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EfficientGovNow Voting Tightens

CLEVELAND--July 23, 2009--With nine days left before voting ends, the EfficientGovNow vote leaders are facing tougher competition, with the Westhore Regional Fire District Project moving into third place in just the last two days. Two projects from Mahoning County continue to hold the first two spots, but their leads are shrinking. With more than 8,300 ballots cast by Northeast Ohioans since July 1, the standings of the nine finalists are:

  • Mahoning River Corridor Web site: “Rollin’ on the River”
  • Mahoning / Youngstown Regional Information System (MYRIS)
  • Westshore Regional Fire District Project (Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties)
  • Rittman and Orrville Schools Administrative Compact
  • Sustain a Greener Ohio: A collaboration to map the Storm Water Conveyance System in Stark County
  • Master Plan for the Western Reserve Joint Economic Development Zone of the Cities of Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson and Stow
  • Creating Efficiencies and Cost-Savings through Consolidation of Public Health Services in Summit County
  • Combined Dispatch to Use New Technology to Save Lives and Money (Ashland County)
  • City/Township/School District Fleet Management Collaboration Project (New Russia, Oberlin)

“The competition is really up for grabs right now,” said Brad Whitehead, president, Fund for Our Economic Future. “While thousands of people have voted, only a few hundred votes separate second place from seventh place. With nine days to go, any of the finalists are still in a position to get out enough votes to move to the top of the standings. Clearly the competition is stiff, and we expect the vote count to tighten even more.” The top three vote-getters will share up to $300,000 in grant money from the Fund for Our Economic Future, which organized the program to promote government efficiency and collaboration. Voting closes at end of day Friday, July 31. Winners of the EfficientGovNow awards will be announced in early August. “Through their votes, the residents of Northeast Ohio are telling us that increasing government collaboration and efficiency is important to strengthening our region’s economic competitiveness,” said Whitehead. 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 included in brochures at libraries throughout Northeast Ohio. Each individual may cast only one ballot.  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