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The time is now for Smart Growth Policies

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published a compelling Op-Ed, NE Ohio must change course and adopt a smart growth strategy that outlined the the challenges Northeast Ohio faces with continued sprawl and lack of regional government collaboration and introduced policies that could help alleviate the problems. Chris Ronayne, President of University Circle Inc, writes "Northeast Ohio is a microcosm of a growing American problem. We've spread our metropolitan region and its shrinking resources dangerously thin. We're sprawling without growth, when we should be growing smarter and together." Greater Ohio, Ohio's Smart Growth Organization, is currently developing research on the barriers and the benefits of regional collaboration as well as working with organizations such as the Northeast Ohio Mayor's and City Managers Association on its Regional Prosperity Initiative. People are working to develop more sustainable and cost effective governments and it is time that we support them.

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