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FitzGerald Issues Revised "Anti-Poaching" Protocol; Seeks Adoption Soon


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CLEVELAND — After incorporating suggestions from mayors and other community leaders, County Executive Ed FitzGerald today issued a revised anti-poaching protocol for Cuyahoga County’s local governments to consider.

The revised protocol now includes private sector support from the Greater Cleveland Partnership, which has expressed support for the concepts it advances. The new protocol was circulated to mayors Tuesday afternoon; FitzGerald would like to see local government leaders adopt it by the end of September.

“We have listened to the mayors and we made changes to address their concerns,” said FitzGerald. “This is an important statement about how we want to work with each other and with the business community to promote economic development in Cuyahoga County.”

Through the protocol, mayors and other leaders will pledge not to pursue the re-location of a businesses located in a participating community that had not expressed a desire to move. In cases where a business approaches another community about relocation, the proposal establishes a protocol for notice to the business’s home community.

FitzGerald unveiled a draft “Anti-Poaching Protocol” on June 9 and asked the county’s mayors to suggest changes. They did.

“They wanted to stress the positive, avoid undue administrative burdens, and respect businesses’ requests for confidentiality,” said FitzGerald. “Also, some communities do not favor revenue sharing and we acknowledge that. The mayors made good points, so we made changes and added clarifications.”

The revised proposal has been renamed the “Business Attraction and Anti-Poaching Protocol.” It stresses the communities’ desire to enter a new era of collaboration and work with the county to make the region more attractive to business.

In the protocol, communities would agree to:

  • identify an economic development point person and submit information to a central database;
  • not actively pursue local businesses that have not indicated a desire to move;
  • if confidentiality is not requested, notify the home community if contacted by a business considering a re-location; and
  • if asked, discuss with the home community the move and the possibility of a revenue sharing agreement, though no commitment to enter such an agreement is required.