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Check out Civic Commons

By Dave Scott Published: July 18, 2012

My apologies for the stagnation on this blog for a while.

For starters, you might want to check out the work at the Civic Commons on Government Efficiency and other issues.

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Case studies of collaboration that works

By Dave Published: February 10, 2012

Kent State looks at several examples of government collaboration, explains the problems and how they were overcome: http://www.kent.edu/cpapp/index.cfm

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Rate your community's chances

By Dave Published: February 8, 2012

Wondering if a Local Government Innovation Fund grant or loan is coming to your community? Here's how the applications will be scored: http://development.ohio.gov/Urban/documents/Scoring2312.pdf

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Yost provides toolkit

By Dave Published: November 11, 2011

Ohio Auditor is offering tips and instructions for leaders to reduce the size of local government entities. Here is Yost's news release with a link to the toolkit.

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Due diligence with education survey

By Dave Published: November 3, 2011

I have seen no evidence of governments rushing into collaboration. If anything, there has been criticism of working too slowly. Almost everyone I talk to emphasizes that creating shared services is hard, time-consuming work. I can't cite any examples, but I'm sure some officials have looked at areas for possible savings and found none. (Politicians are never likely to point out their failures!) Nevertheless, if you strive to find all areas of possible savings, it seems you also wind up making some false starts. Here's an example of looking for exisiting ideas and fishing for others. The attached document was sent by the state to educators to gauge attitudes toward collaboration. How would you answer?

Thanks to Randy Cole for sharing this.

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Coming stories look at Collaboration

By Dave Published: October 24, 2011

Expect two collaboration stories this week. One that is already finished and slated for Tuesday (no guarantees, this is the news business after all), looks at a technology network that could link municipalities throughout Northeast Ohio.  Tallmadge thinks it will allow it to save more than $100,000 over five years.

The other story is an update on the county's effort to collaborate on paving projects. The numbers are just now coming in and most say they expect savings but can't say how much. County Engineer Al Brubaker expects to do it again next year on an expanded basis.

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Cuyahoga politicians talk about collaboration

By Dave Published: October 19, 2011

EfficientGovNetwork offers a podcast featuring  former University Heights’ Mayor Beryl Rothschild and current East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, two very different politicians, talk about the experience leading collaboration efforts.

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Collaborating schools

By Dave Published: October 3, 2011

For those of you who missed it, Beacon Journal reporter John Higgins had a nice example of collaboration in Friday's Beacon Journal:

Medina Schools using technology to move from old Blackboard to new Blackboard

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Efficiency meeting agenda

By Dave Published: September 28, 2011

If you are a government leader looking to cut costs, this might be the meeting for you. The Fund for Our Economic Future is sponsoring a day-long conference with speakers offering advice for how to save money.

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Green, Warren share ideas

By Dave Published: September 27, 2011

One obstacle to collaboration is the learning curve for finding exactly how to accomplish efficiencies. Academic institutions don't are just starting to provide help, the state and county can only do so much. Here's a news release from Green showing how they shared How-To information with Warren:

City of Green Hosts City Officials from Warren at Green’s
Central Administration Building

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