CLEVELAND–July 1, 2009–The Fund for Our Economic Future, a philanthropic collaboration that works to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio, has named the nine finalists competing for EfficientGovNow awards. The three winners will now be determined via a public vote to be held from July 1 through July 31. Winners of the EfficientGovNow awards will be announced in early August.
Details on the nine projects can be viewed on the EfficientGovNow Web site, www.EfficientGovNow,org. Residents of Northeast Ohio can vote in one of three ways – online at www.EfficientGovNow.org, by calling 1-877-771-5206, or with a mail-in ballot included in brochures at libraries throughout Northeast Ohio.
“Now it’s the publics turn to drive change directly in our region as their votes will decide which projects share the $300,000 in grant money,” said Brad Whitehead, president, Fund for Our Economic Future. “The public has repeatedly and resoundingly told us they want to see local governments working collaboratively and more efficiently. This is an opportunity for them to put their words into action to recognize and accelerate some of those efforts.”
The nine competing projects are:
1. Mahoning River Corridor Interactive Web site: “Rollin’ on the River”
2. “Sustain a Greener Ohio,” A Collaboration to Map the Storm Water Conveyance System in Stark County
3. Combined Dispatch to Use New Technology to Save Lives and Money (Ashland County)
4. Westshore Regional Fire District Project (Cuyahoga County)
5. Mahoning/Youngstown Regional Information System (MYRIS)
6. City/Township/School District Fleet Management Collaboration Project (Oberlin, New Russia)
7. Creating Efficiencies and Cost-Savings through Consolidation of Public Health Services in Summit County
8. Rittman and Orrville Schools Administrative Compact
9. Master Plan for the Western Reserve Joint Economic Development Zone of the Cities of Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Stow
The finalists were selected from 39 qualified proposals submitted to the Fund from nearly all of Northeast Ohio’s 16 counties. To be eligible for consideration, the projects had to meet a series of baseline criteria, including that each project involve at least two governmental partners, be ready for implementation, demonstrate how it could be replicated and ways it would reinvest the cost savings to further promote economic growth in the region.
“Choosing the finalists was not easy,” Whitehead said. “All of these projects merit implementation in their own right and we hope they will push forward on their own. But we had to narrow the field and those we selected had a little bit more, whether it was previous partner experience or a strong plan to engage the public in their efforts.”
The Fund was particularly encouraged by the diversity in the types of projects applying for the EfficientGovNow awards. “This tells us there are hundreds of officials throughout the region with ideas for working more collaboratively to make our region stronger,” added Whitehead.
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