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50 Projects Submitted to EfficientGovNow

CLEVELAND--March 2, 2010--The Fund for Our Economic Future has received 50 government collaboration projects from across Northeast Ohio looking to compete for EfficientGovNow awards. The projects involve 380 total partners from 15 counties in the region.

Currently in its second round, EfficientGovNow is a competitive award and civic engagement program that encourages and accelerates government cooperation and efficiency by providing funds to local government collaboration projects chosen by the residents of Northeast Ohio. In this round of the program, as much as $330,000 in awards is to be shared among as many as four projects. The awards are provided by the Fund, a philanthropic collaboration of organizations and individuals that uses grantmaking, research and civic engagement to strengthen the 16-county region’s economic competitiveness.

“The response to EfficientGovNow continues to tell us that the opportunity for collaboration and cooperation is everywhere, especially given the wide range of project ideas submitted,” said Brad Whitehead, president, Fund for Our Economic Future. “Clearly, the time is ripe for innovative steps such as these to strengthen our region’s economic competitiveness.”

With the support of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, EfficientGovNow will produce news stories and other material to increase public awareness of the government collaborations proposals.

“In partnership with the Knight Foundation, the Fund is excited to sponsor journalism that will help mobilize the public to advance more efficient, effective government in the region,” Whitehead said. “We will be expanding our journalism and citizen engagement efforts beyond the EfficientGovNow program later this year.”

The government collaboration ideas submitted in the second round of EfficientGovNow cover an array of collaboration and efficiency opportunities ranging from regional information technology systems and green energy to shared facilities and storm water systems.  All 50 of the project ideas are posted for public review and comment in the proposals section of the program’s Web site, www.EfficientGovNow.org

After reviewing all qualified project ideas and inviting full proposals, the Fund will announce the round two finalists on April 30 and public voting will take place from May 1 through May 31. The Fund will announce the award recipients in early June.

“With local governments across 15 counties participating, we are tremendously encouraged by the number of leaders who are ready to step forward to find a better, more collaborative way to provide public services,” said Whitehead. “While as many as four collaboration projects will receive funding at this time, each and every application for an EfficientGovNow award is important in strengthening our region’s economic competitiveness. We hope that with the public’s support and encouragement, those efforts that don’t receive funding this time will push forward on their own.”

Kent State University serves the fiscal agent for the program and provides consulting and other technical assistance to the local governments participating in EfficientGovNow.

  ABOUT THE FUND FOR OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE

The Fund for Our Economic Future is a collaboration of more than 100 foundations, organizations and philanthropists from across Northeast Ohio that strengthens the region’s economic competitiveness through grantmaking, civic engagement and research.

For more information, contact:

Chris ThompsonFund for Our Economic Future216-925-4902 (office)216-215-0329 (cell)cthompson@futurefundneo.org