Monday, May 26, 2008

this coming Wednesday at noon at the City Club: Jim Rokakis

The City Club - Speakers > Speaker Detail -- Our Wednesday is realigning as we plan to go see Cuyahoga County Treasurer and former Ward 15 Councilman Jim Rokakis speak at the City Club at noon. Here's the blurb from the link:

Speakers > Jim Rokakis

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 12:00 PM

Jim Rokakis
Cuyahoga County Treasurer


Jim Rokakis will discuss a proposed Ohio bill to land bank foreclosed properties. Rokakis took office as county treasurer in March 1997 after serving for more than 19 years on Cleveland City Council, the last seven as chairman of the finance committee. He has brought sweeping reform to the treasurer's office, overhauling county property tax collection system by instituting more efficient collection and disbursement of tax revenue. Rokakis has significantly improved the county’s investment function and was recognized as having the best-performing portfolio among Ohio County Treasurer’s. Rokakis also revolutionized the way Ohio counties collect delinquent property taxes by working successfully to pass House Bill 371 that allows county treasurers in Ohio’s largest counties to sell their property tax liens to private entities. Additionally, he spearheaded House Bill 294, which streamlines the foreclosure process for abandoned properties and was instrumental in creating Cuyahoga County’s “Don’t Borrow Trouble” foreclosure prevention program. Rokakis developed nationally recognized linked deposit loan programs that help revitalize the county’s housing stock and reduce urban sprawl. Rokakis has been recognized by local and national organizations for his efforts in strengthening neighborhoods and communities. In 2007, he received the NeighborWorks America Local Government Service Award and the Leadership in Social Justice Award from Greater Cleveland Community Shares, and was named the County Leader of the Year by American City and County Magazine.

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