For those committed to regionalism & government collaboration

This Friday will be a watershed in Ohio: Word came down today that the Ohio Department of Development office in charge of the Local Government Innovation Fund grants and loans will gather at 1pm on Friday to announce awards:
The Local Government Innovation Fund Council will hold a public meeting on Friday June 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vern Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, 19th Floor Room 1960, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

The Council’s agenda includes reviewing Round 1 Loan and Grant applications for approval and award.
If you haven't been keeping up on just how much activity has increased in the area of shared services, across the country and literally the globe, then I highly recommend you subscribe to the EfficientGovNetwork news feed - it's part of my day job and I update it at least a couple of times a week, though I shoot for everyday. And there are more than enough news stories about efforts large and small to post multiple stories each day.

If you want to see that it's really happening and who is actually doing this work, check out the mash up here. And if you want to look more deeply at how it's done, check out the Wiki playbook (beta version). We'll be filling that up over time.

How will NE Ohio do? We don't know yet - but we'll know soon! (The study part of the four community merger was submitted by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission - that's the only one I'm aware of for sure that Pepper Pike was involved in.)

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