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What does the Department of Regional Collaboration Do?
Too often our communities work in “silos” or have competed to attract businesses and other resources already located in the county. As Executive FitzGerald has said, “It’s time to stop competing against each other and start competing against the world.” In this spirit, the department is responsible for several key projects or initiatives. They are:
- Advancing development through the Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol. By January 2013, all 59 Cuyahoga County communities signed on.
- Advancing shared services and efficiency by working closely with the County’s 59 mayors, city managers and trustees.
- Assisting the Executive and other department directors in efforts to expand county-provided services under the Executive’s Western Reserve Plan.
- Serving as liaison to the many networks across the region.
- Coordinating local stakeholders with a vested interest in the responsible development and resiliency of the Lake Erie watershed.
- Providing leadership to local efforts to improve the public’s health.
- Leading efforts to develop a Center for Excellence in Local Government that will promote good government practices as we have done through CountyStat.
- Serving as the point of contact between the County and our state and federal legislators and liaisons to advance the county’s interests in state and federal legislation, policies and funding opportunities.