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Shared Services Expo

WVIZ/PBS ideastream and the Efficient Government Network co-hosted a state wide Shared Services Expo for the purpose of promoting awareness and best practices in improving operations and reducing costs. Several hundred government agencies and organizations including, police, fire, county commissioners, mayors, superintendents and health care providers came together at ideastream to learn how to develop their own shared services initiatives. A group of panelists was convened to discuss their personal experiences in developing shared services initiatives.



  • Linda Williams, Ph.D., Senior Director of Education, ideastream
  • Jill Zimon, Director, EfficientGovNetwork Project


  • Michael Bell, Mayor, City of Toledo
  • Matthew Kurtz, Executive Director, Knox County Dept. of Job and Family Services
  • John LaPlante, Executive Director, ACCESS, Mahoning County
  • Tom Pascarella, Director of Administration, City of Tallmadge
  • Angie Underwood, Executive Director, OME-RESA-Ohio Mid-eastern Regional Education Service Agency


  • Ed Fitzgerald, Cuyahoga County Executive: Obstacles and Opportunities - A County Executive Reflects on Regional Collaboration

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ideastream Education Funding

Funding for the coverage of education topics comes from Eaton; The GAR Foundation; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Hershey Foundation; The Nord Family Foundation; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; Staples Foundation; and The Cleveland Foundation.