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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:
  1. Advancing development through the Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol. By January 2013, all 59 Cuyahoga County communities signed on.
  2. Advancing shared services and efficiency by working closely with the County’s 59 mayors, city managers and trustees.
  3. Assisting the Executive and other department directors in efforts to expand county-provided services under the Executive’s Western Reserve Plan.
  4. Serving as liaison to the many networks across the region.
  5. Coordinating local stakeholders with a vested interest in the responsible development and resiliency of the Lake Erie watershed.
  6. Providing leadership to local efforts to improve the public’s health.
  7. Leading efforts to develop a Center for Excellence in Local Government that will promote good government practices as we have done through CountyStat.
  8. 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.

Cuyahoga County Receives 2013 NACo Achievement Award

The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Cuyahoga County with a 2013 Achievement Award for its Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol program. Started in 1970, the annual NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes innovative county government programs.

In September 2011, Cuyahoga County Executive Edward FitzGerald asked the 59 communities of Cuyahoga County to sign  the Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol in an effort to encourage collaboration on economic development.  The protocol commits each community to improving its economic development efforts and to not “poach” or lure the re-location of businesses, in other signatory communities, that have not expressed a desire to move.  It also establishes a level of trust and a platform for future collaboration on economic development, shared services, and other matters. As of January 2013, in a rare showing of unanimity, all 59 of Cuyahoga County’s diverse communities had signed the protocol.

"We are very honored that Executive FitzGerald's Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol has been awarded a 2013 NACo Achievement Award," said Ed Jerse, Cuyahoga County's Director of Regional Collaboration.  "The protocol encourages our 59 communities to think and act as a region and we trust that it will serve as a platform for future collaboration in the interest of efficiency and economic development."