Cleveland Region Focuses On Municipal Cooperation

<p>Cleveland and its suburbs are trying to remove some of the regional competition between cities by sharing revenues and resources.</p>
August 5, 2007, 1pm PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"When one Cuyahoga County municipal ity gains population and jobs, chances are it's because another lost them.

That's what happens in nongrowth markets. But small signs indicate that this winner-take-all mind-set is starting to change, thanks in part to agreements dealing with water that Cleveland has forged with about a dozen communities.

Under the agreements, whenever a business moves from one of the participating towns to another, both municipalities will split a portion of the income tax receipts. Mayor Frank Jackson's goal is to have local cities "stop stealing from each other." "

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Published on Saturday, August 4, 2007 in The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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