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The Center frequently hosts forums and seminars to educate officials and the public about the benefits of intergovernmental collaboration, providing insight into best practices and overcoming barriers to creating an effort.  Links to the PowerPoint Presentations of each speaker can be found below the forum's description.

Navigating Health Care Reform
September 9, 2010
The most recent forum hosted by the Center was discussion of the impacts of Health Care Reform on our region, focusing in the areas of public health, health services, and collaborative opportunities in Northeast Ohio.  A group of expert panelists led the discussion, consisting of Greg Moody, Interim Director, Health Policy Institute of Ohio; Joan Mason, President, The Gateway Group; and Stephen Colecchi, CEO, Robinson Memorial Hospital. Health care providers, public officials, and academic leaders and others who attended learned about the content of the new federal health care reform laws and opportunities it provides for improving collaboration among private and public sector organizations who are providing public health and health care services.
Greg Moody, Health Management Associates
Joan Mason, The Gateway Group
Stephen Colecchi, CEO, Robinson Memorial Hospital
A Presentation from the Sourcing Office
July 28, 2010
During the summer of 2010, the Sourcing Office visited Kent State University to host an educational session which provided an introduction to their services, and the benefits to communities who choose to become members of this shared purchasing organization.  The Sourcing Office was created to identify, develop, and implement cost-saving opportunities for local government, non-profit organizations, and private companies.  Both members and staff of the Sourcing Office explained how through joint-purchasing programs on everything from electricity to office supplies to Human Resource services, time and money are saved because of this unique collaboration.
IMAGE: Sourcing Office Logo
Intergovernmental Collaborations Forum
May 20, 2010
Barry Strock, of Barry Strock Consulting Associates, Inc., discussed topics related to "Consolidations and Outsourcing" during this forum on Intergovernmental Collaboration.  He addressed the "how-to" of consolidation, collaboration, and the sharing of resources that are predicated upon sound vision, governance, funding and cost-sharing, and the politics of expectations.  John Hoornbeek also presented an update on the EfficientGovNow 1.0 projects, and a review of the proposals for EfficientGovNow 2.0.
Barry Strock, Barry Strock Consulting and Associates, Inc.
ohn Hoornbeek, Director, The Center for Public Administration and Public Policy
Intergovernmental Opportunities Forum II
March 24, 2010
During this forum on intergovernmental collaboration, more than 40 local officials gathered to learn about innovative collaborations happening across Northeast Ohio.  Speakers included: Summit County Executive Russell Pry, whose spear-heading a county-wide pharmaceutical initiative and insurance purchasing; and Bruce Tague and Bob Aber of the Sourcing Office who spoke about how group purchasing of office supplies and utilities has been able to assist local governments in saving on their everyday costs.
Intergovernmental Collaboration Opportunities For The Future
February 10, 2010
This forum shared knowledge and transferred information to assist local governments in considering alternative service development and delivery.  The forum covered three major elements.  First, it over-viewed the status and benefits of intergovernmental collaboration. Next, experts involved in existing collaborations shared first-hand knowledge and experience.  The event concluded with information pertaining to the EfficientGovNow 2.0 program, and how communities could use this program to help foster productive intergovernmental collaborations.  (For more information on EfficientGovNow2.0, follow the links below.)  The following is a list of speakers who presented their knowledge and expertise.  Each link contains a full PowerPoint Presentation from each speaker.
John Hoornbeek, Director, The Center for Public Administration and Public Policy 
Daniel Smith, Economic Development Director, City of Kent Kenneth Penix, Franklin Township Administrator 
Sean Phillips, GIS Coordinator, Stark County Regional Planning Commission 
John Hoornbeek, Director, The Center for Public Administration and Public Policy 
Brad Whitehead, President, Fund for Our Economic Future
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