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Government Collaboration the Focus of Oct. 13 Conference

Public sector leaders to learn practical ways to implement collaborative efforts in local government

CLEVELAND--Sept. 13, 2011--The first EfficientGovNetwork Regional Collaboration Conference on Oct. 13 features experienced government officials sharing practical information about implementing collaborative efforts in local government.

“Governments at every level in Ohio are seeking ways to lower costs and maintain essential public services. The EfficientGovNetwork Regional Collaboration Conference is an opportunity for public sector leaders to share ideas and explore new ways to support sustainable government through collaborative, cost-sharing strategies,” said Randy Cole, state Controlling Board president and policy advisor, Ohio Office of Budget and Management. Cole, one of the conference keynote speakers, will discuss recent state legislative changes that enable and incentivize collaborative actions among local governments.

The day-long conference, being held at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, is planned by the EfficientGovNetwork, a coalition of public sector professionals committed to increasing government collaboration in Northeast Ohio. It is sponsored by The Fund for Our Economic Future in partnership with Advance Northeast Ohio.

Conference highlights include working sessions on shared services, information technology and collaborations; new approaches to implementing mergers and sharing of ideas and best practices with peers. Public health, 911 dispatch, fire services and storm water management are among the topics that will be discussed during the working sessions.  More information, including registration and a detailed agenda, is available online at www.efficientgovnetwork.gov/resources/egnetconference.html 

“Efficient and collaborative local governments are important to Northeast Ohio’s economic competitiveness,” said Fund for Our Economic Future President Brad Whitehead. “The Regional Collaboration Conference will provide a way for public sector leaders to learn about what others in the region are doing, and enable them to begin discussing collaborations for their own communities.” 

Registration is available online at www.efficientgovnetwork.gov/resources/egnetconference.html. Cost is $45 for an individual; $40 per ticket for two attendees and $35 per ticket for three or more attendees. Deadline for registration is Oct. 7, 2011.