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Cuyahoga Mayors unite
FitzGerald wants more cooperation
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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County Executive-Elect Ed FitzGerald wants Cuyahoga's mayors and managers to stop competing against eachother.

 

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On Thursday, incoming Executive FitzGerald told the Cuyahoga County Mayors and Managers Association, - quote - "It's time to stop competing against ourselves and start competing against the world."  His plans include preventing communities from poaching businesses from each other by using a collaborative economic development policy.

A longtime proponent of such collaboration, Pepper Pike Mayor Bruce Akers was encouraged by the meeting.

“(AKERS)…He called upon us to look at ways where the municipalities and the county can work together on services where we can economize, make things more efficient, saves some dollars.  I came away with a very good feeling, the spirit that came out of his remarks was very encouraging…”

FitzGerald also provided an update at the meeting on continuing efforts to restructure the Boards of Revision, which set real estate taxes. Some board members are under criminal investigation, and FitzGerald is firing them all.


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