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Cuyahoga County to Receive 2013 NACo Achievement Award

National Association of Counties Recognizes Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol


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CLEVELAND –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.  

“Receiving this award from NACo lets us know that we are moving in the right direction,” says Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County Executive. “The Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol represents the first step in a new era of regional collaboration and is a key component to building a stronger region. It allows us to advance economic development alongside one another as opposed to in competition with one another.”

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."

NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,069 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.