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EfficientGovNow Round 2 Overview

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This document provides background information on the EfficientGovNow grant program, including results from our successful first round held in the summer of 2009, and information to participate in round 2, held in the spring of 2010.

The EfficientGovNow program is a competitive grant awards program that encourages and accelerates government collaboration, cooperation and efficiency by providing rounds of funding to government collaboration projects as selected by the residents of Northeast Ohio. Round 2 of the program will provide as much as $330,000 total in funding to as many as four collaborative government projects from throughout Northeast Ohio.

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EfficientGovNow Round 2 Overview

  1. 1. Efficient GovNow ANEO Choice Award www.EfficientGovNow.org Presented by the Fund for Our Economic Future EfficientGovNow EfficientGovNow is a competitive awards program that encourages greater government collaboration, cooperation and efficiency to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio, and engages the public to advance and direct change. Launched by the Fund for Our Economic Future in 2009, EfficientGovNow aims to secure strong government collaboration proposals from throughout the region and empower the public to spur greater action for regional collaboration and efficiency by selecting those projects to receive funding. In round 1, the Fund offered a total of as much as $300,000 for up to three collaboration programs, with the public selecting the recipients. Highlights from the first round of EfficientGovNow include: • 65 project abstracts submitted by more than 255 unique government partners • 14 of 16 counties represented • 39 proposals met full EfficientGovNow criteria • 13,498 Northeast Ohioans cast qualified votes • Communities came together to rally support for individual programs The winning projects of the first round of the EfficientGovNow competition were: • Rollin’ on the River: Mahoning River Corridor Redevelopment Project ($57,451) • Westshore Regional First District Project, covering Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties ($100,000) • Mahoning-Youngstown Regional Information System ($120,000) To learn more about round 1 of EfficientGovNow, visit www.efficientgovnow.org The public is eager for more. The message from round 1 was clear: Opportunity is everywhere – the payoff is big – and the public wants action. That’s why the Fund approved a second round of EfficientGovNow, offering up to $330,000 in total for up to four collaboration projects. As with round 1, the public will vote for the three best collaboration projects, with the Fund reserving the option to award a fourth grant to a meritorious collaboration involving smaller communities. EfficientGovNow Project Criteria • Each project must include a minimum of two governmental partners • Funding request must not exceed 80% of the total project cost • Funding is for implementation, not planning • Must be implemented within two years • A financial commitment to the project is required from each governmental partner • Project must result in lower government costs and/or stronger economic competitiveness • Demonstrate how “savings” will be used to strengthen economic competitiveness • Demonstrate the potential to be replicated throughout the region Go to EfficientGovNow.org today and download a copy of the Abstract and RFP forms.
  2. 2. Efficient GovNow ANEO Choice Award www.EfficientGovNow.org Presented by the Fund for Our Economic Future EfficientGovNow implementation and timing January 6 RFP issued February 26 Project abstracts due April 19 Proposals due April 30 Finalists named May 1 Voting begins May 31 Voting ends June Winners announced Government entities interested in applying for an EfficientGovNow award are required to submit a 250-word abstract as a “pre-screen” phase to ensure that the final proposal will meet all program criteria. All abstracts will be reviewed by a committee to determine whether proposed projects will meet the minimum criteria. Abstracts will then be posted online for public review and comment at www.efficientgovnow.org. Final proposals will be submitted online at www.efficientgovnow.org and will be posted for public review and comment. A selection committee comprised of Fund members and invited experts will select the final proposals to be voted on by the public. To reach the broadest audience possible, voting will be conducted online, throughout an 800 telephone number and paper ballots. Voters will choose and rank their three preferred proposals, with rankings weighted on a point scale. The three proposals with the largest point totals will receive funding. The Fund will determine the fourth project recipient. Community Resources The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Kent State University are partners and sponsors of EfficientGovNow and its related activities. The Fund has engaged partners at colleges and universities across the region to provide guidance and assistance to those governments submitting proposals. Working with the Fund on EfficientGovNow are representatives from Kent State University’s Center for Public Administration & Public Policy, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University’s Center Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs, Lorain County Community College Public Service Institute and Oberlin College. Advance Norheast Ohio The Fund collaborates with partners in the private and public sector to implement the region’s economic action plan, Advance Northeast Ohio, which has four focus areas – business growth and attraction, talent development, growth through racial and economic inclusion and government collaboration and efficiency. To learn more, visit www.advancenortheastohio.org. Go to EfficientGovNow.org today and download a copy of the Abstract and RFP forms.

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