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FitzGerald pitches regionalism in speech

3:04 PM, Apr 6, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The new leader of county government in Cleveland is pitching increased regional cooperation.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald took office in January, replacing a three-commissioner government tainted by corruption. He outlined his vision for regional cooperation Wednesday in a "state of the county"' address.

He told a luncheon audience that he will propose an agreement in which Cleveland and its nearly 60 suburbs would avoid poaching jobs from each other. He says such an agreement will be tied to county economic development help.

He wants to create a $100 million economic development fund backed by sales tax money.

FitzGerald said his administration is committed to working with Cleveland to find ways to cooperate. He also wants to increase the sharing of public services across the county.

The Associated Press

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