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Published: Thursday, 2/21/2013

Sylvania city, township will apply for state funds


Both Sylvania city council and the Sylvania Township board of trustees have voted to apply for state funding to work together for economic development.

"We can show by working together with the city of Sylvania that we can be more efficient and save money," said John C. Zeitler, Sylvania Township administrator.

 If funding from the state's Local Government Innovative Fund is approved, the monies would be used in a cooperative effort between the two local governments and the nonprofit Sylvania Area Community Improvement Project to foster a business friendly atmosphere locally.

The motion was approved unanimously by both the township and city boards at meetings Monday night. . Mr. Zeitler and Sylvania's Economic Development Director William Sanford will submit a proposal this month requesting the state consider the entities for at least  $50,000 in funds.

"The three entities will work together for the good of the whole area," Mr. Zeitler said. "The state is encouraging and putting money into this because they want to see towns  pool their resources."

 The state fund is a financial assistance program that aims to facilitate improved business environments and community attraction by encouraging efficiency, collaboration, and shared services. Application deadline is March 4. 

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