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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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Mayors: Would you sign on?

By Dave Published: September 15, 2011

Here's a Plan Dealer story  with the headline: "Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald asks mayors to sign anti-poaching agreement." Only one city has signed on so far and many reservations are expressed. Is this something Summit County's Russ Pry should consider? Would businesses be hurt by this deal? Would taxpayers be helped by fewer sweet deals?

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Help for difficult situations

By Dave Published: September 13, 2011

Here is a copy of proposed legislation to loosen requirements on mutual aid agreements. The most significant changes, according to sponsor John Patrick Carney, D-Columbus, is to add to groups that can join an agreement (universities, private ambulance companies, etc.) and let emergency crews take joint action without first getting approval from political leaders like mayors, township trustees, etc.

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Help in emergencies

By Dave Published: September 12, 2011

Obviously, efficiency isn't always about saving money. Sometimes it is to improve services. Here's one aimed at making things go more smoothly during emergencies:

Rep. Carney Introduces Bill to Expand Shared Services in
would make government cooperation easier, response times faster

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