My Town: Lakewood Anti-Poaching Agreement

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Lakewood Mayor Michael P. Summers has signed an anti-poaching agreement with Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.  The purpose is to encourage responsible, forward thinking, economic development activities at no peril to the livelihood of neighboring communities.   “The elements for this agreement lay the foundation for better regional cooperation and advancement in a more equitable manner,” said Mayor Summers. “I have grown to understand and appreciate that Lakewood, and all Cuyahoga communities, need to transcend from viewing ourselves as being a community in Cuyahoga County towards a community that is part of Cuyahoga County.” 

Some specific purposes of the agreement include interactions between the county and communities to promote economic development and a commitment from participating communities that they will not actively pursue the relocation of a business that has not indicated it is considering a move from another participating community.