Props to the county photog for such a symmetrical pic.
A working group helmed by U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge and comprising the region’s foremost political, civic and business leaders — what up, Komorowski? — presented fledgling Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish with a 44-page report last Friday which outlined key policy areas on which, the team said, he should direct his efforts. Budish formed the group in November to ease his transition into the county’s top post.
Awash in fun corporate patois — “efforts must be more horizontally integrated across all silos,” etc. — the report pointed out where the region has been lagging, and what might be done to fix the most serious problems. Three working groups (Economic Growth & Opportunity, Quality of Life and Effective Government) oriented their suggestions along three central themes: “engage,” “prioritize” and “lead.” They suggested strategies for job growth and job preparedness, economic equality, preserving key regional assets, and creating opportunities for immigrants. On that score, the report even suggested forming an “Office of New Americans” to attract high-level immigrant workers to the region.
Also prominent among the suggestions: leveraging the media presence of the 2016 Republican National Convention to help reshape the narrative of the county, utilizing and increasing downtown green space and promoting the region’s robust arts infrastructure.
“The Transition Policy Working Groups were the first stage of what I hope will be a continuous, inclusive, and meaningful process to facilitate an ongoing two-way conversation between the people of Cuyahoga County and their County government,” Budish said, in a statement. “It is important to me that we continue to collaborate so that we may listen and learn from each other as we solve problems and tackle the region’s challenges.”
It’s been a non-splashy first couple of months for this former “Golden Opportunities” host, but Budish now has a golden opportunity of his own — not just having conversations, but taking action afterward.