaders meet to discuss collaborative opportunities
January 24, 2012 http://www.the-news-leader.com/

by Bob Gaetjens | Gateway news Editor Streetsboro -- In response to a challenging economy and slowing revenue from the state and local sources, mayors and service directors representing 11 communities gathered Jan. 12 in Streetsboro to find opportunities to save money through cooperation.

Euclid resident named NOACA Board president
January 23, 2012 http://news-herald.com/

News-Herald writers, editors and photographers share the inside stories of today's headlines and what goes on behind the scenes. As Northeast Ohio gears up for a local election, get the latest on what's happening behind the scenes. Staff Writer Jeff Schudel brings 25 years of experience covering the Browns to his regular offerings on team performance and player moves.

Twinsburgbulletin.com - Mayor attends meeting that looks toward neighborly collaboration
January 23, 2012 http://www.twinsburgbulletin.com/

by Bob Gaetjens | Gateway News EditorStreetsboro - Representatives from 11 communities, including Twinsburg, and the Ohio Department of Transportation gathered Jan.

State initiative fund eyed by local departments
January 20, 2012 http://www.presspublications.com/

Officials studying the feasibility of a regional emergency dispatch center in northern Wood County are hoping their proposal fits the criteria of a new state program that offers financial incentives for local governments to come up with innovative ideas in the sharing and delivering of services.

Costs and benefits all point unmistakably to need for regionalization of municipal services: editorial
January 20, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com/

This needs to be the year that communities throughout Cuyahoga County and all of Greater Cleveland get serious about regional collaboration. We understand that those words scare a lot of people. To residents and politicians, especially in smaller communities, they raise fears of losing control or identity.

One mayor draws line on merger talk - Chagrin Valley Times The Solon Times, The Geauga Times Courier
January 20, 2012 http://chagrinvalleytimes.com/

(by Sali McSherry - January 11, 2012) One mayor draws line on merger talk While the process continues for Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere in the Cuyahoga County-sponsored merger study, one local village has no desire to be part of it.

Summit County Public Health District Consolidation Wins America’s Crown Communities 2011 Annual Excellence Award | Downtown Akron Partnership
January 20, 2012 http://www.downtownakron.com/

The consolidation of the City of Akron Health Department and the City of Barberton Health District with the Summit County Health District, creating a united, county-wide public health district has been recognized with a 2011 Crown Communities Annual Excellence Award from American City & County magazine.

Dispatching 9-1-1 calls costs small communities hundreds of dollars per call
January 18, 2012 http://www.cleveland.com/

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The tiny suburb of Walton Hills spends $319,000 a year to have its own emergency dispatchers answering phones -- or $510 for each 9-1-1 call. The comparable cost to Cleveland: $12 per call.

Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and Kent State University discuss merger
January 16, 2012 http://blog.cleveland.com/

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, independent for 96 years, plans to merge with Kent State University. Officials at both institutions have signed non-binding letters of intent to make the podiatry school part of Kent State and expect an agreement to be completed by summer.

Revere and Winthrop consider sharing library director
January 16, 2012 http://articles.boston.com/

The director's hours would be split evenly between the communities, each of which has a single library building. Should the plan go forward, it would help blaze a new trail for communities looking to share services.

The Sound of Ideas: New Northeast Ohio Mayors
January 14, 2012 http://www.ideastream.org/

Long hours, squeezed budgets and thousands of demanding bosses: Being mayor of any town isn't easy. Join us as we talk with new mayors from Northeast Ohio communities. What motivated them to run and, now that they're in office, how will they keep residents happy?

Articles - Ohio Shared Services – Any Interest at Municipal Level?
January 12, 2012 http://www.weltman.com/

"Shared services" in the public sector is not a new idea. The decline in all three major general tax sources-property, income and sales-and the rising costs associated with government operations have led to serious discussions regarding shared services among neighboring communities.

Cuyahoga County plans to sell administration building, buy or lease new space
January 10, 2012 http://blog.cleveland.com/

The recommendation to sell and move came from a 90-day study of 66 buildings the county owns and leases. Vocon, an architecture and interior design firm that was paid $220,000 for the Dec. 28 report, recommended eliminating 22 buildings, including the administration building, the Ameritrust complex, the former juvenile court and the county archives, to save $91 million.

Ohio prepares to dole out collaboration money aimed at cutting costs
January 10, 2012 http://www.ohio.com/

Local schools and governments eager to see their collaboration efforts funded will soon have state officials show them the money. Six “regional information sessions” for the Local Government Innovation Fund are scheduled in January with the one for this area planned for Jan. 17 at Cuyahoga Community College’s Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights.

Just consolidate
January 07, 2012 http://www.ohio.com/

For decades, local officials have talked and talked about combining dispatching operations, the vital centers that handle calls for emergency services. Ideally, a single countywide system would be in place by now. Instead, there are 14 dispatching centers up and running in Summit County, a costly and inefficient approach.

Collaborative Efforts in Summit County
January 07, 2012 http://www.uwsummit.org/

Open and print this document as a PDF Collaborative Efforts In Summit County Summit County Cradle-to-Career Alliance (formerly the P-16 Alliance) Summit County Continuum of Care (CoC) Austen Bioinnovation Institute of Akron (ABIA) Northeast Ohio Regional Indicators and Objectives (NEORIO) Summit County Dental Task Force Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County (NLISC)

Tim DeGeeter prepares to take mayor's seat in Parma
January 03, 2012 http://blog.cleveland.com/

Mayor-elect Tim DeGeeter plans to organize an economic summit with small and mid-size businesses once he takes office next month. DeGeeter hopes to have the summit within his first 60 days in office. The purpose is to learn how the city might help Parma businesses thrive and grow.

East Cleveland library merger with county system is a must: editorial
December 30, 2011 http://www.cleveland.com/

The East Cleveland library needs a rescue. That's why, when the city's school board votes Tuesday on the fate of the shrunken library, it should let it join the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. Last year, the East Cleveland library was wracked by deficits that forced it to close two branches and slash personnel and hours at the main library.

Vacant positions could translate into savings for Parma district
December 20, 2011 http://blog.cleveland.com/

PARMA -- Two impending vacancies in Parma City Schools' administration could lead to savings for the district. Kevin Brennan resigned his position as community outreach specialist for the schools, effective Dec. 16. Also, the school board voted Nov. 21 to accept the retirement of Transportation Director Mary Mayse, effective Jan.

Vindy.com - Official seeks to merge CSB, JFS
December 20, 2011 http://www.vindy.com/

Published: Tue, December 6, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m. Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka says he would like for the director of the Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services to investigate whether it would make sense for Trumbull County Children Services to be folded into JFS.

Region lands federal contract to reduce hospital readmissions
December 20, 2011 http://www.ohio.com/

Thousands of area seniors can soon get help staying healthy at home after they leave the hospital. The Greater Akron-Canton Area Agency on Aging and 10 hospitals throughout the region recently landed a federal contract for a pilot project to help prevent hospital readmissions.

A unified vision drives redevelopment « CoreMatters – Blog
December 20, 2011 http://www.upakron.com/

If you want to get a glimpse of what's possible in the area of urban redevelopment, take a trip to Milwaukee. I was among a group of business and civic leaders from Akron who recently visited that city to gain insights into their successes and learn how they are tackling ongoing challenges.

AmTrust Financial announces expansion in Downtown Cleveland, hundreds of new jobs planned
December 20, 2011 http://www.newsnet5.com/

CLEVELAND - A combination of state and local incentives has helped lure AmTrust Financial Services, Inc to downtown Cleveland, and with it plans to create hundreds of jobs over the next three years. AmTrust, a multinational property and casualty insurer with no affiliation to the former AmTrust Bank or Ohio Savings Bank, has operations in 22 states and overseas.

Government Innovators Network: From Government 2.0 to Society 2.0: Pathways to Engagement, Collaboration and Transformation, 2011
December 20, 2011 http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/

In June 2010, 25 leaders of government and industry convened to Harvard University to assess the move to “Government 2.0” to date; to share insight to its limits and possibilities, as well as its enablers and obstacles; and to assess the road ahead. This is a report of that meeting, ...

Grant Approval Means Towpath Trail Expansion to Begin New Year - Office of the Cuyahoga County Executive
December 20, 2011 http://executive.cuyahogacounty.us/

Grant Approval Means Towpath Trail Expansion to Begin New Year

Four Northeast Ohio colleges to encourage entrepreneurs under new program
December 05, 2011 http://blog.cleveland.com/

Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Kent State University and Lorain County Community College will offer advice and support, including guidance from volunteer "venture coaches," to turn ideas into reality. On some campuses, alumni are also eligible to participate.

Cleveland fire, ambulance merger faces obstacles
December 05, 2011 http://blog.cleveland.com/

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- All sides agree that a planned merger of Cleveland's Fire Department and ambulance service is a good idea. They also agree that two distinct workplace cultures won't mesh easily. The historically white- and male-dominated fire department already cooperates with an ambulance service that has large numbers of minorities and women, Fire Chief Paul Stubbs told City Council this week.

Latest roundabout opening in Akron’s Merriman Valley
December 05, 2011 http://www.ohio.com/

Traffic is going round and round these days in the Akron area. The fourth roundabout built in the region in the past year will open Thursday at Smith and Riverview roads in Akron's Merriman Valley. The intersection has been identified as one of the area's most dangerous and was the site of a fatal crash in 2004.

MD News - ABIA Receives $500,000 for Accountable Care Community Initiative
December 05, 2011 http://www.mdnews.com/

ACC is a collective effort aiming to create a healthier community and lessen the burden of disease in the Akron region. The funding is part of a multimillion dollar CDC Community Transformation Program that supports public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.

Akron Public Schools to hire principal for STEM high school
November 18, 2011 http://education.ohio.com/

The Akron school board tonight authorized the district to begin its search for a principal to head the new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school, which will open next fall in the former Central-Hower High School.

Akron Ohio News - County Council OKs Boston sewer project design
November 18, 2011 http://www.akron.com/

DOWNTOWN AKRON - Summit County Council adopted a resolution Nov. 7 that will allow the county to work with Cuyahoga Falls to extend sewer service into Boston Township. Council's adoption allows the county to enter into an agreement with Cuyahoga Falls for cooperation and cost sharing of plans and specifications to fund the design of a sanitary sewer extension, according to county officials.

If merger of Chagrin Valley communities happens, what will new city be named?
November 16, 2011 http://www.cleveland.com/

As a resident of Pepper Pike I am excited about the discussions with my three neighborhood communities regarding a possible merger. I will vote yes to allow a committee to investigate how we might transition from four separate cities to one vibrant community as we lead the way to show that regionalization could be the answer for Cleveland.

Central Ohio focusing on logistics, location and collaboration for growth - Business First
November 16, 2011 http://www.bizjournals.com/

Victor Irelan, left, and Tom Irelan, right, of Dublin Building Systems, are developing Canal Pointe industrial park in Canal Winchester with help from the village's Development Director Lucas Haire. Click on the next image for a map of the hot spots referenced in the article. Logistics. Location. Collaboration.

Balanced-Budget Bollocks, The Price Tag of Transparency, and Tracking Government Collaborations
November 16, 2011 http://www.governing.com/

BY: Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene | November 3, 2011 Thanks for the kind words. And your comments are thoroughly valid. Here's the question we've been fo... A little more about balanced budgets. We've repeatedly questioned the value - and even the reality - of balanced budgets in cities, counties and states.

CIOs Redefine Local Government and Industry Relations
November 16, 2011 http://www.digitalcommunities.com/

Based off of discussions of the Digital Communities Large Jurisdiction Chief Information Officer (CIO) Working Group, this white paper aims to answer the question, "In today's economic, political and business environment, what constitutes a successful relationship between government and industry?"

Cleveland begins moving toward merge of fire and EMS services
November 16, 2011 http://blog.cleveland.com/

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland took the first official step Tuesday toward merging its fire department and Emergency Medical Service, with Mayor Frank Jackson's appointment of Edward J. Eckart, Jr. as assistant director of public safety.

Northeast Ohio stimulus funding project aims to revitalize local economy with broadband buildout -- Government Computer News
November 08, 2011 http://gcn.com/

Northeast Ohio looks to remake itself for the 21st-century economy with help from a broadband optical network The Rust Belt of Northeast Ohio is remaking itself for the 21st-century economy with the help of a regional broadband optical network being built with federal stimulus grant money.

Summit Exec to Speak on Collaboration
November 07, 2011 http://business-journal.com/

Summit Exec to Speak on Collaboration

Fledgling telecom network promises huge savings to local communities
November 07, 2011 http://www.ohio.com/

Lured by the potential for huge savings, several area municipalities are joining a telecommunications network that eventually could link telephone, human relations and payroll services. Tallmadge is among the first of 30 communities in Northeast Ohio to get on board.

Parma school board adopts plan to consolidate schools, move 8th-graders to high schools
November 07, 2011 http://blog.cleveland.com/

PARMA, Ohio -- The school board voted Monday to reduce the number of school buildings in the district by moving sixth- and eighth-graders to eliminate elementary schools. After six months of debate, the board voted to adopt Superintendent Jeffrey Graham's plan to consolidate the middle schools and high schools by moving the eighth-graders into the district's three high schools.

Officials find 'strength in numbers'
November 07, 2011 http://www.pittsburghlive.com/

A regional collaboration known as the Power of 32 can be successful in gaining economic development funds and spurring growth for the region, including Armstrong County, county officials say. It's good for their county and they're glad to be a part of the group of counties, the Armstrong County commissioners said.

Surviving the suburban squeeze: Joe Frolik
November 07, 2011 http://www.cleveland.com/

"Right now, we're one snow emergency or blizzard from not being able to pay our bills," explains Kathryn Gambatese, a councilwoman in the East Side suburb for more than 20 years. "Last year, we got hit really hard on overtime." Unfortunately for Gambatese and her neighbors, they've been hit hard by more than Mother Nature the past few years.

Local Officials Discuss Collaborating At Akron Conference
October 25, 2011 http://www.ideastream.org/

With shrinking budgets and an economy that shows little sign of returning to its past vitality anytime soon, cooperation and collaboration between local governments has taken on a new urgency. After years of mulling over the idea with no real action taken, many local governments are now eagerly seeking collaborative solutions that will lower their costs and improve efficiency.

Big savings in IT collaboration, consolidation
October 25, 2011 http://www.ohio.com/

Taxpayers could see huge savings if governments would consolidate and update their information technology departments, and a group of leaders gathered Thursday at the John S. Knight Center in Akron to hear details about how to do it. The EfficientGovNetwork Regional Collaboration Conference brought together more than 100 area governmental leaders to talk about their experiences making government more efficient.

New grants and merger helping to better support victims of domestic violence
October 17, 2011 http://blog.cleveland.com/

Families embroiled in divorce and custody conflicts that involve domestic abuse will soon get more support in Cuyahoga County's Domestic Relations Court. A federal grant from the Office of Violence Against Women provides $300,000 to the court, the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC), the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to pay for two new positions and to train court staff.

Absent Governors
October 17, 2011 http://artvoice.com/

Yet another grant-funded think-tank analysis of Rust Belt cities has been published, with findings that are eerie echoes of studies read, written, and cited for decades. The new study, written for the Center for Community Progress by Brookings Institution scholar Allan Mallach and Michigan State economist Eric Scorsone, finds that old, sprawled-out, depopulated former industrial cities can't make it on their own.

As States Cut Aid, Localities Learn to do Less with Less
October 17, 2011 http://www.digitalcommunities.com/

Tough economic times are taking a toll on the relationship between states and localities. In this series, Stateline examines what's at stake as states cut local aid and shift responsibilities to cities and counties. You can get accustomed to hard times, and over the last few years Ohio's towns and cities learned to scrape by.

Eastern Cuyahoga County mayors discuss merger as an alternative to service cuts
October 17, 2011 http://blog.cleveland.com/

At a forum Thursday, mayors from three of those suburbs, and officials from other cities, said shrinking budgets, particularly in state funding, may make such efforts an attractive alternative to cuts in services. Mayors Bruce Akers of Pepper Pike, Kathy Mulcahy of Orange and Charles Smith of Woodmere led a panel to discuss the proposal to merge their communities.

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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

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