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Two Government Reform Events Announced for May 1st

CLEVELAND--April 3, 2009--Nationally known author and government reform expert David Osborne will be featured at two events in Northeast Ohio on Friday, May 1 to discuss how local governments and school districts can reinvent themselves to squeeze more value out of every tax dollar they raise.

Osborne’s topic will be “Finding the Leverage for Change: The Five Strategies for Reinventing Government.”

The events, in Cleveland and Niles, are co-hosted by the EfficientGovNow program and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and sponsored by the Fund for Our Economic Future, The Wean Foundation and the Trumbull Foundation.

The EfficientGovNow program, presented by the Fund for Our Economic Future, aims to accelerate government collaboration and efficiency by providing as much as $300,000 in funding in 2009 to as many as three collaborative government projects from throughout Northeast Ohio.

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has worked closely with the Fund to advance government collaboration and efficiency as part of the region’s Advance Northeast Ohio economic action plan.

Osborne will speak at a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. May 1 at City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor, hosted by EfficientGovNow. Cost is $15 person and RSVP’s can be made online at http://ffefmay1event.eventbrite.com or by calling Angela Maldonado at (216) 925-4900.

Osborne will then give a luncheon address at 11:30 a.m. May 1 at Ciminero's Banquet Centre, 123 N. Main St., Niles hosted by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. Cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for prospective members. RSVP’s can be made by online at www.regionalchamber.com, by contacting Jennifer Mascardine at (330) 744-2131, ext. 12 or by email at Jennifer@regionalchamber.com.

“Local elected officials in Northeast Ohio are taking significant steps toward reinventing government in our region and we hope these programs on May 1 will inspire more officials and citizens to work with us to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government in our region,” said Tom Humphries, president of the Regional Chamber.

Osborne is the author or co-author of five books: “The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis” (2004); “The Reinventor's Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government” (2000), “Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies For Reinventing Government” (1997), “Reinventing Government” (1992), and “Laboratories of Democracy” (1988). He has also authored numerous articles for the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, Harpers, Inc., Governing, and other publications.

Osborne is a senior partner of The Public Strategies Group, a consulting firm that helps public organizations improve their performance. He has worked with governments large and small, from cities, counties, and school districts to states, federal agencies, and foreign governments. He has advised governors, mayors, city managers, county executives, school superintendents, and many other public sector leaders.

In 1993, he served as a senior advisor to Vice President Al Gore, to help run what the Vice President often called his "reinventing government task force," the National Performance Review. He was the chief author of the NPR report, called by Time "the most readable federal document in memory."

He also serves as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a Congressionally chartered organization similar to the National Academy of Sciences. Osborne graduated with honors from Stanford University, and he has taught at Yale University, as a visiting lecturer. He and his children live in Essex, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston.

  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