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EfficientGovNow Voting Strong, Competition Close

CLEVELAND--July 15, 2009--As voting nears the halfway point, the residents of Northeast Ohio are letting their voices be heard as the competition among the nine projects competing for an EfficientGovNow award heats up.

Since voting started July 1, more than 4,600 votes have been cast from across the 16 counties of Northeast Ohio.

EfficientGovNow, the government efficiency and collaboration program of the Fund for Our Economic Future, will award up to a total of $300,000 to as many as three projects as determined by a public vote being held through July 31. Winners of the EfficientGovNow awards will be announced in early August.

“We are pleased that the finalists are working hard to get out the vote. The public’s interest in EfficientGovNow reinforces the strong support for government collaboration and efficiency across the region,” said Fund for Our Economic Future President Brad Whitehead. “More efficient, effective local government is essential to building a more vibrant economic future. EfficientGovNow is helping our region make progress toward that goal.”

Even the White House has noticed. Aneesh P. Chopra, assistant to President Obama and the nation’s Chief Technology Officer, gave EfficientGovNow a strong endorsement during a speech last week at The City Club of Cleveland. Chopra highlighted EfficientGovNow as an example of the innovative ideas needed to stimulate more efficient government and a more globally competitive nation.

“I’m taking it back to Washington,” he said.

The White House is interested in bringing similar innovation to the federal government through its Open Government Initiative, www.whitehouse.gov/open.

Details on the nine competing projects can be viewed on the EfficientGovNow Web site, www.EfficientGovNow.org. Residents of Northeast Ohio can vote in one of three ways – online at www.EfficientGovNow.org, by calling 1-877-771-5206, or with a mail-in ballot available at libraries throughout Northeast Ohio. Each individual can cast only one ballot.

The nine competing projects are: 1. Mahoning River Corridor Interactive Web site: “Rollin’ on the River” 2. “Sustain a Greener Ohio,” A Collaboration to Map the Storm Water Conveyance System in Stark County 3. Combined Dispatch to Use New Technology to Save Lives and Money (Ashland County) 4. Westshore Regional Fire District Project (Cuyahoga County) 5. Mahoning/Youngstown Regional Information System (MYRIS) 6. City/Township/School District Fleet Management Collaboration Project (Oberlin, New Russia) 7. Creating Efficiencies and Cost-Savings through Consolidation of Public Health Services in Summit County 8. Rittman and Orrville Schools Administrative Compact 9. Master Plan for the Western Reserve Joint Economic Development Zone of the Cities of Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Stow

Although the Fund is not releasing results before the end of voting, Whitehead notes that “voting has been close and at this point the awards are up for grabs among any number of entrants.”

 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