Friday, August 07, 2009

"they kicked butt" - a united Mahoning Valley snags regionalism awards

In an announcement by the Fund For Our Economic Future (FFEF can be described as a mega-regional northeast ohio foundation aggregator), two projects from the Mahoning Valley came in the top three in vote getting - enabling cash to be awarded for local projects.

you can watch the announcement here.

from the FEFF's blog:
"After 31 days of voting and strong “get-out-the-vote” campaigns by the nine finalists, the residents of Northeast Ohio have made their choice and determined the three EfficientGovNow collaboration projects that will receive grants from the Fund for Our Economic Future.

A total of 13,483 qualified votes were cast during July. Individuals could vote for up to three projects, with point values assigned for each first, second and third place vote."

11,760 votes - Mahoning River Corridor Redevelopment Project
10,197 votes - Regional Fire District Project – Cuyahoga/Lorain
9,143 votes - Mahoning-Ytown Regional Information System (MYRIS)

5,379 votes - Storm Water Conveyance System in Stark County
5,013 votes - Rittman & Orrville Schools Administrative Compact

from a story in today's Business-Journal:
"That two area projects were among the nine finalists was “a significant achievement all by itself,” Mamula said. “I guess we’re doing something right.”

“They kicked butt. I don’t know any other way to put it,” remarked Chris Thompson, spokesman for the Fund for Our Economic Future."

the story continues...
"The competition “has helped move our area in the right direction,” Tony Paglia, vice president of governmental affairs at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, said in a statement. “We’re a more united Valley than we’ve been before and this collaboration experience will affect the region for a long time to come.”

Paglia noted that a network of chamber members, nonprofit groups, local governments, educational institutions, bloggers and individuals promoted the concerted get-out-the-vote campaign for the local projects."

best of luck to those implementing these projects, and thanks to the Fund for engaging the Mahoning Valley.

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