All Cuyahoga County Communities Agree to "Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol"
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Fifty-nine communities throughout the County have reached a unanimous consensus
CLEVELAND – Middleburg Heights Mayor Gary Starr signed Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald’s “Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol” this week, assuring true regional collaboration countywide by being the 59th and final community to sign the protocol. FitzGerald said he is “thrilled” by this showing of unanimity and confident that the agreement will help advance economic development in the county.
“We want to get communities thinking in a new way and working together on economic development,” said FitzGerald. “The protocol is one way that our communities are moving in a positive direction and seeking new, collaborative approaches to growing businesses. When you combine this agreement with our new form of government, our Economic Development Fund, and the exciting projects around the county, it sends a powerful message.”
Launched in September, 2011, the protocol asks communities to step up their economic development efforts, agree not to lure companies that have not expressed a desire to move, and give notice to a home community if an intra-county move is contemplated. “I give the Mayors and members of the Councils a lot of credit,” said FitzGerald. “They did their due diligence, and that took some time, but what they did is unprecedented.”
Greater Cleveland Partnership President and CEO Joe Roman agrees this is a step forward. "Participation in the agreement from all 59 communities clearly demonstrates progress in Cuyahoga County as it pertains to economic development and business growth opportunities. We’re now poised to work collectively to make our county more business friendly. The GCP is committed to working with the County Executive and all our partners to advance business development projects and keep our local economy growing."
FitzGerald said the signing of the agreement is only a first step. “We plan to work with the communities and the Greater Cleveland Partnership to improve all of our efforts to be responsive to business and advance economic development,” he said.