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Ohio chambers’ government-efficiency recommendations recognized for excellence

“Redesigning Ohio” to be featured on Harvard Kennedy School website

Cleveland—A new Harvard Kennedy School website with a focus on operational excellence in government will include the “Redesigning Ohio” report. Originally released in 2010 by nine Ohio chambers of commerce, the report provided recommendations for sweeping changes to help the state improve economic performance and reduce costs.

“Redesigning Ohio” was one of 30 studies selected for the website.

The participating chambers—known as the Metro Chambers Coalition—include the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), as well as the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Columbus Chamber, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Akron Chamber, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber.

“These recommendations were the culmination of an unprecedented year-long process in which we worked together to identify, research and analyze a wide variety of ideas and narrowed them to those that would best improve the performance of the state,” said Daniel Colantone, president and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber and current chair of the Metro Chambers Coalition.

The coalition worked with author and public policy expert David Osborne and former state budget director Greg Browning to draft the final recommendations.

The Metro Chambers Coalition leveraged the report to provide key budget and legislative recommendations to encourage transformative reform across a variety of areas including criminal justice, local governments, tax expenditures and government efficiency.

“Redesigning Ohio provided a necessary framework from the business community to guide Ohio in reducing unnecessary costs and improving innovation during a time of financial crisis,” said Joe Roman, president & CEO of the GCP and former chair of the Metro Chambers Coalition.

Several recommendations from “Redesigning Ohio” have been implemented in the state including criminal justice reform in 2011 that made sweeping changes intended to divert low-level, nonviolent criminals into community settings to reduce costs; the creation of the Local Government Innovation Fund in 2012, which supports innovation and efficiency within local governments; and the creation of the tax expenditure review committee, signed into law in 2016, that will assess the return on investment of Ohio’s various tax credit programs and make needed changes.

“We are pleased that several recommendations have been implemented and will continue to work with Ohio leaders to encourage government efficiency and best practices to strengthen economic growth and job creation in the state,” said Roman.