Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Promises about Economy on Fitz-O-Meter

Make vacant land, green space and brownfields productive

"Areas of declining population loss create opportunities for a rebirth of neighborhoods by opening green space for recreation and community functions. Smart, coordinated, land use policy will be critical to our success. ... The County Planning Commission will be directed to coordinate with our communities and representative organizations, including First Suburbs and Northeast Ohio Mayors’ and Managers’ Association, to advance land-use planning policies to recognize current population trends, and use sustainability principles to grow our neighborhoods for long term health, prosperity and quality of life."

Promote local food purchases to boost local businesses

"The Department of Development and Board of Health will coordinate to implement measures in support of local food procurement as appropriate to the county's mission and charter."

Develop internships and job opportunities for young people

"FitzGerald will direct the county Jobs & Family Services department to establish metrics-based programming that focuses on connecting young people with suitable internship and job opportunities and develop a meaningful internship program for Cuyahoga County."

Establish a $100-million economic development fund

Modeled after Ohio's successful Third Frontier fund, FitzGerald's "Fourth Frontier" would use grants and revenues from Cleveland's soon-to-be-built casino to invest in local businesses.

Create a non-compete policy between communities in the Fourth Frontier Program

"Any local government in Cuyahoga County can participate in the Fourth Frontier program, as long as they agree to not provide tax incentives or other public resources to lure companies away from other cities also participating in the Fourth Frontier program."

Promote lake shore development while protecting the shoreline

"FitzGerald will also work to preserve the quality lake front development we already have in Cuyahoga by leading a multi-city shoreline protection initiative to protect some of the most valuable property in the state."

Expand county land bank

"FizGerald will build on that capacity by leveraging other resources to broaden the land bank's capacity to acquire strategic property and assemble larger developable properties."

Improve marketing for the region

"FitzGerald will commit to playing an active role personally and commit county staff and resources to collaborating with award-winning marketing efforts from organizations like Team Neo and PositivelyCleveland to market and promote the region."

Draw on management expertise from loaned executives

"Managers from the private sector with expertise in fields such as technology integration, worker productivity, human resources and strategic planning will be invited to loan their talent to the CountyStat task force." Also "They will be accountable to the county executive and report regularly to the public and economic development commission."