Now More Than Ever: Regional Collaboration During Covid and Beyond

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to do more with less as government revenues have been reduced. Even before the pandemic though, Northeast Ohio was struggling with declining population and aging infrastructure. With current trends as of 2010, Vibrant NEO predicted that all 12 counties of Northeast Ohio would be in a worse fiscal position by 2040, with expenses exceeding revenues.

To keep this from happening, one of the four key Vibrant NEO themes is “promoting collaboration and efficiency”. Working across political boundaries can help reduce costs, stabilize budgets, and improve quality of life. On April 1st, 2021, Vibrant NEO hosted a panel discussion with four elected officials, learn how they are doing just that.

Bringing their years of insight were:

Robert A. Fiala, Willoughby Mayor and Safety Director

Jim Hockaday, Conneaut City Manager

Dennis Morley, Eastlake Mayor and Safety Director

Rich Regovich, Willowick Mayor and Safety Director

Michelle Pomerantz (moderator), Cuyahoga County Department of Regional Collaboration Director

We thank them all for their time and great contributions! Stay tuned for more Vibrant NEO panel discussions in the future.

If you were unable to attend, you can access a recording of the panel here.

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