State Rep. John Rogers (D- Mentor-on-the-Lake) was appointed to the Local Government Innovation Council last week. The council awards grants and loans to local government economic development projects that prioritize collaboration and shared services.
“Having been a mayor for so many years, as well as a city council member, I understand the many challenges our local governments face,” said Rep. Rogers. “Significant state budget cuts have been a setback to our local communities. Yet, I’m hopeful that we can explore ways to strengthen our neighborhoods through programs like the Local Government Innovation Fund.”
The 15-member council determines quarterly grant and loan awards from the Local Government Innovation Fund (LGIF), established in the 129th Ohio General Assembly. The LGIF offers communities financial assistance to create more efficient and effective service delivery. Projects are expected to facilitate improved business environments and promote community attraction with their plan for efficiency, collaboration or shared services.
Applications for Round 7 of the LGIF are now under review and will be awarded during the Local Government Innovation Council meeting on December 5, 2013.