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County executives talk economic development, collaboration

Laura Johnston, The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Once dependent on steel, they're working to retool themselves as Hollywood backlots, hubs of innovation lined with waterfront recreation.
Pittsburgh's Allegheny County, though, has so far outpaced Cuyahoga County's efforts, in no small part due to a sleek reform government that replaced a slate of elected officials with one executive. Voters approved a county charter there in 1998, 11 years before Cuyahoga adopted its own.

This is a one-stop shop," said Allegheny Executive Rich Fitzgerald. "When businesses are having trouble they know they can come here and get things done. This office has the ability to convene all the partners."

Rich Fitzgerald, meet Ed FitzGerald.

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