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Hudson Ohio To Host Series On Regionalism

01/16/2009
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inservice_presentation_01In a recent post, Ohio Democrats: Control, Ambition But No Money, it was mentioned that the new speaker of the Ohio House, Armond Budish, would like to see cities “participate in state purchasing cooperative and examine ways to regionalize services such as fire and trash collection.”

DTD applauds this concept and has been a supporter of the “regional” theory of services for Cities and their surrounding communities.

Regionalism is a way that communities can address economic issues and global market competition by working together towards economic growth, obtaining new employers and jobs plus maximizing resources.

January through February, in Hudson Ohio, three sessions to look at economic cooperation, tax sharing and prosperity will be held and co-sponsored by the Hudson Library, Historical Society and the Northeast Ohio Region League of Women Voters.

President of the League of Women Voters of Hudson, Belinda Wing, states that “Northeast Ohio is active in its pursuit of bringing regionalism to the area, with the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association as one of the prominent groups.”

Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers are pursuing a regional economic revenue study about regional planning for economic growth and sharing a portion of new taxes that result among the municipalities. The second phase will include a plan for 16 counties in Northeast Ohio to share revenue on new developments.

The January 29th session will be “What is the economic future for Northeast Ohio, What is Regionalism and an overview of the Northeast Ohio Project.”

February 12th session will be “Elected officials talk about revenue sharing.” Guest speakers will be Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, Pepper Pike Mayor Bruce Aker and Rittman’s Mayor William Robertson.

February 26th’s final program is “Regional Prosperity Initiative” and will feature Hudson Mayor William Currin, who is president of the NEO Mayors and City Manager Associations.

All these sessions are free to the public, there is no registration required and programs begin at 7pm in the Flood Family Meeting Room at the Hudson Library.

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