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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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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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Looking at local tax collection

By Dave Published: August 31, 2011

State officials are looking at consolidating municipal tax collections. They argue it would be more efficient and catch more people not paying their taxes, thereby increasing municipal revenue. So far, a municipality I contacted is opposed, fearing it is a money grab by the state. Here is a study the state did on similar issues back in 2003.

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Medical costs statewide

By Dave Published: August 25, 2011

Ohio's State Employment Relations Board's 2011 19th Annual Report on the Cost of Health Insurance inOhio's Public Sector offers these tidbits:

Statewide, the average monthly premium for medical and prescription coverage when prescription is included in the medical premium is $474 for single coverage and $1,251 for family coverage.

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